The Armory 2009 at Chelsea Piers

Art Fair week in New York openned to much worry and whispers about the state of the economy and the reprocussions upon the art market.

Break it down…. there is the Art Dealers Association of America ADAA Art Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, then there is The Armory Show at the Chelsea Piers. Volta, featuring a single artist in a curated booth, is a sister fair owned by the same parent company as The Armory Show. Pulse and Scope are independent fairs focusing on contemporary emerging art.

When past years inflated prices were encouraged by speculating Hedgefund guys, we are all curious to see what the fairs will offer.

At The Armory Show, the lanes were wide, the carpet was purple, and there was not a lot of noise.

The obvious lack of political, war, and super large conceptual pieces…. I found a sweet little trend… airplanes!!!!

Barbara Astman at Corkin Gallery, Alexandra Mir at Laurent Godin, and Martha Rosler at Mitchell-Innes Nash.

Tony Matelli (bronze sculpture, flies and all) at Leo Koenig, Kenny Scharf at Paul Kasmin , and photorealistic painting by James White.

Ian Wallace at Yvon Lambert, James Casebere at Sean Kelly, Gabi Trinkaus at Georg Kargl.

Tadashi Kawamata at Kamel Mennour, Pascale Tayou at Continua.
Embroidery on paintings give such a stunning quality.

Kibong Rhee at Kukje Gallery, and Nicolas Hlobo large embroidered work.

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