The Armory: Highlights and Favorites

The most refreshing aspect of the fair season so far is big bright abstract paintings. I like the acid neon colours and the return to pure aesthetics of paint, textures, and lines.

Loved Anselm Reyle at Michael Schultz, glitter painted by Armleder at Massimo De Carlo, Jason Martin’s pure pigment on metal at Lisson, and Katrina Grosse giant abstract painted sculpture.

With Paul Kasmin Gallery’s entire space was a neon fenced off empty lot, The Armory Show brought forward neon sculpture on a large scale. Wall text piece by Jeppe Hein at 303, Sam Van Aken’s neon forest at Ronald Feldman, and (victim of a personal sentimentality of birch trees) Anthony James at Nicholas Robinson.

Reconsideration of Balloons: Real inflated balloons at Gonzalez y Gonzalez counters Jurgen Drescher aluminum speech bubbles at Mai 36, and Gimhongsok ceramic balloons.

Other works I really enjoyed looking at were Larry Rivers collage at Hilgre, Marc Quinn’s massive scale orchids, Sebastiaan Bremer’s large photo compositions (which we saw in Miami in very small), and hands down favorite Ryan Gander’s arrows shot through the wall at Lisson.

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