Thursday, March 8, 2012

Armory Art Show - Modern and Contemporary at Piers 92 and 94

The Armory Art Show is a major international contemporary and modern art fair that draws thousands of the art industry's top collectors, curators and museum directors at Pier 92 and Pier 94 on the far west side of Manhattan. Last night, the 2012 edition of the show opened. This "boutique-style" art show, now in its 14th year features artworks presented by 120 exhibitors. A good combination of different kinds of art characterizes this event. Pier 92 shows historically significant Modern art, which generally encompasses styles extending from the late 1800s to the 1970s including Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism, among others, with prints by famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Chuck Close. Pier 94 features Contemporary art, generally defined as having been produced after World War II. Post-modern and avant-garde installations make up the bulk of the pier. This year, Scandinavian art is also represented in a new section called "Armory Focus: The Nordic Countries." In one section where works by Scandinavian artists are on display, there's a section called "free stuff" where free posters are available. "Within the lounge are artist multiples or posters created by the artists presented here and they're all free. So you can come by here and put together a collection of about 15 different artists," says Armory Show founder Paul Morris. The show runs through March 11. Admission is $30, or $60 for the full four days.

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