A selection of booths and works from this year's fair that caught AD's eye.
While good weather on fair days isn’t always promised, the arrival of New York’s Armory
Show always seem to signal the impending arrival of spring. This year, 183 galleries set up their booths across Piers 90 and 94, bringing with them an ever-exciting array of paintings, sculptures, installations, and other works. This year’s fair is once again female-led with executive director Nicole Berry and deputy director Eliza Osborne at the helm (both of whom welcomed guests to a toast to this year's artists atop the Standard High Line on the eve of the VIP preview) and curators Jamillah James, Anne Ellegood, and Nora Burnett Abrams leading the fair’s Platform, Focus, and Perspectives sections, respectively. While threats of coronavirus have postponed Salone del Mobile and the Venice Architecture Biennale, crowds in New York are still turning out in droves, swapping in inventive elbow taps for handshakes and cheek kisses. Ahead, 10 booths to check out at the fair.
Inspired by an Old Masters painting that contained sheet music for Bach’s The Goldberg Variations (which he cheekily painted partially out of frame into the left-hand corner), Edgar Bryan’s playful painting “Paint a Song” is full of movement and whimsy. The sheet music atop the piano is from a score Bryan himself wrote, and it is meant to be his hand peeking out to play the keys.