THE ARMORY & VOLTA SHOWS: New York

Article by Monica Salazar, photos by Adam Tyson (when noted).

This week was the 11th edition of The Armory Show in New York City. I’ve heard a handful of comments from some of my friends who stopped by the Armory Show and Volta. The overall consensus was that the Armory Show had a better feel than years past thanks to a new layout with three hallways, instead of four, leaving more space and less galleries. In addition, a Modern Art Section dedicated to dealers specializing in Modern and historically significant contemporary art was included. Last year, Berlin was the “Focus” section of the fair. This year, Latin America took center stage, featuring a short list of galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

At the Armory Show the usual slew of German galleries made an appearance, including 17 Berlin galleries. Galerie Parisa Kind from Frankfurt presented a solo exhibition by Isabelle Fein with her small, delicate figurative paintings and drawings, while Berlin-based artist, Ignacio Uriarte, displayed his 4-piece White Rhombus drawings with Barcelona Gallery, NoguerasBlanchard. Paintings by 50-something South African artist, Ansel Krut, who has never had a solo show in New York, were displayed by Stuart Shave/Modern Art .

The Volta Show The Volta Show seemed to also hold some noteable presence this year in New York. This year, Berlin-based galleries, Jarmuschek + Partner , pool gallery and Wilde Gallery presented solo shows from each of the galleries’ most popular artists. At Wilde-Gallery, EVOL’s hyper-realistic paintings on cardboard hung throughout the booth, while pool gallery proudly presented Nicky Broekhuysen‘s whimsically intricate drawings.

Here are some Berlin artwork highlights from this year’s Armory and Volta Shows:

Ansel Krut
Avenue of the Flowers (2010)
110 × 120 cm, oil on canvas
Stuart Shave/Modern Art

Ignacio Uriarte
White Rhombus (2011)
Four drawings – 65 x 100 cm each, Pen on Paper
NoguerasBlanchard

Georg Karl Pfahler
DA-OBG (1967-1968)
180 x 160 cm, acrylic on canvas
Galerie Crone
(Photo by Adam Tyson)

EVOL
Wilde-Gallery Berlin
Installation View
Wilde-Gallery Berlin
(Photo by Adam Tyson)

Sabine Groß
Untitled (2011)
Acrylic resin, pigment, Lacquer, 65 x 46 x 13 cm
Magnus Müller Temporary
(Photo by Adam Tyson)

Tony Cragg
Untitled (2010)
75 (h) x 42 x 42 cm, Cast iron
Buchmann Galerie
(Photo by Adam Tyson)



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