The Armory Show Kicks Off Its 25th Anniversary With Statement-making Art Works and Plenty of Celeb Appearances
When it comes to art and culture, New Yorkers are famously spoiled for choice. This is especially true during Armory Week, a citywide program of art fairs and events that brings together dealers, exhibitors, and works from all over the globe.
Anchoring the week-long event is the Armory Show, which runs through Sunday, and is one of the art world’s biggest international art fairs, dating back to 1994. Since 2001, it has occupied Pier 92 and 94 on the Hudson River, but after the former was deemed structurally unsound just weeks before the show’s opening, the fair has also expanded to Pier 90.
Visitors can take a shuttle between the piers, or they can walk through a tunnel featuring artist Leo Villareal’s 75-foot-long LED work titled Star Ceiling. Meant to evoke cosmic phenomena, the immersive piece gives nature-starved New Yorkers a chance to (kind of) see the stars.
Despite its strong New York City roots, the fair is proudly global in scope. One of this year's splashiest installations is by Ghent-based Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, whose show-stopping sculpture rises 21 feet in the air and is comprised of multicolored plastic bags, in a statement on waste and consumption.
Now in its 25th year, the fair has already seen its share of notable collectors, from French actress Isabelle Huppert to music producer Swizz Beatz.
There’s enough to see and do that you could easily spend a whole day wandering between the piers. And if you get hungry, there are plenty of food stands and restaurant pop-ups scattered throughout — everything from the casual vegan eatery by Chloe to the full-service seated restaurant il Buco, occupying Pier 92’s VIP Lounge.