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On the fingers of one hand: Sundaram Tagore says, “The idea is to use art as a vehicle to bring people together.”

First, a personal note about this week’s dreadful events. Three days after I most recently returned west from New York City, the entire north east of the US was torn up by “superstorm” Sandy. For anyone like myself who regards New York City as their home, the large-scale destruction that the storm left in its [...]

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“Poetry is what I hope I have achieved.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Shirazeh Houshiary

Excellent news for southern Californian admirers of sophisticated painting and sculptures: Shirazeh Houshiary opened a small show based around her spectacular sculpture String Quintet (2011) at LA Louver last week. Rather implausibly it’s actually her first show in Los Angeles. I have been intrigued by Ms Houshiary’s work since I first saw it back at London’s [...]

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The Kiev Biennale: One month later

Given my rather critical account of my experiences in Ukraine last month, I thought it only fair to add this update. I’m afraid there is little good news, however. On June 14 (which is to say, three weeks after the scheduled opening) I received an email announcement that “the Kiev Biennale is now fully open”. [...]

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Waiting for the Kiev Biennale

“Everything happens in due place and due time. No phenomenon or event ever occurs earlier or later than it might, but only when it is ready” - Nataliia Zabolotna, Commissioner of the Kiev Biennale in her foreword to the exhibition catalogue. Everyone involved in large-scale art events occasionally suffers the classic anxiety dream where the audience [...]

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Best and Worst at the Armory Show Contemporary

Galleries may come and galleries may go, but The Armory Show goes on forever, it would seem. And for most of those thousands of visitors who will stand on line outside on Twelfth Avenue this weekend, “The Armory Show” means the Contemporary pier. This – far more than the fast evolving Modern section – is [...]

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Best and Worst at the ADAA Art Show

This is a really good ADAA Art Show, the best I can recall for some time. The Art Dealers Association of America is after all a professional organization, and after the last few years’ vying with the Armory Show for top-dog status, it’s as though they’ve realized they’re never going to match the two-pier blockbuster [...]

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Best and Worst at The Armory Show Modern

First, let’s just say that something rather wonderful has happened on Pier 92. In its brief lifespan the “Modern” section of The Armory Show has gone from uncertain beginnings through enthusiastic acceptance. Now though, with the almost total relaxation of distinctions between “Modern” and “Contemporary”, and with the attentions of the cruder elements of the [...]

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On the fingers of one hand – Jane Cohan of the VIP Art Fair tells us, “It’s very, very, very exciting!”

Most of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with art fairs. One of the worst things about them is the travel: Basel is a lovely little town in Switzerland, for example. But to get there I have to fly through nine time zones to Zurich, get the train from there, and then spend [...]

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Art Fair Conversations – Armory Arts Week, 2010

This is the busiest – and many people would say the most important – week in the New York City art calendar. The Armory Show itself, on the west side’s Piers 92 and 94, is one of the world’s most significant art fairs. Every year it attracts well over 50,000 visitors. But in addition to the [...]

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“Everybody is very excited!” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Katelijne de Backer.

This Wednesday, March 3, sees the opening of the twelfth edition of the Armory Show, the biggest yet, with almost 300 galleries exhibiting. Of course the Armory Show’s arrival in New York City each spring is not simply about one of the world’s most important art fairs. There is the palpable sense of the art [...]