Armory Week 2011: Photos from the Armory Show

03/03/2011 9:09 AM |

Stephan Balkenhol in the Galerie Forsblom booth

It’s Armory Week, and what better way to start than with some opening highlights from the Armory Show? And by “highlights” I really just mean things that caught my over-stimulated eyes for more than a split second—and, to be fair, with which I spent some more time on my second or third trip around the maze. Except that giant wood head by Stephan Balkenhol from the Galerie Forsblom booth. That just seemed like a good establishing shot.

Firstly, most importantly, the fairs inevitable James Franco cameo, in a collage by Kalup Linzy at Athens gallery Breeders booth.
  • Firstly, most importantly, the fair’s inevitable James Franco cameo, in a collage by Kalup Linzy at Athens gallery Breeder’s booth.

Untitleds booth featured Ry Rocklen's
  • Untitled’s booth featured Ry Rocklen’s “Penny Tiles” on the floor and sarcastic stacked pieces by an artist whose name I didn’t catch.

The Lehmann Maupin booth was full of GIlbert & George postcard sculptures.
  • The Lehmann Maupin booth was full of Gilbert & George postcard sculptures.

Canada had an thickly carpeted installation that looked like the work of their artist Katherine Bernhardt.
  • Canada had an thickly carpeted installation that looked like the work of their artist Katherine Bernhardt.

KAWS did a whole bunch of round pieces and this free-standing statue for his solo show at the L.A. gallery Honor Frasers booth.
  • KAWS did a whole bunch of round pieces and this free-standing statue for his solo show at the L.A. gallery Honor Fraser’s booth.

Paul Kasmin Gallery blocked access to their entire booth space with a neon white picket fence by Ivan Navarro.
  • Paul Kasmin Gallery blocked access to their entire booth space with a neon white picket fence by Ivan Navarro.

At Studio la Cittas displayed featured this trio of fabric-wrapped articulated skyspcrapers.
  • Studio la Citta’s display featured this trio of fabric-wrapped articulated skyspcrapers.

A little later the streetscape was different again.
  • A little later that one building was blowing up.

Most of the large animal sculptures at the Armory show are lively, but this sculpture by an artist whose name I didnt catch at Italian outfit Galleria Continuas booth is definitely intended to represent a dead donkey. Shrek joke, or pun on Beating a dead horse?
  • Most of the large animal sculptures at the Armory show are lively, but this sculpture by Berlinde de Bruyckere (thanks commenter!) at Italian outfit Galleria Continua’s booth seems to be a pun on “Beating a dead horse.”

Beautiful sphere etched into plywood by Michael DeLucia (foreign booth, cant remember which though).
  • Beautiful sphere etched into plywood by Michael DeLucia (foreign booth, can’t remember which though).

An Angel Otero at Chicago-Berline gallery Kavi Gupta.
  • An Angel Otero at Chicago-Berlin gallery Kavi Gupta.

One of the Armory Shows best installations, at Brazilian gallery Barós booth.
  • One of the Armory Show’s best installations, at Brazilian gallery Baró’s booth.

Alfredo Jaars hilarious September 15 at Madrids Galeria Oliva Arauna.
  • Alfredo Jaar’s hilarious “September 15″ at Madrid’s Galeria Oliva Arauna.

This exploding astronaut hangs over the main lounge space at Pier 94. Couldnt find a label, but sure looks like Matthew Day Jackson.
  • This sculpture, “Exploding Astronaut” by Tavares Strachan, hangs over the main lounge space at Pier 94.

Installation view of David Wojnarowiczs Heads (1984) at the Andrew Kreps Gallery booth.
  • Installation view of David Wojnarowicz’s “Heads” (1984) at the Andrew Kreps Gallery booth.

Chinese restaurant neons spell the artists fathers name and that of a Japanese pornstar in What Makes Me Understand What I know ? No. 1 (2009) by An He.
  • Chinese restaurant neons spell the artist’s father’s name and that of a Japanese pornstar in “What Makes Me Understand What I know ? No. 1″ (2009) by An He.

Over on the Modern side, at Pier 92, Marlborough had this huge Tom Otterness bear.
  • Over on the Modern side, at Pier 92, Marlborough had this huge Tom Otterness bear.

Another bear! Anne Chus Single bear (polyester) at the 303 Gallery booth. Despite the title, its made of resin.
  • Another bear! Anne Chu’s “Single bear (polyester)” at the 303 Gallery booth. Despite the title, it’s made of resin.

And just for good measure, a Nick Cave Soundsuit from the Jack Shainman booth.
  • And just for good measure, a Nick Cave Soundsuit from the Jack Shainman booth.

Next up: Art Brooklyn, Independent and Moving Image! Stay tuned for photos from those later on today and tomorrow (or track our movements on Twitter @LMagArt).

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