Amory Weekend in 45 Adjectives

03/16/2012 5:39 PM |

An installation by Andra Ursuta in the Ramiken Crucible room at The Dependent. Photo Ben Sutton.
  • An installation by Andra Ursuta in the Ramiken Crucible room at The Dependent. Photo Ben Sutton.

The method I devised to cover, so to speak, Armory Weekend might be considered irresponsible or amateurish, or maybe both, but my task here is not to ascribe adjectives to myself. My task, rather, is to assemble in some order the adjectives of others who paid more attention than I did to last weekend’s fairs and events. I found myself a bit too ill-funded and multi-tethered.

Anyway, what I chose (read: schemed) to do was request other art writers to give me their input in the form of five adjectives and some sort of qualifying statement, plus links to something they might’ve written about the weekend in general, where applicable. They were also free to interpret my request as they wished. Some of them even sent me photos!

On to the good stuff. My generous contributors are, in no particular order (although the ‘k’ sound seems here rather evenly distributed): Martin Bromirski, Hrag Vartanian, Charles Kessler, James Panero, Ben Sutton, Thomas Micchelli, Austin Thomas, Katarina Hybenova and Paul Behnke.

Installation by Joseph Jagos and Chris Puidokas, Wanted for Being, at Spring/Break. Photo Ben Sutton.
  • Installation by Joseph Jagos and Chris Puidokas, “Wanted for Being,” at Spring/Break. Photo Ben Sutton.

Martin Bromirski
1. Hemorrhaged
2. Wan
3. Sparkless
4. Dim-sodden
5. Uninspiring
Martin’s art blog is Anaba: Social Sculpture?

Hrag Vartanian
Attending the March New York art fairs without attending the Armory would be like going to a birthday party and not eating the cake, no matter how good it is. I thought this year’s Armory Show was sedate, professional, somewhat handsome and global. It felt more like a corporate fair than ever before but their special Nordic section was well worth the price of admission, though I can’t say it shattered any stereotypes I had about Nordic art—which I see as clever, heady, clean (even when it’s messy) and socially conscious.
Hrag is the Editor of Hyperallergic.

Charles Kessler
One adjective will do: Vulgar.
Charles blogs at LeftBankArtBlog. He would like to link to this article specifically.

James Panero
I spent Armory weekend skiing in Gstaad. It was:
1. Kalt
2. Nostalgisch
3. Gemütlich
4. Reich
5. Schön
James is Managing Editor at The New Criterion, and he blogs at Supreme Fiction. He invites you to get a glimpse of Gstaad here.

Julie Torres and Ken Kocses contemplating their install at Bushwick Dailys exhibit at Fountain. Photo courtesy Katarina Hybenova.
  • Julie Torres and Ken Kocses contemplating their install at Bushwick Daily’s exhibit at Fountain. Photo courtesy Katarina Hybenova.

Ben Sutton
Half-accidentally, but very happily, I attended only smaller fairs—Independent and its Dependent, Moving Image, Fountain and Spring/Break.
1. Tactual
2. Rapturous
3. Incommodious
4. Tenebrous
5. Erratic.
I wrote about the two I enjoyed most: Dependent and Spring/Break.
Ben is Art News Editor at ARTINFO.

Thomas Micchelli
Five impressions from one who didn’t attend:
1. Inordinate
2. Immutable
3. Inapplicable
4. Inescapable
5. Immaterial
Thomas is Co-Editor of Hyperallergic Weekend.

Pink indeed. Photo Austin Thomas.
  • Pink indeed. Photo Austin Thomas.

Austin Thomas
Ok, Paul.
1. Pink
2. Resourceful
3. Weird
4. Clean
5. Overwhelming
Austin’s blog is atworld: drawing on the utopic, and she would like to link to “Junk Draw.”

Katarina Hybenova and Andrea Bergart. Happy, clearly, with their Bushwick Daily show at Fountain. Photo courtesy Katarina Hybenova.
  • Katarina Hybenova and Andrea Bergart. Happy, clearly, with their Bushwick Daily show at Fountain. Photo courtesy Katarina Hybenova.

Katarina Hybenova
I went to only one art fair, Fountain. Moreover, I went more as a gallerist than as a journalist. But I still made plenty of observations. For me, Armory Week was:
1. Naked (There was A LOT of performance art.)
2. Hungry (I felt like I had to have fries every night!)
3. Frantic (Totally.)
4. Talkative (How many people are you able to possibly talk to in one day? Someone should measure it.)
5. Neon-light-illuminated (I still see those lights every time I close my eyes, and probably will be seeing them for the rest of my life.)
Katarina is Editor of Bushwick Daily. She wrote about Bushwick at the Armory here.

Paul Behnke
Here are my adjectives from an artist’s perspective. Keep in mind I did not attend this year’s event but have attended in the past.
1. Overwhelming
2. Underwhelming
3. Hucksterish
4. Central
5. Grand
Paul is Editor of the blog Structure and Imagery.

I suppose I should ascribe one more adjective to myself:

Grateful.

Thanks to all of the above!

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