Couldn’t make it to New York for Armory Week? Our editors rounded up just some of the highlights from two of the week’s star fairs – including works by artists you know, and by some you might not.
The Armory Show – Pier 94
Markus Brunetti – Yossi Milo Gallery
On view at Yossi Milo Gallery: a captivating series of 6 photographs by German photographer Markus Brunetti from the series, “FACADES.” The stunning photographs evoke qualities of contemporary German photogs Andreas Gurksy and Thomas Struth, and explore the grandeur of colossal manmade structures around the world.
Kehinde Wiley – Roberts & Tilton
Two colossal paintings by Kehinde Wiley were on view at Pier 94, including the present work at Roberts & Tilton. Wiley’s market is on the rise, galvanized by his 2015 Brooklyn Museum exhibition. The artist shows a keen understanding of art history by placing his subjects in the context of traditional Old Masters compositions, but contrasting traditional portraiture with a vibrant color palette with eye-catching shades and neon tones.
Daniel Rich – Peter Blum Gallery
As one of Invaluable’s 10 artists to watch, we were delighted to catch Rich’s geometric canvas prominently featured at Peter Blum Gallery at Pier 94. Rich’s canvases – often visually translated from a photograph – conceal and reveal architectural spaces in vibrant, geometric compositions.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby – Victoria Miro Gallery
A stunning, large-scale diptych by Njideka Akunyili Crosby at Victoria Miro was no doubt a fair favorite. Akunyili Crosby’s canvases are deeply personal and explore issues of memory and loss, featuring images of the artist’s mother and newspaper clippings of social and political events. With her work currently on view at the Whitney Museum, this rising star is certainly one to watch.
Irma Blank – Alison Jacques Gallery
Process certainly makes the work of artist Irma Blank. Evoking the quiet abstract ambience of the works of Mark Rothko, Blank achieves her abstract composition using a meditative, rhythmic application of blue ballpoint pen. The canvas is covered with these finely articulated pen strokes, ultimately filling the composition with a rich, radiating cobalt blue hue.
ADAA / The Art Show – Park Avenue Armory
Milton Avery – Richard Gray Gallery
Key works by this celebrated American artist were on view in force at The Art Show, including a focused look at the artist’s work at Santa Fe’s Yares Art Projects, as well as a 1950s work on view at Richard Gray Gallery.
Jules Olitski – Paul Kasmin Gallery
Our editors loved the luscious texture in Olitski’s 1989 canvas, “Other Mother.” Using impasto – a technique were paint is thickly applied to the canvas in a way that builds up a nearly three-dimensional surface, Olitski creates a gorgeous composition that is at once sublimely abstract and nearly sculptural in nature.
Fausto Melotti – Hauser & Wirth
An elegant display of sculptural works by artist and musician Fausto Melotti – a contemporary of Lucio Fontana – were on view at Hauser & Wirth. Set against a charcoal background, the shadows of these strikingly beautiful works were just as interesting as the objects themselves. The repetition of form in his brass sculptures seem to nod to his background as a musician; the compositions resembling a sculptural, abstract form of sheet music.
Deborah Butterfield – Danese / Corey
Butterfield has been exploring the figure of a horse since the 1970s, recreating the form from a variety of materials including clay and sticks, wood, and bronze. With their monumental size, these objects are the perfect complement to a collector’s sculpture garden.
Ruth Asawa and Agnes Martin – Mnuchin Gallery
Our editors loved the juxtaposition of Ruth Asawa’s gorgeous hanging sculpture with Agnes Martin’s stunningly contemplative canvas. Both works are achieved through vastly different but equally meticulous and meditative working methods.
Monir Farmanfarmaian – Haines Gallery
The kaleidoscopic, mirrored mosaics of Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian are hard to miss with their eye-catching materials and dazzling compositions. A working artist in New York in the 1940s and 50s, Farmanfarmaian was familiar with the visual language of the abstract expressionists that dominated the decade, and combined this with traditional Iranian craftsmanship to achieve a stunning display. With her first U.S. museum exhibition at the Guggenheim in 2015, this artist is one to watch.