The Armory Show 2014

The Armory Show, one of the most important annual art events in New York and leading international contemporary and modern art fair, takes place every March on Piers 92 & 94 in central Manhattan.

The fair is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries and spearheads a city-wide programme of cultural events. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with a rich programme of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the Armory Arts Week.

In its sixteenth edition, The Armory Show 2014 will host over 200 galleries from 29 countries exhibiting an array of significant modern and contemporary works. The 2014 fair, taking place March 6‐9, will coincide with the opening of the Whitney Biennial, further establishing March in New York as a key moment on the international art world calendar.

In line with its mission of providing an intelligent, dynamic platform for emerging and established galleries, The Armory Show will devote a special section of Pier 94 to a curated exhibition of contemporary art from China entitled Armory Focus: China. The fair will also launch the inaugural edition of Armory Presents, a new section devoted to solo and dual artist presentations by galleries less than ten years old. 

The fair is divided into two main sections: The Armory Show – Contemporary, housed on Pier 94 with 145 galleries, and The Armory Show – Modern on Pier 92, dedicated to international dealers specializing in historically significant 20th century works, with 58 galleries.

Armory Presents

This year marks the inaugural edition of Armory Presents on Pier 94, an expanded and re‐branded take on Solo Projects, a section of the fair formerly dedicated to single artist presentations exhibited by young galleries. Armory Presents has broadened the scope of the original mission to provide exposure to the work of newly established galleries by granting additional display space and prominence to the section on‐site.

Armory Focus

The curated section of The Armory Show on Pier 94 highlights the gallery and artistic landscape of a chosen geographic region. For the fifth Focus edition, Philip Tinari, Director of The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, will curate Armory Focus: China, shining new light on the country’s contemporary cultural practice. In recognition of the dynamism of the Chinese art scene, The Armory Show will present an exciting selection of 17 galleries, many of whom will be exhibiting outside of Asia for the first time, including Beijing Commune (Beijing) showing Zhao Yao; a collaborative presentation of Zhang Ding by Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna) and ShanghART (Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore); He Xiangyu at White Space (Beijing); Chambers Fine Art (Beijing, New York) presenting Zhao Zhao; Chen Shaoxiong, Wang Luyan, and Zhao Liang at Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing, Hong Kong); Madein (Shanghai) showing Lu Pingyuan; and Nadim Abbas at Gallery EXIT (Hong Kong).

Artist Commission

In honor of Armory Focus: China, Xu Zhen has been chosen as the 2014 Commissioned Artist and will lend the fair his graphic identity through printed ephemera and a specially commissioned limited edition. Xu Zhen, a “chameleon of concept,” has built an extensive body of work that includes video, installation, performance, and photography. From theatrical merry pranks to quieter works playing on human sensitivity, Xu Zhen has developed a repertoire confronting social‐political taboos within the context of contemporary China and beyond.

The Armory Show 2014 will again feature an acclaimed VIP programme, a lively opening night party at the Museum of Modern Art and the engaging Open Forumdiscussion series. This year’s fair will coincide with the opening of the 2014 Whitney Biennial in early March, further enhancing the line-up of Armory Arts Week events planned in partnership with New York’s cultural institutions, and attracting a wide scope of international collectors, curators, scholars, and press.

VIP Preview for invited guests: Wednesday, March 5 | 6.30pm 

  • Open:
    Thursday, 06 March 2014
  • Close:
    Sunday, 09 March 2014
  • Address:
    Piers 92 & 94, Manhattan, Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street New York City, USA
  • Mail:
  • Phone:
    +1 212 645 6440
  • Web:
    The Armory Show
  • Opening hour:
    12 pm – 7 pm
  • Admission:
    One Day General Admission $40; One Day Senior Admission (ages 65+) $20; One Day Student Admission $20; One Day Group Admission of 10 or more $25.00; One Day General Admission to Armory Show and Volta New York $50.00; Multiple Days Admission $75.00
  • Transport:
    Piers 92 & 94 are located on Manhattan’s west side on the Hudson River (Twelfth Avenue) at 55th Street in the Passenger Ship Terminal complex. The piers are easily accessible by public transportation, taxi, and private vehicle. The nearest subway stop is four cross-town blocks east at 50th Street and Eighth Avenue.
  • Photo credits:
    Courtesy of The Armory Show

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