My shoes on Logo no. 16 (2005) by Richard Woods at Kenny Schachter
An impressionistic account of our first Armory Show day follows. My emphasis is on artists I hadn't seen before, with occasional lapses if amused by someone whose work I already know.
I agree with James that, so far, I have found the Armory more interesting than last year. There is a bigger variety of non-blue chip artists. Last year there were a lot of works by Gerhard Richter, for example. I didn't see one so far.
The best thing about having a press pass (other than getting into the press preview and not having to pay to come back): Choire Sicha's face when he saw us at the press conference.
Glass, teddy bear, oil
(Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin)
Susan Turcot is a French Canadian artist with something in common with our friend Joy Garnett. She creates works inspired by images in the media, but not directly from such images.
Susan Turcot, drawing from Ghost Series
(Arndt & Partner)
One of my favorite discoveries was the work of Andreas Siekmann from the Berlin-based Galerie Barbara Weiss, a mix of excellent drawing and political content. He had a show at the gallery titled The Exclusive. On the Politics of the Excluded Fourth. The fourth refers to a fourth branch of government, in addition to executive, legislative, and judicial. "Exclusive" is a play on words. To us it means an elite of some kind, but in his case he means those excluded from regular political access, such as the very poor and immigrants.
Die Exclusive auf dem Plattenspieler, 2004 [The Exclusive on a record player]
Model on a record player, wood, plastic, paper
45 × 35 × 190cm
Rote Zone (Die Exclusive), 2005 [Red Zone (The Exclusive)]
Four color print on alufoam
167 × 102 cm
[This is from The Exclusive series, but I don't have any more information on it]
The Hamurg-based Galerie Karin Guenther Nina Borgmann had two artists whose work intrigued me. I apologize for only having their names, but here are two images:
Ellen Gronemeyer, oil on paper
More to follow, from Armory, Scope and DIVA.
See also the post by James about today.