ARTLOG asked five terrific art advisors to share three of their favorite artists from across Armory Week. Here are the selections from Grace-Yvette Gemmell, Amanda Schneider, Anne Huntington, Susi Kenna, and Kate Robinson.
Michael Riedel, David Zwirner Gallery (Armory Show)
Michael Riedel will debut a surprise site-specific installation at the David Zwirner booth, created especially for this year’s Armory show. On Saturday, March 10th, the artist will sign books and posters during a special VIP hour (11:00 a.m.-noon) as well as when the fair opens to the general public (beginning at noon).
Anna Tuori, Galerie Anhava (Armory Show)
Finnish artist Anna Tuori’s figurative, painterly compositions are part of the Galerie Anhava’s “Purity and Abundance” presentation for Armory this year.
Cooper & Gorfer, Christian Larsen at Nordic Section (Armory Show)
Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer hail from the USA and Austria respectively, but are now based in Sweden. The duo creates photographic works that play with assumed notions of place and narrative, memory and the image.
Matthew Brant, Yossi Milo (Armory Show)
In an ongoing experiment with how the image reacts with the real, photographer Matthew Brant creates large format photographs of lake and reservoirs, using the water from the lake to develop the photograph.
Teresita Fernandez, Singapore Tyler Print Institute (Armory Show)
STPI is debuting several unique works on paper from the Night Writing series which were created in collaboration with their master printers and papermakers during a residency in Singapore.
Simmons & Burke, Michael Kohn Gallery (Armory Show)
The recent work of Los Angeles-based duo Simmons & Burke will be the focus of a solo booth from Michael Kohn Gallery. Scouring the internet for images and sound, Simmons & Burke create dense, hyper-saturated visual and aural collages.
ArtLiars, a performance piece by Nic Rad at Fountain Art Fair and Spring/Break Art Show (Friday/Saturday)
Nic Rad and his team of improvisers plan to transform an “exhibition talk” into “immersive theatre” using custom backdrops, objects created by artists, and mandatory audience participation. “You might end up on stage in a great debate with the muses, the artists, the dealers, maybe the art itself.” Nic and his team will be performing on 3/9 and 7:00 p.m. at the Fountain Art Fair and again on 3/10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spring/Break Art Show.
Hew Locke, Hales Gallery (Armory Show)
Hew Locke is a Scottish born, London-based artist known for his obsession with painting over his photographs of monumental sculptures. Pan, the piece on view at the Armory this year, is described by Hales as “an obsessive photo work” that features a bronze statue of Peter Pan located in Kensington Gardens, London. This new work is not only the largest hand-painted print the artist has made, it also reveals a new visual direction for the series.
Daniel Phillips, DODGEgallery (Moving Image)
Originally from Boston, MA, Daniel Phillips spent 2010-2011 creating work in Hyde Park, MA at his studio—an abandoned elevator tower that was once part of an old paper mill. In response to this unique location, Phillips documented his experience through high-resolutions photographs of the landscape and environment. Shown as three installations, these images are projected on heavily textured concrete slabs that were excavated from the Hyde Park site.
El Anatsui, Jack Shainman Gallery (Armory Show)
This majestic tapestry beautifully highlights the intricate woven parts composed by El Anatsui—the parts seem delicate and soft, yet are solid and hard.
Julian Opie, Galerie Bob Van Orsouw (Armory Show)
Opie plays with the simple beauty of the daisy, magically dancing before us. This work shows the true, essential representation of the object through clear visuals in a playful flower field.
Rob Pruitt, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (Independent)
This is pure conceptual Pruitt—the installation glitters before us, vacant, posing irony at its core—the strong wit defines the simplicity of form and complexity of meaning (or lack thereof). Excellent.
Greene Naftali (ADAA’s The Art Show)
Greene Naftali has the most coherent, smart, and provocative selection of work by multiple artists at the fair. The works not only present an interesting dialogue amongst themselves (and look pretty rad in context), but they speak to the heart of Greene Naftali’s consistently excellent program. A small Rachel Harrison sculpture entitled Hotdog Dog, an abstract painting by Paul Thek from 1979-1980, complete with its own overhead lamp, and a new collage by Richard Hawkins inspired by the founder of butoh and images of Bacon… This is one meaty affair!