Welcome to Armory Week
What the auction world is talking about: the latest results from the Christie's and Sotheby's sales in London this past week... What the gallery world is talking about: Frieze is adding yet another fair to the already heavily crowded art fair circuit with the launch of Frieze LA slated for February 2019... What the museum world is talking about: The Met officially implemented its new admissions policy requiring a $25 fee from out-of-state residents... And what everyone else is talking about: The Armory Show and the various satellite and ancillary fairs that descend upon New York City this week.
Throughout the week, we at The Canvas will be bringing you all of the news straight from the fair floor. Between sales information for major pieces, VIP and celebrity sightings in the private viewing rooms, to insider access at a whole host of parties and events, we've got you covered.
We'll also spend the week talking about the latest auction results from across the pond, Sotheby's quarterly financials, the state of the art media business (what is going on with ArtNews?), and the increasing relevance of video and Instagram in artists' and galleries' strategies.
In the meantime though, we'll be keeping warm and plotting our route to Chelsea Piers for today's VIP and press access amid all this snow. Are we the only ones who think that New York's art fairs might be cursed? Last year's Frieze had us braving monsoon like conditions, and this year we'll be fighting through a Nor'easter. Oh the things we do for art...
Check out the interviews with The Armory Show's new director, Nicole Berry on Artsy here and via The Art Newspaper here. Initially promoted as interim director in the wake of the Benjamin Genocchio debacle, the folks at Vornado Realty Trust, the real estate company that owns The Armory Show decided that she'd be the best fit as the permanent director and she's already making her mark on this year's iteration of the fair.
Read the recaps of last week's ADAA's The Art Show by Henri Neuendorf and Eileen Kinsella for Artnet News here and by Nate Freeman for Artsy here. General takeaway- sales held steady but the scheduling error caused international collectors to stay away and there was a notable lack of buzz at the fair. ADAA management needs to sort out the dates with the Park Avenue Armory so that The Art Show can return to the.same week the other fairs of Armory Week for 2019.
The New York Time's T Magazine has an extensive piece in the latest issuewith Chicago based artist Pope L. (represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash). While nominally about his "Flint Water Project" instillation, the interview is wide ranging and covers the entirety of the artist's career. It's definitely worth a read as all the cool kids will be talking about it.
One fun thing- Karen Chernick over at Artsy published a fun article about the process of securing permissions for works of art to use in films and tv shows. Hint: most productions end up using local or little-known artists to avoid jumping through the countless copyright hoops that come with securing major works of art.
Halona Norton-Westbrook has been named Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Toledo Museum of Art, and Andrea Gardner has been named Director of Collections.
Former Artforum editor, Michelle Kuo joins MoMA as a curator
Pamela J. Joyner appointed Chair of the Tate Americas Foundation
Andrew Schoelkopf named President of ADAA
Bronx Museum Gala & Auction (Spotted: Dustin Yellin, Eric Shiner, Bill Aguado)
The Jewish Museum's Annual Purim Ball (Spotted: Alex Israel, Nev Shulman, JaiJai Fei)
MoMA's 2018 David Rockefeller Award Luncheon (Spotted: Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Diane Sawyer)
Damien Hirst's "The Veil Paintings" Opening at Gagosian Beverly Hills (Spotted: Jeffrey Deitch, Alex Israel, Alexander Gilkes, Hans Zimmer, Maria Sharapova, Michael Govan, Tom Ford, Zac Posen, Kanye West, Karlie Kloss, Derek Blasberg, Brian Grazer, Barry Diller, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Iovine)