InstitutionsBiennials & Triennials 07-11-2017

November 7 | The Armory Show changes things up, welcoming 186 galleries to its 2018 edition

Very much like fellow art fairs — notably Frieze and Art Basel — the Armory Show will make more room for emerging galleries. In other news, the 2018 Sharjah Biennial reveals its program and the American Association of Art Dealers has a new director.

The 2018 Armory Show will welcome 186 galleries

The 24th edition of the fair, taking place from March 7 through 11 at New York’s Pier 92, will welcome 18 fewer exhibitors than last year, including both high-profiles dealers and more emerging galleries, which will be offered booths for relatively lower prices, thanks to a program launched by director Benjamin Genocchio.

Newcomers include: Pearl Lam, Galerija Gregor Podnar and Paragon (London), while high-profile names will make their return to the New York fair, such as Gagosian, having participated most recently in 2013, Perrotin, absent since 2011, and Regen Projects, which did not take part in the last three editions.

The Armory Show has also announced the launch of the “Curatorial Leadership Summit”, bringing together “prominent curators for a series of discussions about how best to exhibit artworks with new ideas in mind.” The full list of galleries is available here.


Scott McFarland, Flower Stand, Scuttlehole Road, Water Mill, New York, 2013 Regen Projects




Three curators for Sharjah Biennial 14

The Biennial, which will open its doors in March 2019, will be directed by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons, who are succeeding Christine Tohmé.

Titled “Leaving the Echo Chamber”, the biennial will explore the ways in which “art is produced when material culture is under threat of human destruction and climate degradation.”

Zoe Butt, Artistic Director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will be in charge of the exhibition “Journey Beyond the Arrow”. Omar Kholeif, chief curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, will curate the show “Making New Time”, whereas Claire Tancons, co-curator of “Tout-Monde”, a festival organized by the French Embassy in Miami, will work on the exhibition “Look for Me All Around You”. Read more on e-flux.


Sharjah Biennial 14 Curators. Left: Omar Kholeif. Photo: Eric T. White. Centre: Claire Tancons. Photo: Nicola Bustreo. Right: Zoe Butt. Photo: Nguyen Tri.




A new director for the ADAA

Maureen Bray, director of the David Nolan gallery since 2014, was named Executive Director of the Art Dealers Association of America. Bray, who also worked at Sean Kelly gallery, will succeed Linda Blumberg.

Founded in 1962, ADAA lists 180 American galleries. Every year, the ADAA Show takes place at the end of February. More information here.


Maureen Bray. Photo: Victor A. Mirontschuk, courtesy of the ADAA.


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