Armory Art Show Houses Multitude Of Talent
The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94 opens to the public Thursday as Art Fair week in the city continues. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
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It's gallery hopping, without the hopping. At the Armory Show, visitors can look at more than 200 galleries from all over the world in one place.
Founder Paul Morris gave NY1 a tour Wednesday. He says because the focus is contemporary art, those who take part will be the first to see many of the works.
"You'll get to see new work right out of the studio before anyone else does. This is a premier for it," says Armory Show Founder Paul Morris.
Now if you do want to buy something, but not in the six figure range, look for the emerging artists. You can find pieces under a thousand dollars. In one section where works by Scandinavian artists are on display, there's a section called "free stuff" where the stuff is actually free.
"Within the lounge are artist multiples or posters created by the artists presented here and they're all free. So you can come by here and put together a collection of about 15 different artists," says Morris.
Meantime, those looking to take a break from the displays won't have to go far with a nearby lounge crafted on creation.
"The architects that designed the fair furnished this lounge with chairs they found on the street. And then they were taken to a paint shop in Brooklyn and they were painted by a guy who does taxi cabs and so they are all taxi cab yellow with that car paint. And please check under each chair, it tells you where they found it and when they found it," suggests Morris.
If you are looking to buy chairs, sculpture or paintings, Morris suggests getting to the show early as 90 percent of the works are sold within the first 24 to 48 hours.
Admission is $30, or $60 for the full four days.
For more details on the Armory Show and all the other art fairs taking place this week, visit armoryartsweek.com.