Getting our art on at the Armory

Last Saturday, March 8th, found us putting on our artiest outfits and heading over to the West side for this year’s Armory Show. A friend had been kind enough to pass on her tickets (VIP pass no less!) as she was unable to make it, so we really had no idea what to expect, but were determined to look the part and make the most of this unexpected treat.

Contemporary art at the Armory show

The Armory Show is a major player on the annual art-fair circuit, showcasing modern and contemporary art from galleries around the world. There were just over 200 booths, and it took us 4 hours to get round them all (including a very brief stop for some lunch). Quantity aside, the range of art on display was quite overwhelming, and I could use pretty much any adjective you care to name to describe it.

Installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

The crowds in attendance were almost as diverse as the artworks, and a number of people were clearly spending some serious cash. We only dared ask the price of one modest-looking contemporary piece; suffice it to say that it was so far out of our budget as to be laughable, I can only imagine what the Miro, Dali and Picasso pieces must have been fetching…

Miro "Femme, oiseaux (oiseaux dans la nuit)" 1975

Instead I contented myself (and vexed Tom) by taking photos of it all, many of which can be found in my Flickr album if you care to take a look. Although we were absolutely exhausted by the end it was such an interesting experience, and we were very grateful for the chance to go.

miscellaneous Modern art

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