Images Of The Week: 02.08.20 – A Tale Of Two Fairs

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

New Yorkers are a fearless, foolish, and Faustian lot, this much was in evidence during opening nights at the art fairs this first week of March, a month of promise.

Coronavirus didn’t put a damper on the art-weirdo festivities and the artsy sorts all put on their creatively festooned frocks and went out in droves to celebrate art, the artists, and the spirit of creativity.

The rite of going to the fairs can be exhausting, not just physically but also mentally. What are all of these people thinking? How does it reflect on the current socio-politico-psychological state of society, our lifestyles, our outlook at each other and the world? Is art something to facilitate understanding or to wear like a badge or signifier of status in your pool of influence?

The plethora of art New Yorkers was treated to this week (and weekend) becomes overwhelming to the senses and after a while, everything seems to morph into one giant abstract, endlessly self-referential canvas.

Images Of The Week today will look a bit different. We’re inside the white walls. No street art and graffiti. We thought we’d show you two shows at ends of the art fair spectrum. The Armory Show is one, and Spring Break is the other.

There is greatness in both, both serve their audience, and both and have their own ethos and philosophy and indeed two very different business models. One is 107 years old and one is 11. Both say that they are international, innovative, and dynamic.  One calls itself ‘premiere’. The other calls itself ‘visionary’.

As always we love getting lost in the maze of galleries, curators, artists, buyers, observers, performers, and attitudes – and being surprised by the art along the way.

Here is a selection of some things that caught our eye, a very different set of images for the week, this week featuring Amina Robinson, Andrew Ohanesian, Asif Hoque, Dorothea Lange, Dustin Lee, Gustavo Diaz, Jessica Lictenstein, Kate Kingbell, Kehinde Wiley, Lezley Saar, Liliana Porter, Pieter Hugo, and Susan MacWilliams.

Dustin Lee. Jeffrey Deitch. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jessica Lichtenstein. Untitled Space. Spring Break Art Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jessica Lichtenstein. Detail. Untitled Space. Spring Break Art Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gustavo Diaz and Liliana Porter. Sicardi. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kate Kingbeil. Field Projects. Spring Break Art Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kate Kingbeil. Deetail. Field Projects. Spring Break Art Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Susan MacWilliam. Connersmith. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dorothea Lange. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kehinde Wiley. Roberts Projects. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Asif Hoque. Curated by Anne-Laure Lemaitre. Spring Break Art Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pieter Hugo. Yossi Milo Gallery. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lezley Saar. Walter Maciel Gallery. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Amina Robinson. ACA Galleries. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Andrew Ohanesian. Pierogi. The Armory Show. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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