Friday, January 14, 2011

"Heavy hitters" absent from Armory 2011 exhibitor list

The exhibitor list for the 2011 Armory Show, New York's largest art fair, has been released and as Lindsay Pollock points out, some of the "heavy hitters" in the New York market that participated in the 2010 fair will not be taking part next March. Names include David Zwirner and PACE and they join the 72 other dealers who will not be returning to the fair. Also skipping the fair are a couple of LES dealers such as Lisa Cooley, James Fuentes and Laurel Gitlen which is interesting in light of The Art Newspaper's recent article on the appeal and success of dealers based in the Lower East Side.

The total number of exhibitors is only down from 289 to 274 so absentees have largely been replaced, the new faces composed of a mix of European and Latin American dealers. Perhaps more noteworthy than who is attending Armory is where those that are not expected have flocked to: the Art Dealers Association of America Art Show, a fierce competitor of Armory and taking place on the same dates. Big names showing at the ADAA show include: Blum & Poe, L&M Arts and Marian Goodman Gallery.

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