The Armory Show’s New York All-Stars



This past weekend was New York City’s annual Armory Show, where renowned galleries from all over the world gather on the Hudson to create a massive mall of contemporary and modern works. The Roger Smith Hotel took in the expansive event, and realized that most of our favorite exhibitors are local players. (Aren’t we lucky to live in this great, art-filled city?) Check out the fantastic NYC galleries who stood out at the Armory, and feel free to visit them throughout the year.

Sean Kelly

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Favorite Armory Work: “Bound” by Kehinde Wiley, 2015

Set just outside of Kelly’s booth at the Armory, this provocative bronze sculpture of three women bound by their high-arching braids attracted plenty of passersby.

The Gallery

One of Chelsea’s famous industrial art spaces, the Sean Kelly Gallery is known for its creative use of the room, such as employing only neon signage for lighting, or covering the floor in crumpled newspapers.

475 10th Ave.; 212-239-2467


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Favorite Armory Work: “Kissing Spheres” by Tom Otterness, 2016

New Yorkers know Tom Otterness’s art from the “Life Underground” collection of bronze alligators and sphere-people placed throughout the 14th Street-Eighth Avenue subway station. In his latest work, those round, beloved creatures are much taller. Shown are two human-sized versions kissing.

The Gallery

Since it opened in 1946, Marlborough has become an internationally respected institution. Its Midtown location showcases established artists, while the Chelsea outpost focuses on emerging talent. Over the years, the gallery has represented such illustrious artists as Rothko and Pollock.

40 W. 57th St.; 212-541-4900

Two Palms

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Favorite Armory Work: “Untitled (Paradise)” by Cecily Brown, 2015

Two Palms chose to display only one artist’s works at this year’s Armory Show. Cecily Brown’s wispy monotype watercolors depict scenes from Noah’s Ark and Adam and Eve, all with a vibrant, tropical aesthetic.

The Gallery

The Soho studio specializes in contemporary paintings, many of which have tribal and abstract subject matter. They represent big names like Matthew Barney and Mel Bochner.

476 Broadway; 212-965-8598


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Favorite Armory Work: “Teenagers, V.2” by Ward Shelley, 2015

This intricate painting organizes the teenage mind by labeling interwoven arteries and tubes with social concepts like jazz, prohibition, clothes and war.

The Gallery

Formerly a Williamsburg staple, Pierogi recently crossed the river and opened a new location on the Lower East Side. Showing bold, emerging talent, the gallery represents artists such as Yoon Lee and Jonathan Schipper. Pierogi also maintains its Brooklyn exhibition space, now known as The Boiler.

155 Suffolk St.; 718-599-2144

Yancey Richardson

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Favorite Armory Work: “Adriatic Sea (Staged) Dancing People #8” by Olivo Barbieri, 2015

This visionary Italian photographer traversed Italy’s eastern coast by helicopter, observing the formations and movement of people at the beach. The New York Times describes the collection as “a cross between a Matisse painting and a Busby Berkeley film.”

The Gallery

This Chelsea art dealer has presented world-class works for the past 30 years. Representing mostly photographers, Yancey Richardson art ranges from the surrealistic images of Bryan Graf to bold and piercing portraits by Zanele Muholi.

525 W. 22nd St.; 646-230-9610

Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

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Favorite Armory Work: Exploded View: “Commuters” by Jim Campbell, 2011

This mural of blinking lights creates subtle silhouettes of passersby moving across its landscape, creating a dreamlike effect. As Joshua Eveland, the gallery’s Director of Operations told us: “Jim Campbell is one of the seminal new media artists.”

The Gallery

Specializing in new media works, the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is one of New York’s premier destinations for art-technology creations. Stop by before or after visiting the High Line, which is just around the corner.

505 W. 24th St.; 212-243-8830


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Favorite Armory Work: “Carmel Bandage” by John Chamberlain, 2002

John Chamberlain’s sculptures bring color and life to mangled car parts. Shown here is a case in point, with this piece’s gift-wrap stripes and four-legged base. Part of a two-man show, the sculpture feels right at home under massive Larry Poons paintings.

The Gallery

Danese/Corey is a contemporary gallery that tends to celebrate sculpture, showcasing works from surrealist Joan Mirô, for example.

511 W. 22nd St.; 212-223-2227

Armand Bartos

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Favorite Armory Work: “You Touch Me” by Tracey Emin, 2008

Shown above: One of the most prolific art dealers in New York City, Armand Bartos, works on his computer while surrounded by pieces from his collection, works by Warhol, Stella and Noguchi. Emin’s neon sign adds an odd, striking aspect to the spacious Armory booth.

The Gallery

Armand Bartos has specialized in dealing Postwar 20th Century art in New York City for more than 30 years. While he does not have a classic gallery space, there’s much to be discovered by seeking Bartos out at a fair such as the Armory, or by scheduling a private consultation.

Private Dealer; 212-288-6705

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