Armory Show for Eva – Piers 92 & 94 – March 8-11, 2018, New York

Ciao Manhattan!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (for contemporary and modern art junkies)! As winter storm Quinn hammers the Northeast with heavy snow, Manhattan looks like a Victorian snow globe version of a miniature Gotham City. It almost feels like Christmas, but we are in early March and it’s the VIP preview Day for the Armory Show, New York’s premier international art fair, which will be showcasing outstanding 20th and 21st century artworks by both established and emerging artists.  Although tackling the prima donna of U.S. art fairs might seem like a Sisyphean task, I am personally very excited (giddy, complete with the silly smile planted on my face) to attend this binge worthy selection of “the very best” that international Contemporary and Modern art galleries have to offer.

The fair’s 24th edition opens this week with a new Director (none other than Expo Chicago’s former Deputy Director Nicole Berry), a refreshed roster of exhibitors and, most importantly, a mandate to stay relevant

This year’s hot-button themes:

The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation
Technology and The Body
#MeToo movement

Quiet Lunch’s own Eva Zanardi went scouring the art fair only for the very best, this is what she found:


Mary Sibande, “Cry Havoc”, 2014, presented by Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg & Cape Town
Yayoi Kusama, Collages 1980-81 at Omer Tiroche Gallery
Gerhard Richter, “Grun-Blau-Rot 789-76”, 1993, 11 3/4/ X 15 3/4 in. at Lurdoff Gallery
Shin Gallery, installation view, J.PARK, “Embodiment”, 2018
Andy Warhol, “Details of Renaissance Paintings (Paolo Uccello, St. George the Dragon)”, 1984, Paint and ink on canvas, 48 x 72 in. at Wetterling Gallery
Ross Bleckner,”Untitled”, Oil on Linen, 72 X 72 in. at Crane Kalman Gallery


Tony Oursler, “Title tbc”, 2018, Aluminum, acrylic paint, resin, video monitor, digital player, 48 X 58 in. at Lisson Gallery
Seydou Keïta, “Untitled”, 1954-1960, posthumous gelatin black and white silver print, 25 3/4 X 21 3/4 X 1 3/8 in. at Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Tara Donovan, “Untitled”, 2018, a site specific installation presented by Pace Gallery, New York
Dorothea Tanning, “Early Politics”, 1988, oil on canvas, 63 3/4 X 51 1/8 in. at Alison Jacques Gallery
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, “Material I”, 2017, hand painted bronze, 27 1/2 X 39 X 29 7/8 in. at James Cohan gallery
JR, “Migrants, after an immigrant family views of the Statue of Liberty from Ellis Island immigration Station dock, courtesy of national Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument”, glass panel, 2018 , 3 separate panels, 35.4 X 100 in, 35.4 X 86.6 in. 35.4 X 94.9 in. at Jeffrey Deitch, New York
Darina Karpov, “Luxe et Volupté”, 2015. acrylic on canvas, 72 X 60 in. at Pierogi gallery
James Rosenquist, “Voyager-Speed of Light”, 2001, oil on canvas, 90 x 144, 02 in. at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, “Highlight #12”, 2018, styrofoam cut with hot-wire, assembled and glued by hand, 190 X 142 X 28 cm at Galeria Vera Cortês
Athi-Patra Ruga, “Lizalis Indinga Lakho/Autistik Imperium (Manifest Destiny/Autistic Empire), DETAIL, 2017, wool and thread on canvas, 16′ 4 3/4“ x 13′ 1 1/2” at Whatiftheworld Gallery


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