ART & DESIGN

The Not-So-Hidden Messages of Armory Week

Polly Shindler

From the Armory Show itself to its charmingly scrappy subsidiaries, the art fairs of Armory Week have been full of messages – and not just for potential buyers. Some, like a red neon by Tracey Emin, can be sensual, casting a seductive glow on the white-walled Pier 94. Others are more utilitarian, like a floor plaque urging caution around Jo Shane’s bottles of perishable breast milk at Spring/Break. In any case, what’s a better break from taking selfies than some good old-fashioned reading?

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“What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports” (2015) by Polly Shindler at Spring/Break. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“You Touch Me” by Tracey Emin at The Armory Show. Photo courtesy of Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York.

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Close-up of “Milk” (2016) by Jo Shane at Spring/Break. Curated by Jo Shane + Maripol.

Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Work by Jean-Baptiste Michel at Spring/Break. Curated by Marc Azoulay. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Come to Daddy” (2015) by Ivan Navarro at The Armory Show. Photo courtesy of the artist and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris/Brussels.

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“Finish Line” (2016) by Nicole Reber at Spring/Break. Curated by Myla Dalbesio. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Mommie Dearest Daddie Dead” (2015) by James Concannon at Spring/Break. Curated by 1985, Rémy Bennett, and Kelsey Bennett. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Wanted By the Law” (2011) by Andrea Bowers at The Armory Show. Photo courtesy of Andrew Kreps Gallery.

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“Untitled” (2013) by Erika Blair at Spring/Break. Curated by Jo Shane and Maripol. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Set in the Street” by Justin Bettman at Spring/Break. Curated by Marc Azoulay. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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At Spring/Break. Curated by 1985, Rémy Bennett, and Kelsey Bennett. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“VCR” (2015) by Polly Shindler at Spring/Break. Curated by Christopher Stout and Will Hutnick. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Good News” (2016) by Nicole Reber at Spring/Break. Curated by Myla Dalbesio. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Whose?” (2014) by Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos at Spring/Break. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Money” (2015) by Annette Kelm at The Armory Show. Photo courtesy of Konig Galerie.

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“Mondrian’s Works IV” by Joseph Kosuth at The Armory Show. Photo courtesy of Galleri Brandstrup Oslo.

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“Seven Minutes in Heaven” by Alanna Vanacore at Spring/Break. Curated by Aaron Levi Garvey.

Photo by Katie Thompson.

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Work by James Concannon at Spring/Break. Curated by 1985, Rémy Bennett, and Kelsey Bennett. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Art” by Mary Bauermeister at The Armory Show. Photo courtesy of 401 Contemporary, Berlin.

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“Broke Ass (from YOUNG MONEY performance)” (2011) by Myla Dalbesio at Spring/Break. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Broke Ass (from YOUNG MONEY performance)” (2011) by Myla Dalbesio at Spring/Break. Photo by Katie Thompson.

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“Broke Ass (from YOUNG MONEY performance)” (2011) by Myla Dalbesio at Spring/Break. Photo by Katie Thompson.