A First Look at the Women Artists of the Armory Show 2016

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Women are making their mark at The Armory Show in New York. Before the VIP opening on Wednesday, a preview of the most striking booths at the fair.


Sylvie Fleury, at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac And we have lift-off, with one of the Swiss artist’s sexy, shiny objets. It’s a little phallic, and a lot pink — the emasculation is not a coincidence.

Sylvie Fleury. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.


Zoë Paul at The Breeder Few could take an old refrigerator grill and bead it in so painterly a manner as this young British artist can. Crafting made cool, literally.

Zoe Paul, “Hand Sign C,” 2015. Courtesy The Breeder, Athens.


Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze at Mariane Ibrahim Born in Nigeria, raised in the U.K., and now based in New York, Amanze’s dreamy drawings, which are part of the Armory Focus section — which this year zeroes in on artists with African roots — are as fluently free-floating as the artist herself.

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, “I sent you to survey the world, and when you did not return, I came,” 2016. Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim gallery.


Sigalet Landau at Hezi Cohen The Israeli artist took black bridal gowns and dunked them in her native Dead Sea until they turned white. Even a Jewish mother might agree that the humor is a little dark, yes?

Sigalit Landau in collaboration with Yotam From, “Salt-Crystal Bridal Gown III” and “Salt-Crystal Bridal Gown VI,” 2014. Photo by Yotam From. Courtesy Hezi Cohen.


Esther Stocker at Alberta Pane. The Armory is cavernous enough to make you lose your bearings. Maybe save the Vienna-based painter’s geometric environments, which take Op Art to a trippier level, after you’ve found them first.

Esther Stocker, Installation view, “Dirty Geometry,” 2011. Copyright Takeshi Sugiura. Courtesy Alberta Pane Gallery.


Tracey Emin at Lorcan O’Neill If Cosmo ever does an Art Issue, we have your artist collaborator.

Tracey Emin, “The more of you the more I love you,” 2015. Courtesy Galleria Lorcan O’Neil


Cecilia Edefalk at Stene Projects F—k the self portrait, the Swedish artist is telling you.

Cecilia Edefalk, “Selfportrait,” 1993/2004. Courtesy Stene Projects Stockholm .


Laura Aldridge at Koppe Astner Just the thing to soften up the cold, hard edges of any art fair, courtesy of this Glasgow-based artist.

Laura Aldridge, Courtesy Koppe Astner.


Cindy Sherman at Vivian Horan Let’s go out with one of Sherman’s groundbreaking film stills, featuring herself as ye Old Hollywood clichés — bombshell, career girl, housewife, vamp, and so on. How much has really changed since the ’70s?