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East End Reps at New York’s Armory Week

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:07
The Halsey McKay booth at the Armory Show during a quiet moment

New York City throws its biggest art rave of the year this week, with several fairs throughout the city offering an international perspective on the current art market and the state of independent curatorial practice.

Those planning a visit this weekend will find several East End friends and neighbors in the mix, both participants and observers. At the Armory Show, the biggest and most “blue chip” of this week’s fairs, the Halsey McKay Gallery of East Hampton is in the Presents section, which is dedicated to young galleries showing emerging artists. The booth is across from the Butterfield Market dining concession and was buzzing on Wednesday, with Ryan Wallace fielding a lot of interest from preview attendees for the artwork on view by Colby Bird and Sheree Hovsepian.

Some of the artists with ties to the East End who are showing at the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94 through Sunday are Lynda Benglis, Norman Bluhm, Bruce High Quality Foundation, John Chamberlain, Michael Goldberg, Adolph Gottlieb, Roy Lichtenstein, Josephine Meckseper, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Cindy Sherman, and Michelle Stuart.

Tara Donovan, who was a Platform artist at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill in 2015, is an Armory Platform artist this year, presented by the Pace Gallery. Her large-scale installation is set in one of the prime locations in Pier 94, the “town square,” where she has put together hundreds of graduated plastic tubes that create their own topography and play with light for a simple yet subtly complicated piece.

On Thursday, previews of NADA on Washington Street and Independent on Varick Street revealed even more familiar names and faces. At NADA, Mr. Wallace’s paintings are on view at the Susan Inglett Gallery. Nearby, Joel Mesler’s Rental Gallery, which in East Hampton is just a couple of doors away on Newtown Lane from Halsey McKay, was buzzing with interest in the gallery’s offerings.

At Independent, Karma, which has had an Amagansett pop-up for the past few summers, is showing Paul Mogensen and Woody De Othello. Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects has recent and classic works by Michelle Stuart. Josephine Meckseper shows up again at Timothy Taylor’s space.

While no obvious connections to the area exist at Spring Break (at 4 Times Square) this year, its relevance to this moment in time with its “Stranger Comes to Town” theme is worth checking out.


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