The Armory Show-The International Fair of New Art officially closes later today in New York City, with hundreds of galleries exhibiting thousands of artists in the West Side’s Pier 94. The Armory Show was introduced in 1999 and took place at the 69th Regiment Armory, the site of the famed Armory Show of 1913 that introduced modern art to America. This year’s show introduced The Armory Show-Modern on Pier 92, a new section devoted to historically significant modern and contemporary art.
The Armory Show’s 2009 commissioned artist, Ewan Gibbs has created the identity of the show with his grisaille drawings, executed with strictly straight and diagonal pencil lines. The stunning precision of these lines is tempered by the hazy familiarity of Gibbs’ quintessentially New York subject matter, displaying scenes of quotidian street life as well as iconic architecture. Gibbs’ compelling contemporary work is rooted in traditional technique, making him a satisfying and suitable choice for representing the Armory Show and The Armory Show-Modern.
The Armory Show is open March 5th-8th from noon until 8pm.