Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Armory Show 2007

The line for the Armory Show.
2.24.07 - The Armory Show 2007 opened on Thursday with a preview benefiting the Museum of Modern Art. The Armory started out in 1994 in the Gramercy Park Hotel and now has blossomed into one of the top fairs in the world. This year, the fair has moved all under one roof at the far superior Pier 94 on the Hudson River.

I spent the entire day there taking in the contemporary art offerings from over 150 of the world's best galleries.

The fair remains open through Monday, so it is a must see for anyone interested in what's happening in the art of today. My own personal discoveries were the work of Julien Hoeber given a solo showing at LA's Blum & Poe; Adrian Paci's brilliant six-minute film at Milan's Francesca Kaufmann; Alice Neel's Nature Morte at Cheim & Read, and William J. O'Brien at Chicago's Shane Campbell.

I was lucky enough to be included for the dinner Blum & Poe gave for Julien Hoeber at the ever-glamourous Indochine afterwards. For more information go to:

Here's a peek at the first day of the fair.

— Charlie Scheips
Adrian Rosenfeld.
Julien Hoeber at Blum & Poe.
Clifford Chance's Amy Goldman with Eric Falkenstein and Susan Reynolds.
Julien Rosefeldt's Asylum installation at Clifford Chance.
Alison Jacques with Paul Morrison.
Matthew Monahan at Anton Kern.
Anton Kern and Christoph Gerozissis.
David Kordansky working the cell.
The men of Pace/Wildenstein: Peter Boris, Bill Wood, Marc Glimcher, Jeff Burch, and David Goerk.
MOMA's Peter Reed with Charlie Scheips.
Yayoi Kusama at Robert Miller.
Chuck Close in Artforum lounge.
Herve Loevenbruck and Elisabeth Fiore.
Mierle Laderman Ukeles's The Social Mirror at Ronald Feldman.
Art Newspaper's Marc Spiegler.
Slater Bradley installation.
Christopher Williams and MOCA's Ann Goldstein.
Ugo Rondinone at Matthew Marks.
Joni Weyl.
Kathy Murphy and Harry Stendahl.
MOMA's Glenn Lowry.
Marc Foxx's Rodney Hill with Anne Collier.
Artist Space's Benjamin Weil.
Jack Shainman.
Art in America's Richard Vine.
Sara Meltzer and Rachel Gugelberger.
Paul Kasmin and Clara Ha with Deborah Kass painting.
Cornelia Grassi with Aleksandra Mir.
Tracey Emin at Lehmann Maupin.
Barry Rosen.
Nancy Whyte and Matthijs Erdman.
Michael Stout and John Thomas.
Vogue's Sandra Hamburg.
Dorsey Waxter of Greenberg Van Doren.
Book shops designed by Vito Acconci.
Skip Mooney.
Bernard Jacobson.
Model of New Museum by Sejima & Nishizawa.
Clarissa Dalyrimple, Shelly Freemont, and Ann Livet.
Bill Cunningham.
MOCA's Ari Wiseman and MCA's Domenic Molon.
Cary Leitzes.
Laura Lord with Jack Pierson and Alison Jacques.
Sotheby's Alex Rotter with Ursula Krinzinger and Amy Rotter.
Armory Show founder Paul Morris.

The Rubell Family at Victoria Miro.
Stephen Shore's Andy Warhol at 303.
Jeff Poe, Carnegie's Douglas Fogle, and Timothy Blum.
Julian Hoeber at Blum & Poe.
Jan Rothchild with Emily Pulitzer.
David Levinthal with Cerealart's Larry, Shiya, and Debbie Mangel.
Alison Jacques with Michael Steinberg and Suzie Slesin.
Patricia Shea, Ari Wiseman, and Kim and Michael McCarty.
Afterwards, we headed to Indochine for the dinner Blum & Poe gave for Julien Hoeber.

Top: Indochine's dynamic duo Jorg and Virginia. Above, l. to r.: Vogue Italia's Mariuccia Casadio and Timothy Blum; Jeff Poe. Left: Julien Hoeber, guest of honor, and Blum & Poe's Bridget Carron.

Photographs by Eric Anderson