POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
The New York Armory Show delivers everything it promised this year, which frankly was never more than a mediocre fair. Sprawling two piers, their trademark gray carpet and lines of gallery booths run as far as the eye can see. Every allotted space looks essentially the same, which sucks for everyone because the art, in turn, blends together as though it were all the same. I pray the Armory finds a new floor plan designer, or better yet, moves to the Javits Center.
This year, the VIP preview felt much busier than the 2008 or 2009 fairs, which though annoying for visitors, at least suggests people are interested in buying art again. We’re not back to the level where mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving the opening remarks, but that’s fine. No one needs another boom funded by mortgage backed securities.
Reed Seifer, Forget, 2010, perfume
As for the quality of the show, who can tell? I came out with the impression that the overall success of the fair had dipped slightly, not because there was more awful work exhibited, but rather an increase in the unremarkable. Were it not for an unusually entertaining ten percent of highlights, trends, and bizarre juxtapositions, graphic artist Reed Seifer’s stinky perfume “Forget”, sold in a booth near the front entrance, would be unneeded this time around. More on this to come.