When I approached this piece for AFC I decided in advance to photograph how booths were set up and to look at the environment as opposed to the art. When I arrived all that changed. I ended up photographing some art as well as people I bumped into, and had some really funny interactions. Best of all, I bought a piece of art.
Mr. Pee, an Art F City commenter and a member of the B…FU faculty, and Mr. Panero, executive editor and gallery critic at The New Criterion, take on Jeremy Bailey, Mona Hatoum, Andrew Ohanesian, Art Markit, Chris Wiley, Aiko Hachisuka, and Jon Rafman.
Writing about the Armory Show comes with a caveat: people lie. Ask a dealer if they’ve made any sales, and they’ll often say “yes,” whether or not they’ve actually sold anything. Often, though, those tales reveal themselves. Some lies come with errors. This year, for example, a dealer told us collectors only buy at the end of a fair—an obviously false statement—but yes, she’d sold some small works. Other tales reveal themselves years later. Like when a dealer tells you he was “losing his shirt” at a past fair, forgetting that he’d told you that very same year that he’d sold out the booth.