September 22, 2011
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Katelijne De Backer has stepped down as head of The Armory Show, fair planners told the press this Monday. The news comes as the fair announces that the show will once more be downsized from the year before, though organizers are painting this as intentional. “Our dealers want us to have a more focused group, with larger spaces,” says Paul Morris, the fair’s founding director and replacement for De Backer. Of course, the price point for the booths remains the same, so the fair may also be responding to increased competition. On a related note, London’s Frieze Fair finally announced that they would launch a 2012 New York fair of similar size (roughly 170 booths) after two years of rumors.