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Five Things To Know About The Armory Show



March in New York City brings together seven different art fairs for Armory Arts Week, anchored by The Armory Show. One of New York’s biggest international art fairs, over 200 galleries from 30 countries will exhibit contemporary and modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The 2018 Armory Show runs from March 8-11 at Piers 92 & 94, 711 Twelfth Avenue (W 55th & the West Side Highway). Below, check out five fast facts about this annual artistic tradition.

1.)  Its origins began in 1913. The Association of American Painters and Sculpture held the very first large exhibition of modern art in America, beginning in New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory before moving to Chicago and Boston. This was the first time many Americans had ever seen contemporary art and many were quite shocked at the contents.

2.) The current Armory Show was created in 1994. A group of New York art dealers (Colin de Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks and Paul Morris) rented rooms at the Gramercy Park Hotel and invited dealers from New York and abroad to view works exclusively by living artists. Once the fair outgrew the hotel, it payed homage to the original Armory Show by taking its name and moving to a bigger space.

3.) The fair is made up of five unique sectors. The different exhibitors are broken into five sections including: Galleries, 20th and 21st century artworks; Insights, solo-artist, dual-artist and thematic presentations of 20th century artworks; Presents, galleries no more than ten years old; Focus, galleries featuring new or rarely seen work by important contemporary artists; and Platform, large-scale artwork and installations.

4.) Armory Live. For those who can’t travel to New York for the fair, they are able to experience all the offerings via the Armory Live platform. The fair will be screening programming including talks, exhibitions and presentations via the Armory Live website.

5.) Ticket prices. Tickets are available for single day purchase (beginning at $47) or for the full show ($80). Discounted pricing available for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at


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