The reviews are in and the overall sentiment of this year’s Armory Art Fair is that it was quite a success. The theme that stood out most was one practically everyone can relate to- identity. A strong message and clear emphasis on the human lifestyle ranging from race, to the lifestyle of the middle class, Armory created an experiential art environment enabling attendees to be active participants.
Arguably the strongest presence was that of African American culture. Some critics were relieved that Contemporary Art wasn’t necessarily at the forefront and that another theme could take hold. Combining art with activism, there were a few key installations that stood out. The collection of primitive style art created by one of the first African American artists to win prominence, Bill Traylor, using graphite and cardboard was a fascinating story of loyalty and tribulation.
Bill Traylor’s Young Mule, c 1939-1942. Photograph: Betty Cunningham gallery
Another installation that caught the eye was the Caucasian Zimbabwean artist living in South Africa. A reflection of displacement was prominent. Using a collage of Chinese laundry bags to depict the world, left one feeling almost forlorn and in an identity crisis of sorts.
Installation view of works by Dan Halter at WHATIFTHEWORLD’s booth at The Armory Show, 2016.
Photo by Adam Reich for Artsy
Overall, the Armory Art Fair was rather casual-- yet powerful. Showcasing all sorts of mediums, color schemes and societal topics, all while working human identity and mindfulness throughout.
We've curated a collection of images that captured our perspective of the show.