The Armory Show 2015

The Armory Show 2015

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About David Behringer

Founder of The Two Percent, David Behringer is the leading expert on “right now” in the New York contemporary art scene. Visiting over 200 gallery exhibitions a month for nearly 10 years straight, David’s obsession with uncovering and filtering the most unique art in the world on any given day is shared through his popular newsletter, highly rated private tours and new cutting-edge “live” audio tours.

A Seattle native, his move to New York coincided with Chelsea’s gradual transformation into a modern architecture mecca and home of the High Line. With serendipitous timing and an insatiable curiosity for all things creative, his expertise has expanded outside the gallery walls to include the amazing architecture, history, and legends between the galleries.
March 5, 2015
The Armory.

A fair so massive that it holds 8 simultaneous “satellite fairs” in its gravitational orbit, this year’s Armory Show feels bigger than ever. Ironically, the most unique and attention-grabbing artworks trended towards a feeling of loss, damage, and environmental reflection.

Below is my selection of this year's edition.

This exhibition is part of our coverage of Armory Week 2015.
The most powerful show of The Armory included dozens of antique prints of animals. Any extinct species pictured was cut out to reveal the red wall behind, accompanied by a description of when and why that animal disappeared. The cut out animals themselves had been burned and their ashes dramatically bottled.

Even cooler: The prints Brandon used were published at the time of that animal’s disappearance, making them some of the last illustrations of that animal while it was alive, and indicating the gap of time by the aging of the paper. Presented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

Simultaneously destructive and impressive, this REAL 19th century marble statue has been meticulously re-carved (or vandalized) to form a marble sphere locked within it’s scull. Presented by Ingleby Gallery.

This is not a photograph. Measuring 8 by 6 feet, this is a single piece of REAL tree that has been perfectly “peeled” and steamed flat. Don’t touch (but DO touch every other tree you walk by after the show... because they’re great too). Presented by Ohwow Gallery.

I’m a big fan of “kintsugi”, a Japanese tradition of mending broken ceramic heirlooms with gold lacquer, thereby highlighting the beauty of a break rather than disguising it. Korean artist Yeesookyung turns up the volume, purposefully breaking and Frankenstein-ing dozens of vases and teapots to create monstrous and beautiful sculptural abstractions. Presented by Kukje Gallery.

Photographed from the sky, these aerial images reveal the patchwork soil surrounding oil “pump jacks” at a time when the sun casts a perfect shadow of the machinery’s profile. Presented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery.