By PAUL LASTER, November 2021
Presenting a lively selection of contemporary and modernist artworks by an international mix of artists, the 2021 edition of The Art Show kicked off to a packed house of collector, curators and critics on Wednesday evening at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), the beloved art fair features 72 member galleries from across the United States. With 40 exhibitors offering solos shows and many others presenting rare and never-before-seen works, this year’s fair delight the eye while providing plenty of food for thought.
Modernist highlights included a superb selection of abstract paintings and sculptures by Dada pioneer Jean Arp at Michael Werner, paintings and works on paper by Surrealist painter and poet Dorothea Tanning at Gallery Wendi Norris and mystical watercolors by self-taught Argentinian artist Xul Solar at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, while amongst the contemporary standout presentations were abstract expressionist paintings and collages by Korean American painter Wook-Kyung Choi at Tina Kim Gallery, colorful AfriCOBRA works by Jae Jarrell and Wadsworth Jarrell at Jenkins Johnson Gallery and dynamic textile weavings at Garth Greenan Gallery by Native American artist Melissa Cody.
Scroll through the images below to see our favorite pieces, in a variety of mediums, from this year’s show. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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