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Sneak Peak: What to Look for at The Art Show

  Sigmar Polke, Untitled, 1992. Acrylic and gouache on paper, 27 1/2 x 39 1/3 in, 70 x 100 cm. Courtesy Barbara Mathes, New York 


The 29th edition of The Art Show kicks off this week with 72 exhibitors from across the United States. Presented at the Park Avenue Armory by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) from March 1 to 5, the show is the nation’s longest running art fair, and one of its most respected.

Judged by many New Yorkers to be the best art fair in the city, this year’s show offers an excellent selection of works from the 19th century through today, by artists of a variety of genres, practices and national and international origin.

The 2017 fair features a number of first-time exhibitors, including James Fuentes, Fergus McCaffrey and Casey Kaplan, which is presenting a solo show of abstract paintings by Sarah Crowner, who recently debuted a big painting installation commissioned by The Wright at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Longtime ADAA members who are returning to the fair include San Francisco’s Berggruen Gallery, Boston’s Barbara Krakow Gallery and New York’s Washburn Gallery, which is showing a dynamic group of Jackson Pollock’s psychological drawings from the 1940s and ‘50s.

Other highlights include solo shows of Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha sculptures combining everyday objects at CRG Gallery, a four-decade survey of expressionistic works by Joyce Pensato at Petzel, Bill Jensen’s recent series of dark paintings at Cheim & Read, Lee Krasner’s collage paintings that incorporated and re-contextualized fragments of earlier work at Paul Kasmin Gallery and new sculptures and watercolors investigating the issue of melting glacial ice by Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

Scroll through the images below to get a sneak peek of our picks of remarkable works you’ll find at the fair. WM

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (9-51), 2016. Oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28 in, 55.9 cm x 71.1 cm. Photography by Kerry Ryan McFate © Thomas Nozkowski. Courtesy Pace, New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Seoul

Henri Laurens, La Banderole, 1931. Bronze, 14 1/2 in high. Courtesy Donald Morris, New York

Chris Ofili, Poured Lime Bar, 2014. Watercolor and charcoal on paper, 19 1/8 x 12 5/8 in, 48.6 x 31.9 cm. © Chris Ofili. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

Donald Judd, Untitled (#251-254), 1991-94. Set of four woodcuts printed in French ultramarine blue on Japanese laid paper Mitsumata, 26 1/4 x 38 1/2 in, 67 x 99 cm each. Published by Brooke Alexander Editions, New York

Joyce Pensato, Untitled (Bart Simpson) 1994. Enamel on paper, 41 1/8 x 29 1/8 in, 104.5 x 74 cm. Courtesy Petzel, New York

Caitlin Keogh, Untitled, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 81 x 108 in, 205.7 x 274.3 cm. Courtesy Bortolami, New York

Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 1949. Ink and graphite on paper, 22 x 15 in, 55.9 x 38.1 cm. Courtesy Peter Blum Gallery, New York

Jackson Pollock, Untitled, c. 1952-56. Ink on matchbox cardboard. 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. Courtesy Washburn Gallery, New York

Alexander Ross, Goosefoot, 2015. Oil on canvas, 54 x 52 in, 137.2 x 132.1 cm. © Alexander Ross, Courtesy David Nolan Gallery, New York

Willem de Kooning, Untitled, 1967. Oil on paper laid down on Masonite, 28 3/4 x 22 7/8 in. Courtesy of Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

Olafur Eliasson, Single gilded sphere (WT), 2017. Gilded glass, steel 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 in, 30 x 30 x 30 cm. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Bill Jensen, Hushed Mountains III, 2015-16. Oil on linen 32 x 25 in, 81.3 x 63.5 cm. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

Jasper Johns, Untitled, 2015. Monotype on Sommerset Velvet Cream paper, 38 x 29 7/8 in, 97 x 76 cm. © Jasper Johns, Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles

Dorothy Antoinette (Toni) LaSelle, Small Doxology, lll, 1956. Oil on canvas-board, 10 x 8 in. Courtesy Inman Gallery, Houston

Francis Picabia, Espagnole, ca. 1923-1927. Watercolor, ink, pencil on paper mounted on board, 32 3/4 x 27 1/4 in, 83.5 x 69 cm. Courtesy Michael Werner, New York and London

Bradley Walker-Tomlin, Number 8, 1949. Oil on canvas, 39 x 44 in. Courtesy Manny Silverman, Los Angeles

Alexandre da Cunha, Morning XII, 2017. Glass bottle, pigment, wooden knob and tamborine, 18 1/2 x 10 x 4 in. Courtesy CRG Gallery, New York

Lee Krasner, The Farthest Point, 1981. Oil on paper collage on canvas, 56 3/4 x 37 1/4 in, 144.1 x 94.6 cm. © 2016 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Sarah Crowner, Legs (Red), 2017. Acrylic on canvas, sewn, 86 x 72 in, 218.4 x 182.9cm. Photo: Jean Vong. Courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York

Aristide Maillol, Maquette for Mountain, 1936-37. Unique sculpture in lead, 11 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 11 in. Courtesy Jeffrey H. Loria & Co, New York


Paul Laster

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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