“Back when the fair was created, people were getting out to galleries and seeing the artwork,” she said. Now, “you certainly get more eyes on the work at fairs.…Fairs are a hugely important part of the fabric of the art world.”
She’s also keenly aware that fairs should reflect the wider art world as it, too, evolves. At Armory, that might begin with a reshuffling or expansion of the eight-man selection committee, which Berry diplomatically said has “the potential to change, based on the fact that it is all male.” She also said the discussion is ongoing about whether to drop the requirement that galleries have a brick-and-mortar location, as Frieze New York did for its upcoming edition, and pointed out that Armory selected two design galleries for the first time this year, whose proposals were “very art-forward.”
But before she makes any major decisions about next year, she’ll take her annual vacation, which begins promptly after the fair is taken down. This year, she’s headed to Costa Rica; in previous years, she has unwound in Tulum, Morocco, and Hawaii. Will she take two weeks off to decompress?
“Just a week,” she said. “I can’t afford two weeks. I have to get to Hong Kong!”