This marks Taittinger’s first time at The Armory Show, and he’s emphatic in his commitment to return next year. But he plans to show in the contemporary section instead, suggesting that the Galleries and Insights sections of the fair are on more equal footing than before.
An increasingly robust Insights section could allow galleries like Taittinger with diverse programs greater ability to alternate between sections from year to year, which has not previously been the case. This further reflects collectors’ renewed interest in artists across historical periods, rather than strict adherence to fresh-from-the-studio contemporary art.
Gallerist Michael Rosenfeld
is already mixing modern and contemporary works in a booth, organized around the theme “Signs & Symbols.” A 2007 sculpture by
with black wool ropes spilling down its sides, for example, is in direct conversation with a similarly-hued 1976 work by
“I’m a believer that modern and contemporary art should all be combined, side by side,” he said.
Rosenfeld was enthusiastic about the prospect of new eyes driven by Pier 92’s revised layout, which sends fairgoers through Insights to reach the always-buzzy Focus sector. “I’m very much in favor of them shaking up the fair,” he said.
Rosenfeld said he hopes this shift allows collectors who have previously focused solely on the work of young artists to discover timeless work from the 20th century they might equally enjoy.
“It’s not bad,” he laughed. “It’s actually really cool.”