From Platform to Your Home, 15 Artists to Collect from The Armory Show

Artsy Specialist
Mar 5, 2018 12:56pm
A standout presentation at The Armory Show can launch an artist’s career to new heights. Who should you watch this year?
From JR to Amalia Pica, these 15 talents will be presenting monumental installations and performances in the fair’s Platform section, curated by Jen Mergel. If you fall in love with these large-scale works at the fair, you can take home their smaller works with Artsy.
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JR’s super-sized tableau of immigrants and refugees spans the entrance of The Armory Show—and also fills Jeffrey Deitch’s highly anticipated booth at the fair.

Leonardo Drew

Drew’s abstract prints reimagine the artist’s sculptures of urban detritus—and also resemble topographic maps, starry nights, and dense cityscapes.
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Sarah Cain

Pushing the limits of abstract painting, the Los Angeles-based artist extends her bright, playful compositions across canvases, found objects, and even gallery floors.

Berndnaut Smilde

Through smoke and water vapor, Smilde creates miniature clouds in both indoor and outdoor spaces—and then photographs them before they disappear into thin air.

Wang Xin

The Shanghai-based artist frequently uses catchy slogans and a bold shade of pink and to critique the art market, making statements such as “every artist should have a solo show.”
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Tara Donovan

At The Armory Show, Donovan is exhibiting tens of thousands of clear plastic tubes to form a rippling sea—and these prints capture the artist’s signature style at a much smaller scale.

Jeffrey Gibson

The artist—who is part Choctaw and part Cherokee—incorporates the style of Native American Ghost Dance shirts into his empowering graphic textiles.
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Elmgreen & Dragset

The European duo—who famously installed an upright swimming pool in New York’s Rockefeller Center and an abandoned Prada boutique in Marfa, Texas—is celebrated for its clever art world critiques.

Richard Long

The legendary Land artist incorporates mud, thumbprints, and driftwood into his ephemeral performances, large-scale installations, and abstract prints.

Mary Sibande

At The Armory Show, Sibande presents her avatar, Sophie, dressed in a purple gown surrounded by a pack of red dogs—a strong statement of female power.
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Beth Campbell

Using infographics and diagrams, Campbell visualizes her streams of consciousness through drawings, mirrors, and mobiles—and her pieces were recently featured in a solo survey at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Amalia Pica

From a series of found object sculptures that represent the human body to a durational confetti-throwing performance at The Armory Show, Pica creates a diverse set of conceptual artworks, all driven by the desire to be understood.
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Wilmer Wilson IV

In one of his most celebrated works, Wilson covered himself in stamps and went to a post-office asking to be placed in the mail—a performative homage to Henry Brown, the 19th century slave who escaped to freedom by shipping himself in a box.
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Bruce High Quality Foundation

This anonymous collective, founded in 2001, is notorious for its art world humor, such as this series of revisited art historical masterpieces.
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Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley

Combining performance art and architecture, Schweder and Shelley construct wheels, towers, and floating apartments that challenge how people can inhabit the same space.