February 7, 2003 - The Armory Show - Countdown to the Armory Show 2003
February 7, 2003

Countdown to the Armory Show 2003

Countdown to the Armory Show 2003
06/03/2003 - 10/03/2003

The Armory Show
Piers 88 & 90
Twelfth Avenue at 48th & 50th Streets
New York City


The world’s leading contemporary art fair debuts in four weeks

Opening Night Preview Gala, Thursday March 6

Friday March 7, 2003, Noon To 8pm
Saturday March 8, 2003, Noon To 8pm
Sunday March 9, 2003, Noon To 8pm
Monday March 10, 2003, Noon To 5pm
Opening Night Preview Gala, Thursday March 6
Admission $15 (available at the door)

Eagerly anticipated, highlights of this fifth annual exhibition of The Armory Show include:

Beyond Metamorphosis, Artist Victor Matthews to commemorate lives
lost at the World Trade Center in site-specific installation at The Armory Show
2003, The International Fair of New Art – 2985 painted umbrellas to
float on the Hudson River between piers 88 and 90.

175 exhibitors vetted from the world’s leading contemporary art
galleries showcasing new art from living artists

A grand Opening Night Preview Gala benefiting The Museum of Modern Art,
New York

New artwork by Barnaby Furnas, commissioned by The Armory Show 2003,
featured in official catalogue

49 of the world’s most reputable art publications, not-for-profits
cultural organizations and art related businesses

Over 30 international museum groups of prominent curators and collectors
participating in special viewing.


BEYOND METMORPHOSIS, a site-specific installation by artist Victor
Matthews commemorates in a touching way, the 2985 victims of the World
Trade Center. Victor Matthews will paint monarch butterflies on 2985
umbrellas, which will be floating on the Hudson River between Piers 88
and 90, an area that has never been utilized during the previous editions of
The Armory Show. This piece is particularly significant since the
fair’s venue, the Piers, was used as the Family Assistance Center and
headquarters of the city’s Emergency Response Command in the
aftermath of September 11th. Victor Matthews was born in Brooklyn in 1963, and for
many years has been living and working in a loft on Broadway, a few blocks
below Canal Street. He was one of the many displaced residents who found
refuge at the Piers in the days following the tragic events of 9/11.
Beyond Metamorphosis is his personal thank you to the site and to all
those who worked there helping New Yorkers recover. Beyond Metamorphosis
will be a poignant and enriching homage to all New Yorkers and will also
deepen the link between the creativity of the artistic community and the
recovery process of our unique city.


The Armory Show is committed to presenting the very best new art by
living artists. During last year’s fair, The New York Times stated,
“The Armory Show’s claim to be the ‘International Fair of New Art’
is more or less fulfilled.” This coming March will prove once more that, The
Armory Show is “the world’s leading fair devoted entirely to
contemporary art.” (The Washington Post). The Armory Show 2003 Selection Committee reviewed a
staggering 400 applications, an increase of 7.5% over last year, for
only 175 available spots. The Armory Show 2003 will welcome exhibitors from
five continents, including 89 from across America and 87 from abroad.
Countries represented include: Australia (2), Austria (5), Belgium (1),
Brazil (2), Canada (1), Denmark (1), France (10), Germany (22), Greece
(2), Ireland (1), Israel (1), Italy (3), Japan (5), Mexico (1), Spain
(2), Sweden (2), Switzerland (5) The Netherlands (3) and the United Kingdom
(15). In addition, galleries from Russia (2), Norway (1) and Costa Rica
(1) will be represented at the fair for the very first time. Forty
exhibitors will be making their debut at the fair in March, keeping The
Armory Show fresh and on the cutting edge of the art world. Collectors
and visitors will be able to admire and purchase works by over 1,800 artists
in all media (painting, sculpture, video, photography, installation,
performance and more). Continuing a long-time tradition, many artists
create new works of art specifically for The Armory Show 2003.

The Armory Show takes place on Piers 88 and 90 on Manhattan’s West
Side, two converted ship terminals offering beautiful natural light and a
fantastic view of the Hudson River. In March, exhibitors will be joined
by many thousands of their peers and art enthusiasts from around the globe
making New York City the true center of the international art world. In
addition to visiting The Armory Show 2003, exhibitors and visitors will
be able to take advantage of the amazing resources New York City has to
offer: leading museum collections and exhibitions, such as the
Matisse-Picasso show at MoMAQNS, the best and most diverse dining in the
world, award-winning theater and much, much more.

The Armory Show 2003 takes place concurrently with The Architectural
Digest Home Design Show on Pier 94. Nearly 200 exhibitors will display
the very best in design for the home, from furniture, fabrics, floor
coverings and home accessories to lighting, technology, kitchens and baths.
Visitors to the ADHDS receive discounted admission to The Armory Show 2003;
visitors to The Armory Show 2003 receive discounted admission to the
ADHDS. For more information, www.mmart.com/homedes


The Opening Night Preview Gala benefiting the Exhibition Fund of The
Museum of Modern Art, New York will take place on the evening of March
6. Once again, the evening promises to be one of the most talked about
events of the art world, attracting hundreds of the world’s top
collectors, curators, critics and celebrities. Information on this event is
available from The Museum of Modern Art. Email specialevents@moma.org or telephone
(212) 708-9680.


Artist Barnaby Furnas was commissioned by The Armory Show 2003 to create
a series of artworks which have been incorporated over the past months in
all visual materials associated with the fair. This is the second of an
ongoing series of annual commissions to be awarded to a different artist
each year, honoring The Armory Show’s commitment to living
artists. A full-color catalogue featuring his explosive watercolors will be
available at the fair ($20). Designed by award-winning designer Roman Luba, it is
printed and bound in Belgium by Snoeck Ducaju & Zoon, one of the
world’s most distinguished printers of fine art publications and catalogues.
Lavishly illustrated with full color reproductions of exhibited works,
The Armory Show 2003 catalogue will feature comprehensive contact
information for each exhibitor as well as a complete artist index. All art
professionals use it as a reference tool year round. Its fabulous design
also makes it a must-have item for any art aficionado.


49 of the world’s most reputable art publications, not-for-profits
cultural organizations and art related businesses also will have a
presence at The Armory Show 2003. As vital members of the contemporary
art community, they are essential in disseminating information about art,
initiating and furthering artists’ careers and maintaining the
cohesion of hundreds of art institutions and businesses worldwide.


On Saturday March 8, more than 30 museums worldwide will be sending
their top curators and collectors for an exclusive preview of the fair.


The Armory Show 2003 is sponsored in part by Atelier 4, Inc.,
illy, and The International Herald Tribune.

Atelier 4, Inc. is the official art storage and logistics
provider to the fair.

Partnerships with exceptional cultural organizations are at the heart of
the Häagen-Dazs arts initiative. Häagen-Dazs is showcasing
the innovative work of Kim Bennett, Cary Leibowitz, Stephen Powers, and The Starlings.
Curated by Creative Time, the artists’ installation will be complemented
by collectible, limited-edition objects of their own design that will be
freely distributed at the Häagen-Dazs sponsor booth to individuals who
sign up for the Häagen-Dazs Rewards Program. The display is an
extension of the Häagen-Dazs national arts initiative “The Art of Pure
Pleasure,” which supports leading-edge work in film, fashion, and the visual and
performing arts that brings art and artists to new audiences. Recently,
Häagen-Dazs and Creative Time commissioned and presented the 2002
Holiday Light Show on the soaring ceiling of New York City’s Grand Central

As the world’s coffee authority, illy has led the coffee industry
in innovation, technology and knowledge. Its artist cup collection is
recognized around the world and, since 1992, an international Who’s Who
of artists has graced illy cups with their original designs. illy is the
official sponsor of The Armory Show 2003’s VIP Collectors Lounges,
where the most important visitors to the fair gather to network and relax.

The International Herald Tribune is the world’s daily
newspaper. Edited in Paris, the paper is printed in 23 cities on four continents and is read
daily by nearly 700,000 internationals in 180 countries. Over 60% of
readers classify themselves as collectors. The IHT’s art pages are
edited by world-renowned journalist and critic, Souren Melikian, whose column
appears Saturdays in the paper.

For more information please visit www.thearmoryshow.com

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