Posted by cathedralofshit on February 9, 2010
Rumours surrounding problems at this years new Darren Flook and Elizabeth Dee conception ‘Independent’ range from tales of lack of money, and in-house disagreements. However, this may be scurrilous rumour-mongering from galleries still participating at the Armory. Is NY’s premier art fair losing its mojo?
According to many art dealers, yes… upscale galleries such as Blum and Poe, Tanya Bonakdar, Metro Pictures, Friedrich Petzel, and David Zwirner, all staples from the time when Colin De Land was steering the ship, have all migrated to ADAA, and the Armory hasn’t gotten any cheaper. Even established galleries chose to take part in the 2008 Dark Fair rather than participate in the depressing buildings that make up Piers 92 and 94.
In the words of one participating dealer – “who wants to go to a trade fair in a recession? Depressing. Spend less money, show art in a space that was actually designed for that, and feel good about the fact that you’re doing something new”.