Must-Sees at The Armory Show & Beyond This Fall

Art & Object, September 3, 2021

This year and last, most art fairs have dramatically scaled back their in-person offerings. NADA went completely virtual back in September 2020, while Frieze plans to open this October with half of its regular roster. Not so with The Armory Show, a stalwart of the New York art fair circuit. When it opens in its new location at the Javits Center on September 9, The Armory Show will have close to 200 exhibitors—more than it had last year. While several of the biggest names are notably absent this year (including Gagosian and White Cube), there’s still more than enough on offer.


From Hollis Taggart’s focus on forgotten female artists, to the edgy, interdisciplinary works at 303 Gallery’s booth, this year’s exhibitors have taken radically divergent approaches to their offerings. We’ve selected a few of our favorites to help guide you through this year’s Armory Show. After you’re done at the fair, be sure to visit nearby galleries to see additional works by the fair artists, as well as several excellent group shows.


Hollis Taggart

The post-war powerhouse’s booth features a selection of works by Abstract Expressionist, Post-War, and Contemporary artists. This year, the gallery has focused on the works of women artists producing in the post-war period. Among the highlights are a beautiful abstract work by Michael (Corinne) West, one of the unsung heroes of Abstract Expressionism, and an elegant abstract work by photorealist painter Audrey Flack. Other artists exhibited include Leon Berkowitz, Gene Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, Vivian Springford, and Idelle Weber.


On September 10, Hollis Taggart’s Chelsea location will open a solo show featuring new works by Hollis Heichemer. Heichemer’s expressive paintings take an abstract, lyrical approach to her surroundings. The show is up until October 9.


Read more stories from Jonah Goldman Kay

Jonah Goldman Kay is a writer based between New Orleans and London.

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