The Armory Show’s 2012 Artist Commission

The Armory Show’s 2012 Artist Commission

We were pleased to learn that one of our 30 Under 40 Emerging Art Mavens was chosen as the Amory Show 2012 commissioned artist for the fair. Sculptor and urban planner, Theaster Gates will create the visual identity for the Armory Show 2012.

For the Artist Commission, The Armory Show will embrace the aesthetic of Gates’ work and incorporate it into the design of the 2012 catalogue, Armory Circle VIP brochure and all other printed materials related to the 2012 edition of the fair. The artist will also produce a limited edition multiple available in March at The Armory Show.

“It is an honor to have an artist whose work incorporates a broad spectrum of cultural archives as a medium to critically engage with the past. Theaster’s work, and his dedication to the history and ‘archive’ of Chicago, will bring a new voice to the tradition of the artist commission at The Armory Show” noted Paul Morris, Vice President, Art Shows and Events, MMPI and Co-Founder of The Armory Show.

Katelijne De Backer, Executive Director of The Armory Show, noted, “Theaster’s work is often called ‘transformative,’ and we are flattered that he is lending his bold, energetic commentary to The Armory Show.  It is a priority for us to keep the artist ever at the forefront.  Theaster has a mastery of performance, installation, visual arts and urban transformation.  We are eager to bring this provocative force in today’s art world to The Armory Show collectors and visitors.”

Gates’ current and ongoing works include The Dorchester Projects a series of rehabbed buildings on Chicago’s South Side where the artist has culled, collected, preserved and enlivened the artifacts of local life. The project currently houses and makes publically accessible books from the Prairie Ave. Bookstore, a music collection from Dr. Wax (a legendary jazz and Blues record store), and the University of Chicago’s glass lantern slide library. At The Dorchester Projects, Gates’ sensibility as a catalyst for social activity is best seen, where he is able to connect disparate groups into action by elevating familiar rituals into hybrid activities.

The Armory Show introduced its annual commission in 2002 with artist Karen Kilimnik. It was followed by partnerships with Barnaby Furnas (2003), Lisa Ruyter (2004), Jockum Nordström (2005), John Wesley (2006), Pipilotti Rist (2007), Mary Heilmann and John Waters (2008), Ewan Gibbs (2009), Susan Collis (2010), and Gabriel Kuri (2011).

In 2006 The Armory Show began publishing an annual series of editions by its commissioned artists to benefit the Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Cancer Foundation and the Pat Hearn and Colin de Land Acquisition Fund at The Museum of Modern Art.

2012 Fair Show Dates and Times
March 8-11, 2012
Piers 92 & 94
Twelfth Avenueat 55th Street
New York City

The Armory Show 2012 Opening Day takes place Wednesday, March 7th for invited guests

Thursday, March 8 - Saturday, March 10 Noon to 8 pm

Sunday, March 11 Noon to 7 pm


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