The Armory Show on Pier 92 & 94 closed March 6th with a record breaking attendance of nearly 65,000 art lovers. With extraordinary sales and a rich programming featuring private collections and studio tours, private museum previews, receptions at consulates and extensive neighborhood-focused "nights" as part of our Armory Circle and Armory Arts Week events, the 13th edition of the fair exceeded expectations and captivated both the public and the press.
Paul Morris, Armory Show Founder noted that "The Armory Show was in top form in 2011. Not only did all our exhibitors, in both the Modern and Contemporary section, do very well, the quality of the work on view was phenomenal. The solo showings and curated booths were the crowd favorites, but by all accounts, the fair looked beautiful."
On Pier 94, many dealers reported sold out booths including, Lehmann Maupin’s solo show of the celebrated British duo Gilbert & George’s Urethra Postcard Art were priced to sell at about $30,000 each. Meanwhile, Hauser & Wirth, the New York/Zurich/London power house reported sales by Martin Creed, Louise Bourgeois, and Paul McCarthy, ranging from $25,000-250,000. London’s White Cube sold an Anthony Gormley sculpture ($125,000) as well as pieces by YBA alumn’s Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. BlainSouthern sold everything in their booth including works by Matt Collishaw, Jonas Burgert and Rachel Howard. On Pier 92, the sales were equally exciting and it was a crowd pleaser with both the press and collectors.
Across Pier 92 & 94 exhibitors were ecstatic with the turnout and better than expected sales.