NEW YORK—Part of the appeal of the Armory Show and the countless other art fairs that have sprouted up in recent years—whether their focus is blue-chip fine art or emerging artists and independent galleries—is the spectacle factor. Live performance art and grand installations intrigue visitors season after season.
You could use the installations as sign posts to navigate the show. Scale and innovative use (or reuse) of materials are usually at play, along with considerations such as light, gravity, balance and composition to create works that complement, and in some cases help define, an artist’s practice.
The following is a selection of 11 compelling works, a great majority of them suspended in air like “NGC 5457,” 2014 (metal, iridescent acrylic, polyester, nylon monofilament, stainless steel thread, adhesive) by Tomas Saraceno (shown above) at Andersen’s Contemporary of Denmark.
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“Obituary Note,” 2013 (burnt wood and bronze) by Tallur L.N. at Jack Shainman Gallery.
“White Speech Bubble III,” 2012 (polyester varnish clear coated) by Jurgen Drescher at Mai 36 Galerie of Zurich.
“Oyster #5,” 2013-14 (wood galvanized steel, flashe on panel, fabric on panel, silver and gesso on panel, framed type c paint, oil on canvas, enamel on aluminum, oiled wood, various fasteners) by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam at James Cohan Gallery of New York.
“Behemoth,” 2012 (virgin cork and pure pigment) Jason Martin at Galerie Forsblom of Helsinki.