Dispatches From the Armory Show 2014

NEW YORK—Navigating The Armory Show can be a daunting adventure, but organizers have made it a priority to ease the strain with plenty of stylish seating areas, bars and cafes dispersed throughout Pier 94. Most importantly, around every corner there are fascinating works to see, some odd (racy, amazon chick sculptures), easily overlooked (those were Ai Weiwei chairs) or composed of unexpected materials. And in this den of contemporary art, there are even some paintings on exhibit, too. Representative highlights are featured below.

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“Petrol Cargo” by Romuald Hazoume at October Gallery of London.

Installation view of mixed-media, found-object petrol cans by Romuald Hazoume.

“T/O/T/E/M (…in a row…),” 2014 (ceramic, ash plywood, plexiglass, patina) by Nathan Mabry at Praz Delavallade of Paris, France.

Installation view, from left, “T/O/T/E/M (…in a row…),” 2014 (ceramic, ash plywood, plexiglass, patina) and “T/O/T/E/M (…would have bit you…),” 2014 (ceramic, red oak plywood, plexiglass, patina) both by by Nathan Mabry at Praz Delavallade of Paris, France.

Detail of “102 Colors From My Dreams,” 2002 (ink on paper) by Spencer Finch at Lisson Gallery of London.

Installation view of “102 Colors From My Dreams” by Spencer Finch.

HOLES IN THE WALL sculptures: “nine inch exit,” “flat shoe portal,” boybutt gate” and “head down entrance,” all 2014 (Styrofoam, Aqua resin, fiberglass and plaster) by Cajsa von Zeipel at Andrehn Schiptjenko of Stockholm.

Alternative view of sculptures by Cajsa von Zeipel at Andrehn Schiptjenko.

Detail of “The Wizard,” 2012 (acrylic and silk screen ink on metal panel, oil on canvas with self-hardening clay) by David Salle at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac of Paris, France.

“Head,” 2014 (Aqua resin, hand colored by artist) by Audrey Flack at Hollis Taggart Galleries.

“Number 171,” 2014 (wood, paint, screws) by Leonardo Drew at Sikkema Jenkins of New York.

“La Chine est proche,” 2013 (camel bone) by Adel Abdessemed at David Zwirner of New York.

“Untitled,” 2014 (terra cotta, porcelain, india ink and epoxy) by Simone Leigh at Tilton Gallery of New York.

“Fairytale Chairs (D-036 & D-006),” 2007 (2 Qing dynasty wooden chairs, 1644-1911) by Ai Weiwei at Carolina Nitsch of New York.

Detail of triptych: “Pax Kaffraria: Fully Belly II,” 2014 (oil on canvas) by Meleko Mokgosi at Honor Fraser of Los Angeles.

“Losing My Religion 24,” 2007-2013 (nails, paint, plaster on wood) by Kendell Geers at Galleria Continua of San Gimignano Siena, Italy.

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