The Armory Show (art fair)

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Crowd at the Armory Show Art Fair

The Armory Show is a contemporary art fair in New York.


The fair started in 1994 as the Gramercy International Art Fair, and was held in the rooms of the Gramercy Hotel in New York City by four art dealers: Colin De Land, Pat Hearn, Matthew Marks and Paul Morris.[1] The fair outgrew its location and was renamed "The Armory Show" in 1999, when was first held at the 69th Regiment Armory, site of the famous Armory Show of 1913.[2]

The event, which lasts four days, has attracted crowds of up to 52,000 and reported sales of up to $85 million.[3] As some smaller fairs and special events are held at the same time, it may be called "Armory Show Week". [4]

Similar concept[edit]

The idea of an art fair being held in a hotel has been replicated in different countries, such as London and Singapore. Art Apart Fair, is Singapore's first hotel-based boutique art fair and it was inspired by The Armory Show.


  1. ^ Sarah Douglas Armory Show Founding Director Paul Morris Resigns After 18 Years. The New York Observer. Archived September 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Roberta Smith. More Space for Young Artists, The New York Times, February 19, 1999.
  3. ^ Niclas Ostlind. New York's Armory Show; Seeking international artists, The Japan Times, April 3, 2008.
  4. ^ B. Davis. Armory Action,, March 21, 2008.

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