New York's The Armory Show to exhibit Arabic galleries
From the Nile to the Hudson...
New York's most prominent art show – The Armory Show – is to shine a spotlight on Middle Eastern and North African galleries in 2015. The leading international contemporary and modern art fair has emerged over the past sixteen years as one of the liveliest and most exciting events in the international art market calendar.
Continuing its devotion to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, the art fair has announced that in 2015 the Armory Focus: Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean ("Focus: MENAM") section will be curated by British-Egyptian Curator Omar Kholeif, who is currently Curator at London's Whitechapel Gallery. Joining Kholeif will be Lawrence Abu Hamdan, the Jordanian born multidisciplinary artist based in UK, Istanbul and Beirut, who has been selected at this year's commissioned artist.
Some of the highlighted galleries from the region that will be represented at The Armory include Cairo's relatively newly established Gypsum Gallery, which exhibits artists from Egypt and Kuwait among others. The Agial Gallery from Beirut, which has been a prominent platform for Arab art since 1990. The non-disciplinary Galeri NON from Istanbul, which has previously collaborated with the Whitechapel Gallery, and from Dubai both the Lawrie Shabibi Gallery and Meem Gallery will be exhibiting at the fair.
The decision to bring the focus to the region only serves to cement the shows stellar reputation, which has been propelled forward by its fresh and progressive approach to contemporary art. "The Armory has made a substantial push under its young director, Noah Horowitz, to refresh itself with a more rigorous selection process and a more international scope." noted Jason Farago to The Guardian, after the 2014 show.
The Armory Show will take place in New York March 5–8, 2015