What Not to Miss at the Art Show at the Armory
The Art Show, organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) at the Park Avenue Armory, has the fair theme down to a science. Rather than fatigue-inducing roundups of mixed artists, most galleries here are devoting their booths to solo presentations. There is a strong African-American presence this year, many historical shows and a number of concept exhibitions. Alongside these are what might be called the post-retrospective reminder: a gathering of works that follow on the heels of an important museum show. Here are highlights from the 72 exhibitors.
Hugo Gellert, featured here, also combined art with activism. A Hungarian immigrant who helped organize the Artists Union in the 1930s, Gellert is represented by a generous presentation of lithographs, paintings and illustrations, including his 1931 cover for New Masses magazine. A notable feature of his work was the representation of African-Americans alongside white Americans as peers rather than subservient figures, which is how African-Americans were often depicted during this period.