While the 2011Armory Show was less impressive than past years, major galleries absent from exhibiting, there were still a handful of galleries that brought their A-game and made the fair memorable. Setting their booths apart from the rest with extra installation efforts, and/or exciting and fresh work by lesser known artists, the top six booths this year were, in our opinion:
1. CANADA (pictured above and 3 below), 2. Giti Nourbakhsch, 3. Khastoo, 4. Museum 52, 5. Richard Telles, 6. DCKT with an honorable mention to Stuart Shave, Bortolami and Galerie Thomas Shulte.
More favorite pieces from this year's fair:
Katherine Bernhardt (left)
Gert and Uwe Tobias
Ryan Gander, seen in at least 4 different booths at Armory for his identical resin casts of slate and plywood.
Kimber Smith at James Graham and Sons' booth
Betty Woodman's Double Vase Double Window
DCKT Cordy Ryman
wooden weapons #Max Guy, took a photo of this for you!
Lisa Lapinski at Richard Telles booth
Angela De La Cruz
Per Kirkeby above and below
Michael Muller at Galerie Thomas Schulte
Scoli Acosta's tambourine paintings
Jonathan Meese at Bortolami's booth
Devin Troy Strother
Zach Harris in Khastoo's booth. Amazing.
Ansel Krut at Stuart Shave London
Best carrot painting ever.
Giti Nourbakhsch Gallery's booth
Museum 52 New York's booth featuring Jacob Robichaux