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Dispatches from the Storied New York Art Fair

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Julia Smith

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When the first winds of fall blow through New York, there are two certainties. The first, being the boisterous kick off of Fashion Week, and second - happening in the quiet halls of the Javitts center is the Armory Show. 

When it comes to understanding the world around you and the social and political climates that undercurrent today’s day and age, there’s no better place to get a gauge than the world of art fairs. Hailing the end of summer for the art world, The Armory Show at the Javits Center kicks off the fall art calendar in the city. Recently acquired by the contemporary art fair Frieze, the show this year is business as usual, opening on September 7th for VIP and continuing through September 8th - September 10th for the general public.

Since its humble conception in the rooms of the Gramercy Hotel in 1994, it has become one of the most reliable forums for tastemaking and art curation. This year, the show featured more than 225 galleries from around the world, and a walk and a gander around the massive exhibition hall will reveal this year’s curatorial trend - one that questions the very platform that contemporary art has been built on. What does the process of decolonizing the white washed walls of fine art look like? 

Familiar faces and Flaunt alumni like Vaughn Spann, Julian Charrière to name a few. 

As discussions of identity, climate change and indigenous cultures take the main stage, it opens an international forum for discussion on what the next season brings for modern and contemporary art. 

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