Good art commands attention — it forces an opinion and is often an acquired taste. The sheer economic pressure of an art fair seems to discourage this kind of display. While this year’s Armory Show provided the expected dose of the boring, the polite, and the decorative, it also reminded me that it can, and has often, served as the perfect stage for challenging art. James Capper’s solo exhibition Power Tools, presented by Hannah Barry Gallery of London, seems to revel in the politeness of many of its neighbors at the fair. After all, the more china in the shop, the more there is for the bull to trample.
Every year, the Armory Show art fair chooses an area of the globe to zoom in on for its Focus section, a curated selection of mostly emerging galleries that often includes some of the fair’s chief highlights and surprises. For 2013, the Armory’s Focus section takes on its own home base, the United States. We all know the art world can be a little narcissistic, but at first this sounded ridiculous.
Each year, the Armory Show art fair highlights the particular artistic landscape of a region of the world in their Focus section. In 2013, the spotlight will fall on the United States, the Armory’s native homeland.