NY Art Fairs: In Fine Fettle

Jason Farago writes: ‘Art fairs have taken a bad rap, especially for the rise of dull, easily sellable painting, decades after the medium was (wrongly) declared passé. So I went to New York’s art fairs this week to see how painting was faring – and was pleasantly surprised. The most important of them, the Armory Show, has 199 exhibitors and all the craziness of the biggest fairs: copious champagne, pop-up restaurants, an Instagram-ready prank of a performance artist on a magic carpet. The Art Show, the more blue-chip fair organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (a professional organisation for galleries), tends to soberer and more historical presentations. At both of them, painting is in fine fettle.’

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