Arresting new art at New York’s Armory Show

Highlights include works by Yayoi Kusama and Marina Abramovic

Guidepost to the New World by Yayoi Kusama, from $1m
Guidepost to the New World by Yayoi Kusama, from $1m | Image: © Yayoi Kusama, Courtesy the Artist, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo and Singapore, and Victoria Miro London

Eleven red-and-white shapes – some resembling bowling pins, some more like mushroom heads – emerge from the floor like glossy aluminium growths. The artist is Yayoi Kusama, the work is Guidepost to the New World (from $1m, edition of five), and it can be found at this year’s edition of New York art fair, The Armory Show, on March 2-5.

Relation in Space by Marina Abramovic & Ulay, $88,000
Relation in Space by Marina Abramovic & Ulay, $88,000

Overseen for the first time this year by executive director Benjamin Genocchio, former editor-in-chief of Artnet News, the show spotlights the best 20th and 21st-century art. Kusama’s installation is part of a new “Platform” initiative, which dots large-scale and site-specific pieces throughout the venue. Another highlight of Armory this year is to be found in the “Insights” section, where Marina Abramovic and Ulay’s visceral and intimate nude performance at the 1976 Venice Biennale is captured in Relation in Space ( $88,000, set of seven silver gelatin prints), part of a wider presentation by Richard Saltoun of the works of female performance artists from the 1970s.

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London powerhouse White Cube is dedicating its entire booth to Welsh conceptualist Cerith Wyn Evans; it will include a new sparkling scene-stealer of a chandelier in Murano glass titled Mantra (from £250,000) activated by a musical score composed by the artist. Equally arresting – if in a very different way – is Teresa Margolles’ Karla, Hilario Reyes Gallegos (€90,000), an installation at the space of Galerie Peter Kilchmann comprising an object of concrete stone, a sound piece and a photographic portrait all made in memory of a transsexual sex worker who was beaten to death in 2015 in Mexico.

Karla, Hilario Reyes Gallego by Teresa Margolles, €90,000
Karla, Hilario Reyes Gallego by Teresa Margolles, €90,000

Emerging artists on show this year include Mernet Larsen, whose narrative studies – such as Sound In The Night ($10,000) – will be at the booth of Various Small Fires; Caroline Achaintre, whose fluid expressionist ceramic sculpture Golem ($8,000) will be exhibited at Arcade; and Joshua Citarella, whose SWIM A Few Years From Now ($20,000-$30,000) is on display at Carroll/Fletcher.

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