This year’s Armory Show will again be taking place in venues across New York. The Javits Convention Center, which became internationally famous at the start of the pandemic, has been expanded and will be the new permanent home of the Armory Show. Many galleries will be participating online because of travel restrictions.
One of the most dynamic shows is the Art on Paper exhibit, at Pier 36. In March of 2020 we were at Pier 36, along with more than ninety galleries, to celebrate paper-based artworks, which are our passion and main focus at VFA. That was when the city began to shut down in an effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The venues opening their doors for Armory Week this year have implemented some new social distancing policies, including timed arrival slots and mandatory face coverings at certain venues.
Because of the travel restrictions, the Armory Show will offer a number of digital displays, and the European Fine Art Foundation has opted to go entirely online. There will also be virtual events, like a panel on Harlem fashion hosted by the Schomburg Center.
For more information go to the Armory Show website.
Damien Hirst has always pushed the envelope and delights in controversy. This week he’s done both. His album cover for the rapper Drake’s newly released Certified Lover Boy album has become one of the most controversial and meme-inspiring works of all time.
Critics have raved about the music, and many are scratching their heads about the meaning of Hirst’s pregnant women emojis. The album was delayed for nine months, so Hirst might have tapped into that, but whatever he tapped into, it has created a stir and copycat memes that are getting more attention for Drake and Hirst.
On the flip side of Hirst’s latest works, are his paintings of Cherry Blossoms, which are on exhibit at Foundation Cartier in Paris. This is Hirst’s first museum exhibit in France. The works are large and painterly, unlike the minimalist works he is known for. Hirst spent two years in his London studio creating the series.
Damien Hirst: Cherry Blossoms will be on exhibit at Foundation Cartier through January 2, 2022.
We have recently acquired Minnie & Mickey, a beautifully done screenprint that combines the playfulness, glitz and glitter that makes his fine art prints so sought after.
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Floriane Reynaud. Damien Hirst’s cherry blossoms will be exhibited at the Foundation Cartier in Paris.