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News / November 29, 2018

Four Canadian Galleries Selected for NYC’s Armory Show

Two are new to the fair, while two others have already had successes there
A visitor to the Armory Show 2018 at the booth of Victoria Miro Gallery. Photo: Facebook / Armory Show. A visitor to the Armory Show 2018 at the booth of Victoria Miro Gallery. Photo: Facebook / Armory Show.

The exhibitors’ list for the 25th anniversary edition of New York’s Armory Show was released on Monday, and there are four Canadian galleries due to participate.

Two of these galleries—Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran of Montreal and Miriam Shiell Fine Art of Toronto—are new to the Armory. Two others—Daniel Faria Gallery of Toronto and Parisian Laundry of Montreal—have shown at the Armory previously.

Antoine Ertaskiran of Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran tells Canadian Art that 2018 was already a busy year of new fairs for the gallery, including MiArt in Milan and Art Los Angeles Contemporary in LA. And he’s looking forward to the Armory in 2019.

“We’ll be showing works by [Vancouver’s] Vanessa Brown and Michael Stamm, a young artist from New York,” Ertaskiran says. “New York is a major capital of the art world, but it’s part of our mission to be exhibiting at important fairs to be able to showcase Canadian talent and to grow the gallery.”

Brown works mainly in sculpture, while Stamm will be presenting wall works, “so we can have a nice dynamic booth, especially for our first participation,” says Ertaskiran. Ertaskiran will be in the Presents section of the fair, which focuses on galleries less than 10 years old presenting work by emerging artists.

Though Ertaskiran, like Faria and Parisian Laundry, focuses on contemporary art, fellow Armory newbie Miriam Shiell specializes in secondary-market 20th-century art. As a result, Shiell will be part of the Insights section of the fair, which is dedicated exclusively to 20th-century artworks.

Robert Motherwell, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Milton Avery” are a few of the artists Shiell hopes to focus on at her Armory booth. “Also a small group of black and white works on paper, like Dubuffet and Miro and Matisse. And an Arp sculpture as well.”

“New York is still a huge financial centre, and hopefully there will be action there,” says Shiell. She says since she started her gallery in 1978, the business has changed considerably, with more and more clients focusing on fairs. “I’ve never been a big fan of art fairs, but these days because the gallery business has changed so much,” she says. “Basically I feel like I’ve got the inventory, so I have to pick up make the effort and go to market.”

As for the other two Canadian galleries at the fair: Parisian Laundry will be part of the Focus section curated by Lauren Haynes, who is also curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. That Parisian Laundry booth will focus on recent paintings by Yukon-based artist Joseph Tisiga. Daniel Faria Gallery will be in the Presents section of the fair. The Armory Show runs March 7 to 9, 2019, in New York.

This post was updated on December 3, 2018. The original downcapped the words galerie antoine ertaskiran.

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is a writer and editor of white settler Canadian (Irish and Ashkenazi) descent. She is also news and special sections editor at Canadian Art and has written for the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications. Sandals welcomes tips, corrections and comments anytime at leah@canadianart.ca.