January 28, 2020 (New York) – The Armory Show announced today the artists and galleries participating in Platform, a curated section of the fair staging large-scale artworks and installations.
This year’s Platform section, entitled Brutal Truths, considers how genres of satire, caricature, and the grotesque have endured through time—and are being taken up by contemporary artists as sharp tools of social critique.
At a global moment of heightened sociopolitical unrest, artists’ keen observations and sharp wit serve to illuminate the perils of critical social issues and to encourage civic engagement.
The 2020 Platform presentations impart a dose of levity while simultaneously underscoring the need for artists to have the ability to interpret recent cultural and political events in their work in a free and unfettered manner. This year’s projects argue for art as a catalyst for public discourse, and offer viewpoints that utilize humor, exaggeration, and the outlandish to emphasize the urgency of the issues they highlight.
“For centuries, artists have acted as incisive social critics, and there seems to be no better time to call attention to contemporary artists who draw upon these traditions with fresh insight and formal ingenuity. Given the current, deeply partisan political climate; the gamesmanship and unpredictability of international relations; an impeachment trial of the president underway; and what will surely be the least civil presidential campaign in American history on the horizon, it seems a perfect moment to focus on this theme,” remarks 2020 Platform curator Anne Ellegood.
“I’m excited about the range of projects that will be included in the Platform section, from an important, large-scale sculpture from the 1980s by Ed and Nancy Kienholz called The Caddy Court that asks tough questions about the power of the Supreme Court, to the surreal and humorous social critique offered by works of several young artists.”
Including a range of mediums — painting, sculpture, wall murals, and video — the projects are arranged across both piers, activating diverse spaces throughout the fair with humor and dynamism, and presenting hard truths about the current state of affairs.
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