The Figure in Contemporary Art: Armory Show Edition.

The Armory Show provided the perfect location in which to scope out some works for my series on the figure in contemporary art (see parts one and two). Above, Marc Quinn’s Michael Jackson, from 2010, at Thaddaeus Ropac. A classical take on a fallen icon — reminding me of Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons, except naked.

Pieter Hugo, Mohammed Rabiu with Jamis, Asaba, Nigeria, 2007, at Yossi Milo. I was blown away by this series of photographs by Hugo when they came out, and it was nice to see a large print in person. The fair was heavy on photojournalism, especially series that deal with Africa.

Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2010, at Lisson. True to my Midwestern roots, I wore blue jeans and a white T-shirt to the Armory… Now, thanks to Anish Kapoor’s reflective tendencies, you’ll all know about my child-bearing hips and incredible forearms. There was an abundance of mirrors, mirror finishes, and reflective plastics at the fair.

Antony Gormley, Bond II, 2010, at Sean Kelly. Simple free standing metal sculptures were a common sight at Armory. I saw more Tony Cragg sculptures under one roof here than I’d ever seen in my life.

Jonas Burgert’s Spatzchlag, 2011, at Blain Shouthern. This large neo-shamanistic painting was one piece I kept coming back to.

Daniel Arsham, Sculpture, 2011, at Galerie Ron Mandos. I guess Arsham isn’t too comfortable with putting himself on display.

Alfredo Jaar, Three Women, (Aung San Suu Kyi), 2010, at Oliva Arauna gallery. Although often heavy-handed, I have always been impressed by the emotional quality of Jaar’s installations.

A detail from Three Women. (More on Aung San Suu Kyi here.)

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