Armory Week 2019 News

Armory Show Awards Prizes to Charlie James Gallery, Ryan Gander and Lisson Gallery, Kapwani Kiwanga

Ryan Gander (lower center) is the winner of the fair’s Pommery Prize.


With the Armory Show in full swing, the New York fair has revealed the winners of three prizes, two of which are being awarded for the first time.

Charlie James Gallery, of Los Angeles, is taking home the Presents Booth Prize, which is given to exhibitors in a section of the fair for emerging galleries. The gallery will receive $10,000 for its booth featuring work by Sadie Barnette, whose pieces at the fair includes the files the FBI kept on her father, the founder of a chapter of the Black Panther Party in California.

Ryan Gander and his gallery, Lisson, of London, New York, and Shanghai, have received the fair’s first-ever Pommery Prize, an award for works in the Platform section, which is devoted to large-scale pieces. They will split its $20,000 purse for presenting his 2019 sculpture Het Spel (My neotonic ovoid contribution to Modernism), a reference to a sculpture by the De Stijl artist George Vantongerloo that Gander has redone using blue fur balls.

Kapwani Kiwanga is the winner of the first Étant donnés Prize, which recognizes a living artist being shown at the fair who is of French nationality or is based in France. Galerie Jérôme Poggi, of Paris, brought the artist’s work to the fair and is now showing it in the Focus section. Kiwanga will receive $10,000.

Correction 3/11/19, 2:55 p.m.: An earlier version of this article misstated where in Asia Lisson Gallery operates. The gallery has a space in Shanghai, not Hong Kong. The post has been updated to reflect this.

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