Death, Breasts, and Drinking at The Armory Show

Today is the last day to catch The Armory Show, an annual art extravaganza now in its 13th installment at Piers 92 and 94, featuring nearly 300 galleries from around the world. I spent two days and eight hours walking through the overwhelmingly bright fair — LED sculpture is big this year — scouring the dizzying aisles to find common themes that define this year in art. What I came up with among the hundreds of pieces housed in these two sprawling piers was my own low-brow summation of a collective thread: death, breasts, and drinking. These three subjects have served as inspiration for artwork throughout the centuries, and for another year in a row, prove to be favorites among contemporary and modern artists. After the jump, check out the show’s best works about booze, boobs, and burial.

1. Death
The skull has been one of the most oft-utilized icons in art history, and true to its legacy, it popped up at the Armory in many different incarnations.


Gregory Forstner, The Date 2, 2010. Oil on canvas, Courtesy of Galerie Zink Berlin