Dealers Go Bananas Over Leaking Armory Show Roof as Snowstorm Hits New York

The Armory show opened its doors to a few thousand eager visitors yesterday as well as an unwelcome leak at Pier 94. Freelance writer Zoë Lescaze saw it for what it was, good copy, and jumped on the story for ARTnews.

March snow-sleet has shrouded Armory week so far and it hasn’t been a pretty sight for fair-goers—inside and outside. During the VIP preview of the show, out came the gigantic cherry-pickers down the aisle—“We’re adding diapers for now,” said a man operating the hydraulic machinery, “It’s pretty bad.”

Predictably the affected dealers went bananas, complaining to artnet News that the leak was an “intolerable” interference with business.

And what a sore sight it was, after patching up the ceiling near Berlin’s KOW gallery with trash bag hammocks Neo would probably sleep in if the Armory were the Matrix, he drove the boom lift inside Shanghai’s Madein Gallery’s booth to do damage control. The gallery’s work, covered in plastic, was thankfully not harmed.

Erected in 1959 as a freight terminal, dealer Raphael Oberhuber of KOW proclaimed the pier as “a relic of early capitalism—built cheap.”

But not everyone thought the leak was so bad. Paul Hedge, managing director of London’s Hales Gallery, was unfazed. He told Art News “I’ve done worse fairs. I was there for NADA in the early days.”

See more Armory Show coverage here: 10 Best Contemporary Artworks at the 2015 Armory Show and Less Neon, More Dead Animals at the Sprawling, Exciting Armory Show 2015.

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