The Armory Show 2014 Modern to Present “Venus Drawn Out” on Pier 92

Susan Harris Curates an Exhibition of Drawings by Visionary Women Artists who have Influenced the Forms, Ideas and Practitioners of Art.

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro. Courtesy The Armory Show.

Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro. Courtesy The Armory Show.

New York – The Armory Show 2014 – Modern is pleased to present Venus Drawn Out: 20th Century Drawings by Great Women Artists, as the inaugural, curated project to take place on Pier 92 Modern. Curated by Susan Harris, this exhibition will focus exclusively on drawings made by innovative, female visionaries in the 20th century and will be comprised of works for sale selected by the curator from submissions made by galleries participating in the fair.
‘Relay II’ (1976) by Helen Frankenthaler. (Courtesy Armand Bartos)

‘Relay II’ (1976) by Helen Frankenthaler. (Courtesy Armand Bartos)

Venus Drawn Out will present an account of modern art through a cast of protagonists who are often underestimated when compared with their male counterparts. The intimate and direct genre of drawing is ideally suited to this “exhibition within an art fair” as an expressive vehicle to present a vast range of personal, aesthetic, and intellectual investigations.

The exhibition will take place in four locations throughout Pier 92 featuring a dedicated exhibition space installed with approximately 35 drawings. Hung in contemporary salon-style, it will include works on paper for sale by such international luminaries as Anni Albers, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynda Benglis, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Lygia Clark, Helen Frankenthaler, Eva Hesse, Joyce Kozloff, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Carol Rama, Betye Saar, and Nancy Spero – among numerous others.

Venus Drawn Out will also include three large-scale drawing projects dispersed throughout the pier – highlighting a special, site-specific, wall drawing by Pat Steir executed expressly for The Armory Show to further reinforce and bear witness to the rich, invaluable and timeless legacy of twentieth-century women artists.

About the Curator

Susan Harris is a freelance curator and writer of contemporary art based in New York City. She has a Master’s Degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Her recent curatorial and publication projects include Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore for the Grey Art Gallery, New York University and Pat Steir: drawing out of line for the RISD Museum of Art and the Neuberger Museum. She also curated Jim Hodges: A Line to You, and Nancy Spero: Weighing the Heart Against a Feather of Truth — both of which took place at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She curated two Richard Tuttle exhibitions at the MuseuSerralves in Porto, Portugal and at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea in Santiago, Spain, and authored the publication, Richard Tuttle: Memento/cENTER that accompanied these exhibitions. Prior to this, she was a curator of The American Century: 1950-2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is also a contributing writer for Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail. For additional information please visit

The Armory Show

The Armory Show is a leading international contemporary and modern art fair with exceptional connections with American collectors, Museums Groups and the broader public. Each March selected international and American galleries present key artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, in the fair’s central Manhattan location at the city’s historic Piers. In the last fifteen years, the fair has become an international institution combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during the celebrated Armory Arts Week.

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  1. Just saw the show today…worth the price!



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