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Also recommended at Platform: London's Hales and NYC's James Cohan co-present Houston-based Trenton Doyle Hancock. The internationally exhibited Hancock creates an experiential enclosure where his super-sized Mound #1 and The Color Crop Experience, 2019, holds court, alongside animated videos. Referencing his ongoing personal cosmology, Mound #1 was the calling card of Hancock's epic 2019 exhibition at MASS MoCA; it also calls to mind fiberglass figures that demarcate fast- food chairs or entertainment megaplexes. At Focus, bask in the strange trippy cinematic work of Naomi Rincón Gallardo (appropriately titled The Formaldehyde Trip, 2017) at PROXYCO Gallery, New York, and the equally Day-Glo mixed- media collages by Jackie Milad, informed by her dual Egyptian and Honduran heritage, at SOCO Gallery (one of the Armory's few Southern galleries, in from Charlotte, North Carolina). Then L.A.- based Carolina Caycedo's installation of embroidered anonymous clothing at Instituto de Visión (Bogotá and New York) addresses systems of power and the need for social justice for Latin American countries such as Colombia, where the artist was reared. Texas' Best Kerry Inman is one of four Texas dealers on the Armory stage. Two, including Inman Gallery, are returning exhibitors, while two are making their Armory debut. In the Galleries section, the Houston-based Inman Gallery presents a tightly curated quintet of artists, four mid-career and one emerging talent: Jamal Cyrus (fresh from his epic Blaffer and Texas Southern shows last year), Shaun O'Dell, Demetrius Oliver, Robyn O'Neil, and introducing Alexis Pye, a Houston artist whose portrait paintings joyfully place Black men in bucolic gardens. Another Houston trailblazer, this time of the Latin-American modern and contemporary vanguard, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino devotes its booth within Galleries to a great eight from its stable: Gustavo Díaz (Argentine born, now Houston-based, a master of cut-paper drawings that evoke utopian cities), Thomas Glassford, Marco Maggi, Gabriel de la Mora, Melanie Smith, Miguel Angel Ríos, Fanny Sanín, and, new to their roster, a Cuban talent now residing in Houston, Reynier Leyva Novo. Note: Also watch for Novo's large-scale sculpture in Platform, a politically charged work in fiberglass; it reproduces to scale the head of the 19th-century journalist/poet José Martí from his monument in Revolution Square, Havana. Newcomers to The Armory Show also The Armory Show brings the art world — and welcomes the curious — to a big-table, inclusive dialogue that's always about more than a canvas on the wall. bring buzz. San Antonio dealer Ruiz-Healy Art (who also has an Upper East Side, New York, location) showcases in Focus photographic images by Chuck Ramirez, the late artist whose estate she represents. Ramirez, an openly gay man living with AIDS, bravely addressed issues of gender, religion, and the AIDS crisis as a beloved figure of the San Antonio community. More than a decade after his early death from a bicycle accident, Ramirez's work couldn't be more visceral or timely. The final Texas entrée for The Armory Show is 12.26, a fresh Dallas gallery helmed by sisters Hannah and Hilary Fagadau (the latter, based in L.A.). Landing a plum spot in Presents, 12.26 goes for a feminist statement, curating a solo for multi-hyphenate British-Ghana artist Kesewa Aboah (who holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC, as well as modeling chops including campaigns for Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu). In their Armory booth, 12.26 will unfurl Aboah's recent body-centric images crafted from walnut oil and acrylic on paper. Expect to see "large-scale multimedia works that explore identity, process, and the female form," says Hannah Fagadau. The dealer characterizes Aboah's art as "modernizing traditional techniques of embroidery and body imprinting to create bold, colorful and often haunting versions of 20th- century tapestry." The Armory Show, Thursday through Sunday, September 8 through 11, at Javits Center, New York; info and tickets, Kesewa Aboah exhibits at 12.26. Chuck Ramirez's Long Term Survivor: Cocktail, 1999, 2019/2022, at Ruiz-Healy Art INDIGO LEWIN Thomas Glassford's Untitled, 2022, at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino Shaun O'Dell's Kentucky Urpflanze Keep on Shining, 2021, at Inman Gallery (Continued from page 174) THOMAS R. DUBROCK 176

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