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Artist Joe Mangrum at work on a colored-sand floor installation in the Museum of Arts and Design booth, in celebration of the museum’s current show, “Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art.”
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SOFA NY 2012


by Brook S. Mason
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The 15th annual SOFA New York, Apr. 20-23, 2012 -- also known as the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair -- opened last week at the Park Avenue Armory, charged up with a brilliant redesign by architect David Ling, a former associate with Richard Meier, I.M. Pei and Emilio Ambasz. Ling designed a narrow, tunnel-like entrance, sheathed in white, leading to an open courtyard space. Overhead he placed an array of rectilinear white lighting fixtures.

“We’re taking SOFA to a new level of commingling art and design,” promised SOFA founder Mark Lyman. SOFA NY boasts 50 dealers in its current New York manifestation, a compact number compared to the 70-plus booths in the ADAA Art Show. Admission is $25 -- and today is the final day of the fair.

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