Noah Horowitz has left his position as Director of the online-only VIP art fair to become the Managing Director of The Armory Show. Following the departure of Katelijne De Backer (The Armory’s Director for the past 11 years), Horowitz was approached by Armory co-founder Paul Morris to take up the position. His appointment comes at a time of change for the Armory. The organisation is redeveloping its sites and trimming the line-up of galleries, no doubt in response to impending competition from Frieze Art Fair, who will be holding a New York edition of their fair for the first time in May.
Changes are afoot at VIP too. The fair recently announced the appointment of their first CEO, internet retail specialist Lisa Kennedy (a wise move given the technical difficulties that plagued their inaugural event). Kennedy’s role is to streamline the fair’s web services with a view towards expansion; ideally the fair will take place multiple times a year. VIP’s new Director is yet to be announced.