ADAA, Serving the art community and benefitting others

by leslierankowfinearts

THE ART SHOW Park Avenue Armory, New York

THE ART SHOW
Park Avenue Armory, New York

IN EARLY MARCH, THE ART SHOW, SPONSORED BY THE ART DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA,  LAUNCHES NEW YORK CITY’S ARTWEEK  WITH A GALA PREVIEW OPENING ON THE EVENING OF MARCH 4, 2014, AT THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY.   THE ART SHOW IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-ATTENDED AND HIGHLY REGARDED EVENTS IN THE WINTER/SPRING ART WORLD CALENDAR AND HAS BEEN  ONE OF  NEW YORK’S MOST ANTICIPATED FAIRS FOR OVER A QUARTER O F A CENTURY. ESTABLISHED IN 1989 TO BENEFIT THE HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT, THE SHOW IMMEDIATELY RECEIVED CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION. THIS YEAR, THE FAIR IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM MARCH 5 TO THE 9TH  (NOON TO 8 PM, WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY; NOON TO 7 PM SATURDAY AND UNTIL  5 PM  SUNDAY. IT OFFERS, IN MY VIEW, A CHANCE TO START THE 2014 ART SEASON IN NEW YORK WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO VIEW AND ACQUIRE WORKS OF EXCELLENT QUALITY AND DIVERSITY OF STYLES, PERIODS AND MEDIUMS, IN A SINGLE EASILY ACCESSIBLE VENUE  FROM GALLERIES ACROSS AMERICA THAT MEET THE HIGH CRITERIA AND STANDARDS OF THE ART DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. http://www.artdealers.org/

THE ART SHOW BENEFITS A WONDERFUL NEW YORK CHARITY, THE HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT, THAT SERVES 50,000 PEOPLE THROUGH SOCIAL SERVICES, ARTS AND HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS.  THE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO HELP INDIVIDUALS BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT BY PROVIDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION, HOUSING, BASIC NUTRITION, HEALTH CARE AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.  FOUNDED IN 1893 BY LILLIAN WALD, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AND RESPECTED SOCIAL REFORMERS OF THE 20th CENTURY, THE ORGANIZATION  OPENS ITS DOORS AND SERVICES TO  LOWER EAST SIDE RESIDENTS IN PARTICULAR AND NEW YORKERS IN GENERAL.

IN TODAY’S BLOG, WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF CONTINUING OUR CONVERSATION WITH DORSEY WAXTER, PRESIDENT OF THE ADAA, PARTNER OF AN INSPIRED GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY AND SECONDARY MARKET MODERN WORKS, VAN DOREN WAXTER, AT 23 East 73 STREET, BETWEEN MADISON AND FIFTH AVENUE ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE, http://www.vandorenwaxter.com/

DORSEY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND EXPERTISE

HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THE FAIR IN GENERAL IN COMPARISON TO SOME OF THE OTHER NEW YORK FAIRS SUCH AS THE SHOW AT NAVY PIERS AND FRIEZE?

The ADAA Art Show is a niche fair compared to The Armory Show or Frieze for several reasons. First, the exhibitors are all from within the Association so even before applying to the fair, they have all met the prerequisites for membership. In a sense there is a kind of double vetting. Due to the limited space of the drill hall in the Park Avenue Armory, there are just 72 exhibitors. They represent a cross section of experts from all of the above named fields. Therefore, in this art fair a visitor can see a great Cezanne in one booth and in another booth a work by Edward Hopper and in another booth a work by Zanelle Muholi, a photographer from South Africa. Secondly, about half of our exhibitors show a booth of work by a single artist and the half have booths that are thematically based. It is a show that is very rich visually but not overwhelming since there are just 72 exhibitors compared to The Armory Show that has over 200 exhibitors and Frieze NY that has more than 180 exhibitors.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES WITH WHICH ADAA IS INVOLVED? I AM FAMILIAR, OF COURSE,  WITH “THE ART SHOW”, THE PARK AVENUE ARMORY’S  ANNUAL EVENT THAT BENEFITS THE HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT, BUT I KNOW THAT ADAA’S SUPPORT OF THE ARTS IS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE FAR REACHING THAN THAT.

 Each year the ADA (Art Dealers Association) Foundation gives out two awards of $10,000 each, one for a pre-WWII and one for a post-WWII exhibition proposal through the Association of Art Museum Curators.  With AXA Americas Corporation as our sponsor, the ADAA hosts the Collectors’ Forum, which is a series of four panels and/or lectures per year that are free and open to the public on a wide range of subjects within the art world. 

I WAS EXTREMELY IMPRESSED BY ADAA’S IMMEDIATE AND HEARTFELT RESPONSE TO THE ARTISTS  AND GALLERIES  DEVASTATED BY THE DESTRUCTION OF GALLERY SPACES  AND STORAGE DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY’S IMPACT ON NEW YORK.  PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE WONDERFUL SUPPORT THAT ADAAA RELIEF FUND HAS PROVIDED.

Last year the ADAA Relief Fund was born in response to the significant devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  Then President, Lucy Mitchell-Innes and Executive Director Linda Blumberg visited the area known as Zone 1, which included a great deal of Chelsea. Shocked by the extensive damage, they were galvanized into action. Within a matter of two weeks the fund was born with a contribution from ADAA’s endowment of $250,000 to help both for-profit galleries and not-for-profit organizations that were most severely impacted. To our amazement, what followed were private contributions that grew the fund to $1,358,578. Ultimately, the Relief Fund distributed $543,500 to 36 recipients.  90% of those who received financial assistance were outside of our membership.

WHILE THE ART SHOW BENEFITS THE HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT  IN MARCH EACH YEAR, THE ART DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA WORKS TIRELESSLY ALL YEAR LONG TO PROVIDE A RANGE OF SERVICES FOR ARTISTS, GALLERIES, AND COLLECTORS. IN OUR NEXT BLOG, DORSEY WILL INFORM US OF THE SCOPE OF ACTIVITY OF THE ADAA.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE KNOW THEY ARE VERY WELCOME!