Art Dealers Association of America’s Art Fair, March 5th – 9th, sets a high bar
OPENING WITH A GALA PREVIEW TO BENEFIT THE HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT ON THE EVENING OF MARCH 4TH AT NEW YORK’S PARK AVENUE ARMORY, THE ART SHOW, ORGANIZED BY THE ART DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (ADAA), CELEBRATES ITS 26TH YEAR. THIS SHOW WILL FEATURE 38 THEMATIC PRESENTATIONS AS WELL AS 34 GALLERIES FEATURING SOLO ARTISTS. ONE OF THE TRADEMARKS OF THE ART SHOW TO WHICH I AND MY CLIENTS PARTICULARLY RESPOND IS THE EMPHASIS ON ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS BY MANY OF THE PARTICIPATING GALLERIES, A WONDERFUL WAY TO INTRODUCE US TO INNOVATIVE NEW ARTISTS OR THE SCOPE AND STYLISTIC NUANCES OF AN ESTABLISHED ARTIST’S \WORK AND TO THE CURATORIAL EXPERTISE OF THE THEMATIC SHOWS.
THIS YEAR, FOR EXAMPLE, SPERONE WESTWATER GALLERY WILL PRESENT NEW WORKS BY CHARLES LEDRAY FOLLOWING HIS TRAVELING RETROSPECTIVE INAUGURATED BY THE ICA IN BOSTON, 303 GALLERY WILL FEATURE NEW WORKS BY JACOB KASSAY, A COMPELLING CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT PAINTER THAT HAS RECEIVED CONSIDERABLE SECONDARY MARKET ATTENTION IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. PACE WILL DELIGHT US WITH AN EXHIBIT OF NEW HOLOGRAPHIC WORKS BY THE CELEBRATED JAMES TURRELL. THE ART SHOW ALSO PROVIDES THOUGHTFULLY CURATED THEMATIC EXHIBITIONS WHICH DISTINGUISH THIS EXCELLENT ART FAIR. THIS MARCH, WORKS BY CONTEMPORARY MASTERS SUCH AS JASPER JOHNS AND ELLSWORTH KELLY WILL BE ON VIEW AT THE ALWAYS IMPECCABLE MATTHEW MARKS, WHILE THE HIGHLY RESPECTED JOAN WASHBURN GALLERY EXPLORES THE CROSS-CULTURAL INFLUENCE OF NATIVE AMERICAN ART ON THE WORK OF JACKSON POLLACK. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS SMALL SELECTION OF HIGHLIGHTS, THE ART SHOW IS AN EXCEPTIONAL EVENT IN THE ART WORLD CALENDAR.
TODAY, DORSEY WAXTER, PRESIDENT OF THE ADAA, WILL DETAIL THE ART SHOW EVENT AS WELL AS SOME OF THE MANY CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE ART DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA PROVIDES TO ITS MEMBERS AND TO THE ART COMMUNITY AT LARGE.
DORSEY, ADAA SPONSORS A WONDERFUL ROSTER OF PUBLIC EVENTS, INCLUDING ART FORUMS. PLEASE DESCRIBE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS FORUMS AND WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE YEAR AHEAD. WHERE DO THE COLLECTORS’ FORUMS TAKE PLACE AND HOW DOES ONE ARRANGE TO ATTEND?
We have four Collectors’ Forums a year and recently had one titled, “One Year Out from Hurricane Sandy: Moving Forward”, as a wrap up to this catastrophe. On March 7th during at the time of the ADAA Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory, the Collectors’ Forum will feature keynote speaker, Adam Gopink, who has written and spoken extensively on art and culture. The topic of the forum is “What Makes The Humanities Human: Why Art Is More Than An Investment”.
I GATHER THAT THE ART SHOW IS OUR LONGEST-RUNNING ART FAIR IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT CAN WE ANTICIPATE THIS MARCH ? HOW MANY GALLERIES WILL BE EXHIBITING? WHAT IS THE RANGE OF WORKS IN TERMS OF THE PERIODS THAT THE WORKS SPAN AND THE AESTHETIC STYLES AND MEDIUMS THAT ARE INCLUDED?
There are 72 exhibitors that will show work beginning in the 19th century to the present. In fact, in one booth there will be an artist making works that invite viewers to participate. Sadly, we do not have any Old Master dealers this year, as Maastricht is the week after The Art Show. Aesthetically the range will be from 19th Century European and Modern right through to the 21st century in every medium conceivable: paintings, drawings, photography, video, and installations with artists from every continent represented.
HOW DOES THE ADAA SELECT THE EXHIBITORS FROM ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE ADAA THAT WISH TO EXHIBIT? WHAT IS THE VETTING PROCESS FOR THE WORKS TO MAINTAIN ITS VERY HIGH QUALITY?
There is a rotating Art Show committee. Members make applications with proposals for what they will exhibit, just as they would for any other, high end fair. The selection process involves members who have applied voting on each member’s application that determines roughly one half of the exhibitors. The other half are selected at the discretion of the committee, taking into consideration first and foremost the application itself, balanced by the period of art represented and the geographic location of the gallery. If accepted, an exhibitor must sign a contract in which he or she warrants that they not only have clear title to the work but they have made a good faith effort to guarantee authenticity. If during the run of show a work is questioned for its authenticity, the chairman of the committee may request supporting documents to validate the work. If he is not completely satisfied, he may at his discretion ask for the work to be removed from the show. Non-compliance will result in possible exclusion from future art shows.
THE SCOPE OF SERVICES THAT THE ADAA OFFERS IS NOT LIMITED TO THE ART SHOW BY ANY MEANS. ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING FEATURES THAT THE ADAA PROVIDES IS, FOR EXAMPLE, ITS APPRAISAL SERVICES. THE ADAA APPRAISAL SERVICES HAS EVALUATED WORKS OF ART FOR MORE THAN 48 YEARS AND PROVIDES QUALIFIED APPRAISERS, WITH IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE OF THE ART MARKET, IN THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION THAT INCLUDE CONTEMPORARY, 15-19th CENTURY EUROPEAN, LATE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN ART.
I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO SHARE DORSEY’S EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ADAA AND THE ART WORLD IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG.
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