COINCIDING with the high point of the spring art season in the city, the international art and design fair featuring works from antiquity until the present day Spring Masters New York, opens this week with architect Rafael Viñoly’s groundbreaking hexagonal booth layout revamping the Park Avenue Armory the location of the event.
Attracting leading exhibitors and collectors from around the world, Spring Masters New York was founded in 2011 (where is was known as The Spring Show NYC) by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) directors Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin of Artvest Partners in an attempt to “respond to global demand for a high-quality event that offers a breadth of material” and to bring their wide experience and innovative strategies in other art businesses to the art fair landscape.
For this year’s outing, The fair showcases curated and carefully selected presentations by 61 exhibitors from the US and Europe. Viñoly’s layout aims to foster a dialogue between the diverse periods and styles on view, from distinguished Old Masters presented by Richard L Feigen & Co and Otto Naumann Ltd, to Todd Merrill Studio’s contemporary designs.
Painting by Frank Stella. Courtesy: Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, LLC
Other highlights include Debra Force Fine Art, Inc exhibiting a watercolour painting by Edward Hopper, and Mullany Fine Art present a 16th century Flemish tapestry, on view for the first time in the US. The Osborne Samuel Gallery will show works ranging from Korean artist Kwang Young Chun to British sculptor Tony Cragg; Ronald Phillips will display 18th century English furnishings by Thomas Chippendale; Hammer Galleries’ Impressionist and Modern works, including Edgar Degas, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Claude Monet and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art’s European Renaissance bronzes.
by Caroline Simpson
Spring Masters New York is at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065
and is open from May 8 until May 12, 2015
Arts’ Night Out takes place May 8, 2015, 6:00 – 9:30 PM