The Art Dealers Association of America was unable to hold its annual New York art fair in February due to the lingering pandemic, but being able to postpone the art show until the fall is “an epic victory.” , says San Francisco gallery owner Anthony Meier, president of ADAA.
That’s because the new time slot for the art exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan, starting with a preview to benefit New York City nonprofit Henry Street Settlement on Wednesday, November 3 at evening, and followed by the fair from November 4 to 7. straddles the previews of works at the Sotheby’s and Christie’s marquee auction the following week.
âAnytime you can graft on or use other energies that are happening at the same time, it’s a benefit to the art world,â Meier says.
The transition to fall is a permanent change, but a lot of other things about the art exhibition should be familiar to fair-goers who have attended this intimately organized event for the past 33 years. As in the past, the exhibition will feature around 70 galleries, far less than the number typically assembled for large spaces at the world fairs of Art Basel, Frieze or the Armory Show in New York, for example.
For participating merchants, this more accessible event means there is no wrong location for a gallery stand within the fair. Collectors and museum curators in attendance find their way around every corner, Meier says.
This year, more than 40 dealers present works by the same artist, a format that has grown in popularity at the Art Show over time.
“No one imposed, dictated or suggested it – it’s honestly an organic evolution [from] the few who did in the early days, âMeier says. It spread as other dealers observed the “clarity” and “conciseness” of the approach to exhibiting work in a stand no larger than 12 feet by 24 feet.
Collaborative stands where gallery owners team up to show artists’ work in relation to each other are also popular at the fair.
âWe did it ad nauseum, just because it really gives us the opportunity to exhibit our products in New York, being a gallery out of town,â Meier explains. “I can’t approve it enough while the content is out there and you can do something about it [that] you are proud and advance the cause of artists.
This year, Anthony Meier Fine Arts will present the work of artist Larry Bell, who divides his time between Taos, New Mexico, and Venice, California. Bell’s sculptures play with the concepts of light and reflection.
Other solo presentations include the Garth Greenan Gallery in New York showing five tapestries by Navajo weaver Melissa S. Cody and the San Francisco-based Wendi Norris gallery exhibition on New York artist Dorothea Tanning, who was married to German artist Max Ernst. . Norris will show Tanning’s paintings and a salon-style group of small works.
Avery Galleries in New York showcases Arthur B. Carles’ contribution to the Modernist movement in America, while Peter Blum, also from New York, highlights the photographic works and sculptures of Luxembourg artist Su-Mei Tse, who received the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2003.
In a significant nod to the digital transformation of the art world during the pandemic, ADAA has for the first time created a website for the Art Show, says Maureen Bray, executive director of the group.
The site will give those who do not attend in person a preview of the works available at participating galleries – some of which include artist backgrounds and interviews – and it will feature videos of the planned lineup, such as a well-organized lecture. Thursday evening on âBridging the Digital and Physical in Contemporary Art.
The program will address new technologies and developments in art and digital media.
Additionally, as of this week, the fair has released pre-recorded content to give “behind-the-scenes access to things happening at the fair,” Bray said.
New York gallery Susan Inglett made a video about the late New York artist Robert Kobayashi, known for his Moe’s Meat Market âgalleryâ of whimsical creations that could be seen from his location on Manhattan’s Elizabeth Street. The video includes an interview with the artist’s wife, Kate Keller, and daughter Misa Kobayashi, who describes her father as a “cheerful, creative person.”
“Everything revolves around Robert’s creative period while he was living in New York City, particularly on the Lower East Side, which is a nice connection with Henry Street Settlement, which has served the Lower East Side for 130 years now.” , explains Bray.
The ADAA has supported Henry Street for three decades, to date raising $ 33 million in unrestricted funding for the association’s programs in social service, the arts and health care, including a shelter for homeless and placement services. Funds raised by the Art Show fair in February 2020 were immediately used to provide food, outreach services to the elderly and mental health services to children, Bray said.
Another obvious difference this year is that all visitors to the art show must provide full proof of vaccination and must wear masks at all times. Dealers have also taken the pandemic into account. Meier, for example, says they make sure their booth is “visible and unnecessary to enter,” to make sure everyone is comfortable viewing the art.
âIt’s business as usual, but certainly with flexibility and the ability to pivot,â he says.