Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Haughton International Fine Art Fair

Gypsy Rose Lee and the Star Garter by Reginald Marsh

Six centuries of art are on spectacular display at the Park Avenue Armory
on 67th Street, at the Haughton International Fine Art Fair at the Seventh Regiment Armory at 67th Street and Park Avenue. The 2007 fair marks the 14th edition of an event for which institutional and private buyers wait all year, such is the range and quality of paintings, drawings, watercolors, and sculpture, from Renaissance gold ground panel paintings through to 20th century Modern art.

The Frick Collection was the beneficiary of the Opening Night Preview Party, which drew top collectors, patrons and members of society. Audrey Gruss, Michel Cox Witmer, Earl andCarol Mack, Mario Buatta, Julia Koch, Robert Couturier, Michèle Gerber Klein, Peter Marino, Michelle Marie, Heather Cohane, Frances Hayward, Mike Latham, Beatrice Stern, Jason Grant, Pemmy Frick, Franck Laverdin, Holly Dunlap, Anait Bian, Barbara de Portago, Marilyn White and Anne Goldrach were among those who have already been to the fair, admiring the stunning works of art worth a total of more than $500 million. Steve Martin was among the first to come through the door on opening day. He was looking at Old Master Paintings. Michael Eisner has been twice and Oprah Winfrey came over the weekend with an entourage looking at some very big paintings. The fair’s last day will be today, Wednesday, May 16th from 11AM to 6 PM.

Effet de Neige by Gustave Courbet
At the helm of this art extravaganza are impresarios Anna and Brian Haughton, who have been joined in recent years by their children Emma and Giles Haughton. The fair remains the only “high end” fair in the world devoted solely to pictures and sculpture. There are 60 dealers in total from Europe, America and the Far East. Above all, quality is an essential requirement and every exhibit is carefully vetted for authenticity.

Some highlights: 

At Linda Hyman Fine Arts, there is a David Hockney portrait of Henry Geldzahlerdone as a “Henry For President” poster. Hockney was a friend of the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art curator and did the amusing portrait during the time Henry was New York City’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Ed Koch. If you are lucky, the entertaining Ms. Hyman will tell you some reminiscences from her 9 years working with Geldzahler at the Met.

Hamadryas Baboon by Rembrandt Bugatti
At Galerie ALFA, Aude Lamorelle is featuring Degas’ Two Dancers in Profile, red chalk and pastel on paper. Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was one of the first artists to use photography as a tool for his painting. You can see it in the way he captured his subjects in motion.

At the Fiertag Gallery, Neil Fiertag has Brown Bear by Georges Guyot (1885-1973), one of the leading animalier artists of his time.

At the Owen Gallery, Andrew Thompson is showing Gypsy Rose Lee and the Star Garter (1943), an ink and gouache on paper by Reginald Marsh. The painting is based on the 1940’s musical review “Star and Garter,” produced by Michael Todd at The Music Box Theater. The show had music and lyrics by Harold Rome, Irving Berlin and Jimmie McHugh among others. It starred the famous striptease artist and bridged the gap between the burlesque houses and Broadway.

At Abby M. Taylor Fine Art: Max Teicher has Tobacco (1941) by Thomas Hart Benton. After studying the tobacco fields of Georgia and capturing the nostalgia of the workers collecting the leaves in his paintings, Benton was told that they were “unacceptable for public display.” Ironically, this work was chosen for a Lucky Strikecigarettes advertising campaign. It was published in Time and the Saturday Evening Post in 1942.
Robert Couturier and Barbara de Portago
Michel Eisner
At French & Company, Henry, Martin and Renata Zimet have Hamadryas Baboon, a patinated bronze by Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916). Of Rothschild provenance, this piece is the most expensive Bugatti on the market today. It illustrates the very beginning of what became “Cubism.” Bugatti’s brother Ettore Bugatti was one of the world's most famous automobile manufacturers. Also at the New York based French & Co., Ignorance, Envy and Jealousy (1837) by James Ward. The large oil painting was recently sold at auction in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company, who received it in 1916 as it was thought to represent Miranda and Caliban in “The Tempest.” But art historians decided it had nothing to do with Shakespeare and the institution was allowed to sell it.

At The Sladmore Gallery: Cameron Shay is showing The Kiss (1904), a small bronze by Auguste Rodin. This rendition was made during the genius’ lifetime, which meant that he oversaw the making of it in his own foundry as opposed to the many museum reproductions, which were made after his death in 1917.

In the center of the fair, surrounded by a natural landscape of spring flowers and stones is the Bugatti bronze The Antelopes (1908). The magnificent life size sculpture can be purchased at Sladmore for a mere five million.

Giles, Anna, Emma, and Brian Haughton
At Whitford Fine Art, Adrian Mibus and An Jo Fermon have Paesaggio Caprese, an oil painting by Eric Prampolini(1894-1956), who was a Futurist, part of a modernist movement based in Italy celebrating the technological era. This painting was discovered in a dealer’s dusty basement in Madrid only a few years ago. Also Tete d’ homme (1913) by Albert Gleizes, which is a study for an oil on canvas of the same title and year, now in the collection of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

At Mallett Fine Art, James Harvey has A Stag and Hind of the Indian Sambar Species by Sawrey Gilpin(1733-1807). The deer in the painting, which was painted on the grounds of Windsor Castle, are said to be the ancestors of the ones running through Windsor Great Park today

At Galerie Fabien Boulakia, Philippe, Fabian and Daniel Boulakia have Fille Mère (c.1907-08), an oil by Kees Van Dongen, Femme Accroupie by Pablo Picasso and a colorful sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002).And don’t miss Effet de Neige by Gustave Courbet (1819 – 1877); Carlo Dolci’s 17th century Madonna and Child at Agnew’s; Marc Chagall’s La Vache Rouge at Galerie Fabien Boulakia; Jacopo de Cione’s 14th century Madonna And Child at Moretti; La Paresse by Lawton S. Parker at James Graham &Sons; Stuart Jones’ Barn by George Bellows (1882-1925) at Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts, Cushing Saw (1961) by Jamie Wyeth at Tom Veilleux Gallery; Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Simon Vouet in the 17th century at Richard Green, and on and on and on. 
Madonna and Child by Carlo Dolci
Madonna And Child by Jacopo de Cione
Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Simon Vouet
Neil Fiertag and Brown Bear by Georges Guyot
Linda Hyman
Aude Lamorelle and Two Dancers in Profile by Edgar Degas
Stuart Jones' Barn by George Bellows
Cushing Saw by Jamie Wyeth
Aude Lamorelle
Two Dancers in Profile by Edgar Degas
Max Teicher and Tobacco by Thomas Hart Benton
Andrew Thompson
Renata Zimet
Henry Zimet
Paesaggio Caprese by Eric Prampolini
An Jo Fermon and Adrian Mibus
Fille Mère by Kees Van Dongen
Tete d' homme (1913) by Albert Gleizes
Femme Accroupie by Pablo Picasso
Cameron Shay
Martin Zimet and Ignorance, Envy and Jealousy by James Ward
La Paresse by Lawton S. Parker
Henry for President by David Hockney
James Harvey and A Stag and Hind of the Indian Sambar Species by Sawrey Gilpin
Fabien Boulakia
The Kiss by Ausguste Rodin
Daniel Boulakia
The Antelopes by Rembrandt Bugatti
Philippe Boulakia and sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle

Photographs by Roger Webster
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