Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Business was brisk

The Beresford (at 81st Street and Central Park West) through the trees. 4:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013.  Snow headed our way later in the day as I write this at midnight.

Last night was the gala opening night Preview of The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory. The evening benefitted the Henry Street Settlement. This is the 25th year of the collaboration of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and Henry Street on this event.

I’m neither a dealer, a critic or a collector -- although I love looking and even occasionally seeing something that I would acquire (if I had the price). I entered this show early last evening with the plan to take some shots of what I saw. I soon found that I wanted to get a photo of everything because there is so much wonderful art on exhibition and for sale. There are 72 exhibitors and if you even like looking at art in the marketplace, this show deserves a few hours visit. It runs today through Sunday, March 10.
Outside the coatrooms last night at the Park Avenue Armory opening of The Art Show.
It was a lively opening preview. All of the stalls had lookers. I saw many pieces of interest and beauty, enchantment and wonder. This was mixed in with a well-dressed crowd, many of whom are collectors or aspiring/developing collectors. A friend of mine who works for one of the major New York galleries told me that business was brisk with a lot of interest. It looked that way last night at the Park Avenue Armory. Very good hors d’oeuvres provided by Canard (, as well as the wines and champagne (from Martin Scott Wines) to wash it all down.

The evening was sponsored by AXA ART. Tiffany was the Silver Anniversary Partner. Also partnering: Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Corporate Benefactrors were Braemar Energy Ventures, Forest City Ratner Companies, Fried, Frank, Hareris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Midway Investors LLC, Random House, Inc., Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Wade Thompson Drill Hall with the Art Show stalls.
Founded in 1893 on the Lower East Side (now gentrified and known as the East Village), Henry Street Settlement, not so incidentally, is one of New York’s oldest and most innovative social service organizations. The financial support derived from this benefit helps Henry Street to open doors of opportunity for those in need, enabling our least advantaged neighbors to better their lives and pursue their dreams. Henry Street enriches the quality of life for more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year. In these dicey financial times, their services are needed more than ever. Paying service to the needs of others right now is the only logical way to improve our lot and maintain the economic stability for all of us to live together. Henry Street is doing its part.
entrance gallery to last night's The Art Show benefiting Henry Street Settlement.
Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe.
Sperone Westwater featuring Wim Delvoye. That's Angela Westwater on right looking at the Delvoye pig with a tattooed back.
Anton Kern Gallery , New York.
Egon Schiele at Galerie St. Etienne.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
Edith Dicconson at Paul Kasmin Gallery. The carved marble ear in the corner in the image below is by Saint Clair Geman, as are all the other pieces in this show. The backside is the image of a harp.
Paul Kasmin Gallery.
McKee Gallery.
Metro Pictures.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Marianne Boesky Gallery .
Blum & Poe.
Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
James Goodman Gallery.
DC Moore Gallery.
Van Doren Waxter/Eleven Rivington.
Luhring Augustine.
Sean Kelly Gallery, Mapplethorpe Collection.
Jeffrey H. Loria & Co., Inc.
Mnuchin Gallery.
James Cohan Gallery.
Lucien Freud at Acquavella Galleries, Inc. Skarstedt Gallery, Ltd.
Milton Avery at David Zwirner.
David Zwirner. Maxwell Davidson Gallery.
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.
Michael Werner.
Barbara Krakow Gallery.
Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield at James Reinish & Associates.
Harry Stendhal. Fernanda Kellogg.
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery.
Peter Blum Gallery.
Yossi Milo Gallery.
Pavel Zoubok Gallery.
Peter Freeman, Inc.
303 Gallery.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
Cynthia Frank and Laura Hunt. Asher Edelman.
Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc.
The Gravlax on chips table ...
Cocktails. Finger sandwiches.
Dinner. Dessert.
Another view of the big crowd at the fair.
Leslie Stevens.
Photographers at work.
Gladstone Gallery.
Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Forum Gallery.
Gallery Paule Anglim.
Cheim & Read.
Cheim & Read. Pace Gallery.

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