The Art Show Celebrates 25 Years and the Appointment of Dorsey Waxter as President
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of “The Art Show,” running concurrently with the rest of Armory Arts Week from March 6 – 10, 2013. The Art Show returns to Park Avenue Armory with AXA Art Insurance Corporation as its lead partner for a second consecutive year.
Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show is known as the classiest of NY fairs. In December 2012, ADAA appointed Dorsey Waxter of Van Doren Waxter Gallery as President. Waxter extends the vision of her predecessors (Lucy Mitchell-Innes and Roland Augustine) and maintains the integrity of ADAA. “ADAA is a members’ organization so I am very conscience about the ways we can continue to have our 175 members be recognized, ranging from Old Masters to Contemporary, across the country. The upcoming art show is one of the ways we are able to showcase at least part of the membership. I inherited a celebratory moment—the organization has evolved tremendously over the past ten years.”
This year, The Art Show brings 72 exhibitors with an unprecedented 40 solo artist booths alongside 32 thematic presentations with a strong focus on fine photography. Waxter explains, “ADAA has been instrumental in promoting the idea of fewer artists per booth. It is a show that is very manageable in numbers, which allows for intimacy and enables viewers to have a conversation and see something in–depth—whether it’s a whole period of work or particular moment in time or theme by an artist.”
Among the many highlights this year: Sean Kelly Gallery is showing several portraits by legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe; David Zwirner is showing early works by Milton Avery; Cheim & Read is revealing never-before-exhibited works by Jannis Kounellis; Lehmann Maupin is displaying a solo booth by Mary Corse; and Yossi Milo is presenting several artists for the first time.
Richard L. Feigen & Co. is offering a survey of Cubist and Pop artists in the names of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselman, and Ray Johnson. In homage to ADAA’s legacy, Acquavella Galleries is curating a thematic show titled “Masterworks Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the ADAA,” highlighting key works displayed and sold during the five decades of their ADAA membership.
Fair programming includes: “Sharing Art in a More Generous Manner” with Jock Reynolds, Director of the Yale University Art Gallery on Friday March 8 at 6pm and, “Twilight or Dawn: Art in the 21st Century” with Michael Findlay, Director of Acquavella Galleries on Saturday March 9 at 11am.
Tuesday March 5th marks the annual Gala Preview. All ticket proceeds from the gala and run of show benefit Henry Street Settlement, one of New York City’s most effective social services agencies.
Learn more about “The Art Show” HERE.