Park Avenue Armory is hosting ‘The Salon: Art & Design’, a fair which, according to the NY Times, “is doing an excellent job of splitting the difference between the auction-house randomness and white-cube-gallery control.”
The fair is open to any form of art from any period, ranging from rare antiques to modern projects. A shining example of ancient art is Phoenix Ancient Art‘s collection of items from Greece, Roman, Syria, Egypt, while just across the way Galerie Gmurzynska showcases an assortment of modern European nudes from the 20th century.
“The initial impression” of the fair, the NY Times describes, “is of contrasting phases and styles of Modern design. Left to right, just inside the entrance, there is a lineup of impertinent decorative objects in glass and ceramics from the 1950s by the restless Ettore Sottsass, arrayed on two startling consoles made of steel and birch-tree trunks (bark intact) by Andrea Branzi, at Friedman Benda.”
Other exhibits in this category include Galerie Downtown- François Laffanour with works by Charlotte Perriand and Oscar Niemeyer; and Galerie L’Arc en Seine with creations by Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Chareau and Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat.
In contrast, Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts displays primarily American Modern art, including Edward Hopper’s skillful 1904 portrait of Guy Pène du Bois, 3works on paper by Edith Dimock fuse Ashcan School with the Katzenjammer Kids, and 2 small oil landscapes by John Marin.
The NY Times explains that “Some of this fair’s clarity results from stalls devoted exclusively or primarily to the efforts of one maker,” such as Japanese artist Koike Shoko, André Sornay, Charles Biederman, Vincent Dubourg and others.
The fair has already drawn a wide array of collectors and art enthusiasts with its vast range of collections.