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Nation’s Leading Art Dealers Come Together in New York for The Art Show, February 27–March 1, 2020

Event Date: 
27 February 2020 to 1 March 2020
New York City, New York
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Members of The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), a nonprofit organization of the nation’s leading art dealers, will join forces for The Art Show this February to showcase their vibrant programs from across the country.

Opening with the annual Gala Preview on Wednesday, February 26, the 2020 edition will take place February 27 through March 1, at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The Art Show is known for its ambitious presentations and compelling juxtapositions, drawing serious and passionate collectors, arts professionals, and enthusiasts to New York. The 2020 iteration will see more than half of its presentations dedicated to a single artist and 19 exhibitions focused on female artists, in addition to vibrant thematic and group surveys.

All proceeds from fair admission and the gala benefit Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s leading social service, arts, and health care organizations. As Henry Street Settlement’s greatest source of unrestricted funding, The Art Show has raised over $32 million for the nonprofit through its more than three decades of partnership with the ADAA. AXA XL, a division of AXA Group, a pioneering specialist in the fine art and collectibles insurance space, has returned for the 9th consecutive year as Lead Partner of The Art Show, marking its 12th year of partnership with ADAA.

For the 2020 edition, The Art Show features public conversations with major collectors, curators, museum leaders, and industry experts, including Lindsay Pollock, Chief Communications and Content Officer, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator, Madison Square Park Conservancy. Extending programming beyond the fair, the ADAA has organized the ADAA Gallery Walk: Midtown + Upper East Side for the second year, a collaboration between an unprecedented 42 ADAA member galleries in the surrounding neighborhoods on Saturday, February 29, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. In addition, visitors will have the chance to meet artists presenting works at the fair on Sunday, March 1, from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

ADAA Member Presentations at The Art Show 2020

Recognized for its high-quality curated presentations, The Art Show 2020 is a platform for ADAA member galleries to extend their programs beyond their gallery walls and design insightful exhibitions that collectively create a distinct and intimate fair experience. The 2020 edition will feature over 40 intimately scaled solo presentations and 19 exhibitions dedicated to female artists—an unprecedented number for the fair—as well as joint, thematic, and dual presentations that offer new perspectives on influential artists and opportunities for in-depth exploration of up-and-coming and underrecognized contributions to art history. The fair will feature many first-time exhibitors, including David Kordansky Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, McClain Gallery, Gallery Wendi Norris, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, and Leon Tovar Gallery.

The dynamic lineup champions pioneering female artists across more than five decades of practice, including reexaminations of key historical figures. Among the highlights are:

A joint presentation by Bortolami Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery of the late painter Carla Accardi;

Pavel Zoubok’s presentation of sculptures by Vanessa German, the sculptor, writer, and activist, whose works will come together in an immersive installation;

• Paintings by Jane Wilson that have not been exhibited publicly for more than three decades, presented by DC Moore Gallery;

• An exhibition showcasing the work of Mercedes Pardo, the Venezuelan master and leader in geometric abstraction, presented by Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino;

• Seminal Op Art pieces by Edna Andrade, exhibited by Locks Gallery;

• Vintage pornographic images, transformed by Beverly Semmes as part of her Feminist Responsibility Project (FRP) at the 57th Carnegie International, presented by Susan Inglett Gallery.

Additional solo presentations include:

Galerie Lelong & Co.’s presentation of paintings exploring overlooked histories of conflict by the late Ficre Ghebreyesus, whose work was rarely shown during his short lifetime;

• An exhibition of new work by Zanele Muholi, including a series created in formerly colonized countries of Africa, presented by Yancey Richardson Gallery;

• New embroidered compositions by Palestinian-American artist Jordan Nassar, exhibited by James Cohan;

• A mirrored floor installation, alongside never-before-exhibited photograms by Walead Beshty, presented by Petzel Gallery;

P.P.O.W.’s exhibition of new works by Ramiro Gomez, a painter whose practice centers on the unseen figures powering the art world;

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.’s display of new work from Jeffrey Gibson, a 2019 recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, whose multimedia practice explores and celebrates his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, his queer identity, pan-Native American visual culture, and American popular culture.

Vibrant thematic, group, and dual presentations are additionally a consistent emphasis and highlight of the fair. The 2020 presentations range from surveys of important periods and genres of art history, to celebrations of the legacy of art dealers. Highlights include:

A joint presentation by Fraenkel Gallery and Luhring Augustine juxtaposing the use of text in the practices of Lee Friedlander and Christopher Wool;

A dedication to renowned art dealer Phyllis Kind and her eponymous galleries in New York and Chicago, curated by Venus Over Manhattan;

Jonathan Boos’s exhibition Psychological Realism featuring a range of works that explore deep psychological narratives through realistic imagery.

To ensure the high standard of artistic quality and connoisseurship that has become synonymous with the fair, the ADAA’s Art Show Committee, comprised of member dealers, selects 72 presentations annually from proposals submitted by ADAA member galleries across the country. Members outline inventive curatorial concepts for single-artist, dual, or group exhibitions. The full list of ADAA member presentations at The Art Show 2020 is available for PDF download at the above link. 

“The Art Show is an extraordinary collaboration between the nation’s leading art dealers to showcase their programs and engage with art enthusiasts and each other, as well as to benefit the Henry Street Settlement,” said Andrew Schoelkopf, President of the ADAA and Co-founder of Menconi + Schoelkopf. “As always, the 2020 fair promises to offer an exceptional experience for collectors, arts professionals, and the public, with an unparalleled focus on in-depth, museum-quality exhibitions that exceed what can be found at any other fair.”

“From its inception, The Art Show has been not only a beloved New York City cultural event but the greatest source of flexible funding to Henry Street Settlement, enabling the Settlement to help community members in need to better their lives and pursue their dreams,” said David Garza, Henry Street Settlement President & CEO. “The Art Show and the generosity of its patrons allow us to provide our community with access to the arts, academic support for low-income students, mental health counseling, shelter from homelessness and domestic violence, job-placement, and senior services. Our invaluable partnership with the ADAA means The Art Show guests can enjoy a world-class experience knowing that they are also meaningfully helping New Yorkers in need."

The Art Show 2020

Thursday, February 27 through Friday, February 28, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 29, 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 1, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue and 67th Street, New York

Tickets: $25 per day. Available online here or at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Henry Street Settlement.

Lead Partner: AXA XL

Generous support for The Art Show is provided by AXA XL, a division of AXA., a pioneering specialist in the fine art and collectibles insurance space. AXA XL provides insurance for artworks, collectibles, and high value items for the world’s most renowned institutions, collectors, and private clients. We partner with those who move the world forward. To learn more visit www.axaxl.com or email axaartcommunications@axaxl.com.

Travel Partner: Turon Travel

Travel reservations for The Art Show can be made online through Turon Travel. For group travel arrangements, email adaa@turontravel.com or call Turon at 800.952.7646 for the best-negotiated hotel and air travel rates.

Fair Architect: Bade Stageberg Cox Architecture

The Art Show’s enhanced design was created by Bade Stageberg Cox Architecture, an inventive, award-winning firm with wide experience and a longstanding focus on the design of art galleries, museums, and spaces for private collections.

Design Partner: Foscarini

Lobby lighting fixtures for The Art Show are provided by Foscarini. Foscarini is a leading Italian lighting company that, over 35 years of collaborations with creative talents and master artisans, has produced a long list of design icons integrated into residential and commercial environments internationally.

Exclusive Online Partner: Artsy

Artsy’s exclusive Online Catalog and Preview of The Art Show opens Wednesday, February 19. Visitors can use Artsy to view works, contact exhibitors, and confirm availability one week in advance of the opening of the fair through the run of show at www.artsy.net/adaa-the-art-show. Download the Artsy app to navigate the fair in person, save artworks, and stay connected with exhibitors.

Tech Partner: Preview

Preview is a camera-app, optimized for the art world. It helps take better pictures, and supercharges note-taking and organization for anyone serious about their art. Snap an artwork and a label and the app uses A.I. to map the work according to over 100,000 artists and galleries.

The Art Show 2020 Special Events and Programming

The Art Show Gala Preview to Benefit Henry Street Settlement

February 26, 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

For advance ticket purchases or additional information, please contact Henry Street Settlement at 212.766.9200 ext. 2248. Tickets can also be purchased online at theartshow.tix123.com.

ADAA Gallery Walk: Midtown + Upper East Side

Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Free

Meet the Artists

Sunday, March 1, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Free with fair admission

Additional programming to be announced.

About the ADAA

The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that supports the economic and cultural contributions of the nation’s leading fine art galleries. The ADAA includes nearly 180 members from 30 cities in the U.S., representing hundreds of established and emerging artists internationally. ADAA members have extensive expertise across primary and secondary markets and established reputations for upholding the best practices in the field. The ADAA serves as a resource and advocate, raising awareness of dealers’ critical roles in the international art market and the cultural community.

The ADAA is a leader on issues pertaining to connoisseurship, scholarship, ethical practice, and public policy. The ADAA’s position is further enhanced by its Appraisal Service, which has valued works of art for donation, estate, gift tax, and insurance for over 50 years, and represents a depth of art historical and market knowledge. The ADAA Foundation, supported by donations from ADAA members, promotes a broad range of activity in the arts and culture community by distributing grants to museums, archives, and arts organizations. Recent grantees include the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Museum of Chinese in America, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. www.artdealers.org

About Henry Street Settlement

Founded in 1893 by social reformer Lillian Wald and based in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of innovative, high-impact social service, arts, and health care programs. From shelter for the homeless and job placement to early childhood education and college prep to meals and companionship for older adults, Henry Street continues to provide vital services to more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year. A central component of its commitment to human progress and opportunity is Henry Street’s award-winning Abrons Arts Center, which provides artists with performance, exhibition, and residency opportunities and promotes access to the arts through educational programming. www.henrystreet.org

Press Contacts:

Sarah McNaughton / Caroline McKinley / Barbara Escobar

Resnicow and Associates

212.671.5161 / ADAAArtShow@resnicow.com

 

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Ficre Ghebreyesus, “Red Room,” 2002-07, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 72 inches, courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

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