Art Dealers Curate Modernist Show

NEW YORK, NY.- The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) opened the 2016 edition of The Art Show. The nation’s most respected and longest-running art fair, takes place on March 2-6, 2016 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.

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Organized by the ADAA, a nonprofit membership organization of art dealers from around the country, The Art Show offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with artworks of the highest quality through intimately scaled and thoughtfully curated exhibitions that encourage close looking and active conversation with gallerists.

As part of the ADAA’s philanthropic partnerships, admission from The Art Show and proceeds from the Gala Preview benefit the Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s leading social service, arts and health care organizations.

“Thoughtfully curated, high quality presentations are a signature of The Art Show—a unique art fair created and organized by a community of art dealers, rather than by an art fair operator. The show's intimate scale which encourages one-on-one interactions between visitors, experienced dealers, and artworks—represents an emphasis on meaningful and lasting relationships, beyond just transactions,” remarked Adam Sheffer, newly appointed ADAA president and Cheim & Read partner and sales director.

The Art Show’s 72 presentations are selected from over 100 proposals from ADAA member galleries, providing audiences with high quality presentations of works from the 19th century through today, by artists of a variety of genres, practices, and national and international origin.

“This year’s presentations are dynamic, ambitious, and vibrant, and speak volumes about the global breadth of art and market expertise of ADAA members. We look forward to welcoming collectors, arts professionals, and the public to experience these high-quality presentations and engage personally with experts in the field,” commented Chair of The Art Show, Anthony Meier.

Notable solo exhibitions for The Art Show 2016 include a joint presentation by Marianne Boesky Gallery and Dominique Lévy Gallery of painting, drawing, and sculpture by Frank Stella, and early work by Marilyn Minter presented by Salon 94.

Paul Kasmin Gallery presents the first exhibition of seven different bodies of work by Jules Olitski, spanning 45 years of the artist’s career. In three ambitious presentations, ADAA members re-examine the contributions of 20th century African-American artists: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery presents works by American modernist Beauford Delaney; Betty Cuningham Gallery features paintings by Bill Traylor; and Galerie Lelong highlights works from the 1970s by McArthur Binion.

Rare, vintage performance photographs by Carolee Schneemann are on view from P.P.O.W, while David Nolan Gallery presents a bold installation of a single work by Barry Le Va, retracing his groundbreaking investigations in sculpture from the late 1960s.

First-time Art Show exhibitor, Haines Gallery of San Francisco, brings kaleidoscopic sculptures and works on paper by Monir Farmanfarmaian, following her critically acclaimed retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. Other newcomers include Hauser & Wirth, presenting works by the Modernist Italian sculptor, installation artist, and poet Fausto Melotti, and Tilton Gallery debuts new sculptures by Chicago-born artist Simone Leigh, whose work explores female African-American subjectivity.

A number of presentations feature new works displayed publicly for the first time at The Art Show, such as mechanical sculptures and works on paper by installation artist Rebecca Horn at Sean Kelly Gallery, new photographic work by Gillian Wearing at Tonya Bonakdar Gallery, and recent Hernan Bas paintings influenced by mythology and literature at Lehmann Maupin. Tibor de Nagy Gallery presents new non-objective paintings by Andrew Masullo, and Cheim & Read features recent works by prominent American artist Ron Gorchov.

In a thought-provoking juxtaposition of sculpture and photography, Bortolomi pairs new sculptural works by Tom Burr with Barbara Kasten's Architectural Sites from the 1980s. Additionally, noted sculptor Deborah Butterfield created two large-scale bronze works especially for the fair, presented by Danese /Corey.

Several member galleries present group exhibitions of stimulating artistic juxtapositions. As part of Rhona Hoffman Gallery’s group exhibition Cut, Sliced, Stitched, Torn, new works by emerging artist Natalie Frank are shown alongside established international artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Spencer Finch, Lucio Fontana, Jim Hodges, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Richard Tuttle, exploring the gesture of cutting, tearing, and stitching in artists’ practices from 1966 to the present.

An equally ambitious exhibition presented by Howard Greenberg Gallery and Hans. P. Kraus Jr. Inc. explores the Photo-Secession movement—founded in 1902 by Alfred Stieglitz to advance photography as an art form—through photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Clarence White, Alvin Langdon Coburn, and Gertrude Käsebier, among others

Photo above : Jules Olitski, Moon Momma, 1992, Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery.