Arms Wide Open

Dur­ing Amer­i­can Art Week, New York City pri­vate art gal­leries will open their doors to the pub­lic

American Fine Art Magazine - - Gallery Preview: New York, Ny -

The bian­nual event Just Off Madi­son is back to of­fer fine art col­lec­tors and en­thu­si­asts the chance to view ex­cep­tional Amer­i­can art­work. Set dur­ing Newyork’s spring Amer­i­can Art Week, 14 deal­ers and gal­leries along the Up­per East Side of Man­hat­tan will open their doors to the pub­lic for three hours on Tuesday, May 22. Par­tic­i­pat­ing gal­leries and deal­ers this spring in­clude Michael Alt­man

Fine Art & Ad­vi­sory, Betty Kru­lik Fine Art, Jonathan Boos, Kraushaar Gal­leries, Men­coni + Schoelkopf, a very Gal­leries, Con­ner • Rosenkranz, Hol­lis Tag­gart Gal­leries and more.

“This year we’re ex­cited to wel­come Michael Alt­man Fine Art and Ad­vi­sory, show­ing with Just Off Madi­son for the first time,” says Betty Kru­lik, who or­ga­nizes the event. this year she ex­plains that most gal­leries are pre­sent­ing modern 20th-cen­tury Amer­i­can art, but there will be a num­ber of fine his­tor­i­cal pieces as well.

“It is like an art fair,” says Hol­lis Tag­gart, owner of Hol­listag­gart Gal­leries. “one can see all the new things on the mar­ket at one time with­out spend­ing days and days, or mak­ing ap­point­ments and trav­el­ing all around the area. It… also has a great so­cial as­pect to it be­cause ev­ery­one shares ca­ma­raderie at this event.” Hol­lis Tag­gart Gal­leries will be show­ing ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ist works, em­pha­siz­ing women artists and cov­er­ing

the 1940s through the 1970s. “there is a resur­gence of in­ter­est and fo­cus on women ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ists, who, in their own time were so of­ten marginal­ized or over­looked,” Tag­gart says. Plac­ing works of African-amer­i­can sculp­tors and pain­ters in full view, Con­ner

• Rosenkranz will fea­ture the art­work of Beau­ford De­laney, El­iz­a­beth Catlett and more.two mas­sive stained-glass win­dows cre­ated by Robert Winthrop Chan­ler and com­mis­sioned in 1918 by Gertrude Van­der­bilt Whitney will be on dis­play as well, says Mark Os­tran­der of Con­ner

• Rosenkranz. “We al­ways look forward to the qual­ity and di­ver­sity of vis­i­tors to Just Off Madi­son, from schol­ars and mu­seum pro­fes­sion­als, to se­ri­ous col­lec­tors, be­gin­ning col­lec­tors and peo­ple who sim­ply en­joy look­ing at art,” says Kather­ine Degn, di­rec­tor of Kraushaar Gal­leries. In a “good­bye to win­ter and salu­ta­tion to summer,” the 71st Street gallery will show works with brightly col­ored land­scapes and a mi­nor fo­cus on pieces in­volv­ing fruit. Dis­play­ing a range of ex­cep­tional works from early Amer­i­can modernism— in­clud­ing an early mod­ernist col­lage by Joseph Stella—men­coni + Schoelkopf hopes to guide col­lec­tors through the buy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, whether they are mak­ing their first pur­chase or con­tin­u­ing to craft an es­tab­lished col­lec­tion. Says gallery di­rec­tor

Jonathan Spies,“just Off Madi­son is al­ways a great mo­ment for our clients to quickly see a num­ber of deal­ers and spa­ces that they might oth­er­wise not think to try.”

East­man John­son (1824-1906), Girl by the Hearth, 1878. Oil on board, 131/8 x 7½ in. Cour­tesy De­bra Force Fine Art.

Charles Sheeler (1883-1965), Red Against the White, 1957. Tem­pera on board, 5 x 6 in., signed and dated lower right: ‘Sheeler – 1957’. Cour­tesy Men­coni + Schoelkopf.

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