Amer­i­can Pres­tige

The Amer­i­can Art Fair gives ex­pe­ri­enced and as­pir­ing col­lec­tors the op­por­tu­nity to view and pur­chase mu­seum-qual­ity fine art dur­ing the four-day event at the Bo­hemian Na­tional Hall

American Fine Art Magazine - - Contributors - by Alyssa M.tid­well

The Amer­i­can Art Fair gives ex­pe­ri­enced and as­pir­ing col­lec­tors the op­por­tu­nity to view and pur­chase mu­seum-qual­ity fine art dur­ing the four­day event at the Bo­hemian Na­tional Hall

In the fall of 2008, some­thing daz­zling was in the works.a fair that brought to­gether the top brick-and-mor­tar gal­leries in Newyork in a show­case of highly cu­rated 19th- and 20th-cen­tury art, The Amer­i­can Art Fair came to fruition amid the ad­ver­sity of the eco­nomic down­turn—and only con­tin­ues to grow in rev­er­ence as the years go on, now cel­e­brat­ing its 11th it­er­a­tion.

Ush­er­ing in the fall sea­son in New York is Amer­i­can Art Week, one of the pin­na­cles of the art col­lect­ing world, round­ing out the end of the year in a cul­mi­na­tion of art walks, shows and sales from Newyork’s premier gal­leries and auc­tion houses.and at the start of it all is The Amer­i­can Art Fair, run­ning from Novem­ber 10 to 13.The only fair that fo­cuses solely on 19th- and 20th­cen­tury Amer­i­can fine art, The Amer­i­can Art Fair is a pres­ti­gious event bring­ing more than 400 mas­ter­ful works from 17 ex­hibitors in­clud­ing Thomas

Colville Fine Art,avery Gal­leries, De­bra Force Fine Art, Hirschl & Adler Gal­leries, Men­coni + Schoelkopf and Ne­dra Mat­teucci Gal­leries, as well as Bernard Gold­berg Fine Arts, LLC and D.wig­more Fine Art, both re­turn­ing af­ter a hia­tus.the event will be held in the his­toric Bo­hemian Na­tional

Hall, built in 1896 in the Re­nais­sance Re­vival style and a des­ig­nated New York land­mark.though run­ning for just over a decade, The Amer­i­can Art Fair is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the rich his­tory of Amer­i­can art through­out the last sev­eral cen­turies.

“Even though it’s just 17 deal­ers, it has tremen­dous depth, and the deal­ers are the top in their field... new­com­ers to the fair are amazed that they can buy a mu­seum-qual­ity Hud­son River School paint­ing,” says Cather­ine Sweeney Singer, di­rec­tor of The Amer­i­can Art Fair. The fair fea­tures an ex­ten­sive range of works, and past shows have in­cluded pieces by El­iz­a­beth Catlett and

Mary Louise Fairchild Mac­mon­nies; Hud­son River School painters San­ford Robin­son Gif­ford and Jasper Francis Cropsey;ash­can School painters John Sloan and Wil­liam Glack­ens; and Amer­i­can im­pres­sion­ists John Singer Sar­gent and Wil­liam Mer­ritt Chase.

This year’s show will ex­hibit works from sev­eral of the afore­men­tioned artists, as well as an oil by Fred­eric Church from Hirschl & Adler Gal­leries, and a John Marin wa­ter­color and graphite from Mered­ith Ward Fine Art, among many oth­ers.

“With their vast ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise, re­li­able rep­u­ta­tions and per­son­al­ized ser­vices, our ex­hibitors of­fer through their well-es­tab­lished gal­leries the high­est qual­ity at The Amer­i­can Art Fair,” says founder Thomas Colville.“we choose to fo­cus on the best ex­am­ples of his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant artists of the past in a thought­ful en­vi­ron­ment of re­flec­tion, per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion and im­me­di­ate con­tact.” De­bra Force Fine Art brings works by Chase, Cropsey and Ge­orge Ben­jamin Luks to the 2018 fair.“we look for­ward to see­ing both pri­vate col­lec­tors and mu­seum cu­ra­tors from across the coun­try,” says di­rec­tor Bethany Dob­son.

New to The Amer­i­can Art Fair this year are two of the old­est gal­leries in the coun­try:vose Gal­leries and Kraushaar Gal­leries.

“As the sixth gen­er­a­tion of the fam­ily firm, I am proud to steer the gallery into our 178th year of busi­ness. Hav­ing been in busi­ness since 1841, we are in a unique po­si­tion to have had long his­to­ries with a num­ber of im­por­tant Amer­i­can artists, such as Wil­liam Brad­ford, Frank Ben­son and

Childe Has­sam, not only han­dling them dur­ing their life­times but still hav­ing the honor of of­fer­ing their works for sale to­day.we have sold over 36,000 paint­ings dur­ing our long ten­ure, and we are proud to count over 170 mu­se­ums across the coun­try as hav­ing ac­quired im­por­tant works for their per­ma­nent col­lec­tions from our gallery,” says Carey L.vose, di­rec­tor of Vose Gal­leries.

Among works the gallery brings to this year’s fair is A Green Meadow Land­scape, an oil by Has­sam, de­pict­ing flow­ing brush­strokes of vivid green­ery and trees with more muted tones, cre­at­ing depth in the back­drop.“this early work was made in 1882, be­fore Has­sam moved to Paris in 1886 and be­came steeped in the new ideals of the French Im­pres­sion­ist move­ment.when he re­turned and set­tled in Newyork, he be­came the lead­ing pros­e­ly­tizer for the new art form,” gallery pres­i­dent

Mar­cia L.vose says of the piece. Kraushaar Gal­leries reached the his­tor­i­cal mile­stone of 125 years back in 2010.The range of works the gallery brings to the fair in­cludes a 1903 John Sloan por­trait and ab­stract works by Elmer Bischoff and Dorothy Dehner, ac­cord­ing to Kraushaar Gal­leries di­rec­tor Kather­ine Degn.

The dealer also brings Sloan’s Niles Pond, Gloucester, a ra­di­ant piece with de­fined brush­strokes. “in our 133rd year in busi­ness we con­tinue our tra­di­tion of bring­ing qual­ity works from a se­lec­tion of 20th-cen­tury Amer­i­can artists for con­sid­er­a­tion, rep­re­sent­ing a va­ri­ety of me­dia, sub­jects and prices,” Degn says. “The Amer­i­can Art Fair pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for as­pir­ing, new and sea­soned col­lec­tors to see and com­pare a se­lec­tion of Amer­i­can art in one place. For Kraushaar it means a chance to see fa­mil­iar faces and meet new peo­ple in a col­le­gial at­mos­phere.” Paint­ings by women artists work­ing in both ab­strac­tion and re­al­ism is the pri­mary fo­cus for D.wig­more Fine Art; among those in the 2018 fair are works by Doris Lee and Sally Michel.“ma­jor so­cial and aes­thetic de­vel­op­ments in the 20th cen­tury, such as rad­i­cal pol­i­tics and the ar­rival of mod­ernism and fem­i­nism al­tered ex­hi­bi­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for women artists,” says Deedee Wig­more, pres­i­dent of D.wig­more Fine Art.

“I feel The Amer­i­can Art Fair gives me an op­por­tu­nity to show sup­port for the cre­ative ex­cel­lence of women.” Col­lec­tors can also at­tend schol­arly lec­tures through­out the four-day event, a tra­di­tion that be­gan when the fair moved to the Bo­hemian Na­tional

Hall, which houses a the­ater where the ora­tions are held, Sweeney Singer ex­plains. Lec­tures for the 2018 fair in­clude “Rad­i­cal Re­al­ists”:who Were the Amer­i­can Pre-raphaelites?, by Linda S. Fer­ber, se­nior art his­to­rian and mu­seum di­rec­tor emerita at the New-york His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, held on Novem­ber 10 at 2 p.m. Dr. Fer­ber’s talk comes from her re­search for the Amer­i­can Pre-raphaelites ex­hi­bi­tion to open at the Na­tional Gallery in 2019. The Amer­i­can Art Fair runs from noon to 6 p.m. Novem­ber 10 through 12, and noon to 4 p.m. Novem­ber 13.

The Amer­i­can Art Fair cel­e­brated its 10-year an­niver­sary in 2017.

Thomas Wilmer Dew­ing (1851-1938), May (Wel­come Sweet Spring­time), ca. 1890-1900. Oil on can­vas, 20¼ x 24¼ in., signed lower right: ‘TW Dew­ing’. Courtesy Men­coni + Schoelkopf.

Top: Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Boys on a Hill­side, 1879. Wa­ter­color on pa­per, 8½ x 11½ in. Courtesy Hirschl & Adler Gal­leries, Inc.; Bot­tom left: Peter Hurd (1904-1984), Tracks of Win­ter. Oil tem­pera on board, 27¼ x 35¼ in. Courtesy Ne­dra Mat­teucci Gal­leries.; Bot­tom right: John Marin (1870-1953), Wa­ter­front, Man­hat­tan, 1936. Wa­ter­color and graphite on pa­per, 21¾ x 26¼ in., signed and dated at lower right: ‘Marin 36’. Courtesy Mered­ith Ward Fine Art.

Top left: Wil­liam Mer­ritt Chase (1849-1916), Au­tumn Still Life, ca. 1906. Oil on can­vas, 40¼ x 403/8 in., signed mid­dle right: ‘Wm. M. Chase’. Courtesy Avery Gal­leries.; Bot­tom left: Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), In­dian Sum­mer on the Delaware River. Oil on can­vas, 24¼ x 41¼ in., signed and dated lower left: ‘J.F. Cropsey 1862’. Courtesy De­bra Force Fine Art, Inc.; Right: Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991), Ob­ject with Black, 1948. Oil on can­vas, 40 x 32 in. Courtesy Kraushaar Gal­leries, Inc.

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