Spring Masters Back in Armory from May 6-9

Greek Urn, Phoenix Ancient Art, ca. 550-500 BCE

Greek Urn, Phoenix Ancient Art

For serious collectors and simple art aficionados, the Spring Masters New York is an art fair with a flair. The show, which has been held for the past two years at the Park Avenue Armory, will bring back the ground-breaking hexagonal booth layout, designed by famed architect Rafael Viñoly.

Also back are the over 60 exhibitors representing galleries from Canada, London, Basel and other international venues, as well as major, and less well-known, art hubs in the United States.

Styles and periods span the spectrum from the far-away past to the most up-to-the-minute present. Sculpture, paintings, design, jewelry and more will delight the eye and fire the imagination.

Ring with a sphinx (1295–1069 BC), Egyptian, 19th–20th Dynasty. Phoenix Ancient Art ($750,000)

Ring with a sphinx (1295–1069 BC), Egyptian, 19th–20th Dynasty. Phoenix Ancient Art ($750,000)

Artworks from the distant past will be on display courtesy of veteran exhibitor Phoenix Ancient Art. The New York and Geneva based antique art dealers Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam will display beautiful objects d’art from ancient Egypt, Greece, Canaan and many more. Of special interest at this year’s fair is an Egyptian ring with a sphinx dated from 1295-1069 BC. Located at A4, the booth of Phoenix Ancient Art is a must-see for anyone interested in the juxtaposition of rare, beautiful art from incredibly ancient cultures.

Paris-based Galerie Lefebvre specializes in 20th century designers and vintage photographers. A visit to their booth will bring you to works by such notable artists as Man Ray, Vaclav Chochola, and Jules Leleu.

Art from the Far East will be on display at booth E7, manned by the Yufuku Gallery of Tokyo. This gallery represents artists such as Takafumi Asakura, who works in black ink on aluminum leaf mounted on silk screens; Naoki Takeyama, who makes intricate, modern, abstract sculptures of enameled copper with gold and silver leaf; and Takuo Nakamura, who creates exquisitely colorful, enameled, inlaid stoneware.

The fair opens with a by-invitation-only preview party on Thursday evening, May 5. On Friday, May 6 through Monday, May 9 the Armory opens at 11:00 AM and closes at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday, and at 6:00 PM on Sunday and Monday. Tickets are $30 at the door for adults; $15 for students; and a run-of-the-fair ticket costs $50. There is a discount for those purchasing tickets on-line.

The Park Avenue Armory is located On Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Street.

Enjoy the 33rd Annual Art in Bloom Festival

bouquet-995438_960_720Here is something really fun and unique to enjoy. The 33rd Annual Art in Bloom festival will take place in Minneapolis, MN from April 28 – May 1. This is a four day festival of floral arrangements and fine art that is being presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. It highlights the talent of more than 150 local floral artists. Their floral arrangements will be on display next to the artworks that inspired them.

There will be a Patron Preview Party on Wednesday evening and then from Thursday to Sunday, people can experience the fun of floral arrangements will enjoying lectures and floral demonstrations. There will be docent tours which include complimentary 45 minute tours of the floral displays running four to five times a day from Thursday through Sunday.
There will also be an evening party called Flowers After Hours and a day to bring children on Family Day on Saturday. Have fun!

A Feast for the Eyes: de Chirico & Phoenix Ancient Art

Certainly, anyone who was privy to be at the recent exhibit at the Helly Nahmad Gallery called “Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity,” will tell you what a fantastic experience it was. The exhibit ran through January 30th before moving to Gstaad for a short viewing. The unusual exhibit was built around 22 paintings from Giorgio de Chirico from his 1920s period. They were juxtaposed alongside 40 examples of Greek and Roman antiquities from Phoenix Ancient Art with brothers Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam.

As Roberta Smith describes in her piece entitled “A Sumptuous Surrealist Moment in Manhattan,” in The New York Times, “White marble sculptures of melancholy, reclining goddesses often preside over de Chirico’s deep-shadowed piazzas of the 1910s. But as the Nahmad show indicates, in the 1920s, the artist, who was born in Greece and spent some of his childhood there, turned to figures of flesh and bone. Rosy-skinned gladiators, wrestlers and soldiers in togas and occasionally helmets prevail here, along with bearded philosophers.”

He continues by saying,

“The Phoenix antiquities give de Chirico fierce competition. Stretching from Geometric Period bronze horses to Roman mosaics, they include several impressive Hellenistic statuettes. They reflect the ebb and flow across the Greco-Roman world of the real and the ideal, the sophisticated and the provincial.”

The show was a feast for the eyes and a fantastic challenge to the normal order of how art is displayed. Kudos to The Helly Nahmad Gallery, to Giorgio de Chirico and to Phoenix Ancient Art.

Neon Fun with MONA

sign-52494_960_720Whether you’re already into neon, or you just want a new experience, the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles is a site to behold. Founded in 1981, the museum includes neon and electric art from artists around the world. It also has restored vintage signs from businesses around Southern California.

The museum has changed locations, originally housed in downtown LA, then at the Universal CityWalk and now in downtown Glendale. It’s across the street from the Americana at Brand, the open air shopping center.

MONA is a walk down memory lane, a place to see all of the neon signs from our past.  And if you happen to be in LA, it’s certainly worth the look.

Art Palm Beach

wall-art-661288_960_720If you’re in Palm Beach, you’ll want to be part of the Art Palm Beach event that is taking place tomorrow, Thursday January 21 through Sunday, January 24. It will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Exhibitors include artists from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Korea, Singapore, the UK, the US, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Poland.

Just to offer a few names, Art Clipper will be there from Helsinki, Ai Bo Gallery is coming from Connecticut, and the Alessandro Berni Gallery is coming from Italy.

Come and enjoy!

Interactive Exhibit for Kids in New York

This is a lovely idea for anyone who is near Owasco, New York. Stop by the Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural and Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center and you’ll find an exhibit called “Through a Child’s Eyes” which is displaying antique toys and an interactive station for toys for children to enjoy. It includes circus and model train displays, three decorated dollhouses and miniature models of a school room.

The model of the 19th century general store was donated to the museum. The three doll houses were all handmade.

The exhibit runs from 11-4 on Saturdays through March 26th.

Spotlight on One Silversmith: Dennison Tsosie

If you haven’t heard of Dennison Tsosie, and don’t know about his beautiful silver art, you’ll want to check him out. The New York Times recently interviewed him about his craft, and it’s an article well worth reading.

Tsosie hails from Alpine, Arizona. He was born on a Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona and he learned the jewelry trade from his grandfather. He makes wedding brings and bracelets and many specialty silver items.

He even has pieces in the Smithsonian and the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

Cultural Festival at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

baskets-1001439_640On Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th, people gathered at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to enjoy a cultural festival. The festival included food, basketry and cultural traditions of Native people from the Americas.

The program included cooking demonstrations and tastings by Native chefs from across the US including Lois Ellen Frank, a James Beard Award winner. People learned Hopi Piki making and Yurok Alder roasted salmon making. People also learned about basking weaving with top weavers from across the US and Mexico including acclaimed weaver Terrol Dew Johnson.

Partners of the program included: American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI), Native American Culinary Association (NACA), Tohono O’odham Cultural Center & Museum and the Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA).

Learn more about the festival and get the entire schedule here.


The Grove Holiday Arts and Craft Faire in Chicago

soap-601239_640The Grove Holiday Arts and Craft Faire, co-sponsored by The Grove Heritage Association and the Glenview Park District, is marking its 30th anniversary with an eight day event. The event will support the Grove, a 143 acre nature and historic landmark site and outdoor history musuem.

As Grove Program Supervisor Kris Van Voorhis said, “Coming to The Grove Arts and Craft Faire is an experience, just being here, the grounds decorated so beautifully – at night it’s like walking through a holiday wonderland. We have customers that come from out of town to visit friends or family, who center their visit around our show, and in 2014 we averaged 4,000 shoppers over the eight-day event.”

The preview night will take place on November 4th from 5-9pm and the fair will then continue from November 5-8 and 12-15. The fair will be on Thursdays and Fridays from 10-8 and then Saturdays and Sundays from 10-5pm.

Van Voorhis continued, “This year in the Holiday House, the room will reflect stepping into a warm and cozy Christmas set in someone’s home. Some of our exhibitors have been with us for years, and by changing some of the themes each year, it keeps them thinking of new merchandise to create. Exhibitors are chosen based on handmade quality and uniqueness.”

55 exhibitors will be present at the fair showing everything from ornaments and wearable garments to jewelry, handbags and soaps. Many arts and crafts tends will be represented, like burlap and lace.

Van Voorhis said “Our customers are drawn to natural products, to hand-crafted and rustic items that will help them create a homey traditional holiday, giving warmth and a comforting feeling of home. Many begin their holiday shopping season at The Grove fair, where we try to re-create a setting that rekindles memories of childhood and Christmases past.”

PAD London Exhibits a Treasure Trove of Fine and Decorative Art

Cycladic Marble Plate from Phoenix Ancient Art

Cycladic Marble Plate from Phoenix Ancient Art

The Pavilion of Art and Design, more often referred to as PAD, has been thrilling art collectors and interior designers with its eclectic mix of fine art and decorative art since its founding in 2007. This popular art fair takes place each year in the month of October in Berkeley Square, in the heart of London’s Mayfair district.

This year PAD will feature 62 prestigious galleries exhibiting their wares in such specialty niches as contemporary ceramics, modern art, photography and much more. The Magen H Gallery will display its fine selection of 20th century concepts in design; rare jewelry and gemstones will be offered by Siegelson; eye-catching objets d’art of the 1930s, 40s and 50s will be on display courtesy of Gordon Watson.

Speaking of objets d’art from the past, Phoenix Ancient Art, which participated in PAD for the first time last year, will show off select pieces of quite old artifacts from their extensive collection. Explaining why PAD is the perfect place for Phoenix Ancient Art to exhibit, Director Ali Aboutaam says it is because PAD “is the most ‘object-oriented’ show, with several dealers in antiquities, tribal art and Pre-Columbian art, balanced with other fine and decorative arts.”

This year’s PAD London will run from October 14-18, 2015.