ADAA: The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory

In the hierarchy of New York art fairs, ADAA’s The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory is at the very top. Primarily because of the exquisite quality of works shown here each year. It’s like shopping at the Bergdorf’s! The intimate atmosphere of the fair that allows for thorough examination of each artwork without feeling overwhelmed by the space.

Participation in the art fair is open to the members of the Art Dealers of America Association (ADAA) and typically brings together about 70 or so galleries in this historic New York City landmark located on Park Avenue and 66th street. This is an easy-to-navigate, refined space where collectors are offered a wide variety of modern and contemporary art by some of the top galleries in the US. Artworks tend to range from contemporary abstraction often seen at Blum and Poe to museum quality works by Pierre Bonnard and Andre Derain at Acquavella.

This year we want to draw your attention to some of the perhaps, lesser-known modernist, post-war and contemporary artists who are still under the radar of many collectors, but not for long.

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Adler & Conkright Fine Art.

Sonia Delaunay
Rhythme colore, 1946
Oil on canvas
69 x 59 inches
(175 x 150 cm)
dated and signed lower right.
Private Collection courtesy Adler & Conkright Fine Art, New York

Sonia Delaunay, Rhythme Colore, 1946. Oil on canvas

Also don’t miss medium size works on paper by Giacomo Balla and Felix de Marle (below). With the Guggenheim exhibition on Futurism in full swing, more and more collectors are going to be looking for works by the Italian Futurists. These are simple, yet exquisite examples of the period.

Felix del Marle Composition futuriste- Passage d'artillerie, c. 1914

Carl Solway Gallery

Ann Hamilton
Untitled, 2013
Archival pigment print
Courtesy Ann Hamilton Studio 2

Next are Ann Hamilton‘s etherial portraits at Carl Solway Gallery. The images you see along the walls of the gallery are part of her O N E E V E R Y O N E series. The artist is effectively in residence for the run of the fair, taking photographs of the fair visitors and we strongly recommend you have your photograph taken by this amazing artist. As an added reward you will receive a printed photograph of SOMEONE ELSE who participated in the project.

Untitled, 2013 Archival pigment print Courtesy Ann Hamilton Studio 2

John Berggruen Gallery

Richard Diebenkorn
Landscape with Smoke, 1960
Oil on canvas
54 13/16 x 49 13/16 inches
Catalogue Raisonne:  RD 1295

Richard Diebenkorn is, of course, not an unknown artist. He is one of the prominent members of Abstract Expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement but his name is still not as widely known as, say Rothko or de Kooning. The painting at the fair displays all the signatures of a classic Diebenkorn abstracted landscape, from the palette to the composition. Please note this work is subject to prior sale. Image courtesy of John Berggruen Gallery. Image ©Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

Richard Diebenkorn Landscape with Smoke, 1960 John Berggruen Gallery

James Reinish & Associates, Inc

WERNER DREWES (1899-1985)
Winterlich, 1935
Oil on canvas
33 x 43 3/4 inches
Inscribed on the verso: Drewes Composition No (Winterlich)/ 1935 − 36/ 3☮5
Image courtesy of James Reinish &Associates.

This is a wonderful example of early geometric abstraction characteristic of Bauhaus. You will certainly see many influences and similarities between this work and Wassily Kandinsky‘s pictorial language. Familiar shapes, directionality, application all point to a close philosophical connection between the two contemporaries. The painting is in excellent condition and compared to the tens of millions of dollars one can except to pay for a Kandinsky canvas, at just a couple of hundred thousand dollars, Drewes’ works are a great investment.

Werner Drewes, Winterlich, 1935

Louis Lozowick
Cleveland, 1924 − 1927
oil on canvas
22″ x 30″
Signed on verso: LOUIS LOZOWICK

Louis Lozowick‘s works are in many museum collections including the British Museum. “Inspired by the machine age aesthetic of El Lissitsky and the émigré Russian Constructivists whom he met in Berlin during the 1920’s, Lozowick began a series of paintings of American cities recalled from memory. He also promoted the new machine age aesthetic in his writings. In his essay ‘The Americanization of Art’ (1927), he called on artists to depict: ‘the skyscrapers of New York, the grain elevators of Minneapolis, the steel mills of Pittsburgh, the oil wells of Oklahoma …” * – The British Museum

Louis Lozowick, Cleveland 1926 − 1927, ADAA. 	James Reinish & Associates, Inc.

Barbara Mathes Gallery

Mark Grotjahn
Untitled (Solid Cream Butterfly Drawing in Two Parts), 2009
Color pencil on paper
Left: 20 x 15 11/16 in; 50.8 x 39.8 cm
Right: 19 15/16 x 15 15/16 in; 50.6 x 40.5 cm

We’ve been recommending Grotjahn’s work for a while now and this diptych is a great addition to any collection. The two drawings are easily recognizable of the artist’s principal visual split vertical plane and radiating lines. He is gaining more momentum in the public auctions with lots of price growth potential. But first and foremost, Grotjahn’s works should be considered for their artistic and aesthetic value.

Barbara Mathes Gallery, Mark Grotjahn

Robert Miller Gallery

Lee Krasner
Oil, charcoal and paper collage on canvas
46 x 58 inches
Unsigned and undated
© 2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Lee Krasner is one of the most under-rated member of the AbEx painters. Along with Elaine de Kooning and Joan Mitchell, these women’s work is sure to raise to the top of many collectors’ lists in the very near future. Krasner, having essentially put promoting her own career in favor of supporting her husband (Jackson Pollock) is only now getting the recognition her work deserves. Long before meeting Pollock, Krasner studied with Hans Hoffman and developed her own expressive language and was recognized by her peers. Some of her paintings have been recently included in the Abstract Expressionism New York exhibition at MoMA, but many collectors are still just learning about Krasner’s extensive body of work. Paintings at Robert Miller Gallery are very much worthy of notice.

Lee Krasner at Robert Miller Gallery

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Roxy Paine
Condensate No. 2, 2012
Ink on paper
96 x 55 inches  243.8 x 139.7 cm

There are several works by Paine at the Booth ranging from transparent veils of semi-transparent pigment bound by simple geometric forms to this towering human form, also constructed out of expanding layers of blue pigment.

Roxy Paine, Condensate No. 2 Marianne Boesky GalleryFor more recommendations please subscribe to galleryIntell newsletters and check out our upcoming exclusive video interviews with Ann Hamilton and Linda Hooper (Manny Silverman Gallery)

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ADAA: The Art Show runs in New York through March 9th, 2014. For interviews from previous art fairs please click here.