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Today was the press preview of the Winter Antiques Show. Held at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets, the restored and renovated landmark structure, which dates back to the Civil War.

This show is the foremost one of its type in North America. Celebrating its’ diamond jubilee, the 60th anniversary, show chairman Ari Kopelman during a short presentation, looked back on his thirty year affiliation with the show as well as its charity, East Side House, thanking patrons, and all who have been involved with the show over the years for their largesse, which has made this event possible Kopelman’s best remark during his talk was that he regarded this show, as “a candy store for big kids.”

Kopelman also credited deservingly vice chairs Lucinda Ballard and Michael Lynch for their year around work towards keeping this effort running.

On to the show.

First off we all know this has not been a booming economy and market tastes change. As hard as that may be to this show, the most stubborn of dinosaurs with its emphasis on brown furniture and brown paintings, was the inevitable arrival of items of the 20th century.

Like signs of spring, there were a few green shoots here and there. Jonathan Boos had several extraordinary paintings and sculptures from the mid 20th century, and while he admitted he sort of had that niche to himself, it is without a doubt where the market is heading. On display were a very large Robert Gwathmey, a large Jack Tworkov (1900-1982), Bar Decoration One, 1963-64 and a very curious Henry Koerner (1915-1991) canvas. The latter, “Showboat, 1948,” was a long lost “magic realist” masterpiece from the last moment in NYC before abstraction exploded into the dominant aesthetic of the art world. This last of its kind had an almost Old master sense of draftsmanship.

NYC 2Boos Painting, by Jack Twerko

Show veteran Alexander Acevedo, of the Alexander Galleries, made a conscious decision to refrain from exhibiting his usual and impressive selection of Hudson River School works. Instead he presented a grouping of 17th and 18th century English, Dutch and Italian paintings, all of which were outstanding, but the piece which grabbed me the most during the tour, was his fine old master of Christ. Rarely does one come across a work with such hypnotic strength. 

NYC 3Veil of St. Veronica Held By Angels

The Old Print Shop showed it had awoken to the changing tastes in the game with its two modern Blanch Lazzell (1878-1956) prints of Provincetown. Respecting the historical aspect to their business, also on view was a stunning watercolor by John James Audubon (1785-1851). It would appear that they had saved some spectacular items for this show, or perhaps as an art dealer, I’m not surprised.

NYC 4Own Image: John James Audubon

An hour and a half to take this show in was nowhere near enough time, which, fortunately means another visit in the course of the next week and I shall have an update on how business is panning out at the Fair.

A booth by the front, Associated Artists LLC, had some extraordinary examples by Milton Avery, you simply don’t come across works by Avery and to see such a fresh group of paintings to the market in one place, is a privilege indeed.

60th annual Winter Antiques Show,

January 24 – February 2, 2014

Open Daily 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sundays & Thursday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Park Avenue Armory 67th St. & Park Ave. New York City

NYC 5Alexander Acevedo 


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Robert Alexander Boyle

Robert Alexander Boyle

 Alexander Boyle is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT where he majored in History. Prior to graduation he co-authored the seminal book Acid Rain in 1983. Alex has worked for the Metropo...