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THE SALON ART + DESIGN
The Salon Art + Design is returning to New York’s Park Avenue Armory on November 10 with 55 galleries. Taking place just ahead of auction week, the fair’s range of offerings— from design to modern and contemporary art—ought to inspire collectors. The fair remains faithful to its international emphasis with a varied selection of exhibitors, including Patrick Derom Gallery (Brussels), Modernity (Stockholm), Gallery ALL (Beijing and Los Angeles), Gate 5 Gallery (Monaco), and more. Historical, modern, and contemporary furniture will be exhibited, along with groundbreaking decorative arts and late 19th- and 20th-century fine art. Think art deco and mid-century modern design from America, France, Italy, and Scandinavia design mingling with the work of younger designers.
CHRISTIE’S POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART SALES
Evening: November 15 at 7PM
Morning: November 16 at 9:30AM
Afternoon: November 16 at 2PM
For its evening Post-War and Contemporary Art sale on November 15, Christie’s will present Willem de Kooning’s 1977 masterpiece Untitled XXV. Estimated in the region of $40 million, Untitled XXV is returning to the auction market for the first time since setting the world auction record for any example of post-war art in the very same saleroom exactly 10 years ago to the date. Untitled XXV comes from a remarkable series of large canvases that de Kooning made in the mid-1970s. Following the spring of 1975, a long stretch of painterly inactivity for the artist, de Kooning found himself hit by a fresh burst of creativity, perhaps thanks to his recent exploration into sculpture and his involvement in an ever-deepening love affair with the young Emilie Kilgore. De Kooning was able to sustain this flourishing activity until the end of 1978. Online bidding for Wednesday’s morning and afternoon sales takes place on Christie’s Live, and Tuesday’s evening sale is viewable online.
SOTHEBY’S CONTEMPORARY ART SALES
Evening: November 17 at 7PM
Day: November 18 at 9:30AM and 2PM
Sotheby’s has secured one of the major estates to be presented at the Contemporary Art Evening Auction: The Steven and Ann Ames Collection, which contains works by artists like Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Willem de Kooning, and Philip Guston. The blockbusters from the collection—which is being hailed by Sotheby’s as “The Triumph of Painting”— will be sold in a standalone sequence at the start of the November 17 evening sale, followed by other works during the day sale of November 18. The collection tells a unique narrative of the development of painting across the past 50 years with masterpieces assembled by Steven and Ann Ames, offering a survey of the major touchstones of contemporary art from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art, Minimalism to Post-Modernism. The collection was on view at Sotheby’s London during Frieze, in Hong Kong during autumn sales, and Los Angeles earlier in September.
NEW YORK ART, ANTIQUE & JEWELRY SHOW
The New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (NYAAJ) makes its debut at Pier 94 November 9-13. The newly expanded fair will offer over a billion dollars in treasures from more than 100 international exhibitors. The show will kick off with a private benefit for the FEED Foundation, hosted by Sharon Bush and honoring her daughter, charity founder Lauren Bush Lauren. This will be followed by an exclusive Opening Night Preview for VIP guests. Boasting more than 30,000 items, NYAAJ promises to draw tens of thousands of collectors, curators, advisors, and designers eager to experience fine art from a broad spectrum ranging from 18th- and 19th-century European and American, to modern and contemporary artists, and more. This offering also includes collections of silver, glass, textiles, porcelain, Asian art, furniture, antique, and estate jewelry from leading dealers from around the globe, including M.S. Rau Antiques, Jeff R. Bridgman Antiques, Pat Saling, and the Macklowe Gallery.