The Artwork Sellers Affiliation of America (ADAA) is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary throughout its annual Artwork Present truthful, which opened on the Park Avenue Armory for a VIP profit preview on 2 November. The truthful’s almost 80 exhibitors have been keen to attach with the particularly curious and in-the-know collectors on the preview, speaking up their tightly-curated stands of recent or traditionally underseen work.
Displays on the truthful this yr are inclined to push on the edges of figuration, with many stands presenting woozy, biomorphic figures, funky geometric compositions or some mixture thereof. Almine Rech’s stand, for example, reveals fiery new work by Zio Ziegler, who mines a Cubist-inflected visible language to supply imposing, blocky compositions that instantly catch the attention. The sales space is Ziegler’s first main presentation with the gallery, in accordance with senior director Ethan Buchsbaum, and serves as a precursor to Ziegler’s solo present with the gallery in September 2023. It appeared promising: the works, which have been priced between $30,000 and $60,000, had bought out by the top of the profit preview.
New York vendor Garth Greenan is exhibiting what he calls a “jewel-box presentation” of Gladys Nilsson works that seize the complete vary of the famend Chicago Imagist’s explosive model. Various silver-ink works on black paper, promoting for between $100,000 and $175,000, pair with a big, brightly-rendered diptych, held on reserve, that contains a patchwork of flora, fauna and different vaguely biomorphic shapes. Greenan says he conceived the stand as an argument in favour of enshrining Nilsson—who has nonetheless not acquired a museum retrospective—within the modern artwork canon. “It’s such a taste-y truthful,” he says, emphasising guests’ degree of curatorial and demanding curiosity, which rewards historic shows as a lot as these by new, rising artists.
That philosophy underpins a variety of shows on the truthful. Michael Werner Gallery is exhibiting an expansion of works on paper by the famed German Neo-Expressionist A.R. Penck, with every of the works (priced at $85,000) coming from the identical two-year interval within the Seventies. Mitchell-Innes and Nash’s stand of works by the late Brazilian artist Antonio Henrique Amaral, priced between $80,000 and $150,000, put forth a cohesive and complete survey of the painter’s menacingly surrealistic stylings. “It’s an ideal venue to introduce Amaral’s work to a New York crowd,” says Robert Grosman, a accomplice at Mitchell-Innes Nash. “Everyone seems to be seeking to see new issues, to teach themselves. It’s been extremely constructive.”
New York gallery Cheim & Learn additionally utilized a historically-focused curatorial mindset to its presentation of Lynda Benglis’s seminal Lagniappe sculpture collection, priced at $125,000 apiece, which mix an array of supplies together with pigmented paper, gold leaf, glitter and polypropylene into shiny, plasticine vessels. “It was vital to domesticate understanding of this underseen physique of labor,” says Maria Bueno, a accomplice on the gallery, noting that the Lagniappe collection hadn’t been proven publicly in a bunch hanging for a while. “Quite a lot of these are on mortgage and never even on the market. It was extra about presenting the Lagniappe physique of labor.”
Barbara Castelli, talking of her presentation of Morris sculptures, maybe finest captured the jovial, academic temper of the truthful. “It’s not essentially at all times about exhibiting issues you’ll be able to simply promote,” she says. “You need folks to know what you do, that you just work with artists. You wish to assist unfold understanding of the work.”
- The 2022 Artwork Present, till 6 November, on the Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan.