Curator and Museum Director Jonathan Leo Fairbanks to Receive 10th Anniversary AD20/21 Lifetime Achievement Award
Boston, MA - Co-Producers Tony Fusco & Robert Four are pleased to announce the 10th Anniversary AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries and The Boston Print Fair returning April 6-9, 2017, at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. The only show of its kind in New England, AD20/21 features close to 50 outstanding exhibitors offering modern to contemporary furnishings, decorative arts, jewelry, fine art and prints, and home décor. For more information visit www.AD2021.com or call 617.363.0405.
AD20/21 is the culminating event in the fourth annual Boston Design Week, March 29 – April 9, a 12-day design festival with more than 80 events throughout Greater Boston in all design disciplines. All programs, events, and exhibitions are open to the public, and most are free of charge. A full calendar of events is now online at www.BostonDesignWeek.com
AD20/21 opens with a Gala Preview on Thursday April 6 to celebrate Boston Design Week and to benefit Design Museum Boston. Noted decorative arts curator and Fuller Craft Museum director, Jonathan Leo Fairbanks will be presented with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at 6:00pm. Gala Preview tickets are $250 (VIP Admission at 5:30pm) and $100 (Gala at 6:30pm – proceeds to benefit Design Museum Boston) and are available at www.AD2021Gala17.eventbrite.com and www.designmuseumad2021gala.eventbrite.com.
A strong selection of exhibitors will be showing at AD20/21 for the first time this year including: Mosart Fine Art Furniture (MD), using traditional methods of woodworking to create beautiful works of art with both exotic and traditional woods; Manaylo Fine Art Gallery (FL), a contemporary gallery featuring Ukrainian artist Andrew Manaylo; IL Decor (MA), specializing in Italian contemporary furnishings; Gallery Afrodit (FL & Turkey), providing an extensive selection of oriental rugs; and more.
Returning exhibitors include furniture makers Infusion Furniture (MA) and Artistic Endeavors (CT); Glen Leroux Antiques (CT), specializing in Mid-century Modern furnishings and jewelry; as well as several fine art galleries: Childs Gallery (MA), Martha Richardson Fine Art (MA), Renjeau Galleries (MA), and Susanna J. Fichera Fine Art (ME), among others.
The Boston Print Fair occupies the front two salons at the show. Returning contemporary publishers include Center Street Studio (MA), Oehme Graphics (CO), Stewart & Stewart (MI), and Piscataqua Fine Arts (NH). Trident Gallery (MA) and Jim Sherraden (TN) will also show again this year. Returning 20th century print dealers at the show will be Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts (ME), Gargoyle Gallery (MA), and Marc Chabot Fine Arts (CT). Also in the Boston Print Fair, From Russia with Art (MA) will again offer a selection of contemporary Russian-American prints as well as select works on paper by August Mosca (1909-2002). Joining the fair for the first time in 2017 will be totemic17 (NY), a publisher with a focus on contemporary woodcuts, and KADS New York (NY), offering modern and contemporary Eastern European fine prints and other works on paper.
Featured in the Lecture Hall at the show are the final programs of Boston Design Week.
On Friday April 7 at 1:00pm, Keynote Speaker designer Marshall Watson will discuss modern and contemporary projects in his just-released book, The Art of Elegance: Classic Interiors, with a book signing to follow. Also on Friday a one-day Pop-up will feature the recently launched Dowel Furniture company. At 5:30, a program with Boston interior designer Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design will explore the process of designing her first line of furniture for Dowel Furniture.
On Sunday the show will host a colorful finale for Boston Design Week. Speaker Guest Speaker for the afternoon is the chief floral designer for the Obama White House for six years, Laura Dowling. At 2:00pm, Dowling will conduct a flower arranging demonstration and talk, followed by a book signing for her newly-released book: Floral Diplomacy at the White House. Also on Sunday, starting at Noon, the paint and wallpaper company Farrow & Ball will provide complimentary color consultations, and at 1:00pm the U.S. Postal Service will dedicate stamps honoring legendary fashion designer Oscar de La Renta.
Weekend Show Hours are Friday, April 7 from 1-8pm, Saturday, April 8 from 11am-8pm, and Sunday April 9 from 11am-5pm. Admission is $15, under 12 free, and includes a complimentary color show catalog and admission to all special programs Valet and discount parking is available, and the show café is catered by Jules Catering. For details, hotel information and driving directions visit www.AD2021.com or call 617-363-0405.
The Cyclorama provides the ideal venue for this exciting show. The historic structure is the heart of the Boston Center for the Arts complex, which boasts four theatres, a gallery, the Boston Ballet School, artist studios and other facilities. The Cyclorama is also the location for Fusco & Four's other shows including the annual Boston International Fine Art Show and Boston Home Décor Show. For more information visit www.BostonArtFairs.com.
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Founded in 1979 by principals Tony Fusco and Robert Four, Fusco & Four is a full-service Marketing and Public Relations agency, specializing in the arts, lifestyle, leisure and luxury clients. The agency has worked with more than 300 arts-related clients over the past 30 years, including museums, classical music groups, galleries, auction houses, show promoters, internationally-known brands and Internet-based companies in the arts and antiques field. Fusco & Four also produces three annual art and design shows in Boston: the Boston International Fine Art Show, AD 20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries, and The Ellis Boston Antiques Show. Please direct inquiries to Tony Fusco.