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  • June 05, 2013

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Kandinsky, Untitled 1918, image courtesy Keitelman Gallery, Brussels
Dubourg, Exile ed.8 2008, image courtesy Carpenters Workshop

The Salon: Art + Design which premiered to rave reviews last November is returning this year for its second edition.   The Salon, run by eminent New York fair organizer, Sanford Smith in collaboration with France’s prestigious Syndicat National des Antiquaires, was well attended and critically praised: The New York Times calling it, “a museum in the making at the Park Avenue Armory.”

 The Salon mixes art, design and decorative art objects from 53 dealers from 7 countries.  Of the original European dealers, many including names like, L’Arc en Seine, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Galerie Christian Deydier, Vallois, Galerie Gmurzynska, Galerie Boulakia, Robilant + Voena, Galerie Beres, Brame + Lorenceau and Kraemer are returning.
Despite Hurricane Sandy, the Presidential election and a snowstorm on opening night, most dealers reported a fantastically successful show.  Among those returning is leading design gallery Friedman Benda.  Designer Charles Zana will design their booth.  Mr. Benda notes that, “we’ve given Mr. Zana carte blanche to work with the gallery's stable of artists and designers to create this year’s booth. The Salon, New York is a great venue to exhibit the best of design and art, and Mr. Zana and Friedman Benda are committed to showing the best of both.”
The new contingent of dealers includes three new ethnographic galleries: Mermoz and Galerie 1492, both specializing in Pre-Colombian art, and  Galerie Lucas Ratton, a 3rd generation specialist in African Art.  New entries in art include Keitelman Gallery from Brussels who features 20th  century avant-garde masters and the Tasende Gallery from Los Angeles and LaJolla, who will bring outstanding 20th century paintings and sculpture.  On the design front, Cristina Grajales a leading New York decorative arts dealer who cultivates emerging contemporary designers will show eclectic new work.
The resounding success of last year’s Salon was attributed to the addition of the SNA members, many of whom had not exhibited in the United States before as well as the carefully edited booths.  The combination of a preponderance of 20th century fine and decorative arts, some ethnographic and antique pieces created a unique and memorable show.
Of the Salon, Christian Deydier, President of the Syndicate had this to say: “I am extremely happy that the SNA,  in partnership with Sanford Smith for the second time,  will present some of its top dealers during The Salon in New York.  Personally, I feel that the first edition of The Salon was very successful  and there has never been any question in my participation in the second edition."  Benoit Sapiro of Le Minotaure, a leading Parisian art gallery commented: “it is very important for us to be present in New York. The first edition of The Salon NY was a great success and for us it was obvious to return.”

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