The American Art Fair Celebrates Its 12th Year

  • November 08, 2019 14:31

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Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) New England Sea View- Fish House, 1934. Oil on academy board, 18 x 24 inches.
Meredith Ward Fine Art
Frank H. Tompkins (1847–1922) Boston Harbor from Parker Hill Reservoir Embankment, 1910. Oil on Artist Board, 12 x 16 inches. Signed lower left: H.F Tompkins 1910.
Thomas Colville Fine Art
Charles Ethan Porter (1847-1923) Cherries, c. 1885. Oil on canvas, 10 1/2 x 13 inches
Alexandre Gallery
Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) Standing Strong, c. 2008. Bronze. 29 1/2 H x 9 W x 8 D inches. Overall height with base: 32 1/2 inches Inscribed with initials on base: EC
Taylor | Graham

The American Art Fair celebrates its twelfth year from November 16-19, 2019 at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City. The Fair opens American Art Week in New York. Inaugurated in 2008, The American Art Fair is the now the only one that focuses on American 19th and 20th century works and features more than 400 landscapes, portraits, still lifes, studies, and sculpture exhibited by 17 premier specialists.

The Fair’s exhibitors offer works by an exemplary range of American 19th and 20th century artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Doris Lee, and Jane Peterson; Hudson River School painters Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford and colleagues; Tonalists such as James Whistler and George Inness; American Impressionists including John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase; Ashcan School painters John Sloan, George Luks, William Glackens and others; and Modernists especially Charles Sheeler, Elie Nadelman, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, Ben Shahn, and George L. K. Morris.

Continuing as exhibitors are Alexandre Gallery, Avery Galleries, Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts LLC, D. Wigmore Fine Art, Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., Driscoll Babcock Galleries, , Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Jonathan Boos, Kraushaar Galleries, Inc., Menconi + Schoelkopf, Meredith Ward Fine Art, Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, Taylor|Graham, Thomas Colville Fine Art, and Vose Galleries. Forum Gallery returns this year, and American Illustrators Gallery is exhibiting at the Fair for the first time.

Forum Gallery was founded in New York in 1961 as a gallery of American figurative art and was a founding member of the Art Dealers Association of America in 1962. Among the first artists represented were Raphael Soyer, Chaim Gross, David Levine and Gregory Gillespie. American Illustrators Gallery, established in New York in 1965, specializes in the “Golden Age” of American Illustration, showing the original work of Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish, NC Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and JC Leyendecker among others. Gallery Director Judy Goffman Cutler also co-founded in 1998 the Museum of American Illustration in Newport, RI.

Preston Dickinson (1889-1930) Still Life with Flowers, 1923-24. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches
Forum Gallery
Mary Bradish Titcomb (1858-1927) Morning at Boxwood, c. 1910. Oil on canvas, 36 3/4 x 28 1/4 inches. Signed lower right: M. B. Titcomb
Vose Galleries

The Fair’s Founder Thomas Colville notes: “As The American Art Fair celebrates its twelfth year, we continue to bring collectors, museum professionals, and the most outstanding dealers in the field together for American Art Week in New York. With their vast experience, extensive expertise, reliable reputations, and personalized services, our exhibitors offer their best works of 19th and 20th century American art. Our three floors of exhibitors and four lectures by prominent scholars and curators combine with other events to produce a celebration attracting visitors from all over the country. The three major auction houses’ American art sales have coalesced around the Fair, solidifying November in New York as the destination for American art.”

“We are an antidote to ‘fair fatigue’ ” comments Catherine Sweeney Singer, Fair Director. “Our focus and ‘niche’ in the art market is our strength. For anyone interested in American art, whether a seasoned collector or just curious, the Fair is a great place to learn--that's why we do not charge admission to the Fair or the special lectures. We encourage students, neighbors, and everyone who can reach the Fair (which is one block from the new Q subway line) to visit and make their own discoveries." 

Continuing the Fair’s tradition, four leading American Art specialists will present lectures:

Saturday, November 16

2 pm                           

Becoming William Glackens

Avis Berman

Independent Scholar

4 pm                           

Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death

Erica E. Hirshler
Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sunday, November 17

2 pm                           

Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents

Stephanie L. Herdrich
Assistant Curator of American Painting and Sculpture,
The American Wing

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4 pm

Vida Americana:

Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945

William Bliss Baker (1859–1886) Woodland Scene, 1885. Oil on canvas, 38 x 50 inches (96.5 x 127 cm). Signed lower left: W Bliss Baker 1885.
Avery Galleries

Barbara Haskell


Whitney Museum of American Art

Admission to lectures is complimentary; seating is on a first-come basis; lectures are held in the theater on the ground floor of Bohemian National Hall.

The American Art Fair’s 2019 catalogue is online:

The 12th annual American Art Fair will be held Saturday-Tuesday, November 16-19, 2019 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City. Fair hours are from 12 noon-6 pm Saturday-Monday and 12 noon-5 pm on Tuesday; admission is complimentary.

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