50th US Open President’s Suite curated by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

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  • August 29, 2018

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William T. Williams and Katrina Adams in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) President’s Suite on the opening day of the tournament, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, NY. On view: William T. Williams (b.1942), Taking It Home (111 1/2 Series), 1999, acrylic on canvas, 74 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches / 188.6 x 76.8 cm, signed

“I am delighted that Michael Rosenfeld Gallery has partnered with Everick Brown Design on the interior design and art curation of the President’s Suite for the 2018 US Open. For fifty years, the US Open has represented the best of the best—I am honored to be surrounded by a collection of American art that reflects the same standards of excellence we experience daily on the court.”

—Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is pleased to announce its role as curators for the President’s Suite and Offices at the 50th US Open Championship (August 27–September 9, 2018) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery was selected for its long-standing commitment to an expanded canon of American Art by USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery worked in close partnership with Everick Brown Design.

The exhibition is installed in the Presidential Suite, a courtside duplex in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where special guests and dignitaries are hosted throughout the tournament. The exhibition features works by some of the nation’s most significant 20/21 century American artists, including Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Konrad Cramer, Beauford Delaney, Burgoyne Diller, Claire Falkenstein, Michael Goldberg, Nancy Grossman, Sheila Hicks, Alfred Jensen, Norman Lewis, Elie Nadelman, Betye Saar, Leon Polk Smith, Alma Thomas, Charmion von Wiegand and William T. Williams.

halley k harrisburg, Director of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, who oversaw the project and its installation, worked closely with Katrina Adams. harrisburg drew her inspiration from Katrina’s aesthetic preferences and leadership goals. Katrina Adams is the first African American and first former professional tennis player to serve as President in the USTA’s 135-year history; committed to making the sport of tennis more accessible to youth of all races, genders and backgrounds, she has forever changed the sport. harrisburg states, “We were very lucky that over several months, Katrina was willing to take time to visit the gallery and look at art with us. She loves art, responds strongly, and trusts her instincts. As such, our selection process was fun and ultimately, a reflection of her dynamic and thoughtful spirit.”

One additional curatorial importance was that many works celebrate the tournament’s 50th anniversary. Highlights from 1968 include a 21-foot long multidimensional fiber weaving by Sheila Hicks, a series of never-before-exhibited works on paper by William T. Williams and three geometric abstractions by Charmion von Wiegand.

Everick Brown, President of Everick Brown Design, who has been responsible for the overall interior design of the private suite for four consecutive years, states: “This year marks not only the USTA’s 50th Anniversary, but also the second and final term of the incomparable Katrina Adams. It has been my honor and pleasure to work with the team at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery to commemorate this extraordinary moment.”

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery specializes in 20/21 century American art. Established in 1989 by Michael Rosenfeld, the gallery opened its doors to promote the breadth and depth of American art and those artists—known or unknown—that contributed to the establishment of surrealism, social realism, abstract expressionism, figurative expressionism and geometric abstraction.

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery is located at 100 Eleventh Avenue, New York, NY, 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm. For additional images and information, please contact Dan Munn, Communications Associate, at 212.247.0082 or dm@michaelrosenfeldart.com.

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Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
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New York, New York

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