The American Art Fair Celebrates Its 11th Year

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  • October 30, 2018

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William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) Autumn Still Life, c. 1906 Oil on canvas, 40 ¼ x 40 3/8 inches. Signed middle right: Wm. M. Chase
Avery Galleries

The American Art Fair celebrates its eleventh year from November 10-13, 2018 at the 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 Mary Louise Fairchild MacMonnies; Hudson River School painters Jasper Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, William Bradford and William Trost Richards 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, Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., Driscoll Babcock Galleries, Godel & Co. Fine Art, Inc., Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Jonathan Boos, Menconi + Schoelkopf, Meredith Ward Fine Art, Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, Taylor|Graham, and Thomas Colville Fine Art.

Returning to the Fair after a hiatus are Bernard Goldberg Fine Art LLC and D. Wigmore Fine Art. The Fair has two first-time exhibitors who are  among the longest-established galleries in America: Kraushaar Galleries, founded in New York in 1885 and Vose Galleries, established in Boston in 1841.

Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) Indian Summer on the Delaware River. Oil on canvas, 24 ¼ x 41 ¼ inches. Signed and dated lower left: J.F. Cropsey 1862
Debra Force Fine Art

The Fair's Founder Thomas Colville notes: “The American Art Fair is celebrating its eleventh year of bringing together collectors, museum professionals, and seventeen of the most outstanding dealers in the field to open the American art autumn sales week in New York. With their vast experience, extensive expertise, reliable reputations, and personalized services, our exhibitors offer through their well-established galleries the highest quality at The American Art Fair. We choose to focus on the best examples of historically important artists of the past in a thoughtful environment of reflection, personal interaction, and immediate contact. Together with our colleagues, we helped to create American Art Week by joining our three floors of exhibitors and schedule of special lectures with other events timed around the fall auctions to produce a celebration attracting visitors from all over the country.”

Gifford Beal (1879-1956) Bearskin Neck, Rockport, 1924. Oil on canvas, 20 x 48 inches
Kraushaar Galleries, Inc.

Continuing the Fair’s tradition of hosting special lectures, four lectures and a book signing during the Fair will presented by premier American art specialists. Linda S. Ferber, Senior Art Historian & Museum Director Emerita at The New-York Historical Society will present “Radical Realists”: Who Were the American Pre-Raphaelites? on Saturday, November 10 at 2 pm. Dr. Ferber’s lecture is drawn from her research for the exhibition and catalogue on the American Pre-Raphaelites to open at the National Gallery in 2019.

Mary Anne Goley, author of the recent monograph John White Alexander: An American Artist in the Gilded Age will sign copies of her book at a special reception on Saturday at 3 pm. Ms. Goley was for over three decades the Director of the Federal Reserve Board Fine Arts Program.

Mark Mitchell, Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery will present America’s Renaissance:  Sargent, Abbey, and the Civic Imagination, 1876-1918 on Saturday, November 10 at 4 pm.

Keely Orgeman, Alice and Allan Kaplan Associate Curator, American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery will discuss The Ever-Evolving Abstract Language of George L. K. Morris on Sunday, November 11 at 2pm.

Esther Adler, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Museum of Modern Art and co-curator of the Charles White exhibition at MoMA through January 13, 2019 will present Charles White: A Retrospective on Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm.

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 2018 catalogue is online here.

The 11th annual American Art Fair will be held Saturday-Tuesday, November 10-13, 2018 at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City. Fair hours are from 12 noon-6pm Saturday-Monday and 12 noon-4pm on Tuesday; admission is complimentary.

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