Sunday, January 23, 2011

Old Masters Week, VIP Starts, Winter Antiques Sale + Chicken Fricassee

Big Week 
for Collectors 
There are three major events in the world of art and collectibles worth visiting this week. January 22-30, 2011, Something for every collector.

1) Sotheby's introduces its first Old Masters Week show & sale, New York City.
An old master work is any European work of art from 1280 through 1850. Sotheby's Auction House has created the Old Masters Week incorporating an "Old Master Paintings Sale", an "Old Master Drawings Sale", a "European Works of Art Sale" plus two single collectors sales of old masters' works. View all of the works at Sotheby's gallery/showroom this week in NYC.

Sacra Conversazione, by Titian
estimate: $15 million to $20 million.
(Courtesy of Sotheby's)
VIRGIN AND CHILD: "Madonna of the Cherries,"
by Giampietrino Estimate: $700,000 to $900,000
(Courtesy of Sotheby's)


And at Christie’s - January 26 - Old Master and 19th Century Art (Parts I & II).

See two more wonderful videos titled: "What Makes a Master", one about "Van Dyck" and the other about "Jupiter and Antiope", plus find information on lectures associated with Sotheby's Old Masters Week by going to the following link:

2) VIP Art Fair. Com
View or buy some of the best Contemporary Art in the World, online this week.
Available at David Zwimmer Gallery.
If you are interested in art created by living artists, you could see more from this single online art fair, than you could in many exhausting visits to galleries. Mainly you will see New York's great galleries and galleries from around the US and the world. All of this from the comfort of your home and it is so fast to go from one gallery to the next. Each gallery presents their best artists. You might just find something you love.

Attending this online fair is FREE. Search by gallery, artists or artwork and you can search the site using the fair's halls. There are 5 halls: large galleries, medium galleries, single focus, emerging artists and art publishers. Click on the gallery to see the work. Once in the gallery booth, browse using the red arrows. The white space represents a 10 foot high gallery wall and a scaled figure is available to help you to judge the size of the art. You can click directly on an artwork to enlarge it, zoom and drag to see the details. Click on the artist's name to read info about the artist and click on special boxes to create your favorites list as you go through the fair. Prices are not shown unless you purchase a VIP entry ticket. ($100 USD for 1st two days) and allows for unlimited access for the remainder of the fair. After January 24 the VIP entry costs only $20 and still allows unlimited access through the remainder of the fair. To attend, sign in at this link:
Note: VIP Art Fair web pages are not optimized for Internet Explorer. The website also does not support mobile devices or the iPad. 
3) Winter Antiques Show, 2011

The Winter Antiques Show, in New York City, will also include an exhibition of masterworks from historic Charleston. More than fifty objects from Charleston museums, historic homes and from private collections are in the exhibition, many on public view for the first time. A five-part lecture series related to the Charleston exhibition will be presented during the run of the show.
Courtesy of
Gerald Peters Gallery
New York
One of the highlights of the show is a monumental vase designed by American sculptor Paul Manship for the Gwinn Estate in Cleveland. The oldest objects in the antiques show date back thousands of years including a 3000 year old Egyptian sarcophagus, beautifully carved with a woman's face and  hieroglyphics. If you like antique shops or going to small museums of artifacts, you will enjoy this show and sale. Daily admission is $20 and includes the catalogue. Find out more about this show at the link below:
The 57th Annual Winter Antiques Show runs Jan. 21 - 30, 2011, at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Ave. at 67th Street, NYC. Open Monday. Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.


A personal note

The first rule of Art Collecting is to buy only what you like. Art has proven to be a good financial investment for some, but hoping for a profit should never be the central reason for collecting art. Art is one of the most speculative investments a person can make, what is "in" can quickly fall out of favor. But, the good news for Art Collectors is you still will own the artwork! Thinking of art only as a financial investment removes the collector from the most enjoyable aspect of art collecting, becoming a part of the artist's process. The goal for all artists is for their work to be "seen, enjoyed and appreciated" by others. If the art you purchase pleases you (the collector), your return on investment will mostly come in small "bits" during your lifetime of ownership. Collectors often say they get enjoyment from a work of art not only when they spend time with it, but with every passing glance. Art is an investment in "quality-of-life" and the pleasure derived is a subtle one, as if the artwork quietly whispers to all, "Look at me, I am wonderful", releasing euphoric endorphins for the collector who lives with the art, thinks about it, shows it proudly to friends or walks by it.

Chicken Fricassee

Serve this delicious entree at your next winter dinner party, its a real crowd pleaser! It tastes great with a side of steamed brussels sprouts, some crusty bread and partnered with either a red or white wine, or even champagne.

Chicken Fricassee:
- Season the chicken on all sides with sea salt and white pepper.
- In a deep skillet, combine the oil and butter, over moderate heat. When the fats are hot but not smoking, add the chicken in batches - do not overcrowd, skin side down and brown until golden, about 5 minutes, do not blacken the skin. Turn and brown exposed meat side, 3-4 minutes, when browned remove the chicken with tongs.
- Discard the fat in the skillet and add the two vinegars, de-glazing the pan. Add the wine and the shallots, cook (covered) over low heat until softened, 2-3 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a large piece of aluminum foil and enclose to keep warm. 
- Add the tomato sauce and the stock to the skillet, stir to blend throughly. Add the sour cream and stir to incorporate, cook (covered) over medium heat for 5 minutes, taste for seasoning. Return the chicken to the skillet, turning the pieces to coat and absorb the sauce. Cook over med heat for 3 to 10 minutes until done, turning often to coat. (Do not overcook the chicken.)  Serve the chicken with the pan sauce ladled over it.

6-8 chicken breasts with skin, at room temperature.
(Sea) salt to taste
Fresh ground white pepper to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup best-quality white champagne vinegar
1/3 cup best-quality red wine vinegar
1/3 cup white wine
2 shallots, peeled and finely minced
3/4 cup Tomato Sauce (saute sliced onion & minced garlic, add pureed tomatoes, simmer uncovered with bouquet garni for 15 minutes, salt to taste)
1 2/3 cups homemade chicken stock
1/2 cup sour cream

Recipe adapted from Bresse Poultry, France.

Until later,
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