Thursday, April 17, 2014

"THE ART SHOW" 2014 NYC presented by ADAA (PART I) + A Great Homemade Pizza Crust

The Art Dealers Association of America and their corporate sponsors
greet patrons and art lovers with this sign in the entry hall of the Park Ave. Armory, the venue for ADAA's Spring 2014 "THE ART SHOW".

A massive wrought iron and oak staircase, with its original bronze torchere, expresses the charm of the 1880's Renaissance Revival style of the Park Ave. Armory's interior.
The double staircases climb up from the central entry corridor facing Park Ave  
between 66th and 67th Streets, on the upper East Side of Manhattan

Great masterpieces from art history are available at this art fair.
Acquavella Gallery
Eugene Boudin, "Scene de plage a Trouville" 1864,
oil on board, 12.25" x 19"

Contemporary masterworks by living artists 
are available at this art fair.
Marian Goodman Gallery
featured artist: Jeff Wall
transparencies in light boxes
Art patrons gather in the entry hall,
of the Park Ave. Armory during

One of the many vintage military paintings in the Park Ave. Armory's entry hall.
Very progressive artworks
are also available at this fair.
Alexander and Bonin Gallery
solo exhibit featuring Robert Kinmont

Park Ave. Armory 1880's light fixture.
26th Annual
Gathering in NYC

The Art Dealers Association of America again hosted it's Spring exhibition for 2014, at the historic Park Avenue Armory, 630 Park Ave., at 67th St., NYC.

Always titled "THE ART SHOW", this definitive statement, in many ways, sums up the breadth of the selection of artworks in this 26th edition of their exhibition. Founded in 1962, ADAA is comprised of 180 galleries from 30 cities. To be selected to join this group, a US gallery must have been in business for at least five years and be considered by their peers as promoting the highest standards of art connoisseurship, scholarship and ethical practice. To stay in the association the galleries must follow a strict set of guidelines for ethical practice. To find out more about ADAA go to their website:

The ADAA's art fair offers the ultimate selection of art galleries in the USA and the artworks they display span art history. If you live in the United States and want to own a Calder, a Picasso, a Jackson Pollock, a Diebenkorn, a Warhol or even one of today's living contemporary masters these are the galleries to call first. All art comes with a known provenance. The Art Show is very much like walking through a museum of the best art in the world, with the exception everything is for sale, from thousands ($) to millions ($). This makes a tour though this "museum-like exhibition" a very different fantasy - if you like something, you have the opportunity to take it home with you, if the price is right. As you take this virtual walk through the show, what masterwork would you buy to enjoy permanently on your wall?

As patrons enter THE ART SHOW's exhibition hall, they were first greeted by the amazing work of the living artist Charles LeDray at Sperone Westwater Gallery's booth. LeDray's work recently finished a traveling museum exhibition, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston. 
(LeDray's miniature constructions are shown below.)

LeDray, originally from the Seattle area, and now in his 50's, makes miniature objects, mostly sewn reproductions of clothes. He sews and constructs everything completely by himself including all of the fixtures and accessories which accompany the clothes - the hanging rack, clothes hangers, wall hooks, tools, cement bricks, oven mitts, ties, pegboard, etc. - are all perfectly fabricated by LeDray in his small scale. It is uncanny and you almost feel sorry for the artist and the strain his eyes must be going through. If you ever have a chance to see his work, you should go!  Charles LeDray's artwork was featured in a previous issue of ARTSnFOOD link

Now let's stroll through this Spring 2014 edition of ADAA's ART SHOW and experience the sophistication, the quiet atmosphere, the carpeted floors and felt wall coverings which when combined with the mostly upscale audience perusing these beautiful works makes for a wonderful day of exploring the Art World. The experience at THE ART SHOW is so different from other top-of-the-line New York art fairs, where the shear square footage, massive crowds, and difficulties getting to and from the venues often temper the pleasure. 

Relax and enjoy the 26th version of THE ART SHOW, 2014!

Charles LeDray, "Rainbow" 2012-2014 32" x 78" x 15.25", Sperone Westwater Gallery, NYC.

Charles LeDray, "Assemblyman" 2006-2014 25.5" x 16.875",
For scale: Compare the items on the peg board to the gallery information card,

to the left, on the wall, which is about 2.5" x 4.5". 
That would make the wooden hanger about 5" wide.
Sperone Westwater Gallery, NYC.

Richard Diebenkorn, "Ocean Park" 1977,
Gouache, watercolor and collage, 18" x 11.5"

Van Doren Waxter / Eleven Rivington

Richard Diebenkorn, "Untitled" c.1959-64,
Gouache, ink and charcoal on paper

Van Doren Waxter / Eleven Rivington

Fairfield Porter, Katie in an Armchair, 1954,
Oil on canvas, 65.5" x 46", Hirschl & Adler

Fairfield Porter, Seated Woman, c.1942-43
Pencil on paper, 14" x 11", Hirschl & Adler
Below is the information card posted by Hirschl & Adler, about the artist: Fairfield Porter.

Fairfield Porter, "Jerry" 1955
Oil on canvas, Hirschl & Adler

Fairfield Porter, "Untitled" (Maine, Warehouses at Harbor) c. 1935-45
Watercolor, 12.5" x 22", Hirschl & Adler Modern

Fairfield Porter, Sunrise, 1974-75,
watercolor on paper, 30" x 22", Hirschl & Adler

Jeronimo Elespe, "A.T. Smoking"
Oil on aluminum 5.75" x 9.87" Van Doren Waxter Gallery

Jeronimo Elespe, "The Other Ways"  oil on aluminum 4" x 4" Van Doren Waxter Gallery

Jeronimo Elespe, "Triple Room (4)" Van Doren Waxter Gallery

Jeronimo Elespe, detail top "Triple Room (4)"
Van Doren Waxter Gallery

Jeronimo Elespe, detail bottom "Triple Room (4)" 
Van Doren Waxter Gallery

Koji Enokura, "Intervention No. 1, 1987
Acrylic on cotton, wood beam, 97 7/8" x 131 1/4"
Marian Goodman Gallery

Pierre Bonnard, "Marthe et son Chien assise devant une table", 1930
oil on canvas, 
Acquavella Gallery

Wayne Thiebaud, "Delta Farms", 2004, oil on board, Acquavella Gallery

Wayne Thiebaud, "Drumstick Dinner", 2012
oil on canvas board, 14 7/8" x 29 7/8"
Acquavella Gallery

Cy Twombly, "Untitled" 1962
Oil, graphite and wax crayon on canvas
31.5" x 39.24"
Acquavella Gallery

Lucian Freud, "Small Figure"
c. 1983-84, Oil on canvas
8.79" x 13", Acquavella Gallery
Pierre Bonnard, "Apres le dejeuner", c.1920, oil on canvas
28 3/8"  x 46", Acquavella Gallery

Janet Borden Gallery Booth

Alfred Leslie
"Gustav Von Aschenbach", 2013
digital painting using photography and tablet
Janet Borden, Inc.

Alfred Leslie
"Jonny Perry", 2013
digital painting using photography and tablet
Janet Borden, Inc.

Alfred Leslie
"Mademoiselle De Maupin", 2013
digital painting using photography and tablet
Janet Borden, Inc.

Alfred Leslie
"Miss Wonderly",  2012-14
digital painting using photography and tablet
Janet Borden, Inc.

Alfred Leslie
"Bill DeKooning in 1966", 2011
Janet Borden, Inc.

Bruce Nauman, "Untitled" head, 1989-90
Drypoint from one copper plate
17" x 19", ed. of 45

Jeff Wall, "Diagonal Composition no. 2" 1998
Transparency in lightbox
Marian Goodman Gallery

Jeff Wall, "Pipe opening" 2002
transparency in lightbox
Marian Goodman Gallery
Josef Albers, "Duo B" 1968
machine engraved vinylite mounted on wood
9" x 16 3/4" edition of 30
Brooke Alexander, Inc.

Josef Albers, "Interlinear N 32, grey" 1962
Lithograph, edition of 10
Brooke Alexander, Inc.

Josef Albers,1 "Interlinear N 32, grey" 1962
Lithograph (detail), edition of 10
Brooke Alexander, Inc.

Ken Price, "Talisman to Avert Crashing" 1997
Watercolor, ink and guache on paper, 9" x 6"
Brooke Alexander, Inc.

Ken Price, "Untitled" bowl, 1991
Glazed ceramic, 3 1/4" x 11 3/4"
Brooke Alexander, Inc.

New paintings by Sarah McEneaney
Tibor de Nagy Gallery

Raymond Pettibon, "Untitled" 1984
ink on paper, 14" x 10 1/4"
Brooke Alexander, Inc.

Robert Kinmont, "26 Dead Animals," (detail) 1967-70
silver gelatin prints, ed. of 8
Alexander and Bonin Gallery

Tonico Lemos Auad at CRG Gallery, NYC

Tonico Lemos Auad at CRG Gallery, NYC

Tonico Lemos Auad at CRG Gallery, NYC

Tonico Lemos Auad
at CRG Gallery

(see detail below)
(detail) Tonico Lemos Auad at CRG Gallery, NYC
Tonico Lemos Auad at CRG Gallery, NYC
Ann Hamilton portraits
Carl Solway Gallery
Ann Hamilton 
directs the unique portrait commissions
she was taking at
Carl Solway Gallery's booth

during the exhibition.

Ann Hamilton's art practice information.

Ann Hamilton portrait commission.
Carl Solway Gallery

N.W. Indian Mask, Washburn Gallery, NYC 

N.W. Indian Mask
Washburn Gallery, NYC 

N.W. Indian Mask, Washburn Gallery, NYC 

N.W. Indian Mask, Washburn Gallery, NYC 

N.W. Indian Mask, Washburn Gallery, NYC 

Plains indians, drawing on paper
Art historian and New Yorker Magazine writer Adam Gopnik leads a debate as to whether "ART" is just an investment today or is "ART" still a worthwhile intellectual pursuit? Can these two approaches co-exist and do these two camps actually support each other. Gopnik's talk was sponsored by the Art Dealers Association of America during THE ART SHOW.
Read an account of Gopnik's discussion reported in an earlier issue of ARTSnFOOD, link:

(Source: All photography of THE ART SHOW was taken for ARTSnFOOD with the permission of the galleries individually and the art fair management's press department.)

A Great Homemade
Pizza Crust

- 1 cup plus 1 tbs mix of all purpose flour  
- 1 cup plus 1 tbs mix of Italian grade "00" flour
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

- In a large mixing bowl, combine flours and salt
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup of lukewarm tap water, the east and the olive oil, then pour it into the flour mixture.
- Mix and knead with your hands until well combined, (3 min) then let the mixture rest for 15 minutes.
- Knead rested dough for 3 more minutes.
- Cut into two equal pieces and shape each into a ball.
Place on a heavy floured surface, cover with a dampened cloth, and let rest and rise for 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator. 
- Remove the dough 30 to 45 minutes before you begin to make your pizzas
-Place each ball on a heavily floured surface and use your fingers to stretch it, then your hands to shape it into rounds or squares. 

Margarita Pizza
- 3 Tbs tomato sauce 
(To make sauce: In food process blend whole drained canned tomatoes, a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Spoon onto pizza dough. Refrigerate and left-over sauce.)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 ozs of fresh mozzarella cheese
- Fresh Basil leaves

-Top with 3 Tbs of tomato sauce* and spread it evenly with the back of a spoon stopping 1/2 inch from the edges.
- Drizzle a little olive oil over the pie
- Break 3 oz of fresh mozzarella into large pieces and place these gently on the sauce.
- tear in two 4 or 5 fresh basil leaves and scatter over the top
- Using a pizza peel, slide the pie onto a HOT pizza stone in your oven. (Pizza stone should have been in oven's heating at highest heat for 1 hr prior to pizza being placed on it.)
- Bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling (est. 4 to 8 minutes in your oven on its hottest setting)

(Source: This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe from the New York Times Food Section, Wed. April 9, 2014, "A Little Homework" by Sam Sifton.

Until later,

ARTSnFOOD, is an online publication dedicated to "The Pursuit of Happiness through the Arts and Food." ™ All rights reserved for all content. Concept, Original Art, Original Text & "Original or Assigned Photography" are © Copyright 2014 Jack A. Atkinson under all International intellectual property and copyright laws. All photographs were taken and/or used with permission. Artworks © individual artists, fabricators, respective owners or assignees.

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