The Spring Masters New York is taking place at the Park Avenue Armory right now, and the atmosphere is electric. They opened with an invitation-only preview party on Thursday, May 5th and are now showcasing 62 exhibitors and 7000 years of art from May 6-9.
The 2016 edition of the Spring Masters includes a wide range of exhibitors from around the world. Phoenix Ancient Art is there, exhibiting our antiques and enjoying the exceptional atmosphere. Some of the many other exhibitors include: Abellan from New York, Dolan/Maxwell from Philadelphia, Bowman Sculpture from London, Cahn International from Basel, Healther James from Palm Desert, California, Kunsthandel Kolhammer from Vienna and many others.
One of the most distinct features of the Spring Masters is Rafael Vinoly’s hexagonal exhibition plan which offers dialogue among periods, styles and artists. This style is being used again this year. And as Artnet News said in their May 9, 2015 review of last year’s exhibit, “From its unique hexagonal layout, designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, to the vast array of works on offer, Spring Masters puts a fresh spin on the art fair concept.”
Now in its third year, Spring Masters works tirelessly to offer a vast range of historic periods and designs. And while showcasing art of all types, they have a breathtaking ability to involve true masters, and many antiquities. Many of their works are museum-worthy or have already been displayed as part of museum collections. Last year we, at Phoenix Ancient Art, had a wall of Egyptian stone vessels while the London gallery Mullany had a bronze bust of Julius Caesar.
This year, along with many other pieces, we are showcasing a very special piece, an Aegean Steatopygous Female Idol. Carved from gray marble, the statue is intact despite some chips. The front of it is polished and in beautiful condition while the back is partly covered in encrustation which indicates that it probably laid for a long time buried in the earth. This figure is an example of a rare, but recurring, type of Aegean Neolithic marble art.
As the Antiques & The Arts Weekly described last year’s show, “Spring Masters New York has forged a new show model, complete with its own brand of ambrosia – all different kinds of outstanding art and objects designed to appeal to a wide range of collecting tastes and perhaps inspires some cross pollination.”
We are all thrilled to be part of this year’s inception.