The Winter Show, Online Edition, Runs January 22-31
New York – The Winter Show 2021 takes place on an immersive online platform, on view from January 22-31, 2021 with VIP Preview Access on January 19– 21, 2021. Featuring 60 exhibitors, the virtual fair brings together a dynamic group of leading international dealers that represent a diverse and global mix of fine and decorative arts from ancient times to the present day. The Show is New York’s longest-running art, antiques, and design fair, established in 1954 by East Side House Settlement to benefit the community- based organization’s critical mission serving the Bronx and Northern Manhattan. All net proceeds from The Winter Show’s VIP Preview Access and any additional donations directly benefit East Side House and contribute substantially to the organization’s life-changing work.
The Winter Show’s new online platform allows exhibitors to present works in a variety of formats including a three-dimensional virtual gallery exhibition, featuring up to twenty artworks and objects at a time. Visitors are able to take in the digital presentations as a whole and view close-up, detailed views of the range of works displayed. The new platform also provides a space for discussion and engagement, offering virtual “office hours” for visitors to connect with dealers directly by phone, text, or video chat via Zoom. In keeping with the Show’s commitment to presenting an unparalleled and high-quality selection of works in the fine and decorative arts, objects in the online fair have been reviewed by photographs and documentation for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of experts from the United States and Europe.
"We’re thrilled to share the first online edition of The Winter Show,” said Helen Allen, Executive Director. “We are grateful to our exhibitors, partners, and the institutions and leading voices in art, antiques, and design who have adapted to our current times and brought together incredible presentations and engaging programming for digital audiences this year. It’s a tremendous opportunity to be able to support the mission of East Side House and expand awareness of the organization’s critical work.”
The 2021 online edition offers collectors and connoisseurs the opportunity to acquire and encounter an extensive range of works including painting, photography, sculpture, tapestry, prints, ceramics, jewelry, arms and armor, antique furniture, and contemporary design. Dealers from around the world present exclusive art and objects, highlighting historically significant pieces by leading designers, artists, and makers in their respective fields. Jonathan Boos (New York, USA) who specializes in American paintings, drawings and sculpture of the 20th century, features an important painting by Jacob Lawrence (1917- 2000), Makeup (Dressing Room), 1952, from the artist’s experimental “Performance” series made in the early 1950s that depicts actors transforming into characters through elaborate, harlequin-esque stage makeup. Robert Simon Fine Art (New York, USA) presents The Judgment of Paris, a significant German Renaissance oil painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop, alongside other European works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Menconi + Schoelkopf Fine Art’s (New York, USA) presentation includes a watercolor work by Winslow Homer from 1885 and an oil painting by Thomas Cole, View of Schroon Mountain (1838) among other important works of American art. Donzella (New York, USA), a forerunner in the 20th century design community, highlights a rare pair of iconic egg chairs by Ico & Luisa Parisi from 1953, produced by Cassina.
Apter-Fredericks (London, UK) features eighteenth century English furniture, including a grand pair of commodes attributed to Mayhew & Ince from circa 1775-80, and Bernard & S. Dean Levy (New York, USA) highlights a Federal Inlaid Tall Case Clock with works made and signed by Charles Tinges (1765-1816), dated 1802, among other fine Americana objects. Cohen & Cohen (Reigate, UK) who specializes in Chinese porcelain, showcases a Chinese armorial porcelain charger with a finely painted grisaille scene from the Qianlong Period, c. 1740. S.J. Shrubsole’s (New York, USA) presentation includes exceptional antique silver and jewelry, such as a George II Antique English Silver Punch Bowl (1728) by David Willaume. Arader Galleries (New York, USA) brings a selection of rare maps, prints, books and watercolors, including prints by John James Audubon (1785-1851). David A. Schorsch–Eileen M. Smiles American Antiques (Woodbury, CT, USA), an authority in American antiques and folk art, exhibits a rare cat weathervane, c. 1890-1910. Specialists in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Les Enluminures (Chicago and New York, USA; Paris, France) highlights a luxurious Parisian Book of Hours from Northern France, Paris, c. 1445- 1455. Plektron Fine Arts AG (Zurich, Switzerland), presenting antiques with a particular emphasis on the Greek and Roman periods, features art and objects dating as far back as to the Sumerian early dynastic period, c. 2900-2500 B.C.
Lillian Nassau LLC (New York, USA) presents important Tiffany Studios works, such as a gold iridescent "Jack in the Pulpit" vase from 1904-1905. Joan B Mirviss LTD (New York, USA) exhibits masterworks of modern Japanese art, specializing in screens, scrolls, woodblock prints, and modern and contemporary ceramics, and Michael Goedhuis (London, UK) features pieces by contemporary Chinese artists, as well as works ranging back to the Warring States Period in China from 475 - 221 BC. Tambaran (New York, USA), with a focus in African, Oceanic and North West Coast art, showcases a shaman's Eskimo mask from Anvik, Alaska among other highlights. Experts in 18th and 19th century European porcelain and faience and contemporary ceramics and glass, Michele Beiny, Inc. (New York, USA) presents glass works by Contemporary American artists including William Morris (b. 1957) and others. Didier Ltd (London, UK) features jewelry from the 20th century, including a unique necklace and bracelet designed by Afro Basaldella (1912–1976).
The Winter Show’s 2021 Design Co-Chairs are Wendy Goodman, Thomas Jayne, and Frank de Biasi. Each year the Show invites leaders from the worlds of interior design and architecture to lend their voices as Design Co-Chairs, reinforcing the Show’s deep relationship with the design community. This year’s digital format has provided new avenues to showcase the use of historic art and objects in contemporary architecture and design. The fair’s platform will feature a virtual viewing room designed with works selected by the Design Co-Chairs from the Show’s 60 exhibitors.
Virtual Conversations and Special Events
Highlights of the Show’s 2021 virtual In Dialogue series include a conversation between Carol Cadou, the Charles F. Montgomery Director and CEO of Winterthur Museum, and award-winning designer Thomas Jayne on Winterthur’s Chandler Farm; “Evolving Narratives in the 21st Century Museum,” a panel discussion presented by The Magazine ANTIQUES featuring leading curators and museum directors Sylvia Yount (Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator in Charge of the American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art), Jami C. Powell (Citizen of the Osage Nation and curator of Native American Art at the Hood Museum), David Pilgrim (VP for Diversity, Inclusion, and Strategic Initiatives and the Founder and Director of the Jim Crow Museum), and Joanne T. Hyppolite (Supervisory Museum Curator of the African Diaspora, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian); “The Bennett Collection: A Passion for Collecting,” a discussion between Texas-based collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt on their passion for championing women artists; “Historic Gardens: Three New York Treasures,” a conversation between Winter Show exhibitor Barbara Israel and Howard Zar (Director, Lyndhurst), Stephen Byrns (President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy) and Lorraine Gilligan (Director of Preservation, Old Westbury Gardens); and a discussion between Glenn Adamson (Curator, Writer & Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art) and Ethan Lasser (Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) on “Craft: An American History.”
To see the full list of events and register in advance for live conversations, please visit https://thewintershow.org/events.