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Spring Masters New York Announces International Galleries Participating In The Art And Design Fair’s Second Edition

Celebrated Interior Designer Jamie Drake to Curate Contemporary Living Space Showcasing Select Exhibitor Works

(New York, NY) March 19, 2015—Spring Masters New York, the international art and design fair showcasing exceptional works from antiquity through the 21st century, announces international gallery participants and special exhibition content. Taking place Friday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 12, 2015, the fair’s second edition will transform the historic Park Avenue Armory with architect Rafael Viñoly’s groundbreaking hexagonal booth layout.

Timed to coincide with the peak of the spring art season in New York, Spring Masters attracts leading exhibitors and collectors from around the world, responding to the global demand for a high-quality fair offering a breadth of material during this exciting time. Directors Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin of Artvest Partners bring their combined knowledge of the art business to the art fair landscape.

The fair will feature expertly curated and thoroughly vetted presentations by exhibitors from the U.S. and Europe, with Viñoly’s hexagonal booths fostering a unique dialogue between the diverse periods and styles of work on view. Vojtech Blau will display a large-scale, rarely seen tapestry by Alexander Calder. Works by pioneering sculptors will fill Bowman Sculpture’s booth, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Auguste Rodin, and Helaine Blumenfeld. John Martin Gallery will treat viewers to British painter Andrew Gifford’s intimate depictions of New York City. Furniture will range from Ronald Phillips LTD’s 18th century English furnishings by Thomas Chippendale, Robert Adam and John Cobb to Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary’s 20th century design works.

Galleries will emphasize their unique areas of expertise: Moeller Fine Art will display their collection of 19th and 20th century masterworks, Michael Goedhuis Gallery will present Chinese contemporary ink art, and Coll & Cortés will share sculptures by José de Mora and Pedro de Mena, among other Spanish artists. Additional highlights include Tomasso Brothers Fine Art’s European Renaissance bronzes, Didier Ltd.’s selection of jewelry by American artists Harry Bertoia, Claire Falkenstein, and Louise Nevelson, Browse & Darby’s European works ranging from etchings by Lucian Freud to sculptures by Edgar Degas, and Lost City Arts’ display of 70 ceramic forms by Italian artist Fausto Salvi.

Building on Spring Masters’ theme of juxtapositions and focus on collecting across periods and centuries, New York-based interior designer Jamie Drake will present a special curated booth consisting of objects and artwork drawn from the fair’s exhibitors. Renowned for his exuberant color sense, eye for unique detail, and equal facility in traditional and modern styles, Drake counts Madonna and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg among his clients. At Spring Masters, his sophisticated, contemporary living space will welcome guests into the fair. Drake notes, “Selecting from the diverse offerings of Spring Masters New York is a pleasure. My urbane interiors always employ an array of cultures, periods, textures and forms to create spaces that delight the eye and pique the mind.”

Spring Masters New York 2015 Exhibitor List:

Armand Bartos Fine Art | New York
Avery Galleries | Bryn Mawr, PA
Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts | New York
Betty Krulik Fine Art | New York
Bowman Sculpture | London
Browse & Darby | London
Caretto & Cartategui Fine Art | Madrid
Clinton Howell Antiques | New York
Coll & Cortés | London & Madrid
Conner • Rosenkranz LLC | New York
David Findlay Jr. Gallery | New York
David Richard Gallery | Santa Fe, NM
Didier Ltd. | London
Dolan/Maxwell | Philadelphia, PA
Drucker Antiques | Mount Kisco, NY
Forum Gallery | New York
Galerie Valerie Danenberg | Paris
Heather James | Palm Desert, CA
Historical Design | New York
Jeffrey Henkel | Pennington, NJ
Jerald Melberg Gallery | Charlotte, NC
John Martin Gallery | London
Lillian Nassau | New York
Long-Sharp Gallery | Indianapolis, IN
Lost City Arts | New York
Macklowe Gallery | New York
Martin du Louvre | Paris
Michael Goedhuis Gallery | London
Michael Pashby Antiques | New York
Moeller Fine Art | New York
Opera Gallery | London
Osborne Samuel Gallery | London
Phoenix Ancient Art | New York
Portland Gallery | London
Primavera Gallery | New York
Robert Simon Fine Art | New York
Ronald Phillips LTD | London
Salon 94 | New York
Schillay Fine Art | New York
Simon Teakle | Greenwich, CT
Sylvia Powell Decorative Arts | London
The Silver Fund | Palm Beach, FL
Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary | New York
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art | Leeds
Urban Archaeology | New York
Vojtech Blau | New York
Waterhouse & Dodd | New York
William Siegal Gallery | Santa Fe, NM


About Spring Masters New York:

Spring Masters New York was founded as The Spring Show NYC in 2011 by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA). Inspired to bring innovation, museum-like quality and an international presence to the fair experience, Artvest Partners acquired The Spring Show NYC in late 2013. Artvest re-conceptualized and rebranded it to foster a dialogue on collecting emphasizing connoisseurship, curation, and the visitor experience. Spring Masters New York provides audiences with an opportunity to engage with exceptional works of art and design from antiquity through the 21st century and across cultures and geographic regions.


About Artvest Partners:

Artvest is an art advisory firm founded by Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin that counsels private clients, museums, foundations, and Fortune 500 companies on valuations, market projections, acquisitions, dispositions, and business strategies related to art. Additionally, Artvest arranges art financing for private collectors and dealers. Since its founding in 2009, Artvest has guided clients from around the globe on projects in the billions of dollars. In 2013, while consulting for Citibank’s Equity Research Group, Artvest concluded a groundbreaking, thirteen-year analysis of Sotheby’s that quickly led to activist investors taking sizeable positions in the company. In 2014, Artvest was retained by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the City of Detroit to provide a valuation analysis of the entire collection and to then further serve as an Expert Witness in the City’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy trial. Misters Plummer and Rabin are two of the leading speakers in the art industry and have lectured extensively and been featured on FOX Business News, CNBC and CNBC Asia. Additionally, their observations on the art market are frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Barron’s, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, The Washington Post, and The Art Newspaper, among others. For more information, please visit: artvest.com


About Rafael Viñoly:

Rafael Viñoly’s forty-five year architectural practice in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East has been driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to elevate the public realm. His deepest focus has been on maximizing opportunities for civic engagement. Viñoly has completed many critically acclaimed civic projects as well as private and institutional commissions. His work encompasses courthouses, private residences, performing arts venues, and important museum projects, including an expansion for the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, along with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. His museum projects represent an understanding of the importance of space, light, and flow to the presentation and experience of art.


 

Spring Masters New York | May 8-12, 2015
VIP Preview Party | May 7, 2015, 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Arts’ Night Out | May 8, 2015, 6:00 - 9:30 PM
For more information, please visit: www.springmastersny.com

Join the conversation with Spring Masters on Twitter (@SpringMastersNY), Facebook (Spring Masters, New York), Instagram (@SpringMastersNY), and via the hashtag #SpringMastersNY.

Media Contact: Nicole Rumore, FITZ & CO, [email protected], 646-589-0928

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Spring Masters New York Returns to New York City’s Historic Park Avenue Armory for Second Edition May 8–12, 2015

International art and design fair showcases works from antiquity through the 21st century within architect Rafael Viñoly’s innovative fair layout

(New York, NY) November 24, 2014—The second edition of Spring Masters New York will take place at the Park Avenue Armory from Friday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 12, 2015, featuring 65 leading international art and design galleries. Marking a significant evolution of the fair model, Spring Masters presents exceptional works of art and design in a contemporary context.

Now in its second year, Spring Masters has established itself as an important destination on the spring art world calendar, responding to the global demand for a high-quality fair that offers a breadth of material, during this active time in the auction season. 2014 exhibitors praised the inaugural year’s quality of collector turnout, diversity of work on view, and groundbreaking, hexagonal layout by award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly.

Spring Masters directors Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin of Artvest Partners bring their combined knowledge of the gallery business to the art fair landscape. “The trend has become increasingly clear—collectors are looking to visit cities with convergent art events so that they can experience the best of both worlds: art fairs and auctions at the same destination,” said Jeff Rabin, co-Director of Spring Masters New York.

Spring Masters’ inaugural edition in May 2014 introduced the fair’s signature design by Rafael Viñoly, representing the most dramatic change in the Park Avenue Armory’s fair format in three decades. The hexagonal booths provide a new framework within the iconic Drill Hall, fostering a dialogue between the diverse periods and styles of work on view. The non-linear format of the fair creates unexpected juxtapositions between painting, sculpture, and design objects across the centuries.

“Going back to the Grand Tour, the greatest connoisseurs have collected across centuries, from the arts of Antiquity to the works of their contemporaries. Spring Masters New York was created to reinvigorate this concept,” said Michael Plummer, co-Director of Spring Masters New York.

The fair will feature expertly curated and thoroughly vetted presentations by exhibitors from the U.S. and Europe, to be announced in early 2015.


 About Spring Masters New York:

Spring Masters was founded as The Spring Show NYC in 2011 by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA). In late 2013, following demand from international dealers that the fair be expanded beyond AADLA members; it was acquired by Artvest Partners.

Artvest Partners re-conceptualized and rebranded the fair to foster a dialogue on collecting and the experience of traditional art. Spring Masters emphasizes connoisseurship, curation, and the visitor experience, and provides audiences with an opportunity to engage with exceptional works of art and design from antiquity through the 21st century and across cultures and geographic regions. Artvest Partners’ vision is to bring innovation and museum-like quality to the fair experience, and to reassert the significance of traditional works, providing historical and visual context for Contemporary Art.


About Artvest Partners:

Artvest is an advisory firm, founded by Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin that provides business and investment services for the art market. With three decades of experience in art, marketing, and finance, including the rebranding of both Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Artvest offers custom strategies to its clients for structuring and managing art businesses and investments. Artvest has been an advisor to Citibank’s equity research group in their coverage of Sotheby’s stock. The firm fills a need in the industry by introducing a disciplined business and financial focus for collectors and businesses at all stages of engagement with the art market.

For more information on Artvest, please visit: http://artvest.com/


About Rafael Viñoly:

Rafael Viñoly’s forty-five year architectural practice in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East has been driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to elevate the public realm. His deepest focus has been on maximizing opportunities for civic engagement.

Viñoly has completed many critically acclaimed civic projects as well as private and institutional commissions. His work encompasses courthouses, private residences, performing arts venues, and important museum projects, including an expansion for the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, along with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. His museum projects represent an understanding of the importance of space, light, and flow to the presentation and experience of art.


Spring Masters | May 8-12, 2015 | Private Preview: May 7, 2015

For more information on Spring Masters, please visit: www.springmastersny.com

We invite you to join the conversation with Spring Masters on Twitter (@SpringMastersNY), Facebook (Spring Masters, New York), Instagram (@SpringMastersNY), and via the hashtag #SpringMastersNY.

Media Contact:
Nicole Rumore, FITZ & CO, [email protected], 646-589-0928

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Inaugural Edition of Spring Masters, New York Opens to Acclaim from Dealers and Collectors Alike

Exhibitors and visitors were astonished by the impact of the Rafael Vinoly design, seeing it as a significant evolution of the fair model and international market

Spring Masters answers demand for high-quality presentation of traditional art in the spring calendar

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New York, MAY 6, 2014—The inaugural edition of Spring Masters, New York, produced by Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin of Artvest Partners, closed on Sunday, May 4, at the Park Avenue Armory with exhibitors praising the quality of collector turnout, the diversity of work on view, and the fair’s groundbreaking Rafael Viñoly design. With 51 galleries and dealers from across North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe, and works of art and design from antiquity through the 20th century, Spring Masters has established its important position in the spring arts calendar.

The new design represented the most significant change in the Armory fair format in three decades, and took advantage of the dramatic setting and sweep of the Drill Hall to open up the space and create a range of installations. The hexagonal booths fostered a dialogue among the works of art on view, creating unexpected juxtapositions between paintings, sculptures, and design objects and guiding visitors through the show.

The sense of discovery was palpable among visitors and exhibitors alike with the new design breaking the monotony that frequently plagues fairs. Many exhibitors remarked on the importance of this change to the traditional format to the conception and experience of the international fair. Many spoke of its significance in highlighting the tremendous quality of the featured work and the connections across time period, geography, culture, and genre.

Details regarding attendance and sales are forthcoming.


Exhibitor Response:

“Spring Masters presented a revolutionary design. The quality of the work is also really important. There is a strong diversity. The fair has a real potential to grow and become an important part of the spring arts calendar.”

- Peter Osborne

“We made contacts with new clients and were pleased to see a number of curators from various US institutions with whom we are now in discussions in relation to several objects.”

Mullany, London based specialists in medieval and renaissance sculpture and works of art, were delighted with the inaugural edition of the fair.

“It was all smiles and congratulations from our clients and others that we met for the first time at the refreshing Spring Masters fair. We are happy with the new design and the open space and we look forward to next year very much.”

 - Hicham Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art

“There has been an amazing response to the show and our work. We were surprised to see our installation resonate across generations. The show experience was guided by the design, which provided something fresh and different. We are thrilled by the people we have met and the overall experience.”

- Joe Carini

“It has been a very good fair for me. There has been a great response to the eclectic mixture of objects in the booth. Spring Masters has successfully captured the diversity of work from antiquity through the contemporary, and the design allows for interesting juxtapositions and a sense of discovery. I’m thrilled with how it looks.”

- Jeffrey Henkel

“The design is spectacular. We’ve needed an important spring fair, and this is it. The organizers have done a fabulous job, and the Viñoly design is exciting. It allows for an all new viewing experience. You’re not just seeing narrow corridors. You’re seeing the range and quality of the art.”

- Audrey Friedman of Primavera Gallery

“There are fantastic people on the floor, who know and understand the art they are viewing. Everyone has been very receptive to the new design. The layout forgets convention, which is very important. It’s a new way of seeing things.”

- John-Paul Bogart of Martin du Louvre

“The Viñoly design for Spring Masters is exciting and intriguing. It plays well to the quality and diversity of art. We’ve had a very good crowd and I’m thrilled with the interest.”

- Clinton Howell


About Spring Masters, New York
Spring Masters, New York was founded as The Spring Show NYC in 2011 by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA). In late 2013, following demand from international dealers that the fair be expanded beyond AADLA members; it was acquired by Artvest Partners.

Artvest Partners re-conceptualized and rebranded the fair to foster a dialogue on collecting and the experience of traditional art. Spring Masters emphasizes connoisseurship, curation, and the visitor experience, and provides audiences with an opportunity to engage with exceptional works of art and design from antiquity through the 20th-century and across cultures and geographic regions. Artvest Partners’ vision is to bring exhibition-like quality and innovation to the fair experience, and to reassert the significance of traditional works to the art market.


About Artvest Partners
Artvest is an advisory firm, founded by Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin that provides business and investment services for the art market. With three decades of experience in art, marketing, and finance, including the rebranding of both Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Artvest offers custom strategies to its clients for structuring and managing art businesses and investments. Artvest is also an advisor to Citibank’s equity research group in their coverage of Sotheby’s stock. The firm fills a need in the industry by introducing a disciplined business and financial focus for collectors and businesses at all stages of engagement with the art market.


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SPRING MASTERS TO FEATURE A NEW DESIGN BY RAFAEL AND DIANA VIÑOLY
OPEN APRIL 30 – MAY 4, 2014 AT PARK AVENUE ARMORY

New York, January 29, 2014—Under the new leadership of Artvest Partners, The Spring Show NYC has been re-envisioned as Spring Masters, New York with a new focus on presenting expertly-selected works of traditional art in a contemporary context. Opening at the Park Avenue Armory on April 30, 2014, Spring Masters will feature a design by architect Rafael Viñoly that reimagines the visual impact, layout, and experience of the fair and reflects the breadth and scope of artistic creation from antiquity through the 20th-century and across cultures and geographic regions. Viñoly’s design includes hexagonal booths and floor plan that encourage and accommodate an array of presentation strategies. The redesign represents the most significant change in the Armory fair format in three decades, and takes advantage of the dramatic setting and sweep of the Drill Hall to create a range of display options that respond to the diverse needs of participating dealers.

“Over the last decade, the presentation of traditional art—art that is not contemporary—has undergone a radical transformation at art fairs in Europe, where it is now shown in the context of contemporary architecture and design. While many leading dealers believe that this presentation strategy successfully engages and attracts new generations of collectors and connoisseurs, the change in exhibition format has been slow to develop in the US. The new Spring Masters responds to this need and the evolution of the market,” said Michael Plummer, Principal, Artvest. “In addition to the new visual experience, Spring Masters remains committed to connoisseurship, curation, and visitor engagement. A mix that is certain to excite and energize experienced collectors, museum professionals, and the arts-interested public.”

Each featured work will be vetted by a panel of experts to ensure authenticity, and the fair fully curated to provide audiences with an experience that well captures the diversity of creative expression across time and place. Emphasizing quality and innovation in the selection and presentation of works on view, Spring Masters coincides with major evening auctions of 20th- century art, contributing to the range and interest of the spring arts calendar in New York and responding to global demand for shows of traditional art and design at this active time in the auction season. The reconfiguration of the show aims to entice new dealers to participate, and a high percentage of 2014 collaborators will be new to the fair.

Artvest is also working with designer Diana Viñoly to create visual continuity throughout the exhibition as well as to inject Spring Masters with its seasonal theme, linking the Park Avenue Armory with the annual Park Avenue tulip display which coincides with the May run of the show. The flowers and greenery will be bridged to the Armory and complemented by a palette of deep, earth hues, further enhancing the visual impact of the show.

“Art fairs are a critical part of the global arts calendar, and have become essential to the vibrancy of cities like London, Basel, and Miami. With Spring Masters providing a new fair in conjunction with the May auctions, there is an opportunity for the global collecting community, museum- goers, and the public to engage with traditional art in New York, in a manner as exciting and compelling as they have previously done with contemporary art. We expect Spring Masters week to become a new destination on the global fair calendar,” said Jeff Rabin, Principal, Artvest.

About Rafael Viñoly:

Rafael Viñoly’s forty-five year architectural practice in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East has been driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to elevate the public realm. His deepest focus has been on maximizing opportunities for civic engagement.

Viñoly has completed many critically acclaimed civic projects as well as private and institutional commissions. The opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in 2001 marked his capacity for creating beloved civic and cultural spaces in the United States. The building prompted other seminal commissions including Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Pittsburgh), and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, all of which resulted in iconic civic gathering spaces in their respective cities.

His work encompasses courthouses, private residences, performing arts venues, and important museum projects, including an expansion for the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, along with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. His museum projects represent an understanding of the importance of space, light, and flow to the presentation and experience of art.

About Spring Masters, New York:

Spring Masters, New York was founded as The Spring Show NYC in 2011 by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA). In late 2013, following demand from international dealers that the fair be expanded beyond AADLA members; it was acquired by Artvest Partners.

Artvest Partners re-conceptualized and rebranded the fair to foster a dialogue on collecting and the experience of traditional art. Spring Masters emphasizes connoisseurship, curation, and the visitor experience, and provides audiences with an opportunity to engage with exceptional works of art and design from antiquity through the 20th-century and across cultures and geographic regions. Artvest Partners’ vision is to bring exhibition-like quality and innovation to the fair experience, and to reassert the significance of traditional works to the art market.

About Artvest Partners:

Artvest is an advisory firm that provides business and investment services for the art market. With three decades of experience in art, marketing, and finance, including the rebranding of both Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Artvest offers custom strategies to its clients for structuring and managing art businesses and investments. Artvest is also an advisor to Citibank’s equity research group in their coverage of Sotheby’s stock. The firm fills a need in the industry by introducing a disciplined business and financial focus for collectors and businesses at all stages of engagement with the art market.

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For additional information, please contact:

Alina Sumajin/Kyla McMillan
Resnicow Schroeder Associates 212-671-5155/5154
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