23 January 2020
Time travellers are packing their suitcases for New York this week
The Winter Show, which gets underway in New York this Friday, is a celebration of world cultures, from antiquity to the present.
The leading art, antiques, and design fair in the US attracts experts in fine and decorative arts from around the world. The reach of objects on display is global, too. Among the 2020 highlights are a c1725 George I, red japanned bookcase, an Egyptian, green basalt bust of a nobleman from the Late Dynastic Period, c664-610 BC, a c1849 Sevres enamel ewer, an aboriginal rainforest, softwood, painted shield, a Fang Ancestral Reliquary from Gabon, Africa, an 1815 New York City-made pier table, and a Japanese burl wood stand designed to instal a small object dedicated to meditation.
The annual loan exhibition for which this show is renowned offers visitors a focused look at exceptional collections.
This year, it features masterworks, including a Velazquez portrait, from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library, spanning 4000 years of history, art, and culture from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and The Philippines. There is work by El Greco and Goya, mid 18th-century painting from the Cuzco School, in Peru, an exceptional, 17th-century aquamanile, or water container, from Portugal, a painting by John Singer Sargent, from his travels in Spain, and work by the Valencian master, Sorolla, subject of an exhibition at our National Gallery last year.
Like all leading international shows nowadays, this one maintains high standards, with each object vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of more than 120 experts. Modern and contemporary highlights are another feature of all international, 21st-century fairs.
Among the standouts are drawings and watercolours by Andrew Wyeth, at Melconi and Schoelkopf; mid-20th-century design, including a large Argente cabinet in welded and patinated aluminium, by Paul Evans, from 1968, at Lobel Modern; works by outsider artist Frank Walter, at Hirschl and Adler; vintage and contemporary photography at Peter Fetterman Gallery, and artistic jewels by modern masters at the London firm of Didier Ltd.
Daniel Crouch Rare Books will exhibit a collection of over 50 terrestrial and celestial globes, ranging from the 16th to the 20th century, Carswell Rush Berlin Inc. will showcase furniture designed and made in America, from 1800-1840, alongside British painting and art of the China trade, at Martyn Gregory.
Koopman Rare Art of London is showing a gold box commemorating US Independence, by King Louis XVI of France, made in 1789 by Jacques-Felix Vienot.
H. Blairman and Sons, of London, will show an oak cupboard designed by architect CFA Voysey, among furniture and works of art from the late 18th to the early 20th century.
There are 70 exhibitors and The Winter Show is at its usual venue, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, from January 24 to February 2.