| Oct 26, 2011 |
Inaugural Metro Show features mid-century antiques
By Staff

The Art Fair Company announces a new Metro Show, which runs from January 18 to 22 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, which will feature mid-20th-century design, ethnographic material, applied and decorative arts, photography, and modern painting.

William Diamond and Anthony Baratta will create the mise-en-scène, injecting their signature look of bold and colorful patterns incorporating a selection of works of art provided by the dealers. In addition Mario Buatta, William Diamond, and Anthony Baratta, Ellie Cullman, Jamie Drake, Maureen Footer, Thomas Jayne, Miles Redd will co-chair the Metro Show Collectors Circle.

George Nakashima Rocking Chair, circa 1977. Martín Ramírez 702 Untitled (Feathered Train) c. 1952-53

“Our vision is to illustrate the intellect, beauty, and vision in American arts and design, while placing it in a more modern and international context,” said Lerch. “We want to broaden its appeal and reach out to a new and younger audience while renewing the interest of the loyal attendees who flock each January to the Metropolitan Pavilion, in the heart of New York’s bustling and vibrant arts community.”

“We are very privileged to have the support of Amy Finkel, Carl Hammer, Samuel Herrup, Tim Hill, Allan Katz, and Frank Maresca of Ricco/Maresca Gallery, who are on the Metro Show’s exhibitor advisory committee,” said Caroline Kerrigan Lerch, Fair Director. “Their commitment, insight, and expertise are key to the success of the show, which will present an eclectic mix of arts and design, at the same location and time as the past American Antiques Show.”

In addition to the members of the advisory committee, other specialists include: Galerie St. Etienne, with masters of Austrian and German Expressionism as well as works by important self-taught and outsider artists; Lillian Nassau, presenting Tiffany and mid-20th-century studio furniture by George Nakashima and Paul Evans, among others; John Molloy Gallery, with Native American works; Jeff and Holly Noordsy, with glass and period decorative arts; Cavin-Morris Gallery, presenting tribal art, textiles, ceramics and works by self-taught artists; Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, featuring early American furniture and clocks; and S. Scott Powers, with fine examples of Burl Treen. 

“I view this art fair offering as an amazing crossroads opportunity for exhibitors and collectors alike to experience the very best representation of multiple disciplines within the arts, spanning the distance of four centuries,” said Carl Hammer, of the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.

“In each booth, fair visitors will be able to meet an expert in his field, eager to share information with an interested public,” said Mark Lyman, President of The Art Fair Company. “The Metro Show builds further on The Art Fair’s reputation for building art fairs that are both an extra-ordinary marketplace and a provocative and educational forum.”

The Opening Night Preview is Wednesday, January 18, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The show opens to the public on Thursday, January 19. Hours are Thursday, January 19: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Friday, January 20: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, January 21: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday, January 22: 12 noon - 5:30 pm. 

General admission is $15 per person; a multi-day pass is $30 per person. 

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