Fifteen galleries in New York’s Upper East Side, all within walking distance, will host the kickoff of the first ever October Art Week, running October 20 to 26. Open to the public, the galleries are welcoming visitors in tandem with the premier of TEFAF, the international art fair coming to the U.S.—and Park Avenue Armory—for the first time.
Sam Francis, Oil on canvas, available at Taylor|Graham
“With the opening of TEFAF New York, we thought it was the perfect time to launch October Art Week. TEFAF draws the world’s foremost collectors and curators, and while we look forward to seeing them at our stand, we really wanted to get them into our galleries too,” says Otto Naumann Ltd. director Bria Koser, who developed the concept with Lydia Johnson, director at Robert Simon Fine Art, and Frances Beatty, president of Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Jan De Bray's The Penitent Magdalene at Otto Naumann Ltd.
In addition to TEFAF’s rollout, Christie’s and Sotheby’s will also be holding sales and exhibitions over that week. “We considered various ideas, trying to come up with an exciting way to bring people together to make the most of everything going on this fall in New York,” explains Johnson. “Drawing on the concept of London Art Week, we realized our neighborhood was well positioned to host a similar event, because of the rich concentration of fine art galleries in proximity to the Armory.”
The list of participating galleries, courtesy of the event organizers, includes:
Jill Newhouse Gallery, 19th- and 20th-century European works (4 E. 81st St.)
Schiller & Bodo, 19th-century European paintings, with emphasis on works from the French academic, realist, Barbizon and post-impressionist traditions (4 E. 81st St.)
Otto Naumann Ltd., Old Master paintings (22 E. 80th St., second floor)
Robert Simon Fine Art, Old Master paintings (22 E. 80th St., fourth floor)
Shepherd W & K Galleries, 19th-century European paintings, drawings and sculpture, and modern art (58 E. 79th St.)
Les Enluminures, manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as rings and jewelry from the period (23 E. 73rd St., seventh floor)
Jack Kilgore & Co., European old master paintings (154 E. 71st St., third floor)
Richard L. Feigen & Co., wide-ranging works, from Sir Joshua Reynolds to Ray Johnson (34 E. 69th St.)
Didier Aaron, predominantly French paintings and drawings and European furniture and decorative arts from the 17th through 19th centuries (32 E. 67th St.)
Taylor | Graham, American and European art from the 19th century to the present, plus sculpture (32 E. 67th St.)
Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts, European art, chiefly Renaissance and Baroque sculpture (at Dickinson Roundell, 19 E. 66th St.)
Dickinson Roundell, Old Master, impressionist and contemporary paintings and works of art (19 E. 66th St.)
Daphne Alazraki Fine Art, European paintings of the 17th through 21st centuries; and Trinity House paintings, impressionist, post-impressionist, modern British and 19th-century works (24 E. 64th St.)
Mark Murray Fine Paintings, 19th-century, early 20th-century and impressionist art (159 E. 63rd St.)