Tenth Anniversary MASTER DRAWINGS WEEK New York

| November 12, 2015

The Tenth Annual MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK week will take place January 23 through January 30, with a Preview scheduled for Friday, January 22, at 30 leading art galleries on the Upper East Side’s “Gold Coast’ in New York.

Monroe Warshaw’s Pastrami promoting his Drawn to Mythology exhibition

Monroe Warshaw’s Pastrami promoting his Drawn to Mythology exhibition

Timed to coincide with New York’s major January art-buying events, including the Old Master auctions and The Winter Antiques Show, over the past decade MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK has given top dealers from the US as well as the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy an opportunity to show their newest acquisitions to the largest assembly of drawings scholars and patrons to gather in New York each year.

Originally conceived as an annual walk-through, MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK has grown into a ‘must see’ event, receiving strong support as its range and influence has grown each year. Each exhibition is hosted by an expert specialist and many works on offer are newly discovered or have not been seen on the market in decades, if at all.

Critics applaud the fact that the most respected drawings dealers show important pencil, pen and ink and chalk, pastel and charcoal drawings, as well as oil on paper sketches and watercolours from the 16th through the 21st centuries.

New exhibitors in 2016 include Allan Stone Projects, a New York gallery founded in 1960 that has enjoyed sustained success mixing established artists with emerging and mid-career artists. Its exhibition is titled “Process and Presence: Mastery in Drawing” and includes figurative, landscape, still life and abstract works by prominent artists such as Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Wayne Thiebaud, Franz Kline, and Gaston Lachaise.

Drawings of the feminine in mythology include a Study of a Centauresse, Satyre, and Horseman after the architect Charles Normand and attributed to Theodore Gericault (Rouen 1791 – Paris 1824), Pluto Abducting Venus attributed to Nicola Maria Rossi (Naples 1690-1758), and Venus or Galatea after Luca Cambiaso. Drawings by Vuilliard and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux portray women in interiors. Modern ideas about the feminine are explored through works by Andre Derain (Chatou 1880 – Garches 1954), Leopold Survage (Moscow 1879 – Paris 1968, and an artist of the Secession Style, Franz von Bayros (1866 Zagreb – 1924 Vienna), whose work The Logic of Divorce was printed in a 1913 edition of Lustige Blätter. New acquisitions include works by, attributed to, or after Francesco Cozza, Veronese (and/or his workshop), Pellegrino Tibaldi, Vittorio Maria Bigari, Negretti, and Jan Lievens.

Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art returns to Master Drawings week with a special exhibition titled, “Drawings by the Muralists.” This group includes watercolors and sketches by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, Leonora Carrington, Jean Charlot, and Elena Climent. A highlight of the show is Orozco’s “Five Heads (Beggars)” a gouache from 1940 that came from the Estate of the American playwright, Elmer Rice, and has been in a private collection for almost 50 years.

The www.masterdrawingsinnewyork.com web site offers details on participating dealers and their specialties, and suggestions on how to work with a dealer to build a collection.

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