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"16th Annual Exhibition to be Held at the Seventh Regiment Armory"
2004-02-19 until 2004-02-23
American Art Dealers Association (ADAA)
New York, NY, USA United States of America

The sixteenth annual Art Show, will be held February 19–23, 2004 and will present museum-quality works of art in a variety of mediums that span the centuries from the 15th century to modern and contemporary art. The exhibiting galleries in The Art Show were selected by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) from among its membership. Located in the vast, elegant interior of the historic Seventh Regiment Armory, on Park Avenue at 67th Street, The Art Show 2004 will be a vital microcosm of art history, global in its reach, immediate in its appeal to discerning collectors. Dramatically installed, the show offers solo and group installations of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and photographs from 70 of the nation’s leading galleries. The Art Show Gala Preview on February 18, will benefit Henry Street Settlement, a prominent social services and arts agency located on New York’s Lower East Side.

This year The Art Show highlights a group of solo-shows that are ambitious and not to be missed. Continuing their tradition of showing a single artist at The Art Show for the last several years, PaceWildenstein will present recent works by the Abstract Expressionist sculptor John Chamberlain. The Joan T. Washburn Gallery, the representatives of the Pollock-Krasner Estate, will show paintings and ink drawings by Jackson Pollock, including works heavily inspired by El Greco and Chaim Soutine. These pieces offer Pollock-aficionados an exciting opportunity to see his diverse skill beyond the championed "Action Paintings." Having exhibited for nearly ten years at The Art Show, The Fraenkel Gallery will present their first-ever solo show at this important event—a survey of Diane Arbus. The installation, which features a range of photographs from her iconic images to lesser-known works, coincides with her retrospective currently at SFMOMA and traveling to the Metropolitan Museum in 2005. Ameringer & Yohe will present the recent stripe paintings of Kenneth Noland. Rounding out the group of individual shows is a retrospective of Lynn Chadwick’s sculpture, marked by the stylistic reinterpretation of the human condition in the information age, exhibited by the Tasende Gallery of Los Angeles.

In addition to solo-exhibitions, there will be scores of notable works of art on view at the armory this February. In 1940, the year of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s divorce, Sigmund Firestone commissioned the two estranged lovers to each create a self-portrait. To this day, these two portraits have remained a pair, and will be on display at The Art Show courtesy of Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art. This is an unrivaled occasion to see such rare works, as they are the only such paintings ever to have been made. Additional groundbreaking self-portraiture will be found in Max Beckmann’s Selbstbildnis mit steifem Hut (Self portrait in Bowler Hat) exhibited by Alice Adam Ltd. Not only the most important self-portrait of Beckmann’s career, this work is considered to be the most important self-portrait of the German Expressionist era. Another "first" at The Art Show this year is a rare Winslow Homer offered by The Kennedy Galleries. Listed in the Catologue Raisonné as presumed lost, the painted tile titled Flirting on the Sea-Shore marks its return after having been lost for over 125 years.

These and other works of art, valued at thousands of dollars to multi-million dollars, will be on view in surroundings designed expressly for that purpose and in a context conducive to study and acquisition. Member exhibitors are known to reserve their best works specifically for The Art Show, because of the prestigious international art audience the exhibition consistently draws.

ART DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), a non-profit membership organization of the nation's leading dealers in the fine arts, seeks to promote the highest standards of connoisseurship, scholarship and ethical practice within the profession.

Copyright the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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