The Art Dealers Association of America recently closed the 2016 edition of “The Art Show” in New York City, which realized sales in the seven figures and attracted nearly 15,000 visitors over five days.
The longest-running — and arguably most respected — art fair in the United States boasted another successful year in 2016. The Art Dealers Association of America welcomed over 2,750 guests, including major collectors, philanthropists, and international art enthusiasts over five days during the first week of March. Via the organization’s press release: “The Art Show 2016 boasted one of the strongest years of attendance in the fair’s history, welcoming approximately 15,000 visitors throughout its five-day run. Together, proceeds from the Gala Preview and The Art Show raised a total of over $1.1 million for Henry Street Settlement, one of New York’s leading social service, arts, and health organizations.”
Adam Sheffer, ADAA president, said, “The Art Show 2016 dynamically reflected the vision and values that define the ADAA and its members. As a fair organized by a community of art dealers from around the country, the Art Show fosters critical conversations both within the art world and between the art world and the public, strengthening the vital relationships that power our cultural community.”
The ADAA reports, “Collectors responded with ardent enthusiasm to The Art Show, with galleries boasting strong sales, as well as meaningful engagements with museum professionals and scholars, laying the groundwork to advance the study and exhibition of artists from around the world. 303 Gallery sold out its presentation of multimedia works by rising New York-based artist Nick Mauss; Tilton Gallery sold out its debut presentation of new sculptures by Chicago-based artist Simone Leigh; Lehmann Maupin sold nearly all of the works in its solo presentation of recent paintings by Hernan Bas; Salon 94 sold a number of rarely seen early works by Marilyn Minter; David Zwirner sold nearly all of its presentation of Sherrie Levine’s new knot paintings; and Anthony Meier Fine Arts sold a number of Jasmin Sian’s new cut-outs.”
To learn more, visit the Art Dealers Association of America.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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