Spanning 23 city blocks and nearly eight centuries, the world’s preeminent showcase for art’s most fundamental technique is poised for another great year. Click for an inside scoop.
Whether you’re in the market for that next master drawing or simply game for some stunning exhibitions, New York City will be a premier destination in January 2017 as Master Drawings New York (MDNY) takes over Madison Avenue once more. MDNY opens January 21 and continues through January 28, and many of the world’s leading art dealers and collectors will purchase and showcase rare drawings, watercolors, oil sketches, and more from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
Now in its 11th year, Master Drawings New York is the world’s premier destination for collectors and dealers, also spawning a series of concurrent exhibitions along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side in New York City. In 2017, the week-long event will feature 24 exhibitors that will “unveil surprises in the form of new discoveries and drawings not seen on the market for decades,” the organizers predict. “The event includes pop-up presentations by leading dealers from London, Paris, Florence, and Vienna, and special exhibitions mounted in private gallery spaces by top New York specialists.”
MDNY Director and co-founder Crispian Riley-Smith said, “Drawings are often called the first draft of art history — and that’s the excitement, really. Simply by studying strokes on a page, one can become privy to an artist’s first intention. And because drawings have been less systematically documented over the centuries than paintings, unknown works still surface with some regularity. MDNY reminds us that art history is forever changing. Each year we offer visitors a kind of one-off, serendipitous tour of art that’s determined by the best of what’s recently emerged on the market.
“In January, the week of events will be anchored in the Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street. Five dealers will occupy rooms in the historic building and a special loan exhibition celebrating the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, will be featured there.”
Among the many highlights in this year’s event are works by Pablo Picasso, Giovanni Battista Naldini, Gustav Klimt, Giorgio Vasari, Vincent Van Gogh, Egon Schiele, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jacopo Bassano, Salvator Rosa, and David Hockney.
A complete list of all the exhibitors, concurrent events, lectures, and symposia can be found by visiting the MDNY webpage here.
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