We get it. You’ve returned to work after a few weeks of family, food, and festivities. The luster and glee of the holidays are quickly fading into the reality of returning to your normal routine. Bummer, right? Nonsense! The beginning of 2017 is offering TONS of fantastic fine art opportunities — including this exciting annual event.

As the second-oldest charitable antiques show in the United States, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Washington Winter Show (The Washington Antiques Show) is an event that draws thousands of the world’s top collectors and dealers every year in early January.

2017’s edition of the fair kicks off January 13 and will continue through the 15th at the American University’s Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and you can bet Fine Art Connoisseur will have representatives perusing the countless treasures. This year’s theme, “The Art of Style,” celebrates the timeless elegance and sophistication of good design. “True artistry is behind the best of fashion and interiors as well as antiques and art,” organizers suggest, “whether it’s the iconic design of a classic Chanel suit, the graceful carving of a Chippendale chair or the complex beauty of a Monet canvas. ‘The Art of Style’ recognizes the mastery of creativity and skill by great designers, craftsmen and artists, both past and present.”

Marion and Coco pose together with “Coco Chanel — Big Head,” by Marion Pike, 1967, unknown photographer (c) Washington Winter Show 2017
Marion and Coco pose together with “Coco Chanel — Big Head,” by Marion Pike, 1967, unknown photographer (c) Washington Winter Show 2017

This year is packed with a number of exciting events — including a remarkable loan exhibition surrounding artist Marion Pike and the revered Coco Chanel. Titled “Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike — Paris 1967-1971,” the exhibition marks the first time that this collection of portraits and couture fashions will be displayed in North America. Via the event website: “Curated by Amy de la Haye, London College of Fashion, the exhibition features five portraits of legendary designer Coco Chanel, painted by the California artist Marion Pike, following a meeting between the two extraordinarily talented, creative women at Chanel’s Paris atelier in 1967. The meeting sparked an immediate friendship between the women captured in the series of at least 13 expressive, color-saturated portraits of the fashion icon. This exhibition explores the profound friendship between Pike and Chanel, as well as the creative influences upon the two women’s work.”

An exhibitor booth from 2016, (c) Washington Winter Show 2017
An exhibitor booth from 2016, (c) Washington Winter Show 2017

In addition to the aforementioned exhibition, attendees will also have the opportunity to join Lela Rose for a special book signing, luncheon, and lecture on January 13 from 10:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. The weekend rounds out with several guided walks, lectures, and dealer talks throughout.

To learn more and purchase your entry tickets, visit the Washington Winter Show.

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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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