On Thursday, January 30, East Side House Settlement hosted the annual Young Collectors Night at The Winter Show, held at the Park Avenue Armory. More than 700 young decorative arts and art professionals and enthusiasts, philanthropists, collectors, and interior designers gathered for the lively event. The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America presenting art, antiques, and design from 70 of the world’s top fine and decorative arts galleries.
There were many objects of desire, notables, and friends in the crowd. The evening’s honorary chair was singer-songwriter Kacey Musgrave who I caught a glimpse of while talking to Alexis Mucha, Manager of Rights & Reproductions at the Bard Graduate Center, about their upcoming Eileen Gray show – a highlight in my spring exhibitions calendar. Right beside Elle Shushan’s booth, Cole Harrell, the young New York-based African and Oceanic Arts dealer, graciously introduced me to Frank Abagnale the former con-man whose life was racily portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in “Catch Me If You Can.” Abagnale is now a renowned fraud protection expert and just released a new book “Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists.”
I spent some time discussing Lillian Nassau LLC’s inventory of Tiffany lamps with Elizabeth Muir, former Cultbytes contributor who just left Sotheby’s to become a junior specialist in the 20th Century Design department at Christie’s. We both decided that we liked the screen designed by Candace Wheeler best. Especially as Wheeler, together with Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White and Samuel Colman, designed the spectacular Veterans Room — completed in 1881 and a mélange of Islamic, Chinese, Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, and Persian motifs — housed in the building. Many guests were buzzing about the “Cup of Montezuma” an Inca cup with unbroken provenance since the 17th century in Thomas Heneage booth. I quickly waved to Jia Jia Fei who just left the Jewish Museum to start her own digital agency and I also ran into fashion entrepreneur Delia Folk, co-founder of The Style That Binds Us, who co-chaired the event. Much fun was had.
Previous: Elizabeth Muir and Kate Hughes. All event photos taken by Zach Hilty for BFA. Above: Candace Wheeler for Associated Artists, Four-Panel “Swimming Carp” Screen, American, circa 1883. Painted canvas, 72.5” high x 72” wide. On view in Lillian Nassau LLC’s booth.
Cole Harrell, Ariane Powell, and Mercedes de Guardiola.
Andrew LaMar Hopkins (b. 1978), Miceala Almonester de Pontalba visits Creole New Orleans. Oil on canvas board, 2017. On view in Elle Shushan’s booth.
Delia Folk and Margaret Ellen Crawford.
Cup, the so-called “Cup of Montezuma,” hammered gold sheet, 100-1400 AD, Moche, Chimú, or Inca peoples. On view in Thomas Heneage Art Books booth.
Pari Ehsan, Jia Jia Fei, and Job Piston.
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Anna Mikaela Ekstrand is editor-in-chief and founder of Cultbytes. She mediates art through writing, curating, and lecturing. Her latest books are Assuming Asymmetries: Conversations on Curating Public Art Projects of the 1980s and 1990s and Curating Beyond the Mainstream. Send your inquiries, tips, and pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org.