What to See During The Art Show by ADAA

George Billis Gallery - Cindy Rizza, Matriarch, oil on linen, 48x36"
George Billis Gallery - Cindy Rizza, Matriarch, oil on linen, 48x36"

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The Art Show is an annual fair that benefits Henry Street Settlement, a New York-based social service, arts, and healthcare organization.

Top galleries from around the country will showcase curated exhibitions of historical and contemporary art in an intimate setting. Visitors can connect with gallerists, learn about the art, and support Henry Street Settlement’s vital services for over 50,000 New Yorkers annually.

The ADAA and Henry Street have raised over $36 million for the nonprofit through more than three decades of partnership. The Art Show is a unique opportunity to experience a wide range of art in a supportive and intimate setting. It is also a chance to learn about the work of Henry Street Settlement and support its critical mission.

The goodman gallery new york office and viewing room - landing
The Goodman Gallery New York Office and Viewing Room – Landing

Opening Tonight Near The Art Show by ADAA

Goodman Gallery’s New York Office and Viewing Room is one block from the Park Avenue Armory. You can stop by for their opening reception tonight on your way to The Art Show’s Benefit Preview, an exclusive first look at the art fair before it opens to the public.

‘Landing’ is a group exhibition at Goodman Gallery that features artists who have shaped South African art history in African modernism, resistance art, and contemporary art.

David Koloane, Dumile Feni, William Kentridge, Lucas Sithole, and Sue Williamson are increasingly being recognized internationally for their contributions to what is now known as global modernism, with their work held in significant collections around the world, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Perez Art Museum in Miami, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

The Goodman Gallery’s New York Office and Viewing Room is only open by appointment. To RSVP for the opening reception, please email them. The space opened in September to increase their artists’ presence in art centers, as it is difficult for collectors and curators to travel to the Global South and Africa regularly. Liza Esser, the gallery’s director, discussed their NYC opening with Artnet in September.

The Goodman Gallery’s New York Office and Viewing Room | Nov 1, 2023 – Jan 6, 2024, Opening Reception Nov 1, 6-8 PM | 23 E 67th St 2nd Floor, New York, NY

The Last Exhibition at BLUM’s 66th St Location Opens Today

Blum Gallery opened Darren Bader’s ‘Innate Value’ exhibition today. The opening reception isn’t until next week, but it’s uniquely an in-person event. The show will be the last in the 66th St location, a block from The Art Show by ADAA.

Darren Bader is an American artist who lives and works in New York. He has participated in the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, and the Lyon Biennale.

The exhibition is an attempted sale of his art practice. Collectors are encouraged to come into the gallery and determine a permanent monetary value for the works. At the show’s end, Bader will compare the offers and choose the ultimate value that will be written into the artwork’s certificate of authenticity (COA.)

This value will be permanent, and any future sales of the work must retain it, or it will be deemed a forgery. Three unknown works within the show are ‘mutations’ and will increase in value each calendar year. Mutations will be revealed at the final sale.

BLUM | Nov 1-16, Opening Reception Nov 9, 5-7 PM | 19 E 66th St, New York, NY

George billis gallery - cindy rizza, matriarch, oil on linen, 48x36"
George Billis Gallery – Cindy Rizza, Matriarch, oil on linen, 48×36″

Gallery Openings in Chelsea on Thursday

Jack Shainman Gallery and George Billis Gallery are three blocks apart in Chelsea, and both have openings tomorrow from 6-8 PM. Exploring the quintessential art gallery neighborhood is a great way to cap out the first day of an art fair.

George Billis Gallery is opening with work by Cindy Rizza, Bennett Vadnais, and Don Joint. Rizza’s still-lifes are portraits of intimate objects from the home that make into a domestic space and sanctuary. Her oil paintings of stacked homemade quilts and laundry in the wind reveal objects that are intertwined with identity.

Meleko Mokgosi’s ‘Spaces of Subjection: Parts 1 to 5’ is opening at Jack Shainman Gallery. The institutional-sized paintings reinterpret objects used to systematically pass on racial stereotypes and xenophobic rhetoric, including Sara Cone Bryant’s 1911 children’s book ‘Epaminondas and His Auntie.’

George Billis Gallery | Nov 1-16, Opening Reception Nov 2, 6-8 PM | 527 W 23rd St in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, NY 

Jack Shainman Gallery | Nov 1- Dec 22 | Opening Reception Nov 2, 6-8 PM | 513 W 20th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, NY

ADAA Panel on Friday

Joel Mesler, Rabbi Korn, and Shira Backer, the Leon Levy Associate Curator at the Jewish Museum, will discuss the historical precedents and complex family dynamics that underpin Mesler’s new rabbinical portraits, which were created specifically for The Art Show.

Mesler’s paintings, which evoke the joy of bat and bar mitzvahs and the soul-searching of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, will be on display in Cheim & Read’s booth at the fair, where the artist will sign books today. 

Panels are included in the ADAA ticket, but you need to RSVP.

Nov 3, 12-1 PM | Colonel’s Room, Park Avenue Armory

ADAA Upper East Side Gallery Walk on Saturday

Attend the annual ADAA Upper East Side Gallery Walk, which features nearly 30 member galleries. In conjunction with The Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory, galleries in the surrounding neighborhood will open their doors to the public for a free collaborative gallery walk event.

Special Programming

  • 3:00 PM, a guided tour of the Man Ray exhibition will be held at Luxembourg + Co., led by curator Yuval Etgar.
  • 3:15 PM, gallery director Nicola Lorenz will lead an exhibition walkthrough of “Picasso on Paper,” a curated exhibition of more than 30 exceptional prints and drawings created between 1897 and 1972, selected for originality, condition, and provenance at Forum Gallery.
  • 4 PM, a gallery talk on exhibitions on view of paintings and works on paper by Vian Sora and Steve DiBenedetto will be at David Nolan Gallery.
  • 4 PM, gallery director Esperanza Sobrino will lead a guided tour of “Painted Pop,” a group exhibition featuring Pop art pioneers at Acquavella Galleries.
  • 4:00, Associate Director Felix Rödder will lead a guided tour of the Ad Reinhardt exhibition, featuring work from the 1940s where the artist pursued and achieved a degree of directness in his exploration of color, line, and form at David Zwirner Gallery.

Bemelmans Bar | New York – By Time To Stay

How to Get to The Art Show by ADAA

I typically recommend staying right by an art fair, but in this case, look at The Mark or The Carlyle further north in the Upper East Side.

While you will be a touch more than a half mile from The Art Show, you can enjoy either hotel’s upscale bar scene and walk to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in about ten minutes. Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle is worth a peek for their Ludwig Bemelmans’ famed murals, at the very least.

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel | 35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021 | Trivago | Agoda

The Mark Hotel | 25 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075 | Trivago | Agoda

New York City Gallery Map

  • Subway stations at 69th Street and Lexington Avenue (6 train), 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue (F and Q trains)
  • Citi Bike stations at 67th and Park Avenue and 81st Street and Park Avenue
  • Buses M101, M102, or M103

The Art Show by ADAA | Nov 2-5 | Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of New York City, USA | Tickets

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