Wondering what to do for Mother’s Day weekend? Take Mom to the Park Avenue Armory, where she’ll get to peruse halls filled to overflowing with museum-quality furniture, antiques, fine art, jewelry, and more. What’s going on? Spring Masters New York has returned for its third edition, this time featuring over 60 exhibitors from all around the globe. This year’s show will take place from May 6-9 and general admission tickets are $25 online for adults.
Since its inception as The Spring Show in 2011, the show has changed and grown significantly. After rebranding in 2013 to Spring Masters, the show now features a unique hexagonal layout within the armory, and the show is now more focused on encouraging open dialogues between visitors, artists and gallerists. Connoisseurship is also a main focus of the show. If there’s something you want to know about a work of art or a particular period of art history, the Spring Masters arts fair is where you want to be. With galleries from as far away as Basel, London and Tokyo dealing everything from Tiffany lamps to Impressionist paintings, contemporary sculpture to one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, you’ll get an education in over 7000 years of art and design at this show.
Whether you’re looking for antique furniture to enhance your dining room, or a bauble to wear to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s gala, or perhaps a Picasso print to spice up your living room wall, you’ll be sure to discover something new and exciting here. Of course, it’s always fun to simply wander the halls and “window-shop” – be sure to talk to the gallerists there, who would love to teach you a thing or two about what they have to offer.
To gear up for the classy arts fair, examiner spoke with Spring Masters’ fair directors, Jeff Rabin and Michael Plummer, founders of the art advisory firm Artvest, which runs the show. Plummer and Rabin are experts of the art market and have had speaking engagements with many media outlets including FOX Business News, CNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Barron’s, and more. They’re excited for this year’s edition of Spring Masters to begin and want you to learn all about it:
Examiner: What makes the Spring Masters show different from all the other arts fairs out there?
Rabin and Plummer: Spring Masters New York marks a significant evolution of the art fair model. Architect Raphael Viñoly’s hexagonal booth design completely reimagines the Park Avenue Armory’s drill hall, creating unexpected juxtapositions among the different styles and periods of work on view. New Yorkers and international visitors alike can experience exquisite works of art and design in a fresh, contemporary context.
Examiner: What do you think about the list of exhibitors for this year? Is there one booth in particular that you can’t wait to see?
R+P: We are thrilled with the quality and diversity of exhibitors for this year’s fair, solidifying Spring Masters New York as an important, can’t-miss event on the 2016 art world calendar. We’re delighted to welcome both returning and new exhibitors, such as Sundaram Tagore and Yufuku Gallery who both have a strong background in presenting Asia-based artists to the Western world.
Examiner: Is there any particular art or specific artworks that you’re looking forward to seeing this year?
R+P: In addition to the many thematic exhibitions, several dealers are dedicating their booths to a single artist. We’re looking forward to seeing Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts’ showcase of lifetime casts by Gaston Lachaise and Sladmore Contemporary’s focus on Nic Fiddian-Green’s monumental sculptures of horses, among other exciting exhibitor presentations.
Examiner: What kind of art do you personally collect? Will you find anything for your collection at this show?
R+P: We both collect art across various categories, periods and mediums. The juxtaposition of the works in our respective collections creates a fascinating dialogue and one we feel truly pays homage to the incredible history of art.
Examiner: What would you say to a new collector who is stopping by your show?
R+P: There is something for everyone! From an ancient mummy mask presented by Cahn International to Matisse and Picasso masterworks displayed by Hammer Galleries to Bulgari jewelry exhibited by Simon Teakle, the fair features a range of styles and periods. This format—showcasing diverse works from antiquity through the 21st century—aligns with the preference of many collectors to cross-collect.
Examiner: Anything else visitors can look forward to at this edition of the show?
R+P: We are delighted that ProjectArt will once again be present at the fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to support this non-profit organization, which aims to inspire creative minds by putting paintbrushes in the hands of young American children whose schools lack the resources to provide adequate arts education.