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April, 2011:

The Spring Show NYC

James Andrew at the Armory Veterans Reception Room - photo by Gabriel Everett

A special post today to announce the debut of a very exciting fine art and antiques show—the Spring Show NYC presented by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) at the Park Avenue Amory, 67th Street—all to coincide with the “Art and Antiques Week” here in New York City.

The mission of the fair is to present fine art and antiques in an unusual and fresh way, and to reach a new audience of both young and old collectors. Here you’ll find objects that will not only be of lasting value, but that will delight for years and years to come. The Spring show will offer something for everyone—from antiquities on through to the 20th century—and at every price point!

Lars Bolander, the international designer and taste maker, has been enlisted to set the stage. “We want this fair to be fresh, cheerful and thoroughly modern – a wonderful juxtaposition between the old and the new….” This sounds a lot like the sort of request I get from my clients! In fact, there’ll be some major innovations here, compared to how fairs are typically presented. You’ll just have to come and see for yourself—I don’t want to ruin the many surprises that await.

Mark your calenders!

• The opening gala benefit preview for the ASPCA Wednesday April 27th VIP cocktail reception 5 – 7 PM and general admission 7- 9 PM. Described as “an art bash for animal lovers,” what could be more fabulous? Dealers have set aside a fascinating assortment of animal-themed fine and decorative arts, with a portion of the sales to be donated to the ASPCA.

• The fair, sponsored by 1stdibs.com, opens to the public on Thursday April 28 – May 2, 2011

• On Friday, April 29th, To celebrate NYC’s Art Night Out, The AADLA has created an evening event for young patrons from 5 – 9 PM. They’ve gathered a fabulous group of interior designers dubbed “The New Traditionals” (selected by the editors of “Trad Home/Lonny,” the new digital edition of “Traditional Home Magazine”), and they’ll be offering free decorating advice! So bring your floor plans, photos, paint chips, fabric samples, and list of what you need for your homes—they’ll help to get you started on your own super chic abode and assist in finding just the right pieces to add to any budding collection.

There will also be a fantastic not-to-be-missed series of lectures during the fair by some very prominent international museum curators, scholars, and interior designers—always honing my craft, I’ll definitely be attending many of these.

I’m photographed (top) getting a sneak peak at the Armory’s Veterans Reception Room—one of the only extant Louis Comfort Tiffany rooms in the world! Getting in the spirit of Spring, I’m sporting a mint green silk/cotton velvet Tom Ford era Gucci jacket, sand colored cotton corduroy pants and python belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford blue cotton Glenn plaid shirt and silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, suede sneakers and sunglasses both by Lanvin, and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

SOFA New York 2011

The SOFA exposition is one of the more important decorative art fairs, bringing together a selection of the finest galleries from around the world. WIJW was recently invited to the fair, and we’re very pleased to highlight some of our favorite pieces.

Glass work by Lino Tagliapietra

Heller Gallery featured the work of master glass maker and internationally acclaimed artist Lino Tagliapietra. His works are represented in more than 60 museums around the world, and at an age when most would be considering retirement, he continues to develop and explore his craft. He plays the role of teacher to many acclaimed artists as well, including Dale Chihuly. I was particularly taken by his 2010 piece, “Saturno.”

Mosaic in glass by Andrea Salvador

At Berengo Studio—a fantastic mosaic in glass by Andrea Salvador, who was discovered while working on tomb stones! His painstaking, nearly photographic mosaic work, is entirely created by hand.

Sculpture by Jeff Conroy

The Ann Nathan Gallery featured Jeff Conroy’s “Visible Man,” a sculpture consisting of glass fragments, silicone and 450 images—decoupage on acid! Certainly a complex and wonderfully thought provoking piece.

Porcelain pots by Felicity Aylieff

Flanked by monumental Felicity Aylieff porcelain pots at Adrian Sassoon, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci dusty grey blue suede biker jacket , wool check pants and black leather tote, Turnbull and Asser dark green micro check shirt with contrast white collar and french cuffs, Seaman Scepps pearl cuff links with pale blue sapphires, Hermes “blue jean” leather belt with silver buckle, Yves Saint Laurent black leather “Windsor” loafers and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

I’ve come to really enjoy chatting with gallerists; hearing their critical insight, as well as the many interesting stories stories behind the work they represent, cannot help but edify and inspire.

Richard Serra Drawings at The Met

James Andrew at the Met.

I had the great pleasure of attending “Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective” at the Met this past Tuesday evening—it’s truly a must-see overview of Serra’s drawings spanning nearly 40 years!

Having experienced many of Serra’s monolithic sculptures in person, it was quite interesting to see his process on paper. Here, as with his sculpture, Serra imbues his forms with tremendous force and space-altering purpose—deeply elemental and dynamically charged, his works give evidence to primordial forces that, while they can be felt, remain utterly enigmatic.

James Andrew and Serra drawings at the Met.

Interior design, as you may know, is very much about the manipulation and the perception of space, and so for me it is always rewarding to see the work of masters like Serra. Needless to say, if you are similarly inclined, do head to the Met for this comprehensive and mind blowing exhibition.

Feeling a bit Audrey Hepburn (descending the grand stair case of the Paris opera in Funny Face) – I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Country Jacket” in a dark brown wide wool check and black and white silk pocket square, Turnbull and Asser white and forest green striped cotton oxford cloth shirt with french cuffs , vintage moon stone cuff links, Tom Ford era Gucci black and grey mini hounds tooth check wool pants and chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle, Lanvin high top sneakers in dark green patent black and chartreuse suede, and my fragrance is Creed Windsor.