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THE YOUNG COLLECTORS NIGHT AT THE WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW

James Andrew at the Arader Galleries' booth at The Winter Antiques Show

James Andrew at the Arader Galleries’ booth – The Winter Antiques Show

I can’t believe it but the event of the season is already upon us – of course I’m referring to The Young Collectors Night at The Winter Antiques Show this Thursday evening January 30, 2014 7-9 PM at The Park Avenue Amory. If you have not secured your tickets – now is the time! Get your tickets online here.

We were invited to a special preview recently and, as expected, the show is spectacular, with a marvelous range of objects to suit everyone’s fancy. Of particular note was the Arader Galleries showing — certainly one of the highlights of this year’s show. I’m wild about Frederick Judd Waugh’s 1932 “70 Degrees North” – a dramatic Arctic scene by one of America’s finest Marine painters. Waugh’s powerful depiction of the noble polar bear surveying his Arctic kingdom is truly sublime! And it’s just one of the many superb offerings you’ll find there.

It goes without saying that we’ll be back on Thursday to have a more in depth look at many of the things that caught our eye — the event inevitably brings out the most gorgeous of the city’s glitteratti, and so we’ll be taking the opportunity to do some people watching as well!

I’m sporting a Tom Ford charcoal wool/silk tweed country jacket, Michael Bastian chartreuse wool fair isle cardigan, cerulean blue cashmere turtleneck by Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci wool check pant, Lanvin green hightop sneakers, vintage Rolex, Charvet chartreuse silk pocket square and my fragrance Creed Royal Oud, Tom Ford – bronzing gel providing me with a glorious glow.

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The Frieze and Pulse NY Art Fairs

James with Jeff Koons' Pink Puppy at the Frieze Art Fair

James with Paul McCarthy’s Balloon Dog (2013). Photograph: John Berens/Frieze

I’m always on the prowl for the perfect art for my clients, and attending world-class art fairs like the Frieze and Pulse provide me with the perfect opportunity to acquaint myself with new galleries and artists from around the globe.

The Frieze Art Fair is held at Randall’s Island—a ferry service from the East River makes attending a bit of an adventure as well! This year, one of Jeff Koons’ enormous red balloon dogs greeted us upon arrival, and with it, a marvelous assortment of dining options as well—from St Ambrose to the Fat Raddish.

There was quite a lot to see with 180 contemporary art galleries showcasing a diverse assortment of pieces. Now, I don’t pretend to be an art critic, but I do know when I’m looking at something truly considered, (even if I don’t particularly like a piece), and I have to say I’m pretty amazed at what passes for art these days. Yes, I know I’m on shaky and subjective ground here—perhaps this was the intended reaction in a few instances….Let’s just say I was happy to remain blissfully ignorant when a gallerist tried to explain in “art speak” the significance of a pink trash bag hung from a wire!

Happily, there were some really spectacular works to be seen; which by contrast to the perhaps more questionable works, shone that much more brightly. Works by Anish Kapoor, for instance, and by photographer Katy Grannan certainly caught my attention.

Anish Kappor at the Frieze Fair

Anish Kappor at the Frieze Fair

Katy Grannan at the Frieze Fair

Katy Grannan at the Frieze Fair

At the Pulse NY Fair there were other fine works, like Charles Hinman’s “Rubellite” at the Marc Straus booth—his three dimensional, almost crystalline canvases remind me of the sort of art favored by my favorite David Hicks, and I’m starting to visualize some of Hinman’s fine works hanging on one of my own client’s walls!

Charles Hinman's "Rubellite" at the Marc Straus booth

Charles Hinman’s “Rubellite” at the Marc Straus booth

Dressed for an afternoon of art, I’m sporting a Tom Ford pink silk spencer jacket, brown, white and pink cotton floral print shirt, and a brown and ivory hounds tooth silk plaid pocket square, Uniqlo white jeans, Gucci python belt with silver buckle, vintage Rolex sneakers by Lanvin and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

I was absolutely thrilled to see the most fabulous exhibition entitled The World of Gloria Vanderbilt at 1st Dibs Gallery in NYC. Always on the hunt for just the right pictures and paintings for my clients, the event provided me with the most perfect opportunity to blend vocation with vacation, which is always a welcome thing!

Heiress, designer, painter, model, actor, socialite and icon, Gloria Vanderbilt was quite the renaissance woman. She had seemingly boundless energy and certainly was not afraid to explore her many diverse passions! In short, she dreamed…and her great lust for life found the most delicious expression in her creative work.

Needless to say, she has been hugely inspirational to many, including your’s truly.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

In her words, “often my images are channeled in dreams which find expression in my paintings…. Memory is also a driving influence, memories I absorb and reinvent to changing effect because I have changed but do not want to let them go. Color too intoxicates, inspires, so does the beauty of a person, who has something I can’t quite catch. They become muses which I become obsessed to define, reveal something of their mystery.” – excerpt from the Gloria Vanderbilt website.

I’ve included here just a few images to provide a bit of a tease as I’m sure you’ll be heading to 1st DIbs to see this glorious exhibition first hand! I was quite taken with Vanderbilt’s self portraits as well as of Truman Capote (below).

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

I might also recommend Wendy Goodman’s rather marvelous book, “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” for a more in-depth look at this iconic woman’s fascinating life. See this link.

For a super casual day I am sporting Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit sweater with shawl collar, Alexander McQueen pink and white cotton mini stripe shirt with pink gross grain ribbon trim, Uniqlo white jeans, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and aviator sun glasses, Lanvin sneakers, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.