By: Sheila Gibson Stoodley
The second annual American Art Fair will take place at the National Academy & School of Fine Arts in New York on Nov. 30–Dec. 3. All but one of the 11 exhibitors from the inaugural fair will return to the second-floor galleries of the mansion-turned-museum. Each dealer may choose to mark six to 10 paintings with tags indicating that 5, 10 or 15 percent of the price will benefit the financially troubled arts institution. “They will tag their most important pictures,” says Laurel Acevedo of the Alexander Gallery in New York, which cofounded the event. “Hopefully it will generate the money the museum needs desperately and it will educate people about the place.”
Avery Galleries of Bryn Mawr, Pa., will offer Icebergs, a 1909 seascape that Thomas Moran based on sketches he made during an 1890 transatlantic trip, for $1.6 million. “The Hudson River school artists were interested in the kind of excitement and adventure that came along with seeing icebergs,” says director Nicole Amoroso.
Adelheid Dietrich’s Floral Still Life on a Ledge (1875) will be among the works displayed by Menconi & Schoelkopf Fine Art of New York. The intriguing image, which places a positively Dutch-looking bouquet against a Southwestern landscape, is priced at $125,000.
Chinese Pipe and Tulips, a 1926 canvas by Stanton MacDonald-Wright, will appear at the booth of Debra Force Fine Art, of New York, for an asking price of $150,000. The artist inscribed the Chinese character for “spring” on the back of the painting, which director Helena Grubesic says “was more typical a little later, when he was spending so much time in the Far East. The fact that an early work has it makes it special.” The gallery will also have The Twist, a 1964 Thomas Hart Benton painting of young people dancing in a Kansas City, Mo., living room, for $1.8 million.