The Spring Masters New York Fair that took place at New York’s Park Avenue Armory at the beginning of May, hosted 51 artists. While most of these hail from America, some come from Europe and others, such as Phoenix AncientArt, which have galleries in both US and European blood running through them. Many of these are first time exhibitors.
The particular attraction with this fair is that it is located in the hub of Manhattan. According to manager of C Grimaldis Gallery, Jennifer Tam, “New York provides access to important local and international collectors.” Thus as well as European and American artists, Hidenori Ishii (Japanese), Chul Hyun Ahn (Busan-born) and others are exhibiting their works. New York is home to international art and the fair reflects that.
In addition to its global attraction, the fair is bringing more affordable artworks as well. As one gallery spokesmen pointed out, some of the paintings that were brought to the fair were from new artists including Linda Saccoccio and Eva Malhotra. Exhibit attendees can purchase their works for as little as $3,000.
One dealer exhibiting, Armand Bartos, explained why he appreciates this fair so much. “The art market has become increasingly event driven, and collectors seem to like the social interaction provided by fairs and auctions ... As a dealer, I want to be at the fairs, which is where the collectors are! They come to the fairs to buy. Also the fair offers me, as a private art dealer, a good venue where my clients and I can sell fine works of art. The transactions are discreet. The works of art don’t get ‘burned’ as they are when they go unsold at auction.”