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ART 20 and Modernism Art Fairs Become One and Open at Park Avenue Armory

November 13, 2009

Wifredo Lam, “Personaje”, 1970. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Cernuda Arte.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sanford L. Smith & Associates’ two fall fairs become one superlative art and design event this year. In the past, ART20 occupied the historic Park Avenue Armory in early November, with Modernism directly following. From November 13 – 16, 2009, the fairs will combine, creating a singular opportunity to explore the very best of an era. In 1986, Modernism: Centuries of Style and Design was the first fair devoted to the major European and American design movements of the 20th-century. Modernism is still the setting where this market is defined and redefined every year. A selection of the finest international dealers will exhibit and sell museum quality prototypes and rare pieces of furniture, glass, lighting, silver and other decorative objects in the traditions of Art Deco, Scandinavian, Arts and Crafts, Wiener Werkstätte, Postmodern, the 50’s 60’s and 70’s. In recent years, examples of rare contemporary design that advance the spirit of Modernism have also made their way to the show floor.

Eight years ago, ART20 opened to provide blue‐chip dealers an international art fair venue in the fall. ART20 offers visitors a choice survey of the 20th and 21st-centuries through paintings, sculpture, prints and photography from movements including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Hard Edge and Social Realism. Despite its wide scope and sophisticated quality, the young fair has also been praised for its intimate feel and accessibility… More

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