Tenth Anniversary Edition of MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK

. December 31, 2015

Visitors to the Tenth Anniversary edition of MASTER DRAWINGS IN NEW YORK January 23 – 30 will enjoy 29 separate world class exhibitions of drawings, pastel and oil sketches, and pen and ink artworks by masters of the 16th to 20th centuries – many newly discovered or on view for the first time. Prices range from a thousand dollars to a million and there are valuable artworks for both seasoned collectors as well as those seeking to start a drawings portfolio.

Noteworthy examples:

-“Drawings by the Muralists” at Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art highlights José Orozco’s 1940 “Five Heads (Beggars)” a 1940 gouache that came from the Estate of the American playwright Elmer Rice and has been in a private collection for almost 50 years.

-An eccentric 1573 drawing of Hercules playing a water-powered hydraulis, the earliest known keyboard instrument. credited to Ctesibius of Alexandria in the 3rd century BC. According to dealer Monroe Warshaw it is a preparatory drawing for a stucco relief in the Palazzo Te in Mantua by the papal architect and engineer, Pirro Ligorio.

-A meter-high sheet by Domenico Gnoli from 1956 of a mesmerizing Tower of Babel-like city that was acquired by London dealer Stephen Ongpin in a small estate sale of the Hollywood actress Luise Rainer. Ongpin also is featuring an important late 1890s work by Odile Redon, a striking pastel Crucifixion, that has been in a Japanese collection for many years.

-“The Trans-Atlantic Modernist: Joaquin Torres Garcia and His Contemporaries 1897-1949” is the subject of Marianne Elrick-Manley Fine Art exhibition which includes works by Picasso, Duchamp and Calder. Garcia is currently being honored with a retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

-Several untitled gouache and graphite Early Color Abstractions from the 1950s by the acclaimed artist Richard Diebenkorn, at Van Doren Waxter’s exhibition.

-Drawings and watercolours by British artists from two distinguished English private collections that have not been on the market in over 30 years take center stage at Martyn Gregory’s exhibition. Among highlights is a rare and beautiful watercolour by Luke Clennell, an artist whose career was curtailed at a young age, as well as works by some of the best exponents of early English watercolour and newly available works by Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Rowlandson, David Cox, James Ward, Sir Richard Wilkie and modern British watercolours by Edward Bawden, whose diverse output embraced paintings, design, illustration and printmaking.

-An outstanding 1916 Sonia Delaunay gouache featured in an artist retrospective at the Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Tate Modern, London, being offered by Leonard Hutton galleries.

-New York dealer David Tunick is thrilled to offer a very important pencil drawing by Giacomo Balla, the founder of the Futurist movement, titled Celestial Orbit – Study. Tunick says “Between 1913-14 Balla formulated the idea of representing speed by using essential lines, unstable and increasingly abstract rhythms. Balla visualized the effects of whirling or centrifugal movement, sometimes seen in expansion, sometimes in ascension. We cannot be sure if Balla named the drawing or whether the additional word in the title, “Study” meant it was preparatory for or was surmised to be related to the only panting of the same time in Balla’s oeuvre, or possibly to another painting that shares closer similarities with the drawing, ‘Tutto si muove.’”

-Newcomers to MASTER DRAWINGS WEEK may be surprised to see the range of modern and contemporary works on view. First time exhibitor Allan Stone Projects will feature works by Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Wayne Thiebaud, Franz Kline and Gaston Lachaise in an exhibition titled “Process and Presence: Mastery in Drawing.”

-The 130-year old Kraushaar Galleries is joining MASTER DRAWINGS WEEK and will showcase works by several American artists including Marsden Hartley and the rarely seen Dorothy Dehner. Her works are said to fuse aspects of cubism, surrealist abstraction and gestural elements growing out of her years as a serious dancer, among several influences.

-A third new exhibitor, Decoúvert Fine Art of Rockport, MA chose “The Feminine Observed, 16th to 20th Century” as a theme of its exhibition with examples ranging from a 1620 study Coronation of the Virgin, to a Biblical narrative after a print from the 1600s artist Laurent de La Hyre, to a 17th century Genovese rendering of The Meeting of David and Abigail and a late 1800s study of the feminine in mythology after the architect Charles Normand attributed to Theodore Gericault.

-George Stubbs, the renowned equestrian painter, has few of his drawings come to market. London dealer Lowell Libson snagged a prized rarity, the first animal study to come on the market since 1947, of Stubbs’ “The Legs of a Draught-Horse.” The intricate pencil drawing of legs with white fetlocks precisely relates to a canvas of 1786.

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