On January 26th, my husband and I attended the Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night at the Park Avenue Armory.
The Winter Antiques Show marks its 63rd year as the most prestigious art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring the “best of the best” from Antiquity through the present. The show provides new and established collectors, curators, dealers, and design professionals with opportunities to view and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 70 exhibitors.
The Young Collectors Night is tailored around a younger audience and the antiques that are displayed are a reflection of that. I have been fortunate enough to attend most antique shows in the Park Armory the past few years, as well as the Opening Night Party, and the two collections are vastly different. The Young Collectors Night is tailored to people that are about to start their own new home or are still trying to find their style. Mind you, the prices are for new collectors and emerging philanthropists.
The evening was packed. People were enjoying themselves around the food tables and the bar they had conveniently placed in the middle. Compared to the Opening Night Party, this was very different. People attending the Opening Night usually knows the exhibitors and are looking to see if there is something that catches their eye and to mingle amongst friends. I noticed there were less engagement with the exhibitors for the Young Collectors Night – I hope that next year there would be incentives to have a look around more and to ask questions.
My husband and I did walk around to every stall in there. Although most are out of our price range it is still like looking at art you would never get to see elsewhere. It is not often you will have that many galleries and antiques in one place.
One of my favorite pieces was the Harry Bertoia melted brass-coated steel screen. It is a beautiful piece of art yet still useful, and can be found at Jonathan Boos in New York.
Another favorite piece of mine was a photograph by Melvin Sokolsky. Sokolsky was born and raised in New York City and at age 21 he began photographing for Harper’s Bazaar. His images are so haunting that you can’t take your eyes off of them. Works by Melvin Sokolsky can be found at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California.
The event itself was beautiful as always, well organized and people were having a great time. It was definitely a place to be seen. Can’t wait to be back.
Photos by BFA/Angela Pham and Rommel Demano and by Socially Superlative