Published: December 9, 2015
Review and Photos By Carol Sims
NEW YORK CITY — Courting collectors of American art with specially curated displays, mimosas and coffee, several private art dealers located near Madison Avenue between 67th Street and 79th Street welcomed walk-ins for three hours on Wednesday morning, November 18. Just off Madison used to be held in the evening, but with Sotheby’s American art sales starting at 6:30 pm, the 13 participants opted for 9 am to noon, which still left time for people to get over to Bonhams’ American art sale at 2 pm, about ten blocks down at 580 Madison Avenue. Wednesday marked the close of The American Art Fair, making for a very full day for seven fair participants who were also doing JoM.
Two Seattle-based collectors told Antiques and The Arts Weekly they were delighted with the new daylight hours. Laura Vookles, chief curator of collections at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y., also liked the shift; she had come in for the morning to research possible acquisitions.
Debra Force was delighted with the results of JoM. She sold an Edward Potthast and had two paintings going out on approval, a J. Alden Weir and Luigi Lucioni. The Lucioni had just arrived days before on Friday.
Collectors should know that with the JoM plan in hand, it is not likely that one would be able to visit all 13 dealers during the allotted time. A four-hour open house would be a good improvement. Nonetheless, popping in on several private galleries during open house hours is very convenient. Collectors have the rare opportunity of low-key browsing without an appointment. This year, the cool but sunny weather made for a very pleasant morning to seek out the private gallery suites and penthouses tucked away between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue — Just off Madison. For information, www.justoffmadison.com.
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