by Nicole Anderson
Every January, the venerable Winter Show takes up residence inside the Park Avenue Armory, filling its expansive Drill Hall with a treasure trove of objects, jewelry, fine art, and antiquities. This year, the fair—a benefit for the East Side House Settlement—is back for its 66th edition, and has invited 72 leading exhibitors from around the world to display a selection of superlative works for collectors and antiques enthusiasts. As Wendy Goodman, New York’s design editor and the show’s design chair, tells AD PRO: “It is one of the great annual joys of New York City.”
From ancient Egyptian artifacts to Warhol drawings, The Winter Show’s exceptional breadth of works is certainly its trademark. With this in mind, AD PRO asked four design-world insiders who have been intimately involved in this year’s edition—including AD100 designers Peter Marino and Brian J. McCarthy—to share what they are most looking forward to seeing.
Peter Marino, architect
The Winter Show’s pièce de résistance is always its much anticipated loan exhibition, featuring select pieces from an institution’s collection. This year, architect Peter Marino co-curated the presentation “Unrivaled,” which showcases art and objects from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library‘s vast collection. Topping his list of personal highlights from the fair’s exhibitors is Harry Bertoia‘s iconic dandelion sculpture, from the New York City–based gallery Lost City Arts, which is known for its noteworthy midcentury art and design.
Marino’s other favorites—including a Fang Ancestral Reliquary from Tambaran gallery and Sam Gilliam’s abstract painting, Ray, from Gerald Peters Gallery—reflect the fair’s diverse offerings and his own sophisticated design sensibility.
Philippe de Montebello, curator, historian, and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Philippe de Montebello, historic chairman of the board of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, co-curated “Unrivaled.” He notes that the exhibition was an opportunity to throw a spotlight on the collection’s impressive range, and, as he tells AD PRO, “show works literally from the Bronze Age to the 20th century, and from every corner of the world.”
Wendy Goodman, New York’s design editor
For Wendy Goodman, the Winter Show is the perfect place for discovery, offering moments that are at once edifying and visually arresting. Case in point: Dalí’s Telephone Earrings presented by London gallery Didier Ltd, which specializes in 19th- and 20th-century artists’ jewelry. “They are beautifully made—and they are eccentric once you really study them. They appear to be just exquisite pieces of jewelry, but all the better once you discover that they are telephones and conceived by none other than the supreme surrealist himself!”
When it comes to Donzella‘s offering, Goodman is drawn to the Studio-Built Wall Mirror by Ghiró Studio for its ethereal and sculptural qualities. “It looks sort of like an Anish Kapoor,” she says. “And it is very seductive and makes me dream of living another way.” Moving from the decorative to fine arts, Goodman adds that she is a fan of artist Andrew LaMar Hopkin’s Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau at Elle Shushan’s booth. “It is primitive in style, mysterious, and powerful,” she explains.
Brian J. McCarthy, designer
McCarthy, who served as the fair’s design co-chair, sees the 10-day event as a unique opportunity for collectors and designers to expand their horizons, and think outside the midcentury design box. “I love that The Winter Show is an opportunity for people to really open their eyes and mix things up a bit. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century antiques and traditions have been overlooked, but a successful interior is one that looks to the past and into the future.”
At the fair, McCarthy never misses Cove Landing, whose booth he likens to “a veritable cabinet of curiosities.” He adds, “Oftentimes, it is the little things that make a space distinctive, and their objects fit the bill perfectly.” Elsewhere, he’s looking forward to taking a closer look at the Villa am Meer Collection at Barbara Israel Garden Antiques. “This collection of stone bowls and vessels is particularly extraordinary because their condition and the patina of their natural state will make them equal whatever is being planted in them,” he says. “They will bring architectural depth to a new landscape.”