Master Drawings New York January 2018


January 20, 2018

Press Contact:
Anne Edgar, [email protected], cell 646 567 3586
Press Preview: Friday, January 20, 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm


Spanning 39 City Blocks and 7 Centuries, The
Annual Week-Long Event Offers Works by Artists
from Parmigianino and Pontormo to Twombly and Marden

NEW YORK, NY -  Master Drawings New York (MDNY) returns to the Upper East Side for its twelfth year from Saturday, January 27, 2018 to Saturday, February 3, 2018, at a time when all eyes are on the Old Masters market.

Still the pre-eminent international showcase for fine drawings, even as its purview extends for the first time to paintings and sculpture, a reconfigured MDNY showcases art from the 15th to the 21th centuries. Twenty-one art dealers will participate, including ten new to the show, including Agnew's and Naumann Fine Art, Colnaghi, Anthony Grant and Tomasso Brothers Fine Art. As many exhibitions will extend from 54th to 93rd Street.

"MDNY is special. Because it coincides with the Old Master auctions, our dealers serve the returning collectors, curators, museum directors and market specialists who come to New York every January; and because admission is free, they also engage first-time show goers and those on the cusp of collecting," notes Crispian Riley-Smith, Chief Executive, Master Drawings New York Ltd.

The Academy Mansion at 2 East 63th Street is once again the centralized location for visitor orientation and public programs as well as a key exhibition.


A stroll uptown by way of Master Drawings New York's exhibitions begins at Anthony Grant Inc., a new exhibitor in the show. Here is Cy Twombly's "Some Flowers for Suzanne" (1982), a large lyrical scrumble of oil paint, wax crayon and pencil on paper that enters the market from a private collection, where it has resided since its creation. Also from a private collection is Brice Marden's "Souvenir de Grece 12," a large collage on paper created as part of a famous suite executed between 1974 and 1996.

Two blocks north, on Fifth Avenue, Findlay Galleries will offer a number of important drawings in its first year in the show, including Winslow Homer's "The Breakwater" (1883), which was once part of the collection of Thomas B. Clarke. Its evocation of sparkling sunshine, light blue foaming waves, and rosy-cheeked beauty pays homage to the rustic fishing village of Cullercoats, England, where the artist retreated for a few years in the late 1880s in escape from New York and London society.  Also on offer is Marc Chagall's "Le Cirque" (1941), a large and exceptionally well preserved gouache, one of only two works painted by the artist in his first year in the United States.

In its first presentation at Master Drawings New York, Davis & Langdale Company draws on its unrivalled expertise in the oeuvre of the Anglo-French artist Gwen John to feature a well-documented gouache, watercolor and pencil drawing last exhibited 30 years ago. The title says all: "Profile of a Bourgeois Couple" (c. 1910s). The gallery also brings a rare watercolor by the American artist Charles Prendergast, who painted much less prolifically than did his brother Maurice. Charles is best known, in fact, for his idiosyncratic painted and gilded wood panels and the picture frames he made for the elite art market. "Frieze of Figures" (1946) depicts four kerchiefed black women, seemingly locked together in the connecting rhythm of arms, legs and skirts and a garden rendered in bright yellow, orange and greens. Both of these drawings come to the market from private collections they entered by descent.

In the Academy Mansion on East 63rd Street, Christopher Bishop will present an exhibition focused on a single drawing - a doubled sided-preparatory drawing by Jacopo Pontormo for the lost fresco cycle at Villa Castello (c. 1537). This exhibition, entitled Jacopo Pontormo's Astrological Allegories for Villa Castello, explores the connections of this drawing to astrology and the struggle for political survival of the 19-year-old Cosimo I after the assassination of his cousin Alessandro and the ensuing Florentine civil war. Bishop's findings reveal for the first time the fruits of the artist's five-year seclusion in the loggia at Castello.

Trezza, the gallery founded by James Francis Trezza and located on East 78th Street, sets up at Trinity House on East 64th Street the special exhibition Impressionist and Modern European Works on Paper, featuring, among other works, Pierre Matisse's "Femme Assise" (ca. 1944).

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, London, sets up shop at Dickinson Roundell on East 66th Street to offer 70 drawings from the 16th to the 20th century. The presentation's tour-de-force is the product of three years of research and acquisitions, a mini-exhibition pairing six drawings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo with six by his son Giovanni Domenico. Also of special interest is one of Lucian Freud's largest known drawings and, as an example of an Old Master drawing meant to stand on its own, a pen and brown ink drawing signed and dated (1680) by the Flemish artist Godfried Maes. "The Head of Medusa" must have served as a rather extraordinary calling card for the artist, who created designs for tapestry workshops, publishers and house decorations: densely hatched lines conjure Medusa as a malevolent force whose snaking coils metamorphose into snarling, baying dog-like creatures.

This year, from its New York headquarters on East 67th Street, Didier Aaron features Francois Marius Granet's "Communion" (1836), a large pen and ink drawing notable for the mastery with which the artist evokes the luminance of light cast by torches within a spectral stone interior. For nearly a century, Didier Aaron has been selling major works of art to museums and collectors: here, it reintroduces a major French artist who sealed his reputation at the Salon of 1819 and went on to secure a number of royal commissions.

Two floors up, at Taylor | Graham, the works on view will include an impressionistic watercolor in which Jean Dufy envisions Paris in fresh, quick washes of orange and yellow, framed at the bottom by the upward tilt of a row of blue trees and a hard-charging black car. Down the block, Mireille Mosler, Ltd. presents Jacob Jordaens' "Three studies of a young woman," a marvelously intimate study from life created at a time when the market called for a natural, rather than mannered, style. Dendrochronological analysis indicates that the oil on panel was painted circa 1615.

Veteran drawings expert David Tunick assembles an array of drawings, including a double-sheet watercolor by the English artist John Robert Cozens inscribed, "Cypress in the Garden of the Franciscans near eight hundred years old" (1782). The sketch, documenting a marvel of the grand tour in Salerno, was made shortly after the departure of the artist's patron, William Beckford, for Marseilles. A member of the retinue noted that Cozens was now "a free Agent and loosed from the Shackles of fantastic folly and Caprice."

The venerable firm Colnaghi marks its first year at MDNY by unveiling a significant rediscovery-one of three known versions of "The Crowning by Thorns" painted by Orazio Gentileschi between 1610 and 1615. Because the painting has been in the same Italian family for, at the minimum, several generations, its display in New York allows a new generation to see how Gentileschi imagined the dramatic moment--with protagonists bathed in luminous reds, blues and yellow ochres, surrounded by deep shadow.

Découvert Fine Art of Rockport, Massachusetts, returns to MDNY with Masculine Observed, 16th to 20th Century, a consideration of the ways in which men have been portrayed in Western art. A highlight is Jean-Antoine Gros' "Combat de Nazareth" (1801), a virtuosic ink sketch seemingly executed in a feverish set of quick and emotive strokes, then submitted to a competition held at Napoleon Bonaparte's request. Praise by Eugéne Delacroix and Théodore Géricault likely helped Gros secure the commission--perhaps they saw the drawing as did another commentator of the day, who described it as the "origin of romantic painting."

Kraushaar Galleries presents an intensely personal drawing from the early days of Dorothy Dehner's career, a period that is still less understood than her later years. The surreal "Balloon Ascension #3" (1949) reflects a range of influences, from Dehner's past as a serious dancer to the emerging abstract movement in New York and the avant-garde scene in Paris. The dream-like drawing was made during the last years of Dehner's marriage to the sculptor David Smith.

From London, Guy Peppiatt Fine Art Ltd., a specialist in British drawings and watercolors, brings a selection of works that includes a pair of gambling scenes by Thomas Rowlandson. In one, dated 1818, two comely ladies appear to be cleaning the pockets of a gentleman in a game of cribbage; and, in the other, a pair of unsavory looking characters seem to be divesting an anxious young gentleman of his purse with the roll of the dice. Other drawings of exceptional interest in the exhibition are two watercolors: "Sunset on Boar's Hill, Oxford," by William Turner of Oxford (likely painted in the 1840s or 1850s), and "View on the Devon Coast," by Samuel Palmer (likely 1848 or 1849).

James Mackinnon, London, assembles a group of European drawings, watercolors, oil sketches and paintings from 1780 and 1880 for a special showing at Arader Galleries on Madison Avenue below 79th Street.  Up at East 79th Street, a glorious Egon Schiele pencil drawing can be seen, a view of a woman, likely the artist's wife, from over her shoulder as she adjusts garter belt and stockings.  "Seated Woman" (1916) is a highlight of Wienerroither & Kohlbacher's presentation at Shepherd W&K Galleries.

Three notable exhibitions are located on East 80th Street: Martyn Gregory, London, presents Hilda May Gordon: A Colourist Abroad, a gathering of approximately 50 watercolors and gouaches by a globetrotting Englishwoman whose six-year-long peregrinations around the globe in the 1920s are legendary. Hilda May Gordon's drawings were coveted by the likes of maharajahs, kings and queens in her heyday; today, collectors prize them as powerful evocations of a by-gone world, created with brio and detail. Cade Tompkins Projects of Providence, Rhode Island, exhibits in MDNY for the first time. The sole contemporary dealer on the show's roster brings works on paper by gallery artists, including "Montauk Cliffs, Rocks," a recently executed watercolor by Nancy Friese, an artist who teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. The London-based Agnew's and Naumann Fine Art jointly present a Parmigianino entitled "Three studies of a nude female figure" (1503-1540), as one highlight among other museum-quality works in an exhibition at the Otto Naumann Gallery.

One block up, Jill Newhouse Gallery presents Henri Fantin-Latour's masterful charcoal study for his 1885 lithographic illustration from Schumann's Manfred. By bringing to the fore one of the artist's imaginary compositions, a lesser known facet of his oeuvre, Newhouse's intimate showing of 19th-century French drawings illuminates the surprising affinities with Symbolism in Fantin's art.

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art of London and Leeds holds its first MDNY exhibition, Important European Terracottas, at Carlton Hobbs at 60 East 93rd Street.  Highlights include an early character head by Antonio Canova, which the artist created during a seminal period in his career before he moved from Venice to Rome, and a recently rediscovered terracotta model for an allegorical representation of Winter by the Venetian Baroque master Giovanni Bonazza.

Public Programs

Friday, January 26 | 9 am

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A private, early hours viewing of Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a conversation with Carmen C. Bambach, Curator of Italian and Spanish Drawings, and Ashley Dunn, Assistant Curator of French 19th-century Drawings and Prints, about the drawings of Michelangelo and Rodin.

Monday, January 29 | 11 am

New-York Historical Society

Behind-the-Scenes: Exclusive viewing of the dedicated Audubon Gallery with Roberta J.M. Olson, Curator of Drawings. Followed by a discussion of the innovative techniques pioneered by Audubon. Attendees will be able to examine a separate selection of these national treasures without glass in a study room. Alan Balicki, Chief Conservator, Library, will explain the complex conservation treatment of one watercolor and also demonstrate the cutting-edge display case for the double-elephant-folio edition of The Birds of America.

Tuesday, January 30, 4:30 pm

Academy Mansion, 2 East 63rd Street

In "2017 in Review: Editors' Choice," members of the editorial board of the scholarly quarterly journal, Master Drawings, will reflect on the notable exhibitions, articles, and discoveries of the previous year.

Program are limited capacity.  Tickets will be available on Eventbrite.


Exhibitors in 2018 (21) | New this year (10) *

Agnew's* and Otto Naumann Ltd *, Cade Tompkins Projects*, Christopher Bishop Fine Art, Colnaghi*, David Tunick, Inc., Davis & Langdale Company*, Découvert Fine Art, Didier Aaron Inc, Findlay Galleries*, Anthony Grant  Inc.* Guy Peppiatt Fine Art Ltd, James Mackinnon, Jill Newhouse Gallery, Kraushaar Galleries, Martyn Gregory, Mireille Mosler, Ltd, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, Taylor and Graham Gallery*, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art*, Trezza*, W & K, Wienerroither & Kohlbacher


Masters Drawings New York, the pre-eminent event for drawings on the calendar of art lovers, began as a casual gallery crawl during the Old Masters auctions and The Winter Antiques Show in New York. Since its founding in 2005 by Margot Gordon, an Old Masters specialist based in the city, and Crispian Riley-Smith of London, the week has grown into a highly anticipated occasion.


Date:                            Saturday, January 27, to February 3, 2018

Hours:                          10 am to 6 pm daily, except Sunday, 2 pm to 6 pm

Admission:                    Free

Opening Preview:           4 pm to 8 pm, Friday, January 26, 2018

Master Drawings New York may be visited online at


Agnew's & Otto Naumann Ltd. | 22 East 80th Street

Anthony Grant Inc. | 17 West 54th Street

Cade Tompkins Projects | at Victoria Munroe Fine Art, 67 East 80th Street

Christopher Bishop | at the Academy Mansion, 2 East 63rd Street

Colnaghi | 38 East 70th Street

David Tunick | 13 East 69th Street

Davis & Langdale Company | 231 East 60th Street

Découvert Fine Art | at Lois Wagner Fine Arts, Inc., 15 East 71st Street

Didier Aaron | 32 East 76th Street

Findlay Galleries | 724 5th Avenue, 7th Floor

Guy Peppiatt Fine Art | at Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue

James Mackinnon | at Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue

Jill Newhouse Gallery | 4 East 81st Street

Kraushaar Galleries | 15 East 71st Street

Martyn Gregory | at Leigh Morse Fine Arts, 22 East 80th Street

Mireille Mosler, Ltd. | 35 East 67th Street

Stephen Ongpin Fine Art | at Dickinson Roundell, 19 East 66th Street

Taylor | Graham | 32 East 67th Street

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art | at Carlton Hobbs, 60 E 93rd Street

Trezza | at Trinity House, 24 East 64th Street

W&K, Wienerroither & Kohlbacher | at Shepherd, 58 East 79th Street


Press: Anne Edgar, Anne Edgar Associates

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Other: Allison Wucher

Director, Master Drawings New York650 743 2334 and [email protected]