MDNY 2022 - Wrap Up Press Release


February 7, 2022

Noteworthy Sales and Attendance at Master Drawings New York 2022
Presented by 21 of the World's Leading Fine Art Dealers

(New York, NY) February 7, 2022-A very successful edition of Master Drawings New York concluded on Saturday, January 29, with robust sales and excellent attendance across eight days of virtual and in-person programming. Continuing the tradition of presenting works of top quality, Master Drawings New York has maintained its position as the premier showcase for intimate gallery exhibitions displaying artwork from the 14th to the 21st centuries.

This year's roster included four new galleries, Gray M.C.A, Agnews, Sam Fogg, and Nicholas Hall, and the 21 participating exhibitors unveiled new surprises to a broad assortment of collectors and institutions.

"We had an outstanding array of drawings, paintings, watercolors, and sculptures on view this season. Master Drawings New York has continuously grown and evolved in the past 16 years, and our digital programming has seamlessly become part of the fair as well as allowed us to connect to our community and bring together scholarship in new ways. It's a privilege to work with these incredible galleries, and I look forward to what next year may bring," said Crispian Riley-Smith, co-founding director of Master Drawings New York.

Master Drawings New York presented an extraordinary line-up of partner events in-person and online. All zoom events and recordings were hosted in partnership with Drawing America-a NY-based group of drawing enthusiasts and practitioners. Highlights from this year's events included a panel discussion and Q&A on Mexican muralism organized with the West Harlem Art Fund at The American Academy of Arts and Letters, a curatorial conversation online with The Metropolitan Museum of Art sponsored by Christie's and titled Drawing in Radical Times: Artists in the Orbit of Jacques Louis David, and a talk with Assistant Curator of European and American Art Alexandra Letvin at the Allen Memorial Art Museum coinciding with an online special loan exhibition, among others. Master Drawings New York has continued to host loan exhibitions from university museums even with the limitations of the past two years, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum is the 5th institution to collaborate with the fair. To view video recordings of online talks and panels, please follow the link here.

Notable sales at Master Drawings New York included:

Jill Newhouse Gallery had a wonderful turnout for their exhibition, The Drawings of Jean-François Millet, with strong attendance by American museum curators. Along with selling works by Millet, they also sold works by Pierre Bonnard, Louis-Léopold Boilly, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Henri-Joseph Harpignies.


Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875)
Woman Drawing Water from a Well
c. 1848-49
Black chalk on paper
11 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. • 286 x 216 mm


Pierre Bonnard, 1867-1947
Marthe at the Bath
c. 1924
Pen and ink; pencil and traces of charcoal on paper
11 1/8 x 8 5/8 inches



Guy Peppiatt Fine Art Ltd had a very successful week selling ten works including William Turner of Oxford's Donati's Comet, 5th October 1858.

William Turner of Oxford (1789-1862)
Donati's Comet, 5th October 1858
Watercolour over traces of pencil
heightened with touches of bodycolour and
gum arabic
9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. • 245 x 355 mm


Robert Simon Fine Art was pleased to sell Jozef Isra ls' Nothing Left, 1882. Gallery Director Dominic Ferrante Jr. noted, "Isra ls was an early influence on Van Gogh, and you can really see the connection in the choice of subject matter in relation to Van Gogh's early work."

Jozef Israëls (1824-1911)
Nothing Left
Pen and ink with charcoal on paper
7 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. • 197 x 171 mm
Signed and dated, lower left: Jozef Israels/1882
13 3/8 x 12 1/8 in. • 34 x 30.8 cm

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About Master Drawings New York: Master Drawings New York, the preeminent event for drawings on the calendar of art lovers, began as a casual gallery walk during the Old Masters auctions and The Winter Show in New York. Since its co-founding in 2006 by Margot Gordon, an Old Masters specialist in New York City, and Crispian Riley-Smith of UK, the week has grown into a highly anticipated occasion.



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