A big anniversary warrants a big party, and last night the 70th edition of The Winter Show kicked off in style with its annual Opening Night benefit. Guests got a first look at art and antiques on display from over 70 dealers from around the world, while enjoying drinks and nibbles.
Highlights from this year’s show include Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Diana of the Tower (1899), originally designed as a weathervane for the tower of Madison Square Garden in 1891, shown by Lillian Nassau LLC; and a copy of Herman Melville’s The Whale (later known as Moby Dick), which precedes the first American printing, presented by Peter Harrington Rare Books.
As always, the Opening Night party—and upcoming Young Collectors party on January 25—benefit East Side House Settlement, which provides services and resources to residents of the Bronx and northern Manhattan. To further celebrate 70 years, The Winter Show is presenting a series of installations that speak to both East Side House’s home in the South Bronx, to the Show’s home on Park Avenue. “We have commissioned photographer Simon Cherry to shoot a photo essay entitled Urban Life in the South Bronx, which will be presented in the entrance of the Show,” explains Helen Allen, the Show’s executive director. “[Meanwhile] architectural preservationist and artist Jorge Otero Pailos will unveil a preview of his sculpture exhibition ‘Analogue Sites’ which will open on Park Avenue in the spring.”
The Winter Show runs January 19 to 28 at the Park Avenue Armory. A Young Collectors Night party, benefiting East Side House, will be held on January 25. Click here for tickets.