exhibition review: From Digital to Deco, Debuts to Classics, All in a Fair’s Embrace

The Salon Art + Design, opening on Friday, is arguably more inclusive than other fairs at the Park Avenue Armory. Art, design and decorative arts can be found here, and the fair organizers stress that everything from high-ticket items to affordable objects for new collectors are on view, with galleries trying to read the taste of millennials with money to spend.

This year something new has been added: Digital art is a featured player. And window shopping is definitely encouraged. Some of the booths are set up like art galleries; others, like living rooms. And while the east end of the old Park Avenue Armory twinkles with the interactive digital works, the booths near the entrance are showcasing modern masters like Warren McArthur and Josef Hoffmann. Some of the works here have appeared in museums; others are making their debuts. Here are some highlights from the fair’s 56 galleries.

Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts Just inside the entrance, Mr. Goldberg, a New York gallerist, is showing the paintings of Winold Reiss, a German-born American artist who took a holistic approach to art and design. Reiss created paintings, menus and even matchbooks for restaurants like Longchamps, a storied chain in New York. Alongside Reiss’s paintings of the 1930s, the booth has furniture designed during the same period by McArthur, whose wealthy family commissioned a Frank Lloyd Wright house that may have served as an inspiration for it. McArthur embraced the same machinist aesthetic as Reiss and was an Art Deco innovator who was among the first to use aluminum in furniture design.


“City” (1921), by Winold Reiss, at the Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts booth at the Salon Art + Design, at the Park Avenue Armory. Credit The estate of the artist, 1953 until the present

Yves Macaux and Richard Nagy These two dealers have teamed up to create a stellar presentation of Expressionist art and design. Mr. Nagy, a London dealer, has brought drawings by Egon Schiele, featuring nudes in curious positions, as well as a luridly colored portrait of a woman in a green blouse from around 1906, by Kees van Dongen, a Dutch-French painter. A canvas by Ludwig Meidner shows two men scuffling and is graced with the wonderful title “The Incident in the Suburbs” (1915). Mr. Macaux, a Brussels dealer, adds chairs, clocks and other decorative arts to the booth, made by designers like Hoffmann. Several of the objects Mr. Macaux is showing have appeared in New York’s home for Expressionism, the Neue Galerie.


This games table by Josef Hoffmann is from the Brussels dealer Yves Macaux. Credit Galerie Yves Macaux

Galerie Maria Wettergren A striking example of contemporary design installed at Maria Wettergren is a sculpture by Mathias Bengtsson, an artist whose work is in the collections of MoMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. To make his “Growth Chaise Longue” (2017), Mr. Bengtsson used software to “plant” a digital seed in his design program that simulated organic growth. He then created a three-dimensional print of the vinelike results and had it cast in bronze, joining ancient techniques with new ones in a curious and captivating object.


“Growth Chaise Longue,” by Mathias Bengtsson, from Galerie Maria Wettergren. Credit Galerie Maria Wettergren

Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design Another high-tech presentation is at the Dutch dealer Priveekollektie. Lining the walls of the dark booth are digital and interactive pieces by the British artist Dominic Harris, whose work is currently installed in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Using cameras and software, Mr. Harris captures pictures of animals and plants and then tweaks them, displaying the moving images on Ultra High Definition (UHD) screens to create what he calls “living paintings.” The trick is that you can alter the picture somewhat, changing the time of day or the arrangement of flowers in a vase, making still life into something personal and mutable.

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