Mark Borghi will be the only art dealer at the 2010 Armory Show in March with galleries both on Long Island and in Manhattan. His long established galleries, respectively seven and ten years old, focus on early to mid-twentieth century American art, and he plans to bring to the show a focus on women. “A special small exhibition of drawings of Bill de Kooning by Elaine will be a keystone part of our booth at the show. Done in 1950, they represent the relationship between two artists, and husband and wife. We will mainly feature works by Women artists including Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Yayoi Kusama and Marjorie Strider.”
As a part of Art Week in New York, including “Armory Arts Week,” MoMA, VOLTA, and ADAA Art Show, which will be held at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street, the show at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan should be a treat. According to Mr. Borghi, “I consider the Armory Show to be the New York equivalent of Art Basel; it has the highest quality dealers and art. We are showing work that has not been seen in the last 40 years or never.” The Armory Show has also begun its first series of public programming in celebration of the City’s artistic communities in a different neighborhood each night. Events include special receptions, open studios, art tours, museum discounts, performances, panels, artist discussions and parties.
The role of art dealer at the level of someone who specializes in the works of such artists as Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock and Milton Resnik demands a significant depth of knowledge in multiple areas. Knowledge of art history, of course, and the business of the art market are required, but also required is the social and intellectual capital to make a contribution to knowledge and convey it to others. Mr. Borghi has done so through the organization of exhibitions such as, “Giorgio de Chirico: Paintings, 1920-1970,” “Marsden Hartley: An American Discovering America” and “Willem de Kooning: Drawings, 1938-1970.” The educational value of such curatorial acts is significant, as well as good business. The audience for such works is knowledgeable and can count on someone with that level of expertise to consult them wisely.
Long Island and New York share a sophisticated clientele. “Both New York and Bridgehampton serve the same type of client and we do not ‘change’ the work for either location,” although with the affection of a true Long Islander, Mr. Borghi remarks “What is special about Long Island besides it’s history to the New York art scene from the 19th century to the present is that when our clients visit us they are relaxed from the hectic lifestyle they maintain in New York. It is also a destination for many people from different parts of the US and the World for that matter.”
The current economic downturn has not left art sales unaffected, “. . . but that said, works of quality are selling and it might be a good thing for the art market to take some air out of the balloon. But based on the recent auctions in London there is no lack of interest in good works of art. In fact our biggest problem still is locating inventory. We just did Art Miami in December and it was a major success.”
Whether or not you are among those planning to purchase art right now, the New York Art Fair including the Armory Show, and Mark Borghi Fine Art, whether in Bridgehampton, in New York or at the Fair, are worthwhile destinations for anyone with a love of art.
The Armory Show, March 4-7, 2010
Park Avenue Armory
Mark Borghi Fine Art Inc – New York
52 East 76th Street, New York, New York 10021
Tel 212.439.6425, Fax 212.396.1824
2462 Main Street, Bridgehampton, New York 11932
Tel 631.537.7245, Fax 631.537.4400