september 29 - OCTOBER 27, 2017
The Salmagundi Club proudly presents the ninth annual American Masters Exhibition and Sale, on view in the club’s recently renovated Main Gallery from September 29 through October 27. Founded in 2008 by club member and art collector Tim Newton, this exhibition and sale was designed as a fundraiser to support the historic club’s continued presence in the future of American representational art, and has since become one of the most anticipated and highly attended realist-art events in New York City.
American Masters 2017 features 48 internationally recognized professional painters, both established and emerging talents from across the country, and 116 finished works, including oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings. The curatorial direction of the show continues to be led by Newton (now Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Salmagundi Club), whose experience in the art-collecting communities of major blue-chip art shows in the West inspired him to start American Masters on the East Coast. This year, Newton invited American Masters exhibiting artist Quang Ho to offer curatorial input on the list of exhibiting artists. As a result, American Masters 2017 maintains its founding foundation with landscape, maritime, and still life subject matter created in classical realist or impressionistic styles, while incorporating the fresh flair and vision of figurative, interior, and urban street scenes painted in more expressionistic styles.
“We are showcasing some of America's premier painters, and we are certain that New York audiences will enjoy the artistic excellence and diversity of these exceptionally skilled artists. American Masters 2017 provides us with a singular opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind masterpieces, and I look forward to welcoming local and national collectors alike to the Collectors Preview and Gala & Sale in October.”
In addition to the American Masters main event, the Gala & Sale -- which will be attended by many of the exhibiting artists -- this year’s show features several special events and first-time features. They include a private collectors’ preview reception, live demonstrations and presentations, discussions, a partnership with Collectors for Connoisseurship, and a 65-page, full-color commemorative catalogue, featuring each of the 48 exhibiting artists.