The Voice of Design
The Winter Show returns to New York for its 70th edition
JANUARY 8, 2024
5 MIN READ
Showcasing everything from rare manuscripts to contemporary furnishings, the longest-running art, antiques and design fair in the United States returns to the Park Avenue Armory with a collection that bridges past and present
New York is awash with art and design happenings throughout the year. Heading up this jam-packed schedule with its particular brand of expertise and tempered eclecticism is the annual The Winter Show. Held every January with a robust roster of international galleries purveying in everything from enlightenment-era realist painting to organic wood furniture sculpted in the present day, this event is an essential resource for well-informed collectors, advisors, interior designers, and discerning enthusiasts alike.
Celebrating its platinum jubilee edition this year—19 to 28 January—the stalwart fair is, aptly, playing host to a weighty 70 exhibitors. Hailing from across the globe, these industry leaders will take over the Upper East Side’s beloved Park Avenue Armory with a diverse yet carefully curated selection of antiques, artworks, design objects, jewelry, and other ephemera—an offering perfectly tailored to an especially shrewd New York clientele....
In recent years, the fair has welcomed an increasing amount of contemporary works, especially those that reference back to historical movements. “We want to establish connections between our past and the present moment through a diverse offering,” [The Winter Show executive director Helen] Allen adds. “Rather than sequester objects to respective areas of interest, we want our exhibitors to promote new experiences with unexpected pairings. Not only does this promote inventive curation and design, but it also conjures the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations about our cultural legacies and how both contemporary and antique objects respond to current issues.” The Joan B Mirviss gallery’s survey of Japanese women clay artists, displaying the ingenuity of talents from post-war through the present, is a great example of this thinking. Fujino Sachiko’s Imagery ‘23-1 matte glazed stoneware vessel is a strong example of the country’s long tradition of experimentation in this medium.