On Monday April 19th, I was able to make some last minute adjustments to my schedule which enabled me to get into New York City. I met up with a friend, artist Nicole Moné, and we visited a few different galleries, had lunch, made some new friends, and had a wonderful time.
We began our visit at Sotheby's Auction House up at 1334 York Avenue, where we examined the lots in the upcoming 19th Century European Art Sale. It wasn't the largest grouping of works they've had up for offer, nor was it their most impressive collection of paintings, but it's still worth the trip to see what they currently have. I enjoyed looking at the Bouguereaus, the Vibert, and especially the Godward, which was amongst the best works I have ever seen by that artist.
After leaving Sotheby's, we travelled down to SoHo, and headed over to the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery to check out their Self-Portrait Show. There were many, great, little paintings in the exhibit from their gallery artists, and there was also a sneak preview of their upcoming solo show by Scottish painter Iain Faulkner. From Ettinger's, we walked to Mulberry Street where we had a nice lunch at an Grotta Azzurra.
After lunch, we made our final stop, which was at Arcadia Gallery at 51 Greene Street. The gallery is currently between exhibits, so they had a mixed hanging showing several pieces each from a group of their many talented artists, including Jeremy Lipking, Malcolm Liepke, Michael Klein, Joseph Todorovitch, Daniel Adel, Rob Liberace, and Daniel Sprick. While there, we were able to visit with owner Steve Diamant and Michael J. Ruple, who is also of the gallery: both were a riot, and extremely easy with whom to speak. As an additional treat, we were fortunate to meet with Brad Kunkle who was at the gallery making final arrangements for his solo show opening this Thursday, April 22nd. We talked shop with Brad, and got a sneak peek at the pieces in his exhibit. The whole experience at Arcadia really made our day!
Best of luck to Brad, Michael, and Steve on the opening! I wish I could be there.