Established in 2006, Master Drawings New York (MDNY) is the pre-eminent event for exhibiting and celebrating old masters through contemporary drawings in the United States. A select number of exhibitions also feature master paintings, sculpture, and photography. Dealers from the United States and Europe showcase their highest quality artwork in galleries along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan from January 20-28.
The event coincides with the major Old Master auctions and scholarly events focused on drawings. It is a week dedicated to historic art, where collectors, scholars, museum curators and dealers travel to New York from around the world to view artwork and participate in the events around the city.
One of the highlights of Master Drawings New York 2023 will be a rediscovered Dutch Golden Age masterpiece on view at Christopher Bishop Fine Art. Jan Lievens’s 1653 portrait of Dutch war hero Admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp is on view in New York for the first time, after making headlines at TEFAF Maastricht in June 2022. The drawn portrait had not been seen since 1888 and was only known from later prints and painted versions. A contemporary and rival of Rembrandt, Lievens (1607-1674) is one of the great Dutch artists of the 17th century.
Another rediscovery by Bishop will also be on view at Master Drawings. A dramatic work by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino) (Italian 1591-1666) depicts the discovery of the cross in a boldly composed pen and ink drawing. The Finding of the True Cross, 1644, is a preparatory drawing for an altarpiece Guercino executed for San Lazzaro dei Mendicanti in Venice.
A Picasso drawing that has not been on the market for more than 40 years will also be on view. The 1920 drawing, titled Homme Lançant Une Pierre, is a charcoal and pencil work on paper from a Spanish collection. Created while the artist was in Juan-les-Pins, the deceptively simple drawing is a masterwork of economy, movement, and style.
Participating exhibitors for MDNY 2023 include:
Didier Aaron, 32 East 67th Street, NYC
Agnews, exhibiting at Sebastian Izzard, 17 East 76th Street, NYC
Jean-Luc Baroni & Marty De Cambiaire, exhibiting at Didier Aaron, 32 East 67th Street, NYC
Christopher Bishop Fine Art, 1046 Madison Avenue, NYC
Patrick Bourne & Co, exhibiting at Sebastian Izzard, 17 East 76th Street, NYC
Colnaghi, 23 East 67th Street, NYC
Découvert Fine Art, LLC, exhibiting at Kraushaar Gallery, 15 East 71st Street, NYC
Sam Fogg, Ltd, exhibiting at Les Enluminures, 23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor, Penthouse, NYC
Graham Shay 1857, 17 East 67th Street, 1A, NYC
Nicholas Hall in Association with W.M. Brady & Co, 17 East 76th Street, 4th Floor, NYC
Hazlitt, Ltd. 17 East 76th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
Hans P. Kraus Jr., 962 Park Avenue at 82nd Street, NYC
Stuart Lockhead Sculpture, exhibiting at Hazlitt, 17 East 76th Street, #2, NYC
James Mackinnon, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, NYC
Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art, 23 East 73rd Street, NYC
Mireille Mosler Ltd, exhibiting at Jill Newhouse Gallery, 4 East 81st Street, 1st Floor, NYC
Victoria Munroe Fine Art, 67 East 80th Street, #2, NYC
Jill Newhouse Gallery, 4 East 81st Street, NYC
David Nolan Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, NYC
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art, exhibiting at Adam Williams Fine Art Ltd., 24 East 80th Street, NYC
Guy Peppiatt Fine Art Ltd, exhibiting at Arader Galleries, 1016 Madison Avenue, 1st Floor, NYC
Shepherd W&K Galleries, 58 East 79th Street, NYC
Sprüth Magers, 22 East 80th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
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While you’re on the Upper East Side, don’t miss The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory on view from January 20-29.