10 Popular Artists and Designers at The Salon: Art + Design

Alex Gilbert
Nov 10, 2014 10:03PM

As someone who eats sleeps and breathes design, The Salon: Art + Design is one of the events I look forward to the most. It’s often called the Paris Biennale’s sister fair—and this year the fair continues to raise the bar very high. On Thursday night, New York’s collectors and enthusiasts will clink glasses with exhibitors from nine countries who’ve brought works from 1890 to the present under one roof at the Park Avenue Armory. As the fair’s title suggests, it is known for bringing together the best of 20th-century and contemporary material, and this list, a mix of trending artists and designers based on pageviews—from mainstay designers like Alvar Aalto to emerging artists like David Benjamin Sherry—speaks to that.

10. Ingrid Donat

Paris-based sculptural furniture designer Ingrid Donat was influenced by the work of her mentor Diego Giacometti. Donat’s son is co-owner of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which represents the designer and is exhibiting her work in a solo booth at The Salon: Art + Design. The booth’s highlight is her Commode aux 5 engrenages (2013). 

9. Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand is widely known for her collaboration with French designers Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Jean Prouvé. François Laffanour of Galerie Downtown has advocated for Perriand’s prominent place in the 20th-century history of design for more than thirty years. At The Salon: Art + Design he will exhibit pieces from an interior commission, The Borot House, one of Perriand’s last projects from the 1950s.

8. Mattia Bonetti

Mattia Bonetti’s designs came to prominence with fantastic Postmodern furniture made in collaboration with Elizabeth Garouste in the 1980s and ’90s. (In 2010, Sotheby’s auctioned off the duo’s fantastic designs for the interior of Parisian fashion designer Christian Lacroix’s haute couture house.) Bonetti has been working independently since 2002 and describes himself as a “troublemaker turned traditionalist,” creating show-stoppers like Side Table ‘Bubblegum’ (2014), a seemingly elastic form made of patinated bronze, exhibited at David Gill Galleries.

7. David Benjamin Sherry

This past September, Salon 94 presented a solo show at their Bowery location of David Benjamin Sherry’s work, titled “Climate Vortex Sutra.” This emerging artist’s use of traditional 8x10 film negatives reimages the American landscape in bold, other-worldly monochromatic hues.  

6. Giacomo Balla

Perhaps you caught the landmark Italian Futurism show at the Guggenheim earlier this year. Giacomo Balla, an author of the futurist manifesto of 1910 (Technical Manifesto of Futuristic Painting), has a museum-worthy piece on view at Mazzoleni Galleria d’Arte’s booth (a gallery located in his native Turin). Painted in 1930, the work is from a period of Balla’s work when his style started to return to his earlier impressionistic approach to painting.

5. Jean Prouvé

If you are interested in midcentury French design, don’t miss the booths of Jousse Entreprise and Galerie Downtown - François Laffanour, where you will find pieces by the highly collectible Jean Prouvé, including an important table designed for Houillères du Bassin for the Library of the Central Laboratory. The proliferation of French galleries exhibiting in New York is part of what makes this particular fair so special.

4. Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder’s work in sculpture, mobiles, prints, and paintings is most well known; however, he was also a prolific maker of “things,” from toys to household objects to jewelry. Calder first began making jewelry in 1929, exhibiting his pieces frequently and gifting them to friends and family. Exhibited by Mark McDonald at The Salon: Art + Design is a magnificent brooch that incorporates rock crystal with brass, steel, and silver wire.

3. Fernando Botero

An octogenarian Colombian artist, Fernando Botero often uses other artists and artworks as his subject matter. On view in Tasende Gallery’s booth is his 2011 oil painting La Modelo, which exemplifies his bulbous, inflated forms. He has been commissioned to create an interpretation of The Mona Lisa, which will be revealed next year at Expo 2015 at the Royal Palace in Milan in an exhibition called “Leonardo da Vinci 1492-1519. Il disegno del mondo.” Botero has a new book out called Circus—there was a book signing at MoMA last month that I was sad to miss.

2. Zaha Hadid

Iraqi-British architect and designer Zaha Hadid is largely regarded as one of the most famous architects of the 21st century—and notably was the first woman to ever receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She recently completed the MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. At the fair, Hadid’s work will be shown with David Gill Galleries, who she first began collaborating with in 2007 for the Venice Biennale with the design of her first “Liquid Glacial” tables. Look for her ‘Liquid Glacial’ coffee table (2012) at the fair, perceived as both static and fluid, and made of polished acrylic that mimics ripples and waves of frozen water.

1. Alvar Aalto

Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto’s use of natural materials, organic shapes, and material experimentation contributed to the proliferation of Modern design in Scandinavia and beyond. His work in the International Style, specifically the bentwood furniture, is especially prized. At The Salon: Art + Design, Modernity—a powerhouse gallery based in Stockholm—will be exhibiting a pair of iconic birch armchairs from the 1930s, as well as a vintage tea trolley that debuted at the 1937 Paris world’s fair.

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Alex Gilbert