After a several-year hiatus from The Armory Show, Deitch has returned with a show-stopping booth exploding with Rococo-inspired decor, hot pink walls, and a salon-style hanging of paintings by the likes of
Collapsed Time Salon,” as Deitch has dubbed the installation, resurrects his 1995 project of the same name. Originally presented in the penthouse of Gramercy Park Hotel’s International Art Fair (The Armory Show’s predecessor), it served to introduce Stettheimer—a Jazz-Age figurative painter, who also ran a notorious Upper West Side salon frequented by the likes of
—to an art world that had largely forgotten her contribution.
But times have changed since 1995, and this time around, Deitch is taking a different approach. “Today, there’s wider awareness of Stettheimer and a real dialogue about her work between generations,” said Deitch on the fair’s first day. “This presentation is a testament to that.”
Of the living artists Deitch asked to contribute to the 2017 iteration of the project, “all of them cited Stettheimer as an important influence,” he continued. This includes Brown, whose standout painting Sky Towers and Bridal Bowers (2016) draws directly from Stettheimer’s visual vocabulary of the city and its frollicking denizens. “Without exaggeration, we could have sold Cecily’s painting 10 times,” said Deitch of the piece, which was snapped up in the fair’s first hours.
The booth also includes exuberant canvases by on-the-rise figurative painters like
, along with paintings, collages, and sculptures by more established artists like
. Prices range from $5,000 for an Aurel Schmidt
drawing to $200,000 for a
But the most stunning piece in the booth is a work that’s not for sale. It’s one of Stettheimer’s masterworks, Asbury Park South (1920), a beach scene that captures both the flamboyance and the social tensions (namely, lingering segregation) of the Jazz Age.