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Madison Avenue BID Hosts Gallery Walk Tomorrow

Friday, April 28, 2017
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There’s nothing like indulging in a spring Saturday stroll down Madison Avenue, a cappuccino and a croissant, and some window shopping. But this Saturday, shake up the routine. The Madison Avenue BID will host a gallery walk, with over 60 dealers participating.


“Madison Avenue has been an epicenter of galleries for decades,” says event spokesperson Amy Rosi. The walk, which will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 9 p.m., is timed around New York’s major art fairs. Participating galleries include Acquavella, Blum & Poe, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Opera Gallery, Petzel Gallery, Rosenberg & Co., Skarstedt, Van De Weghe and Venus. 


“What really distinguishes this so much is the amount of programming,” says Matt Bauer, the event organizer and president of the Madison Avenue BID. There will be over 70 gallery talks with curators and artists.


“Many of the galleries participating are also taking part in TEFAF and Frieze. This is an opportunity for people to physically go to the galleries themselves,” says Bauer. “The experience is special—you’re walking into former townhouses and get to enjoy the architecture of the buildings.”


The event is free and open to the public, with a schedule of talks posted online. Highlights include a tour at Acquavella with Michael Findlay regarding Miró’s Constellations as part of its Calder / Miró Constellations show. Artist Gavin Kenyon will discuss his new body of work at Blum & Poe. And artist Allan McCollum will discuss his work at Petzel Gallery.


“Madison Avenue is a combination of a lot of different things—fashion, restaurants, hotels, spas and a lot of galleries. Each one brings a new dimension to the street,” says Rosi, who notes that Madison Avenue has a good presentation in the secondary market, with galleries showing medieval art and antiques. “There’s a lot of connectedness between the art of fashion, and the art of painting and sculpture.”


For additional information and a schedule of events, visit madisonavenuegallerywalk.com.




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