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RONALD PHILLIPS AT SPRING MASTERS NEW YORK


THE RONALD PHILLIPS BOOTH AT SPRING MASTERS

The second edition of Spring Masters New York was held at the historic Park Avenue Armory. Helmed by Michael Plummer and Jeff Rabin of Artvest Partners, Spring Masters presented a selection of art and design from antiquity through the 21st century in a contemporary context, marking a significant evolution of the fair model . According to Plummer, “The scene in New York in May had become rather sleepy and was not living up to the standard of more innovative fair events that had developed in London, Paris, Miami, Basel and Maastricht. In terms of the spring fair calendar, New York had fallen behind, until Frieze appeared. But Frieze only served the most contemporary sector of the market, which left a wide opening for Spring Masters.”

SIMON PHILLIPS AT SPRING MASTERS

Thus the fair included a wide range of historical periods, design and decorative arts, and a booth- kind of like a model living room- created by Jamie Drake and Drake Design Associates, whose clients have included Madonna. The hexagonal, honeycomb booth layout was designed by the architect Rafael Vinoly. According to Simon Phillips “The hexagonal layout makes it more difficult to design, but its less boring and much more interesting.” Plummer adds, “While it makes great sense to combine art and design from different periods, it also brings with it the challenge of getting it to fit together in a cohesive way in a residential environment. A designer is the best resource to help with this challenge.”

ONE OF A PAIR OF THE ST GILES HOUSE COMMODES ON THE RONALD PHILLIPS BOOTH

This year’s nonprofit booth, Project Art, provides art classes to elementary schoolchildren affected by budget cuts to art education. Funding their project- a modest $20 buys a paintbrush that will hang on the booth’s wall- could help nurture the next generation of artists.