From the Colonial to the Contemporary: The Philadelphia Show Rebrands and Expands

Philadelphia Antiques Show

Celebrating its 58th edition showcasing America’s preeminent dealers of antiques and fine art, The Philadelphia Show has a new look and a new approach. Nearly 60 dealers, featuring works from the 17th to the 21st centuries, will gather from Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 at Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard. The Preview Party (Thursday, April 23) gives guests the first chance to experience the Show and shop a dynamic selection of jewelry, decorative arts, design and fine art before it opens to the public. Proceeds from the Show benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s educational programs.

Philadelphia is well-known for its place in American history, from the First Continental Congress to the city’s years as our nation’s first capital. Philadelphia also boasts a robust artistic legacy from America’s first art museum and school in 1805 to hosting the 1876 Centennial Exposition to pioneering successful public art programs from Percent for Art to Mural Arts. Notable artists from the region include Edward Hicks, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassat, Horace Pippin, three generations of Calders, Alice Neel, George Nakashima, Keith Haring and many more. The Philadelphia Show reflects this legacy with a distinguished range of offerings in the fine arts and material culture from the colonial to the contemporary. 

“We are excited about the 2020 Show and sharing how antiques and historical works can be incorporated into our contemporary lives. With the broader range of offerings and the new Dealer Talks, visitors can learn by looking and listening to dealers who love the history and provenance behind these works,” shared Lynn Gadsden, Show Chair. “If you’ve ever been curious about antiques, fine art, design or historical objects, come to the Show to see and learn more.”

Of the 2020 exhibitors, one-third have been participating in the Show for more than 20 years and 11 new this year:
Alexandre Gallery, New York, NY
Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
Dixon Hall Fine Art, Phoenixville, PA
Gratz Gallery and Restoration Studio, Doylestown, PA
William R. & Teresa F. Kurau, Lampeter, PA
Glen Leroux Design, Westport, CT
Questroyal Fine Art, New York, NY
Schillay Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY
Schmidt Dean Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ
The Tolman Collection, New York, NY
Walker Decorative Arts, New York, NY

Illustrating the breadth of offerings at The Philadelphia Show will be important works including:
• A copper and sterling basket-form tea caddy, made by Gorham in Providence, Rhode Island, c. 1880 at Spencer Marks
• A floral still life by Henriette Wyeth at Sommerville Manning Gallery
• An abstract canvas by Philadelphia native Jane Piper at Schmidt Dean Gallery
• A rare and unusual folk art cupboard likely produced in North Carolina or South Carolina,1850-1875, in undisturbed condition with original blue painted surface showing excellent patina and wear from Nathan Liverant and Son
• A rare custom red-and-black striped table, c. 1960s, by Berlin-born, New York–based designer Karl Springer from Glen Leroux Design
• A Winslow Homer etching of heroism at sea, Saved, at Avery Galleries is based on Homer’s iconic painting The Life Line

A tradition since the Show’s founding in 1962, the curated, museum-quality annual loan exhibition allows visitors a closer look at a different discipline, period, or theme each year. This year’s loan exhibition highlights The Philadelphia Show’s dealers, who will share works of art, some from their personal collections, featuring animals in all their rich diversity. Through a range of works spanning several centuries, All Creatures Great and Small will showcase the various and charming ways our fellow members of the animal kingdom have been depicted and honored by artists and craftspeople. The loan exhibition is curated by Alexandra Kirtley, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts and long-time supporter of the show, Joan Johnson, with design by Michael Diaz-Griffith of Material Cult.

“The Philadelphia Show has been a part of the fabric of this city and the antiques and fine art scene for over 50 years and is stronger than ever,” commented Timothy Rub, George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “The Philadelphia Museum of Art is honored to be the beneficiary.”

The Philadelphia Show supports a community of connoisseurship among specialists, nascent collectors, and seasoned collectors alike. This is reflected in the 2020 programming: Museum Day on April 24, offering free entry to card-carrying members of any museum in the United States; family-friendly events on April 26 featuring a scavenger hunt and Make Your Own Masterpiece activity table; and daily meet-and-greet Dealer Talks hosted by exhibitors on topics ranging from the art of fraktur to American Modernism. The Show’s new website, name and programming celebrate diverse interests and encourages participation across all generations of enthusiasts and collectors.

AIG returns as Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 Philadelphia Show. Principal Sponsors include Freeman’s and Justi Group, Inc.

Founded in 1962 as the University Hospital Antiques Show, The Philadelphia Show benefited and was organized by Penn Medicine until 2018. In 2018, the Philadelphia Museum of Art assumed responsibility for the Show, bolstered by support from its Women’s Committee and the many volunteers who have served the Show for years. All net proceeds benefit the Museum’s Division of Education and Public Programs. The Philadelphia Show is hosted annually and features the finest dealers in jewelry, decorative arts, design and fine art. | Instagram @thephiladelphiashow | Facebook @thephiladelphiashow

Located in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard, the show is a structure at the corner of League Island Blvd. and Kitty Hawke Ave.

Friday, April 24 –– 11 AM–8 PM
Saturday, April 25 –– 11 AM–6 PM
Sunday, April 26 –– 11 AM–5 PM

General admission is $20 per person online or at the door and includes access to daily programming, with discounts available for Philadelphia Museum of Art members, seniors, and groups. Free admission available to visitors 18 and under.
The Preview Party will be from 6–9 PM on Thursday, April 23. Tickets are $300 ($150 tax deductible), or $150 for young collectors (under 45). A VIP Pass is available for $600 ($450 tax deductible) permits early admission at 5 PM and a special Connoisseurs Reception.

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