Effect Magazine rounds up the highlights from New York’s premier art and design fair, returning to the Park Avenue Armory for its 69th edition. Via Effect Magazine:
We last saw the Geoffrey Diner Gallery at Masterpiece 2022 in London, where Diner continued his impressive track-record by scooping Winner of Outstanding Display. Their 2023 Winter Show stand is every bit as exceptional.
Diner tells Effect: “We have come to specialise in masterworks of American design – in particular, George Nakashima, complemented by aesthetically compatible works of recherché Italian design, centred on Gio Ponti. The collection we have curated is unified by historical period and by a visual theme of cool, clean lines punctuated by touches of unfinished, unvarnished natural form.”
Taking centre-stage is Free Edge Conoid Table – a monumental George Nakashima table from 1969 in Persian walnut and American black walnut – “originally commissioned,” says Diner, “by the renowned National Geographic editor, William Garrett.”
Also striking is a round Gio Ponti Low Table, “originally designed,” Diner tells us, “ for the Milanese apartment Casa Lucano in 1951,” adding that “its sleek profile is in line with Ponti’s overall aesthetic which set the stage for the Post-War Italian design revival.”
The gallery like to complement their design with what Diner calls “good wallpower” – and this year’s show features Block Island by the great African American abstract expressionist, Norman Lewis. “Aesthetically, the colour scale – which ranges from deep violet to bright magenta – helps bring out the surprising range of natural tones present in the walnut and oak characterising our Ponti & Nakashima collections.”
All of the Geoffrey Diner Gallery’s shows have been exceptionally well presented, with atmospheric lighting and as much use of shadow as illumination; and Diner says: “I would emphasise that there is less thinking behind the collection we have curated than there is feeling guiding it.” Superb.