The Philadelphia Show announces 60th anniversary on museum grounds

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The Philadelphia Show announces 60th anniversary on museum grounds
Morris Blackburn (1902-1979), “Time and Space”, 1942, Courtesy of Dixon-Hall Fine Art.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Show – one of the nation’s leading art and design fairs, known for the exceptional quality and integrity of its exhibitors – is pleased to announce its 60th Anniversary Edition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from April 29 – May 1, 2022. This year’s event will feature forty of the most outstanding exhibitors in the US, specializing in fine art, design, antiques, Americana, folk art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry, textiles, and decorative arts.

The Philadelphia Show boasts a diverse group of exhibitors showcasing works spanning from the 16th to the 21st centuries, with a core DNA rooted in American art further bolstered by international influences that include important European and Asian works. Firmly established as the premier destination for antiques, The Philadelphia Show has more recently made a commitment to amplify its modern and contemporary design offerings, welcoming dealers who specialize in this sector.

“We’re thrilled and grateful to present the 60th anniversary of The Philadelphia Show in person at the top of the Rocky Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” says Huntley Platt, Manager of The Philadelphia Show. “For the first time in two years, attendees will be able to enjoy the offerings from the country’s finest dealers in Americana, antiques, fine art, mid-century furniture, ceramics, and jewelry and interact with the dealers that we missed in our two virtual shows. We’ve reinstated the popular dealer talks, which give attendees the opportunity to learn about the works of art from our knowledgeable dealers. This year there will be something for everyone whether attendees are seasoned collectors or simply looking for an interesting experience.”

For the first time since its inception, The Philadelphia Show will take place on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the institution’s East Terrace. This shift represents a significant step in the fair’s evolution and growth and marks a return to in-person after two years of a virtual event format. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has organized The Philadelphia Show since 2018, a partnership that accurately reflects the breadth of material and superior quality of the fair’s offerings. The museum location offers the fair an opportunity to broaden its scope and better serve its distinguished audience of collectors, designers, industry experts, and tastemakers.

“Overlooking Philadelphia from the museum’s East Terrace is a perfect way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Philadelphia Show,” says Eleanore H. Gadsden, Chair of The Philadelphia Show. “The Show offers the best of antiques, art, and design on the market today and its location evokes the 300-year history of the city as well as a tradition of excellence.”

Throughout its six decades, The Philadelphia Show has become a mainstay of the city’s flourishing culture, art, and design scene, serving as the go-to destination to experience, discuss, and exhibit fine art, antiques,

and collectible design in the Greater Philadelphia Area and US at large. The fair will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a diversified exhibitor list and a special line-up of programming leading up to and during the fair that includes a virtual lecture series titled New Conversations with The Philadelphia Show. The series will feature three, discussion-style lectures on antiques, fine art, and design moderated by curators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in conversation with distinguished guests.

This April, The Philadelphia Show welcomes back many of its principal exhibitors who have enjoyed success as regular participants of the fair including Olde Hope, Kentshire, Lillian Nassau LLC, Moderne Gallery, and Spencer Marks.

“With the new venue and approach, we look at the 60th anniversary of The Philadelphia Show as a celebration of its continuing strength and growth,” says Robert Aibel, founder of Moderne Gallery. “When Moderne Gallery first exhibited at the show in 1997, we were the first gallery to be invited to exclusively show 20th century material. The Philadelphia Show was evolving, and continues to evolve, as will be clear in its 2022 iteration.”

Among the 2022 exhibitors, several of them have exhibited with The Philadelphia Show from as early as 1969, attesting to the fair’s longevity and relevance to its dealers and audiences throughout its tenure. These galleries include Cooley Gallery, Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, and S. J. Shrubsole.

“We are very much looking forward to the return of The Philadelphia Show this Spring, and we are delighted with the new location of the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” says Steven J. Chait and Andrew H. Chait, President and Vice President of Ralph M. Chait Galleries. “We have been exhibitors at the Show for 20 years and cherish the wonderful relationships we have forged in this time with clients, fellow dealers, show committee members, and the always very interested public who attend. The Philadelphia Show is one of the most important antique fairs in the country. It is a classic in its own right. We commend the Show on its 60 years and look forward to remaining a part of it for many years to come!”

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