New York's famous Christmas shopping season may have passed, but that only opens the doors for travelers to see more of the city's wares. For the month of January, five shows bring antiques, ceramics, local arts and master drawings to the city. Here's where to find them:
Diamond Jubilee: Winter Antiques Show
If it’s January, it must be time for the Winter Antiques Show (Park Avenue Armory, Park Ave., at E. 67th St., 718.292.7392, Jan. 24-Feb. 2), one of the oldest (2014 marks the 60th edition) and most prestigious in town, with 73 dealers from all over the world. Ranging from Dutch delft jugs to Joseph Stella still lifes, from Hiroshige prints to Midcentury Modern chaises, the treasures span centuries and continents, sharing only their museum-quality condition. This year’s special exhibit celebrates the Peabody Essex Museum—itself a precious relic, founded in 1799.
American Pride: Armory Antique Show
Free shuttle buses whisk collectors from the Winter Antiques Show’s rarefied world to the relatively more affordable one of the Armory Antique Show (69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave., at E. 26th St., 239.732.6642, Jan. 24-26). The emphasis among the 100 exhibitors at this fair is on made-in-the-USA crafts, folk art and furniture—quirky Americana a specialty—though there’s a good smattering of European wares as well.
Out of the Oven: New York Ceramics Fair
Do you pine for porcelain? Flip over faience? Then you mustn’t miss the New York Ceramics Fair (Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., btw First & Second aves., 310.455.2886, Jan. 22-26). Antique, vintage and contemporary china, glass and enamels take center stage at this show, which is also famous for its authoritative lectures (including one by interior designer Mario Buatta on the 24th).
Themed Booths: The Metro Show
Known for its diverse displays, The Metro Show (Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 800.563.7632, Jan. 22-26) encourages exhibitors this year to organize offerings around a single artist, genre or concept. With themes ranging from Andean textiles to Surreal paintings to the works of self-taught artist Bill Traylor, however, this 3-year-old show still promises plenty of variety.
Artistic Stroll: Masters Drawings Week in New York
The Upper East Side becomes a blocks-long art fair during Master Drawings New York week (approximately E. 64th to E. 81st sts., btw Madison & Fifth aves., 212.289.2227, Jan. 25-Feb. 1), as various galleries lay out their latest acquisitions. Aficionados can view inventory from NYC dealers as well as out-of-town specialists in everything from preliminary chalk sketches to fully realized watercolors to oil-on-paper works. There are drawings by Old Masters (Raphael, Guercino), modern masters (Miró, Picasso), new masters (Jan Dibbets, Elena Climent) and even masters of other arts, such as choreographer Merce Cunningham (who knew he drew?).