Why the sudden shift for The Winter Show? For decades, the fair predominantly offered Americana and 18th century English furniture. Well, Helen Allen, the Winter Show's Executive Director since 2018, has long been steeped in the contemporary world. In 2005, she founded and headed up Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, in 2010, she co-founded the Washington, DC-based (e)merge art fair and in 2016, she launched a consulting business through which she advises clients in the art, design, and luxury markets.
“Just as taste has shifted with a greater emphasis on diverse specialties the fair has grown in international stature,” Allen told Art & Object. To that end, she reined in a clutch of new dealers including Paris stalwarts Galerie Léage, Nathalie Motte Masselink and Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz.