After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the 24rd Annual Boston International Fine Art Show returns October 20-23, 2022, at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts. The 15,000 square-foot circular venue under a domed skylight features 40 galleries offering the complete range of fine art from Old Master to Contemporary. The show now also includes “Emerge”, a special contemporary art section featuring the work of 13 juried emerging and mid-career artists. Prices of works will range from more than $2-3 million to much more affordable works by contemporary artists.
The weekend show continues Friday 1pm-8pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance, children under 12 free. Tickets include special programs and speakers throughout the weekend, re-admission, coat check. There is a catered café at the show, and discount and valet parking are available.
The show opens with a Gala Preview on Thursday October 20, from 5:30-8:30pm which has been called by the press "one of the highlights on the city's cultural and social calendar". The catered opening event with live music and offers art collectors a chance to be among the first to purchase the works on view.
This year, BIFAS is thrilled to present a special exhibition and offering of The Mark Baum Estate (1903-1997), a rediscovered Polish-born American artist whose paintings and artistic direction are unique in the twentieth-century modernist canon. The complete arc of his career will be on view at the show. A second special exhibition presents the estate of Boston artist David Omar White (1927-2009), exhibited for many years at the Genovese/Sullivan Gallery in Boston, and whose works are in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, the Boston Public Library and numerous university collections.
“Emerge” will present the work of individual artists in dedicated booths at the front of the show. Works by artists included in the “Emerge” section include a wide variety of both representational and abstract paintings and photography by Rachel Brask, Eric Hon, Heidi Johnson, Nils P. Johnson, Matthias Lupri, Rachel Morrissey, Michal J. Murray, Margot Nimiroski, Nick Paciorek, Joyce Pommer, Carlos Ponce, Thomas Stocker and Anna Thurber.
Masterworks of American and European fine art will be offered by numerous galleries, with a strong selection ranging from the 18th century through mid-20th century, and presenting many works fresh to the market. Galleries presenting at BIFAS include a wide range of specializations, and are traveling to the show from Washington DC, New York, the UK, Maine and elsewhere. Galleries include Avery Galleries (PA), Guarisco Gallery (DC), Trinity House (UK & US), Arcadia Contemporary (NY), Graham Shay 1857 (NY), Lincoln Glenn (NY), Martha Richardson Fine Art (MA), Colm Rowan Fine Art (NY), Gleason Fine Art (ME), Glen Leroux Antiques (NY), Susann J. Fichera Fine Art (ME), Gary Bruder Fine Art (NY) and Découvert Fine Art (MA), which specializes in Old Master drawings.
Special programs take place throughout the weekend, and are free with show admission. On Friday, October 21 at 5pm, Adolfo Castillo and Wendie Martin, publishers of American Fine Art and American Art Collector magazines will moderate a panel discussion on “Today’s Market for American Art”, with panelists drawn from gallery owners in the show. Other programs include a free appraisall clinic throughout the weekend offered by David Manzi of Manzi Appraisers.
“Each year we see more and more collectors traveling to the show. Our mailing list includes art lovers and collectors from all over the country and the world,” comments Co-Producer Tony Fusco. “They don’t just come to buy works of art, but also to immerse themselves in the weekend programs, and in conversations with scholars and gallery owners. As the only art show of its kind in New England, fall foliage season provides a perfect excuse to soak up the seasonal and cultural richness of Boston along with the show.”