There's No Business Like Art Fair Business for Collector Sanford Smith

Show Us Your Walls
By Hilarie M. Sheets
Sanford Smith in his Manhattan home in front of a wood construction by Michael Zelehoski. Credit: Charlie Rubin for The New York Times
When Sanford Smith talks about working in “show business,” he’s not referring to Broadway or Hollywood. Over the last four decades he has produced some 130 fairs nationwide, bringing together dealers in art, design and antiques. Art by early American modernists including John Marin, Charles Burchfield and George Bellows is mixed with contemporary pieces by Judy Pfaff and Michael Zelehoski and furniture designed by George Nakashima, Charlotte Perriand, Paul Evans and Ettore Sottsass. It’s the kind of eclecticism that Mr. Smith favors in his high-end show Salon Art + Design, now in its eighth edition and opening Nov. 14 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. [More]
LEFT: American 19th-century deer and horse weather vanes; four watercolors by Thornton Dial; “The Trooper” a bronze statue by Harry Jackson; and a Brutalist metal coffee table, “Cityscape,” part of a series designed by Paul Evans. RIGHT: A large carved wooden goat by Mark Perry.
A stone head, far left, and horse, far right, by John Flanagan; silver circus figures by Tiffany Studios; a bronze Bali dancer by Alan Clarke; candle holders by Swid Powell; and a watercolor, “New York Harbor,” by George Grosz.