Barry Friedman Ltd. has been an important presence in the international art market for the past 40 years, bringing 20th century European fine and decorative art works to the attention of the American audience. Barry Friedman Ltd. offers contemporary art, cutting-edge furniture, studio glass, ceramics, and photography, avant-garde painting, works on paper and sculpture from 1900-1940; as well as vintage photography.
Friedman has always loved the discovery of finding great works of art -- from his first small Loetz vase to the work of the superbly talented contemporary artists he shows today. With that first piece, it became his pleasure to deal in the art glass of such notable artists as Gallé, Loetz and Tiffany. In the early 1970s, he started to collect and then deal in the Symbolist and Pre-Raphaelite paintings of Gustav Moreau, Khnopff, Hodler, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, and others.
In the late 1960s, he was one of the first American dealers in Art Deco, which later included the paintings of Tamara de Lempicka. The 1983 seminal exhibition, From MacIntosh to Molino: Fifty Years of Chair Design received critical acclaim from New York to Tokyo and earned Friedman the nickname “The Chair Man.” Other landmark exhibitions presented by Barry Friedman Ltd. have included: Fernand Khnopff and the Belgian Avant-garde (1983); The Bauhaus: Masters & Students (1987); Gerrit Rietveld: A Centenary Exhibition (1988), which traveled to museums across the country; Tamara de Lempicka (1983 & 1996); and Design Italian Style (furniture of Carlo Mollino and Carlo Graffi and Italian vintage glass from Murano, 1997). More recently in 2009, “Venice: 3 Visions in Glass” originated at the gallery and traveled to four museums in the U.S. and Europe.
In the 1980s, Friedman began collecting avant-garde photography leading to his partnership with Edwynn Houk in the Houk Friedman Gallery. There he exhibited the vintage photography of such greats as Man Ray, Lissitzky, Moholy-Nagy, and Rodchenko, as well as the contemporary works of Lynn Davis, and Sally Mann, the first living artist he had ever worked with.
“At the same time, at Barry Friedman Ltd.,” says Friedman, “I started showing the work of French designers of the 1940s and 50s including Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille and André Arbus. I also became quite involved with Cubist, Constructivist and Neue Sachlichkeit paintings. In the mid-1990s, I returned to my love of art glass when I was introduced to the contemporary work of Michael Glancy, which led to the discovery of Italian glass artists Laura de Santillana and Cristiano Bianchin, and the unique vision of the Japanese artist Yoichi Ohira.”
In 2000, Friedman revisited his Art Deco roots when he opened Friedman & Vallois on Madison Avenue with his good friends and colleagues, Bob and Cheska Vallois, of Galerie Vallois, Paris.
“Discovering the works of Ettore Sottsass and Ron Arad with my then director, Marc Benda, led to our partnership in the Friedman Benda Gallery in 2007, which I am proud to say continues to represent the work of these two artists, as well as Wendell Castle, Joris Laarman, and a new generation of young designers, painters and photographers.”
Landmark exhibitions presented by Barry Friedman Ltd. have included: Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Performing for the Camera: 40 Years of Self-Portraits; Michael Eastman: Havana 2010; Venice. 3 Visions in Glass: Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira, Laura de Santillana; Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition 1981-2004; Emergence: Early American Studio Glass & Its Influences: 1964-1989;Fernand Khnopff and the Belgian Avant-garde; Tamara de Lempicka; Bernard Boutet de Monvel; Mackintosh to Mollino: Fifty Years of Chair Design; The Bauhaus: Masters & Students; Gerrit Rietveld: A Centenary Exhibition; Design Italian Style (furniture of Carlo Mollino and Carlo Graffi and important Italian glass), and numerous important photography exhibitions.
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New York, NY 10016
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