The Philadelphia Show Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

The Philadelphia Show is one of the nation’s leading art and design fairs, and just announced it will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary Edition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from April 29 – May 1, 2022. This year’s event will feature forty of the most outstanding exhibitors in the US, specializing in fine art, design, antiques, Americana, folk art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry, textiles, and decorative arts.

The Philadelphia Show boasts a diverse group of exhibitors showcasing works spanning from the 16th to the 21st centuries, with a core DNA rooted in American art further bolstered by international influences that include important European and Asian works. Firmly established as the premier destination for antiques, The Philadelphia Show has more recently made a commitment to amplify its modern and contemporary design offerings, welcoming dealers who specialize in this sector.

I took an advance look at some of the offerings that dealers will be bringing to this art fair, and it looks like it will be a great show … below are a few that caught my attention, clockwise from top left: Robert Lee Neal (American, 1916-1987), “Kitchen Still Life, Dayton, Ohio,” ca. 1940-45, being offered by Betty Krulik Fine Art, Ltd. in NYC; “China Trade Watercolor Pictures of Junks and Sampans,” one from a set of 5, circa 1850, being offered by Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc., an antiques dealer in Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Carolyn Wyeth (1909-1994), “Anthurium Plant,” oil on canvas, being offered by Dixon Hall Fine Art in Pennsylvania; and “French Napoleonic Prisoner of War Bone Ship Model in original mirrored strawwork carrying case, which was made circa 1793-1817 in a British prison … isn’t it amazing?! This piece is being offered by Diana H. Bittle Arts & Antiques, which is located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

The 2022 Philadelphia Show
A sample of works being exhibited at the 2022 Philadelphia Show.

Founded in 1962 originally as the “University Hospital Antiques Show,” The Philadelphia Show benefited and was organized by Penn Medicine until 2018. In 2018, the Philadelphia Museum of Art took over the fair, with the support of its Women’s Committee and the many volunteers who have supported The Philadelphia Show for years. All net proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Division of Digital Resources and Content Strategy, which creates programs for virtual visitors from the local community and around the world, who find personal relevance and create new meaning through the exploration of rich and integrated collections information, museum programming, and original research.

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