Show promoters Caskey & Lees are citing rising rents and a lack of dealers as the reason behind canceling the New York International Tribal & Textile Arts Show which was scheduled for late May. The show is held in conjunction with major tribal and ethnographic auctions held every spring.
Founded in 1995, the New York show was an offshoot of San Francisco’s famous Tribal and Textile Arts Show; the most recent of which was very well received when it was held in February.
The New York show was to be held in the Park Avenue Armory however by early March the show had but 24 dealers signed to its roster. In a letter to exhibitors, promoters Bill Caskey and Elizabeth Lees said they faced exorbitant rents set by the new ownership of the Park Avenue Armory.
“This was a an exceptionally difficult decision for us both, Caskey said in a news release to Antique Trader, “because we are serious supporters of the ethnographic and textile fields, have collected for decades, and have, over the past two years, re-designed and re-prices all our specialty shows to help delaers and collectors through this difficult economy.”
The long term future of the New York show is unknown.
Other Caskey-Lees fairs planned this year include New York Arts of Pacific Asia, which opens March 24 on West 34th Street and the Los Angeles Asian and Tribal Arts Show in November.
-posted by Eric Bradley
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