BOSTON – AD 20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries, the only annual art and design show of its kind in New England, takes place April 8-11, 2010 at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts. Weekend show hours are Friday, April 9 from 1-9 p.m., Saturday, April 10 from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 11, from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission is $15, under 12 free and includes admission to all special programs.
Friday evening from 5:30-9 p.m. is “New Collectors’ Night,” designed to introduce new collectors to the world of modern art and design. At 6:30 p.m., the show welcomes Brian Lutz, author of the soon-to-be-released book on Knoll Furniture: Knoll: A Modernist Universe, a comprehensive monograph detailing the history of Knoll and the high-end furniture company’s influence on modern design in America. A book signing will follow the presentation. At 7:30 p.m. the show hosts the founders of Boston’s innovative pinkcomma gallery for a special presentation titled “Heroic Architecture in Boston, 1957-1976.” “New Collectors’ Night” programs are free with show admission and are sponsored by the Boston Center for the Arts.
On Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m., the show will honor American furniture designer Dakota Jackson. Mr. Jackson will speak on exploring the new design landscape and highlights of his career, and receive the AD20/21 Lifetime Achievement Award. This program takes place at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St., adjacent to The Cyclorama. The presentation is free and open to the public; to reserve seating, RSVP to 617-585-0284.
Launched in 2008 by producers Tony Fusco and Robert Four, the show has captured imaginations and drawn rave reviews and large audiences. With 35 dealers from across the United States and Europe, the four-day AD 20/21 features an outstanding array of fine art as well as decorative arts in all disciplines representing design movements such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern. Notably, the show includes outstanding 21st century studio furniture, glass, ceramics, decorative arts, jewelry, photography, and more. The show also now includes the 11th Annual Boston Print Fair, showcasing 15 dealers in fine prints, photography, drawings and works on paper. It is the first fair to bridge the gap between historical styles and contemporary works, with a goal of deepening collectors’ appreciation for both.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the way the show is coming together this year — it is quite an exciting mix of modern and contemporary art and design,” comments co-producer Tony Fusco.
The Cyclorama is also the location for Fusco & Four’s Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS), which will have its 14th annual show Nov. 18-21, 2010.
For more information visit the show’s Web site at www.AD2021.com or call 617-363-0405.
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