Nicholas Hall Returns to the Upper East Side with New Gallery Space
We are pleased to announce the opening of Nicholas Hall, a private gallery and art advisory firm focused on European Masters. Based in two floors of 17 East 76th Street, we offer for sale a curated selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture. We also provide a broad range of art advisory services, among them valuations, as well as buying and selling through auction and private channels.
The new venture marks the reestablishment of Nicholas Hall as a private dealer, having previously ran Hall & Knight, the gallery he founded in 1996 on East 67th street, which Christie’s acquired in 2004. He then spent twelve years at Christie’s where he was International Chairman of Old Masters and Nineteenth Century Art. Notably, Nicholas was responsible for the private sale of a Duccio Madonna and Child to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he won the phone bid for the Brody Picasso Nude, Green Leaves and Bust at $106,482,500, which was then the highest price for work of art ever sold at auction. He has placed numerous works of art in major museums, and was instrumental in cultivating new collectors of European Masters in Eastern Europe and Asia. With his breadth of experience and involvement with the global art market, Nicholas holds a unique position among gallerists for European Masters upon his return to the private sector.
Inaugurating our space is a collaboration with Francois Laffanour, the renowned Parisian dealer in twentieth-century design furniture. A group of furniture pieces by artists including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand will be presented with classical European art. The unusual combination creates a synergy that will encourage our guests to discover hidden qualities and fresh ways of seeing these works.
Known for his curatorial insight and innovative approach to dealing, Nicholas Hall will regularly showcase European Masters with experimental themes. This departs from the exhibition strategy at Hall & Knight, where he organized critically acclaimed shows such as Fearful Symmetry: George Stubbs Painter of the English Enlightenment and Procaccini in America. Today’s art collectors approach European Masters with vastly different mindsets: while some have an exclusive interest in this area, others are also drawn to other segments of the art market. Our projects will invite an understanding of European Masters beyond the traditional historical contexts. Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2018 is an exhibition we are co-curating with David Zwirner at his downtown gallery.