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24 October 2011
Blain Di Donna Art Gallery Makes a Surreal Debut at the Carlyle With a Magritte Trove
By Julie Halperin
NEW YORK—Gagosian, L&M, and Acquavella have a new neighbor. Blain Di Donna, a pedigreed secondary-market gallery, is opening in New York's swanky Carlyle Hotel on October 28. The Impressionist, modern, and contemporary gallery is a collaboration between former Haunch of Venison founder Harry Blain and former Sotheby's Impressionist and Modern art specialist Emmanuel Di Donna. Their inaugural exhibition, a René Magritte survey titled "Dangerous Liaisons" — the first New York show dedicated entirely to the Belgian Surrealist's work in over a decade — seeks to cement the gallery's reputation as a fresh force to be reckoned with on the Upper East Side. "It was time to have something in New York of this scale and quality," Di Donna told ARTINFO of the Magritte show.
The exhibition, comprised of 25 major oils, gouaches, and drawings, is sourced entirely from European and American private collections. (It was difficult to find the work anywhere else, says Di Donna, because both the Tate Liverpool and Vienna's Albertinaare mounting Magritte exhibitions at the same time.) Only a fifth of the works, including paintings "Le Rendez-Vous" and "Le Cinema Bleu," are for sale, at prices ranging from $800,000 to $6 million.
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