For the past 19 years, the Private Art Dealers Association (PADA) has made a grant to an outstanding institution in the arts. The 2012 recipient, the Grey Art Gallery of New York University, received its award at the annual dinner of PADA, held at the Lotos Club in New York City on January 9. The dinner, originally scheduled for October 30, 2012, but postponed because of Hurricane Sandy, was attended by more than 40 PADA members and art world guests. In presenting the award, PADA president Robert Simon cited the vital role that the Grey plays in the cultural life of New York, serving not only the New York University community but the city at large. “The Grey’s exhibition program ranges from the traditional to the unconventional, and in its diversity touches on many aspects of our visual culture. It is a unique venue and resource, and we are exceptionally pleased to be able to recognize and support them.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the Grey was its director, Lynn Gumpert. “We are delighted to be recognized by PADA and its distinguished group of members,” noted Gumpert. “This organization has set a high bar for both professional and ethical practices. Their scholarship and financial support, in the form of this grant, help strengthen New York’s arts community. It is a special honor for the Grey to be in such excellent company as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, which received PADA’s inaugural grant in 1994.”
PADA was chartered in 1990 and represents a select group of specialist dealers, each of whom focuses on a particular area of the fine arts and works from a nonpublic space. It is one of four American constituent members of CINOA (Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art), the international organization of art dealers. This year’s award was the 19th to be given by PADA. The most recent recipients have included the Museum of the City of New York, the Hispanic Society of America, the Master Drawings Association, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the International Foundation for Art Research.
For further information on the Private Art Dealers Association, visit the Web site (www.pada.net).