October Art Week Announces 5th Edition of Prominent Upper East Side Gallery Participants

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October Art Week (OAW) is pleased to announce its 5th edition that will run from October 9 – 18. This year’s programming will offer by appointment in-person visits and expanded virtual presentations that will welcome art lovers to discover the dynamic fall 2020 exhibitions from top pre-contemporary Upper East Side galleries. 

Julian Barrow, PJ. Clarke’s, New York, oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches (detail). Courtesy Mark Murray Fine Paintings
Julian Barrow, PJ. Clarke’s, New York, oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches (detail). Courtesy Mark Murray Fine Paintings

“During this time of upheaval, we look forward with optimism to our 5th edition of October Art Week. We believe this is a vital time to support our Upper East Side galleries, their vibrant local community, and New York’s art scene at large under the current circumstances of the pandemic,” states directors Lydia Melamed Johnson and LeeAna Wolfman.

OAW 2020 has been moved up to an earlier date than in years past to coincide with the fall auction schedule, notably Christie’s Classic Week (October 1-20), including their Old Masters masterworks live auction (October 15), and Sotheby’s sale dedicated to The Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Felix Rohatyn (October 14). In addition, OAW continues its support of TEFAF New York and their virtual platform this season (November 1-4). 


Tambaran Gallery

5 East 82nd Street


Adam Williams Fine Art

24 East 80th Street


Christopher Bishop Fine Art

1046 Madison Avenue, Suite 2N


Sebastian Izzard Asian Art

17 East 76th Street, 3rd Floor


Mark Murray Fine Paintings

159 East 63rd Street


Throckmorton Fine Art

145 East 57th Street


Ambrose Naumann Fine Art

Online only


Robert Simon Fine Art

Online only


Virtual Event

To launch this year’s edition, on Thursday, October 8 at 6PM, OAW directors Lydia Melamed Johnson and LeeAna Wolfman will host a zoom panel with industry professionals Jonquil O’Reilly, Specialist and Head of Sale, Old Masters at Christie’s, New York and Adam Harris Levine, Assistant Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Topics to be discussed include the current physical limitations and virtual realities of the art world, and the bridges being built between the in-person and digital viewing of art with a focus on pre-contemporary art audiences.

About October Art WeekFounded in 2016, October Art Week showcases the special programming of pre-contemporary Upper East Side galleries during the key moments of Christie’s Classic Week and TEFAF New York Fall. Customarily, the lively week of festivities opens with an annual “art walk” of evening receptions hosted by the distinguished participating galleries that open their doors to the public. OAW is organized by directors Lydia Melamed Johnson and LeeAna Wolfman.

COVID-19: Safety is a key concern for all our participating galleries and in-person visitors. Social distancing and mask-wearing are required. 

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