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Magen H Gallery at Collective Design Fair
May 8-11, 2013

Magen H Gallery at Collective Design Fair

Collective is a new design fair in New York City that will present a cohesive, curated selection of contemporary design and historical pieces from galleries around the world. The inaugural edition, Collective .1, will coincide with Frieze New York and the May auctions and take place at Pier 57, a light-filled industrial space between the gallery hub of Chelsea and the vibrant Meatpacking District.

Collective began with a passionate group of designers, curators, collectors and gallerists, who together recognized a need for a new commercial and educational platform for the design collector and connoisseur. With the participation of approximately 25 exhibitors and the avid support of the New York creative community, Collective will present a compelling vision of design today.

Publication "La Borne, A Postwar Movement Of Ceramic Expression"

Publication "La Borne, A Postwar Movement Of Ceramic Expression"

Magen H Gallery is pleased to present an exclusive exhibition of La Borne, a post-war movement of ceramic expression in France, accompanied by the sustaining publication, "La Borne: 1940-1980."

The exhibition highlights the definitive history of this iconic movement and will feature a collection of over 100 pieces dated from 1940 to 1980, by artists such as Jean and Jacqueline Lerat, Elisabeth Jouilia, Vassil Ivanoff, Pierre Digan, Rémi Bonhert, Robert Deblander, Joëlle Deroubaix, Gérard Bossard. Yves and Monique Mohy, Anne Kjaersgaard, Hildegund Schlichenmaier Anne Barrès and Gustave Tiffoche.

Since the mid-16th century, La Borne has been known throughout the region, as “A Village of Potters.” During the second part of World War II, La Borne experienced a renaissance with the destined arrival of Jean and Jacqueline Lerat in 1941, founders of the movement. These artists (no longer categorized as merely craftsmen) took an interest in clay and migrated to La Borne to study the traditional ceramic techniques, bringing earthenware into the forum of free artistic expression. La Borne rapidly became the epicenter of a distinct art movement revolutionizing the global expression of sculptural ceramics.

From its inception, the Magen H Gallery’s collection of works has been built on the founding premise that art and design are allied and interdependent. Founder, Hugues Magen has passionately collected ceramic pieces by the artists of La Borne for over 15 years. He aspires to address the importance of this innovative movement within the decorative arts and design market.

Exhibited for the first time in the United States, ”La Borne: 1940-1980” celebrates the full contribution breath and energy of the innovation of ceramics during the post-war years.

Exhibition "The Object of Sculpture"
25 April - 11 May

Exhibition "The Object of Sculpture"

Magen H Gallery is pleased to present “The Object of Sculpture”

"The Object of Sculpture" features selected works from the post war period to present, inclusive of decorative arts, ceramics, and sculpture. The curated collection broadens the concept and relativity of the dimension of sculpture through various forms, mediums, materials, and techniques. Featuring works by Berto Lardera, Forest Myers, François Stahly, Jim Cole, Terence Main, Anne Barrès, André Bloc, Sylvain Contini, Louis Durot, Roger Féraud, François Guéneau, Philippe Hiquily, Kilar, and Pierre Székely, the exhibition emphasizes the transcendence from sculpture (early part of the Twentieth Century), as purely representational art to a non-representational artform. "The Object of Sculpture" focuses on Twentieth Century Design as a vehicle of expression for artists who engaged in an innovative discourse and creation of nonfigurative forms illustrating sculpture as three dimensional art.

For over ten years, Magen H Gallery has been at the forefront of modern design. With special emphasis given to French post war designers, architects, and sculptors the gallery's premise is built on the foundation that art and craft are allied and interdependent. Magen H Gallery exhibits annually at Design Miami and the gallery's New York location.

Magen H Gallery at Miami Design 2011
29 Nov - 4 Dec 2011

Magen H Gallery at Miami Design 2011

Magen H is please to present: "The Individual and The Collective, 1920-1970" at Design Miami. The exhibition includes pieces by Alain Douillard, Jean Prouvè, Charlotte Perriand, Georges Jouve, Jean Royère, Gustave Tiffoche, Le Corbusier, Ceramics of LaBorne and Pierre Jeanneret.

April Magen in collaboration with Ryan Lawson | HL23 Show Apartment
Winter 2011 Issue

April Magen in collaboration with Ryan Lawson | HL23 Show Apartment

The design of HL23's dramatic exterior, and the level to which the building is finished inside - unique in New York City's new developments, made for the perfect match with Magen H Gallery. The gallery is one of the world's most esteemed destinations for top collectors, leading architects, and high end designers looking for the best in French furniture and decorative arts of the 20th Century.

Offering the best pieces in the collection by mid-century designers such as Royere, Adnet, Hiquily, Agostini, Guariche, and Chaleyssin, and a select few pieces by contemporary artists such as Howard Meister and Forrest Myers, dealer April Magen collaborated with interior designer and artist Ryan Lawson on the interior design of the 9th Floor Model Apartment at HL23. Ryan brings to the mix a rich appreciation for and a love of these furnishings at the top of the collector market. Also, his years of experience with prestigious residential projects and his painterly eye for color and texture, help these pieces remain relevant - both visually and functionally - in the lives of today's clients.

With Magen H Gallery's unerring eye for beautiful objects and Ryan Lawson's understanding of their most perfect placement, the resulting interior - both beautiful and smart - is a perfect model home for the most discriminating buyer.

Home of April and Hugues Magen featured in “Dealer’s Choice: At Home with Purveyors of Antique and Vintage Furnishings”
Spring 11'

Home of April and Hugues Magen featured in “Dealer’s Choice: At Home with Purveyors of Antique and Vintage Furnishings”

Dealer’s Choice: At Home with Purveyors of Antique and Vintage Furnishings features the exquisite private spaces inhabited by the world’s leading dealers of modernist furniture and objects, antiquities and antique European decorative works. The vigilantly arranged homes are in L.A., New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, the Belgian countryside, and elsewhere.

April Magen in collaboration with interior designer Ryan Lawson designed a model apartment in Neil Denari's newly constructed HL23
Spring 11'

April Magen in collaboration with interior designer Ryan Lawson designed a model apartment in Neil Denari's newly constructed HL23

Offering the best pieces in the collection by mid-century designers such as Royere, Adnet, Hiquily, Agostini, Guariche, and Chaleyssin, and a select few pieces by contemporary artists such as Howard Meister and Forrest Myers, dealer April Magen collaborated with interior designer and artist Ryan Lawson on the interior design of the 9th Floor Model Apartment at HL23. Ryan brings to the mix a rich appreciation for and a love of these furnishings at the top of the collector market. Also, his years of experience with prestigious residential projects and his painterly eye for color and texture, help these pieces remain relevant - both visually and functionally - in the lives of today's clients.

With Magen H Gallery's unerring eye for beautiful objects and Ryan Lawson's understanding of their most perfect placement, the resulting interior - both beautiful and smart - is a perfect model home for the most discriminating

Howard Meister's "Nothing Continues to Happen" included in an artwork by Luis Jacob showing at the Guggenheim Museum
Summer 10'

Howard Meister's "Nothing Continues to Happen" included in an artwork by Luis Jacob showing at the Guggenheim Museum

The Artists Louis Jacob incorporated a picture of Howard Meister's chair Nothing Continues To Happen in his work entitled Album IV showing in the "Haunted" exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. His piece is a photomontage of 84 panels combining images belonging to the artist's cultural and social environment.
On show at the Guggenheim Museum of New York, From March 26 to September 6, 2010

Howard Meister at the MET
Fall 09"

Howard Meister at the MET

Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present

Howard Meister's chair "Nothing Continues to Happen" (1980), is a featured work in this current exhibit in addition to being part of the museum's permanent collection.
This installation of approximately 45 objects stretches from 20th century work by Mackintosh, Rietveld, Tiffany, and Hoffman, thru Breuer, Mies, and Eames, to Arad, Pesce, and Meister; also included are metalwork, ceramics, glass, jewelry, drawings, and posters.

Magen H Gallery Opens New Space!
May 09'

Magen H Gallery Opens New Space!

Magen H. Gallery Opens New Space
with Work by Contemporary American & Iconic French Artists

New venue designed by architect Alan Wanzenberg


NEW YORK, NY — Hugues and April Magen will debut their new space, Magen H. Gallery, at 54 East 11th Street, with a significant exhibition of sculpture, furniture, and ceramics by contemporary American designers and by the iconic 20th-century French masters for which the gallery is well known. Opening on Wednesday, May 13, the exhibit will showcase work by Forrest Myers, Terence Main, Howard Meister, François Stahly, and Pierre Székely, offering visitors an in-depth look and an abbreviated preview of upcoming shows.

"What's exciting about the new space is that it allows us a flexibility we did not have before and increases our ability to enhance and forward the design conversation in the decorative arts. This show represents a well-crafted, deeply philosophical human exploration, contributing to the art world as a whole," says April Magen.

Designed by leading New York architect Alan Wanzenberg, the new space doubles Magen H. Gallery's exhibit area. With his emphasis on authenticity, craftsmanship, and design focus, the internationally prominent Wanzenberg, who has earned numerous awards, was the ideal architect to create the Magens' new space.

The launch reflects Hugues and April Magen's optimistic outlook, based upon their gallery's continuing success and economic strength. "Our ability to expand in these uncertain times is due to one simple idea," says April Magen. "Remain integral towards a vision and fundamental belief in a work of art. Rather than follow ephemeral design trends and the 'It' artists of the moment, we take a more curatorial approach and maintain a strong point of view. This assures that the objects we represent are of lasting inherent value."

From its inception, the gallery's premise has been that art and design are allied and interdependent. By synthesizing modern and mid-century design, Magen H. Gallery, the leading source for pieces by pre-eminent French post-war designers, continues to redefine the decorative arts market with significant, pioneering works. "We enjoy taking risks, expanding our perspective, and recognizing the importance of investing in the future of decorative arts as a whole," April Magen notes. Both professional dancers prior to becoming collectors and gallerists, April and Hugues Magen view each exhibition as a finely choreographed presentation of physical forms and an opportunity to push the boundaries of expression in art and design.