After nearly 50 years in business, dealer Barry Friedman has announced that he is closing his gallery in March. Christie’s New York will host several auctions of artworks from his holdings on March 25, 26, and 27 titled Barry Friedman: The Eclectic Eye.
“I turned 70 earlier this year,” said Friedman in a statement released by the gallery, “and as I am in good health with lots of energy, I would like to take advantage of this and spend more time with my family and travel the world. In addition, I am looking forward to having the time to work on a project that I have been talking about for years – writing a book that chronicles the incredible works of art that have passed through my hands during my career.”
In addition to collecting and dealing in design and the decorative arts, Friedman began collecting avant-garde photography in the 1980s. He and Edwynn Houk formed the Houk Friedman Gallery for a time, and Friedman continued to show photography in his gallery, including work by Michael Eastman and Arno Rafael Minkkinen, among others.