This is the second part of a series profiling Shaw Gallery of Fine Art’s gallery on Naples’ Fifth Avenue South. Click here to read part one.
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Facilities. Barbara Shaw and her staff clearly understand that the scale, proportion and visual presence of artworks in relation to each other and the space around them are what create an optimal installation or placement of exhibited works. Through the imaginative use of angled interior walls and columns, they have configured every square foot of the showroom so that paintings can be displayed museum style without being crowded too closely together. Visual definition and transition points are created through both lighting and the thoughtful placement of pedestal-displayed bronze and colorful glass sculpture which work to balance the way the artworks interact with each other.
The texture of the walls adds another element of sophistication to the gallery. The stucco has been troweled on with the gusto of van Gogh impasto, and it gives the white satin finish the appearance of hewn marble or the chalk cliffs of Dover at night during the gallery’s world-class meet-the-artist receptions marking the opening of each solo exhibition. The walls are framed by semi-gloss wood base and crown molding and contrasted by sand-colored berber carpeting that softens guests footfalls as they wander the long galleries and interior viewing space of the deceptively large exhibition space. It all works together to place the focus totally on the art, rather than the backdrop against which it is viewed.
Another nice feature of Shaw’s space on Fifth Avenue South is the private viewing room in the back. With built-in bookcases and an ensemble of comfortable armchairs and end tables, the room recreates a prospective collector’s library, study or den. It thus provides patrons with the ability to envision how a contemplated acquisition is likely to look in their home. (Of course, the gallery will deliver works to a patron’s home on approval in order to remove any doubts they may harbor as to how the purchase will actually fit within the overall design of the room or adjoining works in their collection.)
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