Last spring I was standing on 27th street with my nose pressed against the glass of the abandoned Tepper Galleries. A reader of this blog had tipped me off to their closing. I could have scooped the New York Times article! But all around, businesses were being hit hard by the recession, and Tepper's disappearance just seemed too sad.
But I'm happy to report that Adam Hutter, former principal auctioneer at Tepper, has started his own enterprise, Hutter Auction Galleries. His auctions are being are held monthly, on Saturdays, at the Cirker Fine Art Storage at 444 West 55th Street.
Hutter says that the business is growing at a steady pace, each auction better than the last. Some of the bigger auction houses are sending him business, and word of mouth is picking up. The January was his busiest auction yet.
The next sale is scheduled for Saturday, February 19th, at 11:00 AM. Previews run Thursday and Friday, but if you can't get over during the week, you can preview on Saturday, too, starting at 9:30. And, of course, you can friend Hutter on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.