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Highlights: Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, Ltd / Schiller & Bodo
Highlights: Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, Ltd / Schiller & Bodo
Familiar Faces in a Fresh Setting

Highlights: Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, Ltd / Schiller & Bodo
A view of the gallery at 120 East 65th Street.

120 East 65th Street, New York, NY

www.vallarinofineart.com or tel. 212.628.0722

www.schillerandbodo.com or tel. 212.772.8627

"Smaller, more client-oriented, and much more fun," is how Vincent Vallarino describes the new venture he initiated with longtime friends and sometime business collaborators, Lisa Schiller and Susan Bodo of Schiller & Bodo. In recent years, Vallarino, until this year a partner/owner of the Greenwich Gallery, one of the largest regional art galleries in the country, had begun to feel that the scale of his business was making it all too impersonal. "When you're big you have to have a bit of everything. It's all about filling the racks," he said in a phone conversation. In early 2006, having scouted out forty-three locations he found the perfect setting for his new venture; a nineteenth-century townhouse overlooking a beautiful garden on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Next he asked Schiller and Bodo to join forces with him. It made perfect sense since they have in common their dealership in mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth-century European paintings and have frequently owned many paintings together; while Vallarino also handles American works from the same period and Schiller & Bodo specialize in Barbizon and French Academic works.

"This allows us to show a broader variety of paintings in one space and increases our buying power," says Susan Bodo, explaining that, while sharing the same address, "We remain independent businesses, cooperating when it makes sense to do so."

Highlights: Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, Ltd / Schiller & Bodo
Ernest Lawson (American, 1873-1939), Willows in Winter, circa 1915. Signed E. Lawson, lower right. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches.

"We've all known each other a long time," says Lisa. "But this is a fresh start, which is always good, and now we can offer our clients our combined expertise." Their credentials are considerable: Vallarino ran the Greenwich Gallery for seventeen years and is a noted photographer and collector in his own right. Bodo began her career at Sotheby's as an expert in nineteenth-century European painting and Schiller was director of Daniel B. Grossman before the two formed Schiller & Bodo in 1990.

Though they've been working from their new address for some months, September officially marked their first season together and all three are considerably energized by it. Vallarino has appropriately dubbed their new location "An American Salon" as it's reminiscent of the kind of Parisian salons where many of the artworks on display may originally have hung. The classically proportioned parlor floor salon, complete with fireplace, combines with a modern, light-filled room and an intimate study to provide three very different settings in which to view work.

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