If tastemakers are those who, through thinking out of the box and promoting an intelligent taste, popularize new directions in aesthetics, then Barry Friedman is definitely a tastemaker. For nearly five decades, he has established himself as one of New York's leading art dealers. When it comes to design, Friedman has been responsible for creating trends, unearthing neglected historical periods, discovering new talents, creating some of the world's leading design fairs, and guiding such legendary collectors as Andy Warhol and Barbara Streisend. Icons of modern design have made their way from his gallery to museum collections and many of world's finest homes. Next month, Christie's will celebrate his retirement with a three-day auction entitled "Barry Friedman, The Eclectic Eye." My article on the sale was published inCultured Magazine this month.
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