Posted 08/06/12

A Rainy Day: Frank W. Benson's Maine Interiors

While visiting Maine's North Haven Island in 1900, the Bensons discovered Wooster Farm. The Federal house was situated on a narrow piece of land surrounded by the sparkling waters of Penobscot Bay. Ellen realized that it offered plenty of room for their four children-Eleanor, Elisabeth, George, and Sylvia-while Benson, spying the large barn, knew it would make a perfect studio. "From the moment we saw it," Benson later recalled, "Wooster Farm felt like home."

Posted 07/16/12

Southern California modernism engages colonial New England

An advertisement placed by the Los Angeles department store Barker Brothers in the Los Angeles Times on November 13, 1929, records the earliest appearance of Porter Blanchard's Commonwealth pattern, the first American flatware pattern to embrace modernism in both form and ornament

Posted 07/16/12

Folk art rising

Although the American Folk Art Museum received a great deal of press attention upon the closing of its award-winning building on Fifty-Third Street last year, the really big story was to be found in its immediate resurgence.

Posted 07/12/12

City Barnes

In any event, the new Barnes precisely preserves the idiosyncratic installation of what has justifiably been called the world's greatest private collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as the ethnographic works, antiquities, and decorative arts that Albert Barnes amassed.  

Posted 07/12/12

The discovery of William Black

When the late southern decorative arts expert and author John Bivins Jr. published his 1968 book on early North Carolina firearms, he noted that, "among surviving implements...of early America and the South, few art forms have stirred the imagina¬tion more than the American longrifle."1 Created by craftsmen working in rural communities, long rifles could be objects of both beauty and utility on the early American frontier.