Posted 07/19/11

American Revivalism: This country’s love affair with the colonial revival

In a wide ranging exhibition the Museum of the City of New York captures this country's long love affair with the colonial revival style...

Posted 07/18/11

Not Just Folk: Josyane and Robert Young at home in London

 The brick exterior of the house appears virtually identical to others on its street and to much of the neighborhood of Wandsworth in southwest London. Built in the 1840s by a philanthropic charity as part of a subsidized housing project for uniformed workers (mostly from the nearby railway but also policemen and soldiers), its conformity to the rows that surround it ends at the front door.

Posted 01/01/11

American Porcelain Teabowl

Unveiled for the first time at the Winter Antiques Show, a small teabowl is revealed to be the earliest intact piece of American  porcelain known to date—and it was made near Charleston.

Posted 01/01/11

George Ault and 1940s America

What does it mean for an artist to make a world?  Consider the case of George Ault, and more especially of Black Night: Russell’s Corners (Fig. 1), a painting he made in 1943 in Woodstock, New York, where he moved in 1937 and lived until his death eleven years later.

Posted 01/01/11


The story of the rise of modern American design has long been told in the same way: first came the arts and crafts movement from Britain and art nouveau from the Continent in the 1890s. Then, in the mid-1920s, spurred by the Paris exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Americans embraced the distinctive forms of art moderne.

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