Posted 04/27/15

Catesby—Man of Many Talents

This article was originally published in the April 1952 issue of ANTIQUES. A full century before John James Audubon published his Birds of America, an Englishman, Mark Catesby, brought out two folio volumes of what he grandly named Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands....This is probably the first history of any importance ever done of American flora and fauna

Posted 04/27/15

Making friends with fraktur: Some thoughts on the exhibition Drawn with Spirit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

If you are fraktur ignorant, fraktur agnostic, or fraktur allergic, this is an exhibition that should win you over. From its opening moment where a huge curving wall enlarges a small 1834-1835 gem of Adam and Eve attributed to Samuel Gottschall, the visitor is primed for seduction

Posted 04/27/15

The allure of Leeds House: An unparalleled private collection finds its ideal home in Philadelphia

Last winter, one of America's great private collections slipped quietly from its urban home of nearly two decades in upper Manhattan to the splendor of a historic estate in Philadelphia

Posted 04/21/15

Current and coming: Horace Pippin in Chadds Ford

Although his reputation as an artist of consequence has never faltered, Horace Pippin, who was widely exhibited in the 1940s when he was championed by Albert Barnes among other luminaries, has not had a major exhibition in more than two decades

Posted 04/21/15

Current and coming: Coney Island in Hartford

There will be four venues in the coming year for the exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008. Would that there were forty more so that everyone within earshot of a carnival barker's cry could gaze at this mirror of our nation at moral, aesthetic, and economic leisure over a century and a half

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