Posted 11/01/11

In the American Grain: Art and Capital at Crystal Bridges

The small town of Bentonville, Arkansas, home to some 35,301 souls in the most recent census, is about to be transformed beyond recognition. Already it enjoys some

Posted 09/28/11

In praise of ornament

It is an unusually exciting time at the MFA. The new Art of the Americas Wing was inaugurated in November 2010, and with it came many other museum transformations. In addition to the recent opening of the Rabb Gallery dedicated to twenti­eth-century European painting and sculpture and the Italian Renaissance Gallery highlighting maio

Posted 09/26/11

The Japanesque silver of the Whiting Manufacturing Company

The 1870s and 1880s were some of the most innovative and exciting decades in the history of the American silver industry. Postwar prosperity, the discovery of silver in the American West, and innovations in manufacturing created an ideal environment for the design and fashioning of original objects.

Posted 09/15/11

The comeback: The National Academy reopens with six new exhibitions

The National Academy reopens with six exhibitions designed to reclaim its pivotal role in American art and architecture.    

Posted 09/15/11

Living with antiques: No velvet ropes–a collection in New Jersey

Called the last of the Georgians by the architect Robert A. M. Stern, Mott B. Schmidt dared to be unfashionable, stub­bornly designing traditional houses for town and country long after they were in favor.* Schmidt's houses in the American Georgian manner usually relied on a restrained com­bination of red brick, dark shutters, and white

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