COVER: An untitled painting by Ilonka Karasz (1896–1981) c. 1920. Collection of the Portas family; photograph by Michael McKelvey, courtesy of the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Editor’s letter

Critical thinking / Difficult issues

Fallen Idylls: Ruins in the American collective consciousness
Glenn Adamson

Current and coming

The Paston Treasure at the Yale Center for British Art, totalitarian terror at the Neue Galerie, the art of Chicago saloniste Gertrude Abercrombie at the Illinois State Museum, and more

Museum visit

Reconsidering sepia: Clarence White’s photography at the Davis
Sammy Dalati


Katherine Lanza


Gertrude Fiske breaks the glass ceiling at Discover Portmouth
Eleanor H. Gustafsonem



Boston baroque

Upholstery for an early easy chair
Alexandra A. Kirtley and Robert F. Trent

The leafy modernism of Ilonka Karasz

How a prolific, polymathic artist and designer joined an eye for the sleek with a taste for the pastoral
Ashley Callahan

Brilliance by any name

The attributions in the Michel Sittow exhibition at the National Gallery of Art may be arguable. The artistic genius on view is not
James Gardner

Finding a past for the present

Rural imagery in precisionist art
Emma Acker

Trims and ends

An exhibition at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia showcases the lost art of hair work
John Whitenight

The outsider artist as storyteller

Vestiges & Verse at the American Folk Art Museum
Valérie Rousseau

Other Americas

The Whitney Museum reappraises the career of Grant Wood
Barbara Haskell