The Market | By Barrymore Laurence Scherer

New collector: Spratling silver

July 28, 2014  |  The son of Dr. William P. Spratling, a celebrated neurologist and pioneer in treating epilepsy, William Spratling had a tragic childhood, losing his mother and a sister when he was ten, and his father five years later. He went on to Auburn University in Alabama, where he majored in architecture and was apparently teaching the subject there within two years of his arrival. At twenty-one he became an associate professor of architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans, and during the ensuing years he also wrote on architecture and related subjects for Scribner's Magazine, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, and other publications.

His personal charm, his intellectual abilities, and his writing (he was eventually the author of eight books including an autobiography) gained him entrée into literary circles, where he forged close friendships with such luminaries as Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, and William Faulkner. Faulkner and Spratling lived together …» More

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Current & Coming | By Eleanor H. Gustafson

End notes: Summer of art

July 28, 2014  |  

Do you remember the game License Plates, when vacation travel meant keeping your eyes peeled for car tags from as many states as possible? Well, this summer you can play Art Everywhere, looking for masterpieces of American art scattered across the American landscape.

In some fifty thousand outdoor locations across the country starting on August 4--in cities and towns large and small, on billboards and buses, train platforms and bus shelters--the Art Everywhere project will display reproductions of more than fifty great American artworks from the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Whitney Muse…

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From the editor's desk | By Elizabeth Pochoda

Editor's letter, July/August 2014

July 15, 2014  |  Here is a curious turn of events: British folk art, although obviously many centuries old, is just this summer receiv­ing its first ever museum exhibition. Robert Young, who with his wife Josyane has carried aloft the standard of European folk art in their handsome London gallery for several years now, discusses Tate Britain's exhibition in this issue with his customary intelligence and brio. It is gratifying to see the Youngs' passion for beautifully idiosyncratic work finally recognized in a museum setting.

By contrast, in our made-up nation where we have no ruling artistic tradition to inhibit us, museums have been busily celebrating, exhibiting, and validating the art of the folk without cease for most of the past century. At Antiques we continue do our part...thus this our annual (mostly) folk art issue. And still, after all this time of mining the field, there are surprises, from the little known-the Autry's show of traditional and contemporary North American floral bead…» More

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Current & Coming | By Katy Kiick

Events: Exhibitions, symposiums, and lectures

July 3, 2014  |  Fore more, visit our calendar.

Left: Eagle by Bernard Langlais, ,ca. 1964, raw and painted wood, 96 x 48 x 3 inches, Colby College Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Bernard Langlais. Photo: Pixel Acuity.  On view at Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. July 19 to January 4, 2015.

ALABAMA

Montgomery Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts: "Origins: The First Twenty-Five Years of the MMFA Collection"; July 12 to August 31.

ARIZONA

Phoenix Phoenix ArtMuseum: "Antonio Berni: Juanito and Ramona"; to September 21.* # "William H. Johnson: An American Mod­ern"; to July 13.*

ARKANSAS

Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: "American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of revolution"; to September 15.* # "Born of Fire: Ceramic Art in Regional Collections"; to March 2, 2015.

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles Autry National Center: "Flo­ral Journey: Native North American Bead­work"; to April 26, 2015.* # "Route 66: The Road and the Romance"; to January 4, 2015.

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From the Archives | By Katy Kiick

Independence Day covers by the numbers

July 2, 2014  |  We have published 92 July covers since 1922, and at least twenty-three of them contain allusions to Independence Day.

Some figures:

22:  Number of eagles

9:  Flags

7:  Military men

6:  Indenpendence Day-themed covers in the 1960s, the most of any decade. The 1940s had 5.

3:  Drums

1:  Invitation to buy war bonds

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