March 19, 2014 | The pan roast is back. The herring is coming. The famous Oyster Bar restaurant in New York's Grand Central Terminal reopened last Thursday after a four-month renovation of its 101-year-old interior, particularly a thorough cleaning of its ceiling of interlocking vaults covered with terracotta tiles by the Guastavino firm. Seeing the tiles fully cleaned and all the edging light bulbs aglow hints at the wonders in store for visitors to the exhibition Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile, opening at the Museum of the City of New York on March 26.
The Oyster Bar is one of more than two hundred surviving examples of the marvels of engineering and architectural beauty created throughout the five boroughs by Spanish immigrants Rafael Guastavino Sr. and Jr. in the early twentieth century . Their system of structural tile vaults-lightweight, fireproof, low-maintenance, and capable of supporting significant loads-was used by leading architects of the day, …» More
March 17, 2014 | We enjoy exploring the ways in which contemporary artists look to the past to inform their work. We are especially intrigued by the photography of Australian Bill Gekas, whose primary inspiration for these images of his daughter is clearly the Dutch old masters. Digital photography is his tool, but his evocative images are also the result of astute borrowing and improvisation. To see more of his work, visit billgekas.com.
When did you start photographing, and was your focus always on portraiture?
I've been involved with photography since my early twenties, in the mid-1990s, when I was shooting with film cameras and developing and printing black-and-white film in a makeshift darkroom. During those years I was shooting a bit of everything except portraiture, which didn't interest me until I discovered the great portrait works of Irving Penn, Alfred Stieglitz, and Diane Arbus. They had a haunting beauty that made the viewer connect with the subject. To create the same kind of …» More
"Glackens combines greatness as an artist with a big man's mind,"
Alfred C. Barnes
By the time it arrives at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia next fall the big William Glackens (1870-1938) exhibition that has just opened at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale will have altered the reputation of this surprisingly versatile artist. In the view of the show's curator Avis Berman, a regular contributor to Antiques, the eighty-five works on display establish the artist as far more experimental, subtle, and yes, modern, than he has heretofore been credited with being. Of course readers of this magazine we were already aware that there is a great deal more to Glackens than conventionally thought thanks to Berman's excellent articles on his work here (March/April 2011 and January/February 2014).
The traveling show and its catalogue, edited by Berman, will also put on view the things that make her a valued contributor to Antiques: the depth of her scholarshi…» More
March 10, 2014 | TRANSITIONS
London-based Asian art specialist Ben Janssens, who was injured in a cycling accident last August, has resigned as chairman of the European Fine Art Fair after seven years. He will continue serving on TEFAF's board of trustees and as chairman of its Antiquairs section. Willem van Roijen succeeds Janssens, replacing acting TEFAF chairman Robert Aronson.
Joshua W. Lane (left) has been named the Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Curator of Furniture at Winterthur Museum. Lane, curator of furniture at Historic Deerfield since 2000, assumes the post on April 14. He directed Historic Deerfield's Summer Fellowship Program between 2005 and 2012. Lane replaces Wendy Cooper, who retired last year.
Malcolm Rogers, director of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts since 1994, will retire. The activist director oversaw an era of explosive growth at the MFA culminating with the opening of the new Art of the Americas Wing in 2010 but was at times criticized at times for his aggressive …» More
March 10, 2014 | King by Alice Neel (1900-1988), c. 1954. India ink on paper, 13.33 by 11 inches. The Estate of Alice Neel, Courtesy Aurel Scheibler, Berlin.
The modern section of the Armory Show on Pier 92 (March 6-9) opened with a significant surprise: an installation curated by Susan Harris, Venus Drawn Out: 20th Century Works by Great Woman Artists. Pier 92 had never done a curatorial project before so encountering one hung salon style amidst the intensely commercial hubbub of the show was the first surprise...but not the last. When she was initially asked to do an exhibition culled from the galleries that would be exhibiting on the pier, Harris began by thinking about drawings, something she loves but not something that is at the red hot center of a market where paintings rule, surprise number two. As she was making a list of twentieth-century artists whose drawings she admired she realized that they were all by women, another unexpected development. Thus Venus Drawn Out whose organic, a…» More
[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi» View All