Current & Coming | By ANTIQUES Staff

Coming soon: Events, shows, and exhibitions on the horizon

February 24, 2014  |  February 28 - March 2  Maryland Antiques Show, Towson, Maryland    marylandantiquesshow.org

 March 6 - 9 The Armory Show New York thearmoryshow.com

March 7 - April 20 Biggs Museum of American Art: Delaware Sampler Symposium: "'Wrought with Careful Hand': Ties of Kinship on Delaware Samplers", Dover, Delaware

March 11 - June 29  Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Carpets of the East in Paintings from the West", NewYork City

March 12 - 16  Charleston Art and Antiques Forum, Charleston, SC    charlestonantiquesforum.org

March 13 - June 30  Neue Galerie: "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 "'New York City

March 14 - 22  Asia Week New York    asiaweekny.com

March 14 - 23  TEFAF Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands    tefaf.com

 March 15 - 18 Asia Art Fair New York theasiaartfair.com

March 16 - July 6  St. Louis Art Museum: "Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet", St. Louis, Missouri

March 18 - July 20  J. Paul Getty Center: "In …» More

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Current & Coming | By ANTIQUES Staff

Exhibitions: Now on view

February 23, 2014  |  Yale University Art Gallery: "Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens"; to July 6 (New Haven, Connecticut)

Delaware Art Museum: "'Bessed are thePeacemakers': Violet Oakley's The Angel of Victory (1941)"; to May 25 (Wilmington, Delaware)

Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art:  "William Glackens"; to June 1 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool by Henri Matisse, French (1869-1954), 1927. Oil on canvas, 32 1/8 by 23 7/8 inches. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland; photograph by Mitro Hood.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts:  "Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art"; to May 18. 

Toledo Museum of Art: "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden"; to May 11 (Toledo, Ohio)

Portland Art Museum: "Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music"; to May 11 (Portland, Maine)

Amon Carter Museum of American Art: "Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine"; …» More

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Current & Coming | By Eleanor H. Gustafson

Early California photographs at the Huntington

February 21, 2014  |  The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has made two exciting purchases that enhance its unparalleled ability to tell the story of Southern California as it was transformed from vast rural ranchlands into an international symbol of the good life. The newly acquired Ernest Marquez Collection of photographs, with prints from the 1870s to about 1950, includes rare views of Los Angeles as well of early Santa Monica, which, as the Southern Pacific Railroad was on the brink of connecting Los Angeles to the rest of the nation in the mid-1870s, welcomed city dwellers to its beachside tent cities. Photographers opened studios catering to the incipient tourist trade, and the illustrious San Francisco photographer Carleton E. Watkins visited in 1877 and 1880. The collection includes his images as well as ones by such other early photographers as William M. Godfrey, Francis Parker, and Hayward and Muzzall. Amassed over a half a century by a descendant of Mexican land…» More

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The Market | By Barrymore Laurence Scherer

The new collector: American bronzes

February 20, 2014  |  The Italian Renaissance taste for classical art fostered a revival of bronze statuary, wealthy connoisseurs collecting both antique statuettes and new works by artists like Donatello and Verrochio. Likewise, the nineteenth-century fascination with Renaissance art created an even larger market for bronze sculpture. Post-Civil War American sculptors, many European-trained, followed suit.

Cupid by Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), 1895, balances gracefully on a globe while gesturing teas­ingly to lovers.  Signed and dated "F. MacMonnies / 1895" on back of globe and with the French found­ry mark on the base.  Bronze; height 26 ¼ inches. $50,000.  Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York.

Weighty and rich in appearance, bronze is primarily an alloy of copper and tin, sometimes lead or zinc. Because the alloys are stronger, have a lower melting point, and are easier to mold into intricate shapes, bronze is better suited to casting than pure copper. Ancient Greeks and Romans fa…» More

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Current & Coming | By Cynthia Drayton

New exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes at the Frick Collection

February 20, 2014  |  New York City's Frick Collection recently opened an exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes from the collection of Janine and J. Tomilson Hill. Displayed are thirty-three statuettes, sculptures, and a relief by masters of the Italian, German, Dutch, and French schools of the late fifteenth into the eighteenth century. One highlight is a pair of bronzes titled Sleeping Hermaphrodite and Reclining Venus after terracotta models attributed to François Duquesnoy and Thibault Poissant commissioned by the celebrated seventeenth-century French sculptor François Girardon for his personal collection. An added pleasure for admirers of French decorative arts is that the gilded-wood couches supporting the bronzes are attributed to the versatile French designer Gilles-Marie Oppenord, Girardon's neighbor at the Louvre. Oppenord did a series of drawings of Girardon's sculpture collection, including these bronzes, in imaginary architectural settings, which were engraved and published by N…» More

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