Current & Coming | By Laura Beach

Antiques Week in Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Antiques Show

May 9, 2012  |  From its redesigned catalogue to its sleek new stands, the Philadelphia Antiques Show looked younger than its 51 years when it opened on Friday, April 27, for a five-day run.

Organized as a benefit for Penn Medicine, the show is one of the oldest and most traditional in the country with a reputation for top-flight American, English, and Chinese works of art, both fine and decorative.

Not everyone welcomed this year's move from Navy Pier to the Convention Center. But one look at this handsome new installation with its low lighting, sophisticated palette and large, airy stands had even the most jaded show goers convinced.

There was plenty to look at but, really, you had to be there. Not to be missed?

 

Arader Galleries' stunning, 1754 engraving of the Philadelphia harbor and skyline from the Jersey Shore by George Heap and Nicholas Scull, $585,000. It is one of a handful of known examples of this print;

A spectacular sheet iron and copper Angel Gabriel weathervane, …» More

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Current & Coming | By Laura Beach

Antiques Week in Philadelphia: 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show

May 9, 2012  |  

 

Barn Star Productions' 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show got off to a brisk start in its original Center City location on Friday, April 27, as dozens of collectors stormed the gates in search of eighteenth through early twentieth century fare.

Organized by Rhinebeck, N.Y. promoter Frank Gaglio, the show is a magnet for Americana buyers, including exhibitors from the nearby Philadelphia Antiques Show, a shuttle stop away at the Convention Center.

"Attendance was on par with last year, which was great considering that we had new dates," said Gaglio. Next year both shows will open on Friday, April 12.

 

Early Friday morning, Pennsylvania dealers Pat and Rich Garthoeffner sold to a colleague from Texas, Connecticut dealers Kocian DePasqua  handed over an early trade sign to prominent collectors from New Jersey, and Main Line dealer Diana Bittel swooped in to claim a weathered wooden sea serpent, probably a ship's relic, from Maine dealers Thomas Jewett and Charles Berdan…» More

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The Market | By Laura Beach

TEFAF, The App

March 19, 2012  |  The future of the art fair catalogue has arrived... and it is a TEFAF app for a smart phone.  At yesterday's by invitation only preview for the European Fine Art Fair in Maasstricht, the most coveted accessory was a smart phone loaded with the new device. Interactive maps help visitors navigate their ways through the vast 265 exhibitor display. It also comes loaded with photographs of objects on offer, video clips, audio files and a curious "Try Out TEFAF" feature that lets you visualize an object in your own environment. The new app can be downloaded for free at www.tefaf.com/mobile.

 

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The Market | By Laura Beach

Seen and Heard at the European Fine Art Fair: TEFAF Day One

March 16, 2012  |  "The museum doesn't have a shopping list but I hope our collectors do," said MFA Boston director Malcolm Rogers, who accompanied a group of American collectors through the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) on its opening day, March 15.

"I could be tempted to collect Old Master pictures instead of contemporary art," Whitney Museum of American Art director Adam D. Weinberg confessed to Boston collectors Ted and Barbara Alfond, part of the MFA delegation to the show, organized annually in Maastricht, The Netherlands. TEFAF was founded as a showcase for Old Masters pictures but has grown to encompass 265 exhibitors in a range of specialities, from antiquities to contemporary art.

Wednesday, Netherlands Queen Beatrix made a private tour of the fair, which has pulled out the stops in celebration of its silver jubilee. "Her personal taste runs more to contemporary art but she did admire our Bosschaert the Elder painting of flowers," said the London-based Old Masters dealer Johnny …» More

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Santa Fe

July 16, 2009  |  

Santa Fe is a city made by hand; a place of no hard edges or sharp departures, whose centuries old past stretches indelibly into the future. Well known from the art it has inspired, the Royal City of the Holy Faith, dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, startles first-time visitors. Above the jagged crest of La Bajada to the south, it rises against the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, blood-tinged at dusk. At seven thousand feet, the heavens draw near and the unfiltered sun bleaches the Santa Fe landscape to a desiccated palette of straw, sage, lavender, ochre, and salmon.

The city’s vibrant art trade began near its historic plaza, where the Museum of New Mexico was founded a century ago. Galleries still circle the old town square and extend from its center along San Francisco Street and Palace Avenue.
From the Plaza, it is a fifteen minute walk to Canyon Road. With its dense concentration of shops, roughly eighty at last count, this picturesque thoroughfare is the…» More

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[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi

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