Current & Coming | By ANTIQUES Staff

At the Met: Carpets of the East in paintings from the West

March 10, 2014  |  The cross-disciplinary exhibition opened on March 11 at the Metropolitan Museum explores the way carpets moved and were used around the globe by pairing three seventeenth-century Islamic rugs with Dutch paintings of the same period. The Magazine ANTIQUES spoke to exhibition curator Deniz Beyazit, the assistant curator in the Department of Islamic Art, to understand the origins of the project, and asked Peter Pap, the renowned San Francisco-based dealer in Oriental rugs, to take us through each pairing to understand more about the trade, the carpets themselves, and what they meant to makers in the east and consumers in the west. 

The Magazine ANTIQUES (TMA): Deniz, how did this exhibition come about? As a curator in the Islamic Art department, did you choose favorite carpets to feature, and identify paintings featuring something similar; or work backwards from the paintings, then find partner carpets?

Deniz Beyazit (DB): One day I had the idea for the show-I am origina…» More

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The Market | By ANTIQUES Staff

A major exhibition offers a fresh look at William Glackens

March 10, 2014  |  

 

"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).

Avis Berman

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

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The Market | By ANTIQUES Staff

Surprises at the Armory Show

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

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From the editor's desk | By ANTIQUES Staff

Editor's letter, March/April 2014

March 10, 2014  |  The photographs by Charles Marville in this issue and on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art strike me as an important early chapter in the story of our modern lives. Marville's job was to photograph Paris before and after Baron Haussmann erased its centuries old densely wound streets, replac­ing them with the broad new avenues and alluring vistas that seduce us with life's limitless possibilities. Marville's street scenes are mostly absent of humanity, in part because capturing people during the long expo­sures required of early photography made populous scenes unlikely. But the photographer does seem to have intuited-or else I am making this up-that the freedom promised by modernity would come at a certain cost and that we might not always be at home on the vast boulevards of the future. To my eye these vistas (both before and after Haussmann) look a little like crime scenes; they hint at how life will feel when people have to struggle with a world of constant upheaval, so…» More

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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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