January 10, 2014 | At this year's Winter Antiques Show in New York, the loan exhibtion is Fresh Take: Making Connections at Peabody Essex Museum. One of the show's highlights is an armchair from Vizagapatam, India, c. 1760 - 1770.
Before exploring the Vizagapatam armchair's fascinating history, the staff at the Peabody Essex Museum teaches us how to pronounce its name.
(For a higher-resolution video: Saying the V-word)
January 9, 2014 | Is it too soon to propose a quota on installations of contemporary art in period settings? Yes, I know, everything is mashable these days, but not all these border crossings of present into past deserve a visa. I recently went in search of a silver box in one of the period rooms of a major museum (it wasn't there). What I found instead was a series of interventions by artists who had installed video projections of old movies, recorded interviews with local folk jawing about their relatives, and, for some reason, multiple reproductions of twentieth-century plumbing fixtures. Makes you wonder, who's zooming who?
Not all conjunctions are so cockamamie, and many are simply wonderful. The recent sound installation by Janet Cardiff at the Cloisters in northern Manhattan comes to mind. There in the twelfth-century remnant of the Fuentiduena Chapel, Cardiff's recording of Thomas Tallis's sixteenth-century motet Spem in alium (In No Other Is My Hope) emerges from forty speakers arra…» More
January 9, 2014 | Armory Antique Show
The Armory Antique Show is a crowd pleaser, offering a playful abundance of eclectic wares at a range of prices. Organizers promise roughly one hundred specialists in antique and vintage furniture, folk art, Americana, modern design, garden ornament, lighting, jewelry, silver, textiles, and ceramics. Under new management this year, the Armory Antique Show was recently acquired by U.S. Antique Shows, whose schedule includes events in Florida, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Snowbirds flock to its flagship Original Miami Beach Antique Show, planned for January 30 to February 3 and perhaps best known for fine art, furniture, jewelry, silver, and ceramics. Vice president and group fair director Dan Darby promises few changes to the New York show, a magnet for Americana.
January 24–26 • 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave. • armoryantiqueshow.com
Odd Fellows Heart in Hand staff, early twentieth century. Painted wood. American Garage, Los Angeles.
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January 9, 2014 | It is interesting to speculate on what Western art might look like had Japan not opened its ports to international trade in the 1850s, sending forth a flood of textiles, woodcuts, lanterns, screens, and other objects that captivated artists from Mary Cassatt and Claude Monet to Frank Lloyd Wright, who once described himself as "enslaved" by Japanese prints. Interesting and all but futile given how deeply Japonisme was embedded in much of impressionism, post-impressionism, art nouveau, and early modernism. To account for the vast phenomenon that was Japonisme in the West, the Frist Center in Nashville is mounting an exhibition drawn from and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where the arts from both sides of the world in this period are exceedingly well represented. Some 170 objects- paintings, decorative arts, arms and armor, and textiles-will be on view to testify that Japonisme was less a vogue than a sea change in Western art.
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January 9, 2014 | We asked exhibitors at the Winter Antiques Show to highlight one exceptional object in their booths and describe it as they might to an interested collector. Here are the things they chose, along with some of their comments.
Edward or Edvard Olson, the carver of this Uncle Sam that dates from about 1925, was born in Sweden in 1887. After coming to the United States he worked for twenty-four years as a machinist at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington. The carving of Uncle Sam comes with a period photograph showing Olson at work carving a small horse alongside his Uncle Sam.
Several months ago we got a telephone call from a Dutch notary. The notary asked if I remembered a certain lady for whom we had done an evaluation fifteen years ago. As I did remember her, I was asked to make an appointment at the notary's office. Once there he explained that my late father was mentioned in her will. She so appreciated our k…» More
[Compiled by Brian J. Lang, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Craft at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Originially published in "Curat» View All