January 21, 2014 | Among the many discussions that are not worth anyone's time is the one about whether fashion should be considered art or not. When the American Folk Art Museum asked thirteen designers to create something based on an object in its collections, the idea was not to prove that, hey, designers are artists too, nor was it to rescue folk art by translating it into modish ensembles. The point was to allow an eighteenth-century quilt, a tattoo pattern book, a carved coyote, dog, or ram, or a paper cutout to live in another context-where we can see it again with a different eye-and to create something arresting in the process. When the exhibition of the designers' work goes on view at the museum, that point will be made. The lush dress that Creatures of the Wind designed inspired by a Eugene Von Bruenchenhein photograph of his wife, Marie, against a floral background is not an appropriation so much as an appreciation. Catherine Maladrino's white gown translates the complex designs o…» More
January 15, 2014 | Shows and auctions
Jan 15 - 19
The LA Art Show; Los Angeles, CA laartshow.com
January 21 - 26
New York Ceramics Fair; New York City newyorkceramicsfair.com
January 22 - 26
Metro Show; New York, NY metroshownyc.com
January 24 - 26
Armory Antique Show; New York City armoryantiqueshow.com
January 23, 24 and 27
"Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver and Chinese Export Art"; Christie's, New York City
January 24 - 2
Winter Antiques Show; New York City winterantiquesshow.com
"Visual Grace: Important American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian"; Sotheby's, New York City
January 25 - February 1
Master Drawings in New York; New York City masterdrawingsinnewyork.com
January 25 - February 2
Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair (BRAFA); Brussels, Belgium brafa.be
January 30 - 3
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show; Miami Beach, FL miamibeachantiqueshow.com
January 14, 2014 | Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin
Not for guitar lovers only, some thirty-five instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, display the history of the great American guitar firm from its beginnings with the Viennese style instruments of C.F. Martin Sr., who came to this country, encountered Spanish style guitars here, and combined the two styles in a way that influenced subsequent makers of the instrument.
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin • January 14 to December 7 • metmuseum.org
Guitar by Christian Frederick Martin (1796 - 1873), c. 1850 - 1862. Spruce, rosewood, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl. C. F. Martin archives, photograph by John Sterling Ruth.
Also opening today at the Met: Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters
January 14, 2014 | Four paintings (three from European institutions and one from a private collection in New York) created by Piero della Francesca for private devotion will be shown together for the first time: St. Jerome and a Donor; Madonna and Child with Two Angels; Saint Jerome in a Landscape; and Madonna and Child. The exhibition follows upon the Frick Collection's popular showing this year of seven of the eight works by the master known to exist in the UnitedStates.
Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters • January 14 to March 30 • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York • metmuseum.org
Madonna (The Senigallia) and Child with Two Angels by Piero della Francesca (c. 1412 - 1492). Tempera and oil on walnut. Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, Italy.
Also opening today at the Met: Early American guitars
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)
Pickle Dish, American China Manufactory (Bonnin and Morris), Philadelphia, 1771-72. Soft-paste porcelain with lead glaze; height 4 3/16, width 4 1/2» View All