May 6, 2014 | The subtitle of the Met's Charles James exhibition, "Beyond Fashion," is suitably vague, hinting at an exalted realm where even the most extravagant fashion superlatives will be inadequate. Then, too, the phrase is meant to suggest that what lies beyond fashion must inevitably be art. Certainly James's designs have been so described almost from his first decade as a couturier in the 1930s: "Charles James is...the world's best and only dressmaker who has raised it from an applied art form to a pure art form," no less a personage than Cristóbal Balenciaga declared in a compliment that has become more or less routine.
Evening dress in black silk-rayon velvet, red silk satin, brown silk faille, and black silk crepe by James, 1946. © Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Arturo and Paul Peratto-Ramos.
The Met will display some seventy-five of the master's designs, all instantly recognizable for their dramati…» More
April 25, 2014 | Some people have the good fortune to find a unique path that leads to discovery and is enriched by sharing. For them life can be an endless adventure, laced with exploration and learning, younger people to mentor, and a broadening circle of those who share their interests and become close friends. Brock Jobe, this year's recipient of the ADA Award of Merit, is one of those people
A love of New England furniture and an endless appetite for learning have been central to Brock Jobe's career. His work has ranged from regional furniture studies, building collections, organizing exhibitions, and writing and editing to masterminding the recent eleven-museum collaboration titled Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture. He has been heard to say "I live and breathe furniture," and he is never happier than when crawling under a piece to study the details of its construction and feel its history.
When Brock was a first year student at Winterthur, the legendary Charles Montgomery retu…» More
April 18, 2014 | One of the noblest buildings on Manhattan's Upper East Side is 903 ParkAvenue, which commands the northeast corner of the avenue at 79th Street. As it happens, this building makes two compelling claims upon your attention. First of all, it was completed exactly one century ago by Warren and Wetmore, who gave the world Grand Central Terminal a year earlier. It is thus about fifteen years older than most of the other, more typical buildings on Park Avenue, and this fact is expressed in a certain assertiveness in the cornice and the other details, a certain vigor in the volumes, that remind one more of the residential palaces of Central Park West than of those on Park, which tend, when all is said, to be simple boxes with a few ornaments slapped on.
The building's second point of interest is that much of its third floor--though unsuspected by most pedestrians at street level--is occupied by Questroyal Fine Art, which was founded nearly forty years ago, and is still being run, b…» More
April 17, 2014 | Despite cold temperatures and snow on the ground this mid-April morning, it is spring, one of loveliest harbingers of which is the annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair held at the New York Botanical Garden. Scheduled this year for Friday April 25 through Sunday April 27, with its always delightful preview party and private plant sale on Thursday, April 24 from 6 to 8 pm, the show is a must for collectors and a joy for the uninitiated. As Paulette Peden of Dawn Hill Antiques says, "It is the premier show in the country for garden enthusiasts and a wonderful venue to show prized garden furnishings."
Fountains, sundials, statuary, bird baths, gates, garden benches, antique wicker, urns and planters, botanical prints, and architectural ornament are just some of the items that will be found in the booths of the more than thirty exhibitors-all set up in a large tent outside the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, amid the garden's flowering trees, plants, and shrubs. In additio…» More
April 17, 2014 | CONNECTICUT
New Canaan: Philip Johnson Glass House (May 1 - Nov. 30);Vukjiko Nakaya: Veil: The artist will use fog to create atmospheric effects in the Glass House's first site-specific artist project.
Night by Vincent Fecteau: Contemporary artists create a series of sculptures inspired by Giacometti's sculpture Night, which are displayed on the Mies van der Rohe coffee table where Giacometti's sculpture was displayed prior to being sent for repair to his studio in the mid-1960s. Giacometti died during the restoration and the sculpture was never returned to the Glass House.
Old Lyme: Chadwick Studio and Rafal Landscape Center at the Florence Griswold Museum (April 6 - Oct 31); the American impressionist painter William Chadwick used this structure as his studio from around 1920 until his death in 1962.
[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi» View All