The Magazine Antiques - Most Recent Articles The most recent articles from The Magazine Antiques. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:52:46 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Ahead of the curve: The Newark Museum now and then <p>In a better world we would all be thronging the doors of the Newark Museum; in the best of worlds Ulysses Grant Dietz would be there to meet us, taking us through the galleries with fellow curators Christa Clarke and Katherine Anne Paul</p> By Ulysses Grant Dietz Mon, 20 Jan 5012 00:00:00 +0100 Whose history is it? <p>For years I&rsquo;d heard people expressing doubts as to whether the Smithsonian Institution actually needed a tenant devoted to black American history and culture. These misgivings didn&rsquo;t come from whites only, but from black and brown people too. &nbsp;The more knowledgeable&mdash;or, anyway, least blinkered&mdash;of such skepticism circled around whether such a place wouldn&rsquo;t be redundant since there was already a National Museum of American History on the National Mall, where you could &nbsp;find some of the same things the newer place was going to display.&nbsp;</p> By Gene Seymour Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Let's Just Call It Art <p>The work of Ronald Lockett, like that of Thornton Dial, Lonnie B. Holley, and others in the Birmingham-Bessemer circle, uses found materials to address environmental, historical, and political themes in ways that go beyond the usual categories.&nbsp;</p> By Bernard L. Herman Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Mourning Becomes Them: The death of children in nineteenth-century American art <p>"In the midst of life we are in death."&nbsp;</p> <p>These familiar words, which marched across sermons and samplers alike in the early decades of the American republic, surely resonated with sixteen-year-old Charlotte Sheldon in the summer of 1796.</p> By Catherine E. Kelly Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The substance of remembering: A collector's quest <p>Can there be more than one Robert Hicks operating out of a cabin called &ldquo;Labor in Vain&rdquo; somewhere near Nashville, Tennessee? You might be forgiven for thinking so. The Robert Hicks whose essay appears below is also a best-selling novelist (The Widow of the South, A Separate Country, and the forthcoming The Orphan Mother); a former music publisher and artist manager for a range of genres, from country to alt rock; a maker of award-winning, hair-raising small batch bourbon; a preservationist whose focus is on Civil War sites, including the battlefield at Franklin, Tennessee; and a collector of southern material culture with a unique sense of what collecting can mean in the South.&nbsp;</p> By Robert Hicks Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Local color, global appeal <p><span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Three New Orleans museums and two community cultural institutions draw visitors from afar by keeping the focus on indigenous artistry. &nbsp;</span></p> By Chris Waddington Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Dennis Miller, Helen Keller, Bunker <p>Is it just me or is Dennis Miller Bunker's painting Wild Asters more than beautiful (Fig. 1)? The blue stream rushes under us, grasses bending in the current, and the streamside bushes spray on either bank. The natural world is so near, we can hear and smell it-the trill of the water and the scent of the asters and grass and even of the sun.</p> By Alexander Nemerov Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Bringing back Olana <p>The fiftieth anniversary of the rescue of Church&rsquo;s exotic masterpiece &nbsp;finds it and its spectacular landscape more popular than ever with lovers of art, architecture, and ecology. &nbsp;</p> By Barrymore Laurence Scherer Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 It was never about the food <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>Drawn to restaurants as settings for his stylish avatars of American anomie, </span><span>Edward Hopper </span><span>deliberately avoided giving them anything to eat.&nbsp;</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> By Carol Troyen Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Walker Evans: early and late <p>The man who, more than any other, gave visual expression to American life during the Great Depression was not a painter, but a photographer who originally wanted to be a writer. As surely as Aubrey Beardsley's graphic mastery defined London in the mauve nineties, Walker Evans's stark photographs remain the most powerful and enduring images of America in its time of greatest hardship.</p> By James Gardner Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Undersea Adventures <p>A summer day on a Cape Cod beach. Blue skies. Warm weather. A slight breeze. Strolling with my wife and four young children. A moment to relax, a time to unwind. Could it get any better? STOP! NOW! DON&rsquo;T TOUCH THAT!&nbsp;I looked on with horror as my son was about to grasp an enormous gelatinous blob, its tentacles still distinguishable, stingers about to launch their toxic venom.&nbsp;</p> By Marvin Bolt Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Philly Eats, High and Low <p>"I once spent a year in Philadelphia. I think it was on a Sunday,&rdquo; W. C. Fields said sometime in the early 1940s. Fields, born in Philadelphia and tied with fellow native Man Ray for recognition as Philadelphia&rsquo;s merriest Dada prankster, was right about the city back then, but this is now. Philadelphia is booming, and so are its restaurants. Everybody, including critics who hated the town in the old days, knows you can get great food at great prices at any number of places. Here are ten or so. And because this is ANTIQUES, each comes with a bit of history.</p> By Jim Quinn Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Superfluity & Excess: Quaker Philadelphia falls for classical splendor <p>The fruits of extensive research on Benjamin Henry Latrobe&rsquo;s 1808 house and furniture for William and Mary Waln begin with their impact on the aesthetic of the city itself.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 A divine passion <p>Elisabeth Louise Vig&eacute;e Le Brun was the most sought-after portraitist of the <em>ancien r&eacute;gime</em>. A retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art rightly calls attention to her extraordinary talent rather than her gender.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By James Gardner Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Sites along the Schuylkill <p>The story goes that the Dutch, sailing up the Delaware River, missed the marshy entrance to its largest tributary. Upon discovering their mistake, the Europeans dubbed the waterway the Schuyl Kill, or &ldquo;Hidden River.&rdquo; The Dutch were soon squeezed out of Pennsylvania by the Swedes and then the English, but the name somehow stuck, showing up as the &ldquo;Scool Kill River&rdquo; on Thomas Holmes&rsquo;s 1683 <em>Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia</em>, the idealized plan for William Penn&rsquo;s city imagined as a grid of streets and squares set between two rivers.</p> By Jerry Singerman Thu, 17 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Enlightenment in Black and White <p>Nestled along the luxuriant cliff-side banks of the Mekong River, Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, is a city of stately palaces, villas, and bungalows left from the French colonial period, as well as many golden temples (vats) alive with the Buddhist culture of their attendant monasteries. While its local textile industry is renowned, what seduces the visitor to Luang Prabang is the tranquil pace of life, where time is marked by the gongs and drums that signal the daily rituals of the monks. These begin at daybreak with Tak Bat, when the monks, from sixty-four monasteries, process down the main street, Sakkaline Road, to receive alms in the form of nourishment placed in their ample tin-lidded bowls by residents who kneel curbside.&nbsp;</p> By Paula Deitz Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Cajun and Creole, the rough and the fine <p>Over the past ten years Wade Lege has rescued some of the disappearing landmarks of his native Louisiana, beginning with a group of Acadian cottages and culminating in the ongoing restoration of a Greek revival house originally from Kismet plantation.</p> By Chris Waddington Fri, 04 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Rockwell Kent and Edward Hopper: Looking out, Looking Within <p>Consider Rockwell Kent's paintings of land and sea as modern American mindscapes&mdash;poetic distillations of remote places that probe the mysteries of life. Kent hoped viewers would lose themselves in contemplation before his haunting visions.1 "Essentials only ought to go into painting," he insisted. "I want the elemental, infinite thing; I want to paint the rhythm of eternity."2 He perceived the earth and heavens as psychological force fields imposing their nature upon man to make him what he is.3 Critics recognized a "stark strength" and "mystic imagination" pulsing through his paintings of Monhegan Island, Newfoundland, the Alaska Territory, and Tierra del Fuego.4</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Jake Milgram Wien Wed, 02 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Getting the blues: Transfer ware translated by three contemporary artists <p>Y ou can only imagine what the china connoisseur in Edward Lamson Henry's 1889 A Lover of Old China might think upon encoun-tering a plate made by one of the three contemporary artists shown here. We, on the other hand, might be equally disconcerted by the notion that there could be anything contemporary or even modern about a transfer-ware plate. In fact, when modern ceramics come to mind we are bound to envision a simple functional shape, obviously created by hand, coated in a glaze of a rich but subtle hue. That is the legacy of the studio pottery movement that began in Britain in the early twentieth century with ceramists such as Bernard Leach, Lucy Rie, and others. And yet the three artists profiled here are making us take a second look at a medium that has grown stale with familiarity over the last hundred years.</p> By Shax Riegler Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 What we talk about when we talk about naive art <p>Late in the 1970s, sailing in the Grenadines, my wife Brigitte and I stopped at the small island of Bequia&mdash;an Arawak name meaning &ldquo;is&shy;land of the clouds.&rdquo; It has now become a tourist stop. Port Elizabeth, its principal town, today advertises a &ldquo;charming wa&shy;terfront; take a stroll from the vegetable market, follow &lsquo;front street&rsquo; with its many shops, boutiques and restaurants, keep going along the beach walkway, maybe stop for a drink at the Frangipani or Gingerbread.&rdquo; Passing time has not erased the memory of walking that waterfront, stopping in the manner of meandering tourists at a stationer&rsquo;s shop and coming upon, piled in a bin, a small stack of paintings by Canute Caliste, six dollars apiece. We bought them all.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> By Bliss Carnochan Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100