The Magazine Antiques - Most Recent Articles The most recent articles from The Magazine Antiques. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:57:30 +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 Andy Warhol's Pittsburgh <p>Collecting and researching American art have been avocations of mine since my student days at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1950s, when I commuted to school through the neighborhoods of the Hill District and past the belching steel mills on both sides of the Monongahela River. Those are fond memories still&mdash;fifty years after leaving Pittsburgh for New England&mdash;so when a group of ten drawings of those neighborhoods and mills surfaced on eBay, with inscriptions dating to March 1945 by a student at the city's Schenley High School, I acquired them. My reasons were initially nostalgic, but I also wondered if research might show that the "Andy" on the first sketch could possibly be Andy Warhol, who graduated from Schenley High in 1945.</p> By Paul Kossey Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The Whitney After All <p>Some things just aren't meant to fit in. The Whitney Museum of American Art certainly sounds like an august institution. But it was born on a scruffy back street in Greenwich Village at a time when "bohemian" meant "disreputable," and during its six decades uptown-most of them at Madison Avenue and Seventy-Fifth Street, in the moneyed precincts of the Upper East Side-it never really outgrew its origins. It did, however, outgrow its starkly modernist home, Marcel Breuer's inverted ziggurat from 1966. In addition to the usual curatorial squabbles and courting of benefactors and some epic board disputes, the Whitney spent decades trying to assuage its neighbors while somehow finding a way to expand.&nbsp;The task was hopeless. So it was with a feeling not just of relief but of joy that last spring, having renounced its<br />uptown location, the museum opened the doors to an expansive new building in the part of downtown Manhattan that until a few years ago was a reeking abattoir. Home, sweet home.</p> By Frank Rose Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The Seductions of Budapest <p>It is easy to succumb to the beauty of Budapest,&nbsp;Hungary's capital city, which straddles the legendary&nbsp;Danube River flowing down from Germany out to&nbsp;the Black Sea. High on a hill on the Buda side stands the&nbsp;Buda Castle, erected on the ruins of former royal palaces&nbsp;going back to the thirteenth century. It is answered across&nbsp;the river in Pest by the Hungarian Houses of Parliament,&nbsp;an immense Gothic pile of pinnacles modeled after London's&nbsp;Palace of Westminster (Fig. 2). Hungary's Parliament&nbsp;is just one of the grand architectural monuments built&nbsp;during Budapest's heyday at the end of the nineteenth and&nbsp;beginning of the twentieth centuries&mdash;a period of peace and economic prosperity after centuries of foreign rule.</p> By Rosalind Pepall Mon, 02 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 “As seen through the work of women”: The New Hall Art Collection at Cambridge University <p>Art pilgrims intent on making Cambridge, England, their destination should extend their journey beyond the university's majestic Fitzwilliam Museum and its old masters and Kettle's Yard, the fey modernist cenacle of British art between the wars, to include the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, one of three exclusively women's colleges at the University of Cambridge. Unknown to many Cambridge students and faculty, and a substantial number of British art historians and critics, the college has collected and exhibits more than four hundred works of art by women. It is the most significant collection of its kind in Europe, and the second largest public collection of women's art in existence, surpassed only by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., which houses some forty-five hundred objects.</p> By By Avis Berman Thu, 15 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Speaking Through Wood <p>"The Civil War has left its mark on two important pieces of vernacular furniture acquired by the Wadsworth Atheneum"</p> By Alyce Perry Englund Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 One Off <p>"There has never been another artist like George Caleb Bingham"</p> By James Gardner Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Bringing back the WAM! <p><em>The exhibition of an important&nbsp;collection of folk art at the Worcester&nbsp;Art Museum this summer gives&nbsp;us the opportunity to draw&nbsp;attention to the renaissance of&nbsp;a great museum in a city that is&nbsp;also busily being reborn.</em></p> By Matthias Waschek Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Disturbers of the Peace <p>One sign of an important exhibition may be its ability to move us into unfamiliar territory. By that measure, as by others, the recent show at the American Folk Art Museum, <em>When the Curtain Never Comes Down</em>, has claimed our attention. Its twenty-seven self-taught/outsider artists are represented by both permanent works&mdash; assemblages, garments, instruments, drawings, and the like&mdash;but more significantly by their actions in movement, song, and other forms of evanescent self-display. In the current art climate it is a relief to encounter art that for the most part cannot be bought or sold. But surely we are drawn to these evangelists of the self for other, deeper reasons</p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 High tops and low <p>Among the contents of the Allen Ginsberg Papers in Stanford University&rsquo;s Green Library is a pair of worn and dirty tennis shoes. In the thousand linear feet of correspondence, photographs, manuscripts and notes, reel-to-reel recordings, performance posters, and broadsides, the beat-up sneakers hold their own. Purchased during his 1965 visit to Czechoslovakia, it is reasonable to surmise that Ginsberg wore the nondescript white canvas shoes to march in Prague&rsquo;s May Day parade, to address a throng of students in the city square, and to cross the tarmac to an outbound plane when he was expelled from the Communist country a few days later</p> By Jenny Florence Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 George Washington's brush with immortality: The hair relics of a sainted hero <p>The eighteenth century had no pollsters to assess what voters really thought about their politicians, but even without such data, the eulogistic editorials that announced George Washington&rsquo;s death in December 1799 make clear that the country&rsquo;s first president had assumed a status as close to sainthood as anyone has ever done in the United States. John James Barralet&rsquo;s print <em>The Apotheosis of Washington</em> and a spate of similarly grandiloquent depictions of the deceased leader rising into heaven speak volumes about the god-like reputation Washington assumed in the decades following the American Revolution.</p> By Robert McCracken Peck Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 On stage in the garden: The roots of Frida Kahlo’s art at the New York Botanical Garden <p>After decades of lionization, what more could there be to say about Frida Kahlo? A great deal, as a visit to <em>Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life</em>, the new exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, proves. All it took was a fresh perspective and a unique team of talents.</p> By Tom Christopher Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Black dolls <p><span style="color: #800000;"><span style="color: #003366;"><span style="color: #800000;">Margo Jefferson</span></span> </span>| Miniature trains and boats; animals and picture books; balls that bounce and tops that spin: these toys belong to non-human worlds. Dolls are the only toys made in our image, the only human-like creatures children are given dominion over</p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 A charmed life <p>English inspiration, American creativity, and a bit of historical luck are joined in the author&rsquo;s house and gardens</p> By William Nathaniel Banks; Photography by Paul Rocheleau Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Gray matters <p>Recent films, exhibitions, and books re-establish Eileen Gray's reputation and start to set the record straight</p> By Jennifer Goff Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The gold dust twins: Thomas Hart Benton, Walt Disney, and the mining of frontier mythology <p>In March 1946 Thomas Hart Benton and Walt Disney took a meeting, as Hollywood would have it, just as Disney Studios was beginning to consider a project giving new life to an old hero, Davy Crockett. On the drawing board, to which Benton was invited to lend his hand, was a movie conceived as an animated folk operetta. You can picture Benton and Disney in an executive conference room bursting with creative talent&mdash;not unlike the smoke-fi‰lled atmospherics at 20th Century-Fox that Benton had sketched during his ‰first trip to Hollywood</p> By Jake Milgram Wien Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Wonder and menace, dreams and nightmares: Visions of Coney Island <p>An extraordinary array of artists have perceived Coney Island as a prism through which to view the American experience. Their visions have imagined the future and recalled the past; they have conveyed shifting ideas about leisure, and explored issues of race, ethnicity, and class. What artists saw at Coney Island, known as America&rsquo;s Playground, from 1861 to 2008, and how they chose to depict it has varied widely in style and mood, mirroring the aspirations and disappointments of their times</p> By Robin Jaffee Frank Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Figures in a landscape: sculpture in the British garden <p>No English country-house garden would be complete without the well-placed statue erminating a vista--Thomas Gray's "storied urn and animated bust"1 --giving a classical and literary reference to the landscape and subtly humanizing the wildness of nature. The origin of this, as of so many other aspects of British garden design, can be traced to sixteenth-century Italy</p> By This article was originally published in the 1987 October issue of The Magazine ANTIQUES., GERVASE JACKSON-STOPS Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 George E. Ohr <p>In 1893, in the small town of Biloxi, Mississippi, George E. Ohr's Biloxi Art Pottery burned down. In common with all calamities of this kind it must have caused considerable disruption and financial distress to the victim, but a propitious effect was to ignite a smoldering radicalism in Ohr, who thereafter began to produce some of the most inventive pottery of modern times</p> By This article was originally published in the September 1985 issue of ANTIQUES, Garth Clark Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Catesby—Man of Many Talents <p><em>This article was originally published in the April 1952 issue of ANTIQUES.</em></p> <p>A full century before John James Audubon published his <em>Birds of America</em>, an Englishman, Mark Catesby, brought out two folio volumes of what he grandly named <em>Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands...</em>.This is probably the first history of any importance ever done of American flora and fauna</p> By Nettie Wolcott Park. This article was originally published in the April 1952 issue of ANTIQUES. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100