The Magazine Antiques - Most Recent Articles The most recent articles from The Magazine Antiques. http://www.themagazineantiques.com Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:28:35 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Ahead of the curve: The Newark Museum now and then http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/ahead-of-the-curve-newark-museum/ <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 Disturbers of the Peace http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/george-washington-hair-relics/ <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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/on-stage-in-the-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/gold-dust-twins/ <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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/visions-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/figures-landscape-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/catesby-talent/ <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 Making friends with fraktur: Some thoughts on the exhibition Drawn with Spirit at the ... http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/fraktur-march-april-issue/ <p>If you are fraktur ignorant, fraktur agnostic, or fraktur allergic, this is an exhibition that should win you over. From its opening moment where a huge curving wall enlarges a small 1834-1835 gem of Adam and Eve attributed to Samuel Gottschall, the visitor is primed for seduction</p> By Elizabeth Pochoda Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The allure of Leeds House: An unparalleled private collection finds its ideal home in Philadelphia http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/leeds-house-philadelphia/ <p>Last winter, one of America's great private collections slipped quietly from its urban home of nearly two decades in upper Manhattan to the splendor of a historic estate in Philadelphia</p> By Rachel Elizabeth Delphia | Principal photography by Alexander Vertikoff Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Current and coming: Horace Pippin in Chadds Ford http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/current-and-coming-horace-pippin/ <p>Although his reputation as an artist of consequence has never faltered, Horace Pippin, who was widely exhibited in the 1940s when he was championed by Albert Barnes among other luminaries, has not had a major exhibition in more than two decades</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Current and coming: Coney Island in Hartford http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/current-coming-march-april/ <p>There will be four venues in the coming year for the exhibition <em>Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008</em>. Would that there were forty more so that everyone within earshot of a carnival barker's cry could gaze at this mirror of our nation at moral, aesthetic, and economic leisure over a century and a half</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Current and coming: Rivera and Kahlo in Detroit http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/current-coming-rivera-kahlo/ <p>To celebrate its rebirth as an independent museum after the city's brush with bankruptcy, the Detroit Institute of Arts is mounting Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 The jeweled watches of Henry Blank and Company of Newark http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/jeweled-watches-henry-blank/ <p>Like most nineteenth- and early twentieth-century jewelry manufacturers in Newark, New Jersey, Henry Blank and Company until recently had been long forgotten. However, it was one of the largest and most successful Newark firms from the 1890s until well after World War II</p> By Leslie Sykes-O'Neill Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Inside New York: The City's landmarked interiors http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/nyc-landmarked-interiors/ <p>More than just a display of handsome pictures, <em>Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York's Landmark Interiors</em>, an exhibition at the New York School of Interior Design (to April 24), tells the stories behind a variety of landmark interiors that have been preserved throughout the city</p> By Judith Gura Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100