The Magazine Antiques - Most Recent News and Opinion The most recent items from The Magazine Antiques from the news and opinion category. Thu, 26 May 2016 04:42:35 +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 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&rsquo;s graphic mastery defined London in the mauve nineties, Walker Evans&rsquo;s stark photographs remain the most powerful and enduring images of America in its time of greatest hardship.&nbsp;</p> By James Gardner Wed, 18 May 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 OMG Indeed! <p><span>It was quiet in the galleries last September as I took a final walk through the Wadsworth Atheneum before the grand unveiling of our eight-year project to bring back its glories.&nbsp;I wondered how our members, patrons, the press, and the public would respond to all that we have done here. It has been a long haul,&nbsp;full of ups and downs in the&nbsp;</span><span>economically stressed city of Hartford, Connecticut, as we renovated and upgraded the museum&rsquo;s aged buildings so that its world-class collections could be reinstalled.</span></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>77</o:Words> <o:Characters>431</o:Characters> <o:Company>Brant Publications</o:Company> <o:Lines>15</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>12</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>496</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>14.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG ></o> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </x By Susan L. Talbott Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 New Worlds, New Art <p>Landscape painting in all the Americas, a touring exhibition and an inquiry</p> <p>Artistic representation of human interaction with the land has a long history in the Americas. It spans more than thirty thousand years, from the earthworks and pictographs of ancient indigenous cultures to the land art of the 1960s and 1970s to contemporary photographs of the terrible beauty of environmental destruction. It was during the early years of the nineteenth century, as emerging settler nations across the hemisphere gained and asserted their independence, that landscape painting began to forge a broader vision of the Americas. Artists seeking to respond to and depict distinctive topographies and natural wonders produced unique pictorial representations that nonetheless shared an ideological and aesthetic orientation to the land, as well as artistic techniques for depicting it.</p> By Valéria Piccoli & Georgiana Uhlyarik, Peter John Brownlee Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 A Rich and Beautiful Sadness <p>In one of his most famous works, the esteemed art historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner sought to define &ldquo;The Englishness of English Art.&rdquo; If anyone were to under take a comparable inquiry into the Danishness of Danish art, the painter Vilhelm Hammersh&oslash;i could well stand as the palmary embodiment of the thing in question. His small, reticent, manically controlled paintings achieve that prim order, that almost morbid inwardness, that foreigners, at least, are apt to associate with the land of Hamlet and Kierkegaard.</p> By James Gardner Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Still Startling, Still Electric <p>Julia Margaret Cameron was almost twenty-four when Louis-Jacques-Mond&eacute; Daguerre announced the invention of photography at the Acad&eacute;mie des Sciences in Paris in 1839. But it wasn&rsquo;t until she was forty-eight&mdash;another lifetime later&mdash;that she would fully take up the medium herself. The catalyst was a Christmas gift from her daughter Julia and Julia&rsquo;s husband in 1863.</p> By Phillip Prodger Mon, 07 Dec 2015 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