The Magazine Antiques - Most Recent News and Opinion The most recent items from The Magazine Antiques from the news and opinion category. http://www.themagazineantiques.com Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:54:39 +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 That was another country http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/that-was-another-country/ <p>Precisely because photography is thought to be the most objective of all mediums, it acquires over the course of years, and seemingly in spite of itself, a haunted quality that no other product of visual culture can claim to the same degree.</p> By James Gardner Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Treasury Notes http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/treasury-notes/ <p><em>With a boost from Broadway, the caretakers of Hamilton Grange cast new light on the charms of Alexander Hamilton's once bucolic home.</em></p> By Elizabeth Pochoda Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Idle Hours: William Merritt Chase and modern leisure http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/idle-hours-william-merritt-chase-and-modern-leisure/ <p>"Idleness opens up for any one who has eyes to see and a mind to dream a playground of infinite variety," wrote novelist Arthur Pier in 1904 for the magazine <em>Atlantic Monthly</em>.1 William Merritt Chase had eyes to see the liberating benefits of idleness, and he found motifs of infinite variety in America's playgrounds.&nbsp;</p> By Erica E. Hirshler Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 The Real American Grotesque http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/the-real-american-grotesque/ <p><strong><em>A group of circus posters at the Shelburne Museum illustrates the routine stereotypes and exploitative practices of circus owners as they battled one another for primacy.</em></strong></p> By Kory W. Rogers Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Paul Landacre’s world http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/paul-landacres-world/ <p>The brilliance of the master printmaker owed something to the patronage of Hollywood royalty but a great deal more to the dynamism of early California modernism.</p> By Jake Milgram Wien Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Mr. Boyd and Mr. Miles: A New York State portrait artist deciphered http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/mr-boyd-and-mr-miles-a-new-york-state-portrait-artist-deciphered/ <p>Early nineteenth-century American portraiture includes a number of small profile likenesses in oil, pastel, and watercolor by artists such as C. B. J. F. de St. M&eacute;min, James Sharples, Gerrit Schipper, and Jacob Eichholtz. All follow the European fashion for profiles, namely emulating those on Greek vases and Roman coinage, and are thus fitting for the neoclassical motifs and styles of the new republic.&nbsp;</p> By David R. Allaway Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Whose history is it? http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/lets-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/the-substance-of-remembering-a-collectors-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/superfluity-and-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 http://www.themagazineantiques.com/articles/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