Editor’s letter, May/June 2014

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Here is the conventional wisdom about our world: contemporary art, in the ascendant for decades now, is on an ahistorical rampage, wielding its industrial strength newness and sowing disdain for beauty, mastery of technique, and anything that smacks of pastness. While this may be true of a segment of the art market and its press, art­ists are quite another matter. …

Touching nature

Editorial Staff

Originally published in May/June 2014 If traversing a well-curated exhibition can be compared to strolling through a beau­tifully tended garden or park, it is entirely appropriate that a show devoted to close looking at nature should take the idea of a nature walk as its guiding metaphor. “Of Green Leaf, Bird and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World, opening …

Clare Leighton’s

Editorial Staff

from The Magazine ANTIQUES, January/February 2011 | In 1948 Josiah Wedgwood and Sons commissioned printmaker and author Clare Leighton to make wood engravings for a set of twelve plates depicting New England industries. Leighton was in many ways a perfect choice with strong appeal to audiences in both England and the United States. She had established her reputation in Britain …

The present learns from the past

Editorial Staff

September 2009 | The Shelburne Museum and The Magazine ANTIQUES have a long history together. Within a year of the museum fully opening in 1953, Alice Winchester, the magazine’s editor, introduced it to her readers as “one of the…most unusual museums” in the country, its “collection of collections” assembled over a lifetime by Electra Havemeyer Webb, whom she described, with …