Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 8/26/19–9/1/19

Editorial Staff Art

Hard Tack after Winslow Homer (1836–1910) by an unidentified artist, published by Louis Prang & Co. Publishers, 1864, on view at Harvard Art Museums. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Harvard University, on loan from Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell. On view at the Harvard Art Museums.

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, August 29–September 1

Also known as the Baltimore Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show, the thirty-nine-year-old fair features hundreds of international exhibitors and also encompasses a ninety-dealer antiquarian book fair. On view will be everything from gem-quality diamonds to antique barometers, alongside a host of special events at the downtown Baltimore Convention Center on West Pratt Street.

Hours: Thursday 12 pm–8 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am–7 pm, Sunday 11 am–7 pm. Tickets: $20.

Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to August 31

“I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china,” Oscar Wilde once admitted. He wasn’t alone. For more than seven hundred years, porcelain (the recipe for which was discovered in the West thanks to the efforts of the German Augustus II) has exercised an intense fascination in countries as far flung as Mexico and Japan.

Fragment with head and duck in a jeweled trellis, Egypt, early 5th century, on view at the Textile Museum, George Washington University. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt at the Textile Museum, George Washington University, August 31 to January 5, 2020

Amazons and Erotes gazing from the threadbare remains of luxe Egyptian wall hangings testify to the influence of Hellenistic culture on Egypt during the centuries following the 323 conquest by Alexander the Great; Christian imagery to the legacy of the Copts, who founded their church in the decades after the death of Jesus. The desert climate has done much to preserve these remains—tattered though they be—in this dry crossroads of culture.

Winslow Homer: Eyewitness at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, August 31 to January 5, 2020

The Robert Capa of his day, artist Winslow Homer served as a war correspondent for Harper’s Weekly during the American Civil War, churning out scenes of army encampments, bloody battles, and cringeworthy surgery for a public hungry for views of the conflict. Printmaking was at its historical zenith in the mid-nineteenth century, as etching, woodblock printing, and nascent lithography vied for dominance, and Homer’s images were reproduced on a scale never seen before, helping to underwrite a popular appeal that would serve him well during his career after the war.