An art historian muses on affinities between works of contemporary and early modern decorative arts
If you look past the trappings of the twenty-first century that Larko renders so carefully, a much older subject becomes apparent: the sublime
Imagine this: you’ve gotten hold of an antique quilt, perhaps 150 years old. It’s in pristine condition. It has an attractive pattern—a classic wedding ring, say, or log cabin, or even a crazy quilt. It is probably not the sort of object a museum would want, but it preserves a rich history all the same, of its maker, the family that retained it, and the craft itself.
Work by Yinka Shonibare launches a new exhibition series in March
What did Grandma Moses have in common with the likes of Jackson Pollock? Arguably, plenty.
We asked Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum, to tell us how she’s maintaining focus on the museum’s distinguished collection of European and American paintings and works on paper, while fostering the burgeoning contemporary art scene in Los Angeles.
* The August 24 and 25 sale of Australian art at Sotheby’s in Melbourne totaled over 6.8 million AUD. The top lot was Jeffrey Smart’s The Painted Factory, Tuscany that sold for 870,000 AUD (estimate 600,000-800,000 AUD). Other top sales were Sidney Nolan’s Burke and Wills Exhibition that sold for 552,000 AUD (estimate 450,000-550,000 AUD), Ivon Hitchens’s Flowers in a …
* Prices were down at the May 15 sale of American and European paintings and prints at Skinner in Boston. The top lot was Picasso’s Portrait of Ambrose Vollard with His Cat, which sold for $308,500 (estimate $450,000-650,000), and the next highest prices paid were $118,500 for the Henri Matisse drawing Seated Woman in Oriental Dress (estimate $150,000-250,000), and $41,475 …