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Art & Antiques

Art & Antiques April 2019

The Art of Excellence. Art & Antiques is tailored to readers who are actively involved in the international art market. Our editorial policy places special emphasis on the interests of the serious art aficionado—a collector whose passion is acquiring and living with art, antiques and high-end collectibles.

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in this issue

2 min
rather be in philadelphia

THE 57TH Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show brings 60 top dealers from across the country to the Navy Yard. Opening with a preview party on Thursday, April 25, the show runs through April 28. It specializes in furniture, paintings, jewelry, silver, textiles, porcelain, and several other collecting fields, ranging from the early colonial period to the present. One highlight of the show, Henri DeLattre’s The Race between Mac and Zachary Taylor at Huntington Park Course, Philadelphia, Jul 18 1849 (1850, oil on canvas), which Red Fox Fine Art of Middleburg, Va., will feature, has special resonance with the Pennsylvania city. The French-born, largely self-taught DeLattre established himself as a prolific equestrian painter in Philadelphia and captured this scene at a local racetrack. Another work that invokes the power of place is Mark…

11 min
sunlight dialogues

The Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida had a very fortunate life, both professionally and personally, but in terms of posterity he had the misfortune to have been doing his best work just as avant-garde modernism was about to change the art world forever. Often grouped with his contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn, Sorolla was a master of bravura paint handling, influenced by Impressionism but basically anchored in the older European tradition of realist depiction, and particularly the Spanish tradition from Velázquez and Ribera through to Goya. In his time, Sorolla became an international sensation, hailed as “The World’s Greatest Living Painter” by the London gallery where he had a one-man show in 1908, and in 1909 and 1911 he had blockbuster shows in New York, a city…

11 min
striking back at the empires

In ancient and modern times alike, the Middle East has been a battleground for conflicts between world powers. During the Cold War, the U.S. and the Soviet Union faced off there in proxy wars. Earlier in the modern era, Britain, France, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire contested control. In the medieval period, Islamic dynasties clashed with each other, with the Byzantines, and with the Crusaders. And from the 1st century B.C. through the 3rd century A.D., the Roman and Parthian Empires, based in Italy and Iran, respectively, struggled for dominance in an area encompassed today by Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. That period of time is the subject of a current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, called “The World between Empires: Art and Identity in the…

2 min
popular photography

This month, we highlight photography in Art & Antiques, timed to The Photography Show, which is produced by AIPAD, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. In addition to our comprehensive preview of the fair (see page 24), which is celebrating its 39th year, we have some longer, in-depth articles on photographers that we think should appeal to any enthusiast of the medium, and to anyone interested in the distinctive visual modes of the 20th and 21st centuries. Dorothea Lange (see page 44) is known far beyond the art world, which is exactly how she would have wanted it to be. Born in the same New Jersey town as Alfred Stieglitz, her reputation is as democratic and universal as his is rarefied. Traveling around the country during the Great Depression, she…

1 min
furniture in flower

IN THE 18TH and 19th centuries, only the very wealthy could afford furniture made of top-quality woods. Decorating furniture with paint came about as a way to conceal the less-than-optimal grain of humble woods in pieces meant for the average consumer. Soon, though, it flowered into an exuberant art that reveled in polychromy and encouraged folk craftsmen to give their imaginations free rein. In the Pennsylvania German community, painted furniture was a particularly vibrant phenomenon, with abstract geometric forms and floral motifs proliferating against backgrounds of inimitable colors. The Pennsylvania German lift-top dower chest shown here, of pine with brass and iron hardware, was made in Berks County around 1780. The painter (who likely was not the cabinetmaker) is known only by the symbols that are found on a group of…

2 min
we’re in the money

NEW YORK City’s history as a commercial and financial center will be explored through work by self-taught artists in the American Folk Art Museum’s new exhibition “Made in New York: The Business of Folk Art.” The show, which opens on March 19 and runs through July 28, puts one hundred works dating to the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries on view. The exhibition focuses on two perspectives: “The Art of Business,” which showcases the characters and characteristics of commercial life in New York and “The Business of Art,” dedicated to products created by artists and manufacturers, including commercial signs, store figures, and advertising imagery. As Elizabeth V. Warren, the exhibition’s curator, points out, American folk art is often associated with rural areas of the country rather than with its metropolitan centers—New…