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Art & Antiques March 2020

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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10 Issues

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1 min
bird’s-eye view

IN 1968, THE Swiss Abstract Expressionist painter H.A. Sigg was invited by Swissair to travel as an artist-in-residence in the sky. This opportunity allowed for a major breakthrough in Sigg’s work. Flying over Southeast Asia in the cockpit of a plane, he sketched the topography he saw below. These sketches inspired his output of the 1970s, geometric abstractions that hinted at topographical phenomena such as terraced fields and winding rivers. For Sigg, the river became especially significant, both as an aesthetic inspiration and as a symbol of personal journey and enlightenment. “The River,” an exhibition devoted to Sigg’s work, is on view through March 25 at Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York. One highlight of the show, The Small Sign I, a 2003 acrylic on canvas, features a field of Yves…

12 min
latter-day luminist

Between 1956 and 1964, the painter Leon Berkowitz and his wife, the poet Ida Fox, traveled throughout Europe. They spent two and a half years in Wales and made trips to London, Paris, Italy, Greece, and Jerusalem. For the painter, who had been a fixture of the Washington, D.C., arts community since the early 1940s, the trip served as a major turning point in his practice. Berkowitz said of this period, “Living and working as I did during those years in Europe in the open air under expanding skies, light itself became an ultimate goal. I became concerned with the dissolution of matter, the fragmentation of light, the conversion of ‘matter into spirit.’ I wanted to look into color, not at color.” If one were to wonder, what does transcendence look…

2 min
landscape and mindscape

ONE OF THE interesting things about abstract painting is how it continues to feed upon the visible world even as it eschews any conventionalized effort to represent it. A case in point is Leon Berkowitz (see page 66), an artist who is usually classified with the Washington, D.C., Color Field school but actually did a different kind of painting. While the Color Field painters stained their canvases with diluted paint, Berkowitz layered his with complex glazes that allowed them to radiate light outward through the colors, creating a uniquely luminous effect. Berkowitz actually called himself a “latter-day Luminist,” identifying himself with the second-generation Hudson River School artists who aimed for a transcendently peaceful effect in which light evenly suffuses the entire painting. Berkowitz made his artistic breakthrough while painting outdoors…

1 min
new in town

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.-based Leland Little Auctions will hold its first sale dedicated to artwork of the 20th and 21st century on March 13. The sale will include some 100 works of modern and contemporary art. The pieces on auction are culled from notable North Carolina collectors, including Allen G. Thomas, Jr., and Drs. Carlos Garcia Velez and Kent Davis. Several lots come from the collection of Dr. Larry Wheeler, who served as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art until 2018, and his partner, the interior designer Don Doskey. Wheeler, citing the growing popularity of contemporary art in the Southeastern United States, said of the pioneering sale, “It occurred to several of us that with the growing success of Leland Little Auctions right here in Hillsborough that this could be a…

1 min
american splendor

THE NATIONAL Academy of Design (NAD) was founded in 1825 by figures such as Thomas Cole, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Asher Durand in order to “promote the fine arts in America though instruction and exhibition.” Since then, the exclusive academy has had some 2,350 peer-elected members (430 living members are active now). As with many academies, it’s NAD’s policy that a member donate an artwork to its collection. But NAD has long required that members also submit a portrait, either self-executed or made by a fellow artist. These rules have paid off—NAD boasts a world-class collection of American art. This cache is currently starring in a traveling exhibition that will hit eight institutions in its four-year run. The show is a collaboration between NAD and the American Federation of…

2 min
leica queen

MUCH OF THE distinctive aesthetic of photography from the 1930s on derives from one small camera—the Leica. The German-made pocket-sized camera with the fast lens, which hit the market in 1926, revolutionized photography by making it possible for photographers to quickly and intuitively take pictures almost anywhere, anytime, from unexpected new angles and in difficult lighting conditions. The Leica popularized the 35mm film format with 36 shots on a roll, and it launched what we now call photojournalism. One of the early adopters of the Leica was a young German-Jewish woman named Ilse Bing (1899–1998). She bought hers in 1929 and is considered the first professional photographer to wholeheartedly embrace the new device (for the first few years it was available, the Leica attracted mostly amateurs because professionals though it was…