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Art & Antiques April 2020

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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

in this issue

2 min.
ancestors and precursors

THIS MONTH, a rich and fascinating show is on view at a small museum in London, the Dulwich Picture Gallery. “British Surrealism: 1783–1952” not only provides a survey of high-quality Surrealist art from a country not typically associated with Surrealism, it also extends the survey backward in time, before the 20th century, long before the movement was officially launched (see page 38). The organizers of the exhibition posit William Blake, Henry Fuseli, Lewis Carroll, and other early masters of the macabre, the grotesque, and the absurd in literature and art as precursors to Surrealism in England, even as Surrealists before the fact. While perhaps controversial to art historians, this assertion would likely have been very acceptable to the Surrealists of the 1920s and ’30s, regardless of their opinions of the particular…

2 min.
of a different stripe

The Berlin-born designer Karl Springer (1931–91) arrived in New York in the late 1950s looking for opportunity. He got a job at Lord & Taylor as a window dresser, creating displays to catch the eye of passersby on Fifth Avenue. Soon, though, he was parlaying his skills as a bookbinder, acquired back in Germany, into making desk accessories wrapped in leather that he sold through high-end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman. Springer began to acquire a reputation that was strengthened when sophisticated clients like the Duchess of Windsor bought his creations. By 1965, Springer had opened his own studio in Manhattan and made the transition to furniture-making. He took the distinctive aesthetic of his wrapped objects and applied it on a larger scale, crafting chairs, tables, credenzas, and other forms…

2 min.
medals, but not metal

On April 2, Christie’s New York will hold a sale titled “Dalva Brothers: Parisian Taste in New York.” The auction is devoted to Dalva Brothers, a New York-based family firm that has specialized in 18th-century French furniture and decorative arts for three generations and eight decades. Over the years, the firm has sold pieces to top private collectors and institutions like the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Met. On occasion, they’ve sold France back to the French, placing pieces in Versailles and the Louvre. Christie’s sale will feature some 250 lots from the Dalva Brothers collection. Among the works of fine 18th-century decorative art will be pieces of European furniture, Sèvres porcelain, Chinese works of art, clocks, and sculpture. The panel seen here, a unique Charles X exhibition tableau made…

3 min.
dallas maverick

THIS YEAR, the Dallas Art Fair returns for its 12th edition. The show takes to Dallas’s Arts District, colonizing the Fashion Industry Gallery from April 16 through 19. Of the 94 local and global dealers participating in the fair, the majority are exhibitors from previous editions. Twenty-two are first-timers, including Kamel Mennour of Paris and London, Rodolphe Janssen of Brussels, and Salon 94 of New York. The fair will also include a new special exhibition titled “HERE NOW: North Texas Artists in 2020.” Co-curated by Justine Ludwig, Creative Time’s executive director, and Brandon Kennedy, the fair’s director of exhibitor relations, the exhibition highlights the practices of some 25 regional artists. Together with a book of collected studio visits chronicled by Patron, a local Dallas culture magazine, the show within the show…

1 min.
l.a. transcendental

“LUCHITA HURTADO: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn” is on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) through May 3. The show is the first in the United States to showcase the eight-decade-long career of the Venezuela-born, 99-year-old artist. For the vast majority of the time she had been making art, Hurtado’s work was kept in storage and out of public view. Since 2016, her work has been subject to rediscovery and has been featured in a host of leading galleries and institutions. Hurtado moved to New York from Maiquetía, Venezuela, in 1928. She worked for a period there as a fashion illustrator for Condé Nast. A move to Mexico City connected her to a group of artists and writers who had left Europe in the…

1 min.
texas tales of asia and america

THE CROW MUSEUM of Asian Art of the University of Texas at Dallas will be presenting “Texas Asian Women Artists,” a three-year-long series of exhibitions dedicated to honoring the cultural traditions of Asia with contemporary works by Texas-based artists. The first to be exhibited in the series is the Chinese-born artist Beili Liu, who is a professor of art at the University of Texas in Austin. “Beili Liu: One and Another,” which opened on January 18 and continues through August 16, consists of two monumental installation pieces, Lure/Dallas and Each and Every/Dallas. For her installations, Liu uses materials such as thread, scissors, paper, and stone, as well as more unusual ones such as fire and water. Lure/Dallas is made up of bright-red discs of coiled thread suspended from the ceiling, each…