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Art & Antiques

Art & Antiques Winter 2019-20

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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Art & Antiques Worldwide Media, LLC
10 Issues

in this issue

3 min
applied arts

THE DISTINCTION between “fine art” and “applied art” (or “design,” or “decoration,” call it what you will) is coming to seem more and more, well, artificial. Likewise with the line we used to draw between “artist” and “artisan.” The human creative impulse works across such boundaries. The current surge of interest in modernist design (see page 29 for a preview of an upcoming auction in this category) has done a lot to change people’s thinking in this regard. So has a more broad-minded view of art history, which is making us aware of how not only vanguard modernists but also much earlier culture viewed all the visual arts, whatever their purpose, as ultimately one. An exhibition now on view at the Neue Galerie in New York makes a very interesting point…

2 min
around the globe

There are easier ways to gain instant fame than how Captain James Cook and his crew on the HMS Endeavour achieved it. Cook, a junior naval officer, led the King George III-commissioned voyage across the Atlantic to Brazil and around Cape Horn. This ship sailed to Tahiti to observe the 1769 transit of Venus and then to three Pacific islands. From there, Cook and crew clocked six months in New Zealand before becoming the first European explorers to reach the east coast of Australia. Sailing northward along the Austrialian continent and just barely evading shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef, the ravaged Endeavour landed in the port of Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. Finally, it circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope in March 1771 and reached England in July.…

2 min
deep purple

Porphyry is a stone that possessed a mystique in antiquity due to its purplered hue, its hardness, and its rarity. The Greek word porphyra means purple, and the substance was reserved for use by the Roman emperors, analogous to the Tyrian purple dye used for Imperial togas. Porphyry was mined at only one place, a site in Egypt that was supposedly discovered by a Roman legionary in 18 A.D., according to Pliny the Elder in his Natural History. Since the location of this quarry was forgotten around the 4th century and not rediscovered until 1823, any porphyry used for sculpture in the intervening years had to be reclaimed from Classical ruins, especially architectural columns. The pair of Egyptian porphyry oval vases shown here was carved in Rome, most likely during the…

4 min
all eyes on l.a.

THIS YEAR, the LA Art Show—Los Angeles’ largest and longest-running art show—celebrates 25 years. For Kim Martindale, who founded the show with the Fine Art Dealers Association, the milestone isn’t just important to the fair itself but also for the city it represents. “Twenty-five years ago when I began the LA Art Show, there weren’t any big art fairs here,” says Martindale. “This is one of the most creative cities on the planet, and I always hoped that we would become a major arts capital. I felt it was important for the city to have a show of its own, to help put us on the map in the larger art world.” In the last quarter century, the L.A. art scene—and its place in the global art world—has changed significantly, with…

3 min
winter wonderland

THE 2020 edition of The Winter Show will be held at the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s Upper East Side from January 24–February 2. Established in 1954 by the East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization serving the Bronx and northern Manhattan, The Winter Show (née The Winter Antiques Show) is New York’s longest-running art, antiques, and design fair. This year’s edition features 70 international dealers showing work that ranges from classical to contemporary. Upholding the fair’s rigorous standards is a committee of 150 experts charged with vetting objects for authenticity, date, and condition. The show’s executive director, Helen Allen, says, “The 2020 edition reflects our commitment to the Show’s legacy as the nation’s longest-running art fair, while casting an eye to the future.” To that end, the fair has added…

1 min
brushes with greatness

ON DECEMBER 6, Heritage Auctions will hold its Fine European Art Auction in Dallas. The sale is particularly strong in works by women artists, with highlights including the expressive Still life with daffodils and tulips by acclaimed Scottish artist Anne Redpath. A leading figure of the Edinburgh School and the first female academician at the Royal Scottish Academy (she gained professorship there in 1947), Redpath was known for her depictions of domestic interiors and floral arrangements with their bursts of bright color and Matisse-like compositions. This work is estimated at $30,000–40,000. The sale features two works by the French Post-Impressionist painter Jeanne Selmersheim-Desgrange, Les Pins and Venice, each depicting sailboats on the water in vivid Pointillist renderings and each carrying an estimate of $4,000–6,000. Yvonne Canu, another French Post-Impressionist, is represented…