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Art & Antiques June 2021

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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8 min
romantic realists

The term “Biedermeier” is usually applied to an almost modernistic-looking furniture design style that was popular in the German-speaking lands in the first half of the 19th century. But there is also a Biedermeier style of painting, and it is hardly proto-modern. In fact, it has often been characterized as a retrograde, petty-bourgeois, sentimentalist aesthetic, a symptom of reaction that set in after the defeat of Napoleon and the end of the Romantic era. However, such a view is an oversimplification at best, as a new exhibition at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna argues. “Better Times? Waldmüller and Biedermeier in Vienna” (May 12–February 27) takes a close look at Austrian painting from the first half of the 19th century, through the lens of one of its greatest practitioners, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.…

2 min
good trouble

THE ARTIST Wosene Worke Kosrof has lived in the U.S. for over 40 years, but he was born and raised in Ethiopia, and the language of his native country is an integral part of his painting practice. He creates complex, layered abstractions in which the characters of the Ethiopian Amharic script are essential elements. He has observed that knowledge of Amharic is not necessary for an understanding of his paintings; in fact, those who know it may assume that the meaning of the artwork is reducible to what the syllabic characters spell out, while those who do not can experience their graphic power and mystery without grasping for literal meanings. Recent works by Wosene will go on view later this month at Paul Mahder Gallery in Healdsburg, Calif., in the exhibition…

1 min
fruitful friendship

“BEAUFORD Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom,” an exhibition organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art, is now on view at the Asheville Art Museum through June 21. The show features more than 40 paintings and works on paper by Delaney, a Black, Appalachian-born artist who moved to the Paris suburb of Clamart in 1955. Delaney’s 50-year career is punctuated by a nearly 40-year friendship with the writer James Baldwin, and the works on view in Asheville either depict, are inspired by or are dedicated to Baldwin. For Delaney, Baldwin served as a powerful intellectual and spiritual anchor, and for Baldwin, Delaney was a guide for how to persevere as a gay man of color. The work that emerged from the friendship is as vibrant as it is crucial. Delaney’s Portrait of James…

2 min
dappled things

THIS MONTH, Findlay Gal-leries in Palm Beach, Fla., will be having a one-man show for British painter Hugo Grenville. “Juxtaposition/Composition” (June 1–July 1) features fig-ure subjects, landscapes, and still lifes in a style that immediately recalls Matisse, Vuillard, and Bonnard. In his joyful enthusiasm for bright colors, sunlight, textile patterns, and open windows, Grenville most resembles Matisse, while the quality of interiority in his work recalls the Nabis. His skill with dense patterning is on display in works like The Chequered Dress, in which the dress, worn by a young woman, meshes with the patterns of the pillow she leans on and a cloth draped behind her. The whole composition is like a complex fugue of intersecting patterns and colors. The purple and yellow that dominate are regulars in Grenville’s…

3 min
decoding art

Four years after the great German-born American art historian Erwin Panofsky published his landmark Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance (1939), the New York Times ran an article by one of its art critics, Howard Devree, that railed against the book. It read, in part: “The other day in a bookshop I picked up a volume on iconology which devoted a whole long heavy chapter to the use and significance of the blind cherub in certain Renaissance paintings!” Devree went on to complain that such scholarship “imbued all but the initiate with a sense of ignorance and unworthiness and erected a wall of erudition between the ordinary citizen and the pretorian guard of Germanic art specialists.” He argued, further, that the approach of Panofsky and…

8 min
air power

THE AIRPLANE HAD a huge impact on 20th-century art—and not just in its role as a conveyor of jet-set collectors. The phenomenon of flight itself gave rise to artworks from the very beginning, most notably by speedobsessed Futurists. Not only did the sensation of flight betoken a breaking of age-old boundaries that enthralled the avant-garde, but the unprecedented velocities reached by planes came to symbolize the onrush of modernity and its new pace of life. For those few artists lucky enough to go up in an early aircraft, the downward vantage point was revolutionary; the landscape viewed vertically became almost abstract, like a real-life map. In 1930s Italy, there arose a school of painting called aeropittura, oriented toward conveying the visual and physical experience of being in a plane (with…