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Art & Antiques

Art & Antiques November 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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Art & Antiques Worldwide Media, LLC
10 Issues

in this issue

1 min
salon style

THE SALON ART + Design, a unique fair dedicated to the intersection and synergy of fine and decorative arts, returns to the Park Avenue Armory in New York for its eighth edition, November 14–18. It hosts 56 dealers from 13 countries, many exhibiting in immersive, specially designed booths. The Salon, conceived by Jill Bokor and produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates, spans Bauhaus to mid-century modern to contemporary design, adding blue-chip 20th-century art into the curated, eclectic mix. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, a first-time participant, intends to expand his New York presence following the show. He will be creating a special installation to presents his ideas about the union of design and technology. Among Lehanneur’s projects are a proposal for the replacement for the spire on Notre Dame cathedral in…

1 min
in the studio

THE WORK OF Frederick Hart can be seen on the façade of the National Cathedral and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, both in Washington, D.C. Now his sculptural oeuvre has a museum of its own, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. The Frederick Hart Studio Museum, the largest permanent collection of the artist’s work, recently opened its door to the public. In late 2018, Belmont received a gift of over 250 works from Lindy Lain Hart, the late artist’s wife, and Bob Chase, publisher and president of the Frederick Hart Foundation. With the assistance of architects ESA and R.C. Mathews, Belmont has recreated Hart’s studio, and in the space visitors will see not only finished works such as a full-size bronze of his Christ Rising but also objects that document the sculptor’s…

14 min
haute tech

They’re status symbols. They tell time and act as calendars. They play music and games. They’re useful, entertaining, and at times distracting. They store information. They employ the latest technology. They have parts made of precious metals. They took years for designers and engineers to craft. They seem easy to break. They’re certainly not iPhones and shame on you if that was your first thought (but the similarities are striking, no?). They’re the dazzling artistic and technological treasures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Making Marvels: Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe.” The show, which opens on November 25 and runs through March 1, exhibits a plethora of exquisite and entertaining objects collected by the royal families of Europe between 1550 and 1750. It provides a glimpse into…

2 min
curiouser and curiouser

IN THIS ISSUE of Art & Antiques, we focus on something that is intimately connected to both art and antiques—the cabinet of curiosities. In its glory days, the 16th and 17th centuries, the cabinet was an entire room dedicated to the storage, display, and categorization of a variety of objects that piqued the curiosity of scientific and artistically-minded collectors of the time. The contents of a cabinet of curiosities ranged from natural-history specimens such as coral, fossils, and taxidermied animals to scientific instruments to works of fine art and refined craftsmanship. As a recently published book on the subject explains (see page 88), the wealthy (and often princely) collectors who amassed and curated these cabinets were motivated by a desire to encompass the whole of human knowledge, even to recreate…

7 min
body and soul

While not a “città d’arte” on the level of Rome or Florence, Naples has some special claims to distinction in the history of art production and art collecting. In the 17th century, under Spanish rule, the southern Italian city became a center of the Baroque movement, home base for a group of virtuoso painters who took realism to new, dramatic heights. With the patronage of the Habsburg court, artists such as Caravaggio, Batistello Caracciolo, Jusepe de Ribera, and Artemisia Gentileschi worked in Naples in the early part of the century, and a school of a painting developed there—influenced strongly by Caravaggio and the northern Italian Guido Reni—that flourished until a disastrous plague in 1656 killed off nearly half the city’s population. After a hiatus, though, Naples continued to be an…

1 min
ireland comes to delaware

THE DELAWARE Antiques Show, presented by Winterthur, returns for its 56th annual edition from November 8–10 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Del. This year the event, famous for its devotion to American antiques, gives a special place to the antiques of Ireland, under the guidance of expert Robert O’Byrne, honorary chair of the show, author of multiple books, and publisher of the award winning blog The Irish Aesthete. On Friday the 8th O’Byrne will deliver the keynote speech titled “The Irishness of the Irish Country House: A Private Tour,” which will explicate the evolution of such houses via a virtual tour of the countryside. The special exhibition this year will be “Irresistibly Irish: Decorative Arts from the Winterthur Collection.” Works on view include a carved golden…