ZINIO logo
Art & Antiques

Art & Antiques October 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.

Read More
United States
Art & Antiques Worldwide Media, LLC
10 Issues

in this issue

9 min
wedgwood everlasting

JOSIAH WEDGWOOD is impossible. His life story would beggar belief if the documents didn’t exist to back it up. Born the last of 11 to a family of potters in Staffordshire, England, in 1730, he showed early promise at working in clay. Smallpox left him with knee damage that made it hard for him to operate the foot-pedal of a potter’s wheel. (He ultimately had the lower leg amputated.) Undaunted, the young man focused on other aspects of the ceramics trade and utterly revolutionized it, transforming his region into a pottery powerhouse and spreading his name around the world. His experiments with chemistry led him to improve long-established ceramic techniques and led him to invent something new in 1773—Jasperware, which includes the white-on-pale-blue pieces that most people think of when they…

6 min
portrait of the artist

IN 1977, ROMARE Bearden (1911–88) allowed himself to be interviewed at length by the writer Calvin Tomkins for a profile in The New Yorker. The process of recollecting his life in detail gave Bearden the idea of doing something had hadn’t thought of doing before—making an autobiographical work of art, telling something of his own story in pictures. So from 1978–81, he occupied himself with the “Profile” project, a series of works using his signature collage technique that chronicle his youth and early adulthood in the 1920s and 1930s. Currently, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is presenting “Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series,” an exhibition that brings together 30 works from the group (on view through January 5, 2020). Curated by Stephanie Heydt, the High’s Margaret and…

6 min
ageless images

THE PSYCHOLOGIST Carl Jung posited the existence of the collective unconscious, a deep layer of the psyche that is shared by all humanity across time. The dynamics of the collective unconscious, which he called archetypes, find narrative expression in myths and visual expression in symbols. While Jung, as a clinical physician, was primarily concerned with healing mental illness, his investigations broadened into considerations that are very relevant to the study of art and art history. In his book Symbols and Transformation, originally published in 1912, he documented how the same images turn up over and over again throughout history in myth, religion, folklore, dreams, and art. Taking this volume as a jumping-off point, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., has organized a very wide-ranging exhibition that looks for…

2 min
art and archetype

IN JUNGIAN psychology, art—or at least the greatest and most emotionally powerful art—is considered to emanate from the collective unconscious. The term refers to a deep layer of the human mind that is shared in common between all people, past and present. Whether or not one accepts that idea, it is undoubtedly true that certain images and symbols recur over and over again in art, in different cultures widely separated by time and space. That is the theme of an interesting exhibition at the art museum of Vanderbilt University in Nashville (see page 48). Taking their inspiration from a famous book of Carl Jung’s, Symbols of Transformation, the curators have brought together a wide range of works in various media to show how archetypal symbols operate, how artists both known…

22 min
in perspective

Printer Friendly THE INTERNATIONAL Fine Print Dealers Association’s (IFPDA) fair is the longest running international art fair devoted to its medium. The show’s 28 years of production is magnified by the 500 years of printmaking it encompasses. This year, the fair’s print expertise is diffused among 70 dealers and publishers hailing from 10 different countries. From October 23–27, these dealers’ wares—prints, projects, and new editions—will fill the I.M. Pei-designed River Pavilion at the Javits Center in New York, a place where niches and the people who love them go to gather. The show’s executive director, Jenny Gibbs, says that the incredible thing about the fair IFPDA is “that we bring KAWS, Koons, and Rembrandt into the same space and the same conversation.” What’s even more incredible is that all three artists use…

9 min
fashion, forward

THAT “JAMES TISSOT: Fashion & Faith” is the first-ever Tissot exhibition on the West Coast might come as a surprise. The French artist’s Self Portrait (circa 1865, oil on panel) and all its mysterious emo glamour has been a fixture of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s collection since 1961. The painting, which captures the artist around age 30, has begged for decades to be accompanied by its brethren, so that it might provide a more accurate impression of its enigmatic maker. And yet this new sweeping show, a co-production between the San Francisco museums and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris, is Self Portrait’s first Californian family reunion. “Fashion & Faith,” which opens at the Legion of Honor on October 12, features some 60 of Tissot’s paintings, as…