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Art & Antiques

Art & Antiques September 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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10 Issues

in this issue

3 min
war artists

CONSIDERING THAT modernism is a product of the 20th century and that the 20th century was defined by war, it’s strange how little attention has been paid to the impact combat duty had on artists and their work. In this issue, we pay some of that attention to two important painters, each a veteran of one of the calamitous world wars. World War I decimated a generation’s worth of talent, claiming the lives of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Franz Marc, August Macke, and Umberto Boccioni, to name a few. Those who came out of it alive bore scars both physical and emotional, and their experiences in the trenches altered their vision forever. Among those was the French painter André Masson, a major contributor to Surrealism and abstraction who is fully recognized as such…

18 min
in perspective

Globe Trotting AS AN HOMAGE to the transportive power of fine and decorative art, the 38th annual edition of the San Francisco Fall Show carries the theme “Wanderlust: Around the World with Art, Antiques, & Design.” The fair, which runs Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6, will feature a vast variety of work from around the globe all under one roof—the Festival Pavilion of the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. The show’s 50 international dealers will present work from antiquity to the present day, encompassing American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture and decorative objects, paintings, prints, photographs, books, gold, silver and precious metals, jewelry, rugs, textiles, and ceramics. Four leading designers—Alessandra Branca, Veere Grenney, Hutton Wilkinson, and Cecilia Sagrera-Hill & George Brazil—are creating the show’s Designer Vignettes. Mounted in…

8 min
the master

WHEN ONE THINKS of historically significant teacher-student relationships, that of Socrates and Plato or Plato and Aristotle—the blingiest links in Ancient Greece’s diamond-encrusted philosophical chain—naturally come to mind. In his Nicoma-chean Ethics Aristotle, who was Alexander the Great’s teacher, said of learning, “Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it…we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate ones, brave by doing brave ones.” Learning by doing was certainly the model of Renaissance workshops, where would-be artists practiced all manner of painting and sculpting through apprenticeship. Centuries before the Western artist as we know him became a figure of individual genius, he was a craftsperson whose trade was governed by a guild. He was placed in the workshop of a master…

6 min
fantasy worlds

IN 1940, AN obscure Danish-born artist was fired from Walt Disney Productions. At the age of 54, Kay (rhymes with “high”) Nielsen found himself unable to keep up with the grueling pace demanded of the animators, most of whom were decades younger than he. During the three or so years that he drew for Disney, Nielsen made a modest impact, contributing to a few classic sequences, such as “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Ave Maria” from Fantasia. He even made some preliminary drawings for a planned animated version of the story “The Little Mermaid,” written by his fellow-countryman Hans Christian Andersen. The project was shelved, but 50 years later, when The Little Mermaid was finally released, Nielsen’s name was there when the credits rolled. The artist himself had died in poverty…

10 min
the maverick

The Price of Everything is a documentary by Nathaniel Kahn released in 2018 that investigates the accelerating monetization of the art world, although that’s hardly breaking news. But there is a refreshing exception to all the talk about strategies, market values, and the crackle of applause that affirms an evening’s skyrocketing sales: Larry Poons, the scrappy veteran abstract painter and the film’s unlikely hero. One scene shows him purposefully walking through the snow-carpeted ground from his house to the nearby barn that serves as his studio in East Durham, N.Y. At nearly 82, he is wiry and rosy-cheeked, and in his eyes a twinkle now and then appears. His head is snugly capped and his clothes are caked with paint, as are his hands and nails. In short, he looks like…

8 min
a soldier’s story

THEY SAY TRUTH is the first casualty of war, but for the artists who saw action in World War I or World War II, combat revealed devastating truths that had a profound impact on their work. Such was the case with the West Coast abstract painter Frank Lobdell (1921–2013). In April 1945, Lobdell, a lieutenant in the U.S. army, witnessed the grisly aftermath of an atrocity in a small town in Germany. The Nazis, retreating before the soon-to-be-victorious Allied forces, had herded a group of concentration camp prisoners into a barn, barred the doors, and lit it on fire. Lobdell was among those who discovered the hundreds of charred, twisted corpses. “My identity was shaken by that experience,” he recalled. “Somewhere in All Quiet on the Western Front, [the author…