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Art & Antiques

Art & Antiques Summer 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

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3 min
in perspective

Behind the Wheel CLASSIC CAR Week roars back to California’s Monterey Peninsula this August, with historic automobiles rolling across the auction block in the runup to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Concours, which began in 1950, is the premier collector-car competition in the world, staged on the Pebble Beach Golf Links overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This year it takes place on August 18. On August 15–16, Bonhams holds its annual Quail Lodge Auction at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley. In keeping with the house’s reputation as a Bentley specialist, the line-up includes four of the iconic British maker’s cars, including a 1931 Supercharged “Birkin Le Mans Replica” Tourer. One of 50 factory examples, it comes from the Virgil Millett collection and was formerly part of the Fred Simeone…

1 min
come to the mountain

This year Art Aspen—the Colorado city’s first and only art fair dedicated to contemporary art—turns 10. The fair, which will be held at the Aspen Ice Garden from July 25–28, brings together more than 30 top dealers showcasing work from 1950 to now. Opera Gallery, a dealer with locations in Aspen and a host of other cities around the world, will feature Joe Black’s Blink 2 at the fair. The British artist is known for working with far-flung materials—hand-printed badges, Lego bricks, and Airfix planes, to name just a few—and this is no exception: the piece, which looks like a hyper-realistic eye, is made from toy soldiers. Meanwhile, local dealer Raven Gallery will showcase Azul Mountain Crystals, a striking group of cast, cut glass, and fused steel sculptures by Alex Bernstein…

1 min
environmental portraits

AN EXHIBITION featuring new work by John Alexander, “Recent Paintings,” is currently on view at Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyo. In this recent body of work, Alexander paints various types of flora and fauna. Though the foliage is beautifully rendered, Alexander’s depictions draw attention to the growing environmental crisis. Not one to shy away from political issues—in the ’80s Alexander painted unflattering, Rivera-esque renderings of the uber-rich and powerful, like the Trumps and Henry Kissinger—the artist represents the beauty of the natural world so as to showcase our treatment of it. An enduring influence on Alexander is the landscape of his native Beaumont, Texas. Though the artist only lived there until he was four years old—he now splits his time between New York City’s SoHo and Amagansett, Long Island—the…

1 min
full glasses

“UNEXPECTED COLOR: A Journey Through Glass,” an exhibition currently on view at the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J., features 130 glass works designed by Frederick Carder, the celebrated designer and co-founder of Steuben Glass Works, between 1903 and 1933. The late Thomas N. Armstrong III, the former director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, amassed the cache of Steuben glass; this year, his wife donated it to the museum. The pieces on view reflect the art-historical scope of Carder’s design sensibility—he looked to the iridescent colors of ancient Greek and Roman glass for inspiration, as well as the shapes of Chinese and Venetian vessels and the burgeoning styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Light Blue Jade and Flint White Centerbowl (1924–29), resembles a Greek kylix in a striking bright…

1 min
lawrence f. dumouchelle

Lawrence F. DuMouchelle, president of the Detroit auction house DuMouchelle Art Galleries, died on May 16 at the age of 84 after a courageous battle with cancer. He had been president of the firm for 62 years, having taken over after the death of his father, art dealer Joseph N. DuMouchelle. Under Lawrence DuMouchelle’s leadership, the firm expanded and gained recognition in the 1970s, when it began to handle prominent automotive and lumber estates, as well as those of political and business figures. Before long, important art collections were being consigned to DuMouchelle, achieving record prices and gaining an international clientele for the house. DuMouchelle invested in Detroit real estate with a preservationist agenda, buying historic properties such as the circa-1835 Joseph Campeau home and the circa-1826 Trowbridge home. He was an…

1 min
feeling torn

RALSTON CRAWFORD was known during the 1930s for his Precisionist-style paintings of the American scene, but in the aftermath of World War II, he shifted his focus toward abstraction and spirituality. He also explored the use of different media, notably photography. “Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs,” an exhibition on view through November 13 at the Vilcek Foundation’s new space in New York presents a selection of black and white photos Crawford took during the 1960s. In this series, the artist cropped closely in on the peeling, palimpsest-like advertising posters commonly seen on city streets, finding abstract patterns that dissociate them from their original intended meanings. They are almost like in-situ readymade collages. The Vilcek show also includes photographs from another series, “Semana Santa,” in which Crawford chronicled Holy Week celebrations in…