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American Fine Art Magazine

American Fine Art Magazine

March-April 2020/ No. 50

American Fine Art Magazine is the first publication to offer complete and comprehensive coverage of the upcoming shows, auctions and events of this market so deeply tied to American history, society and culture.

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International Artist Publishing, Inc.
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6 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
a collector

“Art is at least in part a way of collecting information about the universe.”— Rebecca West I was thinking about this quote as I was researching and writing the story about the Vida Americana exhibition that recently opened at the Whitney Museum. What struck me about the quote, and the exhibition for that matter, is how artists are drawn to each other, create movements, create meaning and open us up to truths—some universal and some much more subtle. The beauty of Vida Americana is it shows us how there are still truths being discovered about the assumed narratives that, woven together, create the history of art in this country. Two hundred years is not a long time, to be sure, but within such a short period, there have been so many strands…

1 min.

JAY E. CANTOR Jay E. Cantor started the American Art Department for Christie’s in the late ’70s, is on the board of the Winter Antiques Show, the Art Committee for The Century Association, the board of directors of The Century Archives Foundation, and recently retired as the chairman of the Collections Committee and a member of the Steering Committee for Friends of American Arts at Yale University. He also served as the founding president of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. JOHN O’HERN John O’Hern retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, after 30 years in the museum business, specifically as the Executive Director and Curator of the Arnot Art Museum, in Elmira, New York. John was chair of the Artists Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts.…

4 min.
art show calendar

FEBRUARY 17-MAY 17 Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945 WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART New York, NY www.whitney.org FEBRUARY 24-APRIL 24 John Marin & the Critics MENCONI + SCHOELKOPF New York, NY www.msfineart.com FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 1 The Art Show ART DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA New York, NY www.artdealers.org FEBRUARY 28-MAY 24 Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM Cincinnati, OH www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 1 Winter Auction THOMASTON PLACE Thomaston, ME www.thomastonauction.com OPENS MARCH 3 Selected Portraits from the Morse Collection MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Winter Park, FL www.morsemuseum.org MARCH 3-APRIL 17 Werner Drewes DEBRA FORCE FINE ART New York, NY www.debraforce.com MARCH 5 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings SWANN AUCTION GALLERIES New York, NY www.swanngalleries.com MARCH 5-8 Art on Paper New York PIER 36 New York, NY www.thepaperfair.com MARCH 6-28 Ten Great American Painters and their Brilliant Rivals QUESTROYAL FINE ART New York, NY www.questroyalfineart.com MARCH 13-JUNE 28 Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART New York, NY www.whitney.org THROUGH MARCH 15 A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART Pittsburgh, PA www.cmoa.org THROUGH MARCH…

1 min.
what we’re hearing from galleries, auction houses and museums across the country

HOWARD L. REHS Director Rehs Galleries, Inc. In 2008, the financial crisis took a toll on many parts of the art market, and by 2012 the 19th-century market seemed to have hit bottom. It lingered there for about five years, and in 2018 we started to see renewed interest and prices began to rise. 2019 saw a continuation of that upward trend with better works and new, and even young (under 40) buyers, coming to the market. I believe that collectors now realize how inexpensive many of the better 19th-century academic/realist works are in comparison to the upper levels of the contemporary market. Over the past year, we have sold many important academic works, including those by Hugues Merle, Geza Vastagh, Rudolph Ernst, Ferdinand Roybet, Jehan-Georges Vibert, Adolphe Lesrel, Daniel Ridgway Knight, Cesare…

1 min.
priscilla and john richman gift

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, recently acquired a gift of six American impressionism and realism works from the collection of long-time museum supporters Priscilla Richman and the late John Richman. As part of this acquisition, the museum is currently holding an exhibition, The Priscilla and John Richman Gift of American Impressionism and Realism, running through March 15. A total of 11 paintings have been gifted to the Norton Museum by the Richmans. Historic American art from the Richman gift include a portrait by Robert Henri, a landscape by Rockwell Kent and an oil by Abbott Fuller Graves depicting two women partaking in a leisurely day in a boat on a lake—all 20th-century works. “The six new paintings from the Richmans, when added to the five pictures they…

3 min.
art market updates

Lost Alexander Calder Banners Found The eight lost banners of abstract and surrealist artist Alexander Calder have been through an extensive journey. The 1970s banners, featuring Calder’s distinct bright and bold designs, were found ten years ago, originally thought to have been destroyed. They were displayed for six weeks, only to be lost again from memory and the public eye. Now, the banners have been rediscovered once again and are on permanent exhibit at Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Depicting grand shapes of leaves and suns in reds, yellows and blues, the banners make for one of the greatest displays of public art in Philadelphia’s history. The banners were donated to the library anonymously. Art After Stonewall In remembrance of the Stonewall Uprising 50 years ago, the Columbus Museum…