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Fine Art Connoisseur July/August 2019

art magazine for collectors of fine art

United States
Streamline Publishing
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Art should be independent of all clap-trap — should stand alone, and appeal to the artistic sense of eye and ear, without confounding this with emotions entirely foreign to it, as devotion, pity, love, patriotism, and the like.— James McNeill Whistler, 1878 James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), J. Becquet, Sculptor, 1859, etching, drypoint, and ink on paper, 10 x 7 1/2 in., Frick Collection, New York City, photo:Michael Bodycomb; on view at the Frick through September 1 in the exhibition Whistler as Printmaker: Highlights from the Gertrude Kosovsky Collection…

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PUBLISHER B. Eric Rhoads Twitter: @ericrhoads ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Scott Jones 406.871.0649 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Peter Trippi 917.968.4 476 MANAGING EDITOR Brida Connolly 702.299.0417 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Matthias AndersonMax GilliesChuck NeustifterCharles Raskob RobinsonKelly ComptonDavid MaselloLouise Nicholson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alfonso Jones 561.327.6033 ART DIRECTOR Kenneth Whitney 561.655.8778 VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES Bob Hogan 206.321.8990 NATIONAL MARKETING MANAGER Yvonne Van Wechel y 602.810.3518 REGIONAL MARKETING MANAGERS Krystal Allen West Coast 541.4 47.4787 Scott Jones Western 406.871.0649 Tracey Norvell Mid-Atlantic/ 918.519.0141 Gina Ward Central 920.743.2405 Mary Green Northeast & International 508.230.9928 DIGITAL AD MANAGER Sarah Webb 630.4 45.9182 EDITOR, FINE ART TODAY Cherie Haas CHAIRMAN/PUBLISHER/CEO B. Eric Rhoads Twitter: @ericrhoads EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/ CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Tom Elmo PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Nicolynn Kuper DIRECTOR OF FINANCE Laura Iserman CONTROLLER Jaime Osetek CIRCULATION COORDINATOR Sue Henry CUSTOMER SERVICE COORDINATOR Chad Slade CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING Stephen Parker ASSISTANT TO THE CHAIRMAN Ali Cruickshank…

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the passing of legends

Unlike the rest of us — whose names might one day be noted only by cemetery visitors stepping around our tombstones — some artists have the rare privilege of being acknowledged into the distant future thanks to their lasting creations. As their admirers, we rightly hope to own such a treasure. More likely, museums proudly hang the works of these masters, and so some, like Rembrandt, who died exactly 350 years ago, remain very much with us. Hundreds of volumes about this Dutch genius have been published, and hopefully our collective interest in him will endure. A couple of years ago, when a well-known artist friend of mine passed away, I mentioned to an art expert that the artist’s prices would soon soar, to which he responded, “Not true.” Naturally I wondered…

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asking your audience

Recently I was reminded that getting more brains on a problem is better than fewer. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has always been admired for the expertise of its curators, who have built up an especially strong track record in the paintings of John Singer Sargent (1856–1925).* Knowledgeable as they are, curators Erica Hirshler (American paintings) and Pam Parmal (textiles and fashion arts) teamed up with the museum’s educators earlier this year to mount an intriguing display that shows how inclusivity can benefit everybody. On view at the MFA for seven months (it closed in late June), Exhibition Lab: Sargent and Fashion was devised in anticipation of a major show that will be on view at Tate Britain (London) in 2021 and then in Boston the following year. It seems…

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By 1909, the last year of Frederic Remington’s life, the prospects for cowboys and Indians continuing their ways of life on the Great Plains were not promising. The Wild West was morphing fast into the Old West. Peter Hassrick, director emeritus and senior scholar of Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill Center of the West, sees that reality embodied in Casuals on the Range, which will be offered in the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction in Reno this July. In his essay for the sale catalogue, Hassrick writes, “Perhaps the artist was trying to suggest that both the cowboy and the Indian saw their lifeways imperiled at this time, so they were bonded by sharing a mutual, externally imposed threat.” He notes how “the two protagonists face one another, their horses’ necks are almost intertwined…

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THOMAS P. FARLEY “Mister Manners” on The Today Show; Founder of What Manners Most Thomas Farley’s favorite work of art is one he didn’t particularly care for at first sight. “Its appeal is not the technique or the colors, but rather the mystery surrounding it,” he explains, referring to The Love Letter — painted by the Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt (1854–1905) — which had long been in his family’s possession. “Who was this elegantly dressed 19th-century woman, what message is contained in the letter she is reading, and how did my grandfather’s family come to acquire this work?” These were the matters that intrigued Farley when the painting suddenly came to light in a basement that had recently been flooded. In 1997, when he carried the work, wrapped in brown kraft paper,…