Art & Antiques Summer 2020

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3 min.
american stories

AS WE GO to press, the art world is taking tentative steps toward reopening after the pandemic-induced hiatus. Galleries that were having only virtual shows are now announcing in-person exhibitions in their physical spaces. Some museums are planning to welcome visitors once again. But this summer is still going to be very different from any other. We have not yet fully emerged from the shadow of the coronavirus, and amid the current uncertainty about what course it will take, many of the events we are used to simply won’t be happening. Among the cancellations, unfortunately, is the traditional summer arts season in Santa Fe, with Indian Market, Spanish Market, and related events. This is the first Summer issue of Art & Antiques in many years that has not featured an…

2 min.
where the buffalo roam

Depictions of the wildlife of the American West were very popular at the turn of the 20th century. With “civilization” encroaching ever further on the open prairies, the public was feeling nostalgic about the old ways of life of both humans and animals. No wild creature better symbolized the old order than the bison, or buffalo, which served the Plains Indians as food, a source of raw materials, and religious icon, and had recently been hunted almost to extinction. In 1900, the sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady (1871–1922) created this 12-inch-high Bison, which persuasively translates the beast’s muscular frame, shaggy coat, and impassive, powerful expression into bronze. Shrady was a native New Yorker who went to Columbia College and abandoned a legal career to become an artist. Completely self-taught, he began as…

3 min.
lyre, lyre

In 1588, Ferdinando I de’ Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, founded a hardstone workshop in Florence called the Galleria de’ Lavori. There, craftsmen restored ancient carved stone objects and also developed original works of pietra dura. The evolution of a Byzantine technique, pietra dura uses inlaid precious and semi-precious stones to form elaborate imagery (in the mid-19th century, the studio became known as the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, translating literally to the Workshop of Semi-Precious Stones). During the 17th century, the efforts of the workshop were focused principally on the decorations of the Medici family chapel in the church of San Lorenzo, which began in 1605. But by the 18th century, pietra dura had become fashionable, and demand for the delicate stonework grew among the nobility and aristocracy of Europe.…

3 min.
quest for the west

ON JULY 25 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev., the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction will hold its 35th annual sale. Generally considered to be the premier event for Western, wildlife, and sporting art, the CDAA has consistently been giving collectors the opportunity to acquire the very best in these art fields. In the category of Western paintings, this year’s auction will feature some rare, museum-quality works by top names. Henry Farny’s Nomads (1902), a moody oil on canvas depicting a Plains Indian family trudging through the snow with horses, dogs, and travois, is estimated at $1.5–2.5 million. The 22 x 40-inch painting is a rarity because Farny made very few large canvases. Consigned from a private collection, Nomads has never before appeared at auction. In his glowing Green River,…

1 min.
maine attraction

THIS SEASON, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries of Thomaston, Maine, holds two important sales, the first on July 18 and 19 and the second closing out the summer on August 29 and 30. In both sales, the auction house will include an array of antiques, jewelry, and decorative art, with fine art highlights from leading 19th- and 20th-century artists. One standout of the July auction is a moody seascape by the Dutch painter Rudolph Andersson. Helsingor, Denmark, Two Topsail Schooners and a Ferry Pass Kronborg Castle (the model for Shakespear’s Elsinore of Hamlet), an oil on heavy canvas, is dated to 1927. Another highlight is a late Khmer (12th–15th century) temple-scale sandstone head of Vishnu from Cambodia. The August sale will feature Frederick Judd Waugh’s East Coast Monhegan, an oil on linen canvas…

4 min.
call of the wild

2020 IS THE year Maine turns 200. In July 1819, the territory that is now Maine voted for statehood, and in March 1820, as part of the Maine-Missouri Compromise, it became the 23rd state in the U.S. Its historic birthday being cause for celebration, the northernmost state on the East Coast launched Maine200, a bicentennial fete with a slew of special programs and community get-togethers. Unexpectedly, the global pandemic put much of Maine200’s spring and early summer programming on hold, though the spirit of commemoration continues—even at a distance. The Rockport-based Farnsworth Art Museum, which is dedicated to the celebration of Maine’s role in American art no matter what year it is, launched “First to Hail the Rising Sun: Maine Through the Eyes of its Artists” to herald the bicentennial. Under…