Art & Antiques February 2021

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2 min.
paint by numbers

ART AND MATHEMATICS have a long history together. While we tend to think of the analytical reasoning of a mathematician as being poles apart from the emotional creativity of the artist, math has actually been an inspiration and a guide to artists from ancient times to the present. In particular, early 20th-century modernist artists leaned heavily on mathematics, and the time period in which the new art was being pioneered was also a time of major advances in math. While Picasso and Braque were creating their Cubist collages in Montmartre, in a suburb of Paris called Puteaux another group of Cubists was plotting a somewhat different course through the new way of seeing and representing space. Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, and Juan Gris were among the painters who gathered in the…

2 min.
mask mandate

The Teotihuacan serpentine mask seen here has a multifaceted connection to modern art. It belonged to Pierre Matisse—youngest son of Henri—for more than 50 years. Matisse acquired the mask through his New York gallery on October 7, 1938, from its previous owner, William Spratling. An American-born architect and silver designer, Spratling spent more than 30 years in Taxco, reviving and developing the Mexican city’s tradition of silvercraft. He was a great collector of pre-Columbian figurines and objects, and at times purchased works through Matisse. The dealer was exposed to ethnographic art early on through his father, but was introduced to pre-Columbian art specifically by the Los Angeles gallerist, Earl Stendahl. When World War II disrupted Matisse’s communication with Europe, he began sourcing pre-Columbian works for collectors like Spratling, Diego Rivera,…

2 min.
history on wheels

The 1937 Bugatti Type 57S seen here is one of only 42 produced. It was ordered new from the prominent London dealership Jack Barclay by Robert Ropner, a member of a prominent British family known for its shipping line and participation in conservative politics. Ropner’s specifications made it the fastest car of its day; he had famed coachbuilders Corsica of London build a sleek, custom four-seater sports Grand Routier body around a potent 3.3-litre engine. The sweet ride was even nicknamed “Dulcie” in light of its British registration number “DUL 351.” The car’s second owner was Rodney Clarke, the founder of the post-war British Connaught Grand Prix racing team. The team’s garage in Send, Surrey, specialized in European sports-racing cars like Bugatti, and the 57S would have brought a Grand Prix-like…

17 min.
in perspective

San Francisco Online The 35th Annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show and the 37th Annual American Indian Art Show/San Francisco are moving online this year. The renowned Bay Area art fairs are typically held at the Fort Mason Center, but as a safety precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic, they are being held virtually for the first time. Online fair attendees will be able to view individual pieces as well as interact with exhibitors during “zoom office hours” and attend a variety of virtual talks. “There are some real upsides to doing the shows virtually. It will make it possible for some showgoers and exhibitors who haven’t been able to travel in the past to see, buy, and sell the work online,” says the shows’ co-owner Kim Martindale. “We are…

9 min.
glass acts

MAKING GLASS ART is usually a collaborative process, due to its technical demands, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced John Kiley to go it alone. The last time time he blew glass was in early March in the hot shop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash., with his good friend and collaborative partner Dante Marioni. Kiley’s wife is an immunologist, and at the time, when the “novel coronavirus” was still novel, friends would ask, “What do you guys think is going to happen here?” “She said everything is about to change,” says Kiley. “Now here we are!” Left to his own devices in the studio, a lesser—or perhaps just less driven—artist might have decided to rest, or maybe contemplate creative directions to take when the lockdown was over. But…

6 min.
modern classic

AFTER THE demise of the French Academies and long before the advent of today’s “Classical Realism,” ancient Greek and Roman art exerted an important influence on modernism. One need only think of Picasso’s Minotaurs and other reinterpretations of myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, de Chirico’s eerie Roman ruins, and Rodin’s muscular sculptures. In the period between the World Wars, ancient art had a particularly strong influence on a popularized version of modernism, Art Deco. The Yale professor Jay Hambidge claimed to have rediscovered the secrets of Classical proportion embodied in Greek vases, and his theory of Dynamic Symmetry proved very persuasive to American Deco designers, artists, and illustrators. During the 1920s it seemed as if the U.S. had entered a second Neoclassical era, embracing architecture, sculpture, and the graphic arts—only this…