Art & Antiques April 2021

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3 min.
real or unreal

WHEN WE speak of “realist” art, we had better be sure we know which reality we have in mind. The term is often applied to 19thcentury works that strove to depict nature and the human world in a way that would be most recognizable to those who viewed those works. In the 20th century, realism has taken many different forms, usually inflected by some sense that the reality being depicted was not the same one as the 19th-century artists had had in mind. For the Surrealists, the reality that was of interest was “sur-real” or super-real, the reality of the depths of the unconscious mind where human experience is formed. Many Surrealists used realist techniques to make their depictions of dream imagery more believable. Another school of realists took a…

2 min.
deco days

When the Japanese designer Katsu Hamanaka arrived in Paris in 1924, he opened a workshop dedicated to objets d’art of shagreen, ivory, and precious woods. In Tokyo, he had studied with the celebrated lacquer artist Katsutaro Yamazaki, and in France, after meeting Seizo Sugawara, the master craftsman famous for teaching Eileen Gray how to work with lacquer, Hamanaka resumed his study of traditional lacquerware techniques. He sent for traditional Japanese books, tools, and materials, and began working in a style that favored geometric patterns. Hamanaka began regularly exhibiting lacquer work at the Paris Salons at the turn of the decade, and eventually adapted a more figurative style as per contemporary French tastes. Jean Dunand, also a student of Sugawara’s, was tasked by Mademoiselle Colette Aboucaya to create a smoking room for…

2 min.
leaves of color

Francesco Marmitta was born in Parma in the 1460s. He was the son of a wool and wax merchant and became an acclaimed painter, goldsmith, engraver of gems, and illuminator. Today, his work is in several high-profile collections. Virgin and Child Flanked by Sts Benedict and Quentin, which Marmitta painted for Parma’s San Quintino church in the years leading up to his death in 1505, is in the Louvre. Adoration of the Shepherds (circa 1500, tempera and gold on parchment), a small painting created for private devotion and now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, belonged to the Medici pope Clement VII and was gifted to Christine of Lorrain, grand duchess of Tuscany, by Pope Gregory XIV in 1591. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore acquired the Rangoni Bentivoglio Book…

2 min.
voluntary simplicity

THE CELEBRATED landscape painter Gregory Kondos turns 98 on April 3. In celebration, Caldwell Snyder Gallery is presenting an exhibition of rare artworks by Kondos this month at its San Francisco gallery location. The show includes a selection of oil on canvas, charcoal drawings, and works on paper. Kondos was born to Greek immigrants in Massachusetsts, but after a move to Sacramento in 1927, California became his most enduring muse. Just like much of his subject matter, Kondos’ unique style is also inspired in large part by the Golden State. His palette and composition are reminiscent of Bay Area contemporaries like Richard Diebenkorn, and his thick, almost creamy paint application rhymes with that of his close friend Wayne Thiebaud. But Kondos was also influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, especially Willem de…

1 min.
a new leaf

MONTAGUE Gallery opens “Intersections,” an exhibition dedicated to new work by the master glass artist Dante Marioni, on April 9. The show, which runs through May 22, features works from the artist’s acclaimed Maze and Print series. Marioni is a sort of art glass savant. The son of American studio glass pioneer Paul Marioni, Dante began his practice as a child, started working in hot shops and showrooms at 15 years old, and started showing his work in his early 20s. Marioni’s forms are classical, inspired by Greek and Etruscan prototypes, but the artist modernizes the amphora, ewer, and vase shapes of antiquity with brilliant, saturated contrasting colors. The artist’s most recent works are sculptural vessels inspired by the leaf—but, as Marioni notes, “not the leaf in nature, but the stylized forms…

1 min.
sense of exploration

MAKING UP the bedrock of Zaplin Lampert Gallery, a mainstay of Santa Fe’s art scene for nearly 35 years, are “explorer artists,” the stalwart painters and photographers who ventured into the American West during the 19th century. In fact, the gallery’s founders, Richard Lampert and the late Mark Zaplin, found the impetus for their own move west from Massachusetts after discovering a large collection of photographs by pioneering photographer and ethnologist Edward S. Curtis in a Boston bookstore in the 1970s. Since then, the gallery has grown to encompass works by the Taos Society of Artists, the Santa Fe Art Colony, and a host of American artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, but it’s always maintained a selection of work by pioneering westward explorers. True to form, this month…