Art & Antiques May 2021

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meetings across time

IN WRITING about art, we often fall into the trap of neatly separating it into “periods” or “eras” and placing artists into little pigeonholes based on birthdates. That can sometimes go badly wrong. Take, for example, Chaïm Soutine and Willem de Kooning. Soutine belongs to the 1920s and ’30s, when he cut a swath through Paris’ Montparnasse with his eccentric behavior, seemingly “cursed” ill-luck, and violently expressionistic, passionate painting. By 1943, he was dead, frozen for ever in the interwar years. Willem de Kooning, on the other hand, is very much of the 1950s through ’70s, an Abstract Expressionist and charter member of the New York School. And yet he and Soutine were from the same generation, just 11 years apart in age. They seem to belong to different periods…

2 min.
badge of honor

In China, rank badges were first worn by Ming-dynasty officials in the 14th century. These strictly regulated badges were outward manifestations of China’s rigid social structure. There were both military and civilian badges, each requiring rigorous examinations. The former tested strenuous physical aptitude, like horseback riding and archery, while the latter evaluated knowledge of various scholarly subjects and typically culminated in highranking government positions for those who did well. Within both the military and civilian hierarchies there were nine ranks, with three ranks within each. While military badges featured real or mythical animals connoting courage, civilian badges featured birds. The badge, or buzi, seen here is a rare embroidered civil official “peacock” rank badge, dated to the reign of the Kangxi emperor (1661–1722). During this period of the Qing dynasty, the peacock…

2 min.
elephants in the room

Married couple and celebrated French artists François-Xavier Lalanne and Claude Lalanne were first referred to as “Les Lalanne” in an October 1966 exhibition at the gallery of Greek art dealer and collector Alexander Iolas in Paris. The couple had held their first joint exhibition, “Zoophites,” at Jeanine Restany’s Galerie J in Paris two years earlier, and there was a lot of buzz surrounding them (not just because François-Xavier debuted La Mouche, a giant brass fly, at the show). Their engrossing organic forms, rendered with surreality, humor, and an eye for traditional French craftsmanship, were a welcome respite from the cold, monochrome modernist works that pervaded the 1960s. More often than not a package deal, the two artists would go on to develop and show their sculptures and highly imaginative decorative art…

2 min.
born to paint

ON MAY 6, New York gallery Debra Force Fine Art opens “An Adventurous Spirit: Julian Alden Weir.” Weir (1852–1919) was an American impressionist painter who was part of the Cos Cob Art Colony near Greenwich, Conn., and a founding member of “The Ten,” a group of recusant American artists who eschewed establishment art organizations for their own unified exhibition in 1898. Weir, the second to last of 16 children, was surrounded by art since childhood. His father, Robert Walter Weir, was a professor of drawing at West Point Military Academy whose students included James Abbot McNeill Whistler, and his brother, John Ferguson Weir, was a painter and profes- sor of art and design at Yale Art School. The latter, who brought Hudson River School artists like Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand,…

1 min.
modern choices

NEUE AUCTIONS of Beachwood, Ohio, will hold its May Modern Online sale on May 15. The sale includes a wide range of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, furniture, art glass, ceramics, enamel work, and jewelry. Its lots are drawn from seasoned collectors and regional estates, including the late Cleveland concert promoter Mike Belkin and his wife Annie. Among the highlights of the sale is Untitled, an ink on paper by Franz Kline. The circa-1950 abstraction is signed in the lower right corner by Kline and is estimated at $20,000– 30,000. Claude Venard’s boldly colored oil on canvas, at Still Life with Sculpture, is estimated at $3,000– 5,000. A French post-Cubist painter, Venard had a unique style of paint application emphasized in this work by its thick impasto. A fine enamel box…

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a gathering of artists

IN MARCH, Momentum Gallery in downtown Asheville, N.C., opened its new, expanded 15,000-square-foot two-floor space in a renovated century-old building. This month, the work of several artists will be on view there. Samantha Bates’ painting is inspired by the wilderness, which she conveys through patterns made up of tiny dots and dashes. In Abiding Roots, she portrays a dense thicket of forest with the roots exposed. Bates says, “The work in my solo exhibition deeply investigates the nature that made me who I am—the land that built my childhood, surrounded life-changing milestones, and shapes my days. The pieces hope for a longer kind of looking and reward extensive time with an unfolding experience. The language and material of my marks call to painting and drawing but also weaving, stitching, puncturing, and…