Art & Antiques June 2021

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3 min.
decoding art

Four years after the great German-born American art historian Erwin Panofsky published his landmark Studies in Iconology: Humanistic Themes in the Art of the Renaissance (1939), the New York Times ran an article by one of its art critics, Howard Devree, that railed against the book. It read, in part: “The other day in a bookshop I picked up a volume on iconology which devoted a whole long heavy chapter to the use and significance of the blind cherub in certain Renaissance paintings!” Devree went on to complain that such scholarship “imbued all but the initiate with a sense of ignorance and unworthiness and erected a wall of erudition between the ordinary citizen and the pretorian guard of Germanic art specialists.” He argued, further, that the approach of Panofsky and…

2 min.
the egg and i

JEAN-PAUL BINET, A WELL-KNOWNprofessor of surgical pathology at the Paris medical school and an enthusiastic art collector, purchased three ostrich eggs for decoration. He gave one to Marc Chagall and another to Joan Miró, who both lavishly painted the eggs (the Spaniard’s watercolor with gouache work featured the dedication “For Dr. Jean-Paul Binet as a good memory, March 15, 1967, Paris”). The third egg was given to Diego Giacometti, the younger brother of Alberto and a great sculptor of bronze in his own right. Giacometti designed L’Autruche in 1977. In the sculpture, the egg becomes the bulbous body of an ostrich, with a sinuous bronze support taking the form of the long neck, legs, and wings of the world’s largest bird. Giacometti said that the ostrich form was “the ideal support…

2 min.
three wishes

A LOT OF THINGS are said to come in threes. “Three Treasures—Collected by Stuart Weitzman,” an auction at Sotheby’s New York slated for June 8, brings a trinity of incredibly rare and highly coveted collector’s items. The first is the world’s most famous coin, a 1933 Double Eagle (est. $10–15 million). The second is the world’s most famous and valuable stamp, the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta (est. $10–15 million). The third is the world’s most famous American stamp, the 24-cent Inverted Jenny Plate Block (est. $5–7 million). Stuart Weitzman, a renowned luxury shoe designer, began collecting stamps and coins while growing up in Queens, N.Y. Over the years, boyhood interest grew into serious collecting, and in 2002, the making of history. That year he acquired the Double Eagle—the only example of…

2 min.
a life in art

When she died in 2019 at the age of 98, Mary Abbott was one of the last living members of the original Abstract Expressionist group of painters. In Abbott’s New York Times obituary, Gwen Chanzit, curator of a 2016 exhibition at the Denver Art Museum titled “Women of Abstract Expressionism,” said, “Mary Abbott was an early participant in the development of Abstract Expressionism, but like other women painters she was mostly left out of histori-cal accounts of this male dominated movement. Only now are the women of Abstract Expressionism beginning to be recognized for their contributions.” In Abbott’s case, that rec-ognition is coming not only in the form of museum exhi-bitions but of a new biography being released by McCormick Gallery in Chicago. Owner Tom McCor-mick met Abbott in 2002 and…

1 min.
setting the mood

THE NEW BEDFORD Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass., opens “A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art” on June 24. It is the first retrospective of the painter, a New Bedford native, since Elizabeth Broun’s 1990 show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and includes Ryder’s most iconic works, drawn from numerous public and private collections. The exhibition also boasts a dozen pieces by significant modernists who were influenced by Ryder, such as Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, and Jackson Pollock. Ryder, who embraced experimentation and abandoned tradition, created poetic and moody allegorical paintings and seascapes. Highlights of the show, like The Shepherdess, a painting on gilded wood from the early 1880s, find Ryder working in a honeyed palette and a more purely…

2 min.
dappled things

THIS MONTH, Findlay Gal-leries in Palm Beach, Fla., will be having a one-man show for British painter Hugo Grenville. “Juxtaposition/Composition” (June 1–July 1) features fig-ure subjects, landscapes, and still lifes in a style that immediately recalls Matisse, Vuillard, and Bonnard. In his joyful enthusiasm for bright colors, sunlight, textile patterns, and open windows, Grenville most resembles Matisse, while the quality of interiority in his work recalls the Nabis. His skill with dense patterning is on display in works like The Chequered Dress, in which the dress, worn by a young woman, meshes with the patterns of the pillow she leans on and a cloth draped behind her. The whole composition is like a complex fugue of intersecting patterns and colors. The purple and yellow that dominate are regulars in Grenville’s…