Changing locations is usually difficult for well established antiques events and event organizers always prefer to remain in their established venue and hope, if they must move, that the cloud will have a silver lining. But for this year’s New York Ceramics Fair, loosing the lovely surroundings of the National Academy Museum on 5th Avenue […]
If you have never been inside The National Academy Museum it stood as a stately backdrop for the annual New York Ceramics Fair produced by Caskey Lees Inc. of Topanga, California. With the spiral staircase winding around to bring the attendees to the rare and valuable pieces above it more than fulfilled its purpose. The […]
The American Art Fair will debut December 1-4, 2008 at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, 1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, New York City with a gala preview on Sunday, November 30. The Fair focuses on the grand tradition of American art established early in the 19th century and gathers more […]
I took it as a comfort that even a museum with the fourth largest collection of American art is on the hunt (perhaps through donation) of a George Hall’s still life. On the second thought: I can’t afford it, but whoever owns it can’t eat it. That is a real comfort.
For me, an exhibition of human figures from one of the leading American Art museums is a must-see, even though their website shows few of the more than 150 paintings nor there exists a catalogue. After years of abstract modernism and hybrid installation taking over New York art scenes, the most fundamental and enduring, yet the most challenging art form: human figures and portraits spanning almost two century are a recollection of humanity which pushes us to examine people as posed sitters, subject in actions or self reflection. The rest is a slideshow which is intended to bring some of the pictures to those who are curious about this exceptional show, something that is not available through books or official website. No picture can do justice to real artworks, and I would hope those Guggenheim goers may find the neighboring smaller yet older museum has much if not more to say, with the t benefit of being surround by artwork, not visitors. [Read More…]
There are eight works by William Trost Richards. It is unusual to see an artist with such a caliber of mastering colors (as shown in his painting “Coastal Scene” in 1862) depicted aquatic scenery with an almost puritanical restrain. In his marvelous watercolor works such as crushing waves or white masts under stormy clouds, nothing would be associated with romanticism like those done by Thomas Moran. The simplicity and clarity in his marine works has a factual tendency, which I found is very enchanting. If Charles Temple Dix found the beauty of seas from the excitement of traveling, then Richards praised rocks and waves that he owned and lived with with unassuming sincerity. [Read More…]