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UK’s Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair set for Jan. 8-11

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:57

Imperial apple green carved jade, pearl, diamond and platinum Buddha pendant necklace, c1925, POA from T. Robert. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image

LONDON - For the third year in a row, the Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair takes place at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square from Thursday, Jan. 8, until Sunday, Jan. 11. Organized by the Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and held in association with Mayfair property specialist Wetherell, this boutique event has built up an enviable reputation among its international audience.

The fair attracts collectors, interior designers and people seeking the finest things in life. It has boasted an exhibitor waiting list since before the first event even took place. The majority of the 44 exhibitors are members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA, the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers.

Newcomers include Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd. bringing Martin Brothers, Wedgewood’s Fairyland and William de Morgan collections; Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass experts M&D Moir selling Lalique, Gallé, Daum, Monart and more; Dinan & Chighine, specializing in 17th to 20th century decorative engravings and watercolors; Manya Igel Fine Arts with a fine collection of paintings by Royal Academicians and members of the New England Art Club; and Timothy Langston Antiques with English, Continental and Oriental furniture, objects, paintings and decorative lighting.

As well as bringing English antique furniture, returning exhibitor W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd is showing a collection of 18th century Chinese furniture from Shanxi Province, among which is a decorated lacquer book cabinet depicting a rural idyll, framed with butterflies, the symbol of marital bliss and happiness, £6,500. Walton House Antiques is bringing a superb late 17th century William and Mary period walnut and elm chest of drawers on turned walnut bun feet, circa 1680-90. with an arabesque design seaweed marquetry panels on both the top and the drawer fronts, selling for £15,000. Walton House Antiques’ stand features three dealers – Nicholas Arkell (furniture), Cambridge Fine Art (traditional oil paintings) and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Richard Price (clocks).

The Art Deco period is currently very much in vogue, so collectors are in for a treat. Jeroen Markies’ Art Deco Strohmenger baby grand satinwood and walnut piano came from the White House in North London, a guest house for the stars of the silver screen filming at Elstree Studios during the 1920s and ’30s, and is for sale for £16,500. Both Jeroen Markies and Gazelles of Lyndhurst offer original Art Deco items from pianos, leather suites and cocktail cabinets to lighting, sculpture, tea sets and vases.

For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone +44 (0)1797 252030. The show’s website is


Imperial apple green carved jade, pearl, diamond and platinum Buddha pendant necklace, c1925, POA from T. Robert. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image 

George III large silver tea/water urn, made in London in 1771 by Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp, £7,500, from Mary Cooke Antiques. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image 

Eighteenth century Italian couched floss silk on silk satin textile, in the region of £5,000 from Marilyn Garrow Fine Textile Art. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image 

Martin Brothers vase with dragons, 10in. tall, 1894, £12,500, from Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:57

Sonia Delaunay exhibition to open April 15 at Tate Modern

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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:24
Sonia Delaunay, 'Prismes electriques,' 1914, Centre Pompidou Collection, Mnam / Cci, Paris. Copyright Pracusa 2013057 LONDON - Tate Modern will host a Sonia Delaunay exhibition in its Eyal Ofer Galleries from April 15 through August 9, 2015.

Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde, whose vivid and colourful work spanned painting, fashion and design. From 15 April 2015, Tate Modern will present the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic career, from her early figurative painting in the 1900s to her energetic abstract work in the 1960s. This exhibition will offer a radical reassessment of Delaunay’s importance as an artist, showcasing her originality and creativity across the twentieth century.

Born in Odessa and trained in Germany, Sonia Delaunay (née Stern, then Terk) came to Paris in 1906 to join the emerging avant-garde. She met and married the artist Robert Delaunay, with whom she developed ‘Simultaneism’ – abstract compositions of dynamic contrasting colours and shapes. Many iconic examples of these works will be brought together at Tate Modern, including Bal Bullier 1913 and Electric Prisms 1914. Her work expressed the energy of modern urban life, celebrating the birth of electric street lighting and the excitement of contemporary ballets and ballrooms.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay will show how the artist dedicated her life to experimenting with colour and abstraction, bringing her ideas off the canvas and into the world through tapestry, textiles, mosaic and fashion. Delaunay premiered her first ‘simultaneous dress’ of bright patchwork colours in 1913 and opened a boutique in Madrid in 1918. Her Atelier Simultané in Paris went on to produce radical and progressive designs for scarves, umbrellas, hats, shoes and swimming costumes throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Clients included the Hollywood star Gloria Swanson and the architect Erno Goldfinger, as well department stores like Metz & Co and Liberty. The exhibition will reveal how Delaunay’s designs presented her as a progressive woman synonymous with modernity: embroidering poetry onto fabric, turning her apartment into a three-dimensional collage, and creating daring costumes for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

The diverse inspirations behind Delaunay’s work will also be explored, from the highly personal approach to colour which harked back to her childhood in Russia, to the impact of her years in Spain and Portugal where she painted Market in Minho 1915 and Flamenco Singers 1915-16. The show will also reveal the inspiration provided by modern technology throughout Delaunay’s career, from the Trans-Siberian Railway to the aeroplane, and from the Eiffel Tower to the electric light bulb. It will also include her vast seven-meter murals Motor, Dashboard and Propeller, created for the 1937 International Exposition in Paris and never before shown in the UK.

Following her husband’s death in 1941, Sonia Delaunay’s work took on more formal freedom, including rhythmic compositions in angular forms and harlequin colours, which in turn inspired geometric tapestries, carpets and mosaics. Delaunay continued to experiment with abstraction in the post-war era, just as she had done since its birth in the 1910s, becoming a champion for a new generation of artists and an inspiring figure for creative practitioners to this day.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay is curated at Tate Modern by Juliet Bingham, Curator International Art, with Juliette Rizzi, Assistant Curator, and was organized by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris-Musées and Tate Modern. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog from Tate Publishing and a program of talks and events in the gallery.

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Sonia Delaunay, 'Prismes electriques,' 1914, Centre Pompidou Collection, Mnam / Cci, Paris. Copyright Pracusa 2013057
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:45

Palm Beach Show Group cancels 2015 Chicago event

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Monday, 08 December 2014 16:10

Navy Pier, site of the inaugural Chicago International Art, Jewelry & Antique Show. Image by Banpei. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

CHICAGO (ACNI) – The Palm Beach Show Group has canceled plans for a second annual Chicago International Art, Jewelry & Antique Show, which had been scheduled for April 30-May 4, 2015 at Navy Pier.

“We are confirming that we are planning to hold a Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show in Spring 2016. We are currently deciding on the best dates,” said Laurie Green, executive director of communications for Palm Beach Show Group.

The Palm Beach Show Group website indicated the 2015 show would again have more than 100 exhibitors. However, the Chicago Business Journal reported Monday that Palm Beach Show Group had re-signed only about 30 percent of the dealers from the show last spring, too few to guarantee a top-notch event..

Many exhibitors were unwilling to return because of slow sales.

Palm Beach Show Group has canceled the 2015 edition of a Dallas art, antiques and jewelry show it had produced for five years. But the company is adding two more shows in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., two markets where the company already has established fairs.


Navy Pier, site of the inaugural Chicago International Art, Jewelry & Antique Show. Image by Banpei. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 16:38

Miami Beach transforms into fashionable art hub, celeb magnet

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Friday, 05 December 2014 09:58
Blue skies and palm trees greeted guests at Art Basel in Miami Beach. Image copyright Art Basel MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AFP and ACNI) - The city of Miami Beach transformed Thursday into a hub of modern and contemporary art as part of the prestigious Art Basel show.

Organizers expect tens of thousands of expert art collectors and curators as well as casual shoppers and tourists to descend on the convention center in Miami Beach during the course of the show.

Art Basel is known for attracting high-profile art collectors, and this year's edition of the show has been no exception. Reportedly, a casually dressed Leonardo DiCaprio spent almost one million dollars on opening day. At the preview held the night before, DiCaprio was spotted chatting with friends and surveying a 1973 work by Frank Stella -- which DiCaprio is said to have later purchased. Also spotted browsing and buying were director Baz Luhrmann and rap mogul/businessman Sean "Diddy" Combs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Combs paid $95,000 for a 2011 Tracey Emin neon work that spelled out the sentence: "I Listen To The Ocean And All I Hear Is You."

Art Basel originated in Switzerland. A thousand artists, represented by works from more than 250 galleries and 31countries, are expected to be part of the event, which is the show's 13th edition in North America.

Works from contemporary artists including Ai WeiWei and Damien Hirst are planned to be sold at the four-day event, as well as more classic work from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.

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Blue skies and palm trees greeted guests at Art Basel in Miami Beach. Image copyright Art Basel The crowd rushes in to view the wealth of art offerings. Image copyright Art Basel Art displayed by Van Doren Waxter at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014. Copyright Art Basel
Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 10:47

Historic Grouseland mansion to celebrate 1806 Christmas

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Friday, 05 December 2014 09:55
During  William Henry Harrison 's governorship of the Indiana Territory, Grouseland was the focal point of the social and official life of the territory. The Federal-style home was built for Harrison in 1804. Image by Nyttend, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) – Local historic re-enactors will be providing the chance to step back in time and celebrate Christmas in the early 1800s again this year.

Grouseland officials will be opening the mansion's doors Friday evening and, at least for a few hours, make-believing that the year is 1806.

Gov. William Henry Harrison and his wife, Anna, have just welcomed their fifth child, Thomas Jefferson is president, Lewis and Clark have just finished their exploration of the Pacific Northwest and the Indiana Gazette, Indiana's first newspaper printed by Elihu Stout, has burned to the ground.

“So there will be several things the re-enactors will be talking about, first-person, with guests, things that will be relevant to anyone even if they don't know the city's rich history,” Lisa Ice-Jones, Grouseland's executive director, told the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. “The idea is to make people feel like they're really celebrating in 1806.”

Last year, at Grouseland's inaugural holiday event, re-enactors focused on the year 1811, the same year a major earthquake rattled the area.

Ice-Jones said it is the Grouseland Foundation's intent to select a different year each holiday season to show people not only a good time but offer them a little history as well.

“Our vision is that every year we can feature different historic events, incorporate different things,” Ice-Jones said. “We want to offer visitors a little piece of history, a piece of our story. And that way, people can come every year and learn something new, all while attending an annual celebration.”

The mansion, Ice-Jones said, will be decked out in its holiday finery and lit by more than 200 candles. Decor appropriate to the year, she said, would have been pretty much anything the Harrison family could have found in their backyard.

“We have some natural plants, things we've taken from the Walnut Grove, harvested and dried,” she said. “Because that's what they would have done, used natural things. We have some fruit as well, pineapples, dried orange slices, berries, pine cones, just very natural things.”

Visitors will also be serenaded by Brenda Cates, a local musician, as she plays a keyboard made to sound like a piano and a harpsichord being played at the same time, a sound that would have been very true to the period.

“Visitors will hear traditional Christmas carols,” Ice-Jones said, “but the music itself will sound just like it did in 1806.”

Gov. and Mrs. Harrison – played by Richard and Jan Day – promptly at 6:30 p.m. will welcome visitors into the home, Ice-Jones said, while the official “Honoring Song” will be played on the front porch by Native American re-enactors.

Tea samples will be served in the mansion's Morning Room, and free carriage rides will be offering round trips to the French House where re-enactors there, too, will be celebrating as though it is 1806.

“The idea is that people can ride by, look in the windows, and say, ‘Oh, look at the French in there celebrating,’” Ice-Jones said.

Ice-Jones said a nearby Indian encampment will also be set up for visitors to peruse.

The event will also include refreshments in the adjacent Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter House and a silent auction featuring a weekend at the West Baden Hotel in French Lick, gift certificates to local restaurants and various Grouseland-themed Christmas items as well.

The evening will begin to wind down at 7:45 p.m. with the American Indian national anthem performed in the mansion's dining room and a presentation by Anna Harrison at 8:15 p.m.

“Once you come inside, and maybe this sounds a little odd,” Ice-Jones said, “but it really is like you're transformed to that time. It's festive, there's music and everyone is jovial. It's the Christmas all of us want but can be so hard to capture in today's world.”

The event will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and admission free. Donations will be appreciated.


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During  William Henry Harrison 's governorship of the Indiana Territory, Grouseland was the focal point of the social and official life of the territory. The Federal-style home was built for Harrison in 1804. Image by Nyttend, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 10:14

British street artist Bansky's work in major Miami art fair

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Written by KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:29
Banksy, 'Kissing Coppers,' Brighton, ca. 2005, spray paint and stencil on emulsion base with aluminum. Image courtesy of archive and Fine Art Auctions Miami MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Pieces like the installation of calcified, obsolete 20th-century media devices and works from the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy are now on display at the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach that opens Thursday.

The fair, now in its 13th year, also features paintings, sculptures, photographs and films from 267 art galleries in 31 countries at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Art Basel, a U.S. extension of the contemporary art fair held each June in Basel, Switzerland, officially opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. But established galleries, museums and pop-ups are already hosting VIP parties and showing off works across the city.

Graffiti Evolution

Evocative spray painted messages, a black-and-white work of two kissing British police officers and a pile of stone rubble fashioned into a sphinx are among the works by mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy. Several were created during his month-long New York City residency last year, which were featured in the HBO documentary Banksy Does New York.

“Banksy” is a pseudonym for the artist who rose to fame in the 1990s for his provocative silhouetted figures and spray-painted messages known to appear in unexpected places. His works have fetched as much as $1.8 million at auction.

He's both an elusive street punk and an art-world darling and is credited for the evolution of graffiti art. During his New York stint, he created a new picture, video or prank daily throughout the city, stirring controversy until his last day when he tagged a building old-school style with his name in giant bubble letters made of actual balloon-like inflatables. The curated collection will include Banksy pieces from 2005 to present.

Muted Cacophony

A pock-mocked earth filled with black, white and graying obsolete 20th-century media devices is the theme of Daniel Arsham's installation Welcome to the Future. Digging a hole through the gallery's concrete floors, Arsham's relics include rotary telephones, steering wheels, 1980s boom boxes, film reels and pop culture references like a football and Felix the Cat clocks.

Arsham, who was heavily influenced by the destruction he saw as a child during Hurricane Andrew, presents the recent past as archaeology, a world of technological objects whose obsolescence was built into their design and petrified like the figures of Pompeii.

Family Feud

After a nasty divorce from the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the Wynwood neighborhood is finally getting a museum of its own. The new Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, may have a gritty back story, but the 37,500-square-foot gallery and 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden being built will show how “contemporary art can change lives,” said Irma Braman, co-chair of the museum's board of trustees.

A hefty gift from Irma and Norman Braman and land donated by developer Craig Robins financed the gallery. The museum, the first U.S. project for the Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos, won't be completed until 2016, but will have a temporary two-year home until then.

Urban Condition

Haitian artist Adler Guerrier returns to his Miami home with a layered look at city living, exploring an individual's tranquil backyard escape and how it blossoms as neighbors interact in shared space on small and large scales, creating culture and clashes of culture. Formulating A Plot, which is showing at the Perez Art Museum Miami, is the first solo museum exhibition for the young artist.

His photos, prints, videos and mixed media images evoke familiar Florida themes through the pink Art Deco-style homes, a simple Hibiscus bush black and white wall print, layered with images that imbed in a community over time including political posters and home sale signs. The themes of racial riots and social injustice in an inner-city neighborhood emerge in untitled works based on a fictionalized radical, African-American group.

It's all about how “individuals find the place they want to root themselves,” and making sense of “living communally and being conscious of what that means,” said Guerrier.

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Banksy, 'Kissing Coppers,' Brighton, ca. 2005, spray paint and stencil on emulsion base with aluminum. Image courtesy of archive and Fine Art Auctions Miami
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:36

Pulse Miami Beach contemporary art fair opens today

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Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:42
Image courtesy De Buck Gallery MIAMI – Pulse Miami Beach is now open. The fair is open today with a private preview until 1 p.m. and general admission hours from 1-7 p.m.

Pulse Miami Beach is open through Sunday, Dec. 7 and is located at Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave.

Works by gallery artists XOOOOX and Simon Vega will be on view at the fair.

Since 2005, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair has been the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of cutting-edge contemporary art.

For additional information about visiting the fair, log on to . For sales inquiries, contact the gallery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:54

Art San Diego fair announces record attendance, strong sales

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:28

Artist Iris Scott painting at the show. Art San Diego image.

SAN DIEGO – Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show today announced record attendance and strong sales from its sixth annual show, which took place Nov. 6–9 at historic Balboa Park Activities Center. The contemporary art show welcomed 15,000 attendees, including more than 3,000 guests at the show’s opening night party.

ASD featured the works of more than 50 established and up-and-coming artists and galleries from the region and around the globe. The art show announced sales of more than $1 million, with several artists and galleries still finalizing pending sales and commissions.

Art Show San Diego, the city's only contemporary fine art show, has become one of the leading cultural events in Southern California. Since its inception in 2009, ASD has enriched the city with site-specific art projects; art talks and panel discussions; and a curated selection of emerging artists. This year’s show included works from Spotlight Artists, 2014 Art Prize recipients, a Launch Pad artist, and new to this year’s show, ArtSpot International – a show within a show focused on Latin American masters and contemporary works.

Adelman Fine Art of San Diego sold nine pieces during the show, including a 36-by-36 original oil finger painting by Iris Scott, The Discussion for $6,000. During the show Iris Scott painted on site and the gallery was excited to sell one of the works finger painted during the show.

Aldo Castillo’s ArtSpot International featuring Conde Contemporary, Miami, sold eight canvas works from various Latin American artists exhibited, including a piece by Andres Conde, Tank Girl, for $4,500.

Next year’s ASD will be Nov. 5-8. For more information about Art San Diego, visit


Artist Iris Scott painting at the show. Art San Diego image. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:44

Metro Show, now known as Metro Curates, announces 2015 exhibitors

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Monday, 10 November 2014 10:11

NEW YORK - The Art Fair Company has announced that it has changed the name of the Metro Show to Metro Curates. "We believe that the new name best reflects the curatorial aims of the fair," said Fair Director Caroline Kerrigan. "Last year, we asked each of the participating galleries to create a booth based on a single artist or themed exhibit of works. From their enthusiastic response, as well as from fair-attendees, we believe that Metro Curates best exemplifies the mission of the fair - to present singular viewpoints among exhibitions that cross genres in unexpected ways."

Along with its new name, comes an exciting roster of new galleries. Among them are:

Forum Gallery (New York), American Garage (Los Angeles), Joshua Lowenfels Works of Art (New York), Aaron Galleries (Chicago), Leatherwood Antiques (Sandwich, Mass.), Marion Harris (New York), and Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery (New York, London).

Returning to the fold are: American Primitive (New York), The Ames Gallery (Berkeley, Calif.), Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago), Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York), David Richard Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.), Douglas Dawson Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.), Gail Martin Gallery (New York), Gemini Antiques (New York), Hill Gallery (Birmingham, Mich.), Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques (York, Pa.), Just Folk (Los Angeles), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (New York), M. Finkel & Daughter (Philadelphia), Mindy Solomon Gallery (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Ricco Maresca Gallery (New York), Steven S. Powers (New York), Stephen Romano Gallery (New York), William Siegal Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.) and Clifford A. Wallach (Manalapan, N.J.).

In keeping with its celebration of living with art in all its forms, Jack Lenor Larsen will present the LongHouse Award for Design Excellence for best booth design. "We are honored to have Jack Lenor Larsen select the best- designed booth among the participating dealers," Ms. Kerrigan said in announcing the award.

Metro Curates embraces a wide range of offerings that include ethnographic material, applied and decorative arts, and historic to contemporary textiles, combined with modern and contemporary fine art and design. "From the outset our aim has been to illustrate the intellect, beauty, and vision in American arts and design, while placing it in a context that is both more contemporary and international," said Kerrigan.


The Opening Night Preview is Wednesday, January 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The show opens to the public on Thursday, January 22. Hours are Thursday, January 22: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Friday, January 23: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, January 24: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday, January 25: 12 noon - 5:30 pm. General admission is $20 per person; a multi-day pass is $35 per person.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:23

Asia Week New York announces gallery roster for March 13-21, 2015 series

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Monday, 03 November 2014 15:11
NEW YORK - The Asia Week New York Association announces that 43 international galleries will participate in Asia Week New York 2015, the nine-day celebration of Asian art and culture that spans the metropolitan region from March 13 through 21, 2015.

Carol Conover, Chairman of Asia Week New York, SAID: "We look forward to another successful edition of Asia Week New York especially during the Metropolitan Museum's banner year when it is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its renowned Asian Art Department."

Joining Asia Week New York for the first time is Shalini Ganendra Fine Art from Malaysia and, after a brief hiatus, Dr. Robert Bigler from Zurich and Wei Asian Arts from Brussels return to the fold.

The dealers returning to Asia Week New York with museum-quality works of art from across the Asian continent include:

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art:

Art Passages (United States), Buddhist Art (Germany), Galerie Hioco (France), Nayef Homsi (United States), Prahlad Bubbar Ltd. (England), Walter Arader Himalayan Art (United States), Carlo Cristi (Italy), Francesca Galloway (England), Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd (England), Kapoor Galleries (United States), Susan Ollemans (England), Carlton Rochell Asian Art (United States), Dalton Somare (Italy), Jonathan Tucker Antonia Tozer (England), and Nancy Wiener Gallery (United States).

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art:

U.S. galleries include Andrew Kahane, Ltd., Asian Art Studio, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc., China 2000 Fine Art, The Chinese Porcelain Company, Gisèle Croës (Belgium), Michael C. Hughes LLC, Jadestone, Kaikodo LLC, J.J. Lally & Co., M. Sutherland Fine Arts, Ltd., Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd, and Zetterquist Galleries.

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art:

Carole Davenport, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., Gallery FW, Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd., Onishi Gallery, Scholten Japanese Art, Erik Thomsen (all from the United States), Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art (Japan), BachmannEckenstein (Switzerland), and Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art (Italy).

Ancient and contemporary Korean specialists:

Kang Collection Korean Art and KooNewYork, both from the United States, round out the contributors to the extraordinary array of Asian art treasures on view.

To celebrate the 2015 edition of Asia Week New York, which offers a non-stop schedule of gallery open houses, auctions, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and special events, a private, invitation-only reception will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 16.

A comprehensive guide with maps will be available at participating galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions, starting February 2015 and online at Emphasizing the strength of interest from Chinese-speaking buyers, a Chinese version of the website is available at

About the presenting sponsor - Aman:

Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private residence. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept, and since then, Amanresorts has grown to encompass 26 resorts located in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the USA and Vietnam.

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:48

Museum of Arts and Design to present awards at gala Nov. 11

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Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:43
MAD Ball 2014, sponsored by the Museum of Arts and Design

NEW YORK – On Nov, 11, the Museum of Arts and Design will host the 2014 MAD Ball, celebrating four influential creators and leaders in the art, craft and design industries, whose work personifies the museum’s mission to explore and celebrate contemporary making and skilled craftsmanship across all media:

  • Michael Aram, artist and founder of Michael Aram Inc., which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014.
  • Artist Richard Dupont, in recognition of his remarkable innovations in the arts and the field of digital design.
  • Barry Friedman, who for the last 50 years as gallerist and collector has dealt with art and artists from the late 19th century to the present.
  • Ligne Roset in honor of the more than 150 years of the company’s rich design heritage and dedication to craftsmanship.

This year’s Visionaries Awards will celebrate a year of exciting leadership with new Director Glenn Adamson. Reflecting MAD’s mission to celebrate innovation and excellence across all creative disciplines, MAD is honoring a range of artists, designers and artisans, as well as the enterprises and patrons who support them.

“It’s an honor for the museum to award such leaders and creators, who epitomize MAD’s commitment to contemporary craftsmanship, innovation and creativity,” said Lewis Kruger, chairman of the board of the museum. “The outstanding achievements of this year's honorees have influenced the creative world at large and will continue to reverberate in our everyday lives.”

The museum commissioned artist Miriam Ellner to create the awards this year. Ellner, one of the foremost designers working in the ancient technique of Verre Eglomisé, the process of gilding precious metals on the reverse side of glass, was featured in the recent exhibition “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial,” which spotlighted the wildly diverse creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today. Ellner has created a special series of sculptures, Light Catchers, which are elegant gilded glass seed-like forms, set in a bronze structure that moves to capture the changing light where they are installed.

To highlight the museum’s mission of championing contemporary creativity across all disciplines, this year’s MAD Ball will inaugurate the Makers Showcase: an engaging platform where a selection of artists will present live demonstrations. Artists-Makers this year include photographer Benjamin Fredrickson; ceramicist Zack Davis, and pastry chef Olivier Dessyn of Mille-Feuille Bakery.

The MAD Ball is the museum’s most important annual fundraiser, supporting MAD’s exhibitions and educational programs. Every year, the gala honors leaders and innovators in the fields of art, design, philanthropy and business. Proceeds are directed to the support of MAD’s arts education programs. This year, MAD expects to serve nearly 10,000 children, grades K-12, from underserved communities. Each year, more than 500 guests, including arts patrons, artists, designers and noted corporate and civic leaders, attend the event.

About the Honorees

Michael Aram

Michael Aram, artist and founder of Michael Aram Inc., will be honored for his enduring contributions to the world of home décor, as well as his legacy of over two and a half decades of fine craftsmanship, sculpture and innovation; in particular through his work inspired by traditional Indian craft. In celebration of the 25th anniversary year of Michael Aram Inc., Aram has revisited his roots artistically with his Atelier sculptures, lighting, furniture and, most recently, fine jewelry.

Richard Dupont

An innovator throughout his career, artist Richard Dupont has opened up new avenues of expression in a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, installation, painting and printmaking. His work with digital technologies and fabrication methods, was recently highlighted in MAD’s exhibition “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.” One of the first to incorporate the advanced technologies so widespread today in the fields of Art and Design, Dupont’s work has always maintained a critical position in relation to our rapidly changing digital culture.

Barry Friedman

After almost 50 years of representing art and artists, an era has come to an end with the closing of Barry Friedman Ltd, a long-established presence in the international art world. Recognized as a visionary dealer with a collector’s eye, Friedman has continually forged new paths in the decorative arts field. MAD is pleased to honor Friedman’s lifetime devotion to introducing American audiences to great objects, ranging from 19th century decorative art to important contemporary fine art works.

Ligne Roset

Ligne Roset will be honored by MAD in celebration of the company’s rich design heritage and dedication to craftsmanship. The museum recognizes Ligne Roset’s ongoing commitment to technical innovation and its tradition of artful designer collaborations with both established and up-and-coming talents to create award-winning designs for the contemporary interior, epitomizing a bold, beautiful and design-forward lifestyle since their inception in 1860.

The MAD Ball will be held at Pier Sixty in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The festive evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, the Makers Showcase and a silent auction, followed by dinner, the awards presentation and live entertainment at 7:30 pm. Tickets to the MAD Ball 2014 may be purchased or by contacting Stephanie Lang at 212-299-7729 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MAD Ball 2014, sponsored by the Museum of Arts and Design
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:09

Schnitzer Foundation lecture at Print Fair taps artist Mel Bochner

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Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:17

Jordan D. Schnitzer. Photo provided.

NEW YORK – Mel Bochner, the renowned conceptual artist, will be the first guest artist to speak at the inaugural Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Lecture Program on Nov. 8 at the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory, as announced by Michele Senecal, executive director of IFPDA. Jordan D. Schnitzer, the Portland, Oregon-based art collector and philanthropist, is funding the lecture through his foundation.

"We are extremely grateful to Mr. Schnitzer for his generosity in underwriting our inaugural lecture program and are privileged to feature Mel Bochner as our first guest artist," said Senecal, who is also executive director of the IFPDA Print Fair. "The lecture program is our the lead programming initiative during the fair, and aims to honor and raise public consciousness about the unique ways in which contemporary artists use print-making in their artistic practice."

Sparked by a keen interest in the inventiveness of printmaking and carrying on a family legacy of collecting art, Jordan Schnitzer began collecting prints in 1988. Today, the family's collection exceeds 8,000 works and its foundation manages an active lending program aimed at making fine art easily available to qualified institutions, especially those in less-served communities.

"Art makes us feel alive," said Schnitzer. "I love prints, and getting to know the print artists, publishers, galleries and print curators has been a highlight of my art life. I am honored to sponsor the IFPDA Print Fair artist lecture."

Schnitzer aims to create a long and lasting impact through the arts with the significant funding he has provided for the renovation and construction of two university museums that now bear his name; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., and the Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., planned for completion in 2016.

Mel Bochner, a founding figure of the conceptual art movement of the 1960s and whose critically acclaimed exhibition at The Jewish Museum recently concluded, has taken an unusual turn toward painterly expressiveness during the past two decades. The use of words as sources for painting stems from Bochner's interest in philosophy, on the one hand, and humor and popular culture on the other. Using a variety of techniques, including printmaking, Bochner riffs on words in countless permutations.

Free and open to the public with limited seating, reservations for the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Lecture, which takes place in the historic Board of Officer's Room at the Park Avenue Armory, at 11 a.m. must be made online:

The IFPDA's Print Fair opens with a benefit preview for the IFPDA Foundation at the Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue and 67th Street, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $85 and include a one-day pass.

The four-day Print Fair opens to the public on Thursday, Nov 6. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Daily admission is $20.


Jordan D. Schnitzer. Photo provided. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:31

New York Ceramics Fair adds ‘Glass’ to its title

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 08:56
19th-century emerald green, acorn-shape sugar bowl cut with eight flutes. Attributed to New England Glass Co., Cambridge, Mass. Image courtesy Ian Simmonds NEW YORK – Liz Lees and Meg Wendy have jointly announced that they have changed the name of the New York Ceramics Fair to the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair.

“With glass being recognized as an established art form, we are excited to give it more emphasis,” said founding director Liz Lees, “and because this category has attracted a new wave of collectors, Meg and I are very excited about these new additions.” Lees and Wendy also said that an additional floor would be added to the show for contemporary ceramics.

The only fair of its kind in the United States featuring ceramics, pottery and glass from the 17th to 21st centuries, the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair will be open to the public January 21-25, 2015, at the historic Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street. The opening night preview will be held on Tuesday, January 20, marking the start of winter’s numerous art and design fairs.

Thirty-five top-tier, vetted galleries and private dealers from the United States, China, Great Britain, Holland and Turkey will participate. Among the new exhibitors are: Red Royalty Gallery (New York), Galerie Dumonteil (New York, Paris, Shanghai), Iliad (New York), Martin Chasin Fine Arts (Fairfield, CT), Polka Dot Antiques (Waccabuc, NY) and Chen Yan (China), making his U.S. debut.

Those returning to the fold are: Anavian Gallery (New York), Van Geenen Antiques (Delft, Holland), Garry Atkins (London), Martin Cohen (New York), Martyn Edgell Antiques Ltd. (London), Michelle Erickson (Hampton, VA), Ferrin Contemporary (Cummington, Mass.), Iznik Classics (Istanbul, Turkey), Haggerty Ceramics (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Jeffrey S. Evans (Harrison, Va.), Katherine Houston Porcelain (Boston), Roderick Jellicoe (London), Leo Kaplan Ltd. (New York), Kinghams Art Pottery (London), Lee Gallery (Stevens, Pa.), Moylan/Smelkinson (Baltimore), Polly Latham Asian Art (Boston), Sylvia Powell Decorative Arts (London), Santos (London), Ian Simmonds (Carlisle, Pa.), The Stradlings (New York), Philip Suval Inc. (Virginia), TOJ Gallery (Annapolis, Md.), Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge (New York), Warren

Antiques (Wilton, Ct.), Mark J. West (Redhill, England), and Lynda Willauer Antiques (Nantucket, Mass.).

The New York Ceramics and Glass Fair’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, including catalog, are $20 per person and can be used throughout the duration of the fair.

As always, the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair will present a series of informative lectures by prominent experts.

The New York Ceramics and Glass Fair is produced by MCG Events LLC and Caskey Lees Inc.

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19th-century emerald green, acorn-shape sugar bowl cut with eight flutes. Attributed to New England Glass Co., Cambridge, Mass. Image courtesy Ian Simmonds Chen Yan, 'Golden Years,' image courtesy Chen Yan Arts Andrea Zemel, 'The Three Mothers,' 2013, image courtesy Iliad Wheel-thrown and crackle celadon-glazed porcelain lidded vase, 2014. Image courtesy Cliff Lee
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:05

Annual Miami International Map Fair on course for Feb. 6-8

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Monday, 29 September 2014 10:57
Map of Trinidad from government and other surveys, circa 1865. Drawn and engraved by John Bartholomew. HistoryMiami, 2004-236-1.

MIAMI – The Miami International Map Fair, the longest continuously running map fair in the world, will return to HistoryMiami museum Feb. 6-8. Visitors are invited to peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world and discover the history and future trends of cartography.

Held annually during the first weekend in February, the Miami International Map Fair provides both the serious collector and casual buyer with a weekend to browse antique maps, rare books, panoramas and atlases from around the world, as well as provide expert opinions and attend a series of special topical lectures. Visitors are also encouraged to bring in a map from their own collections for an expert opinion.

The 2015 lecturers include:

  • Jacqueline V. Nolan – Cartographer and GIS specialist with the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division, Nolan has worked for several federal agencies including the Defense Mapping Agency, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey, where she received recognition for her contribution in GIS on a national hydrologic regression model. Her maps have appeared in research journal publications, and in numerous reports issued by the Congressional Research Service.
  • Richard H. Brown - A collector of maps, atlases and views relating to the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars (1755-1783), Brown is involved with a number of public and private libraries, and maintains a particular interest in the conservation and digitization of rare maps. He is a vice chairman of the Norman Leventhal Map Center and currently chairs a committee responsible for a Revolutionary War exhibition. Brown is a councilor of the American Antiquarian Society and serves on the Madison Council of the Library of Congress and the Library Committee of the New York Historical Society.
  • William B. Ginsberg – A published and acclaimed scholar, known for writing three major cartographic works: Sea Charts of Norway, 1585-1812 (2012), Maps and Mapping of Norway, 1602—1855 (2009), and Printed Maps of Scandinavia and the Arctic, 1482—1601 (2006).

Additionally, The Florida International University GIS Center has partnered with the Miami International Map Fair and will present interactive GIS presentations throughout the weekend.

Daily admission to the fair is $20 for adults and children, $15 for HistoryMiami members and $10 for university students with ID. Weekend registration is $70 per person for HistoryMiami members and $80 for nonmembers and includes a VIP private preview, a cocktail reception with the map dealers, optional tours and complimentary lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Online Weekend Registration is open until Feb. 3. Fair hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. at 101 W. Flagler St. in downtown Miami. Parking is available at the Cultural Center Parking Garage, 50 NW 2 Ave.

To register for the Miami International Map Fair or event information, please call 305-375-1618 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Map of Trinidad from government and other surveys, circa 1865. Drawn and engraved by John Bartholomew. HistoryMiami, 2004-236-1.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 11:15

19th-century Trenton ceramics on view Mon./Tues. in Princeton, NJ

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Monday, 22 September 2014 13:53
Circa-1893 hand-painted Princeton Football tankard made by Ceramic Art Co./Lenox, Trenton, N.J. Ex collection of The Silver Shop, Princeton, N.J. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image

PRINCETON, N.J. - A pre-auction exhibition of important china and porcelain pieces created by Trenton, New Jersey ceramics manufacturers of the 19th century is being held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22 and 23 in Princeton. The items are on display both days from 11 am. to 5 p.m. at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1128 Great Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. A “farewell to Princeton” reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening. Refreshments will be served.

The antique ceramic wares were made by such fabled Trenton companies as Lenox, Ceramic Art Co. (CAC), and Willets Belleek. All are part of a larger selection of antique decorative art, silver, jewelry and watches from the private collections and remaining inventory of The Silver Shop. The prestigious retail establishment closed in July after 77 years of continuous operation on Princeton’s Palmer Square. All goods will be auctioned on Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 11-12 at the Material Culture gallery in Philadelphia.

Among the special highlights on display are pieces with a Princeton theme, including a large, circa-1893 Princeton Tigers Football Team tankard hand-painted by W.H. Clayton for Ceramic Art company Lenox of Trenton. Other auction lots of Trenton manufacture include full sets of china, a set of plates with an orchid motif, a CAC candleholder, and a large porcelain vase on which the artist Hans Nosek painted an elegant portrait of his wife.

Also having a Princeton connection are two very rare sets of Wedgwood (England) plates painted with images of all the major buildings on the Princeton University campus. These particular sets will be sold during the October 11-12 auction sessions.

A Princeton “institution,” The Silver Shop was frequented by three generations of Princetonians, virtually every New Jersey governor since 1937, and scores of celebrities – from Einstein to Springsteen.

The public is cordially invited to view the exhibition and attend the reception.

For additional information about the exhibition, reception or any item in the auction, call Nic Holland at 215-438-4700.

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at .

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Circa-1893 hand-painted Princeton Football tankard made by Ceramic Art Co./Lenox, Trenton, N.J. Ex collection of The Silver Shop, Princeton, N.J. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Material Culture image Hans Nosek (Bohemian, 1876-1966), monumental porcelain vase with hand-painted portrait of the artist’s wife, 18in high, signed and dated 1907, Willets Belleek of Trenton, N.J. Ex collection of The Silver Shop, Princeton, N.J. Est. $4,000-$6,000. Material Culture image Willets Belleek, Trenton, N.J., flared column vase with hand-painted poppies, circa 1900, unsigned, 12in high. Ex collection of The Silver Shop, Princeton, N.J. Est. $500-$1,000. Material Culture image This impressive lineup shows the diversity and exceptional quality of wares produced by Trenton, N.J.,  ceramics and porcelain companies of the late 19th century. All ex collection of The Silver Shop, Princeton, N.J., and to be auctioned by Material Culture of Philadelphia. Material Culture image
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 14:48

Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair sets program of events

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:36

Image courtesy of Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, London

LONDON - The 24th Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, Nov. 3-9, 2014, is the only high-caliber art and antiques fair between October and March and a highlight of the winter art season. One hundred and twenty of the UK’s top dealers will be selling exceptional examples of fine art and antiques from all periods. Popular with collectors, interior designers and those looking for something different, the stock on sale ranges from dining tables to diamond rings. For the second year running, it coincides with Asian Art in London.

An expected 22,000 visitors will find over 30,000 pieces across 32 disciplines including: furniture, 20th century design, jewelry, art, Asian pieces, ceramics, sculpture, silver, mirrors, lighting, fossils, clocks, textiles and glass.

Fair Director Mary Clare Boyd says of the event, "Be prepared for a truly eclectic mix of pieces for sale, beyond what you might imagine an antique fair could sell. There are fashion drawings, 1950s Cartier earrings, Asprey Cocktail shakers, Warhol prints, Lalique glass, 18th-century oak dressers, enormous chrome binoculars and 17th-century marriage portraits. It is a wonderful source of one-off Christmas presents at different prices and the experience is one of pre-Christmas luxury and sparkle with a host of experts on hand to learn from."

The fair is organized in association with the UK’s top trade associations, BADA and LAPADA. Every piece on sale is strictly checked by experts before the fair opens to ensure it is authentic so visitors can buy with confidence.

New for the 2014 edition is an enhanced events program which includes: "A Victorian Obsession Bringing the Pérez Simón collection to Leighton House Museum," a talk by Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator at Leighton House. This is a preview taster to the much anticipated exhibition at Leighton House in mid-November. There are two Asian lectures at the fair, one by the British Museum (Ming: Beyond Porcelain) and one by specialist Arthur Millner (Asiatic themes in Mamluk and Ottoman Tiles from Damascus (1400-1800). The annual BADA talk is "Over the Top? The Image of War" by Andrew Sim. For the first time at the November fair, independent art consultant Vanessa Curry will be conducting specialist daily tours.

Incorporating a Mosimanns Bistro and champagne bar and with stylish presentation, this is a glamorous annual event with a sparkling preview night.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:49
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