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ANTIQUES in Brimfield

Thousands of antiques dealers congregate along a half-mile strip of Route 20 in Brimfield, MA, every year to hawk untold quantities of folk art, furniture, vintage signs, silverware, and other collectibles. The staff of The Magazine ANTIQUES made the trip in 2019—here's what we saw!

Re-envisioning Cole’s Catskills - Thomas Cole used a small camera obscura to frame the landscape and define the composition of his paintings. Contemporary Chinese photographer Shi Guorui uses this ancient optical device to create monumental landscape panoramas.
Reginald Marsh in the sunlight at the Benton - In the 1920s, Marsh traveled several times to Florida and the Caribbean and there he revealed a different, sunnier aspect of his artistic interests.
Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 9/16/19–9/22/19 - See what's going on this week in the art and antiques world
Last Chance! “Village Enlightenment” at the Bennington Museum - Yanks scratching out a living in Vermont’s Upper Connecticut River Valley in the early 1800s depended on their neighbors for maps, Bibles, and almanacs
The tale of a year at the Huntington - In a year that sees several notable centennial anniversaries, the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is commemorating its own one hundredth birthday.
Robert Frank, photographer (1924–2019) - With the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert Frank roamed the United States in 1955 and ’56 in a Ford coupe, capturing some 2,800 documentary images on his Leica 35mm camera.
Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 9/9/19–9/15/19 - See what's going on this week in the art and antiques world
Required reading at the Boston Athenæum - Everyone has played the game: if you were stranded on a desert island, what books (or music, movies, or companions) would you want with you?
Shoot the moon: Three exhibitions on lunar photography - For much of human history, people were forced to imagine what the moon was really like. Was it flat like a disk? Made of cheese? Was it inhabited?
Thierry Mugler at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - The show paints a compelling portrait of the freewheeling and creative nature of late twentieth-century haute couture, but it's really about an idea
Tiffany church windows at the Driehaus Museum - Chicago was very good to Louis Comfort Tiffany and the artist-designers who passed through his studio
Editor’s Letter–September/October 2019 - The cover for this issue is fun, charming, and cheerful, and there are very few occasions, in my estimation, on which fun, charm, and cheer are not welcome


Shadows and scissors

By Suzanne Rudnick Payne, Michael R. Payne, and Peggy McClard


Re-examining Thomas Cole

By Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser


Trim and ends

By John Whitenight


Boston baroque

By Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley and Robert F. Trent


Breaking new ground

By Elizabeth Pochoda


The world of Bill Traylor

By Leslie Umberger


Ornaments in the landscape

By Carol Long

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
August 29 – September 1

At the Baltimore Convention Center, featuring 575 international exhibitors, including a 90-dealer antiquarian book fair. Hours: Thursday 12–8, Friday and Saturday 11–7, Sunday 11–6.
Tickets are $20. (561) 822-5440.


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