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Botanical Bossa Nova

By Elizabeth Pochoda
He’s back! The irrepressible Brazilian artist and landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx, dead these twenty-five years, is on stage once again, this time at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.


Editor’s Letter: July/August 2019 - The Statue of Liberty Museum opened in May on Liberty Island with much fanfare and celebrity wattage, Oprah Winfrey leading the lights.
Uncommon Threads - A gallery in the Connecticut countryside puts the leading lights of fiber art front and center
Dada’s and Surrealism’s Poetic Roots at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco - Both Dadaism and surrealism were movements started not by visual artists but by poets; it was the book, not the canvas, that was terra firma.
Pierre Cardin at the Brooklyn Museum - Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion is on view at the Brooklyn Museum from July 20 to January 5, 2020
At the Cloisters, a treasure concealed is revealed - It is the nature of art history to bring to light beautiful objects that have long lain hidden from sight. This is true of almost every ancient artifact, and many a medieval one, that we admire today. But there is something special about the discovery of the objects to be seen in The Colmar Treasure: A Medieval Jewish Legacy.
A Great Dane in Boston - The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston celebrates the work of a master from the “great age of illustration” around the turn of the twentieth century: the Danish artist Kay Nielsen.
Leonardo’s unfinished obsession at the Met - Five hundred years ago this year, Leonardo da Vinci passed away—in the arms of the French king François I, according to legend—and museums around the world have felt called upon to solemnize this important milestone.
Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on UNESCO World Heritage List - What’s old is new, what’s new is old. Eight of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s idiosyncratic modern buildings have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, the international preservation organization announced on Sunday.
Self-taught art of anguish - Plenty of people don’t like contemporary art. But contemporary folk art—that’s harder to disdain. Dependable quirkiness is its insistent charm, providing a ready, welcome respite from what’s heavy in the world.
Triskaidekaphilia in Philadelphia - A New Constellation: A Collection of Historic 13-Star Flags, on view at the Museum of the American Revolution and curated by specialist Jeff R. Bridgman from his own comprehensive holdings, showcases thirty-two American flag patterns, sparking our desire to learn more.
“So snug and nice” - A visit to Osborne House, Queen Victoria's beloved seaside refuge
Living with Antiques: Antilles Grace - An elegant town house on the island of Saint Croix features an exemplary collection of nineteenth-century West Indies–crafted mahogany furniture

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


Re-examining Thomas Cole

By Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser


Trim and ends

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Boston baroque

By Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley and Robert F. Trent


Breaking new ground

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The world of Bill Traylor

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Ornaments in the landscape

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  • Gregory Cerio, Editor

    There are some art exhibitions that transcend themselves. That is to say, the fact that the show is taking place is of greater significance than the art on view. Such is the case with A Tale of Two Collections, which opened in mid-March at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and runs until June 16. The show presents the work of ten artists, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, and Benny Andrews. But even with the force of their combined talent and fame, the art is of secondary importance. more...


The Newport Antiques Show
July 27 – July 28

One of the nation’s premier events, presents antiques, art and exquisite objects with over forty distinguished dealers. It is the only Show of its caliber with two beneficiaries—the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. The Gala Preview Party is on July 26 from 6 to 9 pm.


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