Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon

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Visitors to the exhibition Chintz Appliqué: From Imitation to Icon are amazed by the size, elegance, vibrant color, and meticulous craftsmanship of these quilts.  On view through May 17 at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, these twenty-one American quilts represent “one of the earliest and most influential international quilt styles,” according to curator Carolyn Ducey. One of the …

Japanese Craft in Philadelphia

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Much has been written about the influence of Japanese design on American and European works of the nineteenth century, but turn the lens in the other direction, looking at the influence of Western art on Japan, and there have been far fewer inquiries. The Art of Japanese Craft: 1875 to the Present, presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through …

America in 3 by 5

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February 2009 | Walker Evans believed in picture postcards. The great photographer began collecting them as a boy, years before he ever snapped his first picture. Throughout his life he celebrated them, wrote about them, experimented with the format, and continued to collect them. “On their tinted surfaces,” he wrote in a 1948 Fortune magazine article, “were some of the …

Palm Beach

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“Follow the money.” What was good advice for Woodward and Bernstein is equally useful guidance for the antiques collector. When Henry Morrison Flagler established Palm Beach as a winter haven for Gilded Age society, important furnishings and art were sure to follow. And so they did. February sees the annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show, and those who …

William Holman Hunt in Toronto

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The nineteenth-century English Pre-Raphaelite painter William Holman Hunt is the subject of an exhibition opening February 14 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto entitled Sin and Salvation: Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision. More than sixty works will be on view including some of Hunt’s most iconic paintings-The Awakening of Conscience, The Light of the World, Isabella and …

Whither Londongrad?

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The Victoria and Albert Museum in London celebrates Magnificence of the Tsars with a sumptuous display of men’s ceremonial attire from the Russian imperial court on loan from the Moscow Kremlin Museums’ collections. What could be more fitting in the British capital that is currently nicknamed Londongrad or Moscow-on-the Thames for its several hundred thousand Russian émigrés and its dominant …

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Indian silver for the Raj

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October 2008 | Some categories of objects seem so well researched that it is hard to imagine that there is any new ground to discover. The art of the silversmith has long seemed to be one such area, so it is especially thrilling to be confronted with completely unfamiliar material at Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, …

Seeing through modernism at Corning

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January 2009 | Strolling into the modern glass gallery of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, where the display cases with pieces from 1880 to 1960 are arranged in chronological order, the aficionado of modernism feels comfortable moving quickly past the vitrines of ornate, sinuous wares from the art nouveau period. But there, sharing shelf space with …