This Week’s Events: Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, American Style in the Jazz Age, Dale Chihuly, High Point Market & More
Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show
The Navy Yard
April 21-23, 2017
South Broad Street & Intrepid Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
For information, call 215.573.2247 or visit http://philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com
This week, the City of Brotherly Love will be host to one of the landmark events of the season: the 2017 Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show. This will be a feast for the antiques connoisseur, with a vast array of fine art, lighting, jewelry and more from fifty-nine top-shelf antiques dealers and fine art galleries. Since it was established in 1962, the Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show has raised $20 million for patient care and research at Penn Medicine.
This is a compulsory event for all the major players in the antiques trade. Among the dignitaries who will be in attendance: Arader Galleries, Avery Galleries, Philip Bradley Antiques, Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, Marcy Burns American Indian Arts, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, H.L. Chalfant, Charles Clark, Cooley Gallery, M. Finkel & Daughter, Gemini Antiques, Stephen & Carol Huber, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, Christopher H. Jones, Kindig Antiques, Kelly Kinzle Antiques, Greg Kramer & Co., Bernard & S. Dean Levy, Inc., Nathan Liverant and Son, LLC, Mellin’s Antiques, Lillian Nassau, LLC, Olde Hope Antiques, Inc., Steven S. Powers Works of Art & Americana, Sumpter Priddy III, Inc., James Robinson, Inc., David A. Schorsch-Eileen M. Smiles, Schwarz Gallery, Elliott & Grace Snyder Antiques, Spencer Marks, LTD, and Jeffrey Tillou Antiques.
The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
On view until August 20, 2017
2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
For information, call 212.849.8400 or visit https://www.cooperhewitt.org
“The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s,” now on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, chronicles the advent of Art Deco with a rich assortment of jewelry, furniture, textiles, tableware, paintings, posters, and wallcoverings. As a whole, the show speaks to the exuberant spirit of the Jazz Age, when art and design flourished on both sides of the Atlantic. The apogee of this period was the 1925 Exposition des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, in Paris, for which the movement (“Art Deco”) is named. The show is organized in six sections: “Persistence of Traditional Good Taste,” “A New Look,” “Bending the Rules—Stepping Out,” “A Smaller World,” “Abstraction and Reinvention,” and “Toward a Machine Age and Looking Forward.”
Two highlights of the show are a necklace of platinum, carved rubies and diamonds, from Van Cleef & Arpels, and a redwood bookcase desk in the guise of a skyscraper, designed by Paul T. Frankl. The latter may well be a metaphor for Jazz Age itself, when sustained economic growth propelled innovation in design, fashion and the decorative arts.
“The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s” was jointly organized by Sarah Coffin, curator and head of product design and decorative arts at Cooper Hewitt, and Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Also on view at Cooper Hewitt are two related exhibitions: “The World of Radio” (February 3-September 24, 2017) and “Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection” (April 7-August 27, 2017). Click here for more.
The New York Botanical Garden
April 22-October 29, 2017
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458
For information, call 718.817.8700 or visit http://www.nybg.org
Dale Chihuly is renowned for his technical bravura, creating monumental chandeliers of blown glass. The Tacoma, Wash.-born artist—who wears an eyepatch and wild thatch of hair—is widely credited with moving glassblowing into the realm of fine art and has an entire museum dedicated to his work in the Seattle Center.
This week, an exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking artist will open at the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre compound in the Bronx. The show is a master class in the artist’s lexicon of organic forms, with some twenty installations that chart his aesthetic development. This display of outdoor sculpture invites multiple visits, a multi-sensory experience that changes with the seasons. Apart from Boathouse 7 Neon (pictured), one of the highlights of the show will be a new monumental work inspired by the artist’s legendary 1975 Artpark installation.
Audrey Flack: Master Drawings from Crivelli to Pollock
Hollis Taggart Galleries
April 20-May 26, 2017
521 W. 26th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10021
For information, call 212.628.4000 or visit http://www.hollistaggart.com
After three decades working almost exclusively in sculpture, Audrey Flack is back with a vengeance, drawing on the Old Masters, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art for a new series of paintings and works on paper at Hollis Taggart Galleries, in New York. “Audrey Flack: Master Drawings from Crivelli to Pollock,” on view until May 26, detonates the boundary between historical and contemporary art, mixing and matching the entire Western canon. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Fiat Lux, which combines tumbling cherubim and coquettish courtiers from a woodcut of Peter Paul Rubens’ Garden of Love (c. 1633) with classic comic book superheroes. Other works investigate the legacy of notorious or ill-fated women such as Marilyn Monroe; Camille Claudel, assistant to Auguste Rodin; and St. Theresa in Ecstasy. The artist reimagines the mythology of these historical figures, modifying their portraits with collage elements and text that cast their hardships as feats of heroism.
Flack has been a well-known figure in the New York art world since she was a student at the Cooper Union in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Before specializing in figural sculpture, she was at the forefront of midcentury Photorealism.
High Point, North Carolina
Spring High Point Market
April 22-26, 2017
164 South Main Street, Suite 700, High Point, NC 27260 (High Point Market Authority)
For information, call 336.869.1000 or visit http://www.highpointmarket.org/
The Spring 2017 High Point Market, the largest home furnishings trade show in the world, gets underway this week in High Point, North Carolina. In terms of magnitude, the numbers are staggering: 180 buildings, 11.5 million square feet of showspace, more than 2000 exhibitors (with more than 100 countries represented) and an expected 75,000 attendees.
While this show presents an embarrassment of riches, the focus will be on manufacturer-designer collaborations: Currey & Company/Bunny Williams, Century Furniture/Windsor Smith, Henredon/Jeffrey Bilhuber, Castelle/Barclay Butera, Theodore Alexander/Steve Leung, Eastern Accents/Celerie Kemble, Hickory Chair/David Phoenix, French Heritage/Michelle Workman, and Kravet/Mabley Handler. The fair bills itself as the “interior design universe’s own Fashion Week-meets-high school prom” and will feature a full schedule of events, including “Becoming a Visionary,” a colloquy with Steve Leung, Jamie Drake, and Michael Berman on cultivating a signature style in a crowded marketplace. Other notable happenings include: a panel discussion on global sourcing; a seminar with Mat Sanders, of Consort Design, on breathing new life into vintage pieces (“turning duds into diamonds”); and a tutorial with the Canadian designer Candice Olson on the art of wallcoverings.