Arthur Dove (1880-1946) Yours Truly, 1927. Oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Hirschl & Adler Modern.

Outside the Lines: American Abstraction in the 20th Century, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY
September 8-October 8, 2016
This highly personal exhibition commemorates Hirschl & Adler Modern’s dedication to promoting and exhibiting the works of major American abstractionists—an endeavor it has been committed to since its inception in 1981. In addition to showcasing works by well-known masters of American Modernism, such as Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, and Charles Howard, Hirschl & Adler Modern has championed many under-recognized post-war artists, including Stanley Twardowicz, Robert Natkin, and Ray Spillenger. Outside the Lines, which brings together about thirty works created between the 1910s and 1990s, celebrates the artists who have had a profound influence on the evolution of American art as well as Hirschl & Adler Modern itself. Click here to continue reading.

Susanna Salk.

Fall Lecture by Susanna Salk: It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff, Boscobel House & Gardens, Garrison, NY
September 9, 2016
Celebrated design author and stylist, Susanna Salk, will lead Boscobel’s Fall Design Lecture. The presentation will focus on her eighth book, It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff, which debuted this spring. The tome provides glimpses of beautiful design vignettes and arrangements from some of today’s top interior designers and tastemakers, including Bunny Williams, Alessandra Branca, and India Hicks. Salk will discuss the importance of seemingly minutes touches, which can elevate any space, whether it be an entire room or a single bookshelf. A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. Click here to continue reading.


Hans Hofmann, Combinable Wall I and II, 1961. Oil on canvas, 84 1/4 x 112 1/2 inches. BAMPFA Collection, gift of Hans Hofmann.

Push and Pull: Hans Hofmann, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
On view through December 11, 2016
The title of this exhibition refers to Hans Hofmann’s “push and pull” technique, which proved that the illusion of depth, space, and movement could be created in abstract compositions using color and form. Push and Pull brings together a number of Hofmann paintings from the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive’s (BAMPFA) own collection that illustrate this influential theory. BAMPFA is home to an impressive Hofmann collection thanks to a major gift from the artist himself in 1963. Hofmann first came to the United States from Germany in 1930 to teach in UC Berkeley’s Department of Art and went on to become a forefather of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Click here to continue reading.

Jean-Louis-Marie-Eugene Durieu (French, 1800-1874) and possibly with Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), Draped Model, about 1854. Albumen silver print, Image: 7 5/16 x 5 1/8 inches; Mount: 13 13/16 x 10 5/8 inches. 85XM.351.9. Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Real/Ideal: Photography in France, 1847–1860, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
On view through November 27, 2016
Organized around the Getty Museum’s impressive holdings of early French photography, Real/Ideal: Photography in France, highlights the work of four pioneering photographers—Édouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, and Charles Nègre—alongside other artists who captured real people, places, and things, rather than idealized and academic subjects, during the nineteenth century. Real/Ideal focuses on a pivotal period in the history of photography that took place between the first announcement of a paper negative process in 1847 and more mechanical processes for photographs in the 1860s. The exhibition has provided the Getty the perfect opportunity to display a recent acquisition of paper negatives from the collection of Jay McDonald—a Santa Monica-based collector who has amassed one of the finest private collections of nineteenth century photography in the country. Click here to continue reading.


Secretary, Serge Manzon (1930-1998) stylist/designer, 1978. Poirier, lacquered polyester, aluminum, brass, leather, Paris. Mobilier National, GMC 254 © Philippe Sebert. Prototype developed by the research and design workshop of the national furniture.

Biennale des Antiquaires, Grand Palais, Paris
September 10-18, 2016
The prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires has long been recognized as one of the world’s finest fairs thanks to its elegant atmosphere, blue chip offerings, and elite guest list. Organized by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (French National Union of Antique Dealers), the event presents rare antiques, fine art, jewelry, and modern design, from a swath of leading international dealers, including Galerie Dansk Mobelkunst, Richard Green, and Steinitz. Held at the Grand Palais in Paris, this year’s fair marks a turning point in the Biennale’s fifty-plus year history as it will become an annual event beginning in 2017. The fair will include a special presentation courtesy of the State Hermitage Museum in Russia titled, A Century of French Elegance: Masterpieces of the Eighteenth Century. The installation will include thirty-five works culled from the Hermitage’s illustrious collection. Click here to continue reading.     


Songbook “The Trouble with Bright Eyes,” 1929. Color lithograph, ink on paper. Courtesy of the Levenson Collection.

Deco Japan: 1920-1945, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.
On view through January 1, 2017
The Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is the second-to-last stop for this magnificent exhibition, which has been traveling the country since 2012. The show explores the influence of the Art Deco movement on Japanese culture and is the first traveling exhibition outside of Tokyo dedicated to Japanese Art Deco. Drawn from the private Levenson Collection of Japanese art in Clearwater, Florida, Deco Japan presents nearly two-hundred objects, including sculpture, ceramics, glassware, jewelry, textiles, prints, lacquerware, furniture, and paintings. The show also  features five works from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition is organized to highlight the cultural, formal, and social aspects of Japanese deco. Click here to continue reading.


Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), Fanny’s Dress, 2011, Dutch wax-printed cotton textile, fiberglass mannequin, wood and glass vitrine. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York, © Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA).

Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
On view through December 11, 2016
This exhibition of works by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare coincides with another show on view at the Yale Center for British Art—Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting. The overlap highlights Shonibare’s exploration of British maritime history as well as Britain’s imperial past in his work. The show brings together photography, costume, sculpture, and film inspired by the life, death, and legacy of Admiral Lord Nelson—an English naval commander who died at the Battle of Trafalgar, but not before leading Britain to victory over Napoleon and his fleet. In addition to Shonibare’s work, the display will include works by Joy Gregory, Isaac Julien, Chris Ofili, Carrie Mae Weems, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Click here to continue reading.