Olssen & Jensen vases.

MAISON&OBJET, Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris
September 2-6, 2016
Paris’ esteemed MAISON&OBJET fair is a design-centered tradeshow that features concepts and solutions for a range of projects, including hospitality, retails stores, and restaurants. The show, which attracts around 70,000 visitors each year, features a range of high-end products, including home decor, home design, furniture, accessories, textiles, tableware, and much more. This year’s event will include the debut of the INFLUENCES sector—a dedicated hub for buyers and specifiers in search of unique and bespoke products. The British designer, Ilse Crawford, will be the recipient of this year’s Designer of the Year award. She will create a space known as the Designers’ Studio at the fair, which will serve as a central gathering point for attendees. Click here to continue reading.


Pilgrim chair, circa 1922. Collection of Susan and Gary Leonard. Photography by Charles Lyle.

Wallace Nutting: A Preservation Pioneer, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Wethersfield, CT
On view through October 30, 2016
The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, Connecticut, is currently hosting the exhibition, Wallace Nutting: Preservation Pioneer. The event celebrates the life and work of Wallace Nutting, a popular artist and photographer who also manufactured high-quality reproduction furniture that helped spur the Colonial Revival movement. The show explores Nutting’s role as a respected collector of American antiques, lecturer, author, and restorer of historic buildings, including the Joseph Webb House—A Georgian style residence that is owned by the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum. Nutting acquired the house, which once served as George Washington’s headquarters, in 1916. He oversaw the home’s redecoration and installed painted murals in the hallway and front parlors. Click here to continue reading.


David Salle, The Trucks Bring Things, 1984. Oil and acrylic on canvas with light bulb and fabric, 102 x 173 ¼ inches. Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY © David Salle/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY collection Larry Gagosian.

Unfinished Business: Paintings from the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY
August 7-October 16, 2016
This exhibition spotlights three artists who helped resurrect painting during the 1970s and 1980s, when the medium was deemed uninspired and Conceptual art reigned supreme. Using unique materials, proportions, and styles, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle proved that painting was still an exciting and innovative artistic endeavor. Presenting twenty-three large scale canvases and seventeen works on paper, Unfinished Business highlights each artist’s unique approach as well as the connections that unite them. Bleckner, Fischl, and Salle met in the early 1970s at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and remain friends today. Click here to continue reading.

Woman's ceremonial robe, Qing dynasty (1644–1911) 19th century, China. Silk, cat fur, 53 inches (134.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Duchesse de Richelieu, 1972 (1973.28.6).

The Secret Life of Textiles: Animal Fibers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
On view through February 20, 2017
The second installment in the Met’s Secret Life of Textiles series focuses on works of art made from treasured animal fibers, including wool, hair, silk, and feathers. Launched in March, the first part of the series explored the technological transformation and beauty of plant fibers, such as hemp, linen, and cotton. Animal Fibers presents a range of fascinating objects, including a ceremonial robe from the Qing dynasty, decorated with silk and cat fur. Other objects on view feature fibers from  sheep, camelids, goats, yaks, horses, and cows. The goal of the Secret Life of Textiles series is to delve deeper into the Met’s superb textile collection and highlight how conservators’ unique expertise and state-of-the-art technology allow for an in-depth examination of fibers. Click here to continue reading.

Sterling silver spoon decorated with the Statue of Liberty and Flatiron Building, manufactured by Shepard Manufacturing Co., 1893 –1923. Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Roberta Gratz, 2016.2.104.

From Teaspoons to Titanic: Recent Acquisitions, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
On view through December 18, 2016
Founded in 1923, the Museum of the City of New York is dedicated to celebrating the city’s distinctive character and sharing its singular story with the public. The institution features a comprehensive collection that includes works on paper, costumes and textiles, furniture, and paintings and sculpture. Teaspoons to Titanic highlights the museum’s most recent acquisitions, including a slat-backed deck chair from the Titanic and a Sterling silver spoon decorated with the Statue of Liberty and Flatiron Building, manufactured by Shepard Manufacturing Co. Additional highlights in the museum’s collection include works by important New York photographers, such as Berenice Abbott and Jacob Riis, and iconic works by New York-based furniture makers, including Duncan Phyfe, Herter Brothers, and Charles Honoré Lannuier. Click here to continue reading.   



Ansel Adams, Mess Line from Photographs of Japanese-American Relocation Camp in Manzanar, California, neg 1943, printed 1984. Gelatin silver print mounted to board, 11 x 14 inches. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, purchased as the gift of Sidney R. Knafel (PA 1948), 2015.10.20.


Manzanar: Photographs by Ansel Adams, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
September 1-December 31, 2016
This exhibition presents works created by Ansel Adams in 1943 at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in Inyo County, California. Adams was hired to create a photographic record of the military-style government facility, which housed 110,000 Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens during World War II. Rimmed in barbed wire, the facility was inhabited by men, women, and children, who were forced to leave their homes and relocate to the remote camp in the middle of the desert. During his time at Manzanar, Adams created his signature landscapes as well as images of daily life, agriculture scenes, and portraits. The exhibition includes fifty such images, which have recently been acquired by the Addison Gallery of American Art. Click here to continue reading.


Joseph Rusling Meeker (1827-1887) Bayou Teche, 1874. Oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches. The Johnson Collection Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
On view through November 6, 2016
Visitors to the Knoxville Museum of Art have a rare chance to see thirty nineteenth century paintings from the renowned, South Carolina-based Johnson Collection. Assembled by collectors and philanthropists, George Dean Johnson, Jr. and Susan (Susu) Phifer Johnson, the Johnson Collection offers a sweeping overview of artistic activity in the American South from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. Featuring works by William Dickinson Washington, William Thompson Russell Smith, Gustave Henry Mosler, Thomas Addison Richards, Joseph Rusling Meeker, Robert Walter Weir, and Thomas Sully, Romantic Spirits examines the development of the Romantic Movement in the American South. Click here to continue reading.


Sunsets, Menil Collection, Houston, TX
On view through January 8, 2017
Earlier this month, Houston’s Menil Collection began screening a rare film by Andy Warhol. Created in 1967, Sunsets was commissioned by the Menil’s founders, John and Dominique de Menil. Warhol shot sunsets in San Francisco, East Hampton, and New York City, but never completed the project. The film, which features vocals by Nico, was restored and re-released in 2000 thanks to The Andy Warhol Film Project—an initiative helmed by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York that is aimed at researching, cataloguing, and preserving Warhol’s film work. While many are unfamiliar with this aspect of Warhol’s oeuvre, the Pop art superstar created more than 600 films over the course of his career.  Click here to continue reading.