Lobel Modern's showroom in the New York Design Center.

What’s New, What’s Next, New York Design Center, New York NY
September 22, 2016
Each year, the design industry’s top tastemakers descend upon the New York Design Center for What’s New, What’s Next—a one-day showcase of new ideas, design, materials, and products. Now in its eighth year, the must-attend event includes presentations, book signings, and panel discussions featuring a host of influential editors, designers, and manufacturers. Among this year’s highlights is a Q+A session with Mark D. Sikes led by House Beautiful Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson; a conversation between Tori Mellott, Senior Design and Market Editor of Traditional Home, and design legends Alexa Hampton and Mario Buatta; and a panel discussion during which four bi-coastal designers, Thom Filicia, Jay Jeffers, Amy Lau, and Jeffrey Alan Mark, will discuss their approaches to design on the east coast versus the west coast. Meanwhile, Lobel Modern, which recently moved to a new showroom in the New York Design Center, will be hosting a special presentation of works by sculptor Kelly Keifer and painter Brady Legler. Click here to continue reading. 

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907. Gold, silver, and oil on canvas. Neue Galerie New York. Acquired through the generosity of Ronald S. Lauder, the heirs of the Estates of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the Estée Lauder Fund.

Gustav Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900–1918, Neue Galerie, New York, NY
September 22, 2016-January 16, 2017
This highly anticipated exhibition has already garnered a deluge of press coverage as it will reunite two of Gustav Klimt’s best known works. The two portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer—a wealthy Austrian socialite and hostess of a renowned Viennese Salon—were at the center of one of the biggest Nazi-looted art restitution cases in history and have not been seen together in a decade. The show, which spotlights the artist’s sensual portraits of women, includes a number of other important society portraits. Together, the works chart the evolution of Klimt’s singular style, from his ethereal early portraits to his luminous  “Golden Phase.” The show has been organized by Klimt scholar Dr. Tobias G. Natter and includes paintings, drawings, decorative objects, and vintage photographs of the artist. Click here to continue reading.

The Ladd brothers. Courtesy of the Rockwell Museum.

40 for 40: Anniversary Highlights from the Permanent Collection, Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
September 24, 2016-January 22, 2017
The Rockwell Museum is celebrating its fortieth anniversary with the exhibition 40 for 40: Anniversary Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Curated by New York City-based brothers/artists Steven Ladd  and William Ladd, the exhibition reflects their unique American experience. Using works from the Rockwell’s permanent collection, the Ladds created forty visual stories that encourage visitors to experience each piece in a new context. The Rockwell is home to an incredibly diverse collection of works that includes a mix of nineteenth century American paintings, historic bronzes, and Indian artifacts as well as works by major Modernists, illustration art, and contemporary photography. There are also featured galleries dedicated to the works of Andy Warhol, the Taos Society of Artists, and the masterworks of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The core of the museum’s collection was gifted by Bob and Hertha Rockwell, local business owners who had a taste for American art and artifacts, Carder Steuben glass, classic firearms, and antique toys. Click here to continue reading.

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children, 1896. Oil on canvas. Tate Britain, bequeathed by Adèle, Lady Meyer 1930, with a life interest for her son and grandson and presented in 2005 in celebration of the lives of Sir Anthony and Lady Barbadee Meyer, accessioned 2009, T 12988.

John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
On view through February 5, 2017
On Friday, September 16, the Jewish Museum unveiled an exhibition centered on John Singer Sargent’s remarkable painting of Adèle Meyer, the wife of Carl Meyer—chief clerk and negotiator for the Rothschild family as well as deputy chairman of the De Beers mining group—and their two children. The painting is on loan from Tate Britain and has not been exhibited in the United States in over ten years. First exhibited in 1897 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the lushly painted work is one of Sargent’s most beloved portraits. The painting will be complemented by other family portraits, family photographs, personal correspondence, and domestic memorabilia. Click here to continue reading.


Image © Camille Henrot. Courtesy of Kathy Lo.

Expo Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
September 22-25, 2016
Heralded as the centerpiece of Expo Art Week—Chicago’s citywide celebration of all things arts and culture—Expo Chicago has emerged as a decidedly innovative and multifaceted art fair. Now in its fifth year, Expo Chicago, which focuses on modern and contemporary art and design, champions established and emerging artists alike—a quality that has earned it a stellar reputation among a wide range of collectors, dealers, enthusiasts, interior designers, and curators. Held at the historic Navy Pier, Expo Chicago’s dynamic exhibitor list includes design heavyweights such as Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Casati Gallery, Hostler Burrows, R & Company, and Vallarino Fine Art. Click here to continue reading.


Unidentified French makers, Milliner’s heads (three), 1820–70. Red pine, painted papier-mâché, wood, largest height: 17 inches. New-York Historical Society, Purchased from Elie Nadelman, INV.8708, INV.8709, and INV.8707.

Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
September 24, 2016-December 31, 2016

Elie Nadelman is widely recognized for his spare Modernist sculpture, but a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society reveals that he was also a trailblazing collector of folk art. Together with his wife, Viola Spiess Flannery, Nadelman assembled the first significant collection of American and European folk art, which eventually comprised some fifteen thousand objects. Making It Modern presents more than 200 pieces from the Nadelmans’ collection, including toys, textiles, stoneware, sculpture, and folk portraits, including a painting of a young boy with a toy horse by Joseph Whiting Stock. Making It Modern also features loans of key Nadelman sculptures to illuminate the intersection between folk art and Modernism. Click here to continue reading.


Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, London
September 24, 2016-January 2, 2017
This much-talked-about exhibition will explore one of the most pivotal movements of the post-war era—Abstract Expressionism. The first major show to examine the origins, evolution, and influence of the movement since 1959, guests can view works by AbEx giants such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning. The exhibition also provides a rare chance to see paintings by Clyfford Still outside of the United States. The works are being loaned by the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. During his lifetime, Still forbade institutions from loaning works he donated, but in his will, his demands were more ambiguous. The museum, which made the decision to loan the works in collaboration with Still’s children, will send nine paintings to the Royal Academy of Arts. Click here to continue reading.  


Jess (American, 1923–2004) Assembly Lamp Eight, 1966. Assemblage: electric lamp base and octagonal shade constructed of wood, copper wire, plastic, magazine clippings, tape, black paint, glue and glass projection lanterns, 16 inches high (40.6 cm); 9-1/2 inches diam. (24.1 cm). Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Odyssia Skouras, P.2004.05 © 2016 Jess Collins Trust.

Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA
On view through January 16, 2017
This exhibition examines the darker side of art during the post-war era via works by Kurt Schwitters, Edward Kienholz, Joseph Cornell, and others. While the assemblages, paintings, and lithographs presented don’t belong to a particular movement, they are united by form, color, and subject matter. Together, the works explore how artists process and portray the most dismal struggles faced by humankind, including death, war, and violence. Highlights include an intarsia box by Kurt Schwitters, who enlisted the help of woodworker Albert Schulze to bring the work fruition, and a lithograph depicting two figures in combat by the American artist/anti-war activist, Leon Golub. Click here to continue reading.