July 25, 2016
Beth Kephart is the author, most recently, of "This Is the Story of You," a Jersey Shore storm novel Elisabeth Agro, the Nancy M. McNeil associate curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is talking about joy. Or that's what I hear, as I sit with her in her book-crammed office at the Perelman building. That's what I experience as she winds me through locked doors, past orderly offices, toward the doll-size replica of her gallery, where upcoming exhibitions are designed.
September 22, 2015 |
James E. Buckley, 71, of Chestnut Hill, a fine-arts appraiser and auctioneer, died Thursday, Sept. 3, of pancreatic cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Chicago, Mr. Buckley graduated from South Shore High School there in 1963. He went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964 and at the Cleveland Institute of Technology in 1968. While serving in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968, he was an illustrator for the military police at the Oscoda, Mich., Air Force base.
November 29, 2012 |
WENDELL D. GARRETT, a historian and authority on American decorative arts who was widely known for his appearances as an appraiser on the long-running PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," has died. He was 83. Garrett died Nov. 14 of natural causes at a hospice facility in Williston, Vt., where he had moved recently from Manhattan. His former wife, Elisabeth Garrett Widmer, confirmed his death Monday. Known for his broad expertise, courtly manner and delight in sharing knowledge, Garrett appeared on every season of the American version of "Antiques Roadshow" since its launch in 1997.
October 30, 2012
Gudmund Vigtel, 87, pivotal director of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, died Oct. 20 of cancer at his Atlanta home. He oversaw the museum's transformation from a modest regional institution housed in a simple brick building into one of the nation's most successful art museums, and shepherded its move to an architectural statement of a building designed by Richard Meier. Mr. Vigtel remained at the High for 28 years. Mr. Vigtel was named to the top post in 1963, a year after more than 100 Atlanta art patrons and their family members died in a plane crash.
October 20, 2012 |
Rago Arts & Auction Center's three-day sale next weekend in Lambertville of 20th- and 21st-century furnishings and decorative arts will feature a previously announced consignment of items from the Colorado ranch of Christopher Forbes, son of the late Malcolm Forbes. It is one of three auctions this weekend and next offering items of unusual interest. The Forbes collection will be offered Oct. 27 at the second session of the 1,650-lot sale, which David Rago calls "the greatest collection of property we've offered in the last four years.
March 18, 2012 |
The CIA couldn't do a better stealth job than the Barnes Foundation. With the new Barnes museum set to open in mere weeks, the foundation appears to have carried out much of the complex job - almost industrial in its scale, but oh so delicate in its handling - of packing up and moving billions of dollars in art objects from the suburban Main Line to a new home on the Parkway. Like any proper covert operation, this one is being undertaken on a need-to-know basis, and those in the know aren't talking.
March 16, 2012
Antiques/Art/Crafts Annual Quilt Competition A show of competition quilts in the Gazebo. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. 3/16. Chester County Antiques Show 18th- & 19th-century American, English & Continental furniture, rugs, paintings, porcelain, glass, silver, jewelry, needlework & other decorative arts. Westtown School, 975 Westtown Rd., Westtown. www.chestercohistorical.org/antiquesshow.php . $15. 3/17. Preview party 6-9 pm 3/16; $130 or $200 early admission.
February 17, 2012 |
Designer furniture from throughout the 20th century and related decorative arts will be featured at sales this weekend and next. Another sale next week will offer lesser known treasures of the 1900s. The first designer furniture event will take place on Saturday when Kamelot Auctions will offer more than 700 lots of furniture, lighting, statuary, Asian art, and glassware, notably two rare pieces of Lalique, at a sale beginning at 10 a.m. at its gallery in the office complex at 4700 Wissahickon Ave. Online bidding and an auction catalog with presale price estimates are available at www.kamelotauctions.com . The Lalique pieces are both opalescent glass vases just over 9 inches high, depicting frenzied Bacchantes.
January 29, 2012 |
The most exciting art season in years is upon us, with the opening this weekend at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts of a major survey of Henry Ossawa Tanner's landmark career and an exhibition of Vincent van Gogh's nature paintings just around the corner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Art Museum will follow van Gogh with another monumental subject: how three artistic giants - Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and Paul Gauguin -...
November 11, 2011 |
The Main Line Antiques Show has impressive assets: an outstanding exhibitor list, good timing for the holidays, and a historic setting with easy access. In only its sixth year, the event Saturday and Sunday has found an ideal home at the Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova. The club's main building was originally part of a vast old Main Line estate. In about 1907, J. Franklin McFadden (1862-1936), a cotton broker and one of Philadelphia's wealthiest men, hired the local architectural firm of Cope & Stewardson to create a grand Colonial-style house on his 307-acre Radnor Valley Farm.