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Nantucket Sleigh Ride - Wood Sculpture

Whaling - The Advent of Art Collecting

Posted: June 01, 2012 07:10 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Documents, motion pictures, lectures, and annual gatherings -all are mediums working together to bring back the era of whaling. With this year's celebration at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic Connecticut, with the restoration of whaleship CHARLES W. MORGAN, more art venues are honing in on whaling themes in high numbers. At homes on Cape Cod, shoreline communities in and around New England, and maritime communities -worldwide, the whale has been an integral part of our culture. In history and art, there is no comparison to the degree of interest this mammal has promoted. Each year there are co...


Maritime artist and shipmodel specialist Rex Stewart restoring Van Ryper T2 Tanker

Damaged Van Ryper Models -The Great Investment / Rex Stewart

Posted: May 20, 2012 09:38 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Some years ago it was suggested that I build waterline models for profitable sales, similiar to the work of noted builder Charles Van Ryper. At that time I was not familiar with his work, nor did I know the history about his contemporary "Art Deco' style which emerged when he produced his Travel Series prior to the Second World War. Today, in the maritime arts, especially in the Collectible market of ship models, there seem to be a strong resurgence of collectors sprouting up in America and across the atlantic relative to the antique shipmodels of Charles Van Ryper. This is due, in part,...


Judith Shahn, Honeymooners, 1950

Americans in Mexico EXTENDED

Posted: May 13, 2012 16:18 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The Americans in Mexico show has been extened, by appointment or by chance, through May 23. On view are paintings and works on paper by Peggy Bacon, Abe Blashko, Elizabeth Catlett, Theodore Haupt, Lawrence A. Jones, Charles Keller, Dorothy Browdy Kushner, Doris Rosenthal, and Judith Shahn. Judith Shahn’s Honeymooners, 1950, records a time-honored tradition: a young couple get their picture taken at Lake Xochomilco, Mexico City, while, working in the same year, 1950, Theodore Haupt presents a modernist fiesta in Market Place (San Miguel Allende).  


David Johnson (1827-1908) - "Near Buck Mountain" - pencil on paper

"Scandal"

Posted: May 07, 2012 17:04 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

When he wasn’t painting, Hudson River School artist David Johnson loved to draw, with confident lines on big sheets. Every once in a while his pencil traced the figure of a woman. For example, in an 1886 drawing (above), a woman in full dress looks out over a pond in the Adirondacks. In lieu of a visible expression she appears self-possessed, as though lost in thought. In the forested background, meanwhile, is seen the shadowy and skulking figure of a man. The scene can be thought of as an unintentional metaphor: hidden in the trees of the Hudson River School artists lurked passion, res...


Doris Rosenthal, Chole con Florecito, 1940

Americans in Mexico

Posted: April 19, 2012 15:48 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Works by PEGGY BACON, ABE BLASHKO, ELIZABETH CATLETT, THEODORE HAUPT, LAWRENCE A. JONES, CHARLES KELLER, DOROTHY BROWDY KUSHNER, DORIS ROSENTHAL, and JUDITH SHAHN are on view through April 28.     Link to site: http://gallery.me.com/stg568#100874     This is the first show in Room 502, our fifth location at 568 Broadway.  


MAYFLOWER II Miniature on cradle base

Miniature Collectibles - The Stewart Collection of Classic Ships

Posted: April 15, 2012 08:31 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It's evident on the collectible's circuit that miniature ship models have taken on a new perspective as an artform. In recent times it has been garnered the distinctive titleship as being a highend collectible under the auctioneer's hammer -and bidding participants who look upon these tiny gems, with awe and appreciation, anticipate ownership. These ship miniatures have been bought, sold, and appraised for hundreds (sometimes thousand of dollars) -attesting to the fact that these are, indeed, highly desirable art pieces. Ship models, or rather, the ship model has long been regarded in ...


Rockwell presents a stirring social commentary in The Common Touch, which was used as the January 18, 1930 cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

America’s Storyteller: Norman Rockwell

Posted: April 02, 2012 07:58 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

No other artist has been able to capture the essence of the American experience like Norman Rockwell. Even in the early stages of his career, the aspect that distinguished his work was that it was about the Everyman, providing a chronicle of the simple joys, awkward moments and trying circumstances that give our lives depth. Rockwell found success at an early age. He completed his first commission for a series of Christmas cards before he was 16. By 17, he illustrated his first children's book, and at 22, he had earned his first Saturday Evening Post cover, published May 20, 1916. His wor...


 Frank Anderson (1844-1891)--"Mount Beacon, Fishkill, New York"--Oil on Canvas--12 x 20 in.

The Painter of Peekskill

Posted: March 28, 2012 16:50 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Centuries of trained artists have flocked to cities (or nearby art colonies) where they enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists, social and professional organizations, exhibition venues, and access to patrons. The Hudson River School painters were no exception. Even so, there have always been those artists who prefer to work apart from the creative and commercial bustle. Sometimes it seems that the personal idiosyncrasies that pull them away from the crowd also help to nurture extraordinary art. Frank Anderson is a name that carries the weight of a passing shadow against the likes of Co...


Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries with the theme “Nature” for a juried art competition for the month of April 2012.

Art Call – Theme “Nature” Juried Art Competition

Posted: March 27, 2012 21:02 Last Updated: | John R. Math

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for entries with the theme “Nature” for a juried art competition for the month of April 2012. The gallery invites all 2D artists (including photography) regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field to send us your best interpretation of the theme “Nature" by depicting the physical world. “Nature” is considered to be anything that was not created by or has been substantially altered by man. Subjects that would encompass “Nature” would include geographical matter, natural obj...


Miniature shipmodel BATAVIA c.1628

SHIP MODEL Miniature - Defining the art

Posted: March 26, 2012 10:34 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

It has been long regarded that ship models exist as a craftsman's art and has never been taken seriously as a true artform. On the contrary... Over the years, as both artist and historian, I have studied this art trend -and to my amazement and awe, found that the artist and the artform has, in my most humble observation, been a medium much sought after. Moreover, with the recent passing of noted British artist Donald McNarry, world-wide collectors have scowered the maritime searching for his signature miniatures since his retirement from the medium in 1983. At the auction house of Chri...


McNay Museum Fair Brochure for March, 2012

Susan Teller Gallery at McNay Fair this weekend

Posted: March 22, 2012 21:02 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Saturday, March 24, 10 to 5 and Sunday, March 25, noon to 5   McNay Museum Art Fair, San Antonio This is the McNay Museum's 16th fair, and it’s our sixteenth as well. McNay’s brochure featured a fairly secret booth from last year’ fair – well, the Susan Teller Gallery booth (with gallerist Bill Teller). James Daugherty’s drawing for a New Yorker cover, Ice Skater, 1925, is at center. This year we will be showing intaglios by Peggy Bacon, Will Barnet, Reginald Marsh, and Angelo Pinto, as well as black-line woodcuts by Anne Ryan, Edmond Casarella’s tour-de-force relief print...


Tugboat Robert A.  Petty by Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921)

Collecting Marine Art

Posted: March 08, 2012 10:37 Last Updated: | Marine Arts Gallery

What is marine art ? Marine art is a painting that the main element is water. From there it can include many different kinds of vessels from clipperships to tugboats and yachts. It can also include detailed harbors, and even figures on a beach. The subjects go on and on from there. Most people start their search for a perfect ship painting to go over a mantle. Others develop a passion and fill the walls! In the last 44 years we have sold over 10,000 paintings and carry both antique and contemporary works. The antique side of collecting can include artists such as Thomas Butterswo...


Maritime artist Rex Stewart working on a contemporary shadowbox titled - Midday Endeavor

Maritime Shadowboxes - Defining A Contemporary Style

Posted: March 08, 2012 06:22 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

Shadowboxes came into vogue as sailor keepsakes during the 18th century when crews placed in this window-framed box items that denoted a sailor or officer's career while with a ship. This was the early shadowbox. Since then, the shadowbox has developed into pictureque two-dimensional form containing either cultural or maritime-related subjects. As the American maritime market grew in the mid-70s, so did the shadowbox. These were bulky wall pieces that centered around a shipmodel that was plaed in a setting with other vessels or coastal scenes which either depicted a lighthouse or town. T...


A Regency style table and chairs set with a Mid Century style

Time for a Change and Changing for the Times

Posted: March 05, 2012 16:07 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

It had to be done.  Re-invention is the stuff that keeps us young.  In the moment.  Fresh.  And in doing this, just how do we keep our feet on the ground?  How do we build on our foundation?  How do we grow?  We hold steadfast to our traditions while always looking to the future.  This is the new 20th Century Tradition.     Many of my colleagues have agonized over our business and the direction in which they perceive it to be heading.  Where is the antiques buyer of today and tomorrow?  These dealers simply cannot understand how today's client is not interested in antiques.  I'll tel...


Musée du Louvre

A New American in Paris?

Posted: February 22, 2012 17:23 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Which American painting might the Louvre be about to acquire? As ArtFixDaily and other news organizations have reported, the Musée du Louvre and three American institutions—the Terra Foundation for American Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—have recently collaborated to bring the Hudson River School to the banks of the Seine. The modest exhibition is titled “New Frontier: Thomas Cole and the Birth of Landscape Painting in America” and includes four works by Thomas Cole and one by Asher Durand. Now on view at the Louvre, it travels to ...


Art Wynwood Fair Highlights

Posted: February 18, 2012 10:17 Last Updated: | Pamela Cohen

    FLYING MURALS OF WYNWOOD & CAMO DEER Capturing the essence of what the Wynwood Arts District and the Miami art scene have to offer, Wynwood pioneer Tony Goldman will exhibit what he describes as “the flying murals of Wynwood” in the fair’s VIP Lounge.  Under his guidance, six 8’ x 24’ murals by international artists, including a Retna work from the Janet and Tony Goldman Collection, an existing piece from How & Nosm, as well as new murals from DAZE, Aiko and Futura, are installed Goldman has also commissioned a special exhibit by Ron English, who is one ...


Theodore Haupt, The Three Graces, 1941

Susan Teller Gallery at Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

Posted: February 15, 2012 12:06 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs and the debut of the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Feb. 17-19. At the Susan Teller Gallery booth, THEODORE HAUPT'S Acrobats, 1939, and Three Graces, 1941, HUGH MESIBOV'S Mechanical Dancers, 1943, and ANNE RYAN'S Collage, 1951, will all be on view. Industrial Realism with FRED SHANE'S monumental painting Clam Shell Dredge, 1952, JUDITH SHAHN’S Plimsoll Line, 1949, and CHARLES KELLER'S Saturday Siesta, 1946 will also be featured. PEGGY BACON & HER CIRCLE show up as well with drawings and prints by Isabel Bishop, Reginald Marsh, and Marguerite Zorach.&...


Jervis McEntee

McEntee's Masterpiece

Posted: February 05, 2012 13:06 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

When Hudson River School artist Jervis McEntee’s wife Gertrude died in October 1878 at the age of 44 of an unknown illness, it left a gaping hole in his life. They were married in 1854. Early on, they lived in an idyllic cottage on the McEntee family property overlooking the town of Rondout, New York (now Kingston). From their windows they could see the Catskill Mountains to the north and the Hudson River to the east. While Jervis worked on his art, Gertrude planted rose bushes around the cottage, played the piano, and sang: "I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls," "There you’ll rememb...


Peggy Bacon, All Alone, 1951, drypoint

Los Angeles Art Show

Posted: January 21, 2012 22:52 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The Los Angeles Art Show is at the LA Convention Center through Sunday, January 22, 2012.  
      We are featuring Judith Shahn’s Back Yards, Greenwich Village, 1948, and a group of Anne Ryan paintings and works on paper. In an inaugural view, Theodore Haupt’s Three Graces, 1941, pairs with Acrobats, 1937.  Also hanging are Bernard Rosenquit’s Playroom, 1946, and drawings and prints by Peggy Bacon and Her Circle -- Isabel Bishop, Wanda Gag, Reginald Marsh, and Marguerite Zorach.          The fair seems to have go...


The Antique Helper staff, outside of Antique Helper Auctions, Indianapolis.  November, 2011

Sell It With A Flourish

Posted: January 12, 2012 12:05 Last Updated: | Antique Helper

Some folks like to do things in a big way.  They enjoy the spotlight, and blossom with a little extra attention.  We’re sort of that way, too, so we understand.  Even when it comes to selling an antique or collectible, we think it’s always more fun to make a splash.  Why do anything the conventional way when you can make it fun? Do you remember that Super Hero Auction we had last year?  We had national news coverage for that event, plus plenty of local headlines and spots on our local news networks.  Our own John discovered he looked good in...


This extremely rare and delightful carousel horse by Philadelphia Toboggan is one of the earliest made by the renowned company

Hot to Trot Collectibles: Antique Carousel Horses

Posted: January 05, 2012 09:41 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

There was a time when no amusement park or playground was complete without a carousel ride. Children and even adults could take pleasure in a whimsical ride atop an array of horses and other fanciful creatures carved by the most skilled artisans of the day. Though quality examples of these nostalgic masterpieces come few and far between on the market, that doesn't seem to deter the demand for these magnificent figures. The carousel reached its golden age in early 20th-century America, and lasted until the Great Depression of 1929. This roughly 25-year period saw the creation of carousel ...


Age 3, with a 16 lb.  gander

The Winter Sale 2012

Posted: December 23, 2011 09:53 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

  I recently came across this rather amusing photograph of me while cleaning out a drawer of old photographs. I find it comical that at the age of three I possessed the strength to lift what appears to be a sixteen pound gander.  Upon seeing this photo, the first question that came to my mind was "Could I have ever ended up in a non-waterfowl related field?" With an avid hunter as a father and the past Chairman of National Audubon Society as my uncle and Godfather, the sporting field was a profession I couldn't refuse. Little has changed in the last forty years, I still love p...


"A Painting for Connie"

The Art of Creating an Income With Art

Posted: December 20, 2011 13:17 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

I recently finished a commission for a woman in my writing class. Connie is a person who is overflows with enthusiasm for people and life. She bubbles over when she is excited about a topic and she can cry in an instant at something that is sad. Well... She wanted me to create an oil painting of her sister and her sister's two daughters sitting on a bench in Laguna Beach. The mother lost her husband when the girls were just babies and has struggled to work and do her best at raising the girls alone in Taiwan. It turned out that the mother did quite well financially but in the stres...


Astor Tower, Chicago

Bertrand Goldberg at the Art Institute of Chicago

Posted: November 28, 2011 11:41 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention is on view at the Art Institute through January 15, 2012. A Chicago native, Goldberg is known for the Marina City, Raymond Hilliard Homes, and River City projects. As both an engineer and architect, Bauhaus-trained Goldberg envisioned re-invigorated downtowns with multi-use buildings. He created urban communities utilizing industrially innovative concepts such as prefabricated modules and cantilevered construction. The Astor Tower of the early 1960s is contemporary to Marina City. Goldberg also designed private homes, furniture, ...


LAUREN SANSARICQ (B.  1990) - The Top of Kaaterskill Falls, 2011 - Oil on panel - 12 x 16 inches

The Studio of Nature

Posted: November 16, 2011 17:13 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

For the Hudson River School artists there was no more sacred place than Kaaterskill Clove, the rocky, forested nave into which Thomas Cole and successive aspirants trekked and clambered, paint box and umbrella in hand. The artists rarely came alone. Working in twos or threes outdoors in nature, they probably talked art, shared tips and encouragement, or sometimes just painted together in silence, listening to what William Cullen Bryant referred to as the "still voice" coming from "Earth and her waters, and the depths of air." Today that "still voice" speaks to a new generation of young ...