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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...


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 ...


Anne Ryan, The Argument, 1946

New York Times review of Anne Ryan: The Black-Line Woodcuts

Posted: November 16, 2011 08:17 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

In her New York Times review of November 4, 2011, Roberta Smith wrote: (Ryan’s) subjects include bathers, reclining nudes, still lifes and juggling clowns. Most are implicitly nocturnal, which is especially effective in stark images of apartment buildings and in two examples of “The Argument.” Here two scrawled figures confront each other against a cragged, gray background that, suggesting an urban wall, recasts them as giant graffiti. These are physically obstreperous works, shot through with unsettling emotions.   Link to entire article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/art...


Woman in a Veil

Maurice Prendergast Paris Scene Oil Painting Unearthed at Clarke Auction

Posted: October 18, 2011 09:16 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

While sifting through a large box lot of art dropped off at the Larchmont, NY gallery by what is known in the trade as a “picker,” Nelia Moore, Art Specialist/Auctioneer at Clarke Auction spotted a beautifully executed but very dirty painting on panel of a woman in a veil. After dusting it off and studying the painting she spotted the Prendergast Paris signature on the lower right of the panel. The quality and style of the small oil lead both Mr. Clarke, auction owner, and Ms. Moore to believe they had made a very important discovery, especially relevant in a time of economic gloom.&nb...


Interior Scene, signed with monogram in an amazing frame

Art is Back - Gee, I Didn't Know It Went Somewhere

Posted: October 14, 2011 21:07 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

I heard that the other day.  "Art is back".  It was said so matter of factly that I nodded my head as if to say, "Yes".  But really, where did it go?  Or maybe the question is not where but for whom.  It appears that the New York interior designer crowd are discovering or re-discovering painting.  They are touting the benefits of owning art.  How a painting can complete the room.  And this is pushing sales.   I've always thought that a painting can make the room.  It sets the tone and gives you something to work with in designing the ...


Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) - Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California - 64 1/2 x 96 1/2 in

Lives of a Painting

Posted: October 02, 2011 11:28 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

From one owner to another, from exhibition to auction, through years of adulation and years of neglect, a painting can endure a life of its own. Some lives are more exciting than others. Such is the case with Albert Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California, a monumental work measuring over five feet by eight feet in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art. How it arrived at the Alabama museum is a story involving shady finances, public charity, and a historic escape from destruction. Bierstadt painted Looking Down Yosemite Valley in 1865 toward the end of the Civil W...


Judith Shahn, Beach Cabanas, 1951

Judith Shahn, The Early Work

Posted: September 18, 2011 14:19 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

Judith Shahn (1929-2009) was born in Paris to the artist Ben Shahn and his wife, Tillie Goldstein. She lived in New York City and spent summers in Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  As a small child Shahn painted alongside her father and as a young artist she took life classes with the painter Moses Soyer. She attended Olivet College, Michigan, and graduated from Mexico City College in 1949. She was a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, and graphic artist. Her drawings appeared in The New Yorker magazine from 1958 to1992, as well as in Harpers, The Nation, Gourmet, and others. &n...


Edward Laning, Tissie, 1930

Whitney's Breaking Ground Show closes September 18

Posted: September 05, 2011 14:13 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

The show is such a stunner -- everything looks wonderful. The Edward Laning 1931 painting of 14th Street is an entire universe.  The Alexander Brook and the Isabel Bishop are just beautiful -- both are in the fabulous Salon Gallery. (Bishop's Nude, 1934, is modern before she was consciously modern.) Peggy Bacon, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Fiene, Katherine Schmidt, Arthur B. Davies, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Georgina Klitgaard  (Mrs. Kai Klitgaard), Katherine Schmidt, Marguerite Zorach, and Max Weber, are just a few of the others in the show.  


Stephen Pace, abstract Circa 1952

My Kid Could Paint That...

Posted: August 25, 2011 20:45 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Have you ever heard that?  Have you ever said that?  Well, we won't be taking names, so don't worry.  Maybe you've asked yourself, "what is abstract art?".  Here's my take on it.  It is emotional.  It is strong.  It is powerful.  Abstract art is more than splashes of color, squiggly lines and paint splatters.  It is spontaneity.  It is the raw emotion of the artist presented for all who dare to look.  It is the visual representation of a feeling, or mix of feelings.  An artist strives to represent something without external likene...


Sanford Robinson Gifford, "Whiteface Mountain from Lake Placid," 1866.  Oil on canvas, 11 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.

An August Invitation

Posted: August 24, 2011 13:10 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

"My dear McEntee…" On August 28, 1863, Sanford Robinson Gifford wrote to Jervis McEntee from a book shop at Saratoga Spa in northern New York State (the original letter is digitized on the Smithsonian Archives of American Art website). Gifford had recently returned from his final tour of duty with the New York Seventh Regiment in the Civil War. He was attempting to gather his friends, including artists Richard William Hubbard and Worthington Whittredge, for a sketching tour of northern New York.  His letter is a revealing glimpse of the affection and humor that characterized the cl...


The Woman and the Soldier

A Civil War Ghost Story Mystery

Posted: August 10, 2011 20:41 Last Updated: | Heather Karlie Vieira

Have I mentioned that I am quite good at buying unsigned paintings?  Yes?  Oh, wonderful then you know already.  For those of you who are new to my blog, here's a little backstory: I am always buying things that I know very little about.  There.  I said it.  It's part challenge and part gamble.  It's what makes the antiques business fun.  Reaching out and trying your hand at something new.  This painting is no different.  Actually, it is different.  Very different... So, I had just given birth to our second child a week earlier. &nb...


Peggy Bacon, Lunch at the League, 1918

New York Times review of Peggy Bacon & Her Circle show

Posted: August 07, 2011 16:38 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

  In Holland Cotter’s August 5th New York Times review of our Peggy Bacon & Her Circle show, he referred to the “distinctly geeky male students lurking in the background” of Bacon’s 1918 drypoint, Lunch at the League. Bacon puts herself and two friends, Dorothy Varian and Doris Rosenthal, in the print as well. Actually, he began “Historically, one of the most ephemeral aspects of art is the social environment that generates it, the networks of artists coming together and drifting apart.” Three of the League’s (and Bacon’s) teachers are represented: George Bellows, Kenneth...

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