CONTENTS January 2012
A show at Brooklyn Museum presents the work of the key American artists of the 1920s, yet it seems recognition came later for many of them. Aside from Stefan Hirsch, all appear unknown to Walter Sinclair, writing in 1925.
The New Year begins with a wealth of international events and shows, including Master Drawings New York and India Art Fair. In the UK, 20th-century and contemporary work can be found at the London Art Fair.
American conceptualists and minimalists command staggering prices, but the work produced this side of the Atlantic has gone under the radar. Collectors may acquire pieces by the movements’ British counterparts at a fraction of the cost.
New York’s Old Masters Week sees sales of outstanding pieces at the auction houses and satellite shows. In December in Paris a 13th-century carved ivory Virgin and Child found the highest ever price for a medieval work.
The idyllic county of Berkshire was for a time a sort of earthly paradise for Stanley Spencer. But after World War I his marriage and his art took him to Suffolk, a locale that fired his artistic imagination but was to become a source of poignant memory
Among the paintings by John White Alexander exhibited in 1897 at the Société National des Beaux-Arts was his Isabella and the Pot of Basil. The painting represents one of the few times the artist moved away from his Whistlerian style, and is Alexander’s hommage to Frederic, Lord Leighton
Jack Kirkland’s collection reveals his ability to co-ordinate disparate pieces with ease. Twentieth-century paintings sit alongside Hellenistic bronzes, a Carracci portrait and an Egyptian faience baboon. He talks to Apollo about the evolution of his eclectic collection
This month the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston unveils its new Renzo Piano-designed building. The museum reopens following a major refurbishment project, but has the much-loved idiosyncratic nature of the institution been preserved?