CONTENTS October 2011
Is the work of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen really deserving of a full-blown retrospective at the Met? Writing in December 1985, Frederick R. Brandt remembers Jacques Doucet – a couturier truly renowned for his art.
A wealth of exhibitions and fairs take place on both sides of the Atlantic this month, including the International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show in New York and shows of Frink, Nicholson and Motherwell in London.
Few British artists depicted the industrial landscape of Victorian times. The best among them was John Atkinson Grimshaw, whose atmospheric works convey both the melancholy – and the beauty – of the urban existence in Britain.
While the eyes of the world’s Old Master dealers, collectors and curators were focused on London in July, the sale of one of the most outstanding of all early Renaissance panel paintings remaining in private hands was concluded in Germany
Frieze returns to London, while grand 18th- and 19th-century decorative arts go under the hammer in New York. In London in July, the best Old Masters found strong prices, and Masterpiece, in only its second year, saw improved sales.
As great wealth accumulated in the German city of Augsburg from the late 13th century onwards, the burgeoning guilds produced the most finely worked silver in Europe. Today, the market for the best 16th- and 17th-century pieces is bouyant.
George Condo’s approach to painting is underpinned by his love of Old Master works. Not content to simply adopt a painterly language of the past, the artist imbues his appropriations with a tragicomic absurdity to reveal his vision of humanity
For the next six months, virtually every arts organisation across Los Angeles will unite for Pacific Standard Time, a Getty initiative that explores the story of art in Southern California over the last 50 years. Apollo talks to Michael Govan, CEO of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, about this unprecedented event
The recent discovery of several hundred negatives among the archives of Charlotte Perriand revealed the central role that found objects – driftwood, shells and debris – played in her perception of art and design
Industrially-inspired pieces by Jean Prouvé top the list of desirability for today’s collectors of 20th-century design. Testament to his popularity is a new exhibition in Madrid, curated by architect Norman Foster and staged in his wife Elena’s gallery. They spoke to Apollo about the relevance of Prouvé’s approach for a younger generation.
Ed Ruscha’s paintings are a love letter to the boulevards, film studios and gas stations of his adopted city, Los Angeles. He talks to Apollo about his working practice, the privilege of being an artist, and Pacific Standard Time, the Getty’s cultural initiative across Southern California