Internationally recognised as a premier museum and research centre, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts.
Ask any high-end antiques dealer about provenance, and they’ll probably say it’s imperative. And, yes, the history of antiques that are very old needs to be researched to assure that the pieces are as old as their owners or dealers say they are. But is provenance necessary beyond 1830—the date designated by an Act of Congress in 1930—and the start of the Industrial Revolution?
FIGHTING THE HITLER WITHIN. Gisela Getty is a photographer, director, designer and writer. Born in 1949 in Kassel, Germany, like her twin sister Jutta she is known as a representative of the ’68 movement. Gisela agreed to marryPaul Getty very shortly before he was kidnapped in Rome in 1973. Gisela Getty lives an enduring quest to overcome the fascism of her parents, transcend her own inner violence and find real Love.
THE IMAGE MAKER. Charles March is a photographer and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex where he founded the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. I interviewed Charles March in London earlier this year while he was planning the exhibition ‘Photographs 1980-2017’, whose opening I attended and which runs from 25th May to 30th June, 2018 at the Galleria del Cembalo in Rome.
COURSE OF EMPIRE. Over the span of his influential six-decade career the artist Ed Ruscha has shaped the way we see the American landscape. Ed Ruscha’s elegant, highly distilled, and often humorous work conveys a unique brand of visual American zen.
THE TRANSHISTORICAL MUSEUM. Ann Demeester is a Belgian writer, art critic and museum director. From 2006 to 2014 Ann Demeester was Director of the Amsterdam contemporary arts centre De Appel. Since 2014 Demeester has been Director of the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem.
LIVING SCULPTURES. The artist duo Gilbert & George is made up of Italian-born Gilbert Proesch (b. 1943) and British George Passmore (b. 1942). They have lived and worked together in London for 50 years and have made their mark on the international art scene. Together they create large formatted photo-based works in a graphic style with bright colors, as well as paintings, collages, performances and video works. Gilbert & George do not separate life and art and can often be seen in their own works, which depict a wide range of human experiences such as religion, sexuality, identity, urban life, terrorism, superstition, AIDS, old age and death.
The art dealer Marco Voena is interviewed in London
Perfume, wine, glass and more and how to start your collection of bottles.
It’s that time of year, when the weather begins to warm up and people begin to hold yard and garage sales. These are the point at which most antiques enter the market. But unlike the 1960s when the garage sale phenomenon began, today’s sellers know the relative value of what they’re selling, so items aren’t necessarily cheap anymore.
French jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann is renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship. Trained in gemology and with a Masters in art history, her eponymous fashion and fine collections are bohemian and draw on nature – think shells, leaves and animals.
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The interview with the distinguished art dealer and philanthropist Anthony d’Offay takes place in his elegant first floor office on London’s Dering Street, an historic wood-panelled room where he works with his young assistant. Downstairs is Postcard Teas, a shop selling exquisite rare varieties of teas, which is run by Anthony’s son Timothy and his Japanese wife Asako. At Anthony’s request a pot of delicious caffeine free Chinese tea is bought up for us to drink during the interview.
Clockmaking a Bristish legacy and more.
From the 15th century onwards public clocks had been erected in the squares and local spaces of larger towns around Scotland, from Peebles to Dundee. The mechanisms of these early clocks were produced overseas, and it wasn’t until the late 15th century to early 16th century that British clockmakers became competent in making and repairing clocks. As the practice developed, an area in Edinburgh was dedicated to their trade, Clock Maker’s Land in the West Bow, which most notably housed the workshop and residence of the watchmaker and horologist Paul Roumieu, 1677-94. His craftsmanship has been recorded in documents of the time, praising the quality of his movements and pieces.
GLASS ORNAMENTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST ADD SPARKLE TO A CHRISTMAS PRESENT