The New York Season —

Samuel Gottscho’s ethereal 1930 photo of the New York Central Building and Park Avenue provides a suitably striking cover for an issue devoted to the New York Season. Taking as its starting point that New York is currently the centre of the international antiques scene –and with a suitably American focus in many of its articles- this bounteous issue offers a rich and dense diet of special features for serious devotees and armchair followers of antiques alike.

In amongst all on offer, there are numerous articles that jump out. Andrew Raftery’s article on Claire Leighton’s New England Industries plates for Wedgewood is just one example. Leighton’s particular style as an illustrator, which shows influences ranging from folk art through to Soviet social realism- not only proves an interesting story, but more importantly, resulted in some of Wedgewood’s most striking post-WW11 designs. The stunning plates capture the traditional industries of New England and strong sweeping lines depicting traditional rural industry in a style that we more often associate with socialist images celebrating heavy industry. William Keyse Rudolph’s article on Julien Hudson is also engrossing reading and a fascinating insight into a unique moment in the history of New Orleans. Hudson, the second earliest documented American artist of African descent, is known for his pre-Civil War portraits that both stand as document and silent witness to a society in which the race politics of the day prove far more complex than commonly understood.

Staying in the South, also of immediate note is David S. Shields’ article on the architectural jewels of Charleston where many of America’s regional post and ante-bellum vernaculars remain rarely intact, proving a delight for visitors who like to take in a city on foot.

The bumper issue is, of course, also brimming over with the multiplicity of short articles, news items and factoid features on practically every aspect of the antiques that make Antiques so successful.  


    The New York Season –
    February 2011 276 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Living With Antiques Mississippi & Rococo Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in pre-Civil War New Orleans A Harvest of Land and Sea: Clare Leighton's New England Industries plates for Wedgwood A Poet in Paint: Richard Parkes Bonington Fantasy and Folk: The Collection of Kendra and Allan Daniel To Make A World George Ault and 1940s America The Aschermanns: The Forgotten Beginnings of Modern American Design Marguerite Zorach: Modernism and the Craft of Hooked Rugs Charleston: A Historian's Tour of a City Made for Walking A Newly Discovered Eighteenth Century American Porcelain Teabowl "A Great Variety of Gold and Silver": The Colonial Charleston Silver trade Brandy S. Culp and Robert B. Barker
    Editor In Chief –
    Elizabeth Pochoda
    Art Director –
    Edward Emerson
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Our Take —

The Magazine Antiques has been around almost as long as some of the beautiful works if profiles. Authoritative yet breezy, it’s entirely clear how this periodical has remained one of the most successful antiques-specialist titles in the world. With an impressive circulation in its home territory of the USA, although the content remains primarily focused on the American antiques scene - the original reason for its existence all those decades ago- its outlook is international, as befits any title devoted to the field. American antique collectors, so the media clichés tell us, are very fond of the cultural output of much older art and design cultures in addition to homegrown traditions. Furthermore, as a forward-looking title that understands the shifts in trends and collection markets, Antiques is one of the few titles that has devoted editorial to new emerging markets and trends in addition to the more traditional Eurocentric circuits and their established tendencies towards Orientalism.

Picking up on trends –such as a fresh appetite for African antiques in a new multicultural generation or emerging East-to-East markets- Antiques remains an informative and accessible resource for a diverse readership; for love or money.

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