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Saved Walls Head West
by M.A.D. staff

Helaine Fendelman, a board member of Wall Preservation (CPWP), recently shared a story of saving  several paint-decorated plaster walls. “In July 2018, just prior to the annual board meeting of the organization,” Fendelman wrote, “a contractor working on Nantucket Island contacted Linda Lefko, president of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation, ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, February 2020
by M.A.D. staff

Christina Nicodema (b. 1987), The Tower of Babel, Placenta, 2019, oil and archival ink on canvas, 45" x 45". Courtesy the artist and Hollis Taggart, New York City. —Through February 22 —New York City Hollis Taggart Contemporary presents Of Folly, Fortune, Glory, Ruin, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of contemporary artists ... (Read More)

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Wunsch Award for Excellence
by Don Johnson

Lita Solis-Cohen, senior editor of Maine Antique Digest; Laura Beach, editor-at-large of Antiques and The Arts Weekly; and Mira Nakashima, architect, designer, and furniture maker at George Nakashima Woodworkers, will be honored as the 2020 recipients of the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts on January ... (Read More)

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Decorative Arts Trust Awards Concord Museum Curatorial Internship Grant
by M.A.D. staff

The Decorative Arts Trust has announced that the Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts, will be its partner for its 2020-22 Curatorial Internship Grant. The Decorative Arts Trust is a nonprofit organization that underwrites curatorial internships for recent master’s degree or Ph.D. graduates in collaboration with museums and historical societies. Through a matching ... (Read More)

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Books Received
by M.A.D. staff

These are brief reviews of books recently sent to us. We have included ordering information for publishers that accept phone or online orders. For other publishers, your local bookstore or a mail-order house is the place to look. ---------------------------------------------------------- Edith Halpert, The Downtown Gallery, and the Rise of American Art by Rebecca ... (Read More)

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Americana Week in New York City: A Preview
by Lita Solis-Cohen

It is called Americana Week in New York City in January, although it is usually a fortnight full of auction previews, lectures, sales, and shows. This year, it’s nearly a month. Auction previews begin on January 11 when Outsider art goes on view at Christie’s, and the “week” ends on ... (Read More)

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Roy J. Zuckerberg’s Silver Collection
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review Roy J. Zuckerberg is an ardent collector of American silver and a great friend of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He underwrote the research and publication of the Met’s catalog Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Beth Carver Wees, published in 2013, the first ... (Read More)

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The Wigmore Gift
by M.A.D. staff

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the promised gift of 88 examples of American Aesthetic Movement and Gilded Age decorative arts and contemporaneous paintings from the collection of Barrie A. and Deedee Wigmore, who live with one of the preeminent holdings of late 19th-century art in private hands. The ... (Read More)

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Duveen Brothers: Dealers and Advisors
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review  Charlotte Vignon, curator of decorative arts at The Frick Collection and visiting associate professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, has written a revealing book about the role of Duveen Brothers as dealers and advisors in the formation of major American collections of decorative arts ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, January 2020
by Ian McKay,

As ever at this time of year, I have been looking out for something to serve as a “Letter from London” Christmas card, and I found something in a December 3-10, 2019, Sotheby’s book sale that seemed to fit the bill. The Carol Singers is a pencil and watercolour drawing by ... (Read More)
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