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Hanging with Jill Bokor
by Julie Schlenger Adell

As executive director of Salon Art + Design for the last 11 years, and a magazine editor and publisher for over 20 years before that, Jill Bokor has enjoyed many chapters in her life—professionally, personally, and in what she collects. Jill Bokor. A native New Yorker, Jill is currently going through a ... (Read More)

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New Ammi Phillips Discoveries
by Lita Solis-Cohen

David R. Allaway has spent more than a decade creating the digitized catalog of portraits by Ammi Phillips (1788-1865), the most prolific American folk artist. His study identifies sitters, provenance, and sale information. It lists Phillips’s portraits in alphabetical order in Volume 1, with sections on unidentified portraits, and displays ... (Read More)

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R. Scudder Smith, 87, Publisher and Editor
by Madelia Hickman Ring, Editor, Antiques And The Art

Reprinted courtesy Antiques And The Arts Weekly The Smith family announces with sadness the passing of R. Scudder Smith on August 14. He was 87 years old. Born April 12, 1935, Robert Scudder Smith was the elder son of Paul Scudder Smith and Mary Starr Conger Smith, and older brother to ... (Read More)

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Bite the Bullet
by Clayton Pennington

At every auction I attend as a reporter, I register and get a bidding number. The reason is two-fold: the registration gets me on the auction house’s mailing list, and, who knows, I might get a bargain if something is going cheaply. At every registration, I’m asked if I have ... (Read More)

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Exhibitions, October 2022
by M.A.D. Staff

Sign for the Black Horse, circa 1771. Connecticut Historical Society, 1961.63.8. —Ongoing —Hartford, Connecticut Between 1750 and 1850 more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs were produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering a glimpse into tavern life, travel, and patriotic ideals. Only a fraction of these signs ... (Read More)

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U.S. Files for Forfeiture of Marksmanship Medals
by Clayton Pennington

On July 8 the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston filed a civil forfeiture action in U.S. District Court seeking to reclaim 24 marksmanship medals from the 1880s and 1890s believed to have been unlawfully removed several decades ago from the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, a National Historic site. Several of the Bull marksmanship medals. One of ... (Read More)

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Defeating the Hoard
by Hollie Davis & Andrew Richmond

Beneath the Surface What’s on your summer reading list? We wonder who these people are who have additional time to read in the summer. They are not people with yards and gardens and summer camps and 4-H projects! We admit that we are probably not the beach-read target audience. (What? Doesn’t ... (Read More)

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MFA Appoints Inaugural Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art
by M.A.D. Staff

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has appointed Michael J. Bramwell as the inaugural Joyce Linde Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art. The creation of the new position is part of an initiative designed to reanimate and reimagine the MFA’s folk-art collection for 21st-century audiences. The initiative is supported ... (Read More)

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A Reassessment of John Kane
by Lita Solis-Cohen

A Book Review This reassessment of the life and art of John Kane (1860-1934) sets a new standard for art scholarship. Kane was a steelworker, coal miner, bridge builder, street paver, carpenter, railcar and house painter, boxer, brawler, wanderer, heavy drinker, and “husband from hell” who late in life (age 67) ... (Read More)

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Hanging with Sandy Jacobs
by Julie Schlenger Adell

A seasoned dealer of folk art and early Americana, Sandy Jacobs fills her house in Swampscott, Massachusetts, with objects of good form and good style from any time period. In the business since high school, when she would look after a neighbor’s antiques store and did some buying of jewelry and ... (Read More)
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