Born in New York, Lyonel Feininger spent much of his career in Germany. His distinctive, prismatic style and interest in architectural forms combined Modernist aesthetics with reverence for craftsmanship. Characteristic works like “Gelmorada II,” 1917, depicting an old church near Weimar that he painted frequently, were abhorrent to the Nazi anti-Modernists, who included it in the “Degenerate Art” exhibition.

Degenerate Art: The Attack On Modern Art In Nazi Germany, 1937

NEW YORK CITY — Not long after the Nazis and Adolf Hitler seized control of Germany in 1933, they launched their infamous attacks on and defamation of avant-garde art. By late 1937 they had stripped 16,000 Modernist works by 1,400 artists from 32 museums and sent 650 to Munich for a huge exhibition, “Entartete Kunst” (Degenerate Art). Regardless of their political views, artists who worked in abstract, Cubist, Dada, Expressionist, Surrealist and other avant-garde styles were vilified, dismissed from teaching posts and had their artwork seized. It was a shameful national policy pursued with brute force. The infamous display was recreated in 1991 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, curated by Stephanie Barron. It is now showcased in “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937,” on view at the Neue Galerie through June 30. Organized by art historian Olaf Peters, it comprises approximately 50 paintings and sculptures, 30 works on paper and several posters, as well as photographs and other memorabilia. One room contrasts so-called “Degenerate Art” with art officially sanctioned by the Nazis, such as Adolf Ziegler’s insipid triptych “The Four Elements,” owned by Hitler.... Read more

Born in New York, Lyonel Feininger spent much of his career in Germany. His distinctive, prismatic style and interest in architectural forms combined Modernist aesthetics with reverence for craftsmanship. Characteristic works like “Gelmorada II,” 1917, depicting an old church near Weimar that he painted frequently, were abhorrent to the Nazi anti-Modernists, who included it in the “Degenerate Art” exhibition.

Antiques Shows

Opening Day Attendance Up At The Spring Pier Antique Show

Capacity crowds once again lined the foyer, parking areas and surrounding sidewalks of the Passenger Ship Terminals on the west side of Manhattan, awaiting the opening of the spring Pier Antique Show on Saturday morning, March 29. The two-day show, N... Read more

Chester County Antiques Show Offers Range Of ‘Leisurely Pursuits’

The 32nd annual Chester County Antiques Show lived up to its theme of “Recreation, Hobbies and Leisurely Pursuits” with a carefully curated selection of antiques and art embracing a diverse range of collecting pursuits at its April 4–6 edition. Whet... Read more

Original Round Top Antiques Fair Draws Crowds To Spring Edition

Susan Franks filled the Big Red Barn, its two satellite tents and the Carmine Dance Hall for the 46th annual spring edition of the Original Round Top Antiques Fair during its April 2–5 edition. Presenting more than 300 ex... Read more

Glitz And Glamour In Danbury: Cord’s Vintage Clothing Show

Glitz and glamour ruled the roost in western Connecticut over the weekend of April 5 at the 9th annual Vintage Clothing and Accessories, Textiles and Jewelry Show and Sale. The two-day show, hosted by Cord Shows, saw a full house of dealers from throughout the Northeast par... Read more

Trade News

‘A Handsome Cupboard Of Plate’ To Open May 3 In Williamsburg

Early American silver from one of the best private holdings of English and American silver in the world will be presented in a traveling exhibition at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. “A Handsome Cupboard of Plate: Early American Silver ... Read more

Robert A. Ellison Jr French Ceramics Center New Metropolitan Installation

Celebrating the recent acquisition of Robert Ellison Jr’s European art pottery collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has installed an exhibition “Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr Collection of French Ceramics (circa 1880–1910)” in the... Read more

Vivid Colors & Inventive Designs In ‘Quilts & Color’ At MFA, Boston

Vibrant colors, dynamic patterns and skilled craftsmanship are part of “Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) through July 27. The exhibition of 58 distinctive quilts is the first to explore how,... Read more

Museum Of Arts And Design Takes Stock In ‘Re: Collection’

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Auction Action

Babylonian Cylinder Sets Record At Doyle New York At $605,000

On April 9, Doyle New York auctioned a rare and important Nebuchadnezzar II Babylonian cuneiform cylinder that set a world auction record price for a Babylonian cylinder at $605,000, surpassing the prior record of £264,000 (about $440,000) that was s... Read more

Chalmer’s Catawba Bitters Bottle Leads Glass Works 101st Auction

On March 17 Glass Works Auctions conducted an absentee phone and Internet auction — it was the company’s 101st auction. The 402-lot auction grossed $427,000, including buyer’s premium, and the top of the auction was a Chalmer’s... Read more

Nagel Posts Results Of Rugs And Carpets, Ethnographic Art Auction

A total result of $425,000 was reached on March 25 by a special auction of rugs and carpets and ethnographic art conducted by Nagel Auctions. The auction’s highlight, an imposing Medallion Ushak from the mid-Eighteenth ... Read more

Witherell’s Asian Auction Brings In More Than $250,000 In Sales

Witherell’s auction of Asian furniture from the Ming dynasty that closed on March 31 brought in $262,622 in sales. At $75,000, a Chinese huanghuali plain design side table sold toward the top of the estimate. It was ori... Read more

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