There is something hauntingly memorable about “Young Girl with A Cat,” 1955, painted with painstaking precision by Greek American artist Drossos P. Skyllas (1912–1973). Strangely formal and serene in an idyllic setting, it is dominated by the young girl’s fixed gaze. Based in Chicago, Skyllas produced portraits, landscapes, still lifes and religious figures, but never sold a painting in his lifetime, largely because he demanded prices equal to those of well-known artists. The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art.

Uncommon Folk: Traditions In American Art At Milwaukee Art Museum

MILWAUKEE, WIS. — Among the oft-times overlooked glories of American art are creations of self-taught or folk artists. This authentically American artistic expression, growing out of a robust independent streak in our national psyche, has produced works unfettered by academic influences or the classical European style that dominated the art world in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Inspired by regional cultural traditions, ethnic motifs or a myriad of other influences, these homegrown craftsmen and women have produced works of unusual beauty, power, whimsy and wonder. They have brought unsung voices to American art, reflecting the genius of independent folks with skills, imagination and often messages to share. Drawing on the museum’s pioneering collection of folk art that dates to 1951 — when few other museums were actively acquiring it — the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) has mounted a huge exhibition titled “Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art.” Curated by Margaret Andera and on view through May 4, it draws on the museum’s folk art trove that now numbers 1,500 objects. ... Read more

There is something hauntingly memorable about “Young Girl with A Cat,” 1955, painted with painstaking precision by Greek American artist Drossos P. Skyllas (1912–1973). Strangely formal and serene in an idyllic setting, it is dominated by the young girl’s fixed gaze. Based in Chicago, Skyllas produced portraits, landscapes, still lifes and religious figures, but never sold a painting in his lifetime, largely because he demanded prices equal to those of well-known artists. The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art.

Antiques Shows

Dazzling Diversity Delighted Buyers At New York Book Fair

The 54th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair was conducted April 3–6 at the Park Avenue Armory, offering a dazzling collection of books, posters, works on paper, scientific and medical illustrations and texts and more. Spo... Read more

Bedford Spring Antiques Show

The Harvey School was once again host to the always elegant Bedford Spring Antiques Show, an annual fundraiser for St Matthew’s Church, running April 5–6 and showcasing the wares of about 25 dealers. The show tradition... Read more

Scott Antique Market Atlanta Fills Expo With Antiques, Collectibles & Decor

Don Scott and his crew were hosts to more than 2,500 exhibitors at the Atlanta Expo Center the weekend of April 10–13 for Scott Antique Markets. The exhibitors converted the empty buildings into huge stores, selling antiques, collectibles and home d&e... Read more

Trade News

‘Enchanted By Glass’ Will Survey Lalique Glass At Corning May 17

The Corning Museum of Glass, which holds the largest collection of René Lalique materials at a public institution, will present a new exhibition dedicated to the French artist and designer. On view May 17–January 5, “René Lalique:... Read more

Amid Confusion Of Ivory Trade Ban, Experts Warn ‘Leave The Bone At Home’

A bill proposed by the New York State Assembly, introduced by Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney on February 19,  to prohibit the purchase or sale of elephant ivory and to increase the penalties for doing so in New York has made this state, along with... Read more

Hood Museum Debuts African Weapons From Its Collection

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College will show “The Art of Weapons: Selections from the African Collection” April 26–December 31, marking the first time the museum has featured highlights from its rich and extensive collection of African weapons. Fas... Read more

Auction Action

Success Defines Moran’s Auction Of California & American Art

John Moran Auctioneers amassed more than $1.7 million in sales at its California and American fine art auction conducted on March 25 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Attracted by a strong selection of works by top-tier artists, including two works by ... Read more

Asian Offerings Highlight Schwenke’s Woodbury Auction

On March 23, Schwenke’s Woodbury Auction sold 495 lots of fine Asian and estate decorative arts. The Asian section of the sale included fine porcelains, bronzes, jade and other hardstone carvings, snuff bottles, textiles, fi... Read more

Paint, Folk Art Sees Strong Prices At Garth’s Country Americana Auction

On March 15, Garth’s Auctions hosted a one-day auction of country Americana: painted furniture, folk art and textiles. The draw of 604 lots filled parking areas quickly, and clients jockeyed for the best seats in Garth’s historic barn... Read more

Preview These Antiques Shows

The Philadelphia Antiques Show is April 26-29, The NY Botanical Garden Antique Garden & Furniture Fair is April 25-27 and The Greater York Antiques Show is May 2-3. Come inside and get an exclusive preview of the items that will be on the show floor in a few weeks!

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