The Infamy of September 11
Antiques and The Arts Weekly joins with all those in the nation and the world in mourning the loss of more than 5,000 souls in September 11’s terrorist airline hijackings and attacks on New York City and Washington, DC. And we share the nation’s resolve to stand firm against those who hate, those who would destroy, and all those who aid and abet such offenses against humanity. We offer here an editorial that first ran in our sister publication The Newtown Bee shortly after the attacks.
Setting The World Right Again
What does one do? When planes and buildings fall out of the sky, killing those in them who trusted their solidity, their stability, their absolute functionality, what does one do? Learning that it was not a breach of the laws of physics and nature that brought everything crashing down, but fanaticism and hatred, what does one do? How does one set the world right again?
Like all Americans, and most people around the world, we spent as much time as we could on Tuesday, September 11 watching the horrible news unfold in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. And we couldn’t help but ask these questions. For those close at hand to the destruction, the answer became clear: one does what one can to survive and to help others in desperate need to survive. Tragically, the heroic efforts of so many people to survive and to help others survive were consumed in the great maw of fire, steel, and stone.
We heard many stories of the plight of individuals on Tuesday and in the hours and days that followed, and almost all of them were sad, poignant, and disturbing. But the ones that stood out for us above all others were the stories about the voices that called out from the very center of the calamity. People on cell phones – in hijacked planes, in rubble, in the thickening smoke of their own demise – who called loved ones with this single most urgent message: I love you.
We did not just hear these stories. They overcame us. On the drive to work, in the middle of the office, wherever we were, these stories pulled our hearts into our throats and blurred our vision with tears… because we all know what it is to love someone. A parent. A child. A brother or sister. A spouse. All of us have that urgent message to deliver.
eliminating the threat of those who would kill and maim thousands and celebrate at the end of the day. For those of us who have no role in that sobering task, who must watch and wait, we now have a better idea of what we must do thanks to those voices calling out on cell phones from the edge of their lives. We have messages to deliver in a world turned upside-down by hatred.
Cancellations in New York, Hartford and Beyond
In a statement issued on September 17, the Swiss firm Antiquorum echoed the thoughts of many in the antiques and arts businesses, “Appalled and dismayed by the tragedy that struck the United States on September 11, Antiquorum [has postponed its sale] as an act of mourning and respect for the American people.”
Below, Antiques and The Arts Weekly posts cancellations and changes relating to last Tuesday’s tragedies received as of September 17.
Alderfer’s Fall Fine Arts and Decorative Accessories auction, originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27. The auction will be at 501 Fairgrounds Road in Hatfield, Pa. For information, 215-393-3000.
Antiquorum New York
Antiquorum’s New York watch auction, originally scheduled for Thursday, September 20, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 3 at the Grand Havana Room, 666 Fifth Avenue. Auction sessions will be at 10:30 am and 2 pm. For information, 212-750-1103.
Christie’s New York
Christie’s has decided to postpone this week’s Asian sales in New York until October. A revised schedule for these sales will be announced shortly.
Christie’s expects the sales program in New York to continue as scheduled on Tuesday, September 25, with sales of Fine European and Oriental Carpets at 10 am and Continental Furniture, Works of Art, Tapestries and Carpets at 2 pm at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center.
All other sales worldwide will remain unchanged. For information, 212-636-2680.
Doyle New York
Doyle New York’s Important Estate Jewelry auction, originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 25 at 10 am. There will be a special exhibition at the gallery, 175 East 87th Street, on Monday, September 24 from 10 am to 7 pm. For information, 212-427-2730.
Fall Hartford Show
Forbes and Turner’s Fall Hartford Antiques Show has been moved from the State Armory in Hartford to the Connecticut Expo Center, also in Hartford. The Armory has been closed to civilians due to security restrictions. The show will run September 29 and 30. Hours will be 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The Connecticut Expo Center is located off the Jennings Road exit of I-91 (Exit 33). For directions, 860-493-1300. For show information, 207-767-3967.
Marlborough Gallery has postponed the opening of the Two Tom Otterness exhibitions, “Free Money” and “Other Fairy Tales.” The opening night reception at Marlborough, 40 West 57th Street, scheduled for the evening of September 20, and the reception at Marlborough Chelsea, 211 West 19th Street, scheduled for Saturday evening, September 22, have been postponed until Spring 2002. For information, 212-541-4900.
Swann Galleries has announced that its Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Prints and Drawings sale, originally scheduled for Thursday, September 13, will instead be held on Friday, September 21 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm at 104 East 25th Street. All absentee bids that have been received will be executed on September 21. For information, 212-254-4710.
Wendy Armory Antiques Show
Wendy Management announces that The New York Armory Antiques Show, scheduled to be September 19 to 23 at the 7th Regiment Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, has been cancelled. For information, 914-698-3442.