10 highlights from The Winter Antiques Show in New York (excerpt)
Christies, January 26, 2017
We set the former New York Times columnist Wendy Moonan the daunting task of selecting standout works from the biggest antiques fair in the US. Here is what she chose
The 63rd Winter Antiques Show in New York (January 20–29) opens the New Year’s social season, drawing collectors from all over the United States. The fair no longer focuses on Americana — despite this year’s excellent loan exhibition from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg — and also now allows contemporary work to be shown.
Although the new format makes trends harder to discern, folk art trumped 18th-century English furniture, and 21st-century design art fared stronger than mid-century French furniture, with Americana, art glass and 21st-century porcelain also enjoying popularity. ‘There’s a good buzz and everybody seems to be doing well,’ said Peter L. Schaffer of A La Vieille Russie, the New York antiques gallery. ‘People seem to be in a good frame of mind.’ These are the pieces that caught my eye.
Todd Merrill: Beth Katleman’s White Rabbit
New York dealer Todd Merrill sells cutting-edge 21st-century design art. At the show he was exhibiting four contemporary women artists, including Beth Katleman, a woman known for her sly humour. Her newest work, White Rabbit, is a mirror inspired by 18th-century Chinese Chippendale mirrors and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Here she combines Rococo opulence with pop culture. Instead of birds or Chinese figures, she has festooned the mirror with porcelain comic-book figures and movie characters such as Larry from The Three Stooges. ‘My art responds to the surreal times in which we live,’ says Katleman.