From Alfred Thompson Bricher's elegant landscape to Robert Henri's uniquely spirited portrait, Sotheby's American Art auction features an exciting selection of works from a variety of distinguished institutional and private collections. Prominent artists in the 7 April sale were inspired from all walks of life. Whether it was John Marin's meeting with Alfred Stieglitz in Paris, Edward Moran's 1870 move to New York or Charles Ephraim Burchfield's tendency to paint the world as he heard it, each artist captured their era. Click ahead to explore several highlights from the upcoming auction. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
“The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world,” wrote Oscar Wilde. But aside from witty dinner conversation, the English table has long been renowned for its impressive and expertly crafted silver. A multi-piece setting would perfectly express a host’s timeless sense of taste, and in the case of particularly elaborate displays, one’s noble status. What would you need to recreate a stately spread worthy of an aristocrat? Inspired by our upcoming sale of an important silver collection, as well as our archives, we selected 19 essential and amusing pieces, from teapots to sauce boats, so you can entertain with distinction. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Lead Image: A still life by Pieter Gerritsz. van Roestraeten.
NEW YORK – Part of a fourth-generation steel family and the CEO and President of Majestic Steel, the company his father founded in 1979, Todd Leebow embraces his product as both a national – and personal – calling. Today, he’s continuing steel’s legacy of innovation in a number of ways, including as a material primed for the country’s leading artists and designers. Ahead of Americana Week, when a Majestic Flag will be on display at Sotheby’s New York, we spoke with Leebow about the creative potential of steel. TODD LEEBOW. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MAJESTIC STEEL.
On November 4, 1944, Norman Rockwell asked America an important question when his painting, Which One?, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, just three days before the United States Presidential election. One of the country’s best-known and beloved artists, Rockwell painted over 300 cover images for The Post. Week after week, each one effortlessly portrayed aspects of American history, culture and politics with the artist’s classic warmth and wit. In Which One?, Rockwell captured the national sentiment surrounding this. Occurring in the midst of the Second World War, the election dominated the national discourse as Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican governor of New York, challenged the longstanding Democratic incumbent president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for the office. Though the war had turned in favour of the United States by late 1944, Roosevelt faced considerable hostility from those who disapproved of his signature domestic and foreign policies. Rumors concerning the President’s failing health also surrounded his campaign. For the first time in over a decade, more Americans than ever had to ask themselves, “which one?”
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