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NY Winter Antiques Show

The 56th annual Winter Antiques Show is being held from January 22-31, 2010 at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. Now in its 56th year, America’s most prestigious antiques show features 75 renowned experts in American, English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts. `

This year, specialists in 18th and early 19th century American furniture, 20th century fine and decorative arts, and Chinese furniture join the show. From an Egyptian sarcophagus from1000 B.C. through mid-Century modern furniture, every object exhibited at the Winter Antiques Show is vetted for quality and authenticity.

All net proceeds from the Show benefit East Side House Settlement and its new initiative, the Winter Antiques Show Education Fund.

The popular Young Collectors Night will be held Thursday, January 28th.

Select rare and early photographs by the British inventor of photography on paper, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877), will be on view at the booth of Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs.

The loan exhibition for 2010 celebrates Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation, with 36 historically and architecturally significant properties.

Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England features objects from the 18th to the 20th centuries, including furniture, paintings by academic and provincial artists, ceramics made in New England and abroad, and personal accessories from diamond brooches to silk brocade shoes. The emphasis is on superb objects with great stories, such as the Quincy family’s Boston-made Japanned high chest, tour de force of 18th century furniture, which belonged to one of New England’s most influential families.

Jeff Daly, who recently retired as senior design advisor to the director at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and now heads his own design firm, designed the loan exhibition.

New Exhibitors:

Liz O’Brien specializes in American and European decorative arts of the 20th century, with a focus on classical forms, rich and unusual materials and superior, studio-quality production. At this year’s Show, she exhibits one-of-a-kind examples by English tastemaker Syrie Maugham, designer Frances Elkins and artist Max Kuehne.

Lost City Arts: Established in New York City in 1982, Lost City Arts is recognized internationally as one of the premiere sources of 20th century decorative and fine arts. At his first Show, Lost City Arts owner James Elkind features the work of sculptor Harry Bertoia, including two seminal works: a Bush form that stands over six feet tall, circa 1968, and a monumental Dandelion that was originally exhibited in the Eastman Kodak Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Maison Gerard focuses on French Art Deco furniture, lighting and objects d’art. For its first appearance at the Show, the gallery presents a pair of mirrored panels, designed by Jean Dupas, from the SS Normandy. Launched in 1935, the ship was the ambassador of France created by the nation’s best artists and craftsman to represent the country.

Nicholas Grindley Works of Art has concentrated on Chinese art, with a particular interest in furniture and works of art related to scholar's taste, since 1976. For his first year at the Show, he will bring a selection of Chinese furniture and scholars' objects including a group of table rocks from the Ian and Susan Wilson collection.

Peter Petrou Works of Art makes its Show debut. Among the works is an iconic 1930s bent plywood armchair by Gerald Summers and an exquisite Spanish 17th century portrait figure of a penitent donor, together with ethnographic artifacts and unusual Eastern works of art.

C. L. Prickett, in its 49th year and third generation of operation, specializes in the finest examples of 18th and early 19th century American furniture. Their areas of focus include Queen Anne, Chippendale, and Federal furniture and clocks.

Selected Highlights

Sarcophagus. Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, Thebes (Deir el-Bahari?), 21st Dynasty. Circa 1000 B.C. Wood with extensive gesso and polychrome. This impressive Egyptian mummy case from around 1000 B.C. belonged to a chantress at the Temple of Amun in Thebes. Among the finest of its kind still in private hands, the mummy case is remarkable for its superb condition and the fine quality of the lavishly painted images, which illustrate sacred texts from the Book of the Dead. Safani

Vessel in the form of the Prince of Flowers. Aztec. Circa 15th-16th century. Redware. This vessel, most likely made for royals given its fine workmanship, was used as a pulke (tequila) holder. Among its unusual features are press molds representing various gods in the Aztec pantheon. Its shape suggests the bulb oroot of an agave plant. Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc.

Portrait of Watteau, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Plaster. This is a fascinating portrait of the painter Jean- Antoine Watteau, made by Carpeaux as a plaster model for a monument he was creating for the artist at their shared hometown of Valenciennes in Northern France. This beautifully animated and vividly expressive plaster bust was discovered in the collection of the Swedish sculptor Christian Eriksson, who lived in Paris from 1883. Daniel Katz Limited.

Oval Mirror with Candle Arms, Shelves, and Festoons
. Circa 1800. American eastern white pine (pinus strobus), gessoed and gilded, with iron wire with plaster ornament, gilded, and iron rods, and with mirror plate. A combination of festoons, swags, rosettes, urns, and grape and grape leaf details, this mirror is an amalgam of the best of early Neo-classical English design elements masterfully woven together. The inspiration is likely English architects and designers Robert and James Adam, but the composition is decidedly different. Having been made in the United States, it uses an English vocabulary in a new ways. Hirschl and Adler Galleries, Inc.

For the Squire, by Sir John Everett Millais. 1882. Oil on canvas. One of the most celebrated images of Victorian childhood, this much-exhibited painting shows Millais at the height of his powers. The Times critic described the girl as the lodge-keeper’s child, holding out a letter for Sir John, whose awful presence (to be imagined by the spectator) is producing its due effect upon the mind and face of the little messenger. The Fine Art Society.

Oxford, High Street & St. Mary’s Church, by Henry Fox Talbot. Likely September 1843. This exceptionally rare photograph will be on display among other works by Fox Talbot in a booth inspired by the oriel window at the artist’s home, Lacock Abbey. Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Fine Photographs

Little Girl in a Large Red Hat, by Mary Cassatt. Circa 1902-05. Oil on canvas. Around 1900, Mary Cassatt added a new type of composition to her repertory: the young girl seated alone or with a dog. Inspired by 17th century Dutch and Flemish portraits as well as English portraits of the Romantic period, Cassatt updated the genre by drawing her models from the families of local servants. Nevertheless, she instilled her sitters with a strong sense of presence and dignity.

The Farwell Building Chandelier, by Tiffany Studios. Circa 1915. Glass and bronze. This "Indian Pattern" chandelier features an elaborate pattern of deep blue, mottled red, orange and yellow glass tiles. The present example is one of three similar chandeliers designed by Tiffany Studios for the entrance hall of the Farwell Building in Detroit, Michigan, designed by the Detroit architectural firm of Rogers & Bonnah and opened on March 8, 1915. By the early 1970s the Farwell building stood vacant and it was eventually donated to the Detroit Historical Society and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Macklowe Gallery

Armchair, designed by Gerald Summers. 1934. Birch plywood. Made from a single rectangle of airplane plywood, Summers achieved with this Modernist work what his counterparts across Europe and Scandinavia had been striving for: it describes in the simplest term the ideal unity of material, production, function and form. Peter Petrou Works of Art

Autograph Letter, signed by Audrey Hepburn. January 6, 1982. Three pages. This letter written to her father’s second wife, Fidelma, exemplifies the kindness for which Hepburn was famous. Kenneth W. Rendell Gallery

The Four Elements, by Paul Manship. 1914. Parcel-gilt bronze reliefs. The architect William Welles Bosworth commissioned Manship to design these four panels for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company building in lower Manhattan. These reliefs were inset into the facade facing Broadway, while four slightly larger versions (collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art) were mounted on the other side of the building. Although Manship had displayed his knowledge and affinity for Greek and Renaissance sculpture in his previous work, The Four Elements is a testament to the sculptor’s burgeoning interest in Asian art. Gerald Peters Gallery

Always a highlight of the Show is the booth of portrait miniature dealer Elle Shushan. This year, her space will be inspired by the dining room of the Harrison Gray Otis House, described by contemporary accounts as the most elegant private home in America. Otis, a powerful Federalist who served as Mayor of Boston and Senator from Massachusetts, made his considerable fortune as the developer of Beacon Hill. Sally Foster Otis entertained lavishly in their dining room, adorned with yellow walls, scarlet drapes, blue wainscoting, and an Adam mantle. The Boston home, a National Historic Landmark, now meticulously restored, is the headquarters for Historic New England.

About the Winter Antiques Show
The Winter Antiques Show was established in 1955 by East Side House Settlement, a social services institution located in the South Bronx. The 2010 Show sponsor is The Magazine Antiques, with Peter Brant as Honorary Chairman. The loan exhibition, Colonial to Modern: A Century of Collecting at Historic New England is sponsored by Chubb Personal Insurance, which has sponsored the loan exhibition for fourteen consecutive years.

About the Winter Antiques Show Education Fund
For more than 50 years, the Winter Antiques Show has provided crucial financial support for East Side House Settlement, which offers a variety of social services and educational programs to those living in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, one of the poorest congressional districts in America. Recognizing that education is the key to opportunity, East Side House-in partnership with New York City’s Department of Education-founded two new schools in the community: Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School and Bronx Haven High School. The Winter Antiques Show Education Fund was established to provide college readiness and other programs for these students as they strive to obtain a high school diploma and college education. The schools’ initial enrollment of 70 will soon reach 700 students, with impressive graduation and college acceptance rates.

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The Winter Antiques Show
January 22-31, 2010

Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue,
New York City

36th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit

On Friday, January 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm, the Poetry Project hosts the 36th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading, welcoming the New Year with over 140 writers, musicians, dancers and artists. Some of the poets/performers include: Penny Arcade, Yoshiko Chuma, Steve Earle, John Giorno, Taylor Mead, Judith Malina, Jonas Mekas, Eileen Myles, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

Tickets at the door are $18, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for Poetry Project members. All proceeds benefit the continued existence of the Poetry Project, currently in its 44th season. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be available. The Poetry Project is wheelchair-accessible with assistance and advance notice (please call 212-674-0910 for more information).

Said poet Eileen Myles, "The New Year’s Benefit is living proof that every year the Poetry Project is a new community in process. The avant garde, the queers, the beats, the others, the riff raff, the radicals… it’s the apres New Year’s party you never want to miss. You just want to see what happens this year."

Founded in 1966 by the late poet and translator Paul Blackburn, The Poetry Project has been a crucial venue for new and experimental poetries for over three decades. Time Out New York, in its “Essential New York” issue, which listed the Project as one of “101 Reasons To Be Glad You’re Here,” says: “The Poetry Project remains a major forum for experimental poets, a meeting place for literary types and an important part of what remains of the city’s counter-cultural spirit.”
Now in its 44th season, the Poetry Project offers a Monday night reading/performance series, a Wednesday night reading series, a Friday late-night event series, three weekly writing workshops, the quarterly Poetry Project Newsletter, and an annual print journal, The Recluse.

Some of the most exciting and relevant writers and artists working today gather in the Sanctuary and Parish Hall of the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery for a day and night of engaged and inflammatory performance—proving that works of nonconformist art and their attendant political hopes and visions still exist in our world.
The Daily News called the event “New York’s Other Marathon…not for the artistic faint of heart [but] for seekers of something wildly, jaw-droppingly different.”

And the Village Voice described it as “short attention span theater on a marathon loop, with a flotilla of deviant craft kicking out quick, hot flashes of dissidence in the age of prigs and punishers.”

Admission: $18, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for Poetry Project members.  
Subways: L to 1st or 3rd Ave / N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St – Union Square
The Poetry Project is wheelchair accessible.

For a full list of poets and more info go to:

the 36th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading
Friday, Jan. 1, 2010
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church                           

131 E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave

Juliette Binoche Month at BAM

September is unofficially Juliette Binoche month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music: the incandescent French actress is featured in in a film retrospective and also appears in the flesh in In-I, in which she dances with co-director and choreographer Akram Kahn. If, like some of her films, In-I ultimately disappoints, it’s another daring decision in the career of a fearless performer.
The hour-long In-I, performed in front of an imposing wall designed by artist Anish Kapoor, is a “theater-dance piece“ that shows the continual tug-of-war in any relationship, from its beginnings to its eventual breakdown. Its hybrid aspect—there are dancing, miming, monologues, even awkward physical comedy—is likely the reason it doesn’t come off, since it’s trying to be too many things at once; its relatively brevity means there’s not enough time for In-I to be anything more than a highlights reel from some longer, more cohesive work.

Still, this collaboration between a daring actress and an adventurous choreographer-dancer has its pleasing moments (the actress Velcroed to the wall for her final monologue is a particular delight), and Binoche’s fierce determination to keep up with Kahn‘s graceful movements is most commendable. There was a scary moment on opening night, when Binoche audibly hit her head on the hard floor while executing a particularly difficult move with Kahn—there were several gasps from audience members around me, but the fearless Binoche just kept going.

The BAMCinematek retrospective of Binoche films, through September 30, shows the award-winning actress‘ range: you can catch her Best Actress (Cesar) turn in Blue on September 21 and Best Supporting Actress (Oscar) performance in The English Patient on September 28, but films she made with cinema’s most well-regarded directors are worth catching.

In Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Flight of the Red Balloon, Binoche is wonderful as a harried single mom whose young son wanders Paris with his Asian babysitter (Sept. 20), while Olivier Assayas’ elegant character study Summer Hours (September 27) contains one of her most indelible portrayals as a middle-aged daughter dealing with her mother’s death and the future of the family’s estate. There’s also her heartfelt turn as an actress playing Mary Magdalene in Abel Ferrara’s Mary (September 29), and her unforgettable performances in a pair of contentious explorations of racism, cultural insensitivity and terrorism by Austrian l’enfant terrible, Michael Haneke: Cache (September 26) and Code Unknown (Sept. 26).

Both onstage and onscreen, Juliette Binoche’s luminous presence lights up BAM this month.

BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street
September 15-26, 2009

Rendezvous with Juliette Binoche
BAM Cinematek
30 Atlantic Avenue
September 11-30, 2009


The New York Television Festival

The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) was founded in 2005 as the industry's first recognized independent television festival, providing a platform to elevate the work of artists creating for the small screen. Held annually each fall in New York City, the birthplace of modern television, the Festival unites artists, executives, industry figures, and fans together in one forum to celebrate the medium and to help shape its future.

The NYTVF's Independent Pilot Competition has established a pipeline allowing producers, writers, and directors to showcase their original TV pilots directly to the decision-makers of the industry. In its first three years, the Festival has featured acclaimed independent pilots that were purchased by networks such as NBC Universal, A&E, and Versus, and that landed a number of TV producers and creators in meetings with major networks and production companies.

The NYTVF offers the next generation of storytellers unprecedented access to development executives and producers looking for the next hit show. All you need is an idea and a video camera.

Along with the Independent Pilot Competition, the Festival presents parties, seminars, and other special events designed to honor television as an institution and as an art form. In 2006, the Festival launched its first “Premiere Week” screening series, which last year featured star-studded, red-carpet debuts of new fall shows from major networks such as NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, The CW, and HBO.

In 2008, the NYTVF launched its first ever Industry Day, inviting some of the biggest names in the industry to discuss contemporary issues and future trends affecting both casual fans and TV insiders. The inaugural Digital Day was also presented with MSN, providing a forum for discussions and screenings highlighting the creative frontiers of digital serialized content.

With new platforms and technologies outpacing the current supply of programming, there has never been a better opportunity for aspiring television creators to have their voices heard. The NYTVF spotlights talented artists with the vision and creativity to invigorate the television landscape. Now, for the first time, the doors to television are open.

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