The Gentle Relocation of a Thousand Pound Woman

The types of things that keep art dealers up at night are probably a bit different than other businesses. One of the most hair raising for me is moving large statuary. And this would include a marble sculpture from 1871 by William Henry Rinehart which we needed to move from our private gallery over to our new retail gallery in Hudson, NY.  Our gala opening exhibition Panorama – 250 Years of American Art was slated to feature this lovely and near pristine work, so moving day inevitably arrived. And while I didn’t sleep particularly well the night before, on the morning of our move the Woman of Samaria and I were in good spirits.

My friend and I get ready for our journey to Hudson...

My friend and I get ready for our journey to Hudson…

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Summertime

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
― Henry James

Summertime – what a glorious time of year! Many artists must have agreed, as they chose to memorialize symbols of this special season in their paintings and sculpture.  Caldwell Gallery Hudson features many of these evocative works for your consideration in our current exhibit Summertime.

In the summer, fruits and flowers are ripe for the picking,

Levi Wells Prentice, Basket of Peaches

Levi Wells Prentice “Basket of Peaches”

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Happy Birthday Pauline Palmer

Who among us would not love to step into the world of a Pauline Palmer painting? The light, the colors, and often a beckoning path welcome viewers to become part of the scene.

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From Scratch – The Birth of a Gallery

I started hearing the buzz about the Historic city of Hudson, NY, around two years ago. A good friend and gallery owner kept mentioning it whenever we spoke. And last fall, while traveling together for a show in Winnetka, IL, he kept beating Hudson’s drum – louder! In the meantime, publications like the New York Times, Elle Decor, New York Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal were banging their own “Hudson drums”. So I finally agreed to do a scouting trip last Fall, and the magic of the place found its way into my imagination. It took a while to find a suitable gallery space, but lightning struck quickly in late March, when a two story space in an old cigar factory became available.

Day 1. A car, a ladder, a gallery to be.

Day 1. A car, a ladder, a gallery to be.

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If it’s Not a Painting is it a Print? Thirteen Types of Prints

A question we get asked frequently is, “What is the difference between a painting and a print?” It’s a great question that only requires a magnifying glass and some sunlight to answer (in most cases). We talk about about it here. The follow-up question is “What is a print?” Our gallery primarily focuses on paintings, however since this is such a frequently asked question we thought we’d give basic descriptions of thirteen various print types. Lets start off with a definition of what a print is –

Print describes three basic types of making multiple editions from a single image – relief prints, intaglio prints, and planographic prints. A print itself is a piece of paper or other surface, which holds a pressed-on drawing.

  • To make a relief print, the artist cuts away their chosen surface (usually wood) to create a drawing, and ink is spread over the raised surface. The wood is then pressed to paper and a drawing is transposed.
  • An intaglio print is created in the opposite way: the ink is spread over the surface (both the cut-out and remaining areas) and then wiped away. A piece of paper is pressed over the surface and the ink that remains in the dugout carvings transfers onto the paper.
  • For a planographic print, the artist draws on their chosen surface with a greasy crayon that resists water but holds ink. The surface is then cleaned with water, covered in ink and pressed to a piece of paper.

1. Lithograph is a form of printing whereby you use a very smooth plate usually made of stone. The plate is covered with acid and gum arabic, and drawn on with oil paints or sometimes wax. The success of lithography is based on the principle that water and oil do not mix. A piece of paper is placed on top of the treated surface and sent through a printing press. The pressure from the printing press transfers the image onto the paper. Here is an example of a lithograph by the artist Thomas Hart Benton entitled Swampland.

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Our Favorite 40 Museums – Part 4

31. Museum of Fine Arts Boston

With the recent Art of the Americas Wing expansion, the allure of MFA Boston has grown exponentially. These four floors showcase artworks from the entire continent – North, South, and Central America with artworks that span over 3000 years. Some of our particular favorites include works by Paul Revere, Thomas Sully, John Singer Sargent, and John Singleton Copley. The art at MFA Boston is not limited to that of the Americas. With an eclectic  collection of nearly half a million objects the museum allows you to explore many other world cultures and time periods. Located in Boston’s Back Bay area along the city’s “Avenue of the Arts” this is a museum you won’t want to miss.

Agnes Pelton "Prelude"

“Prelude” by Agnes Pelton at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

32. Peabody Essex Museum

Originally established in 1799 to house a “cabinet of natural and artificial curiosities” collected from around the world by Salem, Massachusetts sea captains of the East India Marine Society. Today’s collection has grown to include 1.8 million works including Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside of China. Additionally the museum owns twenty-four historic homes, buildings, and gardens in and around  eastern Massachusetts. Within the museum are spectacular collections of marine and oceanic art, American decorative art, as well as works from around the world. Their photography collection has close to a million works, including many rare images by Civil War photographer Matthew Brady. Continue reading

Holidays, Our 40th Anniversary Year Winds Down and A New Year Begins…

As the end of 2013 fast approaches, and we look forward to the excitement and challenges we’re sure to find in 2014, we’ve taken a moment to pause and reflect on our 40th year in business. The good will and cheer we’ve received from clients and associates both old and new has been heartwarming. And our daily routines continue with one overriding thought: that we have one of the best jobs in the world. Being intimately connected to art – which is the end product of a human need to express, create, share, and teach – is a privilege. Art nurtures us in ways nothing else can, and joins us together in ways nothing else can.

Francis Criss, Christmas Day

I couldn’t quite figure out why I liked art for many years. Until one day, in a quieter moment, as I sat in front of a painting I had looked at a hundred times before, I realized it was speaking to me for the hundredth time, and had never once repeated itself. The artwork hadn’t changed. Myself, and my perceptions, had. Art has the power to speak to us, and, just maybe, if we’re willing to listen, help us change and grow. I’m pretty sure that the artist’s themselves would say the act of creating can do the exact same thing.

We hope your Holiday Season will be filled with joy for you and yours. Perhaps taking a moment to reflect both inwardly and outwardly, like the subject in Francis Criss’ painting Christmas Day, would be good for everyone.

See you in 2014!