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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An Art Dealer’s Office

A big part of being an art dealer and gallery owner is your office. I like to think of my office as 1/3 high tech Batcave, 1/3 art reference library, 1/3 garage-workshop-cleaning closet-shipping room and 1/3 gallery space. I know, that’s four thirds, which is exactly how it feels when you could always use “just a bit more space” for everything. Our new gallery has a very nice, if smallish office, and the window of the office allows a clear view to our front door – especially helpful during the hours when we are open to the public.

The Batcave aspect...

Technology – Emphasizing the Batcave aspect…

The 1/3 gallery and 1/3 art reference library are kind of the fun parts of the equation, as they are where our eyes and our instincts come into play keenly, as we research works we are considering, and those we have already acquired. Continue reading

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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Winter Olympics Countdown, Blizzards, Cocoa, and Neato Ski Pins!

I have always preferred the Winter Olympics over the Summer ones. I’m not sure if that’s because some of my earliest memories are of sledding and skiing under the lights in the backyard so long ago. We get some fantastic snow here in the Syracuse area, and it’s a lovely sight when millions of flakes are backlit by a spotlight at night. I’m pretty sure my Mom’s cocoa probably had something to do with my love of Winter, too. As we come up on the 2014 Winter Olympics, it feels a bit different than what I remember when I was a child. Those iconic moments, captured on grainy broadcasts and black and white TVs – Franz Klammer’s iconic run for Gold in front of his countrymen in 1976. The “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid in 1980. Eric Heiden. Dorothy Hamill. Today’s global warming, political upheaval, economic uncertainty, and terrorist threats thankfully weren’t on my radar at age four during the Blizzard of ’66.

Since the Olympics represent, theoretically, the purity of sport, competition, and international camaraderie, perhaps this upcoming edition will serve as a unifying force. There are new categories of sport, alongside the classics. I can’t wait to see the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat play out under the shadow of those 5 rings and that forever flame. I still rate Lillehammer’s and Barcelona’s Olympic torch lighting theatrics as my favorite Winter and Summer ones. What do you think?

Contemporary technology has completely transformed the experience of watching, or rather interacting, with the Olympics. How about Facebook?

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