Mother’s Day Advice to Sons and Daughters Worldwide

I was always a pretty good planner and liked to have all my ducks in a row when I was growing up. School homework, family trips, camping in the nearby woods with neighborhood friends, sports, you name it – if it involved planning I was likely to be on top of it. Even better, if it involved packing I was in seventh heaven. You should see some of my present day pre-trip layouts for art fairs, a skiing trip, or a fishing sojourn. I classify them as epic meets obsessive! But I digress, and my packing tips are for another blog on another day. What I’m trying to say here and now is this –  plan early and often for Mother’s Day all you sons and daughters out there. The margin for error on this epic Hallmark day is ZERO. Father’s Day has a much larger margin for error, mostly because of all the Father’s who mess up on Mother’s Day, which comes first in the calendar year for a reason. It’s a women’s world, men!



Think you can just wake up a few minutes early on Sunday and whip up those blueberry pancakes for good old Ma when you…oops…don’t have blueberries, or pancake mix, or maple syrup? Nothing says “I don’t love you even though you were in labor for 55 hours straight giving birth to me” more than delivering freezer burnt frozen toaster waffles with an old Aunt Jemima’s bottle sporting a few final drops which you found in the back of your cupboard to Mother Dear who spent 364 days anticipating the wonders you would bestow upon her on this, her special day. Ditto for those things you thought were flowers (which are actually classified as weeds) that you picked on the way up the walkway and stuffed into a plastic water bottle you peeled the label off of while not breaking your stride. Continue reading

Julio De Diego

As many Mexican Americans and Latinos celebrate Cinco de Mayo today I’ve been thinking about the rich artistic legacy Mexico has produced including the artists Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jan Soriano, and Rufino Tamayo.

"Julio de Diego, Altitude 2000"

Altitude 2000, Departure (1946) by Julio De Diego

Many non-Mexican artists have also been deeply inspired by their visits to Mexico with its rich and varied landscapes that offer a wealth of source material. Spanish-American artist Julio de Diego (1900-1979) is one of my favorite examples. In the summer of 1945 de Diego visited Mexico, taking his first flight in an airplane. Today flying is something most of us have experienced and take for granted. In 1945 airplane travel was something the majority of the world could only dream about, and most had never experienced. De Diego was so inspired by his first flight that he produced a series of paintings which were later reproduced in the 1946 May issue of Life Magazine. These works were known as the Altitude Series. De Diego mentions how air travel allowed him to discover a new form of landscape, and to put these inspired fantasies on canvas.

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Inaugurations, Pop-Tarts and Miniatures


"William Birch miniature of George Washington"

George Washington by William Birch, after Gilbert Stuart

Today is the inaugural day of our first President. On April 30, 1789 George Washington woke up, I’m assuming put in his legendary false teeth, kissed his wife Martha who handed him his briefcase and a couple of Pop-Tarts (my favorite are the brown sugar cinnamon) on the way out the door, and then headed to Federal Hall in New York City to be sworn in as the first President of the United States of America. Continue reading

Sweeping Panoramas

"Otis Bullard Horse Trade Scene, Cornish Maine 1853"There has been quite a bit of press lately regarding the St. Louis Art Museum’s Mississippi Valley Panorama (circa 1850) by artist John J. Egan. Many years ago, we purchased an interesting work by Egan’s contemporary American artist Otis A. Bullard. The work depicts a horse trading scene, where a sharp trader has just unloaded an unruly horse onto an unsuspecting man. The novice buyer is about to learn his new horse’s temperament as the horse embarks on some impromptu tailoring of the new owner’s pants.  The scene depicts the small town of Cornish, Maine and was executed in 1853. Of significant interest is what we discovered after we had the work cleaned. Continue reading

Show Visit: NYC’s ADAA Show and The Armory Show (Pier92)

Being an exhibitor in an art fair has it’s own special demands and pressures, as well as excitement and possibilities as mentioned earlier. Visiting an art fair can be quite the treat – none of the grind of being a trade show vendor, yet all of the compressed cornucopia of visual delights to dazzle the senses.  It’s also a super time to interface with our colleagues and friendly competitors, and to check out what comparable works to our own inventory might be being offered.

There are signs of life in the art market, as the red dots sprinkled throughout the shows verified.  I was pleased to see several works related to our inventory that I felt we compared favorably with.  All in all a satisfying day of viewing in NYC!

The Armory Show

"Room with a view - Art inside, Hudson River outside."


Art Fairs: The Good and the Bad

Our “home away from home” BIFAS 2011

Trade shows or “Art Fairs” as they are known in our business, are exciting to participate in as exhibitors. Regardless of what you call them, they offer exceptional client networking, buying, and selling opportunities. They are also somewhat royal pains in the verso in terms of the extensive prep, set up, and aftermath required. We just returned from the Boston International Fine Arts Show, and now that the dust has settled,  have a few observations to share. Continue reading

Holiday Cheer

"Paul Riba, Marionettes Perform"

Marionettes Perform by Paul Riba

We’re busy getting ready for the holidays here at The Caldwell Galley. The eggnog and cider are chilling and the logs are stacked for the fire. To really get us in the mood we’ve also been hanging some of our favorite holiday art. Enjoy, and we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2012.