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Director of American Folk Art Museum to Retire
by M.A.D. staff

Dr. Anne-Imelda Radice, the executive director of the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), will retire in early March after five years at the helm of the museum. The board of trustees has designated Stacy C. Hollander, currently AFAM’s deputy director for curatorial affairs, as acting director, effective the day after ... (Read More)

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Recently Discovered L'Enfant Watercolor of George Washington's Verplanck's Point Camp
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Photos courtesy Museum of the American Revolution Philip Mead has been a collector since he was six. “Every evening as I am winding down, I go on Bidsquare, Invaluable, and some individual auction house sites to see if I can find something of interest,” said Mead on the phone recently. He ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, January 2018
by Ian McKay

Ian McKay, <> Yet again I have failed to find something suitably festive to kick off this Christmas issue, but in keeping with established tradition, may I wish M.A.D.readers, one and all, a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year. A record breaking Harry Potter first edition, one that is very unlikely ... (Read More)

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Annapolis Was Cold but Worthwhile
by Walter C. Newman

Annapolis Antiques Show, Annapolis, Maryland Hardy New Englanders may disagree, but let’s face the reality of winter below the Mason-Dixon line. Lingering snow and ice, near zero temperatures, and subzero wind chills do not bode well for the success of any activity that requires leaving the warmth of home. Antiques shows ... (Read More)

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A Good Deal of Good Deals
by Mark Sisco

Bruce Gamage Antiques, Rockland, Maine If you wanted an interesting auction with lots of good deals for careful and well-informed buyers, then the January 6 and 7 auction held by Bruce Gamage in Rockland, Maine, was the place to be. This gouache on paper by James Brooks (1906-1992) sold for $517.50. New York ... (Read More)

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American Paintings, Furniture, and Decorative Arts at Auction
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Doyle New York, New York City Photos courtesy Doyle Doyle New York has a loyal fan base for its semiannual American paintings, furniture, and decorative arts auctions. Its salesroom at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan fills up a few minutes before the 10 a.m. start time with interested buyers, including a ... (Read More)

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The Main Line Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The 12th annual Main Line Antiques Show to benefit Surrey Services for Seniors was a different show this time. “I decided it should be a lifestyle show, not just an antiques show,” said Anne F. Hamilton, the enthusiastic cochair of the show, held in the gymnasium of Cabrini College ... (Read More)

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Design Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Photos courtesy Freeman’s  A taste for modern design flourished in the Philadelphia area. By the late 1940s architects were commissioned to design flat-roofed low-slung modern houses, which were furnished with Knoll, Herman Miller, and Scandinavian modern, and also with furniture by local studio artists and craftsmen. Wharton Esherick was ... (Read More)

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Frick Awards Biennial Book Prize
by M.A.D. staff

The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting has awarded its biennial book prize for a distinguished publication on the history of collecting in America to Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman by Margaret K. Hofer and Roberta J. M. Olson, with contributions ... (Read More)

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African American Fine Art
by Julie Schlenger Adell

Swann Galleries, New York City Photos courtesy Swann Galleries A standing-room-only crowd assembled at Swann Galleries, New York City, in the midafternoon of October 5, 2017, and three and a half hours later, 124 lots of modern and contemporary African American works had been sold. The auction had estimates of $2,283,500/3,371,000; the ... (Read More)
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