This month is a great time to be in New York on vacation. New York is always buzzing but for those who enjoy the city’s museums, they should check out what is going on in the area. For example, at the Audubon Terrace, the American Academy of Arts and Letters can be viewed until June 10. For anyone staying at one of Shimmie Horn’s Triumph Hotels looking for some interesting culture, the exhibition of work by newly elected members and recipients of honors and awards, makes a great visit. Note that it is closed Memorial Day Weekend.
Archive for May, 2012
In an unusual meeting of the ultra-modern and the exquisitely ancient, Phoenix Ancient Art, a dealer in fine antiquities with bases in New York and Geneva, chose to advertise its December show “Faience: World Treasures” on what might be the world’s most famous television screen, the Jumbotron in Times Square.
The electronic billboard displayed many of the beautiful artworks from the show, a presentation of ancient faience pieces from the private collection of the Aboutam family. The company, originally begun by Sleiman Aboutam, is today owned and run by his sons, Ali and Hicham, who perpetuate the collection of fine faience jewelry and amulets. Most of the 100 objects in the collection are from the Middle and New Kingdoms of Egypt, dating back to as much as 2040 BCE, and as early as 1294 BCE. The oldest pieces are from Mesopotamia and date from about 2500 BCE and are animal shaped amulets.
The show itself ran at the New York branch of Phoenix Ancient Art from December 6th – 30th, then moved to the 57th Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair at the end of January, and will be at the Geneva gallery of Phoenix this spring.