April 18, 1998
Having fully recuperated from my gala birthday celebration (okay - a cookout and a Carvel cake at my sister's house), my first thought is to write to you!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF VERY EFFECTIVE DIET AIDS
On May 1, a new exhibit will open at the Bruce R. Lewin Gallery at 136 Prince Street, in New York City. It is a solo exhibit of works by Peter Anton, entitled "Unidentified Food Objects". The exhibit consists of platters, each measuring 48 inches in diameter, and each filled with "food". There are twelve different breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, each sculpted of a plaster material. Included are grilled salmon steak with lemon butter, French-cut green beans, rack of lamb, roasted potatoes with rosemary oil and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce. Just one thing--the food is painted in colors that, if you opened the refrigerator door and saw anything similarly hued, you'd hold your nose, don rubber gloves, and carry them, very gingerly, with face averted and wrinkled nose, directly outside to the trash, bypassing your kitchen garbage can entirely. Thank goodness the exhibit doesn't include a "scratch and sniff" feature.
MORE FROM THE VERY STRANGE ARTISTIC CONCEPT DEPARTMENT
There's an exhibit of works by Barbara Segal in Yonkers, NY through May 24 at The Hudson River Museum. It's title is "Over & Under: Clothing Sculpture by Barbara Segal". The artist has created, from marble, items of clothing, including a leather jacket, replete with zippers and belt, a bathrobe and a dinner jacket, among others. Seriously. Imagine buying one of these and trying to bring it home on a wire hanger. Perhaps this exhibit should have been called, "Mafia Swimming Gear".
NYUK, NYUK, NYUK! REDUX
It was reported in this newsletter a few weeks ago that a poster from the film, "Men In Black", a 1934 flick starring The Three Stooges, was up for auction, with a pre sale estimate of $25,000 - $30,000. Well, I'm pleased to report that the public is not carrying that awful millstone of good taste around its neck. We know who our heroes are, even if their work is at its best when viewed by an audience of eight-year-olds who think getting poked in the eye repeatedly is hilarious. The poster sold for $109,750. And an extremely rare one from the film "Casablanca" only fetched half as much. Why I Oughta....
If you collect photographic, watch out for fake Civil War tintypes, currently flooding the market. Examining them under magnification reveals that they are not old.
YOU BREAK IT, YOU BOUGHT IT - NOT!!!
Many dealers think they need only post a sign warning customers that if they break or otherwise damage items, they will be forced to pay for them. It aint necessarily so. There's an article up on the site entitled, "You Break It, You Bought It--Maybe!" To read the feature, follow this link.
That's about it, Accumulators. I'm taking our "Personal FX, The
Collectibles Show" Grand Prize Sweepstakes winners, Deborah and Bill
Dickerson of Illinois, on their big collectibles shopping spree. Happy Hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #38
U.S. Library of Congress
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