The Best of 2016: Anthony's Year End List

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This year has been momentous, marking our thirty-first anniversary. It feels as though we have gone from strength to strength; improving the quality of works we find and meeting new people along the way.

A few of us sat down to make a list of the artworks, exhibitions, books, restaurants, and events that have made our 2016.  

ART & ANTIQUES

Painting of the Year

Twelve Year Old Christ in the Temple (1879) by Ernst Zimmermann (Now part of the permanent collection of the Brigham Young Museum of Art)

Twelve Year Old Christ in the Temple (1879) by Ernst Zimmermann (Now part of the permanent collection of the Brigham Young Museum of Art)

Beautiful and historical, we discovered this painting of the Twelve Year Old Christ (1879) at a minor sale on the East coast. Minor restoration showed soon it to be a technical masterpiece by its author, Ernst Zimmermann (German, 1852-1901). Research soon revealed that the painting was a lost treasure, given a top award at the Universal Exhibition (i.e. World's Fair) in 1879, and then lost to history. We were happy to see that the painting was donated to the Brigham Young Museum of Art, another gem in the Museum's impressive collection 

Read more about this historic painting on our blog

RUNNER UP

La coiffe en danger (1893) by Émile Villa (French, 1836-1900) Oil on canvas.

La coiffe en danger (1893) by Émile Villa (French, 1836-1900) Oil on canvas.

Acquired only last week, this joins three other paintings we have on show by Émile Villa (French, 1836-1900). The work, La coiffe en danger (i.e. "The endangered bonnet") showed at the Paris Salon of 1893, and the Universal Exhibition (i.e. World's Fair) of 1894. Villa was himself a prestigious painter, who studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, worked at the chief assistant to Gustave Courbet, and shared a studio with Claude Monet and Frédéric Bazille. After a quick cleaning, the painting will be on view starting mid-December.

 

Sculpture of the Year

The Composer Giuseppe Verdi by Florence Darnault

The Composer Giuseppe Verdi by Florence Darnault

After reading an interview with the screenwriter of the movie Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep, were were shocked to learn that we owned a sculpture commissioned by the "opera" singer, and since lost.

Read the entire story of how this fascinating bust is connected to one of the most intriguing characters in the New York Opera Scene

RUNNER UP

Diana by Henri Weigele (German, 1858 - 1927)

Diana by Henri Weigele (German, 1858 - 1927)

A tour de force of artistry, materials, and technical ability, this sculpture of the Goddess Diana is undoubtably one of the finest works we've ever had. 

Pair of Imari Vases from the Estate of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Pair of Imari Vases from the Estate of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Two large and matching Japanese Imari baluster vases with covers, from the estate of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt,

Design Partner of the Year

(Also named one of Architectural Digest's "Top 100 Designers" of the Year)

THOMAS JAYNE DESIGN STUDIO 

Recently, we began working with the delightful Thomas Jayne on a few of his many, many international projects. A gentleman and a scholar, working with Thomas has been a privilege.

ARTISTS & EXHIBITIONS 

Local Artist of the Year

You can only have one (2016) by Mary Sauer

You can only have one (2016) by Mary Sauer

An internationally award-winning artist who calls Utah home, Mary Sauer was our featured artist for September this year. We were thrilled to have two dozen of her works here for display

RUNNERS UP

Triumphal Entry (2014-1016) by Jeff Hein

Triumphal Entry (2014-1016) by Jeff Hein

This year, we had the enormous privilege of putting on view Jeff Hein's work Triumphal Entry. Painted from life and executed over two years, the painting will be soon be on permanent display at the LDS Church History Museum. In the meantime, we've framed and hung several of Hein's graphite studies for the work on our top floor.

The Harvest by Aaron Stills

The Harvest by Aaron Stills

For years, we have been the only representative of Aaron Stills' beautiful still-life paintings. Calming and beautiful, each one is the fruit of hundreds of hours of work and Stills unique, thoughtful persona. Though we've had several, and each one is remarkable, we believe The Harvest, now on view, is his best, and one of the best works of art we have ever had.

Local Exhibition of the Year

To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and Devotion (Currently on view | BYU Museum of Art)

To Magnify the Lord: Six Centuries of Art and Devotion (Currently on view | BYU Museum of Art)

Mark Magleby, Director of the BYU Museum of Art, and his team have put on show a treasure of religious art, collected over decades by one of the country's unabashedly religious art institutions. With works from the Renaissance to today, it is a remarkable, beautifully curated experience.

RUNNERS UP

Zion Art Society First Annual Exhibition (September and October | Hosted at Anthony’s Fine Art)

Zion Art Society First Annual Exhibition (September and October | Hosted at Anthony’s Fine Art)

The Classical Tradition: Serenity, Simplicity, and Harmony (Currently on view | Springville Museum of Art)

The Classical Tradition: Serenity, Simplicity, and Harmony (Currently on view | Springville Museum of Art)

This year, we played host to small show that exhibited works by professional LDS artists working today. The show was judged by Peter Trippi (Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine), Warren Winegar (Former VP of Sotheby's Auction House), and Jeff Lambson (Former Curator, BYU Museum of Art).  Thinking we would only have a small number of works and submissions, we were surprised at both the quality of works and the large variety of people who came to see it.  

Internationally, Utah is known for producing accomplished figurative artists. Now more than ever, the region boasts several masters and schools, each with a different and compelling approach. Rita Wright (Director of the Springville Museum of Art) has spent years developing relationships and preparing artists to show in this exhibit, for which several original works were created.

International Exhibition of the Year:

Heironymous Bosch 500: Visions of a Genius (Noorbrants Museum, Netherlands).

Heironymous Bosch 500: Visions of a Genius (Noorbrants Museum, Netherlands).

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Heironymous Bosch's birth. In a show that is unprecedented in scope and cooperation, museums from around the world lent their Bosch masterpieces — many of which are major draws and whose absence would affect each museum — to Bosch's birthplace. The result has been not only a remarkable experience to view; but, an explosion of scholarship as pieces that have been separated for hundreds of years are seen and examined together

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius | The Catalogue

Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius | The Catalogue

RUNNERS UP

Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age (Tate Britain, London)

Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age (Tate Britain, London)

Alma Tadema — Classical Charm (Belvedere Museum, Vienna | 2017, Leighton House, London)

Alma Tadema — Classical Charm (Belvedere Museum, Vienna | 2017, Leighton House, London)

We wish that every painter working today could see this show. It explores the role, for better and worse, of photography as an aid to creating fine art. Hardly a simple subject, the exhibition shows examples of artists who used it to enhance their already formidable skills; along with those who relied on it to their detriment. It is a timely and important exploration of a subject that is controversial still among many artists.

 

This is the first retrospective of the artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the Dutch virtuoso who made his career in London. It is what we hope is the first of many retrospectives of major nineteenth-century masters who, famous in their time, have since been neglected.

Exhibition Catalogue of the Year

Some exhibition catalogues are even better than the shows they accompany. Below are three catalogues from shows that stood out for their beautiful imagery and scholarship.

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France (Legion of Honor, San Francisco)

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France (Legion of Honor, San Francisco)

Exhibition: The Brothers Le Nain, Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco. Oct 8, 2016-Jan 29, 2017.

Exhibition: The Brothers Le Nain, Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco. Oct 8, 2016-Jan 29, 2017.

RUNNERS UP

Exhibition: Charles Gleyre (1806-1874). Le romantique repenti, Museé d'Orsay, May 10 - Sep 11, 2016.

Exhibition: Charles Gleyre (1806-1874). Le romantique repenti, Museé d'Orsay, May 10 - Sep 11, 2016.

Charles Gleyre (1806-1864): Le romantique repenti (Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Charles Gleyre (1806-1864): Le romantique repenti (Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Beyond Caravaggio (National Gallery, London)

Beyond Caravaggio (National Gallery, London)

Exhibition: Beyond Caravaggio, The National Gallery (London). Oct 12, 2016-Jan 15, 2017

Exhibition: Beyond Caravaggio, The National Gallery (London). Oct 12, 2016-Jan 15, 2017

BOOKS OF THE YEAR

History Books

East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” by Philippe Sands: 

East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity” by Philippe Sands: 

Tony, who has read hundreds of books on World War II and its aftermath has been passing this book out to friends and visitors. Though a heavy subject, it is written with great humanity and hope.

Art Books

Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director by Gary Vikan

Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director by Gary Vikan

A colorful account from the former Director of the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore) detailing the bizarre and absurd world of collecting rare irreplaceable objects — like reading a scholarly gossip column.

Rembrandt: The Painter Thinking by Ernst van de Wetering

Rembrandt: The Painter Thinking by Ernst van de Wetering

Getting inside the heads of artists is nearly impossible. In this book — full of great illustrations and anecdotes from the artist's daily life — van de Wetering gets as close to how an artist puts together a work of art than anyone we've ever seen.

Esoteric Read of the Year

Thinking with Tolstoy and Wittgenstein Expression, Emotion, and Art by Henry Pickford

Thinking with Tolstoy and Wittgenstein Expression, Emotion, and Art by Henry Pickford

Okay . . . So this may not be for everyone.  But, for those of you who wonder about the role of fine art in furthering truth and understanding, this is a worthy exploration of three great minds who tackled the topic.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS OF THE YEAR BY MEAL

We consume a lot of good food at the Gallery. (If you've seen us, you know that it's more than our fair share.) Below are some of the places we've found ourselves going back to again and again.

Breakfast

Bake 360 (Draper)

Bake 360 (Draper)

Lunch

Poutine Your Mouth (Salt Lake City)

Poutine Your Mouth (Salt Lake City)

Dinner

HSL (Salt Lake City)

HSL (Salt Lake City)

MAJOR EVENTS

Trip to Rome (Next Year Spain)

In May, we took a group of clients and friends to Rome for a one-week trip. We had private tours of monuments, palaces, and villas. Next May were are going to Spain. If you want to come, send an email to Micah: mjc@anthonysfineart.com. 

In May, we took a group of clients and friends to Rome for a one-week trip. We had private tours of monuments, palaces, and villas. Next May were are going to Spain. If you want to come, send an email to Micah: mjc@anthonysfineart.com. 

Second Floor Remodel

We've added about 20,000 square feet of wall space on the top floor. It was the brainchild of our own Brett Levitre and Eric Biggart; and an acknowledgement of the increasing numbers of paintings we have on display. The new space allows us to host temporary exhibitions. And, it's not so messy up there.

We've added about 20,000 square feet of wall space on the top floor. It was the brainchild of our own Brett Levitre and Eric Biggart; and an acknowledgement of the increasing numbers of paintings we have on display. The new space allows us to host temporary exhibitions. And, it's not so messy up there.

Tony

Tony reached a major milestone this year with the birth of his first great-grandchild, though not through much effort of his own; his granddaughter did most of the work.  Be sure to congratulate him on his new status as great-grandfather.

Tony reached a major milestone this year with the birth of his first great-grandchild, though not through much effort of his own; his granddaughter did most of the work.  Be sure to congratulate him on his new status as great-grandfather.

Brett

Although he still has all his hair and teeth, Brett Levitre is now a grandfather, giving Tony his second great-grandchild.

Although he still has all his hair and teeth, Brett Levitre is now a grandfather, giving Tony his second great-grandchild.

Micah

Micah Receives his PhD (And a funny hat) After moving back from London, Micah Christensen continued to travel to the UK, France, Italy, and Spain to research and collaborate for his PhD. He turned in the final 80,000-plus-word thesis to University College London in April of 2015, was examined by experts from Oxford and the Prado Museum last November, and flew back to attend his graduation in September of 2016. He is now our resident Dr., whose degree qualifies him to be of no practical use to anyone; but, he's a lot of fun when talking about fine art.

Micah Receives his PhD (And a funny hat)

After moving back from London, Micah Christensen continued to travel to the UK, France, Italy, and Spain to research and collaborate for his PhD. He turned in the final 80,000-plus-word thesis to University College London in April of 2015, was examined by experts from Oxford and the Prado Museum last November, and flew back to attend his graduation in September of 2016. He is now our resident Dr., whose degree qualifies him to be of no practical use to anyone; but, he's a lot of fun when talking about fine art.

Eric

Eric Biggart begins his Masters of Public Administration Long known as the practical power behind what happens here at the Gallery, Eric Biggart is preparing for a career in public and nonprofit administration with his MPA from the University of Utah. (We're grateful he didn't take the offer from Columbia, so he could stay with us a little longer.)

Eric Biggart begins his Masters of Public Administration

Long known as the practical power behind what happens here at the Gallery, Eric Biggart is preparing for a career in public and nonprofit administration with his MPA from the University of Utah. (We're grateful he didn't take the offer from Columbia, so he could stay with us a little longer.)

New hires:

WE HAVE FOUR NEW PEOPLE WORKING AT THE GALLERY THIS YEAR, WHO MAKE WHAT WE DO POSSIBLE. THEY ARE:

José Becerra: The always positive and helpful young man tasked with the logistics and delivery of fine art and furniture.

Max Bleiweiss: Tony's brother; a Nuclear Physicist who worked at the White Sands Proving Grounds, who recently moved from New Mexico and is not quite ready to retire.

David Sauer: A PhD Opera singer, who makes everything we do look beautiful by taking professional-quality photographs of our work for online clients.

Marta Heinz: Recently moved from London, where she graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from Sotheby's Institute, Marta is helping us develop our online presence.

Before the year is over, please come in and see us. We'd love to express our love and gratitude for you.

All Our Best,

Anthony Christensen, Brett Levitre, & Micah Christensen


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