Articles in July Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Editorial Plans for the Coming July-August 2010 Issue
A Letter From Editor Peter Trippi

Dear Colleague:
I hope this note finds you well, enjoying springtime, and avoiding the disruptions caused by various volcanoes and earthquakes around the world! At Fine Art Connoisseur, we are busy preparing the July-August 2010 issue, which looks to be a winner on every front. Today I am writing with a glimpse of what you will find inside it.

Our Historic Master article focuses on Frank Myers Boggs (1855-1926), the talented American plein air painter who spent much of his career in France. Today his elegant scenes of harbors and countryside can be found readily in both the U.S. and France, yet few collectors are familiar with Boggs's fascinating story.

Turning to the masters of today, we consider Jeffrey Mims (b. 1954), the gifted American artist who runs a widely respected atelier in North Carolina focused on murals and other projects painted in the classical tradition. Last year Mims won a prestigious scholarship to spend three months at the American Academy in Rome, and this article summarizes his memorable experiences there through his own words and photographs.

In our Hidden Collection section, we meet the collector-dealer-author Richard Feigen. Although he is renowned for his superb taste in a range of periods, Feigen is preparing to exhibit-for the first time-his important collection of early Italian paintings at the Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut. This article provides a sneak peek at what will surely be a spectacular display there.

Just across Long Island Sound, the Parrish Art Museum has scheduled two significant retrospectives this summer, highlighting the painters Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) and Rackstraw Downes (b. 1939). Both projects have been organized by curator Klaus Ottmann, who has valuable insights on why the time is right to reassess these modern masters.

Even larger crowds are expected this summer at Washington's Smithsonian American Art Museum as 57 works by Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) go on view there. What makes this display groundbreaking is that all of the loans are drawn from the private collections of filmmakers George Lucasand Steven Spielberg, two artists who tell stories through pictures-just as Rockwell once did. In this article, we consider the thread that connects these three enormously influential men.

In our Three to Watch section, we are delighted to present the works of Camille Engel, theTennessee oil painter of still lifes and animals; Terri Ford, the Californian plein air pastelist; and Curt Hanson of Connecticut, who paints landscapes in oil. And our Destination Art section takes us to Maine this summer, exploring the lively art scenes in this scenic state's towns and cities, especially Portland, Rockport, and Ogunquit.

Last but not least, our Collector Bookshelf highlights the recent publication of Richard Schmid: The Landscapes, which surveys this living American master's accomplishments in this genre over many years.

We hope that you will enjoy reading our next issue, and that you will get in touch with your news and views soon... All feedback and suggestions are welcome, as always!

Very best wishes, and many thanks for your ongoing support. 
Peter Trippi
Fine Art Connoisseur

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