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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

More to nude Harper than meets the eye - Winnipeg Free Press

More to nude Harper than meets the eye - Winnipeg Free Press
Maggie  Sutherland sits in front of her painting of Prime  Minister  Stephen Harper.

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Maggie Sutherland sits in front of her painting of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (LARS HAGBERG / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

WHAT IT IS: Emperor Haute Couture, a painting by Kingston, Ont.-based artist Margaret Sutherland that depicts a reclining nude on a chaise longue. What's controversial -- and a little queasy-making -- is that the buck-naked subject happens to be Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada.

WHAT IT MEANS: Sutherland cites as influences Edouard Manet's Olympia, which raised a ruckus in the 1860s because of the model's frank stare, and The Emperor's New Clothes, Hans Christian Andersen's moral fable about power, sycophancy and truth.

Sutherland employs attention-getting exaggeration. After all, the intensely private Harper is one of the least likely naked people you could ever come across. He's the kind of guy who looks uncomfortable when he takes off his necktie. Back in 2006, he got caught out on world leader "casual day" when meeting with Vicente Fox and George W. Bush.

But Sutherland's satirical juxtaposition of straight style with cuckoo content would probably work better if the visual realism were more compelling. Here the anatomy is slightly wonky. The left leg is a bit off. The right hand, which should be referencing calm Renaissance poise, looks kind of dead. And the head seems to have been brought in from another painting and dropped onto Harper's body. (Thankfully, this visual misstep reassures us that he didn't pose for the painting. Whew.)

Sutherland has stated that the painting is a reminder that "all the members of the government have bodies," that what seems like abstract power can always be traced back to our common and fallible humanity.

And we do seem resistant to this message: Most news photos of the image manage to discreetly avoid what one commentator has called the PM's "Timbits" (in reference to the nearby Tim Hortons coffee cup).

WHY IT MATTERS: What's important here isn't so much the work itself, which is basically the visual-art equivalent of a novelty song, but the way it has been handled.

In South Africa, a painting of President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals recently provoked an angry controversy that involved armed guards, vandalism, protests, proposed media boycotts and threatened lawsuits.

In Canada, we have mild jokes, some gentle tut-tutting, and an anonymous buyer who snagged the painting for $5,000. Mostly there is a polite Canuck consensus on two things: 1) The artist has the right to express herself; and 2) nobody -- neither right-wing, left-wing, nor middle-of-the-road -- really wants to see a nude Stephen Harper.


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