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The Explorer

Ed Moses in his Venice, Calif., studio, photographed by Alan Shaffer

Ed Moses, at 88, refuses to be tied down to any style or concept, rejects the idea of “the artist,” and creates by embracing the happy accident. Continue reading

Mix Master

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Hot Rhythm, 1961, oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches;

Archibald Motley relished the ambiguities of racial identity in America and imbued his paintings with both modernist refinement and pop-culture exuberance. Continue reading

Anti-Oedipus

Michael Goldberg, The House From Cellar to Garret, 1993, oil on canvas, 66 x 65 inches.

The abstract painter Michael Goldberg never felt the need to kill his artistic fathers, and he gladly acknowledged the roots of his originality. Continue reading

Furnishing the Nation

Side chair, Philadelphia, 1810–20, mahogany with mahogany and rosewood veneers and
ebony inlay, brass, 33 1⁄4 x 19 x 23 1/8 inches.

The Kaufman Collection of American antiques, now on view at the National Gallery, chronicles the evolution of taste, technique, and creativity in a young country. Continue reading

The Purist

Tomma Abts, Yet-to-be-titled acrylic and oil on canvas, 2014, 18 7/8 x 15 inches;

Abstractionist Tomma Abts lets her paintings paint themselves, and the results are intricate, challenging, and beautiful. Continue reading

The Lalique Mystique

René Lalique, Illuminated Surtout de table, Oiseau de Feu (Firebird), R. Lalique et Cie., circa 1922, mold-pressed, acid-etched intaglio design, 42.2 cm.

French designer-entrepreneur René Lalique was a wizard who could make glass do just about anything—and die-hard devotees of his works will do just about anything to get them. Continue reading