2007 Award Luncheon honoring Wendell D. Garrett FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wendell D. Garrett, Consultant, American Decorative Arts, Sotheby’s and
Editor-at-Large, The Magazine ANTIQUES, to be Awarded for Excellence in the Arts at the 2007 Appraise
News-Antique.com - Apr 02,2007 - (New York City) On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Wendell D. Garrett will be honored by the Appraisers Association of America with the “2007 Appraisers Association of America Award for Excellence in the Arts” at a luncheon in New York City. This extraordinary man is known as much for his fierce intellect as he is for his generosity and warmth, and any opportunity to be in his midst is truly a privilege and a pleasure. In the words of Allison Eckardt Ledes, editor of The Magazine ANTIQUES, who works closely with Wendell, “if you look down the various paths Garrett has traveled over the course of his seventy-seven years, you sense a man with striking similarities to those supremely idealistic and fiercely independent early American settlers and citizens he so admires. His unbridled passion for American decorative arts, for objects both humble and exalted, encompasses many forms and styles.” Currently at Sotheby's, Garrett contributes as a consultant in the American Decorative Arts department, and is also editor-at-large for The Magazine ANTIQUES. He received a bachelor's degree in American history from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master's in the Winterthur Program in early American culture from the University of Delaware. He subsequently continued his graduate work in American history at Harvard University. In 1959 Mr. Garrett joined the staff of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society where he was the assistant editor of The Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, (4 vols.) and associate editor of the first two volumes of Adams family correspondence. In 1965 he discovered the earliest diary of John Adams at the Vermont Historical Society and edited it for publication by Harvard University Press. In 1966, Mr. Garrett joined the staff of The Magazine ANTIQUES where he was ultimately made editor and publisher. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation (Monticello) from 1987-1993. Wendell Garrett is author of Apthorp House; 1790-1960, Thomas Jefferson Redivivus, The Federal Style & Beyond (1992), Victorian America: Classical Romanticism to Gilded Opulence (1993), Colonial America (1995) and Monticello and the Legacy of Thomas Jefferson (1995). In October 1994, he received the Henry Francis du Pont Award for distinguished contribution to the American Arts.
Also joining us for the day will be Ms. Carrie Rebora Barratt, Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture and Manager of The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who will serve as Keynote Speaker for the event.
Joining together in honor of Wendell Garrett are Honorary Committee members Ronald Bourgeault, Northeast Auctions, Inc.; Leslie Greene Bowman, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate; Christopher Burge, Christie's; Simon de Pury, Phillips, de Pury & Company; Kathleen M. Doyle, Doyle New York; Nancy Druckman, Sotheby's; Gil Edelson, Art Dealers Association of America; Dean Failey, Christie's;
Stuart P. Feld, Hirschl & Adler Gallery; Linda S. Ferber, New-York Historical Society; Christiane Fischer, AXA Art Insurance Corporation; Samuel M. "Beau" Freeman II, Freemans; John