Now there’s some speculation that Alice Walton, already the possessor of Durand’s Kindred Spirits, has bought two paintings from the collection of the National Academy. On an emotional level, it’s sad to see them leave New York. From a practical point of view, I’d say a painting on display in Arkansas is better than one stored in New York.
I hope that a new administration will help bring some renewed pride in America and interest in objects and paintings from the first century of our existence. We need the likes of Alice Walton, like Ford, Rockefeller, Hogg and DuPont before her, to breath new life and interest to American Art and Decorative Arts. I hate seeing our great collections of American Art overlooked. Nature hates a vacuum and the vacuum that New York creates, Arkansas fills.