Monthly Archives: February 2009

Changes in American Postcards

If identification of the specific location in each postcard can be challenging, the identification of the era of each postcard is easier thanks to the dated event for format change or technology breakthrough.

Here is a summary of milestones with respect to changes in American postcardsbased on the article “American in 3 by 5″ by Thomas Hine in February issue of Magazine Antiques and the conservation with Lon Black yesterday. [Read More…]

The Vanishing Points — The Transformation of Grand Army Plaza Through Viewing Vintage Postcards

Perhaps there is no other place than New York that vintage postcards hold the wonderful collectible values. For a city which has been rebuilding itself so many times, postcards provide an extravagant visual experience of “Then and Now” in indefinite scale. Not only that one can find the great rendering of the vanished buildings such as Penn Station, the Wardorf-Astoria Hotel, the Vanderbilt mansions, but also some less known architecture or statues in other boroughs including Brooklyn and Queens. [Read more…]

Funding Cuts, Shrinking Endowments, Tourism Declines

From “We’re all scrambling to come to terms with how to deal with the weakening financial situation in a way that inflicts the least short- and long-term damage to our institutions,” says Arnold Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum. “There really are no bright spots I can see at this time.” Hit with steep

MOMA @Atlantic/Pacific Subway Station

On the way to 2/3 line transfer yesterday, I stopped to look at one reproduction of Jackson Pollock’s works even though I was on a tight schedule of an appointment. New York subway stations are always a place of quintessential New York in that the natives waste a second to step out of it while the tourists get lost easily among the crowd. Having something to behold and breathe, at one of the most unexpected site of New York city, is a real gift to enjoy. [Read more…]

The Road to Impressionism

Not to be confused with Paths to Impressionism, a recent show at the Newark Museum of Art, The Road to Impressionism opened today at The Frick in Pittsburgh and features Barbizon paintings from Baltimore’s Walters Art Gallery. Also in the show is the rarely displayed collection of works on paper by Millet, which are part of the collection at The Frick. [Read more…]

Hogan’s Heroes Painting Episode

On an unrelated quest, I came upon this comical episode of Hogan’s Heroes. I have to admit walking through contemporary art galleries, I’ve sometimes felt the fool for daring to ponder the why of them.