National Gallery Accepts Important Works by Adams, Whistler, Others

The National Gallery of Art’s Board of Trustees recently announced acceptance of a number of new acquisitions, augmenting the collections of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photographs. These new works included a collection of 169 photographs by Robert Adams hand-selected by the artist; the Gallery’s first watercolor by Thomas Moran; its first paintings by […]

Rare Still Life by Duncanson Enters Collection of National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art has acquired one of fewer than a dozen known still lifes painted in the late 1840s by African American artist Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821–1872). Classically composed, Still Life with Fruit and Nuts (1848) depicts fruit arranged in a tabletop pyramid in which the smooth surfaces of beautifully rendered fruit contrast […]

You Don’t Have to Be Wealthy to Collect Art

Whenever my husband and I watch a procedural on television that involves an art dealer, artist, or other art-world denizen, we always nod to each other as soon as the character appears because we know he did it. (It’s usually a man.) We haven’t been wrong yet. Why is this? Why is the art world endlessly depicted as a mercenary place populated by craven characters with vaguely European accents who are at once effete and sleazy?

Movie Review: The Mighty Minimalists

The documentary “Herb & Dororthy” is not only a story about how to amass a world-class collection with a minimal income, but also a story of an exceptional couple whose passion for art and obsessiveness of collecting outshine others with deeper pockets and bigger stature. Yet, as much as I admire their fortitude in collecting, I disagree the way they pile up and hoard the collection in their one-bedroom apartment.

A Gift to the Nation and a Loss to Pittsburgh

In retrospect, I am sure consensus would be that Mellon made a wise decision. Given the opportunity to provide the nation with a fine art museum is a much bigger statement than a art-filled monument to himself and his legacy in Pittsburgh. One more thing, for Andrew Mellon, the winter of 1937-’38 was not to be. He died in August, 1937, seven months after giving his gift to the nation. Had he delayed that decision, such an article may never have appeared and the collection would be in Pittsburgh.[Read More]

Thomas and Turner

It wasn’t “two for Tuesday,” but none-the-less the Met offered back-to-back lectures on Turner this afternoon. Turner and the Romance of Britain given by Simon Schama, University Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University was the first, followed by Turner and America by Franklin Kelly, Senior Curator of American and British Paintings, National […]