Walking along Main Street in Downtown Dallas, to keep with social distancing practices I cut through a corner park where the Southwestern Life Building once stood. Exiting "Pegasus Plaza" I looked to my left and saw a glowing golden sculpture that hadn't been there before. Of course, I had to go check it out. Dallas … Continue reading An Electrifying Sculpture
The Country Home of Mega-Collector Duncan Phillips
It was through the current exhibit (on view through January 6) at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art that I learned more about the Phillips Collection and Duncan Phillips himself. An astute collector, Phillips didn't have the wealth to match Andrew Carnegie or Andrew Mellon, but never-the-less assembled one of the country's great collections. … Continue reading The Country Home of Mega-Collector Duncan Phillips
The Kimbell at 40
40 years is long, for human's life. Yet for art institutions, it's like a blink. Now, the Kimbell Art Museum, at 40, is celebrating the process of collecting with the largest ever installation from its permanent collection...
To some extent, the Kimbell is having an adolescent anxiety with too much to express out of too little experience. The result is like a melting pot of assorted ethnic cuisines, rejuvenating your bodily sense at first but upsetting your stomach in the end.
More Great Things to See on Your Visit to Philadelphia Antiques Week
PhiladelphiaAntiquesWeek.com recently offered visitors to Philadelphia's Antiques Week five reasons to revisit this year including a new home at the Convention Center for the Philadelphia Antiques Show, an exhibit on firefighter memorabilia at the 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show, some recently acquired paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an exhibit relating to Dr. Barnes … Continue reading More Great Things to See on Your Visit to Philadelphia Antiques Week
Images of the Chinese Landscape
I feel very lucky to have had the experience in the past few days of traveling around Shanghai, China and experiencing some of the art and architecture of this ancient, and very modern culture. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to West Lake in Hangzhou. It's a place well-chronicled in Chinese … Continue reading Images of the Chinese Landscape
Is “Traditional” Avoided Like the Plague?
I was out for a stroll this morning and noticed an interesting catch phrase on a real estate sign, "anything but traditional." Sure it could refer to opeertions and attitude, but my guess is they wouldn't have chosen the phrase if traditional was a hot feature in homes. If you've been out looking for homes … Continue reading Is “Traditional” Avoided Like the Plague?
This Week in Gracie Mansion
ABC This Week with Christiane Amanpour featured a segment in Gracie Mansion. Having had a private tour of the house and grounds, it is truly one of the gems of New York City and the country. The decorative arts collection is unequaled- and it appears the Mayor and other guests were sitting on some Phyfe chairs! … Continue reading This Week in Gracie Mansion
American Pickers and Antique Archaeology Come to Nashville
On July 2, 2011, Nashville, Tennessee welcomed her newest business: Antique Archaeology. Owner Mike Wolfe of History Channel’s American Pickers, has long had a relationship with Nashville, with antique dealers, designers, sellers and private customers. Wolfe has owned the parent store of Antique Archeology in LaClaire, Iowa for about five years. Since the debut of … Continue reading American Pickers and Antique Archaeology Come to Nashville
Museo Soumaya Answers One Big Question
MEXICO CITY. What kind of art does the richest man in the world spend his money on? Well, Carlos Slim has let us in on the secret. The new Museo Soumaya in Mexico City is not only the most impressive building I've seen of late - its skin is silver disks and it rises like … Continue reading Museo Soumaya Answers One Big Question
Rufus A. Grider & Fritz Vogt in the Mohawk Valley
Fritz Vogt's drawing of the Smith home Canajoharie is a sleepy upstate town in the Mohawk Valley that once boasted the best hops fields around and a big industry. It was home to, among others, the Mohawks, Susan B. Anthony, a historian/teacher/artist named Rufus A. Grider and a drifter/day laborer/ artist named Fritz Vogt. … Continue reading Rufus A. Grider & Fritz Vogt in the Mohawk Valley