Walking through the Kimbell in Fort Worth recently I had trees on my mind. I remembered the shaded lawn and small forest at the north end of the building, that's now a construction site. The trees have made way for a museum expansion. But never mind that, there's a always a chance those are small … Continue reading Trees at the Kimbell
Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion world is rebellious, revolutional, and to some extent, revolting. These flashy, funky, decadent garments, by eliciting comments from viewers, annotate and challenge our societal views of self-expression through fashion - whether it is about injecting feminism into masculinity for boy toys with kilts, skirts or bra cups, or fetish leather suit with suggestive bondage and sex staging, or print patches of religious iconography/the Eiffel Tower or tattoo-like; loom large his personal statements. And his idiosyncrasy overwhelms both visual elements and sartorial achievements such as textural layers of plain or graphic or seamless assembly of different material as if they were organically grown together.
Several articles that appeared in the popular presses recently touch on the art and antiques industry and caught my attention. The first was a September 7 article about the Chinese art market in the New York Times. If you caught that you'll already know that Chinese buyers are moving beyond reclaiming cultural heritage and are … Continue reading Jeff Koons, Ikea, Old Masters and the Chinese Art Market
The importance of water to ancient Maya is not information I would have sought out on my own, it's just not. In fact, experiencing little connection to the paintings of Salvator Rosa, also at the Kimbell, I wandered into the fiery pool without much information about this ancient civilization. A quickly realized I would need … Continue reading A Fiery Pool at the Kimbell Art Museum
I went by the Kimbell Museum again today and saw the progression of the construction activity. It appears we've moved passed the destruction phase and its clear now why the trees couldn't stay. The hole is so deep they would probably have destroyed the root structure anyway. It was amusing reading an item in Fort … Continue reading Kimbell Trees are Historic, We Mean Dying
It was sad to see the trees coming down and a building going up on the wonderful green lawn between Lois Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum and Phillip Johnson's Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. I wish they could have built the addition on the parking lot between the Kimbell and the Modern, but unfortunately … Continue reading Work Begins on Kimbell Addition
The Kimbell Art Museum has acquired the painting Christ and the Woman of Samaria, dated to 1619–20, by the Italian artist Guercino, one of the foremost painters of his time. The purchase was announced today by the Museum’s director, Eric M. Lee. The painting dates from Guercino’s early, rarest, and most desirable period, when the … Continue reading Rare Guercino Painting Acquired by Kimbell
Some of the best promoted antique shows use a piece of history to add excitement to a show. Sometimes there’s a display from a local museum, sometimes there’s a dealer who might have an item once owned by a president of the early Republic. This time the item was a wooden trunk that many years … Continue reading A Look at the Oldest Show in the West