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Gérôme Rediscovered

Gérôme, Jean-Léon (French, 1824-1904) Evening Prayer, to be offered at Skinner September 21

 A newly-rediscovered oil painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Evening Prayer, will be offered by Skinner in the American & European Works of Art auction on September 21, 2018. The painting has been authenticated by Dr. Emily Weeks, whose essay follows below. A full description of the work with provenance, along with Dr.Read More

Welcome to Crystal Bridges: A Brand New Destination for American Art

When you hear the names Rockefeller, Edward A. Whitney, and Henry Clay Frick, you immediately think about the great cultural and art institutions they gave to our country: Rockefeller University, the Whitney Museum, and the Frick. Now, a new name has been added to the list of institutions made possible through philanthropy: Crystal Bridges.

I think this is very much an American tradition: families or individuals who have amassed great wealth reach a point in their lives where they want to give back to the country that afforded them an extraordinary opportunity. Alice Walton and Walmart followed in this tradition of giving something back when they decided to establish Crystal Bridges museum. The museum is devoted to American art and artists, and admission is free, thanks to Walmart’s sponsorship.

The MFA Art of the Americas Wing: Half a Billion Dollars Well Spent

Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard © Chuck Choi

I was privileged to attend the November 13th opening gala for MFA’s new wing. The party itself was quite a blowout, with complimentary libations, exotic bite-sized dinner servings, and a very good dance band.  However, the ever-increasing volume of said band, which seemed intent by the end of the evening on blowing out a few of the glass panels which surround the Shapiro Family Courtyard, drove me to tour the very well soundproofed gallery spaces not once but twice.… Read More