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Suggest a thread to mention interesting exhibitions you mean to attend.   Philip Pearlstein's retrospective at Monclair Art Museum, till Feb 1, 2009.   will add more later

here too   definitely planning to go.  

The Wallace Gallery at Columbia U. has a small show of works by Edward Koren, one of the cartoonists at The New Yorker. Interesting to see his evolution - as a student at CU, Koren worked on the humo

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The shows and museums we visited and revisited in London and Paris were just great.

 

Certainly, having never been to a museum in London, Tate Britain and the National Gallery were both fabulous. The "blockbuster" Van Gogh at Tate, the Vermeers and William Blake, along with this show at the National Gallery: Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life (an artist I knew nothing about), were quite moving.

 

We did want to immerse ourselves in impressionist and post-impressionist work, so a return visit to the Musée d'Orsay, along with a great day visiting La Fondation Louis Vuitton and the surrounding grounds and gardens. At Louis Vuitton, the show we saw was fantastic - The Courtauld Collection.   Anyone gonna be in Paris over the next few months - it's a must-see if you're a fan of impressionism. 

 

The exhibition presents the collection of the British entrepreneur and art patron Samuel Courtauld, which hasn't been showed in Paris for the past 60 years. 

 “The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism” brings together some 110 works, including 60 paintings and graphic pieces, which are mainly conserved in the Courtauld Gallery or in different international public and private collections. It features some of the greatest paintings from the end of the 19th century and from the very beginning of the 20th century

 

These works include "Un Bar aux Folies Bergère" (1882) by Manet, "La Jeune Femme se poudrant" by Seurat (1889-90), "Les Joueurs" de cartesby Cézanne (1892-96), "Autoportrait à l’oreille bandée" by Van Gogh(1889), "Nevermore" by Gauguin (1897), as well as a set of ten watercolours by  J.M.W. Turner which belonged to Samuel Courtauld’s brother, Sir Stephen Courtauld. 

 

 

Samuel Courtauld, and the Courtauld family, made their fortune first in silver, then silk and rayon.  Fortunately, they were also great patrons of the arts, supporters of artists, philanthropists, etc. Samuel also had a pretty damn good eye for art. 

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The Courtauld Gallery in London is a pretty fabulous visit, next time you're around.  (They really pack those paintings in there!)

Yeah, I imagine it will be (except now, when most of the stuff is in Paris).  

 

The show at the Vuitton Foundation also had great pictures of their actual house/gallery, back when it was their house/gallery - must have been nice to have a few dozen great impressionist paintings hanging in one's living room.

 

And while it's awe-inspiring to see so much great impressionist painting, walking up to the 2 Vermeer's gave me literal goosebumps. To say nothing of the collection of Rembrandt's the National Gallery holds.

 

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Yeah, on the one hand I’ll love the guitars show. I enjoyed seeing the guitars in the touring Stones exhibition.

 

But the stuffy side of me wonders how much it’s part of the Met’s mission (I know, there’s nothing new about this).

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Yeah, on the one hand I’ll love the guitars show. I enjoyed seeing the guitars in the touring Stones exhibition.

 

But the stuffy side of me wonders how much it’s part of the Met’s mission (I know, there’s nothing new about this).

ETA: oh right, f*** The Beatles.

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But the stuffy side of me wonders how much it’s part of the Met’s mission (I know, there’s nothing new about this).

My guess is the "mission," or at least one of their guiding principles, is to try to make enough money, in order to stay open as much as they do. 

 

One way is with a special exhibit like this, which might appeal to the masses more so than Dutch masterpieces, which was, guess what, uncrowded. Go figure.

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