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Monuments Men much more then a movie

Some movies are stories that need to be told, and not just Oscar plays. Especially now, 70 years after the events portrayed, with many of the players long gone, we need to remember how important master works are, and the lengths that need to preserve them and continue their creation. The Movie: The Monuments Men […]

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Requiem for an Armory – the Higgins of Worcester

  The Higgins Armory of Worcester, Ma, closed at the end of Dec, 2013 after 83 years.  The main hall looked like many a medieval castle we have visited and especially reminded me of  The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle)  located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. The art deco, steel-and-glass building was […]

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Sargent Watercolors at the MFA, Boston

“To live with Sargent’s water-colours is to live with sunshine captured and held,” according to the painter’s first biographer. Presenting more than 90 of Sargent’s dazzling works, this exhibition, co-organized with the Brooklyn Museum, combines for the first time the two most significant collections of watercolor paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), images created by […]

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Tretyakov Gallery

The first thing you think of as walking through the Tretyakov  is “wow a collection of world art”, oh wait we are in Moscow and this is all Russian art.  The reason for the double take is that the original collection of 2000 works created by Moscow merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov in 1892 has an amazing span.  The […]

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Frelinghuysen/morris  Rich’s Personal Reflection: We drove into a hidden gate on a late rainy afternoon.  There was a guard with a golf cart waiting to take us down a long driveway buried deep into the woods, where we went into a gallery space with large painting and watched a short introduction to the couple and […]

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The Hermitage

I have always been puzzled why the Hermitage (in St. Petersburg, RU) was considered so unique in the world’s great museums – having been to many of them, the Met in NYC, the Louvre, The Prado, The British Museum, just to name a a few.  I have found that smaller museums are more to my […]

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Museo Nacional del Belle Artes, Havana Cuba

We just got back from Habana (yes, that’s how they say it) So we’ll start with except from our other blog at “Then, we boarded the bus to the Museo Nacional del Belle Artes where we got a two-hour tour by the Vice-President of the Ludwig Foundation. Check out their website to see a […]

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Open Storage — the latest in Museum Exhibit Halls

Well, open storage is really more an answer to what to do with all the items buried in the back recesses of many museums – see the last scene in ‘Raider of the Lost Art’ if you are not sure what I mean.  While I’ve not been in too many museum basements, I have been […]

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Dateline NYC: Met and Moma

Both the Met and the Moma (The Metoplitian museum of Art and Muesum of Modern Art for non-new yorkers) are so awesome and yet static that you really only go very rarely UNLESS – they have a special exhibit — and the Met’s exhibit of the Stein’s personal collection (as in Gertrude Stein, and her […]

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Savannah, GA – here we are

Spending these 2 weeks in Savannah, GA – home of the Telfair Museums as well as a dozen historical homes of late colonial civil war period — it is also home to SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design. More coming in individual site entries all tagged Savannah-ga A few additional places we found […]

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