May 20, 1990 |
Henri Matisse saw this city as an earthly paradise. The artist visited twice, in 1912 and 1913, in search of a new direction for his art, and found inspiration for his greatest works in the bright African light, vivid colors and languid sensuality of the Moroccan landscape and architecture, the gardens and the people. So when I visited Morocco's fabled city on the northwest edge of Africa last year, I decided to follow in the footsteps--or rather the brush strokes--of Matisse.
September 3, 2013 |
In The Times on Sunday, I told the story of eight paintings by French Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne that were donated to the White House in 1952 -- a gift surreptitiously redirected to the National Gallery of Art. Although the ruse was uncovered during the Kennedy Administration, since then only a few of those paintings have spent much time in the presidential quarters. One has never spent even a day in the White House. It's not the most beautiful of the eight - far from it. But it's the painting that, in one sense, might have the most to say to a president of the United States.
June 19, 1989 |
Detroit industrialist Richard Manoogian has collected a number of companies under his corporate banner, and it seems he collects American art the same way--with an enthusiasm and appetite for the best. An exhibit drawn from his vast holdings, "American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection," is on view for the first time at the National Gallery of Art, capturing what Gallery Director J. Carter Brown calls the essence of "a true collector." "He is more than a lender, more than an owner of art," said Brown.
June 21, 2002
Re "J.C. Brown, 67; Led National Gallery of Art," obituary, June 19: I found it sadly ironic that the death of J. Carter Brown, former director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, coincides with the demise of the grand vista between the Lincoln and Washington monuments. In spite of his excellent record as director of our National Gallery, the Brown-led U.S. Fine Arts Commission seemed incapable of defending the National Mall against the rudely placed World War II Memorial.
October 25, 1986 |
The Postal Service issued its 1986 traditional Christmas stamp--depicting a madonna and child--in a ceremony Friday at the National Gallery of Art.
October 30, 2007 |
The late British supermarket tycoon Simon Sainsbury left 18 paintings worth as much as $200 million to Tate Britain and the National Gallery in a bequest that the two galleries described as the most significant in memory. The paintings, including works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Thomas Gainsborough and Francis Bacon, came from Sainsbury's private collection. He died last year at age 76. The Tate will receive 13 works and the National Gallery will receive five paintings.
April 30, 1989 |
President Bush paid tribute Thursday night to the late Andrew Mellon, the philanthropist and one-time Treasury secretary who founded the National Gallery of Art. Bush, just back from a four-day, cross-country trip, attended the black-tie dinner at the National Gallery with his wife, Barbara. Bush said Mellon created a tradition that reaffirms the nation's "decency and kindness." The President also praised Mellon's son Paul, whose family remains intimately involved in donating art and raising funds for the gallery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1989
"Bravo for L.A. It's a stellar group with a breathtaking level of achievement by each artist. . . . MOCA and the L.A. basin are very, very lucky to receive them." --Jack Cowart, curator of 20th Century Art at the National Gallery of Art, on the Museum of Contemporary Art's receipt of at least $60 million worth of donated art works.