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.
July 27, 1986 |
If you would like to know what philosophizing was like in the '50s, particularly in Paris, you might well try E. M. Cioran's "The Temptation to Exist," but if you already know those times, these essays may produce groans of, "Aw, c'mon, not that again." Yet, "The Temptation to Exist" is an "underground classic." It first appeared in France in 1956, was subsequently translated by Richard Howard and published in the United States in 1968, with an introduction by Susan Sontag.
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.
November 17, 1993 |
A published report has dredged up longstanding questions about the authenticity of five Rembrandt paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, but officials at the gallery deny that a decision has been made about who actually created the artworks--the Dutch master himself, other artists who worked in his studio or some combination of the two.
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.