By Everett Potter Since the early 1960’s, I have spent part — usually the better part — of my summers in Western Maine. The distinctive mountains, pine trees, granite outcroppings and deep blue lakes that I know so well were all subject matter for the Maine painter Marsden Hartley (1877-1943).
By Bobbie Leigh The English writer Stevie Smith liked to write about characters who disappeared into the objects of their gaze. In one of her stories an office girl goes to the National Gallery during her lunch break and studies Turner seascapes until “the spray reached out and sucked her
By Everett Potter Images courtesy of Kitzbühel Museum The Austrian ski town of Kitzbühel may be best known in skiing circles for challenges like the men’s World Cup downhill on the Hahnenkamm, one of the most dramatic courses in the sport. But those two minutes aside, it also happens to be
By Bobbie Leigh “All art is erotic,” Viennese painter Gustav Klimt famously said. Klimt loved many women, fathered some 14 children, and never married. Women as well as his art patrons and collectors apparently adored him. Although he is said to have had many affairs, his true love, who may
Story & photos by Monique Burns I’m headed to Berlin. After two or three years of hearing how incredibly hip the German capital is, my curiosity finally has gotten the better of me. It’s fall 2015—the 25th anniversary of German Reunification, proclaimed in 1990, a year after the Berlin Wall
By Bobbie Leigh Have you ever heard of a collector commissioning a work of art saying: “Do what you want and I will love it.” Neale Albert is that rarity. He is a collector who commissions artists to create miniature bookbindings and asks only that they give him their best
By Bobbie Leigh It’s not the little house on the prairie. And it’s not as scary as the sinister mansion next to the Bates Motel in the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s s new Roof Garden Commission “Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)” is inspired in part by the film but
By Steve Jermanok When the actor Steve Martin first viewed a painting by Lawren Harris, he mistook it for a work by Rockwell Kent. “I thought it was the best Rockwell Kent I’ve ever seen,” says Martin, punctuated by his legendary laugh. “It was breathtaking.” That was over 20 years
By Bobbie Leigh Art critic and painter Roger de Piles said it best: “Excepting Titian only, van Dyck surpasses all the painters that went before him, or have come after him, in portraits.” That was in 1706. Still true? You can decide after seeing the phenomenal exhibition, “Van Dyck: The
By Everett Potter When Robert Walker Johnston died in 2003, he left a large house in Paisley, Scotland as well as its contents to his son, Russell, a London lawyer. “My father was a great collector of paper,” recalls Russell Johnston. “The house was filled with books, mostly first editions.