I recently spent a lovely few hours at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and discovered that is one of the best art collections you can see for free in the United States.
Nancy Siegel's Susie M. Barstow: Redefining the Hudson River School (Lund Humphries, 2023) is the first-ever biography of Susie M. Barstow, a greatly under-rated Hudson River School artist, teacher, and adventurer. I really enjoyed reading about Barstow's adventurous life and beautiful art.
During a recent visit to Wilmington, Delaware, I had the opportunity to visit Nemours Estate, the 77-room home and formal French gardens of industrialist Alfred I. Dupont (1864-1935) and his family. It wasn't an experience I'll soon forget.
Enjoy a few of my favorite Sublime landscape paintings, which are definitely frightening enough for Halloween.
Next month, The Frick Collection and DelMonico Books/D.A.P. will publish The Sleeve Should Be Illegal & Other Reflections on Art at the Frick, a book of short essays responding to works in the Frick's collection. I was lucky enough to receive an early pdf copy, and I really liked it!
Questroyal Fine Art, one of the best galleries for American paintings, recently asked me to write a guest post for its blog. I chose to talk about the gallery's recent acquisition - a New York City snow scene by Guy C. Wiggins. Check it out via this link.
This is my experience viewing TEFAF Online. This art fair has a little bit of everything, as well as the unique twist of only showing one object per gallery.
I visited the virtual American Art Fair on opening day. What did I think? Can the virtual experience compare to the live one? What artworks caught my eye? Find out here.
If you're interested in rare books, notable bibliophiles, awesome women, or African-American history, I recommend reading Heidi Ardizzone's biography of Belle da Costa Greene.
As a big fan of 19th-century African-American and Native-American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, I was excited to find out that she's now the subject of a new graphic novel, Seen: Edmonia Lewis. Thanks to publisher BOOM! Studios, I was able to read and review an advanced digital copy ahead of its September 2020 release.