I am so excited to see the American paintings galleries at the Met are finally open to the public again, as of January 16th. They are a wonderful complement to the American Wing with its period rooms and furniture galleries (of course my true love at the Met). My only sadness is that it will likely be a while before I can make it to NY to view the galleries. When I studied at Sotheby's, many an hour were spent in the galleries before the renovation, and they were certainly in need of a facelift. My wonderful ex program director and professor Carrie Rebora Barratt is doing the rounds promoting the new galleries, even making an appearance on the Colbert Report on Jan 19th - check out the clip here. I think she held her own quite well. Sigh, her discussion of Washington Crossing the Delaware sure did make me miss my school days!
A few of my favorites in the galleries:
Madame X by Sargent, 1883-4 (one of my all time favorites ever):
Approaching Thunderstorm by Heade, 1859:
The Hatch Family by Johnson, 1870-1:
Daniel Crommelin Verplank, Copley, 1771:
Cremorne Gardens, Whistler, 1870-80:
I could go on for hours! Anyone in NY please go and enjoy!