i'm one of the masses that spends more time at the NGA and Hirshorn than i do at galleries around the city.
I know its not the proper action of an artist trying to support his friends and fellow artists in already difficult field. I berate the washington post for playing the museums and leaving the galleries on the sideline. I know i know....
still. I know the hours of the museums. i know what days they are open. there is no lurking gallery owner that stands and watches or completely ingnores my pressence. there is no pretense whatsoever in the NGA.
and look at this
I can be completely alone with art.
so the cezanne show. damn, i wanna see that. The NGA and the Smithsonian Insitute are two of the short list of reasons i made DC my home. I have always LOVED museums, and to have sooo many and soo free! how could i not praise them?
January 29 - May 7, 2006
West Building, Main Floor
Overview: Cézanne in Provence will be the principal international exhibition marking 2006 as the centenary of the death of Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). A key figure in the impressionist and post-impressionist movements, he is often seen as the father of modern art. This exhibition, by focusing on the works Cézanne painted in and around his native Aix-en-Provence, will celebrate the landscape and the rich associations it had for him.
Approximately 100 of Cézanne's greatest oil paintings and watercolors will demonstrate his intense, emotional engagement with the countryside of his birthplace, where he painted some of his most compelling landscapes, penetrating portraits of family members, and the monumental Bathers from the National Gallery, London. Works depicting such scenes as Cézanne's family home of Jas de Bouffan, Mont Sainte-Victoire, the Mediterranean coast at L'Estaque, the dramatic quarry at Bibémus, and the Château Noir will come from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States.
heres the... urgggg. Blake "Pandamania rocks!" Gopnik piece in the post