Author Cormac McCarthy's typewriter, on which he wrote for nearly 50 years, is up for auction at Christie's in New York. The machine, an Olivetti Lettera 32 is an unassuming light blue, worn on the edges.
Gauguin’s 1889 fresco, Breton Girl Spinning can be seen in the final gallery of our exhibition Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889. It was made as part of the “decorative ensemble” for the dining room of the Buvette de la Plage, an inn at the tiny seaside village of Le Pouldu, France.
Our book sale group meeting ended today with a spirited discussion about green initiatives and the small monthly sale we maintain near the circulation desk. Besides books and auction catalogs, could we add book jackets and slipcase boxes? At first we were all rather negative about it, but then thought, well, if it would keep these items out of the trash, why not? Many are beautiful, too lovely to add to the nation’s huge trash problem. Some of us have used colorful book jackets as gift wrap.
One of the many joys found in the new East Wing is the establishment of the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Galleries. For those of us keenly interested in the history of photography, as well as lovers of the contemporary photography scene, these three galleries provide a perfect venue.