Hidden in the stacks of the Ingalls Library is a real gem, a complete run of the original exhibition catalogues of London's Royal Academy of Arts. Founded in 1768 under the patronage of George III to promote arts and design, the Academy produced printed salon catalogues beginning in 1769. Our twelve volume set once belonged to Lord Joseph Duveen, art dealer to American industrialists.
In a tiny jewel of a publication lies a concept developed by curator Willem van Zoetendaal -- "to confront period frames with modern photography." Frames revisited: masterpieces of Dutch portrait photography shown in antique frames from the Frits Lugt Collection is an "Exposition-dossier VII" project undertaken by the Neerlandaise Fondation in collaboration with Fondation Custodia in Paris.
Newly acquired and residing in the contemporary galleries of the East Wing is a sculpture by artist Liza Lou. Continuous Mile (Black) is a large coil of what appears to be rope, but when viewed closely is made entirely from black glass beads. The hand knotted sculpture is the product of Lou's interest in beadwork and her location; her studio is in the city of Durban, South Africa. There she is able to draw on local Zulu men and women to
Lunch, for me, is a salad and an armful of auction catalogs. Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and other international houses crowd the shelves of our Recent Acquisitions area – jewels in Paris, furniture in Amsterdam, or Old Master paintings in London, one can hardly believe the offerings available on the market today.