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Monday, 25 September 2023


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Love the Brandywine. My wife and I visit at least annually. The one piece that they do not have, Groundhog Day, is in the Philadelphia Museumof Art collection. At an Andrew Wyeth retrospective there a number of years ago, one wall was dedicated to the evolution of that painting. I spent a half hour on just that wall.

If you go, contact me. Maybe catch a coffee in their cafe?

... and plan for enough time to visit NC's well preserved studio, and some of the other sites in "Wyeth country. "

RE your penultimate paragraph: a presenter on the UK programme "Antiques Roadshow" recently said at the end of a programme in which a woman learnt that her bronze statuette was worth over 100K GBP, that "we never own anything, we are but custodians". He was obviously principally talking about art and other items of historical/cultural significance, and I may have slightly misquoted him, but the sentiment stayed with me and you repeated it.

My wife and I have both been lucky at thrift stores and antique malls and perhaps art school has paid off after all. I found three photos by Wright Morris at an estate sale and got them for cheap. We sold them and paid off my wife's student loan. She then found a pre-Columbian piece of gold at a thrift and eventually sold it for a decent amount. Just this last summer we went to an antique mall, and I found a work by Holly Roberts (paints and collages on photos) and got it at a very good price. I like her work but it's a bit big for our walls so I'm not sure what I'll do with it.

I share your admiration for N.C. Wyeth's art. But before you make the trek to see it in the Brandywine River Museum, you may want to call ahead. Very little of it is on permanent display; it's mostly in storage. At least, that's what I discovered in several visits in recent years.

Oops, forgot to mention that the museum owns N.C. Wyeth's house and studio, which is fascinating and definitely worth a visit! https://www.brandywine.org/museum/historic-artists-studios/nc-wyeth-house-studio

Karen and I spend almost every Saturday prowling the art galleries in LA and often find wonderful things to see. Last Saturday, we caught the closing DAY of an exhibit at Fahey-Klein gallery that was one of those experiences - an exhibition of photos by Alan Ginsberg. The famous "Beat Poet" shot many photos of himself and his friends that documented the beat generation - Kerouac, Burroughs, even a photo of a very young Ai Weiwei sitting on a sidewalk sketching portraits of people! https://img.artlogic.net/w_1800,h_1800,c_limit/exhibit-e/5769730d87aa2c756368dbf5/7b868c71dd858e78509771af8a38562d.jpeg
You can scroll through the exhibit here:

BTW, another place to view photos in LA is the Leica Gallery:

Now if someone can find the 13 works of art stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

The Museum is offering a $10 million reward for information leading directly to the safe return of the stolen works, which were painted by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Manet, Degas, and others.

I enjoy N.C.'s work but I love the work of his son Andrew even more. I dearly love his paintings of Helga Testorf. Thank you for the reminder of this great family (the grandson too!) of American art.

Gotta pal that found a excellent condition Rolleiflex in a St. Vincent DePaul in the 80's for 15 bucks! Still makes me mad, as it was in my neighborhood...

When I was a teenager one heard "thrift store luck" stories about people finding Leica cameras there (or in garage sales). I probably didn't go to enough thrift stores and garage sales, and I never really believed it would work for me.

I found a Kodak 1A Autograph in a thrift store for about $100.

Over the years, I have got a lot of good stuff from local thrift shops; useful and beautiful. No more. Nowadays I only bring stuff. May have something to do with my progressing age. Anyway, it make me feel good, at least a little bit.

I'm glad you returned that pilfered page from the book. I might have thought a little less of you if just taking it (stole it!) was the end of the story.

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