Friday, May 22, 2015

Impressionists Will Rule This Summer In Philly!

This summer, from June 24 through September 13, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a ground-breaking exhibition examining the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who created the style known as Impressionism and the role that the great Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played in their success. 

Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting will include numerous masterpieces by leading figures of this movement such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt. It will reunite for the first time key paintings that were shown in the earliest exhibitions devoted to the work of these artists. 

Many of these were organized by Durand-Ruel, who was an early champion of the Impressionists and worked tirelessly over the course of nearly a half century to create a robust market for Impressionism in France, Germany, England, and the United States, from the critical moment in the 1870s when the paintings of Manet, Monet, Renoir, and others were greeted with ridicule to the early 20th century when their artistic genius was fully recognized. Philadelphia will be the venue for this exhibition in the United States after its presentation at the National Gallery of Art in London and the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “This landmark exhibition brings together a remarkable group of masterpieces from collections throughout the world with the goal of exploring a chapter in the history of art that still captures our imagination. It will tell a story that has yet be told, of an enterprising art dealer who believed in sustained the careers of many artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro, and helped them to achieve great renown. In the process, Durand-Ruel essentially created the modern art market. Many great Impressionist collections today, including those of the Musée d’Orsay and the National Gallery—our partners in the development of this exhibition—along with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, were formed with works that at one time passed through his hands.”

The exhibition will explore key moments in the history of the Durand-Ruel Gallery and will reassemble remarkable groups of paintings that he exhibited, ranging from Monet’s renowned series of Poplars to Renoir’s celebrated Dances. The range and quality of the paintings presented in this exhibition is a testament to the dealer’s deep personal relationships with his artists, his unwavering belief in contemporary painting, and his keen business acumen.

Paul Durand-Ruel’s eventful encounter with Impressionism began in London in 1871 when he was introduced to Monet and Pissarro. Durand-Ruel exhibited and acquired some of their works at that time and soon started buying Impressionist works on an unprecedented scale. Discovering the Impressionists will revisit the boldness of this moment, displaying several of these early purchases, including Monet’s views of London (Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Gallery, London), Pissarro’s The Avenue, Sydenham (National Gallery, London), Sisley’s The Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne (Metropolitan Museum of Art), and Degas’ Dance Foyer at the Opera on the rue Le Peletier (Musée d’Orsay).

The exhibition will also reenact the dramatic moment when in 1872 Durand-Ruel purchased more than twenty-six paintings by Édouard Manet, a visionary acquisition that marked a turning point for the artist. Reunited from Manet’s studio at that time will be such major works as Moonlight on Boulogne Harbor (Musée d’Orsay), The Battle of the U.S.S. “Kearsarge” and the C.S.S. “Alabama” (Philadelphia Museum of Art), The Salmon (Shelburne Museum). They are presented along with Boy with Sword (Metropolitan Museum of Art).

Key paintings from the Second Impressionism exhibition, of 1876, will be reassembled to reveal how this show advanced the careers of the dealer’s artists and brought Durand-Ruel into close contact with others, including Berthe Morisot. Some of these pivotal works were noted in the press: Renoir’s Study, Torso, Effect of Sunlight (Musée d’Orsay) derided for its vision of “putrefying flesh”; Morisot’s Hanging the Laundry Out to Dry (National Gallery of Art, Washington) compared favorably to Manet but accused of being unfinished; and Sisley’s The Watering Place at Marly-le-Roi (National Gallery, London), embraced by critics as one of “the good ones.” Held at Durand Ruel’s gallery, the exhibition indelibly linked the dealer to these artists at a vitally important moment in their careers.

Discovering the Impressionists will also focus on the importance of solo exhibitions, a novel concept that Durand Ruel pioneered for his artists, most notably with Monet in 1883 and 1892. Demonstrating the impact of the 1883 exhibition will be La Pointe de la Hève, Sainte-Adresse (National Gallery, London) to Train in the Snow (Musée Marmottan), Les Galettes(private collection), and others. Of the 15 paintings of poplars that Monet famously exhibited in 1892, six major works will be reassembled from collections around the world to examine in depth the artist’s serial approach to this subject.

Another highlight will be a choice selection of works shown at a landmark exhibition at the Grafton Galleries in London that included more than 300 works by Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, and others, still the largest Impressionist exhibition ever. Among the works reassembled from this 1905 exhibition will be Manet’s Music in the Tuileries Garden (National Gallery, London),Monet’s Coal-Dockers (Musée d’Orsay), Pissarro’s Pont Boieldieu (Art Gallery of Ontario), and Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernado (National Gallery, London). Also included will be period photographs that convey the exhibition’s unrivaled scale and ambition, considered a triumph for the movement.

The exhibition will demonstrate Durand-Ruel’s pivotal role in the formation of collections in the United States where he opened new markets for the Impressionists. Works shown in the U.S. to great acclaim in 1886 include Degas’ The Ballet Class (Philadelphia Museum of Art), and Morisot’s Woman at Her Toilette (Art Institute of Chicago). Renoir’s three large-scale dance paintings will be shown, including Dance at Bougival (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and Dance in the Countryand Dance in the City (Musée d’Orsay), as well as notable acquisitions from the gallery by American museums. Among them are Mary Cassatt’s The Child’s Bath (Art Institute of Chicago) and Sisley’s View at Saint-Mammès (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh).

Nearly all of the exceptional works that will be on view were once part of the gallery stock of this enterprising dealer. In addition, part of his much-admired personal collection, housed in the family’s apartment in Paris, will be reassembled with portraits by Renoir, a Rodin marble, and a recreated salon door composed of still life and floral panels painted by Monet.

Jennifer Thompson, the Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 and the Rodin Museum, stated: “Durand-Ruel and the history of Impressionism are to a large degree inseparable. From brilliant landscapes to riveting portraits of French leisure, the exhibition will demonstrate his unceasing commitment to fostering an appreciation for the work of these artists.”

About Paul Durand-Ruel
In 1865 Paul Durand-Ruel (1831–1922) inherited a gallery founded by his parents. By the early 1870s, when he discovered the young artists who would become known as the Impressionists, he began to promote their work. His innovative strategies included acquiring the work of the artists he favored in depth; gaining exclusivity in selling their work by offering them monthly stipends; hosting monographic or single-artist exhibitions; and establishing branches in London, Brussels, and New York that drew him into contact with influential and daring collectors around the world. Between 1871 and 1922, Paul Durand-Ruel purchased around 12,000 pictures, including more than 1,000 Monets, approximately 1,500 Renoirs, more than 400 by Degas and as many Sisleys, about 800 Pissarros, close to 200 Manets and nearly 400 Cassatts. He was the single most powerful driving force making Impressionism a household name worldwide. “Without Durand, we would have died of hunger, all us Impressionists,” Monet said. When he was 88-years old, the dealer declared: “At last the Impressionist masters triumphed … My madness had been wisdom. To think that, had I passed away at sixty, I would have died debt-ridden and bankrupt, surrounded by a wealth of underrated treasures…”

Organizer
The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. The Durand-Ruel Archives in Paris have generously provided research assistance.

Sponsors
The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

The exhibition is made possible by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Christie’s, The Annenberg Endowment for Special Exhibitions, and The Harriet and Ronald Lassin Fund for Special Exhibitions. Additional generous support has been provided by Dennis Alter, Steve and Gretchen Burke, Maude de Schauensee, John and Gloria Drosdick, Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Linck, Martha Hamilton Morris and I. Wistar Morris III, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thalheimer, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, and Constance and Sankey Williams. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Curators
Joseph J. Rishel, The Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, and Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin Museum; and Jennifer A. Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting before 1900 and Sculpture and the Rodin Museum.

Location
Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor

Organizer
The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. The Durand-Ruel Archives in Paris have generously provided research assistance.

Sponsors
The exhibition is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, by the National Gallery, London, and by the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

The exhibition is made possible by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Robert Lehman Foundation, Christie’s, The Annenberg Endowment for Special Exhibitions, and The Harriet and Ronald Lassin Fund for Special Exhibitions. Additional generous support has been provided by Dennis Alter, Steve and Gretchen Burke, Maude de Schauensee, John and Gloria Drosdick, Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Linck, Martha Hamilton Morris and I. Wistar Morris III, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thalheimer, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, and Constance and Sankey Williams. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Curators
Joseph J. Rishel, The Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900, and Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin Museum; and Jennifer A. Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Associate Curator of European Painting before 1900 and Sculpture and the Rodin Museum.

Location
Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

Plans Dumps Sh-- All Over Gal's Party: Video

Kenney's Uber Lib Mean Streak A Philly Menace

The inimitable Christine Flowers writes cogently (and accurately!) about Philly Dem mayoral nominee Jim Kenney in today's Daily News:
Kenney is the kind of convert to progressive causes that makes your head spin, and that type of spinning often brings on nausea. I know that there are many in the media, progressives all, who are thrilled with the man's positions on the legalization of (some) drugs, on the figurative handcuffing of police and on turning everyone who opposes gay marriage into a conservative Christian version of an ISIS terrorist, but I am not one of them.
There is something upsetting about a man who, because a company's religious owner makes a public, constitutionally protected statement about the "arrogance" of those who support same-sex unions, wants to run that man's company out of town. A few years ago, when Chick-fil-A's president Dan Cathy said that he believes in the "biblical definition of the family unit," Kenney pandered to the masses and penned a public letter that told Cathy to hit the road, Jack(ass.) Of course, the erstwhile councilman had every right to express his opinion.
But there's that little, insignificant issue of religious freedom that Kenney overlooked. If a city bars you from doing business because you express a faith-based belief, you start getting entangled in the First Amendment. It's more than a little troubling when a public official can't figure that one out, particularly in the city where the Constitution was signed, for Chrissake.
Read more at:
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/20150522_We_ve_had_liberal_doses_of_Kenney_already.html#2moCdWDJVJ3EVib0.99

Let Reagan's Words Urge You Forward!


The cause is still there. Don't give up your ideals, don't compromise, don't turn to expediency, don't get cynical. . . . The cause will prevail because it is right."
-President Ronald Reagan

Hillary Favorable Rating Reaching New Lows!

It seems that Hillary Clinton's worst move was announcing that she is a candidate for president.
Ever since, her favorable poll ratings have been heading steadily downward.
Believe it or not, they are now at a seven-year low.
Yes, the Pew Research Center says that she has now crossed below the 50 percent mark this month and sits at 49 percent. The only time her ratings were lower (48 percent) was back in May 2008 when she was being pushed out of the presidential race by Barack Obama.
Hillary has fallen steadily from the 66 percent favorable rating she had as secretary of state in November 2009.
Not good for the "inevitable" nominee who expects to be elected simply for "symbolic" reasons.

Coming: The Story Behind The Impressionists!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Naked At Airport: Flight Cancelled, He Strips!


Charlotte has become one of the busiest airports in the country in recent years (it's an absolute mob scene) and one never knows what one will find there.
It can be truly scary on the eve of a busy holiday weekend.
Well, a man waiting to board his flight to Jamaica from Charlotte Douglas International airport stripped down to nothing after finding out his flight was overbooked.
According to a witness, the man then complained that his body felt like it was on fire.
The police took the man to the hospital for evaluation. He reportedly will not face any charges.

The Question America Must Ask Itself Now


Inspiring Freedom Tower Video: US Rising!

How They're Trying To Spin Amtrak Crash

Christine Flowers on the Amtrak train derailment:
The spin on this tragedy was more subtle than the one in Baltimore, but it was clearly there. The fingers, instead of being pointed directly in the face of police officers and "white society," were delicately gesturing in the direction of conservatives who would supposedly sacrifice the safety of these poor passengers to their unwillingness to cooperate with the president.
It's depressing to see how quickly the thought monitors jump into action at the first sign of an opportunity. You would think that these political opportunists would wait until the smell of blood had dissipated before coming out with their suggestions that it was all the fault of the GOP.
Click here to read the rest of Christine Flowers' excellent column in the Philadelphia Daily News.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Preview: Letterman's Final Show Entrance



See all the rest later tonight on CBS.

Christie Acts To Combat Cyberattacks: Video



New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaking today in Hamilton, NJ.


Kean Aims To Boost NJ Craft Breweries

New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has introduced a trio of bills to expand opportunities for craft breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs to open, grow and succeed in New Jersey.

Senator Kean’s S-2910 creates a state permit for local breweries to sell their products at community farm markets in municipalities that do not prohibit alcoholic beverages. Permits would be valid for one full year and issuance and renewal can be no more than $75.

“With warm-weather seasons upon us, this legislation provides countless and timely opportunities to help grow the state’s agriculture and tourism economies,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “It will draw more people to our attractions and eliminate prohibitions that limit how local breweries can develop and expand.”

Senator Kean’s S-2911 allows consumers to enjoy local food at microbreweries, while they visit, take a tour or sample beer.

“There are direct benefits to stripping down regulations and allowing more enjoyable experiences for people who frequent and support New Jersey businesses,” Kean said. “This bill will help New Jersey become and market itself as a more diverse destination state.”

Senator Kean’s S-2912 allows New Jersey brew pubs to annually sell and distribute up to 1,000 barrels of malt alcoholic beverages to state-licensed retailers and retailers licensed in other states.

“This legislation is about providing our residents, small businesses and economy with greater opportunities and tools for success,” Kean said. “Brew pubs are more and more in demand and people should have the option to purchase their products in this state, and we can attract more people from out of state by allowing beer from New Jersey brew pubs to be showcased across the country.”


All three of the above mentioned bills have garnered Democrat sponsorship in the Assembly.

'Fat Ass' Tweeter Gets Philly Dem Mayoral Nod


From our friends at Save Jersey:
By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Chris Christie will have a vocal detractor nipping at his heels should he win the GOP nomination and play for Eastern Pennsylvania, Save Jerseyans: Jim Kenney.

Presumptive Mayor Kenney after Tuesday’s Philadelphia mayoral primary.

Kenney, a favorite of Big Labor, easily beat his closest challenger State Senator Anthony Williams by a 2-to-1 margin. The Democrat primary is the real game in Philly, a city where unions rule and Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 7-to-1 margin.

The Christie connection: he savaged the Governor on Twitter back in March over… the Eagles. After their acquisition of DiMarco Murray. What else?

And Bridgegate: “.@DeMarcoMurray, welcome to Philadelphia — hope you get across the Ben Franklin bridge before@GovChristie tries to close it!”

“Chris Christie is sitting on his very fat ass next to Jerry Jones in his box at the Linc,” the reliably colorful Kenney added. “You suck! Kissing Texas ass for 2016! Awful!”

Is it any wonder why that city has a reputation? And you thought the Guv was a little too brash… so much for brotherly love…

Pope Sees 'Fracture' Between Family, Society


The education of children as the natural vocation of the family was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis during this Wednesday's general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The Holy Father, first citing the words of St. Paul to the Colossians: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged”, emphasised the duty of parents to accompany their children step by step, without demanding the impossible, so as not to overwhelm them.

He then went on to speak of the difficulties faced by mothers and fathers who often only have the opportunity to see their children in the evening when they return home tired after work – “those who are lucky enough to have work”, he added – and also referred to the even more critical situation faced by separated parents, inviting them to ensure that the conflicts between the couple do not have an impact on the children.

Francis also mentioned that the family has been accused of other things, including authoritarianism, favouritism, conformism, and emotional repression that generates conflicts. “In fact, a fracture has opened up between family and society, undermining mutual trust, and in this way, the alliance between family and society in the education of children has entered into a crisis”.

“There are many symptoms”, he continued. “For example, in schools this has affected relationships between parents and teachers. … On the other hand, there has been a proliferation of so-called 'experts' who occupy the role of parents even in the most intimate aspects of education … and parents are expected only to listen, to learn and to adapt. Deprived of their role, they often become excessively apprehensive and possessive with regard to their children, to the point of never correcting them. They tend to increasingly entrust them to 'experts', even in relation to the most delicate and personal aspects of their life, placing themselves in the corner. In this way, parents run the risk of excluding themselves from the life of their children”.

“How have we arrived at this point? Without doubt in the past parents, or rather, certain educational models, had certain limits. But it is also true that there are mistakes that only parents are authorised to make, as they are able to compensate for them in a way that is impossible for any other person. On the other hand, as we well know, life now spares us little time for speaking, reflection and exchange. Many parents are 'kidnapped' by their work and other worries, and they find themselves paralysed by the fear of making mistakes. The problem, however, is not only about talking. … Let us ask ourselves instead: do we seek to understand 'where' our children truly are on their path? Where is their soul? … And above all, do we want to know?”.

Francis underlined that the Christian communities are called upon to offer support to the educational mission of the family. “At the base of everything there is love, that which God gives to us, that “is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”. Even in the best of families, there is much to be endured, and it takes a lot of patience. Jesus Himself experienced education in the family”.

“Even in this case, the grace of Christ's love fulfils what is inscribed in human nature. How many excellent examples we have of Christian parents full of human wisdom! They show that good family education is the backbone of humanism. Its spread through society is the resource that allows us to compensate for the shortcomings, the wounds, the lack of paternity and maternity that affect the least fortunate children, and works true miracles”.

“I hope that the Lord may give Christian families the faith, freedom and courage necessary for their missions. If family education rediscovers the pride of its central role, many things will change for the better, for uncertain parents and disappointed children. It is time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile, and to fully resume their role as educators”, concluded Francis.