Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Madness and Spring Tours

Dear friends,

March Madness is upon us - and I don't mean the NBA.  From March 8 through March 11, the major art fairs will invade NYC, forcing glassy-eyed art hunters to wander through the caverns of booths in various venues until they drop dead with exhaustion.  Warning: enter at your own peril and wear very comfortable shoes:
The Armory Show

Just in: The Stein Collection at the Met is HUGE - we will have to dedicate more than one day to this exceptional exhibition.   Please note that on March 14, the Rembrandt/Degas exhibition, which is quite small, will last only 45 minutes.  We will spend the remaining hour or so in the Stein Collection for an orientation and an introduction to the collection.  The March 28 tour will briefly summarize the previous tour and continue through the exhibition.  Please be aware that this exhibition needs several visits to adequately absorb this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The Stein Collection rivals the Barnes and Cone Collections - and may well be far superior in its taste.

Spring Tours on Wednesdays, meeting at 1 pm:

March 7 - Italian Renaissance Portrait at the Met
March 14 - Rembrandt/Degas; intro to the Stein Collection, Met Museum
March 21 - no class*
March 28 - Gertrude, Leo and Michael Stein's Collection, Met Museum
April 4 - The reopened American Wing galleries, Met Museum
April 11- Chelsea Galleries
April 18 - The Whitney Biennial
April 25 - Midtown Galleries
May 2 - Uptown Galleries
May 9 - Soho Galleries
May 16 - Chelsea Galleries

*Dr. Paul Werner will accept NYAE members into his March 21 tour at the Met at 1:30 pm.  He will lecture on Italian Baroque.  Dr. Werner has graciously offered to accept reservations through NYAE - and will not charge for this lecture.   (Thank you, Paul - you are terrific!)   Dr. Werner will offer a full lecture series in the late spring.

Reservations at
$500 for the series of 10; $60 per tour 

Faculty News:

Dr. Paul Werner will sell autographed copies of The Red Museum and other The Orange Press publications at the Left Forum 2012 conference at Pace College, City Hall Campus, New York, Friday,Saturday and Sunday, March 16 through 18.

Dr. Habiba Boumlik will lecture on the film Summer at La Goulette  at Purchase College on March 12 at 7 pm   Alliance Francaise de Greenwich.

Dr. Beth Gersh-Nesic will lecture on Picasso and Francoise Gilot at the Women's Club, Greenwich on Tuesday, March 27, at 1:30, through Alliance Francaise de Greenwich

Closing in March:
Infinite Jest, Metropolitan Museum of Art, through March 4.
Mark Podwal: Sharing the Journey, Forum Gallery, 730 Fifth Avenue, through March 7
Tom Friedman: New Work, Luhring Augustine, 521 W 24 St., through March 17
Eric Fischl: Portraits, Mary Boone Gallery, 745 Fifth Ave. and 541 W. 24 St, through March 17
Italian Renaissance Portraits, Metropolitan Museum of Art, through March 18.
Yinka Shonibare: Addio Del Passato, James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26 St., through March 24.
Soto: Paris and Beyond, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, Washington Square East, through March 30.

Highly Recommended:

Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, MMA, May 20.
The Ronald Lauder Collection, Neue Galerie, Fifth Ave, through April 2.
Rembrandt's World, The Morgan Library and Museum, through April 29.
Renoir, Impressionism and Full-Length Painting, Frick Museum, through May 13
The Stein Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, through June 3.
Cindy Sherman; Museum of Modern Art, through June 11
Diego Rivera, Museum of Modern Art, through May 14.
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, through May 27

Happy Spring, Happy Purim and Happy St. Patrick's Day, 


Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange