One of the reasons Hyde’s book is so loved, and why the Hopper exhibition is so relentlessly moving, is because they give cause for celebration; for honoring those protracted dialogues with our inner muses, when they are both abundant, generous and nourishing, and when they are truculent, belligerent, and downright cruel.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will sell one of its two oil paintings by artist Edward Hopper and use the money raised to increase acquisitions, particularly of contemporary art.
My family took a lot of trips when I was young, and often we didn’t arrive at our destination until long into the evening. I still recall the disorientation of awaking somewhere with no idea how we’d gotten there — the hotel felt unmoored from reality, as though we’d travelled to an entirely different world rather than merely another state. Edward Hopper’s “Rooms for Tourists” (1945) evokes much the same feeling.
The Art Show has been hosted by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) for the last 23 years, reigning supreme as the longest running national art fair. The ADAA consists of 175 galleries but only seventy exhibitors enrolled this year, excluding stunners like Andrea Rosen, Betty Cunningham, PPOW and Gavin Brown. A large majority of the participants are located uptown between 50th Street and 90th Street. The generalized content (“cutting-edge, 21st century works” and “museum quality pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries”) and my fears of dated academia prepped me for the deflated viewing that was The Art Show. The ADAA’s Executive Director spoke to the “calm and intimate atmosphere” of The Art Show. Although the Park Avenue Armory’s soaring “balloon shed” construction is partially responsible, the cavalcade of elderly patrons weren’t exactly rambunctious. The air-kisses exchanged between crotchety senior citizens summoned a swinger’s club way past its prime.
There are many mysteries in 20th C. American art but none are more enduring than the question of the mysterious diner in Edward Hopper’s iconic painting “Nighthawks” (1942). Now, Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York is promising to get to the bottom of it all.