Not far from today’s Centre Pompidou in Paris, women, children, and the elderly were massacred on April 14, 1834, when French troops under the July Monarchy stormed a worker’s building on the Rue Transnonain searching for a sniper.
We may have moved from magnifying glasses and paper brochures to smartphones, but otherwise not much has changed about looking at art.
It’s not clear who scooped whom, but there are two gallery shows now on view in New York that examine the relationship between art and the newspaper.
Washington, DC is a great museum town. During my dozen or so trips over the years I have yet to see all the Smithsonian institutions so I didn’t feel the need to ventured far from The Mall for my art fix. This time I avoided the Smithsonian all together and headed for one situated in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of the city, The Phillips Collection. This jewel box of modern art — and not soo modern — avoids -isms so you ended up encountering the art of 19th C. America to 20th C. France or 17th C. Spain in just a few steps.