Style Court

Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

2.10.2011

Good Work


I envy the packed crowd sitting in LACMA's Bing Theater tonight. Steve Martin is scheduled to be there talking about his latest novel, An Object of Beauty. (Fingers crossed for the museum to film the conversation and later share it here.) If you're not familiar with Martin's new book, it explores the contemporary art business and the roller coaster of the last two decades. Oh so cleverly, he seamlessly weaves in some art history, too. But, above all, the novel is about the collector's drive.


Partly because Martin's book has been on my mind today, an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Library grabbed my attention: Good Modern Work: Women Gallerists in America champions the pioneers who promoted art in the early part of the 20th century. Included are Peggy Guggenheim, Edith Halpert, Marie Harriman, Antoinette Kraushaar, and Mary Curran.

A 21st century collector of curiosities also caught my eye this week with her pictures of Jaipur. And by the way, you can click here to peek at LACMA's current exhibition, India’s Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow, on view through February 27, 2011.


[Tory Burch's Venetian Glass Bracelet inspired by the glass artisans of Venice and arts patron, Peggy Guggenheim.]

Related past posts:

Who Knew?
 
The Heart of Her Home

Living with Art: Kristen Buckingham

Angie's Sources

2 comments:

Mrs. Blandings said...

Recently finished his thoroughly entertaining book. I had the pleasure of hearing his audio tour for an exhibit from his collection when I was in Las Vegas a million years ago - so smart and entertaining - I do hope they tape the presentation.

Style Court said...

Patricia --

Maybe we read it at the same time. Wasn't it great? Would've loved to have heard that audio tour in Vegas.