by Franklin Hill Perrell
If you are traveling from New York City to points north, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, Orange County, NY, is worth a visit. Presently, they are featuring an exhibition of works by American artist Lumen Martin Winter. Winter (1908-1982), an artist of considerable renown, during his lifetime, is presently the focus of renewed interest. His art flourished in the period following the WPA when he began his career as a muralist, later exhibiting paintings and drawings at an impressive array of museums and galleries.
“The Spirit of the Horse” is the theme aptly chosen for this venue where a selection of Lumen Winter’s works (representing only one chapter of his oeuvre) exemplifies his verve of execution. In lively
By Debbie Wells
The Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan opened its new building to rave reviews and much excitement. To honor its founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, an enchanting portrait adorns the entrance of one of the main floor galleries. Mrs. Whitney commissioned this work in 1916 from her friend Robert Henri. When Henri’s painting was finished, Harry Payne Whitney refused to allow her to hang it in their grand Fifth Avenue town house. The plaque in the museum explains: He didn’t want his friends to see a picture of his wife, as he put it, “in pants.” She is portrayed as a vibrant and stylish, yet forward-thinking – clearly someone ahead of her time. The painting intrigued me, so I decided to delve and learn more about her.
by Debbie Wells
Stone Sculptures by Fortuna Szpiro at Leonard Tourné Gallery Exhibition: June 17 through July 31, 2015 Reception: Wednesday, June 24, 6-8pm Also, one sculpture will be on view in the sculpture garden/public space at Art Southampton: July 9-13, 2015
The Leonard Tourné Gallery is happy to announce that sculptures by artist Fortuna Szpiro will be on view as part of an upcoming art gallery exhibition this summer. The gallery, located at 46 East 65th Street in New York City (www.leonardtourne.com), specializes in established and emerging contemporary artists from around the globe and they are showcasing a selection of her stone sculptures in their gallery and its beautiful outdoor patio. Visit the artist section on the gallery’s website to see even more of her artwork.
A few years ago, I read a magazine article by Victoria Crosby about Kathryn Livingston’s book, “Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend”. Intrigued by the idea that a Long Island woman transcended from wealthy socialite to iconic fashion designer, I contacted Victoria to find out more. Victoria was kind enough to introduce me to Kathryn Livingston and I arranged for her to speak at a local historical society event about Lilly’s life and career.
The author (shown below) is as elegant as her subject as she tells the story of Lilly’s life, which is as colorful as her designs. She was linked to the Phipps family by her mother’s second marriage to prominent race-horse owner Ogden Phipps.
by Alexander Katlan The Spirit of the Horse- Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) – Selected Horse Studies An Exhibition of artist Lumen Martin Winter (1906-1982) artworks at The Harness Racing Museum & Hall Of Fame 240 Main Street, Goshen New York Opening June 1, 2015 to May 31, 1916
Lumen Martin Winter (1908-1982) is an artist almost unknown today. The rediscovery of this artist is not as uncommon as one first thinks, with artists who have spent a large part of their careers as muralists. In this exhibition at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Goshen, NY from June 1 2015 to May 31, 2015, The Spirit of the Horse, one sees drawings and watercolors that Lumen Winter created in Santa Fe New Mexico.
By Debbie Wells
Welcome to the new era for the Whitney Museum of American Art! Now that the museum has been open to the public and getting rave reviews, I thought it was time to give some of the background information. People have been enjoying the Whitney’s new location and building, but what were the thoughts of the architect, curators and museum officials prior to opening day? At the press preview were assembled the illustrious group of people responsible for the museum’s new life.
The key speakers included Renzo Piano, Adam Weinberg and Donna De Salvo. Each not only explained their role in the concept, design and construction of the new Whitney, they spent time expressing their enthusiasm and gratitude for their successful collaboration. Together, they accomplished a major feat – a $422 million building showcasing their unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art – with state-of-the-art architecture and sweeping views never so gloriously seen before from the vantage point of Chelsea’s High Line area.