Throughout his career, the celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) created portraits of artists, writers, actors, and musicians, many of whom were his close friends. Because these works were rarely commissioned, he was free to create images that were more radical than those he made for paying clients. He often posed these sitters informally—in the act of painting, singing, or performing, for example. Together, the portraits constitute a group of experimental paintings and drawings—some of them highly charged, others sensual, and some of them intimate, witty, or idiosyncratic. Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 30, the exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends will bring together about 90 of these distinctive portraits, including numerous loans from private collections. It will also explore in depth the friendships between Sargent and those who posed for him as well as the significance of these relationships to his life and art.
Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table – December 17, 2013 – April 13, 2014 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Armand-Albert Rateau (French, 1882-1938) Dressing Table, ça. 1925 Bronze, basalt and mirror glass Purchase, Edward C.Moore Jr Gift, 1925 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
New Yorkers: you lucky devils… the rest of us: we need to pack our bags and go visit the wonderful decorative arts exhibit that opens today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.