Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
November 2008 News, Articles, and Opinions from the world of California’s Heritage Art & Beyond
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He's Coming Back to SF's de Young Museum Coffinette for the Viscera of King Tut
Coffinette for the Viscera of Tutankhamun

The King Tut Exhibit, currently at the Dallas Museum of Art, is coming to San Francisco's de Young Museum, June 27, '09 through March 28, '10. The “Treasures of Tutankhamun" first visited San Francisco in 1979.
Read more ...

London Times video report of this exhibit when it was
shown at the British Museum
in 2002 (5 min 41 sec)

Harold Carter with Tuts Sarcophagus
Archeologist Harold Carter with Tut's Sarcophagus

Sarcophagi from King Tut's Tomb
Sarcophagi from King Tut's tomb on display

For thirty-two and one-half centuries, Tutankhamun's remains rested undisturbed. But since Harold Carter discovered Tut's tomb and reintroduced Tut to the world in 1922, the boy king has been drafted into service as an ambassador to citizens of a far future age, charged with teaching them about Egypt's antiquities and culture and, through worldwide museum tours, helping finance their preservation. Tutankhaten, better known to the world as King Tut, ruled Egypt from 1333 to 1324 BC. He began his rule when he was around 8 years of age, and died when he was 17 or 18. His tomb remained peaceful and undisturbed until 1922 when archaeologist Howard Carter made his renowned discovery. Tut made his first appearance in his new role 3,246 years after his burial.

This will be the longest single stay for a traveling exhibit in the de Young’s history. The exhibit includes 130 artifacts from the King's lavishly adorned tomb. Many of the items have never traveled outside of Egypt before. Highlights include a gold crown and two coffinettes containing fetuses believed to be the children of the King. The famous gold mask of Tutankhamun, centerpiece of the 1979 exhibit, no longer travels out of Egypt. Several reasons are given, including the high cost of insurance.

The original exhibit in 1979 was a blockbuster, focusing on the splendor and beauty of the objects. This exhibit is more extensive, and seeks to educate more, placing the boy King in his historical and social context. Exhibitors are striving to enable those who view the exhibit to have a richer idea of where King Tut fits in time, and how he got to be where he was, even though he died at such a young age.

The exhibit has been on the road since 2005, visiting Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, and has just opened up at the Dallas Museum of Art. When it arrives in San Francisco, ticket prices are projected to be $32.50, including a ten dollar admission. California sixth-graders have Egyptian history in their curricula, and the museum is reserving Mondays for school visits. San Francisco's de Young Museum | The Dallas Art Museum| Back to the Top

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Edward Hopper's Women soon at the Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum explores Edward Hopper's study of women's entry into the work force of New York in the 1920's. But Hopper didn't focus on the victory of women achieving a new level of social evolution. Rather, he shows us the internal woman, the introspection of these women as they entered a previously forbidden world. What did it feel like for two women daring to be seen eating in a restaurant together without a chaperone, why a sad face sitting alone in an automat contemplatively sipping coffee, another working into the night alone with the boss navigating through spoken and unspoken thoughts, and in a meditative pause before bed, rehashing the day's challenges or wondering what to do in the next? READ MORE ... Hopper in his Own Words

Edward Hopper Automat
Edward Hopper Office Night
Office Night
Edward Hopper Hotel Night
Hotel Night

Film clip Edward Hopper, National Gallery of Art, narrator Steve Martin (3:26) | On
"Hopper's work engaged our imaginations by drawing on what was universal in the American
experience. He captured silent moments, like frozen frames, from the drama of America life."
Edward Hopper Chop Suey
Chop Suey, 1929
Edward Hoppers Manhatten Bridge Loop 1928
Hopper's Manhattan Bridge Loop, 1928

Hopper in his Own Words

When asked to explain his art, here is some insight from Edward Hopper in his own words.

"You are asking me to do something which is perhaps as difficult to do as painting is; that is to explain painting with words.

To me, form and design are merely a means to an end, the tools I work with, and they do not interest me greatly for their own sake. I am interested primarily in the vast field of experience and sensation which neither literature nor a purely plastic art deals with. One must say guardedly, human experience, for fear of having it confounded with superficial anecdote. I am always repelled by painting that deals narrowly with harmonies or dissonances of color and design.

My aim in painting is always, using nature as the medium, to try to project upon canvas my most intimate reaction to the subject as it appears when I like it most; when the facts are given unity by my interest and prejudices. Why I select certain subjects rather than others, I do not exactly know, unless it is that I believe them to be the best mediums for a synthesis of my inner experience.

I spend many days usually before I find a subject that I like well enough to do, and spend a long time on the proportions of the canvas, so that it will do for the design, as nearly as possible what I wish it to do. The very long horizontal shape of this picture, 'Manhattan Bridge Loop,' is an effort to give a sensation of great lateral extent. Carrying the main horizontal lines of the design with little interruption to the edges of the picture, is to enforce this idea and make one conscious of the spaces and elements beyond the limits of the scene itself. The consciousness of these spaces is always carried by the artist to the very limited space of the subject that he intends to paint, though I believe all painters are not aware of this.

The picture was planned very carefully in my mind before starting it, but except for a few small black and white sketches made from the fact, I relied on refreshing my memory by looking often at the subject. The preliminary sketches would do little for you in explaining the making of the picture. The color, design, and form have all been subjected, consciously or otherwise, to considerable simplification.

So much of every art is an expression of the subconscious, that it seems to me most all of the important qualities are put there unconsciously, and little of importance by the conscious intellect. But these are things for the psychologist to untangle."
The Seattle Art Museum | Back to the Top

Clint Eastwood's new film "Changeling" Mirrors an Edward Hopper Look
If imitatation is the sincerest form of flattery, Edward Hopper would be pleased with Clint Eastwood's new film, "Changeling."

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Angelina Jolie in Clint Eastwood's new film Changeling

Similarities between Hopper's depiction of women of the 1920's and the look of Angelina Jolie's character, Chistine Collins, are striking. As of the publication of this edition, we've not yet found a source citing the thoughts of costume designers of Changeling, but it is our suspicion that an art book of Edward Hopper's paintings couldn't have been far away. Apart from the obvious hats, Eastwood's Christine Collins is similar to Edward Hopper's women in that they are venturing for the first time into male dominated realms where they are not welcomed. To see the film's trailer, visit the website link. | Back to the Top

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Edward Hoppers
Chop Suey
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Edward Hopper's

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Christo and Jeanne Claudes Over the River Drawing
Artistic renditions of Christo’s and Jeanne Claude’s envisioned work.
The exhibit will also have samples of the materials chosen for the cover.

Jeanne Claude & Christo Over the River

Seldom has an exhibition of a work of art preceded its creation. But, such is the case with Christo and Jeanne Claude’s newest work, Over the River.

The exhibit, "Over the River, a Work in Progress," is presently at the Phillips Collection, a modern art museum in Washington, D.C. It runs through January 25, 2009. The work itself is planned to appear for two weeks in 2012, if all intervening hurdles can be cleared.

Colorado Springs KXRM's Meagan Collier with Jeanne Claude and Christo
Christo and Jeanne Claudes Miami Islands
Christo and Jeanne Claudes Gates in Central Park Christo and Jeanne Claudes Reichstag in Berlin Christi and Jeanne Claudes Umbrellas
Previous creations ... Top Left, Islands of Miami's Biscane Bay, Bottom Left, Gates in Central Park,
Above left, Reichstag in Berlin, Above right, Umbrellas on Southern California Hillsides.

Who are Cristo and Jeanne Claude? These are the stage names of Bulgarian-born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and his French wife, Jeanne-Claude de Guillebon. Together, they conceived and presented Marin and Sonoma Counties' "Running Fence," pink petticoated “Islands Off Miami,” a wrapped-up Reichstag in Berlin, thousands of Orange Gates in Central Park, and mushrooming umbrellas adorning the curvacious slopes of California.

Looking back at their previous works, it is easy to see that although their creations appear for a brief moment, they have much longer lasting effects. Their Running Fence. which appeared in California's Sonoma and Marin Counties, in is still a topic of conversation among locals, and photos of the fence still cause amazement.

But looking forward, their work's long lasting value is more difficult for people to appreciate.

Christo and Jeanne Claudes Running Fence
Running Fence
through Marin and Sonoma Counties, 1976

Their proposed newest work seeks to cover nearly six miles of Colorado's Arkansas River with translucent canopies between eight and twenty-five feet above the water. Like Running Fence, the work is meant to challenge how we think of nature and the works of man.

Critics of the proposed work bring some challenging arguements. The artistic couple’s project plans to use 100,000 square yards of a custom-woven fubrillated polypropylene fabric coated with vaporized aluminum on both sides. Although the material will be recycled after use, it still will take considerable energy to produce and deploy. Then consider all the SUV miles spent to bring people to view the art, more than two hours from the nearest cities. Critics argue that the enterprise has more to do with heavy industry rather than encouraging a genuine ecological message.

So, we have Christo and Jeanne Claude’s artistic vision and opposing energetic arguments against their temporary work.

Perhaps the best way to look at Jeanne Claude and Christo's work is to understand that their art is for the ages, never to be seen again in physical form, but remembered in photos, history and legend. Their art will be pondered and discussed and inspire for generations to come.

Seven miles from Bodega Bay, Christo and Jeanne Claude's Running Fence graced California’s coastal hills for an instant, but remains vivid in the conversations of people today. To the people of Colorado, we advise them to put aside their criticisms, realizing that what others may at the moment deride as a circus and foolish event, nevertheless years from now will embrace it with pride. In time, they will recall with pride that a pair of visionaries challenged them to view their river anew.

The Phillips Collection |Back to the Top

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Andy "Warhol's Jews" at SF's Contemporary Jewish Museum
Ten portraits of Jewish luminaries created by Andy Warhol will make their first appearance on the West Coast at San Francisco's Jewish Contemporary Museum through January, 25, 2009. The portraits are of Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein.

Andy Warhols Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt, 1980

Andy Warhols Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka, 1987

Andy Warhols the Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers, 1980

The exhibit also includes the photographs Warhol used as source images, some of his initial sketches, and a preparatory collage.

Warhol never met any of the ten. When asked why these ten were chosen for this portraits, Warhol was evasive, stating to a reporter that he just liked their faces. The idea of Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century originated with Ronald Feldman, a New York gallerist, who commissioned it with Israeli art dealer Alexander Harari. Warhol first dubbed the series his "Jewish Geniuses." The ten chosen collectively touched most corners of human experience during the twentieth century.

This exhibit has perhaps a deeper concept level that some of his other portraits of pop culture. But like his portraits of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Warhol has continued to blend the mass medium of photography with the "high art" of painting, blurring the line between fine art and pop culture.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco and the Jewish Museum of New York who have put together this exhibition are co-publishing "Warhol's Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered." The 64-page book will include 50 color and 20 black and white illustrations. For the duration of the exhibition, public and educational programs will be offered. Refer to The Contemporary Jewish Museum website for more information. The Contemporary Jewish Museum's site | Back to the Top

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St. Mary's Hearst Gallery in Moraga presents
The Second Golden Age of Dutch Art

Dr. Jan and Mary Ann Beekhuis display their extensive collection of "The Second Golden Age of Art" at St. Mary's Hearst Gallery through December 31.

During the 19th century, the newly won return of Dutch Independence was expressed by a rise in artistic creativity. The growing middle class began to acquire art and the number of artists increased dramatically. This exhibit is divided into three groups. The Dutch Romantic School includes pastoral landscapes, seascapes, and dimly-lit interiors. The Hague School has loosely painted still lifes and landscapes. The Dutch Impressionists are known for their bold brushstrokes and use of vivid colors.

The exhibit runs through December 13. Log onto the Hearst Gallery Websit for more information. Hearst Gallery | Back to the Top

St Marys Hearst Gallery Exhibit The Second Golden Age of Dutch Art Still Life
St Marys Hearst Gallery Exhibit The Second Golden Age of Dutch Art Potato Harvest St Marys Hearst Gallery Exhibit The Second Golden Age of Dutch Art Watering Dairy Cattle

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Gallery Notes

  • Booklets of our recent exhibitions are available. Pick them up at the gallery or send us your mailing address. Painters of the Desert; Regionalist Watercolors; 19th Century Paintings of Northern California; Painters of Carmel plus other Master Painters of the Sea.
  • The gallery has a very large collection of reference material, including several videos about particular artists and artistic movements (plus Sister Wendy, of course), and many books including a huge volume about Edward Hopper. There are also various slideshows available, such as Milford Zornes. On a rainy day or any other gallery day, please accept our invitation to sit down and browse for a while, or have a DVD shown for you. Because of lack of shelf space and our use of these books elsewhere, usually the gallery has only a selection of volumes most pertinent to the current show, but please speak up and tell us in advance about what you may wish to look through. The DVD of the more extensive version of Steve Martin's presentation about Hopper is on order and should be at the gallery soon. We will put together a bibliography soon for you to access.
  • See the video on our Alexander Dzigurski page entitled The Palette & Symphony.
  • If you run across some interesting news from the art world, let us know. We may put it in the next issue.
  • We have a good selection of small, affordable works by Alexander Dzigurski II. We are expecting some small works from Kathi Hilton and perhaps another artist.
  • The main show that runs through November is "gallery favorites," with a selection from each of the gallery's specializations that ranges through time and artistic trends, and that emphasizes what has been of most interest to visitors, often representing local interest, and new acquisitions that haven't been shown previously. The principal groupings: Grace Allison Griffith and associated watercolorists; Nels Hagerup seascapes; impressionists such as Dedrick Stuber, Gustav Magnussen and Karl Schmidt; a small selection of desert painters; regionalists Ralph Baker and Milford Zornes; Alexander Nepote (very large) mixed media collages; many visitors' favorites Ralph Love and Joshua Meador.
  • Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is a member of the Sonoma County Gallery Group, which publishes a map of fine art galleries and has a website with information on a wide variety of current exhibitions. .
  • Our Archives page has links to our previous gallery exhibits and monthly newsletters. Back to the Top
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What is showing at our neighboring galleries?
click on their links and discover the wonder to be found in the galleries of West Sonoma County

Local Color Gallery IN BODEGA BAY Local Color Gallery & Framing
Current Gallery Exhibit:
October 11 - November 16
"Tribute to the life and etchings of Gail Packer
and figurative sculpture and mixed media of Lillian Lehman"

New Pottery Show, reception Nov 22, through Jan 4.
Blue Whale Center (same Building as Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery)
1580 Eastshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2744 | Back to the Top

Gail Packer Photo
Gail Packer

Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail IN BODEGA BAY The Ren Brown Collection
located an hour north of San Francisco in Bodega Bay. The gallery was established in 1989 and specializes in contemporary art from both sides of the Pacific. On Hwy 1 just a short stroll from the other two galleries. | Back to the Top
Ren Brown Collection
Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
Current Show: "Favorites"
Nancy, Tiare, & Gary had a glass of Bubbly and chose their absolute favorite paintings from Contemporary Artists.
Please join them for a Champagne Reception on Sunday, November 9th, 2008 , 1pm to 3pm and tell them which pnes tickle your fancy! | Back to the Top
Self Portrait of Xavier Martinez
Bobbi & Ron Quercia IN DUNCANS MILLS Quercia Gallery
Paintings and Sculptures
by Ron and Bobbi Jeanne Quercia September 21 - November 30, 2008 Hours: 11am-5pm, Thur - Mon (707) 865-0243 | Back to the Top
Quercia Gallery Duncans Mills
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IN CALISTOGA the Lee Youngman Gallery
Lee Youngman features the contemporary paintings of Paul Youngman
and other Sonoma County artists. Of special note, she has a superb selection of paintings done by her father, famed artist Ralph Love.
Gallery Exhibit: "Twenty-Four New Works"
Showing are twelve of the twenty-four paintings Paul has completed for the recent film,
Bottle Shock.
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Paul Youngman

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NEW IN TOMALES Tomales Fine Arts
exhibits the works of Jeanette Legrue,
widely exhibited award-winning artist and teacher.
For aspiring and recreational artists, workshops are available.
photo to the left ... Jannette Legrue
with her
2nd place painting,
"Picture of Lillies, "
at the San Juan Capistrano Awards ceremony. | Back to the Top

Tomales Fine Art Gallery

IN FORESTVILLE The Quicksilver Mine Co.
6671 Front St. (Hwy. 116) Downtown Forestville PHONE: 707.887.0799
Carter Studio Artists - Germany, Korea, and the USA
October 31—December 7, 2008 | Back to the Top

Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery
9048 Graton Road, Graton, California (707) 829-8912
Susan R. Ball Invites Landscape Painters Deborah Cushman, Bob Lee Hickson & Ken Fader
Oct 28 - Dec 7, 2008, Reception: Sunday, Nov 9, 3-6 pm Back to the Top
West County Design Center

IN VALLEY FORD West County Design
fine wood tables, polished concrete vanities, counter tops and furniture, glass,
ceramic, wood, metal, custom and limited edition art and furniture for home & office.
Currently Showing: "Small Packages" through December
five of our Marin/Sonoma County artists show their "mini" works at West County Design. Deborah Cushman, Dana Hooper, Janet Moore, Wendy Schwartz and Jean Warren
will show you a wonderful, wide range of subject matter, color and technique.
14390 Highway One • Valley Ford, CA 94972 • 707.876.1963

(Across from the Valley Ford Hotel and Rocker Oysterfeller's Restaurant) | Back to the Top

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Links to current museum exhibits
relevant to Early California Art
and beyond
Oakland Museum of California

Permanent gallery of historic art
(undergoing renovation until 2009)
The Art and History of Early California
Dec '07 - ongoing
Oakland Museum Thumbnail San Francisco
de Young Museum

de Young Museum: American
Painting Collection
& Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes
October 25, 2008 — January 18, 2009
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San Francisco
California Historical Society

Fine Arts Collection ... & California Presidential: Candidates and Campaigns from the Golden State
September 13, 2008-January 24, 2009
California Historical Society Thumbnail San Francisco
Legion of Honor

Permanent Collection & Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
ontemporary Jewish Museum

Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered
through January 25, 2009
figures as Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis,
Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud,
the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, George Gershwin,
Franz Kafka, and Gertrude Stein
San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Moraga
Hearst Art Gallery

Saint Mary's College of California
The Second Golden Age
of Dutch Art
through Dec 13
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Monterey Museum of Art

Early California Collection
Monterey Museum of Art Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Museum

California Paintings Collection
Thomas Hill, William Keith, Hugo Anton Fisher, Sydney Tilden Daken, Lis beth Hoen
and Lorenzo Latimer
through Jan 11, 1009
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Crocker Art Museum

Permanent Exhibit: Early California Art
& The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons
November 14, 2008 – January 18, 2009
Crocker Art Museum Thumbnail Ukiah
Grace Hudson Museum

Grace Hudson permanent collection
Lewis & Clark Revisited: A Trail in Modern Day, September 21 to November 16, 2008
Grace Hudson Museum
Capitol Museum

150 years of urban portraits
capturing the growth of California’s towns
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The Irvine Museum

All The Water That Will Ever Be,
Is Right Now
September 13 - January 17, 2008

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San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum
Permanent Collection: American
19th-Century Landscape Painting
and American Desert Painting

& Space Silence Spirit / Maynard Dixon's West: The Hays Collection 10.18.08 - 03.01.09 Denny Western American Art Wing
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Norton Simon Museum

The Art of War: American Posters
from World War I and World War II

Through January 26, 2009

Norton Simon Museum Pasadena

Santa Monica
California Heritage Museum

"Milford Zornes, Remembering an American Artist, 1908 - 2008" (A Memorial Exhibition)
Aug 28 until Jan 25, 2009

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Oceanside Museum of Art

Damngorgeous: Millard Sheets and his California Legacy
September 14 – January 4, 2009

Oceanside Museum of Art Thumbnail Long Beach
Long Beach Museum of Art

California Seen: Landscapes of a
Changing California, 1930-1970

through January 11, 2009
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Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum

Edward Hopper's Women
November 13, 2008–March 1, 2009
Coming ... The Indian Paintings of George de Forest Brush, Feb 26 - May 24, 2009

Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection

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Dallas, TX
Dallas Museum of Art

Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs
October 3, 2008–May 17, 2009
Exhibit Coming to SF's
de Young Museum, Summer, '09

Dallas Museum of Art Entrance Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

the Indian Paintings of
George de Forest Brush
September 14, 2008–January 4, 2009

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Portland, ME
Portland Musuem of Art

Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism
September 25 - January 4, 2009
works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Eugène-Louis Boudin, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Childe Hassam, Camille Pissaro, Gustave Courbet, and their peers
Portland Maine Museum of Art Washington D.C.
The Rewick Gallery

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams:
Natural Affinities
September 26 -January 4, 2009
Exhibit Coming to SFMoMA Summer '09
Renwick Gallery Washington DC
New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
Through January 5, 2009
View the online exhibition
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The Phillips Collection

Chriso & Jeanne Claude's
Over the River
Through Jan 25

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