Madam X, John Singer Sargent (1883-4)
Wouldn't I just love to visit Sargent's Madame X in her new digs? With both straps of her black column gown still painted firmly in place on her shoulders, I bet she still wouldn't condescend to say hello!
The New Galleries (The New York Times)
The New York Times calls the updated galleries "sensational" and from the photos alone, I would have to agree. I've always had a soft spot for the artwork of my countrymen, but the old space was a bit dark and clunky, with work stacked one on top of the other on the walls and flung about on separate floors, a bit like generations of family photos crowded together on display in a few narrow hallways at your great aunt's house.
Woodwork and Wallpaper from the Great Hall of Van Rensselaer Manor House (1765-69)
Two-handled Bowl, Cornelius Kierstede (1700-1710)
All of the galleries - all 47 of them - have plenty of room, not just for paintings but for sculpture, decorative objects, furniture and silver.
I think it could take the entire weekend to take in all 30,000 feet! Here are a few favorites I would love to see in their new Beaux-Arts style surroundings:
Mrs. Mayer and Daughter, Ammi Phillips, (1835-40)
Repose, John White Alexander (1895)
The Wyndham Sisters, John Singer Sargent (1899)
At The Sea Side, William Merritt Chase (1892)
Celia Thaxter's Garden, Childe Hassam (1890)
The Cup of Tea, Mary Cassatt (1880-81)
Central Park, Winter, William Glackens (1905)
Whether you're making the most of the winter weather outdoors or hiding from it inside, visiting the new American Wing in person or exploring it online, I hope you enjoy an artful weekend! XO