Friday, March 30, 2007

Back for a visit

Asher Durand's "Kindred Spirits," the "civic landmark" "raided" (Michael Kimmelman's words) from the New York Public Library by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton a year before she tried to buy Eakins's Gross Clinic away from Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University, has returned to town, at least temporarily: it's part of “Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape,” a show of about 60 Durand works now up at the Brooklyn Museum. Grace Glueck reviews the show in today's New York Times. Kate Taylor wrote about "the Durand moment" in the New York Sun last week. More on the painting from the National Gallery here.