@Home in Georgetown-Grief

MY Dear Friend Dale Hilton of the Cleveland Museum of Art, first introduced me to sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens, with his larger than life statue of Michael the Archangel at Lakeview Cemetery.  

After chance meetings again and again, the Shaw Memorial at the National Gallery of Art, in my reading of The Five of Hearts by Patricia O’Toole and The Greater Journey-Americans in Paris by David McCullough, I was in Awe.

Henry Adams commissioned this heart felt wonder in homage to his deceased wife Clover.  Eleanor Roosevelt visited this sacred space repeatedly in time of need.  It is located in Rock Creek Cemetery behind St. Paul’s Church.  The journey is a pilgrimage.


@Home in Georgetown…Baselitz at the Hirshhorn

 Georg Baselitz German, 1938

Baselitz’s signature is his painting of subjects upside down.  He, not unlike other Eastern European artists of this era, i.e Anselm Kiefer, reflect the dark time and place that they lived and the view can be haunting.  He painted his subjects upside down as a gesture toward irritating thew viewer and sharing the pain.

  • credits Willem de Kooning as a lasting source of inspiration
  • currently lives and works in Munich, Germany
  • Baseltiz’s works are included in the collections of the Guggenheim Bilbao, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Berlinsche Galerie, among others.

@Home in Georgetown..Bradford at the Hirshhorn

Mark Bradford–California, 1961

MarkBradfordPortrait4.jpgBradford’s signature is grid-like abstract paintingcombining collage with paint.

Bradford combined the old with the new in his unique style, creating an outstanding installation experience.  As you walk the amazing circle of the third floor of the museum, you are surrounded by floor to ceiling art in endless detail. 

Bradford took colored paper and reproductions from French artist Paul Philippoteaux’s nineteenth-century cyclorama, currently on view in Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania and created 8 panels, each over 45 feet long, to totally surround the entire 3rd level of the museum.

The result is a installation piece blending the past with the present, and illusion with abstraction.