Tag Archives: Barbara Ernst Prey

MASS MoCA: Chronicle the development of Barbara Ernst Prey’s museum commission here

MASS MoCA’s Building 6 now open and Barbara’s painting — considered the world’s largest watercolor — on view, watch Barbara working on her commission onsite     November 2016 Barbara … Continue reading

Summer Destination: Colonial Williamsburg

I was recently invited to serve on the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums. I had known of the museums since my time at Williams College as an important collection of American art and artifacts Continue reading

A Walk Through the Art Show and the Armory Show

As an artist I am very interested in the process, and it was very informative to see Miro’s brushes (not the originals but copies), the paints and colors he used and the other objects that were in his studio in Mallorca. Continue reading

The Unseen Work of Preparing an Exhibit: An Artist’s Perspective

Fibonacci’s Workshop, watercolor 32″ x 40″ Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscapeare currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I’ve … Continue reading

American Masterworks From the Corcoran at the National Gallery of Art

I was invited by The National Gallery of Art to give a presentation for the Winslow Homer exhibit with Chief Curator Franklin Kelly and Conservator Janet Walsh. I was also invited by The Corcoran Gallery of Art to give a gallery talk with Bechhoefer Curator of American Art Sarah Cash for the John Singer Sargent exhibit, Sargent and the Sea. I am familiar with both museum collections so it was of particular interest to me to see some of my favorite Corcoran paintings hanging at the National Gallery in a different light. Continue reading

Painting Through Israel: A Different Way of Seeing

I have always traveled with my paints and sketchbook and was fortunate to live in Europe while the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, and then later in Asia as the awardee of a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. I have books filled with my European and Asian travel drawings and watercolors. Some of them became illustrations for magazines such as The New Yorker, Gourmet, and the New York Times. Continue reading

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist’s Perspective

While a graduate student at Harvard University I spent much of my time in the Fogg Art Museum, either visiting the collection or attending art history courses Continue reading

Our First Year: Opening a Gallery

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, creative placemaking has been an important topic, and I feel that I am on the front lines with the gallery. Continue reading

Painting Through Peru

Perched on a Rock Painting Machu PicchuFor many years the New Yorker, the New York Times, Gourmet and other magazines would publish my travel drawings in their magazines. I’ve been to Africa, painted in … Continue reading

The Monuments Men

The story of the “monuments men” is fascinating and truly deserving of the attention it will garner through this film. Irene Rawlings calls it “the greatest treasure hunt in history.” Continue reading

Last Chance for Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings at the Frick Museum

The Frick Museum has been a favorite of mine since I was young. When I had an internship at The Metropolitan Museum after graduating from Williams College, and I wasn’t spending my time sitting on the streets of New York City drawing (which later became artwork for the New Yorker), I would spend my lunch breaks going to the Frick and looking at the collection, which I came to know by heart. Continue reading

Last Weeks for Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin

It is still not too late to see Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin — a gem of a small exhibit which closes October 27th. Continue reading

A Behind the Scenes Look Into Putting an Exhibit Together: An Artist’s Perspective

Every year for the past thirty, I travel to Maine to paint during the summer where I have an annual exhibit of my paintings. It is different than, say, my New York exhibits, but the same amount of energy goes into the preparation. This year’s show, East Meets West, just opened at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. Continue reading

Back Story: The Rosa Parks Statue

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, I was pleased to read about the recent unveiling of … Continue reading

Not to Be Missed: The Lobkowicz Collection in Prague

This year I returned to visit one of my early paintings commissioned by the Prince Lobkowicz family. It is a portrait of their daughter. Since the time that I painted … Continue reading

Gosling, Guns, and Gangsters

With the upcoming (Jan. 11) release of the all-star-cast film Gangster Squad, I spoke with author Paul Lieberman about the movie and his true-life book that inspired it. Paul had shared the stories and his research a couple of years ago when they first appeared in The Los Angeles Times, where he then was its New York-based culture writer. Paul also wrote the introduction to my book, Reflections. Continue reading