Destination: Venice

Created as a souvenir painting, or perhaps a study for another work, this light-filled painting by Luigi Loir puts Venice at the top of my travel list. Look at those gondolas sitting idle, just waiting for me! Who doesn’t love a gondola ride? One such experience takes you right back to a day when Venice was a stage for velvet clad Doges and pagentry, not to mention the center of style, music and trade. But here’s another reason to start planning your trip…. Read more…

Three Once-in-a-Lifetime Summer Shows in DC


Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from June 30 through September 23. The only east coast venue, this exhibition brings together 80 works from the artist’s most celebrated period. (Image: A view of “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series,” at the Orange County Museum of Art. Photo: Colin Young-Wolff)


George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art from June 10 through October 8. The first major retrospective of this quintessential modern artist in three decades. Art, politics, and urban grit combine to make quite a compelling show. (Image: George Bellows, Both Members of This Club, 1909, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection)


Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme at the Phillips Collection from June 2 through September 9. Experience the American modernist’s innovative approach to printmaking 1960-2011. (Image: Jasper Johns, Savarin, 1977. John and Maxine Belger Foundation © Jasper Johns and ULAE / Licensed by VAGA, New York)

Attention: History Buffs

Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell

On view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from February 4, 2012 to May 20, 2012

Ashby Anderson, a partner at Bellus Fine Art and teacher recently led ten high school students on a tour of  the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to see this special exhibition of Civil War photography.  It is a fantastic exhibit in an intimate setting that gives a vivid picture of the daily lives of soldiers sacrificing for their country.  Here is Ashby’s account. Read more…

Destination: Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Antiques Show   Don’t feel like trekking to NYC every time you want to see quality art? For American art and antiques, it’s hard to beat the Philadelphia Antiques Show April 28-May 1, 2012. Make a weekend out of it — read on to see our travel ideas from fun places to stay and hot dining spots, to must see and must do’s.

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Opening Today: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Opening today at The Met, is a landmark exhibition tracing the collecting habits of Gertrude Stein and her brothers. In early 20th-century Paris, they were among the first to recognize the talents of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gertrude in particular, was thought of as the epicenter of the arts of her day. She held regular Salons at her home in Paris in which artists shared their work with peers and received her criticism. She was a king maker for artists you know today — Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Renoir, and many others.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 28 – June 3, 2012