Monday, December 15, 2014

HOLIDAY INN and WHITE CHRISTMAS: A SONG TO REMEMBER By Polly Guerin

There’s more than a White Christmas in the staged production of the musical, “Holiday Inn,” currently at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut.  New York is also getting its share of nostalgia in movie theaters this week, and just in time for the holidays when the film White Christmas, inspired by the song, will be shown by Fathom Entertainment in theaters around town.
      Irving Berlin’s deeply sentimental timeless classic, “White Christmas” was the first time a song inspired a movie. It was called, “Holiday Inn,” and brought about the first pairing of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, yet Astaire would come at a high price. As a concession to satisfy the studio, they agreed to cast lackluster (Really!!!) leading women, virtually unknown: Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale.  Here’s the scoop!!!
   In the winter of 2013, Universal Stage Productions, the theater division of the renowned motion picture studio, invited the Goodspeed Opera House, the quintessential producer of musicals, to be the development home of the stage adaptation of the wonderful tuneful film. By the way, be assured you are in for a treat, Goodspeed knows musicals better than any other in the world. 
   PollyTalk can attest to that!!!  I recently saw Goodspeed’s production of  “Holiday Inn” on their jewel-box stage and I was transported to the fictional town of Midville, Connecticut, yet the production felt like a full-scale Broadway show. This jolly romp and spirited cast of very talented, high kicking performers, gave an energetic and memorable performance that really set the tone for the holidays, while the singers regaled us with sentimental charm.  
     According to Joshua S. Ritter, Goodspeed Education & Library Director’s program notes, “Our  quaint surroundings share some resemblance to the Connecticut sanctuary sought by Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) in Holiday Inn.” Of course, dear readers, Mr. Ritter  is referring to East Haddam, a gem of a storybook town itself. What better place for Holiday Inn?
     The Goodspeed production of Holiday Inn has been produced with original format, and in addition to the memorable White Christmas,  several scenes include the celebration of major holidays with all time favorite Berlin songs including: Let’s Take an Old Fashioned Walk; I can’t Tell a Lie; You’re Easy to Dance With and Be Careful, It’s My Heart---all featured in Goodspeed’s Holiday Inn.
*****For HOLIDAY INN: Contact Goodspeed Opera House Box Office, 800.873.8668 for a schedule of performances through December 28 and there is an additional matinee on December 22 at 2 PM.  Or boxoffice@goodspeed.org.
     About Goodspeed: The Goodspeed Opera House had endured as a majestic presence on the Connecticut River since it was built in 1876 by William H. Goodspeed, a shipping and banking magnate and avid theater lover. Goodspeed’s history goes back to its opening night on October 24, 1877, when a repertory group presented the comedy Charles II and the farces Box and Cox and Turn Him Out. It is interesting to note that featured performers of the day were brought to East Haddam by steamboat, many directly from theaters in New York.  Goodspeed’s roster of musicals continues throughout the year. Follow their show schedule on goodspeed.org.
******For Theater and Schedules for the film White Christmas contact fathomevents.com
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Monday, December 1, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT BARTOW-PELL MANSION IN THE BRONX By Polly Guerin

Raggety Ann Tree
There's magic in the making at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx where the museum's highly-popular Storybook Christmas Trees, nine trees altogether, are inspired by children's books and decorated by New York City,Westchester and the Bronx interior designers.
   The season's festivities start this Friday, December 5th with the traditional holiday luncheon when guests can indulge their holiday pleasure looking at the lovely trees and browsing for gifts and home-baked goods at the holiday shop (stocked as usual with the help of Kensington Papers.
  That evening the holiday romp continues with Holiday First Friday, music and the convenience of the Bronx Trolley, which makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay subway station to Partow-Pell mansion.
   Then, too, let's not forget the Saturday night Holiday Party when it's time to celebrate in style with cocktails and caroling, a delicious buffet dinner, live auction, a raffle with sumptuous prizes, and much, much more reasons to celebrate. Go to the BPMM website to check out the prizes. www.bpmm.org.
   There's more to come including music with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, candlelit tours of the holiday mansion and Victorian carolers---all magical ways to enjoy the holiday season. The annual Family Day: A Storybook Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 6th starts with storytelling in the morning, caroling by the Morrisania Glee Club, holiday crafts and photos with Santa ...space is limited so call Santa to make a reservation..
Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
   The spirit of Christmas never seems to end with Saturday's night's part  and the Bronx Arts Ensemble's Holiday concert on Dec. 13, 1 and 3pm and Sunday, December 24, 1 and 3 pm are free, but reservations are required at 718.601.7399.
   It's a magical experience when you experience the mansion by candlelight with costume docents highlighting the 19th-century holiday traditions. Reservations are required.  Please check out costs and make your reservations for all or any of this wonderful events at 718.885.1461
  Dear reader you may wish to ask just who/what is the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, BPMM?. It is a fabled New York City landmark; operated by the private, non-profit Bartow-Pell Conservancy located in Pelham Bay in the Bronx at 895 Shore Road. During the year the mansion and carriage house are open to the public Wed, Sat. and Sun. from noon to 4pm. For more info about Bartow-Pell visit www.bpmm.org.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

ADAM RETURNS TO THE MET AFTER 12-YEAR CONSERVATION By Polly Guerin

Wonders never cease to amaze...ADAM in all its poetic glory is reborn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a near tragic ending when he crashed to the marble floor in 2002. It's the kind of fairy tale story that has a happy ending as does the fairy tale theme making New York City the land of make believe wonder. Here's the scoop!!!
Tullio Lombardo's Adam
TUILIO LOMBARDO’S ADAM: A MASTERPIECE: ADAM FELL OFF HIS PEDESTAL…but All the King’s Men:  dozens of scientists, engineers and conservators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have put, the 500 year old sculpture, Adam, back together again. It is stunningly restored and will be on view starting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10th.
   Adam's fall  happened under seemingly mysterious circumstances, On one Sunday night, when no one was there, Adam’s downfall came unexpectedly in the silent gallery, His youthful head crowned with a halo of hair, the envy of any damsel, crashed to the marble floor and the rest of his body broke into many devastating pieces.  It was a dreadful blow to the Museum and it took twelve years to mend, put the gorgeous colossus black together again.  That in itself makes it worthwhile make a trek to the Museum to view the revival of the Adonis.
  Take time to view the videos which show how conservators Jack Soultanian and his colleague Carolyn Riccardelli and Michael Morris with dozens of other technical wizards recreated the statue, which by the way needed a new nose job, as well as hand, knee and foot replacements---all made to precise respect to antiquity and recreating the color integrity of the marble. It is such an amazing restoration that only an expert could tell that anything had happened.
   Feast your eyes, dear readers and find yourself stepped in history--- the sculpture dating back to 1490-1495 was commissioned for the monumental tomb of a Venetian doge, Andrea Vendramin, now in the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice. It was acquired by the Museum in 1936.
Polly’s Movie Pick of the Week THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA subtitled in Japanese and dubbed into English take the viewer on a magical journey in an animated feature by The Studio Ghibli.  In his first animated feature in over ten years, the stalwart Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”) weaves at tale that transcends the ordinary concerns of life into an exquisitely drawn imagery with watercolor delicacy that never fails to draw you into the depth of the story---
   A Japanese folk tale about a miniature country girl who is discovered in a bamboo flower. Enchanted the bamboo cutter who discovers her takes her home to his wife and as her parents they decide that she will be brought up to be a princess. The accompanying music throughout the film adds to the overall enjoyment right to the end when the princess ascends in the sky on a huge cloud populated with Buddha figures with captivating musical rendering that makes some us wish they could follow.
At the IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, ifccenter.com. Check newspapers for local time schedule.
VAN CLEEF & ARPEL’S FAIRY TALE: Continues the fairy tale theme and casts a spell of romance on New Yorkers. The jeweler shows what fairy tales are really made as it unveils its holiday windows at the brands Fifth Avenue flagship shore, with its Peau d’Ane high end jewelry collection at the center of the luxury display.  The holiday windows mark the U.S. debut of the collection which originally was launched in France this summer.
   The name Peau d’Ane is the title of the fairy tale, written by Charles Perrault, from which the collection finds its inspiration. “It’s a love story and you have all the element of a fairy tale---a princess, a castle, et cetera,” Alain Bernard, chief executive of the Americas,  recently told Women’s Wear Daily. “We love to tell a story through our jewelry collection, and this was a way to retell the recurring themes of Van Cleef  & Arpels, which is all about nature, couture and, of course, romance.”
   Bernard explains, “We wanted the window to feel as though you are reading a book, and as you walk down Fifth Avenue, you’re turning the pages. Artist Douglas Little with a specialty in animation and envisioned and executed the engaging theme.  Take a stroll and find enchantment on 57th Street.
Ta Ta Darlings!!! Veteran’s Day parade is tomorrow and for the first time, six heroic dogs will be honored on a float in the parade. I’m just saw Princess Kaguya…if you want your spirits lifted this is the film to see. Fan mail welcome at pollytalknyc@gmail.com  Visit Polly’s Blogs at www.pollytalk.com and click in the left-hand column where you will find topics on amazing women, visionary men, poetry and rare finds.
  



Monday, November 3, 2014

ARTISTIC IMMERSION AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (c) By Polly Guerin

The frigid weather is starting to send us indoors and what a delightful way to spend a day immersed in the arts and discovering ancestral painters, nearly forgotten. All three exhibitions discussed here are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on view now through February 1, 2015.. Here's the scoop!!!
Jupiter and Antiope (1595-97)  By Spranger
BARTHOLOMEUS SPRANGER: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to view the first major exhibition devoted to this fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors..
   You may ask, "Just who was Spranger?" It's no wonder we haven't heard anything about him before this exhibit. He is a forerunner of other great artists who emulated his oeuvre. Bartholomeus Spranger (1546-1611) emerged as one of the most prominent artists at the court of Rudolf II in Prague and the most significant Northern Mannerist artist of his generation. Through a selection of rare paintings, etchings and drawings his remarkable career is revealed.Image: Jupiter and Antiope, oil on canvas. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.
  Spranger employed a bravura technique and elegant style and he had an immense aptitude for composing allegories feature amorous couples entwined in complicated and seemingly impossible poses. Where did Spranger get his training? Good question! 
   In the 1560s Spranger studied with Guilio Clovio (who was also El Greco's mentor) and garnered the illustrious patronage of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and Pope Pius V. He reached the apogee of his fame when he headed north: first to Vienna where he was court painter by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II and then in Prague where he became a celebrated painter and draftsman.Works from Spranger's mature period comprise the bulk of the exhibition and include paintings Venus and Vulcan (ca. 1595) and the Allegory of the Reign of Rudolf II (1592).
   A kunstkammer, or chamber of wonders, has been especially created for the exhibition featuring exotic objects from nature along with the works of various artists.
PAINTING BY EL GRECO commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, (1541-1614) with the finest exhibition (European Paintings, Gallery 608, 2nd floor) that brings together all the artist's paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection November 4 to February 1, 2015. 
   In effect, it is a mini-retrospective of the artist, with ten paintings spanning El Greco's entire career from his arrival in Venice in 1567, through his move to Rome in 1570 and his long residence in Toledo, Spain, from 1577 until his death in 1614.
View of Toledo by El Greco (1598-99) 
   El Greco's religious paintings, portraits and The View of Toledo, a masterpiece of the Museum's collection, make this presentation a unique experience. Few Old Master painters have exercised a profound influence on modern art as has El Greco, one of the most original artists of the European tradition
CARLETON WATKINS' YOSEMITE And now an artist of a different venue I give you Carleton Watkins (1829-1916), the consummate photographer of the American West. Considering how encumbered he was in his travels carrying heavy equipment over the terrain on donkeys it is surprising that his photographs survived at all, but the quality of his photographs in those early years are very clear and in remarkable condition. The exhibition includes a suite of photographs made by Watkins during his encounter with the sublime typography of Yosemite in 1861 as well as a larger group of studies from his later visits to the valley in 1865 and 1866.Watkins was a virtuoso practitioner of the difficult wet-collodion process, and the remarkable clarity of this "mammoth" prints (18 x 22 inches) was unmatched in his day. Ir was partly due to the artistry and rugged beauty of these photographs that President Lincoln signed a bill on June 30, 1864, declaring the valley
inviolate and initiating the  blueprint for the nation's National Park System.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder, Helena Rubinstein (c) By Polly Guerin

Helena Rubinstein may not be a household name, but the legendary magnate built a cosmetic empire and crowned herself Queen of her domain, reigning over the beauty routines of women worldwide for decades. Her story is one of inspiration for all women who aspire to ascend the ladder to success. What it took was a passion for living, a drive extraordinary and perseverance to succeed. And, it is about time that recognition to be given to this pioneering woman who made her beauty business one of the hallmarks of the cosmetic industry.
   The Jewish Museum exhibit, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power, through March 22, 2015 is the first museum exhibition to focus on the innovative cosmetics entrepreneur and art collector.. By the time of her death, Rubinstein had risen from her humble origins in a small town Jewish Poland to become a global icon of female entrepreneurship and a leader in art, fashion, design and philanthropy.  As head of a cosmetic empire that extended across four continents, she was, arguably, the first modern self-made woman magnate.
   Rubinstein was born in a small town in Poland in 1872. In 1888, when she was sixteen Rubinstein fled the prospect of an arranged marriage and found her way from Krakow to Vienna to Australia, where she established her first business, Helena Rubinstein & Co., producing skin creams; and at the same time she married her first husband, Edward Titus.
   Her talent for business and its inherent feminism reflects her modern thinking. One of the first slogans Rubinstein used to promote her cosmetics, "Beauty is Power," is an advertisement that first appeared in an Australian newspaper in 1904. This was revolutionary at the turn of the century when the use of cosmetics, associated with the painted faces of actresses and prostitutes, was widely frowned upon by the middle class, but Rubinstein found the means for ordinary women to transform themselves.  Her business challenged the myth of beauty and taste as inborn, or something to which on the wealthy were entitled. By encouraging women to define themselves as sell-expressive individuals, Rubinstein contributed to their empowerment.
She eventually returned to Europe where she established salons in the grandest districts of London and Paris, and also began collecting African and Oceanic art in 1909.
The Salon Format Inspired by the tradition of European literary salons, Rubinstein conceived of her beauty salons as intimate environments where progressive ideas were exchanged under the guidance of a sophisticated patroness. At the outbreak of World War I she moved to the United States, where she founded her first salon in 1915.  Today the term 'beauty salon" means a hairdresser or a day spa. But Rubinstein salon was a place designed entirely by women, where a client could learn not only how to improve her looks, but also how to re-conceive her standards of taste, to understand design, color, and art in order to express her own personality. What Rubinstein advocated was new and profound in the early 20th century. She offered women the ideal of self-invention, a fundamental principle of modernity.
The Art Collection Madame (as she was universally known) ruled with a firm hand and empowered
women. Case in point, at a huge rally in 1911 some women suffragists wore lip rouge as a badge of emancipation.
   Selections from Rubinstein's famous art collection include works by Pablo Picasso, Elie Nadelman, Frida Kahlo, Max Ernst, Leonor Fini, Joan Miro and Henri Matisse, among others, as well as thirty works from
her collection of African and Oceanic art. When people found it strange that a woman who had dedicated her life to beauty would purchase such "ugly things," Rubinstein said, "I had always favored the unusual and when I followed sound advice, as well as my own 'inner eye;'  my purchases were invariably good.":
   Other highlights include Rubinstein's beloved miniature period rooms, jewelry, and clothing designed by Cristobal Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli and Paul Poiret. Her savvy for self-promotion is evident in portraits of her made by the leading artists of her day, from Marie Laurencin to Any Warhol.  Most interesting are the vintage advetisements, cosmetics products and professional films related to her beauty business.
At The Jewish Museum, located on Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street,  www.thejm.org.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

MOURNING BECOMES HER and VERDURA'S FASHION LEGACY (C) By Polly Guerin

Illustration by Charles Dana Gibson 
Grieving in Style was de rigueur in the Victorian era! Toute le Monde, just about everyone in socially elite circles, wanted to get fitted in mourning black to suit the occasion in respect for a departed dear one. Even the populace, who could not afford the opulent fashions, nonetheless wanted to be part of the ritual and sent their ordinary clothes to the dyers so they could wear fashionable black.
   Now, my dears, don't fret, grieving in style, "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Anna Wintour Costume Center's first fall exhibition in seven years reveals the high-fashion standard on sartorial dictate of bereavement rituals as they evolved over the century. One look on display was actually a wedding dress, designed to reflect half-mourning in honor of those lost in the Civil War. Of course, the queen of mourning Queen Victoria, the perpetual widow is represented, but her career as a widow is  taking the whole black concept way beyond realistic reasons to carry on.  However, there were specific periods designated for mourning. A widow might have to wear her weeds for two years, one year for a parent and six months for a brother or sister.  With the death rate of infant children and relatives in general a wee gal could be drench in Black almost all of her adult life.
   As Harold Koda, Curator in charge in The Costume Institute remarked, " A veiled widow could elicit sympathy as well as predatory male advances." Relief came to vogue with half-mourning ensembles that were appropriate at toward the end of the grieving period, and introduced shades of gray and mauve into the palette.
   The show is arranged chronologically from 1815 through 1915, with about 30 ensembles. Far from being morbid the show is actually a study of past rituals which was mainly expressed by dull, matte fabrics and this gave forth an entire business of dyers.
   An ensemble was not complete without specially designed mourning jewelry, fans and parasols. One very touching locket is an enamel image of the deceased, often a child. Charles Dana Gibson's illustrations from Life Magazine add a whimsical touch to the serious matter of mourning. Through February 1, 2015.
THE POWER OF STYLE; VERDURA AT 75 On the brighter side of fashion is alive and vibrantly on display in a retrospective exhibition, open to the public, at 745 Fifth Avenue in the Verdura Gallery, showcasing the work of jeweler Duke Fulco di Verdura, creator of breathtaking statement pieces of jewelry from iconic cuffs to elegant pendants.
 Verdura's "Wrapped Heart Brooch
   Curated by Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera and their daughter, Patricia Lansing, more than 300 pieces are on display, including original jewels from private collections as well as objets d'art, gouache jewelry designs, archival materials, Verdura's personal miniature paintings and rare period photographs.
   Whether you are discovering Verdura for the first time or have been a devotee of his genre there is a sense of whimsy, magical enchantment at every step into the history of Verdura's images. Breathtaking to behold are Coco Chanel's original "Maltese Cross" cuffs, circa 1930, the original wrapped "Sash" Heart brooch that Tyrone Power commissioned for his wife Annabella for Christmas 1942, never before seen on public display. Then there's the master of surrealism, Salvador Dali's surrealistic pieces and Joan Fontaine's own "Winged" brooch worn in Hitchcock's Suspicion.
   Be sure to sit in the tiny back room to view a film of Verdura himself, from the "Nan Garcia Show," the only known recording of Fulco di Verdura speaking about his life as a design innovator. Film Clips in another room reveal the numerous films in which the stars of yesteryear wore Verdura jewelry with their fashionable wardrobes. On view now through December 23, 2014, Monday-Friday 11 am-5 pm and Saturdays starting November 29 from 11 am - 5 pm.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

TIME TRAVEL: INTERNATIONAL SHOW, MATISSE CUT UPS (c) By Polly Guerin

New York is rich with history and filled with tradition and this week you can time travel to the International Fine Art & Antiques show and  rediscover Matisse's cut outs in two major events happening this week. Here's the scoop!!!
Exquisite Art Deco Chinioserie clock,:Hancock's, London
THE 26th INTERNATIONAL FINE ART & ANTIQUES SHOW forges into its Next Quarter Century in High Style October 17 to 23rd featuring 65 if the world's top dealers, many of them founding members that converge on the Park Avenue Armory for the breathtaking event that collectors, connoisseurs, interior designers and art lovers anticipate all year long. I'll be there and I hope that you will, too.
   Why? Because the show, founded in 1989, is New York's first vetted fair and remains one of the world's most prestigious and influential art and antique events. This glamorous world-class showcase introduces an outstanding selection of art, featuring everything from antiquities to contemporary art.
PollyTalk's Choice is this stunning Art Deco Chinoiserie clock with a rectangular dial of mother-of-pearl with floral and bird decoration enhanced with a rectangular rose-cut diamond Arabic chapters and pave-set diamond hands. Black lacquer case with rose quartz surmount, a carved agate crown and blue enamel. floral panels, all on carved rose quartz dogs and blue enamel floral pillars. The black lacquer base has six rose quartz feet and the case contains a mechanical movement. By Lacloche Freres, Paris 1925 with dial decoration by Vladimir Makovsky. The exhibitor is Hancocks, London.
   Among some of the highlights is a Sporting Crossbow (circa 1590-1600) made for a member of the Hapsburg Bohemian nobility, Exhibitor Peter Finer and the elegant carved gilt wood, Dundas Console Table, an exceptionally rare and highly important mid 18th century Chippendale period piece, commissioned in 1765 by Sir Lawrence Dundas. Exhibitor Ronald Phillips Ltd.
   The variety of distinguished exhibitors is a remarkable feat in itself with Dillon Gallery, NY devoted to the representation of international contemporary artists in a variety of mediums with an exhibit of established, mid -career, and young emerging artists.
   Sylvia Powell Decorative Arts, UK is known worldwide for rare Art Pottery, specializing in works by Picasso, Jean Couteau, Willam de Morgan and many others. For complete fair and exhibitor information visit: www.haughton.com. Adm. $25. Fair Hours: 11 am to 7:30 pm except Sun and Thursday when the fair closes at 6 pm.
   The preview party takes  place on  Thursday, October 16: contact 212.639 7929
HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS is a brilliant final chapter in Matisse's long career and while gallery viewers peruse the playful, colorful cut-outs they are all smiles, as these thought-provoking images are truly gay and enchanting forms imbued with child-like wonder. On view October 12 to Feb. 8, 2015 at the Museum of Modern Art.
  The Cut-Outs is a groundbreaking reassessment of this important body of work, the larges and most extensive presentation of the cut-outs ever mounted, and includes approximately 100 cut-outs, borrowed from public and private collections around the globe, along with a selection of related drawings, illustrated books, stained glass, and textiles. Matisse's cut-outs reflect both a renewed commitment to form and color and an inventiveness directed to the status of the work of art.
Two Masks: Deux masques La Tomate
   The last time New York audiences were treated to an in-depth look at the cut outs was in 1961, and later at an antiques show I purchased a silk scarf printed with an iconic Matisse cut-outs design. I wore the scarf on the day of the press opening and several foreign television producers stopped me to be interviewed and women kept asking, "Where can I purchase that scarf?"  Alas, Moma's gift purveyors did not make a scarf  but one particularly  notable item is boxed holiday cards with a see-through panel, representing the master's stained-glass window Christmas Eve, (Nuit de Noel) realized in 1952 and fabricated by Paul Bony, Paris.  Timed tickets are required for Matisse, now available through Showclix.com at MoMAorg/matissetix. Newly conserved, The Swimming Pool, off view at MoMA for more than 20 years, returns to MoMa's galleries as a centerpiece of the exhibition.  
TA TA Darlings!!! PollyTalk's off to the Park Avenue Armory for the International Fine Art & Antiques Show. Fan mail welcome at pollytalknyc@gmail.com.  Visit Polly's Blogs at www.pollytalk.com and in the left-hand column click on the Blog of interest: fashion, amazingwomen, visionarymen, poetry. etc. Enjoy!!!