Monday, January 18, 2010


January 18, 2010
By Polly Guerin


My heart beats a little faster when I see an Old Master and Victorian vernissages present photocollages. There’s a call for designers, dioramas, and new digs at The Strand, so I am quite sure you understand, there’s diverse cultural treasures in this famous land. Here’s the scoop!!!
‘IN THE GRAND MANNER’ Jean-Luc Baroni, the third generation of a family of connoisseurs art dealers presents rare and old master paintings and drawings from the 16th to the early 20th century, some on view for the first time in the United States during Old Master Week in New York, at Carlton Hobbs LLC, 60 East 93rd St. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to show my works of art in a gallery of such stature and prominence,” said Baroni. One of these masterpieces is the “Portrait of a Lady as ‘Flora’” by Giovanni Batista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid) was recently discovered in the attic of a French Chateau. Forgotten for over 200 years, now’s your chance to see this stunning picture, plus one of the most poetic of the Bolognese Master Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619 Bologna) is a magnificent painting whose provenance gores back to 1632. Exhibition hours Monday-Saturday, 10 am-6pm. For more info call 212.423.9000 or visit Opens January 22-to-Feb. 2.
THE WIT AND WHIMSEY OF THE VICTORIAN ERA is the first exhibition to comprehensively examine the little-known phenomenon of the whimsical and fantastical Victorian photocollages. With subjects as varied as new theories on evolution, the changing role of photograph, and the strict conventions of aristocratic society, the photocollages frequently debunked the stuffy Victorian clich├ęs with surreal, subversive, and funny images. “Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollages” provides a fascinating window into the creative possibilities of photography in the 19th century and features 50 works from public and private collections, including many that have rarely or never been exhibited before. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art Feb. 2-May 9.
CALLING ALL DESIGNERS: You may be Macy’s Newest Star! Are you an established apparel or accessories designer and interested in doing business with Macy’s? If so, you’re invited to submit an online application to attend MACY’S OPEN CALL, a unique opportunity to have your work reviewed by Macy’s Fashion Directors, Buyers and Merchandisers. If selected you’ll be invited to present your line in person and possibly have it sold at Macy’s! WOW, what an opportunity. To access more information and the application, visit Deadline for online applications till January 31.
CHRONOTOPES & DIORAMAS: Dia at the Hispanic Society presents the first major U.S. solo exhibition for Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, one of the leading French figures on the international contemporary art scene. Site-specific Gonzalez-Foerster’s 40-foot wide ‘annex’ presents some of the books (from the Hispanic Society’s research library)some 40 20th century authors “as indigenous inhabitants” in three different terrains rendered in natural-history dioramas. Amazing!!! A must see! Through April 18th.
THE STRAND, a new boutique hotel takes a stand right in the heart of New York’s fashion district on 37th Street between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. The entrance hall resonates with a dramatic two-story waterfall. Best of all is the TOP OF THE STRAND, rooftop bar and lounge which boasts a retractable roof and stellar views. The lobby photographs, culled from the New York Times archives features fashion images of models and celebrities. Expect the best in a business and fitness center. 33 W. 37th St, 212.448.1024,
Ta Ta darlings, I’m off to meet some friends at Top of the Strand and capture the sunset and stunning views. Fan mail to, or visit my blogs:, and and

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