As excitement builds for the release of the Sony film "The Monuments Men," The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art applauds six real-life Monuments Men who either worked in or closely with the museum. Monuments men and women, commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II, were tasked with the protection, recovery and preservation of millions of Europe’s masterpieces during the Nazi occupation. “The men and women involved in this selfless effort to keep art objects safe during a dangerous time in history showed immense courage,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “We are deeply in their debt for preserving these treasures for humanity.”
Program at the Legion: Friday at noon: http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/calendar/google-art-talk-monuments-men
San Francisco has her own Monument's Man - a lovely piece by Stephen Winn:
The Thomas Carr Foundation: http://www.monumentsmenfoundation.org/the-heroes/the-monuments-men/howe-lt.-cmdr.-thomas-carr-jr.
Mea Culpa - I missed celebrating Alice Neel's birthday (me bad). January 28, 1900. Alice Neel (January 28, 1900 ? October 13, 1984) was an American artist known for her oil on canvas portraits of friends, family, lovers, poets, artists and strangers. Her paintings are notable for their expressionistic use of line and color, psychological acumen, and emotional intensity. Neel was called "one of the greatest American painters of the 20th century" by Barry Walker, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, which organized a retrospective of her work in 2010.
Alice Neel: Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978
I can't find out if there are any paintings by Alice Neel in any of our local museums. If anybody knows, drop me a line in the comments section.
Addendum: Many thanks to DeWitt Chang who located this piece in SFMOMA's collection. I don't remember seeing it so it may not have been on display very often.
Powerful documentary: http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Review-Alice-Neel-gets-under-a-painter-s-skin-3296700.php