"My Visit to the GibbesMuseum of Art"
http://www.ggarts.com/ 450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N Gloria Garfinkel New York, NY 10001 Tel: 212.643.9545 My Visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art I was recently given a private tour of the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, with the head curator, Pat Wall and had a fortuitous introduction to the director Angela Mack. Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes has an impressive collection of over 10,000 works, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents a wide variety of special exhibitions annually, to complement a wide range of outreach and educational activities. http://www.ggarts.com/ 450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N Gloria Garfinkel New York, NY 10001 Tel: 212.643.9545 My Visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art Walking down the hall where antique portraits from the permanent collection were on exhibit, I became enchanted with the wonder of capturing an image of a personality. Sometimes the image is so intimate one could almost see the sitter thinking… of what? His or her status? Is the business doing well? Do I look fat? Who will be running for President? They were all striking. One portrait in particular that intrigued me was of a man, well dressed looking as if he had no problems. He was about 45 and married. His wife’s portrait was to his right and it had an entirely different feel. She was not so composed, a little stiff and worried looking. He was debonair waiting to be invited to tea or drinks. His hair was not styled but a bit fly-a-way. He was very relaxed. His skin looked healthy and well kept. But it was his eyes. They looked straight at you as if asking a question. I kept going back to that portrait thinking I could perhaps hear the question. I had some for him: What did he do? Who was his spouse and was she educated? And what are his children doing? http://www.ggarts.com/ 450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N Gloria Garfinkel New York, NY 10001 Tel: 212.643.9545 My Visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art In the main galleries of the Gibbes Museum there is another portraits exhibit:Mary Whyte: Working South. Her medium is watercolor, very realistic and extraordinary in her subjects. She has painted blue collar workers at their work. The fisherman next to his boat, the woman who works in a thread spinning factory holding the spindle and stretching out the thread. Many different subjects, many different faces and all of them so interesting, arresting and beyond beautiful. Her skill at watercolor is in the genius range, as are her pencil sketches. As this is so technically perfect, we have the framing. It is about as subtle a use of gold as I have ever seen. Watercolors are not generally framed in gold, but in this case the frames are all hand carved and gilded by Mary Whyte’s husband. Each frame perfect for each of her portraits. They are a remarkable twosome. NYC Contemporary Art | New York Contemporary Art | Modern Art New York