On September 11, 2001, I was in Saint Emillion, France with a girlfriend having lunch. We stopped in a shop to buy wine and two young guys told us that planes were crashing into buildings and office towers were falling in New York City.
The French painter Claude Monet spent one winter -- the early part of 1884 -- in the Italian town of Bordighera, having been introduced to this part of the Riviera by his friend Renoir the year before.
With these pleasant reminders of the past and the present and their connections to contemporary inventiveness, I've had the unexpected and pleasurable experience of seeing great classic works within reach, up close and friendly.
Douglas Druick, the Art Institute of Chicago's president and director, visited The Interview Show to talk about the museum, his "eureka" experiences with art and the best time of day to look at paintings.
We created abundance in the civilized world and cherish the history of our culture and the culture of our history, or so we say, and that last room before the museum's shop exhibits the best we can do in and with the visual arts sector?
In the modern era, great painters have learned from their peers (and from their teachers), but have made distinctive individual contributions. To fail to recognize this is to fail to understand modern art.