Selections on arts, culture & history from a dealer's perspective by Catherine Ryan
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"There are several Edward Hopper examples in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, including this beauty, the 1926 House by ‘ Squam River . Can you name its Gloucester location? There are notes indicating that it’s in the general direction heading into Annisquam. IT’S NOT. I admit to clinging to this suggested area with some unreasonable hope because of personal bias (my parents lived on Wheeler’s Point for 30 years and the charm and power of those panoramic vistas)…" Continue
Mary Ryan Gallery | Susan Sheehan Gallery
Très Complémentaires: The Art and Lives of Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire
by Catherine Ryan
"...Looking back with a hundred years of distance, we can only begin to imagine how talented, determined and adventurous Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squire must have been. Coming from mid-western families (Mars's of very modest financial means) they left home at a young age and attended one of the top art schools in the United States where, though they were women, they were among the best students. Throughout their lives they sought out the most exciting artistic milieus wherever they were to be found, whether near Gertrude Stein in 1906, Provincetown in the great summer of 1915 or along the south of France in the 1920s--even in the midst of two World Wars..."
Catalogue design: Amy Bernstein. Special thanks to David Hamill.
"...The short story is set in England and opens with a small family of three in recurring and searing pain: Two parents who have fallen on hard times and are under great emotional strain struggle to comfort their only child because they sold the family dog... If not Lassie herself, it’s tempting to consider the intergenerational communication and couple dynamics explored in Knight’s story as themes Hopper noticed, too..." continue reading or PDF
"...Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence at the MFA, lays out 100 examples of Katsushika Hokusai’s lifework in every period, genre, and medium, his famous woodblock series, new discoveries and rarities, and the Japanese and Western cultural exchanges that impacted his own practice. About 200 works of art by other artists spanning 200+ years demonstrate a sample of Hokusai’s relevance and inspiration to artists he knew or taught, and to artists and movements, generation by generation and around the globe, since his death..." continue reading
"...Since the Gloucester drawing was marked ‘Providence’, I knew the drawing was done long before the 1923 construction. I tentatively dated the schematic ca.1910. Thankfully Thomas Warren Sears was a photographer, too. Turns out that this image is a Sears’ photograph of a lovely Sears’ design. The glass negative is dated 1908 which squares with his professional career timeline..."
With the addition of the Hank Willis Thomas monument commission to the Kings, Embrace (2022), three centuries of striving for equality-- now including a tribute to a woman* (rather than an allegory for the spirit of Freedom) are located on the Boston Commons within sight of the State House.
Mary Ryan Gallery | Susan Sheehan Gallery
Ada Gilmore (1883-1955)- The summer of 1915 Provincetown Watercolors
Curator, Catherine Ryan
All watercolors were made in the spring and summer of 1915 in Provinctown, Mass. Each one is postcard size and tipped on a paper support with hand painted border by the artist.
Edna Boies Hopkins: Provincetown Color Woodblock Prints 1900-1923
Co-Curator. Essay, Chronology, Research by Catherine Ryan
Berkshire Art Museum Deaccession & lawsuit coverage
"Come on inside the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage which was once the acclaimed artist’s former studio of her own. Virginia Lee Burton’s personal studio was rescued and nestled into the Lanesville Community Center property. The center’s clubhouse and grounds, established in 1954, seem to be the ideal spot for a summer rec program, even more so now. As one enters the cottage through the custom built door, there’s a brand new window straight ahead where the stove and chimney – and asbestos– had been. Virginia Lee Burton needed a wood stove. Today’s visitors won’t. New materials and insulation make the cottage cozy and warm..." Continue
Good Morning Gloucester
The evolution of outhouses and public utilities with a history and timeline specific to Gloucester, Massachusetts, and an emphasis on art and public works.
by Catherine Ryan
Gloucester Outhouses in American Paintings. Artists: Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Mabel Dwight and more (excerpt 1 Aug. 2021)
Outhouses in American Photographs: Victorian Age - Early 20th C including Lee Russell, Carl Mydans, Walker Evans (excerpt 2)
"Catherine, you have left me speechless. Has anyone, anyplace ever done such an in-depth study of three hundred years of sanitation (or lack of). From the artistic angle to the health angle I can't imagine that you missed anything either local or national. From Mount Vernon's privy to Babson's privy and everything in between you got it in there!"- Prudence Fish, June 6, 2021
"...Another life cast that's for sale is this vividly detailed and lovely Perseus and Andromeda, 1965 ($39,000). There's a rescue and great tension so effective with the mixed materials, florid and fascinating. There's poor Andromeda sacrificed by her mother Cassiopeia to appease Poseidon and beg off a sea monster. You can pick out the anger and emotion in that sea. The bag with Medusa's severed head was captivating, bounced just so, side quests are still to come after all. Don't miss the sword and winged sandals Hermes gave Perseus." Catherine Ryan
Gloucester art at Sotheby's. Stuart Davis Painting hints to memories and impressions of Gloucester, Paris, and New York, and 192 East Main St., 51 Mt. Pleasant Ave, and Romany Marie.
Day trip tips & photos. Concord Museum. Home of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Louisa May Alcott | home of Little Women Orchard House. Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau Walden Pond. Gropius House. Marcel Breuer House 1. Moon Hill Road. Decordova. Drumlin Farm. Mass Film Map. Mass Modern Trail. Thoreau in Gloucester. Emerson in Gloucester. Alcott in Gloucester. Mass Modern in Gloucester.
James Connolly (1868-1957) Irish American best selling author, active in Gloucester
Rediscovering William H. Haskell. A misspelling clouded his history.
Cape Ann Beacon
Artists Chosen to Create Public Art
Cape Ann Chamber Annual Guide 2014