Monday, November 28, 2011

Mullaney's miscellany

My sister, Pat Mullaney, is an elementary school teacher, and it always amused me that one of her students persisted in calling her "Miss Alleny." So here is my own brand of miscellany for a Monday morning.
A rare showing of Romare Bearden's epic artwork The Block as part of a centennial celebration is winding down at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. One of our many items offered at a dramatic discount is notecards from Bearden's Odysseus series. Selected Bearden works chosen by 100 of today's artists are also on view at
Stein, pooch, and Toklas. No contest as to which of them had the best hairdo.
Did you know that Alice B. Tolkas's middle name was Babette? I find that simultaneously incongruous, given her somewhat austere persona, and apt, since she became such a prominent American expatriate in France. For a glimpse into two of the artists Gertrude Stein and Toklas championed, look no further than Matisse and Picasso: A Friendship in Art by Picasso's companion Fran├žoise Gilot. Stein avowed that you can buy art or you can buy clothes, but you couldn't do both. She had a small inheritance, and she spent most of it on paintings and sculpture of discerning quality.
Picasso's "Head of a Sleeping Woman (Study for Nude with Drapery)," which was once owned by Gertrude Stein. Museum of Modern Art/Scala, Art Resource, Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Henri Matisse, The Girl with Green Eyes, 1908; oil on canvas; Collection SFMOMA, bequest of Harriet Lane Levy; © Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: photo: Don Myer
Picture yourself in the place of Gertrude Stein. Whom would you collect, Picasso or Matisse? Both? Or perchance Toulouse-Lautrec or Cezanne?


  1. Miss Boogie says she would collect Miro.

  2. Art or Clothes? What about Art or Realestate?
    I should have gone with Art!