In 1920, Helen Clay Frick traveled to Europe ostensibly as an art tourist, as she was interested in “-an intimate view of town and countryside depicted on these canvases which her father cherished (Knox, 2)." During this trip, she attempted to match destination views with Thomas Gainsborough's Mall in St. James's Park, John Constable's Salisbury Cathedral, and William Turner's Mortlake Terrace (Knox, 2). While she was able to find these familiar scenes, not surprisingly, they were considerably altered from the time of their artistic rendering in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Don't miss the 2013 NY Art Book Fair happening September 19-22 at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. This event is free and open to the public - yes, FREE! Alongside the fair is the 6th annual Contemporary Artists' Books Conference (CABC) that provides two days of programming and sessions related to emerging practices and art-book culture. The conference is also free of charge. The conference will be kicked off on September 19th by keynote speaker Clive Phillpot, an author, critic, and former MoMA Library Director.
As the new summer intern at the MoMA library, I’m still getting used to the idea of being around so many unique and aesthetically pleasing books. Going into the stacks truly feels like being a kid in a candy store, and the look of the books lined organized and lined up on the shelves presents something to aspire to, as my own bookshelf has always suffered from a case of far too many books and not enough space. Today I began to explore the collection some more—a task that would no doubt take years to complete—and found one of many gems.