The short version- "John Singer Sargent Watercolors is a not-to-be-missed treasure for American art and painting lovers alike."
Around 2:45 p.m. Leslie Kinzel tweets:
Sirens, lights, placid announcer voice saying there's an emergency in the building, please exit.
Didn't last long. At 3:03, Dusto Masterson tweeted:
They've let us back in at the MFA. Guards are unsure of exact problem, but speculate something minor such as a kitchen fire.... Read more
Both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art are opening their doors at no charge today. The MFA says:
We hope the Museum will be a place of respite for our community.
The ICA says:
We hope the museum will offer a place of community & reflection.
John Carroll runs the numbers on an auction of art the MFA no longer wanted.
The museum is closed today, so they're delivering art online.
A revamped Koch Gallery opens today.
Our own Stevil brings us this photo of the replicas of the MFA giant baby heads now on sale at Circle Furniture in the Back Bay. Just imagine these on your coffee table, staring at you. It'd be like that Twilight Zone episode with ... Read more
Matthew Wilding reports stumbling onto an exhibit by six contemporary Egyptian artists (one of whom died in Tahrir Square) at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
I don’t know whether this exhibit was "good art" (though it's affiliation with the MFA infers it). I do know that it was incredibly effective. It was interesting and beautiful, and it made me relate to... Read more
Boston Daily totals up all the money spent on art-museum expansion in the Boston area over a decade, and comes up with a pretty large number.
Eeka, who wants to be a tour guide when she grows up, is putting together a list of Boston's Giant Heads, from the Creepy Baby Heads outside the MFA to the Sphinxy Arthur Fiedler Head on the Esplanade.
Greg Cook takes a tour of the MFA's new Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which has more gallery space than the ICA, says the MFA has found made "an elegant effort" to deal with its "deserved reputation for being slim in its contemporary art offerings and holdings."
Dan Kennedy gets the scoop.
A federal appeals court in Boston ruled today the heir of a Jewish art collector in Vienna has no right to a painting by an early 20th-century expressionist that wound up at the MFA because she waited too long under Massachusetts law to file a claim.
At issue is "Two Nudes (Lovers)," by impressionist Oskar Kokoschka, which Dr. Oskar Reichel bought from the artist himself.... Read more
It’s Boston Fashion Week and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is extending the celebration throughout October with two relevant exhibits, a party on the first of the month, an appearance by Don Ed Hardy on October 6, and a robust list of fashion-related events.