Beauty in Maastricht in March
Mar20

Beauty in Maastricht in March

Visual beauty is often simply defined as a combination of qualities, such as line, color, and form, that pleases the aesthetic senses. When you look at something and you feel pleasure, you are experiencing the effects of visual beauty. I know people may long deliberate the definition, but there is one thing I am certain of, I know where you can find it every year for 11 days March and that is at The European Fine Art Fair or TEFAF in...

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The Royal Concertgebouw and Gustav Mahler
Mar10

The Royal Concertgebouw and Gustav Mahler

Whenever I am going to travel anywhere I always check the local cultural calendar to see if there may be something worth getting tickets to see and when I am headed to Amsterdam I always check the schedule at the Royal Concertgebouw. I have never been disappointed and this visit was extra special.  The word concertgebouw literally translates into English as concert building. In April of 2013 on the 125th Anniversary of its opening,...

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The Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt
Mar08

The Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt

The Rijksmuseum boasts the largest collection of paintings by Rembrandt in the world and, moreover, the most representative example of all of his works. To mark the 350th anniversary of his death the museum is exhibiting everything in the collection at once for the first time ever. That includes 60 drawings, 300 prints and 22 paintings. I visited yesterday and it was spectacular. Rembrandt has always been known as the artist’s artist....

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Déjà vu All Over Again
Mar03

Déjà vu All Over Again

I will always remember standing in line at Continental’s gate C-128 in Newark Airport and looking up and the display and seeing “CO 54 9:20 PM Paris-Degaulle”.  I recall trying to remain calm and act like a seasoned international traveler, but I was trembling inside as I tried to comprehend the fact that in about 7 hours I was actually going to be in Paris. You know the Paris that is the home of the...

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The May New York Auctions!
May05

The May New York Auctions!

The Rockefeller family art collection that will be auctioned this coming Tuesday, May 8th, at Christie’s in New York is projected to be the highest grossing single owner auction in history. There are other auctions within a three day period that contain the rest of the estate of David Rockefeller, the only surviving grandchild of John D. Rockefeller. David died in March of 2017 at 101 and he instructed his five children to give...

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“The Last Supper”
Apr16

“The Last Supper”

It is 12:43 AM and it is now April 17 and I am looking at my bed knowing that I need to go there and sleep, but when I wake I will be focused on heading to Charles de Gaulle airport to get on that Air France plane and leave this place. I am anxious for my own bed, my friends in Santa Fe and the Tuesday night Blues Jam at El Farol, but I am going to miss Paris. I had a great walk-about this evening along the Seine and the little cream...

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