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April 12 – Vermeer Lectures at the De Young Museum of Art

April 7th, 2013

film screening:
April 12, 2013 – 6:15 p.m.
Proust + Vermeer
(Dir. Richard Voorhees, 30 mins., in French with English subtitles)
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco

recherche

If you are in the San Francisco area and are a Vermeer devotee, an evening at the De Young might be worthwhile. Arguably, the greatest French writer of the 20th century, Marcel Proust and one of the most fervent early admirers of Vermeer, wove many observations about the painter into his novel À la recherche du temps perdu. The most famous was the narrative of Bergotte, an aging art critic who leaves his sick bed in order to go see The View of Delft, suffers an attack and dies while admiring Vermeer’s painting and contemplating on the mysterious “petit pan de mur jaune.” Perhaps more than any other, Bergotte’s final thoughts before dying faithfully reflect Proust’s idea of art. (But which part of Vermeer’s View of Delft, if any, picture corresponds to the noted “petit pan de mur jaune”?) Click here.

Afterwards (7:00 p.m.) Kate Lusheck, Assistant Professor of Art History/Arts Management (University of San Francisco) and a specialist in 17th-century Northern Baroque art, discusses issues of artistic meaning, representation, and tradition in the paintings and prints of the Dutch Golden Age: Looking Beneath the Surface: Dutch Art and Meaning in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Ticket information.

Merchandising Vermeer

March 6th, 2013

Although I understand that many museums are strapped for cash, I still wonder if certain forms of Vermeer merchandising lowers the bar and could do more bad than good.

Jori Finkel (“The Culture Monster” – Los Angeles Times) reports that on the occasion of the Girl with a Pearl Earring showing at the De Young, the museum”reports strong sales for “Girl” branded gift-store merchandise, which “includes the usual postcards and tote bags but also pendant necklaces and a compact mirror. At least one item, ‘intense dark’ Ghirardelli chocolate bars wrapped with the ‘Girl’s’ image, have already sold out and been reordered.”