In the fall of 2018, the Frick Art Reference Library received several hundred auction catalogs as part of a gift from A La Vieille Russie, an antiques firm in Manhattan. I was tasked with processing the catalogs, a fascinating experience for me because they contained photographs of immaculately designed objects created by the workshop of Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), the legendary jeweler of tsarist Russia.
In 1991, Mirabella commissioned John Updike (1932–2009) to write a short article about the Frick. In a letter dated February 5, the magazine’s consulting editor, Wendy Gimbel, suggested that he write about the ethics of Gilded Age art collecting but granted him the freedom to consider any subject: “We would simply like your thoughts as you wander through...Obviously, it’s completely up to you.” Mirabella offered him $3,000 for the piece.
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper discusses the recent announcement of a named position at the Frick, as well as current exhibitions, includingElective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection.
Enjoy these videos of East Harlem School students reading original poems inspired by works of art in the galleries! The East Harlem School is an independent middle school enrolling children from families with low income. The school’s mission is to challenge students to develop a balanced physical, moral, and intellectual strength that they will use to adapt to change.
This afternoon program for high school students promotes close looking and the free exchange of ideas. Forum members study great works of art from the permanent collection and special exhibitions on selected Friday afternoons between January and May. The program is free, but application is required.
Museum admission and gallery programs are free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday evening of the month (except January and September). Visitors have access to the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries, and enjoy talks and lectures by museum educators and curators, as well as music and dance performances and open sketching in the Garden Court (complimentary materials provided by the Frick).