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A La Vieille Russie and Peter Carl Fabergé

photo of green box, with man's portrait at center

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.

John Updike and the Frick

marble bust of a woman

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.

Summer 2019

photo of white sculpture in front of painting of young woman standing in blue dress in the Frick Collection

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.

Frick Forum

students in the Frick Collection gallery, with educator standing in front of paintings

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.

First Fridays

two women sitting and sketching in the Garden Court of the Frick Collection

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).