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In and around Chicago MidWinter

March 9th, 2016



Starting to write this on what us known as Super Tuesday, March 1st, the first big day in the US primaries for the election of President. Just in case, I took picture of President Trip Tower…




Then, prior to the MidWinter Meeting,  I went to the Art Institute and met Christopher Monkhouse, curator of European Decorative Arts, where we arranged a meeting between 2 18th C English glasses, engraved by the same hand in 1714 (mine) and 1716. It were as if the 2 glasses were hugging each other, and speaking a clear Western County dialect.




Christopher then took me, my brother and nephew to some other galleries, which included a glimpse at a recently-loaned Jackson Pollock, valued at around $200 million


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And a cute bit of trivia about the wonderful ‘Van Gogh’s Bedrooms’ exhibition – Here are 3 of his versions of the same scene. This bedroom was located in a house in Arles in Provence. In the acclaimed Kirk Douglas movie ‘Lust for Life’, the role of the owner of that house was played by….my father! (Eric Pohlmann).




Then we spent a morning visiting Crabtree Farm, the home of John H. Bryan, semi-retired businessman, philanthropist and fantastic art collector. Check out the 1926 indoor tennis court, at the entrance of which is what is claimed to be the oldest known painting of a tennis player, from the early 1500’s. (The English could really play in those days).




And among other wonderful objéts d’art was one of the original 4 Duke of Wellington chairs….

Then, to keep things legal, I HAD to to to the McCormick Centre and work. On the way in, I noticed….




America remains politically correct.




All are welcome, from all over the World…




And at the end, everything is put away in boxes…



….And we fly away.

Smile – Support your dentist.





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