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In and around Chicago MidWinter

March 9th, 2016

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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…

 

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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.

 

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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).

 

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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).

 

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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….

 

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America remains politically correct.

 

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All are welcome, from all over the World…

 

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

 

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….And we fly away.

Smile – Support your dentist.

Stephen

 

 

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