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July 15, 2007

National Portrait Museum in Washington, DC

Filed under: Art — burnett @ 8:21 pm

I finally got to the National Portrait Museum today.� It has been open a year now since its renovation.� It was always a favorite for somewhat obscure, and, well, American Art.

� Today I checked out the folk art collection and the modern portrait collection, then the old collection of American portraits.� It is hard to convey how seductive this museum is.� Nothing there is famous, with the exception of the portrait of Ben Franklin.� Everything else requires some scrutiny to understand just why it it there.

A significant portion of the collection includes� good ol’ Americans who owned a significant chunk of human flesh known as slaves.� � Another group became famous for eviscerating and slaughtering the civilization that lived here before 1600.� I kept asking myself when “King” Carter, General Custer and others would finally be recognized as some of the great criminals of all time like Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Caesar, etc.� The Virginians especially caught my attention because the underlying assumption was that without hundreds of slaves on their plantations, they would have been TV repairmen.�

� But lets move on to Paul Manship.� To my delight and surprise, there is an extensive exhibit of Manship’s bronzes.� I had only seen his sensual � work at the National� Gallery of Art.� I have always wanted a Manship in my living room, but that is not likely.� I discovered today that he was on the board of the American Portrait Gallery, and was a conservative influence on the choice of acquisitions.� (go figure)� Anyway, I love his work, and I will go back to the gallery for many reasons, but one will be to review the� Manship pieces there.� This one below is� “Diana” at the� National Gallery of Art:

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