Baseball, Derek, Sotheby discussed on Speaking of Art
I get into the meat of the our meeting today. That is Derrick Stone, My very talented producer. He is looking at me through the double glass. He has been with me now for over 12 years, almost the whole time. I've been on the air. Talk about being enhanced. Derek has done that for me and Derek. It's great to see you. And I think really, Derek is the inspiration for Dorian Gray because he never changes. You and Derek. You're such an honest stalwart, wonderful person. And you know, you come from a farm. Not that many miles away from here. Your family are absolutely upstanding. I cannot imagine that you have some sort of gnarled, evil looking portrait of yourself hidden away in an attic somewhere that does the aging for you because you look just terrific. No changes from the first day we started working together. How are you? I'm doing pretty good good and have a good weekend and the show's today had been having great. I think everybody skyping sounds sounds really good. Your sport broadcast I thought was terrific. I like that. You know history, but with Ty Cobb may be the greatest athlete ever to have played. With Ah, in baseball, I guess what was with the what were his dates again? About 19 5 19 8 To what? It didn't go through into the early twenties. That I I don't know. Yeah. He played for the Detroit Tigers from 1905 to 1926. And then he played two years for the Philadelphia Athletics. Okay, 27 28. He still considered the greatest of all the and there are a lot of great Detroit hitters. But he's overall considered the greatest do would you said that I know that there are others that you really, really like from the warrior, the World War two years? Ah and after, But what do you say? I would say Ty Cobb is probably well, He's not my pick for the greatest all time Tigers player. I know many Baseball experts say he's the best, but in my mind, it's Hank Greenberg. Yes, I know you talked about him quite a bit. And you said if he had his career had not been interrupted by the war, he might very well have been the greatest hitter. You know, it was sort of abbreviated because of that, right? And he was never able to get that time, you know, playing that the other great hitters were able to like Caitlin and the others, right? Right? Yeah. Hank Greenberg. He missed about four years of playing baseball due to his military service in World War two and and he was arguably one of the greatest power hitters. In a major league baseball at the time he played. He was basically kind of taking the baton from the legendary Babe Ruth and being the greatest slugger, and in the in major league baseball, it was certain he was certainly a lot of fun to watch. I wish I would have been able to play. Wow. Well what, Derek thank you very, very much AA and talk about With baseball in the summer of the season. As Derek said earlier is about to start the 60 games that's going to start and that's really great. Finally, but with heavy hitters that I have today, we're going to be running the gamut from, say's onto the American Prendergast and also John Singer Sargent. To Picasso, Tio Matisse. Winslow Homer and others today every one of them giving us a view of summer. So I'm going to be going through this rapidly. Ah, but if you or listen to the show on computer or phone, whatever you get these images, I will give you as much information as I can so you can look at them as we are. Ah, as I'm talking about them so we can really have this be almost kind of like a dose and experience And I am taking you through various museums where these are. Ah, and you're able to see these now. One of my rules when I go to a museum and and that is with anything that it is whether it's ancient art, whether it's contemporary, whether it's mid century 20th whether it's Impressionism, post impression, whatever it isthe I look at the art first when I go into a gallery number one, I notice how the gallery has been put together. How the paintings have the sculpture. If there are multiple, you know, serve artistic, you know, media Represented. How are they integrated together? And I think of the Barnes Foundation for that pros and cons, And I absolutely love the Barnes and we cover the whole transition of that from the movement of the museum from this actual location in Along the main line outside of Philadelphia and marry in absolutely duplicating the whole interior of the museum in downtown Philadelphia, which finally was accomplished. Oh, gosh, we covered it here on the show must have been about 10 years ago. And we covered that like twice with the curator, Sze involved with that, and it has been one of the most successful major movements of a museum to a new location. I would say that I can remember and and a much smaller level would be the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts from this basically talent, tiny little townhouse studio where he worked. To the large museum. That's there there just outside of town. But the barn's on a much larger scale. Duplicating that as beautifully as they did is incredible. But you have all sorts of Artmedia arranged together in the same galleries, and some people like it Some people, don't they go to I want to see paintings. Basically, they just want to see paintings on the wall. Barnes's aesthetic was very, very different with the people. He was in touch with Dewey, the educator about how people and this is very important about where we're going to be talking about today, particularly with post Impressionism. The ongoing science If you will of how people understand how they perceive how they perceive color, how they take in information Now, this is something that's very, very important in museum education. Today. It is ongoing. We're going to touch on it. Where it concerns. Uh, George Sarah. In the colors of post Impressionism in the foes briefly today, But we'll be going into it more detail with a guest, probably in the near future since I said the word guest I wanted to say thank you again. A Richard factory any of Sotheby's our wonderful guest last week. Hey, is Thie, one of the directors of the company and also the lead specialist in the maps, rare books. Photographs division of Sotheby's and I love the feature Richard in his department and his auctions, usually a summer cultural destination in our Siri's during the summer. Every year because his auctions represent one of those beautifully accessible types of venues where people who normally don't buy art at auction, if ever I think. Well, I'm priced out from, say, paintings or sculpture, or, you know really great Mid century furniture. What have you Uh, but you know what, Uh, rare books with maybe illustrated books of one kind or another, maybe travel or sporting books. You know, maps of various kinds of you know, the price ranges are everywhere. I might be able to get in and get something that's really worth owning. That is going to number one I'm gonna love looking at for years to come. It's going to make my house look more beautiful. Ah, and there's nothing like they say in the rare book industry shelf presence when you see something like that hanging on a wall or books very, very nicely arranged in built in bookshelves. There's nothing quite like it. I mean, even the the Art Deco architects incorporated, built in bookshelves in their houses, and I'm talking about the beautiful ones in France, many which don't even stand anymore. But when you look at the old photographs, the old black and white photos of these places, you see that there were books in the walls and that was important to the overall aesthetic. Richard Fat Arena staff really tap into that with the people they attract for their auctions. It's going to be one. I forget the date now It's been a week now. I should know it's it's well. Say late July, let's say about the 24th just in a few days. They're wonderful auction of of maps, sporting books, travel books, photographs from all around the world and the ones of Egypt, the Middle East and Asia are really absolutely incredible. Of of East Asia. Many of these are from explorers or people traveling relatively early on taking cameras and showing you very, very important places of worship. Capital's seaports. You see trade You see an economy in transition as Westerners air coming into it. It's their very interesting historical documents and just about everything that not just the photos, but books also running the gamut of exploration and travel. For I think the earliest one is from the late 14 hundreds, 14 eighties all the way into the 20th century. So I urge you if you have an interest in that check out the Sotheby's auction at the end of the month or just a few days..