Downsizing-a midlife rite of passage common to those whose offspring have grown up and moved out-is not a contingency that his friends would have ever dreamed possible of the abundance-loving Paul F. Walter, the New York connoisseur renowned for the scale and quality of his pathbreaking collections, which have run the gamut from Indian miniature paintings and early photography to nineteenth-century British decorative arts and African tribal pottery. Walter is one of those exceptional aesthetic bellwethers who has had far-reaching effects not only on the formation of contemporary taste, but also on the direction of art markets.
In 1851 Albert, prince consort of Queen Victoria, and the architect Henry Cole realized their grand vision of an international exhibition where the traditions, aspirations, and accomplishments of many nations were showcased.1
Thirty miles from Philadelphia, Pierre S. du Pont's gardens are among the world's most visited due to their nimble mix of history and modernity...and some spectacular showmanship
Although he was inspired by his contemporaries Alfred Steiglitz and Edward Steichen to move photoraphy into the realm of art, Heinrich Kuhn did so in images that joyously exploit the use of color