The Frick Pittsburgh Announces Publication of Collection Guide

A New Handbook Of Collection Highlights Has Been Published In Conjunction With A Major Exhibition That Celebrates The Works Of Fine And Decorative Arts At The Heart Of The Frick Experience

This fall the exhibition galleries at The Frick Art Museum are being taken over by the permanent collection for the first exhibition in eight years to focus exclusively on the works of fine and decorative art in the collection of the Frick Art & Historical Center (The Frick Pittsburgh). The Frick Collects: From Rubens to Monet celebrates the works of fine and decorative art at the heart of the Frick experience. The exhibition will remain on view through May 14, 2017. Admission is free.

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Claude Monet (1840-1926) Banks of Thr Seine at Lavacourt (Bords de la Seine a Lavacourt) 1879. The Frick Pittsburgh.

Located on the Pittsburgh estate of late-19th-century industrialist Henry Clay Frick, The Frick Pittsburgh is the steward of collections left as a legacy to the people of Pittsburgh by Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick. The permanent collections include fine and decorative arts, cars, carriages, historic objects, and buildings. The Frick experience includes The Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, Clayton, the Frick family Gilded Age mansion, and six acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens. Also included are an Education Center, the Frick children’s playhouse (designed by renowned architects Alden & Harlow), a large working greenhouse (also designed by Alden & Harlow), The Café at the Frick, and the Grable Visitor Center, which houses the Frick Museum Store. (More information is available online at www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org.)

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Arthur Devis (1712-1787) Sir Joshua Vanneck and His Family, 1752. The Frick Pittsburgh, featured in The Frick Collects: Rubens to Monet

From Henry Clay Frick’s early purchases, to his daughter Helen’s collecting interests, through to the acquisitions that have been made by the museum in recent years, (through this exhibition) visitors will see and learn about the enduring legacy of the Frick family as art collectors. Objects will be brought together to tell a unified story—a story that doesn’t stop with Henry Clay Frick’s early purchases for Clayton, but continues, looking at both Henry and Helen as the collectors who have shaped the Frick Art & Historical Center’s holdings.

The earliest acquisitions in the collection date to Henry Clay Frick’s bachelor days. Before his marriage (and for the first months after his marriage) he lived in downtown Pittsburgh at the fashionable Monongahela House. He bought his first paintings and decorative objects for his rooms there: an elaborate rococo revival clock and candelabra set purchased through Tiffany’s, an ebonized cabinet, and his first documented painting purchase, a landscape by local artist George Hetzel.

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Antip Kuzmichev (Russian, 1856-1917) for Tiffany & Co, Tea Set, 1892. The Frick Pittsburgh; featured in the current The Frick Collects: Rubens to Monet exhibition.

When they moved into Clayton, Henry Clay Frick and his wife furnished it as many young couples do—most of the purchases were new, fashionable and of the period. Frick had met his wife, Adelaide Howard Childs (1859-1931) in February 1881. Adelaide was the sixth daughter of the wealthy Pittsburgh Childs family, who were manufacturers and importers of shoes and boots. For young couples during America’s Gilded Age like the Fricks, art collecting was not simply a way to exercise taste and create a suitable environment—although these were important considerations. More subtly the right objects gave their owner a sense of history and pedigree. Collecting was a personal pleasure and an indicator of status, discernment and good taste.

The Frick Pittsburgh Guide

The Frick Pittsburgh: A Guide to the Collection, Scala Arts Publishers, Inc., 2016. Cover features Peter Paul Rubens’ Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Conde, circa 1610. The Frick Pittsburgh. (PRNewsFoto/The Frick Pittsburgh)

The rise in American collecting of this period also coincided with the establishment of the first museums in the country, including the Wadsworth Athenaeum of Hartford, Connecticut in 1842, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1870, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1872, and in 1896, Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute. As the century progressed, forming collections and bequeathing them to the public became one way to put wealth and the accumulation of a collection to public service.

It was Helen Clay Frick’s vision that led to the restoration of Clayton as a house museum. The Frick Art Museum, which was opened to the public in 1970 just a block south of Clayton, was built primarily for the collection she developed, rather than the one she inherited. Helen even had the family cars and carriages carefully preserved and brought back to Pittsburgh from the family’s Massachusetts summer estate. Continue reading

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Movado Launches the Special Edition Edge Collection Designed in Collaboration with Celebrated Industrial Designer Yves Béhar

Movado has introduced a new Special Edition Movado Edge collection, developed in collaboration with world-renowned industrial designer Yves Béhar and his design firm fuseproject. A breakthrough design that brought a dynamic new level of artistry and innovation to the legendary Museum Dial, created in 1947 by artist/design Nathan George Horwitt, the Movado Edge collection premiered in 2015 to critical acclaim.

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The Movado Edge Special Edition collection brings new creative thinking and modern materials to Edge and includes a bangle bracelet watch for women, and men’s bracelet watch and chronograph models.

We are excited to continue our creative collaboration with Yves Béhar and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of Movado Edge with these new special edition timepieces,” stated Efraim Grinberg, Chairman & CEO, Movado Group. “Edge represents an incredible opportunity to take the purity and distinctiveness of the Museum Dial in creative new directions, and we are extremely proud of this latest result.

Stark and striking, the iconic Museum Dial has no numbers and is defined only by a solitary gold dot at 12 o’clock, symbolizing the sun at high noon, while its simple moving hands suggest the daily rotation of the earth on its axis. This conceptual, groundbreaking dial is one of the most acclaimed watch designs of all time, and one of the most important of the 20th Century.

Edge reinterpreted Horwitt’s original design in three dimensions, with the signature dot emerging from the dial’s curved, newly textured landscape, and sculpted ridges around the edge suggesting the sun’s rays, while subtly marking the minutes. The transformative launch collection included men’s, women’s and chronograph models on stainless steel link bracelets and black leather or rubber straps.

A year ago, we introduced the Edge collection for Movado – one of the brand’s most important design collaborations since the creation of the iconic Museum Dial watch in 1947,” said Yves Béhar, Founder and Principal Designer, fuseproject, “On the first anniversary of Edge, I designed a Special Edition signature line constructed with a dial made of a unique casting process, and with an organic pattern that celebrates the subtleties of the original collection.

The Movado Edge Special Edition collection brings new creative thinking and modern materials to Edge. The distinctive concave dials are defined by a new organic texture, reminiscent of lava rock. Offered in stainless steel with a startling blue lava-textured dial and tonal dot, and in black and rose gold ion-plated stainless steel with a black lava-textured dial detailed by a rose gold-toned dot, these special edition designs feature case-backs engraved with Béhar’s signature. The inspired new Special Edition Edge collection includes a bangle bracelet watch for women, and men’s bracelet watch and chronograph models.

 

Pantene Names Ronda Rousey As Its Newest Brand Ambassador To Prove That Strong Is Always Beautiful

Pantene and Ronda Rousey Tell the World: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Strong

Throughout history – and now more than ever before – strong women, through actions and words, and often against formidable odds, have established inroads in shifting cultural and societal norms. Yet strong, successful women still make people uncomfortable. As they break down gender barriers and push past the comfort zones of how women are expected to act, speak and look, they’re categorized as masculine and aggressive (or in even harsher terms that are used to stigmatize and degrade them). Pantene believes in quite the opposite: that a woman’s power and beauty comes from her strength.

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Pantene’s new Brand Ambassador Ronda Rousey behind-the-scenes at her Pantene advertising shoot. (Photo: Business Wire)

To continue to inspire women, Pantene is now partnering with one of the toughest women in the world, Ronda Rousey, mixed martial artist (MMA), judoka, actress and bestselling author. Together, Pantene and Rousey will demonstrate that strong is what beautiful women are made of, because strong is always beautiful.

Ronda Rousey is the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) longest-running bantamweight champion and the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo. Arguably the most dominant athlete in UFC history, Rousey is responsible for the inclusion of women in the Octagon. She has also taken Hollywood by storm with her signature force, landing roles in Entourage, Furious 7 and Expendables 3. Her New York Times bestselling book, My Fight/Your Fight charts her difficult path to glory. Marked by her signature charm, barbed wit, and undeniable power, Rousey’s account of the toughest fight of her life – in and outside the Octagon – reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old, the intensity of her judo training, her battles with love, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her long-undefeated UFC record and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth. The book is currently being developed as a feature film by Paramount Pictures.

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Ronda Rousey X Pantene (Photo: Business Wire)

Rousey was the first woman to sign with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts organization. Designated Bantamweight Champion, she successfully defended her belt in the inaugural UFC women’s bout in February 2012, and seven more times through August 2015. Rousey will return to the Octagon on December 30th to face Amanda Nunes and fight to reclaim the women’s bantamweight title in UFC 207.

I’m fully aware that I might not be the first person people think of to collaborate with a beauty brand,” said Rousey. “I’ve been called ‘Miss Man’ and ‘savage’ because of my physique, but to me, strength isn’t only about having muscles. It’s about having heart and finding inner confidence, so I’m honored that Pantene asked me to be part of their new campaign that encourages women to break gender barriers, break the glass ceiling and never settle.

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Ronda Rousey X Pantene (Photo: Business Wire)

We’re proud to announce Ronda Rousey as the newest member of the Pantene family,” says Jodi Allen, Vice President of Hair Care for North America at Procter & Gamble. “Ronda is the future of strong women everywhere – women rising above society’s expectations and proving once and for all that strong is always beautiful.”

The new campaign features Rousey articulating the phrase “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Strong” – a play on words from Pantene’s iconic “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful” campaign from the 1980s – to highlight the step-change that a woman’s power comes from her strength, not her beauty. In its newest chapter of the ‘Strong Is Beautiful’ story, Rousey will appear in TV, digital and print advertising, public relations and social media, and will join other Pantene Ambassadors who are fueling their hair with Pantene. Continue reading