arts 03.19.07

Dutch Dossier

ART
"Van Gogh and Expressionism," opening Thursday at the Neue Galerie, will feature over 80 works, including major canvases by Van Gogh, and those by Klimt, Otto Dix, and Egon Schiele. The show looks at the influence Van Gogh had on German and Austrian Expressionists, who rediscovered the Dutch artist after his death in 1890.



MUSIC
When have a quartet of saxophones ever sounded as good as they do in the hands of the chamber musicians called the Amstel Quartet? They're performing at Trinity Church on April 12, 1pm, and at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on April 17th, 7:30pm.



LIBRARY
The Holland Society Library, 122 E. 58th [Park/Lex] 212.758.1871, has an extensive collection of books and historical records of Dutch settlements, ancestry, history, and culture focused on the New Amsterdam and Hudson River settlements.



BOOK
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America by Russell Shorto, (Doubleday $27.50) is a fascinating read. The 17th Century Dutch records, on which this book is based, virtually rewrite history, placing the Dutch much closer to the heart of America than ever before.



OUT OF TOWN
Dutch Art comes to the Berkshires this summer in a big way under the NL: A Season of Dutch Arts in the Berkshires banner. At Tanglewood, MASS MoCA, Jacob's Pillow, and elsewhere, music, art, dance, film, and theater by leading artists of The Netherlands.



FOOD
The Dutch have been responsible for so many wonderful things in the history of the world. But food is not on the list. Oh yeah, Gouda and Edam, big whoop. Inexplicably, there are Dutch food products available at igourmet and even more riotously, a collection of recipes at Go Dutch, so you can satisfy that craving for leek soup with salami or…oh never mind.
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