shopping 12.15.10

Walking Off the Big Apple: The Frick Collection at 75

Proenza Schouler fall and previous seasons at major discounts, 495 Bway [Spring/Broome], today and tomorrow, 9-6.

It's wholesale and below on cashmere for women and men by Meg Cohen, now thru 12/20, at 920 Bway [20th/21st] Suite 905, 212.473.4002.

A sample sale of day and evening wear by chloe & reese is on now thru Friday, 10-6, at 209 W. 38th [7th/8th] 888.317.1695.

At Carlos Campos' holiday sample sale, up to 75% off clothing for men and women: coats, suits, shirts, dresses, skirts, and jeans. Today thru Friday, 10-7, 248 W. 35th [7th/8th] 9th flr. 212.244.2377.

Makins Hats for men and women are up to 75% off retail, thru 12/26, weekdays 10-4, Saturday, 10-2. 212 W. 35th [7th/8th] 12th flr. 212.594.6666.

Up to 50% off Built by Wendy clothing at 7 Centre Market Pl. [Broome/Grand] 212.925.6538 and 46 N. 6th [Kent/Wythe] Bklyn 718.384.2882, thru the month.

Italian museums shop items from Made in Museum, 148 Duane [W. Bway/Church] are up to 85% off thru Sunday. Today-Friday, 4-8pm, Sunday 10-8.

Up to 80% off at the Adidas showroom sample sale, on now thru tomorrow, 9-7, 610 Bway [Houston].

Thru 12/23, Portolano is having a sample sale of their cashmere gloves, hats, and scarves for men and women. Weekdays, 10-6, at 15 W. 37th [5th/6th] 2nd flr.

Today and tomorrow, a Derek Lam fall collection sample sale at 10 Crosby [Grand/Howard], 10-6. Up to 75% off retail. No checks.

Select Tumi luggage is up to 40% off thru 1/9. Details here.

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The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home

On Thursday, December 16, 2010, seventy-five years after its debut as a museum, The Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street, off of 5th Ave.) will celebrate its anniversary day by opening its doors to the public free of charge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For members of the contemporary art-loving public, a visit to the opulent Fifth Avenue mansion of wealthy industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) will offer many similarities to those of Depression-era citizens who gazed upon the wonders of the galleries for the first time. They will see the same great European paintings and decorative arts enjoyed by the generation of the 1930s—stunning works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Goya, and many more, masterpieces that continue to make the Frick an important destination for the fine arts and in much the same atmosphere. Except for the haunting echo of economic stress, only the outside world has changed.

Consider the world in which The Frick Collection opened to the public in the 1930s. Immediately following a photo essay describing the transmission difficulties and lack of commercial viability associated with something called "television," a precarious invention in black and white, the December 27, 1937 issue of LIFE ran a splashy feature titled "The Frick Home Becomes $40,000,000 Art Museum," accompanied by the first color reproductions of some of the marvelous paintings inside.

For the public of the 1930s, the technology of television was a little hard to grasp, especially since the actual receiving sets were not yet available, but painted pictures were part of most everyone's consciousness. LIFE reaches for the best analogy it can make for the transmission of televised images: "The procedure is similar to taking the paint of a canvas grain by grain, sending the grains one by one to a distant point and placing them on another canvas as they arrive." Seeing the paintings in the Frick house, which had opened to the public two years before, was the far bigger deal— "In its scope and quality it transcends many an older European collection, enables plain citizens to enjoy $40,000,000 worth of art in the quiet atmosphere of a rich man's home."

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