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The Frick Art Reference Library

James Andrew at the Frick Art Reference Library. Photo by Gabriel Everett.

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of the Frick museum, but I’m embarrassed to say I had not visited the Frick Art Reference Library until quite recently—a truly serious oversight on my part! As with every other aspect of the Frick, the library, along with its internationally renowned collection of art related reference material, is a truly spectacular thing to behold.

While the Italian Renaissance style (see John Russell Pope) reading room certainly sets a very traditional stage for the many fine art books and catalogs contained here, one shouldn’t be fooled. The richly classic atmosphere belies a thoroughly up to date online reference capability—the place is quite high tech in fact, and its many volumes are part of the wider Arcade New York Art Resources Consortium which digitally pools the Frick, the Brooklyn Museum and MOMA into one enormous art resource. And lest you think you’ll have to go through an impenetrable gauntlet of paperwork to visit, we were pleased to find that the library serves any adult with an interest in art; scholars, art professionals, collectors, and students are all welcome with or without institutional affiliation, and its free of charge with no appointment necessary!

So don’t wait as long as I did to visit the Frick library. Perhaps we’ll meet over some fine art books!

For my visit to the Frick Art Reference Library, I’ve opted for scholarly comfort with a Tom Ford era Gucci cognac cotton corduroy suit. I’m wearing a python belt with silver double horse head belt, Ralph Lauren brown wool tweed tie, Tom Ford pink and white window pane plaid cotton shirt with french cuffs, silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers, Seaman Schepps shell and coral cuff links, and my fragrance is Creed Vintage Tabarome.


  1. Dean says:


    You look like a model! Great to know about this secret source.


  2. Jodie Byrne says:


    I agree with Dean. I’ve only recently discovered you and I have to say I absolutely love your style. I’d like the female version of quite a few of your outfits.

  3. Beryn Hammil says:

    Thanks for sharing this little corner of the research world. Many years ago I went to school directly across the street from the Frick, and it was my secret hideaway where I would immerse myself in art and history. I probably got a better education there than in the classroom. I’m glad to see you shed light on this wonderful sanctuary of learning and information. Thank you!

  4. PEPA CHARLTON says:

    James, any news about your prospect trip to Madrid?.
    Just to tell you that is is tricky to get in touch via your blog but that we are very serious about taken care of you if you came to Madrid.
    My friend Manolo MARCH would host a party in your honor
    . He has the most wonderful house in town, and very interesting friends within the MADRID society, We do not know how to let you know how serious we are about this proposal.
    Having followed you for quite a while, we would be more than happy to take you around, perhaps you can get in touch via our e-mails.

  5. danny says:

    Oh James!

    I had a crush on my Geography teacher who worked a great line in chalk-dust cords back in the day. I think this is partly responsible for my appreciation of muted tones and cloudy blues and greens…. Pity you went for a total look tone on varnished shoe tone on varnished wood with brown, brown, brown….you say cognac, I say downtown James Brown… half expecting Kojak to slip out from behind you. When Tom Ford was working those 70’s colours he had more in mind their play against Paul Rudolph chromes and glass and I think they work better in that context than at The Frick. Still your charm shines through… as does a sort of “academic” porn film theme…. but today it you get 180 for effort when maybe a more relaxed look would have more success.

    All the best,

    X Danny G. (now with a cleaner!)

  6. Hanspeter from Switzerland says:

    With your smart and elegant outlook, you seem to be a part of the library, Dear James!
    The photo is like a interior still-life. Everything suits perfectly well.
    In my opinion, your are a real “style-icon”!

    Greetings from Switzerland

  7. David Toms says:

    James, your outfit at the Frick embodies the whole feeling of the museum. It is one of refined elelagance and luxury.

  8. James Andrew says:

    Hello Pepa

    My email is ippet@aol.com

    I look forward to chatting



  9. Brown and Pink, a Great COMBO. I would have loved seeing a brown and pink argyle sock, for a bit of whimsy.

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