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The New Portico Gallery at The Frick

James Andrew at the New Portico Gallery at The Frick - photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew at the Frick Portico Gallery - photo Gabriel Everett

As if the Frick wasn’t already utterly sublime, my most favorite museum has now just opened a spectacular new gallery space! Created by enclosing a covered garden portico on the 5th Avenue side of the mansion, this is the first major addition to the museum in nearly 35 years.

And of course, its debut exhibition is gorgeous.

Of particular note is the French Enlightenment sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon’s masterpiece, the life-sized terracotta Diana the Huntress, which has returned for viewing after a painstaking two-year cleaning and restoration. This iconic Frick work now finds a glorious new home in the Portico Gallery and is visible for the first time not just to the Frick’s visitors, but to those outside the museum on Fifth Avenue as well. (Houdon happens to be one of my favorite sculptors. In fact I own two handsome plaster casts of Houdon’s Antoine Pierre Barnave which I’ve positioned quite prominently in my flat). Also on display are a superb collection of early Meissen porcelain from the Arnhold Collection. To wet your appetite before coming, take a virtual tour here.

La Grive Morte, marble relief, signed and dated 1782, on loan from The Horvitz Collection, Boston.

La Grive Morte, marble relief, signed and dated 1782, on loan from The Horvitz Collection, Boston.

Why not combine a visit to the new gallery at the Frick with a stop by the their super chic gift shop for a bit of last minute holiday shopping!

For my tour of the new gallery, I’m sporting a Tom Ford rustic charcoal wool silk mouline priest hat tweed “country jacket” with leather buttons and suede elbow patches, blue end on end cotton shirt with French cuffs and contrast white collar, teal corduroy pant, teal and navy silk pocket square and saddle leather loafers, aquamarine and diamond cuff links, vintage python belt with silver double horse head buckle by Gucci. My fragrance is Creed Himalaya.

14 Comments

  1. little augury says:

    Can’t wait to see this! pgt

  2. Topaz says:

    As I mentioned on your last visit to the Frick, the Collection is my favorite museum and now I simply have to schedule a trip to see the new addition. Looks positively sublime and thank you for alerting us to it.

    Love the juxtaposition of your tweedy jacket and the beautiful teal corduroy pants. Such a great combination!

    One of the great benefits of enjoying your blog is to be open to interesting new combinations in one’s own wardrobe. Things I never would have thought of on my own. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Wishing you wonderful holidays.

  3. quintessence says:

    Oh so funny – was going to write about this also!! Fabulous!! Don’t you just love the Frick?!

  4. Dean says:

    James,

    Wow! Gabriel nailed this shot. You look incredible! One of the best images ever on WIJW. You remind me of Campion Platt here, another talent, do you know him? If not, you should! Perhaps you could collaborate on a project, in Palm Beach, or Naples, and then I could see you down here in Florida! Did you see the Naples house Robert Couturier did in the new House Beautiful? Love it!

    Dean*****

  5. Pink Cinammon says:

    Darling you look spectacular!

  6. Dear James! What a great portrait of you, you are a real Duke! love your outfit and of course The Frick Museum is the perfect location!

    Big Hug,

    Christian

  7. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    I agree with Christian! You are a Duke! Have a great week James!

    Kisses,

    Mara

  8. Martina says:

    James, eres increíble! todos queremos que vengas a México te estamos esperando!

  9. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Lieber James,

    Was für eine wunderschöne Kleidung, diese Farben stehen Dir super!

    LG,

    Christiane

  10. Lil´Lilly says:

    FABTASTIC JAMES!

  11. James Andrew says:

    Thank You All for your incredible comments!

    I hope you all get to see this gorgeous new gallery at The Frick!

    Cheers

    JA

  12. bill says:

    always great info..love your clothes…inspire more people to keep elegance and style alive…

  13. Nick says:

    James…don’t look now but there’s a naked lady standing behind you! Great shot!

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