This is the first exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations, and influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872 – 1965). Madame (as she was universally known) helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring boundaries between commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design. Through 200 objects, Beauty Is Power reveals how Rubinstein’s unique style and pioneering approaches to business challenged conservative taste and heralded a modern notion of beauty, democratized and accessible to all.
Mr James Berry-Hill,
On behalf of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, I am pleased to extend to you an
official invitation to participate and deliver a keynote speech at our forthcoming event:
“International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA”.
In recognition of your remarkable career, we would be honored to welcome you as a
speaker during this event. We would suggest a speech 20 minutes on the day of your
choice from June 26-27th, 2014. Your speech would be followed by a moderated
question and answer session with the audience...
Photo of James Berry Hill and Yu Peng, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Culture, P.R. China
On January 14, 2013 Berry-Hill Galleries had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Ministry of Culture in Beijing, along with their colleagues from the Chinese Consulate in New York. The champagne reception was attended by approximately 25 guests and introduced several members from the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, P.R. China to the field of 19th and 20th Century American Masters, with a focus on American Impressionist painters.
New Yorker Takes the Art of Giving to New Level
James Berry Hill, a New York City art dealer, wanted to give his wife Nancy something special for their 35th wedding anniversary. So he asked William Wegman, who’s famous for his photos of weimaraners, to photograph the couple’s two cavalier King Charles spaniels.
“Our dogs, along with our children and grandchildren, are the loves of our lives,” Mr. Hill says. “I couldn’t resist the notion if Bill would do it."
Mr. Wegman typically photographs only his own dogs, but he has a friendly professional relationship with Mr. Hill and agreed to the project. The resulting photo shoot made for a memorable anniversary celebration for the Hills. Not only that, they came away with 16 amazing portraits, one of which they’ve donated to Cleveland Clinic.
Mr. Hill says he’ll always be grateful to the “brilliant surgeon” who operated on him in October, 1998. “I had a very, very defective valve.” It took “classic Cosgrove magic” to fix it, he says, referring to the work of Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, now CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic.
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The history behind Berry-Hill Galleries is nearly as intriguing as the art it displays. Founded in the 17th century, antiquities dealership Berry of London was purchased by the Hill family and moved to the U.S. Renamed Berry-Hill, the business evolved past antiquities and soon became a leading source of 18th, 19th and 20th century American master paintings and sculpture. Today, James Berry Hill, a third generation Hill, and his son, David Berry Hill, run the show. "Our job is to help educate collectors and visitors by offering a welcoming environment in which to look at- and hopefully purchase- beautiful works of art," says David, emphasizing Berry-Hill's eagerness to help its patrons. "When people visit the gallery, we hope they appreciate and enjoy the works on view."
Along with its focus on American masters, and subspecialities like the Hudson River School and Colonial painting the gallery also dips into Old Master, French Impressionist and Post-War Contemporary paintings as well as contemporary art. This month look for a selection of works by American masters like Winslow Homer, William Merritt Chase and Thomas Eakins, as well as large-scale pieces by contemporary sculptor Jane Manus, who was showcased in October. 11 E. 70th St., 212-744-2300; berry-hill.com
You’re incorporating different things into your business recently. Could you tell me a little more about that?
I have been looking at many different fields, and it all stems out of the following scenario – I have a son, David Berry-Hill, who’s fourth generation, and two grandsons, Lincoln Berry-Hill and Robert Berry-Hill, who are fifth generation. Neither of them have attended nursery school yet, but they’re both destined to become prominent art dealers.
On Oct. 22, nearly 50 guests attended a reception at the home of Agnes Gund to learn about Cleveland Clinic's Arts & Medicine Institute.
Guests were invited to peruse Mrs. Gund's extensive art collection located throughout her home which features contemporary, African and Chinese artworks created from 1940-1992.
The evening included an overview of Cleveland Clinic from Anita Cosgrove, Esq., Executive Chair of "Today's Innovations, Tomorrow's Healthcare", and a candid conversation with Iva Fattorini, MD, Executive Director of the Arts & Medicine Institute.
The evening's discussions gave guests a glimpse of how the arts are incorporated into healthcare. Kamal Chemali, MD, Staff Physician in the Neurological Institute, discussed the role of music in healing, and Joann Cohen, Executive Director of the Art Program, provided comments on Cleveland Clinic's art collection.
Special thanks to James Berry Hill and the Honorable Bruce Gelb, members of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart & Vascular Institute Leadership Commission, who also were in attendance.