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The Peacock Room Comes to America
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The Peacock Room Comes to America documents the history of James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room and its recent reinstallation with Asian ceramics collected by Charles Lang Freer. Lee Glazer, curator of American art, looks at Freer's acquisition of the Peacock Room and how he incorporated it into his home in Detroit. There, Freer filled its shelves with ceramics from China, Korea, Syria, and Iran, using the room as a type of aesthetic laboratory where color harmonies could be appreciated. Other sections of the book provide insight into Whistler's Princess from the Land of Porcelain, the conservation of the room, and the curator's perspective on the project. New photography of the room is bolstered by the inclusion of archival images.
Echoes peacock-themed objects and art in our Freer Gallery of Art. A museum primarily dedicated to premier collections of Asian art, the Freer Gallery also includes works by expatriate American Artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), who greatly influenced Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer, the founder of our Freer Gallery of Art. Freer was so enamored of Whistler he bought the Peacock Room—originally designed for a London shipping magnate and later redecorated by Whistler in 1876 and 1877—and moved it to his Detroit mansion. Later he donated the Peacock Room to the Smithsonian.
Paperback; 63 pages; 79 color and black and white photographs. 9.5"l. x 9.5"w. x 0.25"h.

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