Opening Celebration of Degas exhibit held at the Frick


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What: Opening Celebration of "Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist -- Works on Paper."

When and Where: Friday at The Frick Pittsburgh, Point Breeze.

Why: It was more than an opening of an exhibition, which drew nearly 550 people. This was a celebration to honor Bill Bodine, who has served as the museum's director for the past 12 years. "I'm so proud of what we have accomplished here. It is a wonderful institution, and we have managed to widen the audience and engage the community. I'm looking forward to the future and being able to think about art as opposed to running a museum," he said.

The Collector: "Many people know Edgar Degas for his impressionist paintings, but few may realize that he was also a sculptor, a photographer and the only impressionist of his time whose drawings focused on people, not landscapes. I find him fascinating because he was known to be grumpy, but his works (which he kept to himself until his death) are those of the observations of people," said Robert Flynn Johnson, exhibition collector and curator emeritus at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

#SEEN: Board president Cary Reed with husband Richard, Tony and Sharon Marfisi, Brian and Abby Dobis, incoming Frick director Robin Nicholson (he assumes his new position Sept. 2), Sarah Hall, Bob Barry and Nancy Bromall Barry, Stuart and Beverly Denenberg, Peggy McGowan, Joel and Mia Bernard, Doug Shields, Debra Frankel, Jackie Dixon and Susan Neszpaul.


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