I have talked to people who live near to Northampton who have not been to the Smith College Museum of Art. I can't understand why not. Though it does not have holdings on the scale of the big city museums, their collection excellent and has works that will appeal to all tastes. For example, they have excellent paintings up right now by Joan Snyder, Philip Guston and Franz Kline, to name a few of the "moderns" who I like, but the also have a stunning Dewing and a Dwight Tryon that is jaw-droppingly beautiful. I happen to be a great admirer of Tryon, one of the wonderful American painters that few have ever heard of. He taught at Smith, but you can also see his work at the Freer Gallery in DC and other major art museums (when they decide to hang him).
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