When Ailsa Mellon Bruce died in 1969, she left behind a collection of fine and decorative arts that was as extraordinary as it was extensive. The daughter of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon and sister of the equally noted collector Paul Mellon, she had spent much of her life and considerable…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Ailsa Mellon Bruce galleries open
Sometimes when trying to assess the importance of any one artist, I am reduced to playing the auction trick. What’s it worth? People who have pooh-​poohed Andy Warhol think twice when they hear one of his paintings sells for $14 million. It may be the wrong road to art appreciation, but in our…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Carnegie Mellon’s art school enters a new century
What might be described as the great collections built up by Pittsburghers — those of, say, Henry Clay Frick, Gertrude and Leo Stein, Duncan Phillips, Andrew and Paul Mellon respectively, and Walter Arensberg — are perhaps best understood as being financed by Pittsburgh. The actual collections were built up elsewhere.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Thomspon’s collection could have captured $350 million today
Pittsburgh has always left vivid impressions on the mind of the outsider. For some reason, however, visiting writers have been less kind to Pittsburgh than visiting artists.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading Pittsburgh continues to fascinate visiting artists
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