DATE AND TIME
October 17, 2019
October 22, 2019
12:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
Kick off the 2019-2020 art season with The Arts Club of Washington in a rare opportunity to see and possibly own an original Lily Spandorf painting, Washington’s own iconic, watercolor painter. Recipients of her estate will attend to share personal insights about Miss Spandorf and her multifaceted career. At the reception, showing in the Monroe Gallery, Barr Weisman’s documentary film, A View From the Street: The Art of Lily Spandorf. One lucky visitor will take home a prized copy of the book by Griffin and McCloskey, Washington Nevermore: Cityscapesby Lily Spandorf. Curator: Dr. Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer, National Gallery of Art.
Lily Spandorf was born in 1914 in Vienna, Austria. Her formal quest for art began at the College of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. In the early 1960s, Ms. Spandorf arrived in North America where the U.S. government quickly became familiar with her artistic talent. She found residence in New York City and later in Washington, DC where her popularity skyrocketed. Ms. Spandorf became a contributing artist for several media publications such as the Washington Post Newspaper, the Washington Star, and National Geographic. Her capturing of the various DC government buildings, monuments, parks, and cultural affairs was admired by US Presidents and other prominent government officials. She was the official in-house artist for President John F. Kennedy. President Lyndon B. Johnson commissioned Ms. Spandorf to paint Washington, DC historical sites and affairs to gift to numerous visiting dignitaries. Ms. Spandorf’s works are home to former Presidents, the US Senate Art Library, the Smithsonian Institute, the Washington Press Club, the White House Library, and the private homes of several US and foreign dignitaries. She died on February 4, 2000, in Washington, DC at the age of 85.