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ArtTable TOURS | Documenta 14 + Skulptur Projekte Münster
July 1- 9, 2017

A group of ArtTable colleagues traveled to Europe earlier this month to experience one of the most important exhibitions of the summer: Documenta 14 , Learning from Athens, in both Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece. While the trip was centered around this major exhibition that takes place once every five years -- it also included a few days in Berlin and a quick jaunt west to see Skulptur Projekte Münster.

The trip began with a splash into Berlin’s ever-evolving art scene; with private tours of Konig Gallery and Hamburger Bahnhof, a studio visit with Conceptual artist Gregor Hildebrandt, private tours of Sammlung Boros and Olbricht Wunderkammer, and a Jewish history tour with a local expert. They were introduced to artists participating in Documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte at Berlin’s influential Wentrup Gallerie and met with collector Julia Stoschek and viewed her impressive collection of mostly time-based media art.  

The journey continued in Kassel, where there was a full agenda to ensure they could take in all of the special behind-the-scenes tours of Documenta 14’s most important venues, including: the former underground train station ‘Kultur Bahnhof’; Documenta Halle; Fridericianum; Neue Galerie; Palais Belevue; Torwache; and the Hessisches Landesmuseum. The group also had to chance to meet Documenta curator Henrik Folkerts for a private walk through of the Neue Neue Galerie, the brutalist Neue Hauptpost that houses some of the most written about works of Documenta14. Another memorable highlight in Kassel was the opportunity to dine with the CEO of Documenta 14,  Annette Kulenkampff.

The group made their way to Athens by way of Münster, Germany, to visit the fifth edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster, the major sculpture exhibition that only takes place once every ten years in the cultural heart of North Rhine-Westphalia. Skulptur Projekte curator Britta Peters took the group on a private tour to experience the best Skulptur Projekte as on offer.

The trip concluded in Athens, where Documenta 14 was spread out over the most stunning venues in the mythical city, providing an incomparable juxtaposition between ancient Greece and the splendid contemporary art on view. They had access to behind the scenes tours of the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex, Athens School of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Music--  where the works are all loosely ‘music based’. Katerina Koskina, director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, greeted the group before they toured the stunning museum that was entirely taken over by Documenta 14. The group had the opportunity to meet Greek collector Irene Panagopoulos and tour her home, they also had a private tour of the extensive and important art and furniture collection of renowned Greek art collector Dakis Joannou. And on the last day in Athens, the group  hiked up Filopappou Hill, also appropriately called: The Hill of the Muses, to view some remarkable projects that work spectacularly with the ancient views.

 


ArtTable TOURS | Utah: Spiral Jetty + Sun Tunnels

June 1- 4, 2017
 
 

Seventeen ArtTable members and friends had a very special four-day trip to Utah to experience two seminal earthworksSpiral Jetty by Robert Smithson and Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt. They were joined by Chris Taylor, a scholar, architect, and educator with deep expertise in the field of land art. Chris is the Director of the "Land Arts of the American West" program at Texas Tech, where he takes a group of students into the field for two months each year, traveling 6,000 miles and camping among the sites. 

The program began with dinner on a Thursday evening in Salt Lake City. On Friday, after a leisurely morning (with an optional visit to the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and/or a walking tour of Temple Square, the three square blocks that anchor the city to its founding tenets) followed by lunch, the group headed by bus for the Great Salt Lake, stopping at various points of interest along the way, including the Golden Spike National Historic Site, where one of nineteenth-century America’s most important accomplishments occurred: the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Smithson was reportedly drawn to the site for the Spiral Jetty (built 1970) because of its proximity to the Golden Spike.

They arrived at the Spiral Jetty in the late afternoon, when the lake was at the perfect level for a full experience of the piece. They enjoyed the changes at the site in the shifting late-afternoon light, followed by a camp dinner cooked on the shore. At dusk, they watched Smithson’s film Spiral Jetty, at the Spiral Jetty

The next morning they headed to the Sun Tunnels, again making stops at points of interest along the way.  Completed in 1976, the four tunnels are concrete tubes laid out in an X shape, each drilled with holes to pattern the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn. They are massive - nine feet high by 18 feet long. They sit in a remote valley in the Great Basin Desert, west of the Bonneville Salt Flats. They group visited the Bonneville Speedway, one of America’s great landmarks, and the Tree of Utah, an 87-foot high sculpture by Swedish artist Karl Momen, who made it because he felt the salt flats were just too empty.

ArtTableTOURS | Mexico City and the Yucatán
February 2 - 6/8, 2015


 

Thirteen ArtTable colleagues traveled to Mexico City to explore the city's increasingly exciting arts and cultural scene. The trip was centered around VIP and private visits to the Zona MACO and Material Art Fairs, a selection of museums and iconic architecture sites, contemporary galleries and project spaces, artist studios, and private collections. After 5 days in Mexico City, the group continued on to Merida in the Yucatán to visit two privately held, site-specific installations: Tecoh, a sprawling series of buildings designed by Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo deep in the Yucatán jungle, and Árbol de Luz by James Turrell, set in the heart of San Pedro Ochil, an 18th century hacienda. 
The trip began with a visit to the VIP opening of the Zona MACO Mexico Arte Contemporaneo fair. This ambitious fair has been regarded as the most important art event in Latin America, bringing together galleries from across Europe, North and South America. The group went on to visit the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico's newest and most exciting modern art museum designed by Mexican architect Teodoro González de León. After a cocktail reception at the studio and home of a prominent local artist, they enjoyed a private, after-hours tour of the studios ofDiego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Representing the first example of modernist architecture in Latin America, the compound caused a heated controversy in the 1930s with its combination of organic Mexican architecture with functionalism. They ended their day with dinner at the San Angel Inn, situated in a 17th century monastery with beautiful interior gardens. 
 
The second day in Mexico City, the group had the opportunity for a private visit to the Júmex Collection, the largest private contemporary art collection in Latin America. Followed by a private tour of Museo de Arte Popular which explores the origins and significance of popular art throughout Mexico. Housed in an Art Deco former fire station in the heart of the city, the museum displays works that are representative of important Mexican traditions that originate in towns and villages all over the country. The day ended with a visit to the VIP opening of the Material Art Fair, Mexico City's first and only contemporary art fair dedicated to emerging practices, which is now in its third year. The final day in Mexico City, the group visited Casa Barragán, the home and studio of architect Luis Barragán. Built in 1948, the house was completely restored in 1995. In 2004 it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, cited as one of the most influential and representative example of modern Mexican architecture. The travelers spent the remainder of the day exploring the city's most prominent galleries and visiting artist studios, and ended the day with a reception at the home of a private collector. 
 
The group spent their last two two days in Mexico exploring Merida, the cultural capital of the Yucatán peninsula, and the extraordinary privately-owned artworks in the surrounding area. Early in the evening on their arrival day in Merida, they drove to Árbol del Luz, James Turrell’s site-specific installation located on a privately-owned 18th century hacienda, San Pedro Ochil. After spending time with the artwork, a natural amphitheater with a signature light work, they enjoyed a private, 3-course dinner at the hacienda. The next morning they visited studios of some contemporary artists in Merida, followed by another drive into the jungle to visit Tecoh, one of artist Jorge Pardo’s most significant works that incorporates art, architecture, design and the landscape. The group was treated to a private, 3-course lunch at Tecoh, followed by an afternoon visit to Izamal (the Yellow City), a beautiful town where almost all of the colonial and modern buildings are painted an amazing shade of egg-yolk yellow. Izamal was a pre-Columbian city, founded between 750-200 B.C. In the 16th century, a Spanish city was built on top of the existing Maya city. Izamal is home to an array of the Yucatan’s finest Mayan artisans, and they visited with some of them in their homes and workshops. 

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ArtTableTOURS | The Netherlands
March 16-23, 2015

Fourteen ArtTable members trip traveled to the Netherlands, an especially exciting art-world destination after the recent reopening of the Rijks Museum and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. The trip also cooincided with the opening of the famous European Fine Arts Fair, TEFAF Maastricht.
 
The trip started in Amsterdam where the group stayed in a national (Jugendstil) monument in the heart of the city, bordered by gorgeous canals. Members enjoyed exclusive VIP tours of the Old Dutch Masters in their newly renovated home in the Rijks Museum, as well as modern and contemporary stand-outs in the new Stedelijk Museum. We also visited the home of Loes Dommering, one of Holland’s prominent collectors, received a behind-the-scenes gallery and studio tour in the historical ‘Jordaan’ neighborhood, took a tour of the Van Gogh Museum by the grandson Theo van Gogh (the brother and art dealer of Vincent van Gogh), explored the city's architecture on a canal boat tour, and mingled with local peers during a special cocktail and dinner organized with our sister organization, ArtTable Netherlands.

After two days in Amsterdam, members traveled by luxury van to Maastricht for TEFAF, stopping halfway to visit Eindhoven, the birthplace of Dutch Design. We received a special welcome at TEFAF and an exclusive tour before having free time to explore the booths with old masters and antiques as well as modern and contemporary works, jewelry, and design. We also toured the Roman city center of Maastricht, visited local artist Piet Hein Eeek, and met a collector in her historical house. Our home was a chateau in the glowing hills just outside Maastricht.

Next we traveled to Rotterdam, the architecture capital of the Netherlands, where we stayed in a spectacular new hotel designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Members took a walk along some of the most important examples of modern architecture of Rotterdam. We saw the notorious Markthal that opened late last year, also the 1980-ies Kubus-woningen and the White house, the first skyscraper of Rotterdam.

Another high point: The Mauritshuis in The Hague. "The Girl with the Pearl Earring", "The Goldfinch", and other treasures are finally back in their newly expanded home. We also visited Beelden aan zee, a unique sculpture museum in the sand dunes of Scheveningen. In the Hague we stayed in an iconic hotel in a former city palace.
 
A perfect ending to our fantastic trip: Marieke Sanders welcomed us to her home in the historical city center of Haarlem for a “walking lunch.” For over forty years, Pieter and Marieke Sanders have avidly collected work of emerging Dutch and international artists, many of whom have become today’s leading figures. 


ArtTableTOURS | Crystal Bridges and Kansas City, MO
September 18-21, 2014



 
Sixteen ArtTable colleagues met in Bentonville, Arkansas for an exclusive day with museum directors from around the country at Crystal Bridges Museum, and a night in the 21c Museum Hotel, before heading to Kansas City, MO to explore the rich cultural scene there. Our itinerary included tours of the Susan and Lewis Nerman's private collection, the studio of artist Peregrine Honig, and the historic home and studio of Thomas Hart Benton, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Kemper Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and more.
 
In Bentonville, AR, travelers stayed at the 21c Museum hotel, the boutique hotel doubles as a contemporary art museum, where they were greeted with artworks by Kehinde Wiley, Andres Serrano, Kara Walker, Chuck Close, Alexandre Arrechea, and the iconic penguins by the Cracking Art Group.
 
Travelers went straight from check-in to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art where they explored the permanent collection and received a tour of State of the Art, Discovering American Art Now, an exhibition that draws from every region of the US with more than 100 artists working in a wide variety of media. They were then welcomed by Don Bacigalupi, the Director, and Ron Bigelow, Executive Director, to an exclusive reception with museum directors from around the country who had contributed pieces to the show. After hours, Director of Grounds and Facilities Scott Eccleston, also the landscape architect of the the Museum’s 120-acre site, led travelers through some of the 3.5 miles of trails to the James Turrell’s Skyspace structure, "The Way of Color".
 
 
The following morning the group checked out and took a three hour bus ride to Kansas City, MO. The historic Raphael hotel, where travelers stayed for the next two nights, is located right on Country Club Plaza. This area is always bustling, but was especially exciting during our trip because the Plaza Art Fair was taking place, an 83 year old fair that brings people in from around the country.
 
The first item on the itinerary in Kansas City was a trip to the Kemper Museum of Art, where ArtTable member Barbara O'Brien, the museum's Executive Director, welcomed travelers, joined them for lunch at the museum's Cafe Sebastienne, and gave a tour of the permanent collection and special exhibition. 

Next, the group visited the art spaces owned by Dick Belger and Evelyn Craft. Dick Belger is the current CEO of Belger Cartage Services, Inc., a heavy-hauling company that has been in KC since 1919, and grandson of the founder. He and his wife, Evelyn Craft, have a large collection of works by American artists from 1960 to the present, as well as contemporary American art, early 20th century decorative art, and 20th century chair design, which are on display in their offices, home, studios, and galleries. travelers were given a lively tour by Gallery Manager Mo Dickens. Their space provides studios for 30 local ceramic artists (Red Star Studios); a gallery space currently featuring works from Steven and William Ladd (artist/designers currently based in NYC); Lawrence Lithography Workshop, which has been run by master printer Mike Sims since 1978 and has worked with artists such as Akio Takamori of Seattle, Luis Jimenez, and Roger Shimomura; and their living space. This was truly a Kansas City gem. 

The final stop of the day was the studio of artist Peregrine Honig. She recently came in second place on the TV show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. At 22, she was the youngest living artist to have work acquired by the Whitney Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Honig’s work is included in private and public collections, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, and Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Honig is represented by Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe, NM, and Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, MO. The tour was followed with a group dinner at Grand Street Cafe.

On the second day in Kansas City, travelers visited the historic Thomas Hart Benton home and studio before heading to the Nelson-Atkins Museum. They were greeted there by ArtTable member and curator Catherine Futter, who gave a tour of the incredible permanent collection, including the South and Southeast Asian art collection, which is considered among the important collections in America. The group then met the curator of the new Plains Indians Exhibition, Gaylord Torrence, who gave our travelers a new perspective on the importance of this work. Travelers ate lunch in the beautiful Rozzelle Court before heading to Lewis and Sue Nermans' collection. Lewis and Sue Nerman welcomed our group warmly and showed us around their fabulous collection of contemporary art, which included Chuck Close, E.V. Day, Dan Flavin, Viola Frey, Yayoi Kusama, and many more. 
 
Finally, the group toured the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the Johnson County Community College campus and met Director Bruce Hartman to learn about his process and vision in building the museum. The last dinner of the trip was held at Oklahoma Joes, the best barbeque in town. 
 
On Sunday morning, before leaving for the airport, the group went on a public art tour, designed by Porter Arneill, Director of the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission.
 
ArtTableTOURS | The Lightning Field and Santa Fe
July 10-15, 2014

Fourteen ArtTable members traveled to Walter de Maria's "The Lightning Field" and Santa Fe to experience the incredible silence and beautiful changing light reflecting on "The Lightning Field" in the wilderness of the high desert. They explored the art scene in Santa Fe, including visits to The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Museum of International Folk Art, as well as local galleries and more. The trip also included visits to Art Santa Fe and the International Folk Art Market, two international art fairs. Members also saw Carmen at the world renowned Santa Fe Opera and visited Georgia O'Keeffe's home and studio in Abiquiu, NM.  
 
Members stayed at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa. The beautiful setting, history, art collection and architectural style of the hotel is a great home base for our trip, located only two blocks from the 400+ year old Plaza and one block from Canyon Road. It is a quick walk from many the galleries, museums, shops and restaurants.  

Members took the journey to Walter De Maria's "The Lightning Field", commissioned and maintained by Dia Art Foundation, which is recognized internationally as one of the late-twentieth century's most significant works of art. "The Lightning Field" is a work of land art situated in a remote area of the high desert of western New Mexico, comprised of 400 polished stainless steel poles installed in a grid array measuring one mile by one kilometer. The poles -- two inches in diameter and averaging 20 feet and 7½ inches in height -- are spaced 220 feet apart and have solid pointed tips that define a horizontal plane. A sculpture to be walked in as well as viewed, "The Lightning Field" is intended to be experienced over an extended period of time. A full experience of "The Lightning Field" does not depend upon the 
occurrence of lightning, and visitors are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in the field, especially during sunset and sunrise. Members stayed overnight there in a restored homesteader’s log cabin with a back porch that faces "The Lightning Field" with the Sawtooth Mountain Range and the Allegres Mountains behind it. 

ArtTable travelers also had the opportunity to attend the Santa Fe Opera in the northern New Mexico mountains to see Carmen. The Santa Fe Opera is one of America's premier summer opera festivals, with more than 85,000 attending each year from around the world. 
 
Additional highlights included the Museum of International Folk Art, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Art Santa Fe, an international contemporary art fair, and a trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe home and studio in Abiquiu. 

 

ArtTableTOURS | Marfa, TX
March 27-30, 2014

 
Thirty ArtTable members and guests traveled with us to Marfa, Texas! Travelers experienced this cultural oasis through VIP tours of the Chinati Foundation and the Judd Foundation; visits to Ballroom Marfa and the McDonald Observatory; and meals at the most talked about restaurants; and built strong ties while receiving special access to this burgeoning art center.
 
Travelers stayed at the Hotel Paisano, a National Historic Landmark hotel designed by Trost & Trost and opened in 1930, and traveled by chartered bus to both historic and contemporary Marfa sites. Meals were shared at restaurants including the famed Cochineal with a garden providing all greens and vegetables for the restaurant, as well as Maiya's, Future Shark, and other unique Marfa restaurants. 

Marfa gained recognition as an art world destination when minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to this small West Texas town from New York City in the 1970s. Judd believed that the place in which a work of art is created is as crucial to the artwork's meaning as the piece itself, and found Marfa to be a perfect place to build his working lab and to permanently install his art. In 1979, with the help of Dia Art Foundation, Judd purchased 340 acres, previously an army base, and filled it with art. This became the Chinati Foundation, which opened to the public in 1986. Judd's mission was to preserve and present permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists with an emphasis on works of art linked to the surrounding landscape. Originally, Chinati was meant to exhibit the work of Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, and Dan Flavin. The collection has since been expanded to include 15 outdoor concrete works by Donald Judd, 100 aluminum works by Judd housed in two converted artillery sheds, 25 sculptures by John Chamberlain, an installation by Dan Flavin occupying six former army barracks, and works by Carl Andre, Ingolfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley. Each artist's work is installed in a separate building on the museum's grounds. Our group was greeted by the Executive Director of the Chinati Foundation, ArtTable member Jenny Moore
 
The Judd Foundation, originally conceieved by the artist in 1977, was created in 1996 to preserve Judd's living and working spaces, libraries, and archives in New York and Marfa, TX. In Marfa, the foundation holds a total of 15 spaces, many of which include installed artwork by Judd and others. Our tour was planned with the Director of Programs at the Judd Foundation, ArtTable member Michele Saliola
 
In recent years, there has been a new wave of artists who have moved to Marfa to live and work. As a result, new gallery spaces and installations have opened in the area, championing younger talent. One example is Ballroom Marfa, founded in 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn. Ballroom Marfa is a contemporary cultural arts space exhibiting visual arts, film, music and performance. The gallery particularly supports projects with significant cultural impact that cannot be realized in a traditional gallery or museum setting. Ballroom Marfa, along with Art Production Fund, present Prada Marfa, a site-specific, permanent land art project by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, located just off U.S. Route 90 to the northwest of Marfa, which we will visit on our way to Marfa.