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2 October 2017
Coming to the end of my lovely holidays I had time to be with my kids and friends in the Hamptons during Labor Day weekend. There were a few surprises along the way. I was keeping my head down but, for me, work is play so of course I was in heaven when I visited the most aesthetically perfect home of Lee Mindel. He has prime examples of 1970s furniture from Vernon Panton, Harry Bertoia to Eero Saarinen. It was a breath taking visit.
It was great to visit Tiffany’s old boss Joel Mesler, who has upped sticks and headed to the Hamptons with his expanding family. His new venture - Rental gallery – is wonderful.
With him we spied many gems - including this photo of Kenny Schachter, the art dealer.
I loved this exquisite painting by Ridley Howard.
And also the ceramic sculptures by UCLA Professor Roger Herman – we loved them so much that we decided to add one to the Collection.
Outside Harpers book shop, we all - including my friends Joyce and Richard -have a photo with the Mr Harper and Joel.
I also had time to visit Valo Park in Washington DC where we have loaned and installed some of our beloved collection, including Mustafa Halusi’s very vivid fruit paintings produced when he represented Cyprus in Venice.
And at the end of a lift corridor another work by Mustafa Hulusi - one of his masterful Monochrome Black paintings - was on show.
Another old friend it was great to see again was this magnificent work Neonlicht II by Armin Boehm, a fantastic Los Angeles landscape by night.
I was so excited to finally see Mirage installed - these amazing camels by Jean Marie Appriou have found a perfect home.
Then it was Bye Bye USA and a very speedy visit to London. I managed a catch up with Camden Arts Centre’s outgoing matriarch Jenni Lomax, who leaves very soon, and re-connect with Martin Clark in his new role. There was a lovely show of Jennifer Tee.
And a (kind of) retrospective of Daniel Richter. His work was fun and vibrant.
My favorite part of being in London is visiting the up and coming art. I had time to go to Chelsea Art College MA show. No stand out geniuses this year, not like in 2007 when Haroon Mirza and Laura Buckley graduated, but there was some good potential.
I particularly liked the work of Shadi Razael, a very brave work exploring being a woman. It was accompanied by an incredible installation. Her presentation was professional enough to put some established artists to shame.
I had time to visit McArthur Binion’s show at Massimo De Carlo Gallery. The work was a joy to see, full of patterns and colour. The diary works jumped out at you. I am still trying to work out how McArthur has such a big address book!
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