The Whitney Museum in New York houses one of the world’s foremost collections of modern and contemporary American art. Right now don’t miss ‘American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe’, on view until the end of June. ‘American Legends’ explores the work of American icons in the Whitney’s permanent connection, including Paul Cadmus, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Gaston Lachaise, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella. The artists have been rotating throughout the year, as each gallery serves as a small-scale retrospective on the artist’s work. Don’t miss it.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997), Still Life with Crystal Bowl, 1972. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 52 × 42 in. (132.1 × 106.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art.
SOFITEL / DESIGN
Set in an Art Deco skyscraper by Jan Kleihues, Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm oozes style. This chic Berlin design hotel feature striking art by Junior Toscanelli, paintings by Katrin Kampmann, sculptures by Dietrich Klinge, a bronze painted by Marcus Lüpertz and graffiti by Miss Tic. Magnifique!
Our concierge team at Sofitel New York always have their pulse on the best art in the city.
Right now don’t miss the latest exhibition of sculpture from the 1960s at the Jewish Museum, featuring the work of artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, much of which has rarely been seen in the United States.
Oscar Bony, ‘Sinusoide or Structure’, 1967.
Spring has sprung in masterful style at the de Young Museum. Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this SF icon has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. Ask the Sofitel San Francisco Bay concierge for more details.
Richard Diebenkorn / Seated Figure with Hat, 1967, oil on canvas via the deyoungmuseum.
FRIDA KAHLO / LA
Many people don’t realize that Los Angeles has a host world-class art galleries and museums - many close to Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Until June 8 2014 visit the ‘Frida Kahlo, Her Photos’ exhibition at Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. The exhibition presents over 200 images from Frida Kahlo’s personal Casa Azul archive in Mexico City.
Image: USPS issued a Frida Kahlo stamp, making her the first Hispanic woman whose face has appeared on a U.S. stamp.
Followers of lifeismagnifique will know that we feature books and art from inside our hotels every week.
Perusing the books scattered around Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort we discovered this blast of color care of pop art sensation Roy Lichtenstein. While the subject matter of ‘landscapes’ seems unlike Lichtenstein’s early Pop comic paintings, his landscapes were in fact appropriated from the backgrounds of cartoon scenes - very Lichtenstein. In fact he used the same durable halftone dots but here distilled the compositions down to the most basic pictorial elements. How magnifique!
With a focus this week on ‘lines and stripes,’ we begin with some wonderful art by the Chilean born artist Iván Navarro.
Known internationally for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light, Navarro’s work is steeped in his homeland’s history while also speaking to current political debates. Navarro also works with mirrors, alongside light, in which viewers lose themselves in an apparently infinite space, as neon phrases or structures loom out, and suggest what lies beyond.
His work is held in the public and private collections located in many Sofitel locations, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), LVMH Collection (Paris), Saatchi Collection (London), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL) and Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris), pictured, only ten minutes from Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg.
ART / USA
Washington DC’s Phillips Collection has celebrated American art and artists since it opened to the public in 1921 as America’s first museum dedicated to modern art. Over the course of 50 years, Phillips built a world-class collection of nearly 2,000 pieces of modern art of which 1,400 were American, most of them acquired while the artists were alive and actively exhibiting. "Made in the USA" is the most comprehensive on-site installation of the Phillips’ American collection ever undertaken.
Image: David Smith’s ‘Bouquet of Concaves’ mingles with Adolph Gottlieb’s ‘Equinox’.
Award-winning Sofitel pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky has added some flavor to the first burst of spring color. What more would you expect from the French star of Chicago?