With its extraordinary history, eclectic cultural mix and outstanding architecture, New York is one of the most influential cities in the world, which holds a special place in hearts everywhere. In this fast changing world, few places represent success and progress as resplendently as here. And perhaps nowhere more vibrantly than within the New York art scene.
First stop this autumn (or should that be fall?) is of course the Salon Art & Design, which annually welcomes international galleries exhibiting historical, modern and contemporary furniture, ground breaking design and late 19th through 21st century art to its hallowed halls. The only international fair of this caliber to combine styles, genres, and periods, visitors will find Mid Century Modern from America, France, Italy, and Scandinavia paired with the work today’s emerging designers.
Supporting, educating and to a large extent also attracting the thick soup of up and coming talent in the city, lies a wealth of classic masterpieces in the most fabulous world class institutions from the Guggenheim to the Museum of Modern Art. A must-see highlight currently at MOMA is a study on the work of Max Ernst: Beyond Painting. This presentation focuses on the experimentation of his art and how his radical approach and techniques influenced many others throughout his lifetime.
Following Gallery David Zwirner’s recent Josef Albers exhibition, the Guggenheim’s Josef Albers in Mexico now presents photographs and photo collages based on the artist’s many visits to a place that struck him, as he later wrote to Vasily Kandinsky, as “the promised land of abstract art.”
Emerging artist Toyin Ojih Odutola has launched her first solo exhibition in the Meatpacking District’s renowned Whitney Museum of American Art. The collection, To Wander Determined, contains detailed drawings which look into the complexity and malleability of identity. With her distinctive interpretive style, Ojih Odutola puts forward a mysterious and intriguing take on portraiture and uses it to carry a wider message to the viewers.
In other areas of the city, hotels and restaurants are constantly evolving. Based in the iconic Seagram building which housed The Four Seasons, The Grill is one of the latest restaurants to be reinvented based on a uniquely New York heritage which has passed through these rooms. With waiters clad in Tom Ford suits, and food prepared tableside, it is a classic American chophouse taking inspiration from what was the pre-cursor to the New York Steakhouse. Minute details are carefully considered and an aura of elegance sets the tone. With acclaimed chef, Mario Carbone, taking charge, a reservation here is a must when in New York.