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Yountville’s Fascinating Art Walk

For the past eight years the town of Yountville in the Napa Valley wine country, has displayed an exquisite outdoor art collection by local and U.S. artists. Over 30 colorful pieces of art enhance Washington Street, strategically placed along the one main street. Some are in front of trendy restaurants, others near luxury hotels and charming inns, wine tasting rooms, a spa and a museum. Gordon Huether partnered with Yountville Arts to create the Yountville Art Walk. With his guidance and willingness to lend four sculptures, the Yountville Art Wall was born. Tourist can pick up an Art Walk map at...

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Long Lost Painting by Daniel Ridgway Knight Surfaces

Rehs Galleries Inc., a New York gallery specializing in 19thand 20th-century works of art, sells In Winter, a long-lost painting by the American artist Daniel Ridgway Knight (1939-1924). Born in 1839, Ridgway Knight received his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he was a classmate of Mary Cassatt and Thomas Eakins.  In 1861, he continued his studies in Paris under Alexandre Cabanel and Charles Gabriel Gleyre.  Knight returned to the United States in 1863 to serve in the Civil War and then traveled back to France in 1872, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Once Knight settled in France, he befriended Renoir, Sisley, and Meissonier. In 1874, he traveled to Barbizon to...

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Aqua Art Miami Announces 14th Edition 12/5-12/9

Aqua Art Miami will kick off its 14th edition at the Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139) with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, December 5th before opening to the public December 6th – 9th, 2018. The energetic preview has become the destination for influential collectors and art professionals, many of whom migrate from Aqua’s sister fairs, Art Miami and CONTEXT conveniently nestled between the Venetian Causeway and the MacArthur Causeways, and Art Basel Miami Beach, which is located just a few blocks away. Aqua Art Miami is the premier location for art aficionados to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists. Throughout...

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An Insider’s Guide to Art Fairs

By Jeremy Larner Art fairs have seen a tremendous boon over the past decade. Taking place throughout the year, and on every side of the globe, they attract a sophisticated and discerning crowd. Art fairs are an extension of any gallery’s program and often set the pace, tastes, and prices for the upcoming year. The art fair movement is in part occurring due to a shift in the demographics of art collectors, as we’re seeing a younger and wider range of art collectors become the faces of the art scene. These Cultural Experiences Are Entering Travelers’ Must-See Lists Attending...

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Wojciech Fangor Exhibition at Heather James Fine Art New York

A new addition to the Upper East Side gallery scene, Heather James Fine Art New York, located at 42 East 75th Street, will present its inaugural exhibition, Wojciech Fangor: The Early 1960s, April 19 – June 30, 2018. This is the first solo exhibition in the U.S. in more than 25 years of paintings by Wojciech Fangor (1922-2015), one of Poland’s preeminent Post-War abstract artists. In 1970, Fangor was the first Polish artist to have a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. The exhibition, curated by Polish art historian Patryk P. Tomaszewski, will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay...

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Art House Hudson Exhibiting “Actual Art” Icon Tery Fugate-Wilcox

In a recent Luxe Beat Magazine exclusive interview, I talked with Art House Hudson gallery owner and founder, Christene Selleck. She shared with me her vision for the gallery and how she met the iconic Tery Fugate-Wilcox. His exhibit “It’s Time” is on display now, through September 4, 2017 and features a collection commissioned by the late Steve Jobs, “The Steves,” along with other Actual Art collections including: “Don’t Leaf Me Alone” and “Slow Burn.” Tery is a National Endowment for the Arts laureate with creations found in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Australia, NYC Parks and museums such...

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Exclusive Haus Alkire Designer Luncheon

On May 2, Bay Area fashion luminaires and notables gathered at W San Francisco as W Hotels Worldwide, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and celebrity stylist and owner of MGK Style Mary Gonsalves Kinney welcomed guests to an intimate designer showcase featuring the designs of Haus Alkire – named “Ones to Watch” by Bazaar magazine and “Top Picks from New York Fashion Week Designers on the Rise” by Vogue magazine.         Guests had the opportunity to preview and shop the collection of the celebrated womenswear designers, Jason and Julie Alkire, in the Extreme...

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Street Art

Street Art is a rising trend in the travel industry. Artists around the world are creating unique cultural pieces, via public art initiatives. From Montreal to Tauranga to Johannesburg, art fairs will be plentiful this summer. The public art initiatives serve as the city’s outdoor museums, allowing visitors to experience the cultural heritage of these countries, often functioning as a catalyst into the underlying cultural, social or political landscape. Montreal, Quebec MURAL International Public Art Festival, June 8-18, 2017 The 5th edition of the MURAL International Public Art Festival will be held from June 8 – 18, 2017 in Montreal, transforming...

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The Leopard at des Artistes: Superb Food and Nostalgia

Sometimes a meal is served with something extra that makes it truly memorable. During a recent visit to The Leopard at des Artistes, not only was my dinner superb from start to finish, it was accompanied with a warm glow of nostalgia. The restaurant is located in the former Café des Artistes, which before it closed in 2009, was one of my favorite places for glamorous atmosphere and lovely food. Established in 1917, Café des Artistes was a stylish icon, famous for the saucy Howard Chandler Christy murals and extravagant floral arrangements. Today, I’m happy to say, Christy’s nymphs still...

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A Giacometti Pilgrimage

Switzerland is known for many things, including top-of-the-line watches, rich chocolates, a fine selection of cheese, diversity of languages, picturesque natural beauty and its neutrality in regards to world affairs. What most folks don’t realize is that this charming country also has a reputation for art, rivaling that of numerous other European nations in regards to size and scope of collections within its museums. Additionally, many famous artists are from Switzerland, including Paul Klee, Ferdinand Hodler, Jean Tinguely, Arnold Böcklin and Méret Oppenheim. The most renowned, however, is Alberto Giacometti. As I grew up in the Windy City, the...

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Take a Contemporary Art Journey Through Asia

Remote Lands, the world’s leading ultra-luxe Asia travel designer, has teamed up with luxury hotel brand The Peninsula Hotels to offer guests an unforgettable journey into Asia’s contemporary art capitals from February 19 to March 5, 2017. The trip will take 16 travelers through Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Beijing where they will stay in five Peninsula hotels while gaining access to exclusive contemporary art experiences in each city. The new 15-day itinerary, Journey Through Asia’s Contemporary Art Capitals, features a variety of private, high-end art offerings for guests including intimate tours of acclaimed art museums, galleries and private...

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Desai Foundation Celebrates Diwali on the Hudson

The Desai Foundation held its third-annual Diwali on the Hudson benefit on October 26, 2016. This event has become the premier Diwali party in New York City and a glamorous affair for the Indian diaspora community and beyond. Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights,” is an annual festival celebrated as a metaphorical embrace of light over dark and good over evil. The sold-out event was attended by 300 of New York’s best: celebrities, influencers and business moguls, who celebrated the occasion in elaborate East-West fusion style, with bright colors, beautiful fabrics and colorful accents. Guests came out to support the...

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