Contemporary Art Pilgrimages

Amangiri, Utah, Desert, Boutique Hotel

Cultural philanthropy is changing. Art collectors, patrons and a young generation of art lovers are curious and hungry for being in-the-know, for gaining direct and exclusive access to artist studios, eminent private collections, out-of-hours curator tours and attending the advanced preview of the preview of an exhibition. I enjoy the lot. However, the full potential of bespoke art engagement is greater. Art enthusiasts see art and culture as part of their lifestyle. They travel globally to see fairs, biennials and key exhibitions. It is only a matter of time that fatigue of content-spread-thin and lack of distinct experiences catch up.

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Artist in Focus: Diango Hernández

Diango Hernández, Cartas y Atardeceres, La Muralla Roja in La Manzanera, Calpe, Spain by Ricardo Bofill. Photography by Gregori Civera

It is back-to-school time and I would like to wave the summer goodbye in the gentlest way possible, featuring Cartas y Atardeceres (Letters and Sunsets) by Diango Hernández. The ongoing project exists online. The artist sources photographs of modern architecture and superimposes his characteristic graphic waves inspired by letters as a literary genre as well as actual letters from relevant personalities.

“This is a project proposal, a sort of collage. Something I am currently developing which involves buildings that I consider remarkable. Special places that my imaginary letters just activate.

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Summer Art Destinations: Provence, Greek Islands and Veneto

Frank Horvat, Bahamas, for Glamour USA, illustration for exercise on the beach, 1976

Summer brings a profound tension between chilling in the sun and making the most of the time off to explore art galleries and museums. My mantra: always minimum compromise. Before I pack for the holidays, these are a few must-do art exhibitions that you can enjoy by the Med, as you sail your summer away. See you there or back in September!

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A new reason to visit Barcelona by Sean Scully

Sean Scully Project, Santa Cecilia Church in Montserrat

I visited Barcelona last weekend. The reason was a true contemporary art pilgrimage to a chapel perched on top of the Montserrat mountains, one hour away from the city. Sean Scully (b. 1945) unveiled his permanent installation in Santa Cecilia church in June 2015. Scully has taken over the small Romanic chapel and conflated art and spirituality with his symbolic use of colours and the simplicity of his brushstroke.

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