A Day Trip with the Guggenheim Museum to Greenwich
It is wonderful to be able to experience art under the auspices of a museum such as the Guggenheim. The Patrons Circle of the Guggenheim Museum and their International Director’s Council spent the afternoon in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Our first stop was James Turrell’s Baker Pool. This site specific swimming pool is located in a private barn in Greenwich.
The 50 ft pool made of black granite is located downstairs in the owner’s barn, which was designed by architect Walt Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The colors of the changing light are reflected over the water, and you feel like you are experiencing a Rothko painting being created continuously.
Our second stop was a visit to the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, located in a barn that was once used to store apples. This private museum is open to the public and the shows change twice every year.
Dan Colen, “Help!” is now on view. What fascinated our group the most was the “love roses” curtain made from almost 150,000 glass crack pipes. It is fragile, very beautiful, and apparently was extremely difficult to install. Colen’s work is very diverse; he has used chewing gum, rubble, birds and crushed flowers to create his wildly imaginative and eclectic art works.
Next, we visited the collection of Jennifer and David Stockman. Jennifer Stockman is the most generous and elegant hostess. She is a brilliant collector, and took the time to walk us through her vast collection of post-modern and contemporary art.
Included in her collection are works by art stars such as Willem de Kooning,Richard Diebenkorn, Barnett Newman, Brice Marden, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Olafur Eliasson and Ai Weiwei, to name just a few.
Our last stop in Greenwich was a visit to Pamela and Arthur Sanders’ Collection.
Mrs. Sanders is the daughter of renown collectors and she referred to what a privilege it was living with extraordinary works of art. She definitely inherited her parents’ collecting gene!
Their amazing collection includes artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Gober,Sherrie Levine, Richard Serra, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Barbara Kruger. Mrs. Sanders has such a curatorial way of explaining each work in her collection, and their origins.
One always plans to visit the Brant Foundation, or other art destinations outside of New York City, but one never actually seem to get there. It is a pleasure to go with a museum group that allows you to tour the foundations, as well as very personal private collections in intimate settings.
Guggenheim Museum Patrons Circle: Karaugh Brown, 212 423 3539, [email protected]
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