First Class Travels

September 29, 2008

One world-class curator.

325 objects to collect and gather.

Packing light to ensure I don’t get extra service fees on my luggage.

Coordinating incoming couriers.

Dealing with royalty.

Relaxing in more hotel lobby bars than I can remember.

Seeing years of planning, research, blood, sweat and tears come to fruition — Priceless.

All in all, it is good to be home, to have the majority of my traveling done and to be able to now focus on the installation of Artistic Luxury. Check out my vlog at WKYC for some installation sneak peeks.

Stephen

FYI:

I thought about starting this entry with a really bad joke about flying around the world and how tired my arms have become, but I realized, it’s not really a joke. 

The part about my arms being tired may not be true, but I have been back and forth across the United States countless times and around the globe at least twice in gathering objects for my exhibition.

Overseas I’ve been to Paris, London, Barcelona, Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Ukraine and Monaco. In the states I’ve flown to Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Richmond, Virginia, San Francisco, Dallas, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, Kansas City, New Orleans and Florida.

Actually looking at the list of places in writing makes me want to go get a cup of coffee, or something stronger.

You see for some of the objects in Artistic Luxury, I’m responsible for picking them up, taking them through airport security and bringing them, in one piece, to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Private, exclusive and elite lenders have entrusted me with their prize possessions; meaning I can focus on nothing else until that object is safely housed in the museum.

Check out my video blog on WKYC for a behind-the-scenes look at Artistic Luxury…I’m going to go get that cup of coffee.

Stephen

FYI:

  • Get free admission to Artistic Luxury by becoming a member of CMA.
  • Own your own piece of Artistic Luxury in print – Browse through five centuries of prints, including the Guilded Age, at the Fine Print Fair Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Corporate College, I-271 and I-480, in Warrensville Heights.

Introducing…

September 17, 2008

Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique.

An era of opulence, of empires, of grandness…of artistic luxury.

The turn of the 20th century saw a world embracing an explosion of wealth and the rise of decadence.

Return to this era at my special exhibition, Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique opening on October 19 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In the upcoming weeks I invite you to return to my blog and learn about the adventures, history and scandal that lie behind Artistic Luxury.

For me it has been a labor of love years in the making. I wanted to create an exhibition that closely examines the artistry and techniques of the three most prominent designers of jewelry and luxury goods: Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and René Lalique.

Looking critically at the development, design and marketing of each designer, Artistic Luxury will explore the demand for luxury goods in the 20th century. The exhibition will highlight some of the key patrons and personalities of the period and will examine the inspirations and creative legacies of the three artist-jewelers. Many of these rare objects come from private collections and have rarely been seen by the public.

On October 19, join me in returning to a time that has inspired the way we perceive art and luxury today.

To see some behind-the-scenes action and hear about the exhibition from my perspective, check out my video blogs at WKYC.com.

Looking forward to seeing you in the galleries this fall.

Stephen

FYI:

  • Advance discount tickets are currently on sale for Artistic Luxury  – $12 if purchased by October 19, 2008.  
  • In the spirit of Artistic Luxury, build your own luxurious getaway package at clevelandblings.com.
  • Staff from the CMA Community Affairs Department are trying their hand at chalking works from Fabergé, Tiffany and Lalique at Chalk Festival  – September 20 & 21.
  • Get free admission to Artistic Luxury by becoming a member of CMA.