21 June, 2010

20 June - Contemporary Architecture in Galisteo

LAUNCHPROJECTS - Last I had dinner in Galisteo, New Mexico with John and Tanya Young. Just past the ranch and home of Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg we arrived at an enormous and elaborate architectural construction site - John and Tanya's home.

John is a British architect best known for his architectural collaboration with Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers for the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Last night was an opportunity to tour his construction site and listen first-hand to a brilliant and animated architect building his personal opus, now over a decade in construction. With stunning views (interrupted only by Tom Ford's ranch) and perfectly appointed interior spaces, it was a night spent in the mind and vision of a truly world-class architect.

20 June, 2010

19 June - SITE Biennial weekend

LAUNCHPROJECTS - This weekend was the SITE Santa Fe Biennial extravaganza. With internationally acclaimed artists, curators, collectors and arts patrons all pounding the streets of Santa Fe it truly felt re-energized and relevant. Wandering from cocktail party to dinners to lectures to events one might catch Robert Storr peering into gallery windows (pictured above entering SITE), Kara Walker at a local coffee shop, or Agnes Gund dining out with friends.

This in conjunction with the announcement that the new SITE Santa Fe director will be Irene Hofmann (pictured above), former Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. She is married to Max Protetch, of Max Protetch Gallery. Perhaps a new gallery in Santa Fe's future....?

All in all an inspiring weekend for Santa Fe and a renewed anticipation for its contribution to the broader international contemporary art dialog.

Special thanks to Guy Cross of THE Magazine for the great shots of me, Ben, and Robert Storr at SITE!