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Three art galleries to visit in Palm Beach for an art lover

Palm Beach may better be known for its long stretch of coast and opulent mansions, but the region has also become increasingly recognized as a thriving arts destination where some well-known museums sit alongside an abundance of boutique galleries. Here
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Three art galleries to visit in Palm Beach for an art lover

Palm Beach may better be known for its long stretch of coast and opulent mansions, but the region has also become increasingly recognized as a thriving arts destination where some well-known museums sit alongside an abundance of boutique galleries. Here, we take a look at where to find the best Palm Beach art galleries.1. Visit the Box GalleryThe Box Gallery is one of the top fine art galleries in Palm Beach, Florida, providing a wide collection of modern + contemporary works by leading artists. As the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary returns to Palm Beach, surprises await collectors and art patrons visiting West Palm Beach. The Box Gallery will be presenting the monumental “Ars Musae: The Odyssey Frieze” by Marzia Ellero Ransom on January 13, 2018.2. Visit The Society of the Four ArtsThe Society of the Four Arts was founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming to the growing resort community of Palm Beach. The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building, designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, is home to a gallery that features a diverse and ever-changing schedule of traveling art exhibitions. The building also includes a 700-seat auditorium with top-of-the-line sound and lighting for concerts, lectures, and films.3. Visit Nicole Henry Fine ArtNicole Henry Fine Art is a West Palm Beach gallery specializing in emerging art markets including Cuban and Street Art to secondary works from Pre-Columbian, Old Masters, Impressionists, Modern, Contemporary, Latin American, European, and American Art. The gallery was founded by art dealer Nicole Henry in 2006. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a BFA in Art History and Studio Art, Nicole Henry was granted a treasury license from the U.S. government in 2001 to travel to Cuba and bring back Cuban Art. Nicole has raised over $1,250,000 for local charities over the past three years, and is an active member of the local community and involved with the organization — Place of Hope. She co-chaired their gala in 2013, was the honorary co-chair in 2014 and now sits on the business board for the organization.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the galleries.  

Three art galleries to visit in Palm Beach for an art lover

Palm Beach may better be known for its long stretch of coast and opulent mansions, but the region has also become increasingly recognized as a thriving arts destination where some well-known museums sit alongside an abundance of boutique galleries. Here
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Three art galleries to visit in Palm Beach for an art lover

Palm Beach may better be known for its long stretch of coast and opulent mansions, but the region has also become increasingly recognized as a thriving arts destination where some well-known museums sit alongside an abundance of boutique galleries. Here, we take a look at where to find the best Palm Beach art galleries.1. Visit the Box GalleryThe Box Gallery is one of the top fine art galleries in Palm Beach, Florida, providing a wide collection of modern + contemporary works by leading artists. As the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary returns to Palm Beach, surprises await collectors and art patrons visiting West Palm Beach. The Box Gallery will be presenting the monumental “Ars Musae: The Odyssey Frieze” by Marzia Ellero Ransom on January 13, 2018.2. Visit The Society of the Four ArtsThe Society of the Four Arts was founded in 1936 to offer quality cultural programming to the growing resort community of Palm Beach. The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery Building, designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, is home to a gallery that features a diverse and ever-changing schedule of traveling art exhibitions. The building also includes a 700-seat auditorium with top-of-the-line sound and lighting for concerts, lectures, and films.3. Visit Nicole Henry Fine ArtNicole Henry Fine Art is a West Palm Beach gallery specializing in emerging art markets including Cuban and Street Art to secondary works from Pre-Columbian, Old Masters, Impressionists, Modern, Contemporary, Latin American, European, and American Art. The gallery was founded by art dealer Nicole Henry in 2006. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a BFA in Art History and Studio Art, Nicole Henry was granted a treasury license from the U.S. government in 2001 to travel to Cuba and bring back Cuban Art. Nicole has raised over $1,250,000 for local charities over the past three years, and is an active member of the local community and involved with the organization — Place of Hope. She co-chaired their gala in 2013, was the honorary co-chair in 2014 and now sits on the business board for the organization.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the galleries.  

Top five luxury places to stay in Palm Beach

As the art world descends on Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair, there is a lot more to savor in the host city and live in style. Blouin Culture + Travel curated a list of properties you can opt for a luxurious stay during the art fair.1. Four Seasons Reso
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Top five luxury places to stay in Palm Beach

As the art world descends on Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair, there is a lot more to savor in the host city and live in style. Blouin Culture + Travel curated a list of properties you can opt for a luxurious stay during the art fair.1. Four Seasons Resort, Palm BeachOn an island known for its swaying palm trees and fresh coastal breezes lies a heavenly luxury resort retreat. At the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, soak yourself in a chic and classic Florida luxury resort where your every desire for a tropical escape will be met. Nestled in an expansive beach of silken sand, the intimately sized resort presents an oasis of laid-back sophistication amid calm ocean waters. Relish beautiful year-round weather, chic luxury and ever-attentive hotel staff at our luxury resort set on the best beach in Palm Beach.2. The Brazilian Court Palm BeachExtraordinary amenities and privileged service lie at the heart of the guest experience at The Brazilian Court Hotel. Set among tranquil garden courtyards, the Palm Beach hotel seamlessly incorporates all the comforts expected from a luxury retreat. Surrounded by designer chaise lounges and lush palm gardens, the secluded pool is the perfect Palm Beach oasis. Your pampered pet will enjoy a welcome amenity and nightly turndown service. There is a one-time $100 non-refundable pet fee per stay.3. The BreakersFounded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896, the story of The Breakers has been one of the strong roots ever since. The resort is holding true to its values while evolving in a changing world. The story of The Breakers continues, holding fast to the ideals that put it on the map —unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour, and world-class service at the same time embracing the new. In the modern world that is more interconnected than ever before, The Breakers is committed to the environment and its guests.4. The Chesterfield Palm BeachSurrounded by palm-lined boulevards, the property is just moments from Worth Avenue and white sandy beaches. Experience the world-class hospitality, renowned traditional High Tea, old-world charm, and beautiful, individually designed bedrooms and suites. The interiors of The Chesterfield Palm Beach are as stylish and inspiring as the exterior. Here you have a choice of 42 Superior and Deluxe Rooms and 11 luxurious Suites, all decorated in styles and colors that accentuate the clear warm days and soft nights of Palm Beach.5. Tideline Ocean Resort And SpaA private white-sand beach with breathtaking panoramic Atlantic Ocean views, world-class dining at two on-site restaurants and a spa named one of Florida’s best places to pamper yourself – welcome to paradise at the Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa in Palm Beach. The 134-room upscale boutique hotel is a great spot to soak up the Florida sun and let your worries blow away with the soft, calming ocean breeze. Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the properties.  

London’s Very Best Restaurants and Bars: Top Picks by Writer Stephanie Brookes

Everyone has heard of The Savoy. Many London foodies will know Pollen Street Social or Little Social. You can’t ignore them, but there is a lot more to the British capital’s restaurant scene than that.Stephanie Brookes, a food writer and presenter, a BBC
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London’s Very Best Restaurants and Bars: Top Picks by Writer Stephanie Brookes

Everyone has heard of The Savoy. Many London foodies will know Pollen Street Social or Little Social. You can’t ignore them, but there is a lot more to the British capital’s restaurant scene than that.Stephanie Brookes, a food writer and presenter, a BBC London Radio contributor, opens up on some of her choices in this question-and-answer article for Blouin ArtInfo.Her selection ranges from the small but unique Cork & Bottle to some newer local favorites such as Clerkenwell’s Luca. And – if you want to find Redemption – head for Shoreditch… Now read on.Home is where in London?I live in New Cross in South East London.What projects are you currently working on?I’m looking forward to my upcoming compering roles and working on some more broadcast projects. Which are the best restaurants right now – do list a few and say why you like them?Pollen Street Social in Mayfair is a modern British restaurant by Chef Jason Atherton. It has a delectable menu of fresh, seasonal produce with an outstanding three-course set menu – one of the best I’ve tasted.Kiln in Soho is the perfect place if you’re craving delicious, Thai-inspired dishes. I highly recommend the Clay pot noodles with crab. Also, try the Langoustines, Kaffir lime and sweet mint.Luca in Clerkenwell is a new favorite with some of the most delicious, Italian-inspired dishes, and the pasta is just perfection. Try the Conchiglie with pork sausage, tomato, anchovy and mint. I definitely suggest placing an order for the Parmesan fries and Spiced lamb arancini for the table.What place is best for a no-expense-spared/ blowout big meal?The Savoy Grill is a true gem and one of London’s most beloved restaurants. The restaurant itself probably has the most glamorous dining room in the city. Expect wonderful service, a menu of traditional British classics and superb cocktails. It’s the perfect choice for a decadent night out.And, at the other end of the scale, name a few places which offer good value?Café East in Surrey Quays serves authentic Vietnamese dishes in a simple, unpretentious environment. The focus here is solely on the food. It’s always busy but it’s definitely worth the wait for a table. You can get a main dish for less than £10 and you certainly won’t leave hungry. I always order the Bun Ga Nuong, a dish of vermicelli noodles, topped with crispy chicken, herb salad, peanuts and fish sauce.Let’s give away a few secrets. Perhaps a secret place worth discovering?The London Particular is my local café in New Cross and one of my favorite places for a leisurely lunch. The food is fresh, seasonal, with an ever-changing menu. The house-frittata is my go-to item on the menu. The coffee is also outstanding.Any choices for best breakfasts?The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell has a really relaxed, informal atmosphere – just what you want at breakfast. Their menu is always extensive so you’re going to find many dishes you’ll want to try. I recommend the sugar cured prawn omelet, smoked chili sambal, spring onion and coriander. I also order the pain au chocolat as they’re so good here.Chapters in Blackheath does the best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had. They place a generous mound of thinly sliced ham on a crisp muffin, then two perfectly oozy poached eggs, and then a creamy yet slightly tangy hollandaise sauce, makes this my ultimate weekend treat.Can you pick a best new trend, a quirky new place for instance?Yes, I’ve noticed the non-alcoholic cocktail scene has really taken off, and for some of the most inventive creations, head to Redemption bar in Shoreditch. It’s a great place to go if you don’t drink or you’re trying to cut down on the alcohol, yet you never once have to compromise on flavor. Try the Espresso Remolacha made with an espresso shot, date syrup, beetroot juice and served over ice.And a best bar generally?American Bar at The Savoy is a classic and truly one of the best bars in London. I always love coming here for the Green Park cocktail which is made with gin, basil, celery bitters and lemon juice. The service is always welcoming, and never stuffy.Choose a best place for a nightcap…The Cork and Bottle in Leicester Square is a great wine bar which I’ve been going to for years. It has a very rustic, romantic atmosphere and it’s the perfect place for a late night drink.Best place for a first date?The Rum Kitchen in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street is a lively, Caribbean eatery with delicious, Jerk chicken dishes and a great selection of rum cocktails. Its easy-going atmosphere is perfect for a date - you certainly won’t have any of those first-date nerves once you’ve sampled their Zombie Cocktail!Your pick of best hotels?I’ve been visited the Covent Garden Hotel for years and it always has a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Brasserie Max is great for cocktails. They also serve a lovely afternoon tea.As you may have noticed from a couple of my answers, you can tell I’m a big fan of The Savoy. It’s never lost any of its charm even after the recent renovation. I adore both the American Bar and the glamour of the Beaufort. It’s always the perfect place to spend an indulgent afternoon.Must-visit places generally?I have to give a mention to New Cross, where I’ve lived for years. It feels completely like home to me now and it’s my favorite spot in London. It has some of the very best pubs, artisan cafes, and restaurants – definitely worth a visit!Just up the road from New Cross is the green expanse of Blackheath. The area has this very easy-going atmosphere with an abundance of lovely cafes and restaurants.How would you spend a free afternoon?A free afternoon often involves a visit to a local food market. One of my favorites is Brockley Market which is open every Saturday, and is a little wander up the road for me. I would then venture over to my favorite café, The London Particular (as mentioned) for coffee. Any good day for me always involves a wander out to forage for food in some form!Now what about any favorite shops?I love the food hall in Fortnum & Mason as it has the most delicious deli counter, fresh breads and pastries. It also has one of the most extensive gin collections I’ve ever seen. La Fromagerie on Moxon Street is the go-to for the best cheeses in London. Lina Stores on Brewer Street is great for fresh pasta.Your favorite building?I’m always fascinated by St Bride’s Church as the spire is rumored to have been the inspiration for the design of the classic, tiered wedding cake. If you look at the top of the spire it has four beautiful tiers and will instantly bring to mind a traditional, wedding cake. It’s no surprise my favorite building reminds me of food!Let’s think about cultural stuff: name any recent play, film, book, art show you enjoyed?“Twelfth Night” at the National Theatre starring Tamsin Greig. It was perfectly played and Tamsin had everyone in stitches.I recently watched “La La Land” for the first time. It’s one of those films which  had so much hype when it first came out, and I’ve heard so many conflicting reviews, but it was a joyous couple of hours of music, dance and pure escapism – loved it!I’ve just started reading “Eating up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa” by Matthew Fort, which is an exploration of his food journey around Italy. It’s making me want to plan out my next culinary getaway.Great tips, thanks for your time!For further information, please visit Stephanie’s website at www.stephaniebrookes.com and follow @stephbrookesClick on the slideshow below for more images related to this story.

Arles

A mecca for artists and art lovers alike ever since Van Gogh set up house here, this city in the South of France has a history dating back to Roman times and keeps current with an annual photography festival known as Les Rencontres d’Arles. The 46th edition
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Arles

A mecca for artists and art lovers alike ever since Van Gogh set up house here, this city in the South of France has a history dating back to Roman times and keeps current with an annual photography festival known as Les Rencontres d’Arles. The 46th edition, running July 6 through September 20, augments 35 thematic exhibitions with solo shows devoted to such masters as Walker Evans and Stephen Shore.SAM STOURDZEThe director of Les Rencontres d’Arles offers a summer tip list: “Musée Réattu, named for Arles-born painter Jacques Réattu, may be most notable for its holdings of photographs. This first public collection in a French fine art museum played a key role in sparking public interest and establishing the legitimacy of the medium. The Cloître Saint Trophime is worth all the Zen gardens in the world. Photography amateurs will feel the presence of Edouard Baldus, who photographed the beauty of this site as early as the 19th century. You have to climb the stairs to access the rooftop and discover the stone roof. Chez Caro, at the heart of the historical center of Arles, offers Provençal cuisine with a great selection of wines. L’Ouvre Boîte is an atypical place where you can find a large choice of Spanish tapas, drink a glass of wine, and buy select Spanish and French products. And each year, the festival Les Suds, from July 13 through 19, welcomes more than 60 concerts of world music in the heart of the beautiful city.”JULIA DE BIERREThe founder of Galerie Huit, a B&B-cumartist space that will feature six solo shows over the course of the season, shares her favorite local haunts: “The Museum of Antiquities is a wonderfully soothing introduction to Arles. I particularly recommend the Roman boat exhibit, which is accompanied by a short film explaining how the boat was recently rescued from the Rhône after 2,000 years of submersion. For a more contemporary take on Arles, do visit the Anne Clergue Galerie and the new Vincent van Gogh Foundation. This year I’ll be wining and dining at the Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus’s new pop-up restaurant on the Place du Forum, which is open all summer. Le Gibolin in the rue des Porcelets is always fun too—if you can get a table. Sip digestifs in the late-night bar of the Hôtel Blain, which also serves as the new premises of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation. Or try Le Picador, which connects visitors to the more local side of Arles: bulls and tapas!”

Top Five Things to do in Miami Beach

Think Miami Beach in Florida and the first images that might come to mind are of bronzed people lounging on sugar-sand beaches or dancing the night away in ultra-chic clubs. And while you visit the vibrant city to take in Art Basel Miami Beach, explore the pl
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Top Five Things to do in Miami Beach

Think Miami Beach in Florida and the first images that might come to mind are of bronzed people lounging on sugar-sand beaches or dancing the night away in ultra-chic clubs. And while you visit the vibrant city to take in Art Basel Miami Beach, explore the places curated by our editors to make the most of your trip to the art fair.1. Visit the South Pointe ParkThe park has walking paths, food stands, a captivating grassy area and a great 360-degree view of the ocean. It is a park as well as a beach. It is also popular for film crews and photo shoots. Experience South Pointe Park’s contemporary art sculptures, the sight of the cruise ships sailing past, and the clear waters at this beautifully maintained park and beach area.2. Explore the Art Deco Historic DistrictThe Art Deco Historic District of Miami Beach city has colorful buildings, intricate details, exciting décor elements, and a century-old history that offers a glimpse into an era gone by. It is the first neighborhood of the 20th-century to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The district has over 800 buildings and structures built between 1923 and 1943 and is located on Miami Beach between 5th Street and 23rd Street.3. Visit the Miami Beach Botanical GardenSpread over 2.6 acres of urban greenspace in Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden was founded in 1962. Its first transformation happened in 2011 with a landscape renovation designed by the renowned South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases indigenous Florida plants and trees including bromeliads, cycad, orchids, palms, and many others. There is also a Japanese garden, native garden and bio-swale, and water gardens including fountains, ponds, and a wetland with mangrove and pond apple trees.4. Visit the Bass Museum of ArtLocated in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art hosts contemporary exhibitions all-year-round. Inaugurated in 1963 when the City of Miami Beach accepted a collection of Baroque and Renaissance works of art from collectors John and Johanna Bass, it opened its doors one year later as the Bass Museum of Art, designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast. In June 2015, the museum began an internal expansion working again with iconic architect Arata Isozaki as the design consultant and David Gauld, also an architect. The new design increased the museum’s space by almost 50 percent within the museum’s existing footprint as well as strengthened the museum’s commitment to the exhibition and educational programming in a responsible and sustainable manner.5. Roam around Lincoln RoadStroll down the Lincoln Road Mall at any time of day to experience the pulse of the city. The city’s mecca of dining, experience, and shopping is continuously bustling with a mix of locals and tourists, which creates an palpable energy. Cafés, bars, and restaurants on the pedestrian-friendly promenade offer prime sidewalk seating, ripe for catching a constant parade of local characters, models, street performers, and more.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of Miami Beach. 

Amsterdam: An Artistic Visual Feast

Who wouldn’t want to visit Amsterdam? Known for its “brown cafés,” traditional Dutch pubs where all troubles seem to melt away and great beer flows like water, the capital city of the Netherlands has a warm place in the hearts of myriad tourists. The h
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Amsterdam: An Artistic Visual Feast

Who wouldn’t want to visit Amsterdam? Known for its “brown cafés,” traditional Dutch pubs where all troubles seem to melt away and great beer flows like water, the capital city of the Netherlands has a warm place in the hearts of myriad tourists. The historic Golden Age canals, narrow houses with gabled exteriors, vintage shops and museums are an artist’s delight. And with the Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam in November (it runs from November 1 through 5, 2017), it’s time to start dreaming of a Dutch getaway. American born and raised, Kris Clark came to Amsterdam for art and stayed for love. She joined the Affordable Art Fair team in 2015 just four months before the fair. She firmly believes that good partnerships and programming to accompany the art on show are the keys to a great fair. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Clark about her favorite places to eat, relax and be inspired in Amsterdam.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Amsterdam and why?The Willet-Holtyhuysen Museum because it is such a beautiful time capsule, the Van Gogh museum, of course, and I recommend a bike ride along the river.What restaurants, bars, and cafés would you recommend in Amsterdam and why?We love getting lunch from Caldi & Freddi — best Italian sandwiches ever.Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Amsterdam?I’d go to the main library on the waterfront OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam) — I love the building, the area and books. Getting coffee at Café de Pont and just biking along the canals are also things I enjoy.Where would you head to in Amsterdam for the best shopping and what would you buy?Our office is rather conveniently located on the Dam next to the Bijenkorf and close to the Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk. I’d just go strolling and see what catches my eye. Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Amsterdam?Well, one of our hotel partners, of course. Lloyd is a great place with a great concept and fun location, and Vondel Hotels just opened a boutique property right across from the zoo.What are the best places to see and buy art in Amsterdam?Any one of the festival exhibitors! Amsterdam is spoilt for choice with so many galleries.What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Amsterdam? Paradiso for the great sound and intimate atmosphere.What are the best spots for experiencing the city’s nightlife?I’m a morning person so not big on nightlife. But I have heard there are some great late night jazz cafés near the Leidseplein.What projects are you currently working on/involved in?The Amsterdam fair opens soon so all hands on deck for that!What are some interesting artworks that we can look forward to at Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam?We are super excited to welcome a group of artists from Bulgaria, a collective of young talent from Mumbai and Kollektiv Lumen who make art from photography of your iris. Then there’s Ronen Gallery with works by Daan Oude Elferink, more phenomenal photography art “Artitled” representing Matt Henry and Jeffrey Milstein among others, and of course, exciting paintings at Aperture and Gallery Ter Beek. This article appears in the November 2017 edition of Art+Auction.

Barcelona

Penalva has lived in Barcelona for the past seven years and ranks it among the world’s top places to reside. “The city is the right size to get to know people and the international art scene easily,” she says. Barcelona’s other winning qualities inclu
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Barcelona

Penalva has lived in Barcelona for the past seven years and ranks it among the world’s top places to reside. “The city is the right size to get to know people and the international art scene easily,” she says. Barcelona’s other winning qualities include months of warm weather and a wealth of gastronomic delights. Among Barcelona’s native sons are Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, and Antoni Gaudí, whose architecture defines the Spanish city. Whether it is Gaudí’s fantastical Park Güell (Carrer d’Olot, 5; parkguell.cat), with its eye-popping colors and surreal passageways, or his magnum opus, the still unfinished Basílica de la Sagrada Família (Carrer de Mallorca, 401; sagradafamilia.org), the architect’s imprint on the landscape is impossible to miss. The towering basilica, which soars nearly 560 feet, is perhaps the world’s most famous construction site: Ground was broken in 1882, and completion is now set for around 2026. Fiercely proud of its role as the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community with its own distinct language, Barcelona holds an abundance of cultural institutions. Penalva suggests a visit to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc; museunacional.cat) to view its trove of Catalan visual art. The museum is located on top of Montjuïc hill, affording spectacular vistas.Taking a break from the cultural itinerary, Penalva recommends the contemporary art space and café Cosmo (Carrer Enric Granados, 3; galeriacosmo.com); the cheesecake, she says, is a must. Those craving dinner with a view won’t be disappointed by the bar and restaurant El Cercle (Carrer dels Arcs, 5; elcerclerestaurant.com). Penalva advises making a reservation ahead of time for a table on its outdoor terrace, right above the Reial Cercle Artístic (Carrer dels Arcs, 5; reialcercleartistic.cat), a private fine arts society that houses a permanent exhibition of works by Catalan Salvador Dalí. Next to the Lluís Domènech i Montaner–designed Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall is Le Cucine Mandarosso (Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís, 4; lecucinemandarosso.com), a restaurant known for its authentic Italian fare with a menu that changes daily according to seasonality and freshness. Locals also flock to Bodega La Palma (Carrer de la Palma de Sant Just, 7; bodegalapalma.com), a wine and tapas bar that originally opened as a grocery store in 1935. Another go-to spot is Belvedere (Passatge de Mercader, 3; bcnrestaurantes.com) which, according to Penalva, serves some of the city’s best cocktails. There is also Boadas Cocktails (Carrer dels Tallers, 1; boadascocktails.com), which makes an expert Negroni. Penalva likes it for being “one of the few authentic bars remaining on Las Ramblas,” the historic pedestrian boulevard.

"I love the infinite beauty of Paris": Jennifer Flay

Come October 19, collectors and art lovers from around the world will once again convene in Paris for the latest in contemporary art, thanks to FIAC, the annual International Contemporary Art Fair.“The Lafayette sector this year is particularly exciting, wi
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"I love the infinite beauty of Paris": Jennifer Flay

Come October 19, collectors and art lovers from around the world will once again convene in Paris for the latest in contemporary art, thanks to FIAC, the annual International Contemporary Art Fair.“The Lafayette sector this year is particularly exciting, with 10 galleries from eight countries including Kosovo, Eygpt and India,” said Jennifer Flay, who has been the director of the festival since 2003.Flay, a native of New Zealand, has a long history in the field. Born in 1959 in Auckland, she began her art history studies in New Zealand and pursued her education in France from 1980 thanks to a scholarship from the French government. From 1982 to 1987, she worked in several contemporary art galleries (Galerie Catherine Issert, Daniel Templon ET Ghislaine Hussenot) and took an active part in the participation of these galleries in international fairs in Paris, Basel, Chicago, Madrid, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. During this period, Flay collaborated, notably, with Carl André, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christian Boltanski, Keith Haring, Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner and Franz West.In 1990, Flay founded her own gallery in Paris. La Galerie Jennifer Flay (1990-2003) represented in France Claude Closky, John Currin, Willie Doherty, Michel François, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Karen Kilimnik, Sean Landers, Liz Larner, Zoe Leonard, Christian Marclay, Anselm Reyle and Xavier Veilhan.After she was named the artistic director of FIAC in 2003, she formed a partnership with Martin Bethenod from November 2004 to May 2010 to reposition FIAC on the international scene,redevelop the sites of the Grand Palais, the Cour Carrée of the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Garden in the center of Paris and especially to revitalize the event, which today is recognized as one of the most prestigious of its kind. Since June 2010, Flay has been managing director of FIAC. Following are edited excerpts from her interview with Art+Auction:What are some interesting artworks we can look forward to at FIAC 2017?There are many things that I am particularly looking forward to, for example Henry Taylor’s solo exhibition at Blum and Poe. His paintings, for which the subject matter consists of social and political issues affecting African Americans today, have incredible power and painterly virtuosity. [Also] Corita Kent’s work at Galerie Allen: Her brightly colored, silkscreen text works occupy an important but much overlooked place in the history of Pop art on the West Coast. Orlan and Lea Lublin at Espaivisor will be an interesting juxtaposition of the contextualizing of both artists. Selma Feriani from Tunis will be showing at FIAC for the first time with works by Ismaïl Bahri and Massinissa Selmani respectively from Tunisia and Algeria, and Imanes Farès, also showing for the first time, will present Sammy Baloji from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The year 2017 will also mark the return of a design sector to the Grand Palais with five galleries showing masterpieces of modernist and contemporary design. Oscar Tuazon’s site-specific installation on the Place Vendôme will be exceptional; Richard Nonas will present a large-scale work imagined for the pedestrianized esplanade of the Avenue Winston Churchill; Matt Mullican’s banners from 1986 will be displayed on the façade of the Petit Palais.The Tuileries Gardens, organized in collaboration with the Louvre Museum, will present an exceptional ensemble of 26 sculptural works and installations, together with six architectural projects including modernist houses by Jean Prouvé, a utopian dwelling by Hans-Walter Müller, an artist’s house by Atelier van Lieshout, a Pavillion by the Campana brothers and a nomad and modular museum space by Christian de Portzamparc!Trisha Brown’s performances, held in the context of our Festival “Parades,” will pay homage to work of this great choreographer who passed away this year, while the young choreographer Nicholas Paul of the Paris Opera Ballet will present his piece “A Bras le Corps” for the first time in France and the iconic American poet John Giorno will give a poetry reading in the auditorium of the Louvre Museum.Which is your favorite museum in Paris and why?Impossible to say which is my favorite! No city in the world can boast so many worldclass institutions. The Musée Guimet’s incredible treasures of Asian art, the Musée du Quai Branly and its unparalleled collections of art premiers, the Palais Galliera’s collections of costumes and couture retracing the history of fashion; the Musée de la Vie Romantique and of course the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou, which will be rehung on the occasion of FIAC. I have a particular affection for museums which are housed in the former homes or studios of artists, such as the Musée Eugène Delacroix or the Musée Gustave Moreau. It is as if the presence of the previous occupants can still be felt.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Paris and why?All the aforementioned museums, but also the Sainte Chapelle inside the Conciergerie for the deep spirituality it resonates; the gardens of the Musée Eugène Delacroix and the Petit Palais because both are such unsuspected and miraculous little havens of peace and quiet within the hustle and bustle of the city, and the Opera Garnier because the excellence in the field of opera and dance which it embodies is perpetuated each night of the week during the season.What restaurants, bars, and cafés would you recommend in Paris and why?I love Balagan, a restaurant located on the ground floor of the Hôtel Renaissance Paris Vendôme. Modern-day Jerusalem cuisine, with fusion dishes mixing up Jewish, Arabic and Meditteranean traditions. There is also the Racines des Près, a sophisticated new address run by chef Alexandre Navarro (ex-Plaza Athénée, Pré Catelan and Racines 2). Finally, I would recommend Tondo, a great Italian inspired place which opened in the 12th arrondissement a year ago, and where it is always nice to go with friends.Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Paris?There is always something I feel I must see or see again at the Musée du Louvre so a walk in the collections is always a great destination. Very central but still quite preserved, at the very extremity of the Ile de la Cité, is the tiny Square de la Place Dauphine, which is one of my favorite places in Paris. It is a plunge into the Paris of another era with a quaint, almost provincial, feel to it.In fact, it is not unusual to see people playing pétanque. Close by, the Marché des Fleurs is also one of my favorite places. On Saturdays and Sundays, I like the Vanves fleamarket where I invariably find something that stimulates my curiosity.Where would you head to in Paris for the best shopping and what would you buy?To take the pulse in terms of fashion trends, from time to time I like to visit the fashion houses along the Avenue de Montaigne, certainly one of the places where “l’élégance à la française” is best expressed. But on a more regular basis, I enjoy the possibility of “one stop shopping” at the Galeries Lafayette where all the major fashion houses are present, together with interesting and more affordable younger designers and “prêt à porter.” The shopping experience provides a great overview of what is available; an ideal solution for busy schedules.Where would you recommend people stay when they visit Paris?There is an incredible variety of beautiful and charming places to stay in Paris. For a truly unforgettable experience, I can recommend the Hôtel Meurice on the Rue de Rivoli just opposite the Tuileries Gardens. The refined elegance of the“Belle Étoile” suite with a panoramic terrace on the rooftop is pure magic.What are the best places to see and buy art in Paris?Paris offers an exceptional concentration of world-class galleries. Fifty-four out of the 193 participating galleries in FIAC 2017 are Parisian. Concentrated in the sectors of modern and contemporary art, they represent only a small part of the large number of highly reputed venues to be found in the capital. The Gallery Night, to be held on Thursday October 20 during FIAC, is an opportunity to discover around 100 of these.What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Paris and why?In a classical vein, the new Philharmonie de Paris has an exceptional program of worldclass musicians, ensembles and orchestras with a varied repertoire. The Silencio, a club conceived by David Lynch and inspired by the European salons of previous centuries, has a great line-up in an ambiance conducive to (very) late nights. Last but not least, and in keeping with Paris’ motto fluctuat nec mergitur — and for the memory of those who lost their lives — the Bataclan has reopened with the great program it is known for.What do you love most about Paris?Its resilience and its infinite beauty, both of which never cease to inspire me.This article appears in the October edition of Art+Auction.

Top Places to Visit in London: A Guide for Frieze Visitors

With more than 160 participating galleries showing works from more than 1,000 of today’s leading artists, Frieze London in 2017 promises to be an exciting combination of emerging and classic art. The art fair is being held at Regent’s Park from October 5
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Top Places to Visit in London: A Guide for Frieze Visitors

With more than 160 participating galleries showing works from more than 1,000 of today’s leading artists, Frieze London in 2017 promises to be an exciting combination of emerging and classic art. The art fair is being held at Regent’s Park from October 5 through 8. But when you’re not ogling interesting art or experiencing the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects and Talks programs, you’ll want to get to know London better, find the best meals and take home some memorable souvenirs. We bring you a quick guide of the best places to eat and drink, relax, shop or soak in the city’s vibes. To discover the British capital like a local, it helps to know some of its secrets too.WINE AND DINEL’Escargot On Greek StreetLondon’s oldest French restaurant has just turned 90 years old and continues to serve classic cuisine. Its founder, Georges Gaudin, who started a restaurant in 1896, moved to a Georgian townhouse dating to 1741, once the private residence of the Duke of Portland, and in 1927 renamed after his most famous delicacy. He had a snail farm in the basement. Over the decades L’Escargot has been visited by Coco Chanel, the Beatles, Mick Jagger, the Princess of Wales, Adele and Dame Judi Dench among other luminaries. Now refurbished under the ownership of Brian Clivaz, it has an upstairs private club, and the all-day menu includes lobster bisque, salade Niçoise, and coq au vin. It is one of London’s most romantic restaurants as well as one of the best and therefore top of this list.Address: 48 Greek Street, London, Soho, W1D 4EFReservations: 020 7439 7474Hours: Monday-Saturday all day; breakfast 9-12p.m., lunch 12-3p.m., dinner 5p.m.-11:30p.m. Claude Bosi At BibendumA restaurant with a storied history and a bright future, Bibendum calls the historic Michelin House, originally the tire company’s British base, home. Sir Terence Conran and Paul Hamlyn opened Bibendum in 1987 as an unapologetic celebration of effortless luxury and fine French cooking. Michelin-starred chef Claude Bosi has now taken over, and the current menu features dishes such as veal brains, tripe and cuttlefish gratin and wild strawberry vacherin. The restaurant’s interiors are infused with natural light and a stained glass window in shades of sapphire.Address: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6RDReservations: 0 20 7581 5817 Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, lunch 12-2:15p.m., dinner 6:30p.m.-9:45p.m.TramshedMark Hix is known for creating restaurants where art meets funky food. Tramshed by Mark Hix is housed in a former tram-generator building in the heart of Shoreditch, featuring the famous Cock ‘n’ Bull installation by Damien Hirst. Appropriately, poultry and steak is on the menu: Swainson House chicken and Peter Hannan’s beef, carved at the table and ideal for guests to share, are among the highlights. It’s also worth visiting Mark’s Kitchen Library in the Tramshed building to look at his vast collection of cookbooks, artworks and curiosities. HIX ART, an “industrial-chic” event space below the restaurant, often features curated exhibitions by emerging artists, parties and receptions. Hix’s other establishments include Pharmacy 2, a restaurant with more Damien Hirst art.Address: 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX Reservations: 020 7749 0478 Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 11:30a.m.-11p.m., Wednesday-Saturday: 11:30a.m.-midnight, Sunday: 11:30a.m.- 9:30p.m. Sexy FishThis Asian-inspired restaurant and bar on the corner of Berkeley Square, Mayfair, is another art-destination place. It is known for its sushi, sashimi, seafood and meat cooked on a Robata grill. There is art by Damien Hirst again, as well as Frank Gehry and Michael Roberts. A DJ entertains guests from Wednesday through Saturday. The Coral Reef Room, a private dining space on the lower ground floor, hosts two of the largest live coral reef tanks in the world.Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1J 6BR Reservations: 020 3764 2000Hours: Monday-Sunday, 12 noon to 2a.m.J SheekeyThe finest fish, shellfish and seasonal game find a place on the menu of J Sheekey, situated on Saint Martin’s Court between Covent Garden and Leicester Square. It is one of the capital’s finest fish restaurants, along with Bentley’s. The restaurant was founded in the 1890s when stallholder Josef Sheekey was given permission by Lord Salisbury to serve fish and shellfish in Saint Martin’s Court, on the condition that he supply meals to Salisbury’s after-theater dinner parties. The restaurant is set up for pre- and post-theater meals and is very close to Garrick, Duke of York’s, Noel Coward and Wyndham’s venues. The National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, St.-Martin-in-the-Fields and the cinemas of Leicester Square are also close. Try the main restaurant, slightly more casual Oyster Bar or sit outside in good weather.Address: 28-32 St Martin’s Court, London WC2N 4AL Reservations: 020 7240 2565Hours: Monday-Sunday, lunch 12-3p.m., dinner 5p.m.-midnight PLACES TO VISITChelsea Physic GardenOften referred to as “London’s secret garden,” it is the oldest botanic garden in the city and was founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in order to train apprentices in the identification and use of medicinal plants. Nestled beside the Thames, it is a peaceful oasis with about 5,000 different edible, medicinal and historical plants. The garden is also home to the largest outdoor fruiting olive tree in Britain, and the world’s most northerly outdoor grapefruit tree. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Tangerine Dream Café.Address: 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HSHours: Monday-Sunday, 11a.m.-5p.m.Royal Academy Of ArtsMany people know that the Royal Academy of Arts is independent, privately funded, and has eminent artists and architects at its helm. Some teach in the R.A. Schools and decide on the exhibitions program.Come here to see a wide array of exhibitions ranging from ancient sculptures to modern-day masterpieces and large-scale installations. There is a private members’ club in Keeper’s House, but the basement, garden, bar and Peyton & Byrne restaurant there are open to all. They are not widely advertised so these places are often beautifully quiet and relaxing.Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BDHours: Monday-Sunday 10a.m.-6p.m.Granary SquareThe choreographed fountains with 1,080 water spouts are an eye-catching feature of the King’s Cross site, which has rapidly become a must-visit location with numerous bars, cafes and restaurants and shops nearby. The fountains look particularly beguiling in their myriad colors at night. Visitors to the area can sit on the wide, south-facing steps and watch the boats float by. The House of Illustration, a gallery and education space, is also worth a visit.Address: 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AASir John Soane’s MuseumSir John Soane, one of the greatest English architects, built and lived in this extraordinary home which is now Sir John Soane’s Museum, preserved as it was when he died around 180 years ago. The house contains the architect’s collection of antiquities, furniture, sculptures, architectural models, paintings and more than 30,000 architectural drawings. Exhibitions are also held from time to time. Admission is free.Address: 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BPHours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10a.m.-5p.m.The Orangery at Kensington PalaceKensington Palace is the only royal palace in central London where one can take a traditional afternoon tea. Its restaurant, open all day, is set amidst beautiful formal gardens, offering a tranquil and graceful setting. At one time, Queen Anne’s elegant court entertainment would take place at the Orangery with its loft ceilings and classical 18th-century architecture. Other afternoon tea places include Browns, the Ritz, Hush and Claridge’s.Address: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PXReservations: 020 3166 6113Hours: Monday-Sunday 10a.m.-6p.m. GO SHOPPINGFortnum & MasonThe food hall can get packed with tourists, but this historic shopping emporium is worth a visit. F&M gift hampers, loaded with delicacies, are much sought after gifts. Also enticing are the picnic baskets, wine, Champagne, Florentines, biscuits, chocolates, tea, condiments, jams, curds and marmalades. On the upper floors Fortnums sells much more, from jewelry to homeware. It has a range of restaurants including the upmarket 45 Jermyn Street.Address: 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER (also atSt. Pancras and Heathrow T5)Santa Maria Novella in Piccadilly ArcadeOne of the oldest fragrance-makers in the world, Santa Maria Novella is one of the first shops one encounters in Piccadilly Arcade, which rivals the Burlington Arcade for its luxury shopping. Here you will find moisturizing face creams, body milks, tonics, shampoos and conditioners, bubble bath, tanning products and fine home products such as scented candles, potpourri, liqueurs, honeys and compotes. Nearby is Floris, another fragrance maker.Address: 1, Piccadilly Arcade, 175 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9ENJj FoxThis 225-year-old shop’s customers have included Sir Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, British and foreign Royalty. While it is known for its imported, handmade, machine-made and budget cigars and cigar accessories, it also has jewelry and gifts. It is in another shopping area without equal: nearby are Jermyn Street stores and wine merchant Berry Bros.Address: 19 St. James’s Street, St. James’s, London SW1A 1ESHeywood HillThis renowned bookstore occupies two floors of a Georgian townhouse and has an unbeatable collection of old, new and antiquarian books. Its staff members, all bibliophiles, are all ready to help. This makes it an enjoyable experience visiting or browsing — and therefore a recommendation above some of the larger London bookstores. Heywood Hill, which has a Royal Warrant, can also help in building private collections of books.Address: 10 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5HHAndrouetSplurge on seasonal cheese at this shop that is run by two French brothers. Their stock changes regularly, and not all the cheese is French. The shop is a favorite of gourmet Brian Clivaz, chief executive of the nearly Devonshire Club and hotel.Address: Spitalfields Arts Market, 10 Lamb St, London E1 6EA

Top Picks in London by Chef Clare Smyth

Clare Smyth’s new restaurant Core, is one of the hottest new openings in London this year. Unveiled in August, the restaurant has also commissioned some magnificent artwork, much of which has been done by artists local to the Notting Hill restaurant and who
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Top Picks in London by Chef Clare Smyth

Clare Smyth’s new restaurant Core, is one of the hottest new openings in London this year. Unveiled in August, the restaurant has also commissioned some magnificent artwork, much of which has been done by artists local to the Notting Hill restaurant and whom Smyth knows well. Smyth is the only woman in the UK to have earned and maintained three Michelin stars and was earlier chef-partner at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London. Her new venture Core aims to please with beautiful Nasturtium dishes, a glass box kitchen and relaxed interiors. The menu features fine dining favorites like crab, scallop, lamb, beef short rib, and a chocolate and hazelnut creméux. But if you want to book a table, you’ll have to wait until after October. Blouin ARTINFO had a quick chat with Smyth about her top picks in London.What are some interesting artworks at Core that guests can look forward to?Choosing and commissioning the artwork for Core was one of my favorite finishing touches when designing the restaurant – we’ve worked with a lot of local artists who are based in and around Notting Hill. I’m a big fan of the English painter Bridget Riley, and we’ve got a stunning abstract of hers in the bar at Core and a couple I can see from the kitchen too. Another piece which is really special, is a magnificent gold and white screen-print we had commissioned by Ewan David Eason as part of his “Mappa Mundi” series which takes inspiration from maps and symbolism through the ages. The one he did for us depicts a stylized map of London with Core at its center.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in London and why?London is a great walking city, so don’t try and do too much at once. Take time to walk for example from Trafalgar Square under Admiralty Arch, up the Mall to get to Buckingham Palace as you get a real sense of how special the palace’s location is then. And the same if you’re in the city visiting St Paul’s. Walk over the bridge to the Tate Modern – the contrast in architecture is astounding - then head along the river to the South Bank, where there’s always something going on.What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in London and why? This is always a difficult question as it really just depends on where you are, who you’re with and what you’re looking for. The beauty about London is that there are some really good restaurants in just about every zone. It’s no longer just about Zone 1. Personally I prefer places where I can book as I’m always strapped for time, but if you’re on holiday you’ve a bit more, so that will widen your choices.Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in London?I’d have a lie in, which never really happens these days, then go for a good long walk with the dog, maybe around Richmond Park which is beautiful at this time of year. Or maybe a bit of shopping, a cocktail or two, dinner out, that kind of thing.Where would you head to in London for the best shopping and what would you buy?For me the indulgence is time and my passion is food, so it would be somewhere like a walk around Borough and then onto Maltby Street. Both are food markets with a real cool vibe and some great vendors and phenomenal produce.What are the best places to see and buy art in London?Lots of the art we chose for Core comes from members of the Young British Artists – YBAs – which includes a series of woodcuts by Marc Quinn and some etchings by Michael Landy which we have displayed on the walls either side of the kitchen. London has so many wonderful rising artists. I like checking out the small shop galleries when I’m in different neighborhoods – it’s how I discovered most of the art for the restaurant - but London has some great fairs too, like the Affordable Art Fairs, Frieze, London Art Fair or even PAD for ideas.What projects are you currently working on/involved in?At the moment all my energy is invested in Core – we’re still at the very beginning of our journey and I’m in the restaurant with the team almost every day talking to guests, working with the chefs and making sure we’re achieving the highest standards we possibly can. The restoration was a huge project, and we ended up having to strip the building out completely but it was a real labor of love and I wanted it to feel like an extension of a home.Click below to view a slideshow on London. 

Chicago’s Top Attractions by Partners of Richard Gray Gallery

Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago has launched a major show of monumental new work by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa at Gray Warehouse. “Secret Garden” presents recent sculptures in wood, stainless steel, and bronze, in conjunction with a suite of dr
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Chicago’s Top Attractions by Partners of Richard Gray Gallery

Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago has launched a major show of monumental new work by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa at Gray Warehouse. “Secret Garden” presents recent sculptures in wood, stainless steel, and bronze, in conjunction with a suite of drawings, and will on display until November 11, 2017. The gallery, which is an international dealer in Modern, Post War, and Contemporary Art with locations in New York and Chicago, also participated in the recently concluded EXPO Chicago. “Gray Warehouse is our new exhibition space on the city’s west side and Jaume’s show will be the second exhibition to take place there,” says Valerie Carberry, who co-owns the gallery along with Paul Gray, the son of the gallery’s founder Richard Gray. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Carberry and Gray about the best places to visit, stay and dine in Chicago.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Chicago and why?Gray: Stony Island Arts Bank — it’s one of Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation projects that is reinvigorating a once-grand South side neighborhood. What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Chicago and why?Gray: Ruxbin, which features inventive new cuisine by an exciting young chef. Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Chicago?Carberry: I would go for a long run or a bike ride along the lakefront path, one of the best features of the city. Where would you head to in Chicago for the best shopping and what would you buy?Carberry: The curated collections of women’s fashion at Blake on W. Chicago Avenue. Everything is selected with intelligence.Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Chicago?Carberry: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a beautifully restored vintage club with a humorous, modern sensibility. From there, you can walk to the Art Institute and Millennium Park.Gray: The Park Hyatt is luxurious and cool with modern digs, great food at their No-Mi restaurant and a lush Sigmar Polke painting to greet you in the lobby. What are the best places to see and buy art in Chicago?Carberry: We have world class public institutions (Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art) and incredible galleries that show everything from emerging to international contemporary art.What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Chicago and why?Gray: Check out the Empty Bottle for great live music that tends towards alt-rock, electronic. What projects are you currently working on/involved in?Carberry: We are excitedly working on a major show of new, large-scale Alex Katz paintings, which is planned for spring of next year at Gray Warehouse.Click here to view a slideshow on Chicago.

Chicago’s Top Attractions by Owners of Richard Gray Gallery

Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago has launched a major show of monumental new work by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa at Gray Warehouse. “Secret Garden” presents recent sculptures in wood, stainless steel, and bronze, in conjunction with a suite of dr
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Chicago’s Top Attractions by Owners of Richard Gray Gallery

Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago has launched a major show of monumental new work by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa at Gray Warehouse. “Secret Garden” presents recent sculptures in wood, stainless steel, and bronze, in conjunction with a suite of drawings, and will on display until November 11, 2017. The gallery, which is an international dealer in Modern, Post War, and Contemporary Art with locations in New York and Chicago, also participated in the recently concluded EXPO Chicago. “Gray Warehouse is our new exhibition space on the city’s west side and Jaume’s show will be the second exhibition to take place there,” says Valerie Carberry, who co-owns the gallery along with Paul Gray, the son of the gallery’s founder Richard Gray. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Carberry and Gray about the best places to visit, stay and dine in Chicago.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Chicago and why?Gray: Stony Island Arts Bank — it’s one of Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation projects that is reinvigorating a once-grand South side neighborhood. What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Chicago and why?Gray: Ruxbin, which features inventive new cuisine by an exciting young chef. Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Chicago?Carberry: I would go for a long run or a bike ride along the lakefront path, one of the best features of the city. Where would you head to in Chicago for the best shopping and what would you buy?Carberry: The curated collections of women’s fashion at Blake on W. Chicago Avenue. Everything is selected with intelligence.Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Chicago?Carberry: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a beautifully restored vintage club with a humorous, modern sensibility. From there, you can walk to the Art Institute and Millennium Park.Gray: The Park Hyatt is luxurious and cool with modern digs, great food at their No-Mi restaurant and a lush Sigmar Polke painting to greet you in the lobby. What are the best places to see and buy art in Chicago?Carberry: We have world class public institutions (Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art) and incredible galleries that show everything from emerging to international contemporary art.What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Chicago and why?Gray: Check out the Empty Bottle for great live music that tends towards alt-rock, electronic. What projects are you currently working on/involved in?Carberry: We are excitedly working on a major show of new, large-scale Alex Katz paintings, which is planned for spring of next year at Gray Warehouse.Click here to view a slideshow on Chicago.

Top Places in Zurich by Photographer Roger Eberhard

We love to travel, but it isn’t often that we dwell upon the similarities or differences in the hotel rooms we stay in. Swiss-born photographer Roger Eberhard’s new series “Standard” thus comes as a revelation. “To make ‘Standard,’ I traveled t
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Top Places in Zurich by Photographer Roger Eberhard

We love to travel, but it isn’t often that we dwell upon the similarities or differences in the hotel rooms we stay in. Swiss-born photographer Roger Eberhard’s new series “Standard” thus comes as a revelation. “To make ‘Standard,’ I traveled to 32 countries across all continents in one year. In each city, I booked a standard room at a Hilton Hotel and photographed it along with the view from the window each time. The two images are presented side by side and work as diptychs creating a typology of rooms which were built following the same pattern all over the world; bedside lamps left and right, armchair and floor lamp, always the same bed linen etc.,” he says.Merely by looking at the rooms, one would never have a clue to their location. “Only by means of the view can one guess in which country one is located but even the views, especially in the big metropolitan cities, are fascinatingly similar at times. The series raises questions about a world that becomes more anonymous through increased standardization and the interchangeability of experiences. Why do we travel to foreign countries and cultures, yet stay at a place that always looks the same? How do standards come about, by whom and how are they set and where does communal life still shimmer through this standardization?” he questions.Blouin ARTINFO asked Eberhard about his favorite places in Zurich, where he resides.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Zurich and why?I enjoy strolling around the collection of the Kunsthaus Zürich. It’s a fantastic collection and always brings back beautiful memories from my trips there as a child. Real bijous are the Strauhof, the city’s literary museum, and the Museum Rietberg. Walking along the lake and through the old part of town is of course a must too. What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Zurich and why?Dining in Zurich can be quite pricey. So depending on budget, it can either be a Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (sliced veal) at Kronenhalle with its amazing art collection or something a bit more cozy and easygoing like Bar Basso, Schnupf, Italia or Fischers Fritz. It’s always also a good choice to get a Bratwurst with spicy mustard at Sternen Grill or something healthy at Juicery21. In terms of bars I often go to La Stanza, Kronenhalle Bar, Raygrodski and Dante. The wonderful cafe Schwarzenbach and its store next door should not be left out during a tour through Niederdorf. The Birchermüsli and people watching at the elegant Cafe Sprüngli is always a great experience. Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Zurich?I’d go to the Zoo or hike from Uetliberg to Felsenegg on the Albis and enjoy the great views onto the city and the mountains. Or I might take a trip to Winterthur to visit the Fotomuseum. Where would you head to in Zurich for the best shopping and what would you buy?I am not a big shopper and if I do go, I usually buy books. Never Stop Reading and Kunstgriff are good addresses for that. Some of the stores that I like are Qwstion, Soeder, Fabrikat, No2 and Neumarkt 17. Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Zurich?Since my friends always stay with me I am the wrong person to ask. What are the best places to see art in Zurich?An art tour should certainly go through the Löwenbräu Areal. For photography it’s worth checking out Christophe Guye Galerie and visiting the Haus Konstruktiv is a must. What are the best places to see live bands and experience the nightlife in Zurich?There are some great spots (also for live music) in the city like Bar3000, Helsinki, Exil, Gonzo and Seebad Enge. Of course there are also bigger concert venues like Volkshaus and Kaufleuten. Which spots in Zurich would you recommend for perfect travel photographs?To get the most Instagram likes you probably have to climb up the stairs of Grossmünster. What projects are you currently working on/involved in?Before I start my next project I am working on new books for my publishing company b.frank books (bfrankbooks.com) which will be released in autumn. The only thing I know about my next series is that it won’t have anything to do with hotels.“Standard” by Roger Eberhard is on display at GetxoPhoto international image festival, Bilbao, Spain, until 1 October, 2017. Click here to view a slideshow of Zurich.

Top Places in San Antonio by FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA’s Founder

FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO 2017 runs from August 26 through October 30 across various galleries and other venues in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. The Founder and Director Michael Mehl is a composer and a musician, a visual artist (photography and pho
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Top Places in San Antonio by FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA’s Founder

FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO 2017 runs from August 26 through October 30 across various galleries and other venues in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. The Founder and Director Michael Mehl is a composer and a musician, a visual artist (photography and photography-based digital imagery), and a writer. With his wife, Ann Kinser, Mehl started FOTOSEPTIEMBRE in 1995 and at 23 years, the festival is still going strong. The couple also developed the City of San Antonio’s Fall Art Festivals, which were operational from 2004 to 2011 and engaged and created international cultural exchanges as part of a Sister Cities initiative by the City of San Antonio. Mehl is a fan and collector of illustrated novels, adult comics, and pulp-noir. “I am not prompted by photographs. I do not look at photographs and say: I want to do that. But I will look at an illustration and say: I want to do that, with a camera,” he says. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Mehl about his favorite places for sightseeing, dining and staying in San Antonio, the city with a varied colonial heritage.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in San Antonio and why? To clarify my particular point of view on this question and some of your subsequent questions: San Antonio is a tourist city. Lots of tourists. Consequently what drives my choice of activities is a strong desire to stay away from all tourist destinations. Even though there are a number of well-known tourist favorites included in my lists below, you can actually get to enjoy them at very specific times and dates, without having to endure untoward iniquities from the selfie crowds. • A walk through streets in downtown San Antonio, meandering through some of the less visited sections of the River Walk, which are mostly North and South of the Downtown tourist area.• To understand what makes San Antonio San Antonio, take a drive along the full length of Commerce Street, from Old Highway 90 straight into downtown. Or check out the car cruising rituals on Southwest Military Drive on weekend nights. • The Mission San José complex, which is part of the World Heritage Site designation enjoyed by our five missions, is the largest and most visited mission site. Yet, I prefer the smaller scale and intimacy of Mission Espada and Mission San Juan, further to the south. • Stinson Municipal Airport: Vintage, civil aviation airport on the city’s Southside, adjacent to the missions. It’s the second oldest airport in the US, and is home to the Texas Air Museum.• San Fernando cemeteries 1, 2 and 3, especially during Día de los Muertos when locals visit to honor their dearly departed. • Monte Vista and King William neighborhoods: Both historic preservation districts with well-maintained period homes from the late 1800’s (King William), and the early 1900’s (Monte Vista). • If in San Antonio during Fiesta Week in April, a must-must-do is Cornyation, a theatric production of campy skits that poke fun at social, political and cultural current events. Cornyation is a three-night ticketed event held at the Empire Theater on South Saint Mary’s Street. • There’s a First Friday Art Walk every month in the South Town-Blue Star area. But I prefer the grass-roots character of Second Saturdays in the South Flores Arts District, which has its own major art walk every Second Saturday of the month. South Flores Street and Lone Star Boulevard form the epicenter.What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in San Antonio and why? I dislike trendy and hip, I don’t like food with narratives or with origin myths, and I don’t care for restaurants with prissy tabletops or cooler than thou waitstaff. My food preferences tend towards Asian and other ethnic foods, and inexpensive, unpretentious local food. San Antonio’s Asian population has seen substantial growth since the mid-aughts. After decades of having to make do with Asian and other ethnic restaurants catering to local, bland palates, we now have some really good opportunities to savor relatively authentic Asian/Ethnic foods. Most of the newer Asian restaurants and businesses have set up shop close to our medical center in the near northwest side, but there are many good options elsewhere. Below are some of my favorites.Restaurants• M.Y. Chockdee, on East Lindbergh Boulevard, by Randolph Air Force Base on the far northeast side of town: Not an easy destination for an out of town traveler, but the BEST, the VERY BEST, all you can eat Filipino buffet and bakery in town. I’d wager it’s one of the best Filipino restaurants I’ve ever been to. It’s also an Asian grocery store. Weekday buffets are ample and get pretty expansive on weekends. Communal family style seating available past the grocery aisles. • Kung Fu Noodle, on Bandera Road, in Leon Vallery: Home-made hearty noodles and noodle soup, dumplings and steamed buns. Short, very specific menu, which I like. Small venue, always crowded.• Sichuan House, on Wurzbach Road, behind Ingram Mall: Delicious, spicy, authentic Sichuan food. Small venue, always crowded. • Il Forno on Keller and Nogalitos Streets, in the South Flores area: Wood-fired pizza from scratch. • The Big Bib Barbecue on Lanark Drive and Austin Highway: Good Texas barbecue, what more can I say? They also have a location at Stinson Airport. • Moroccan Bites on Evers and Wurzbach Roads, Northwest San Antonio: A favorite of San Antonio’s Middle Eastern communities. • Rehoboth Eritrean-Ethiopian Cuisine on Babcock and Callaghan Roads, Northwest San Antonio: A recent and tasty addition to a growing list of authentic ethnic eateries in San Antonio.• SA Pops on North Saint Mary’s Street and Mulberry Avenue: Not a restaurant, but they have the best handcrafted paletas (popsicles) in San Antonio, which are a lifesaver for anyone visiting the Brackenridge Park area on a hot summer afternoon.Bars I don’t drink, but I do entertain visiting artists during Fotoseptiembre and other guests year-round. There’s a very wide selection of thirst-whetting options in San Antonio, from the very upscale and expensive, to a multiplicity of specialty bars and craft breweries, to neighborhood ice houses with buckets of beer on a table or bench. Something for every taste and budget.• Dorcól Distilling and Brewing Co. on South Flores just South of downtown is probably my first choice, since it’s located smack in the South Flores Arts District, where gallery openings and events are scheduled every second Saturday of each month. They also happen to host Fotoseptiembre exhibits almost every year. Very convenient. Mostly local clientele from all over the city, not touristy.• The Esquire Tavern on Commerce Street downtown is a must if you are in the area. Refurbished historic bar frequented by locals and tourists alike.• The Pearl District on Broadway just north of downtown is home to several well-regarded drinking and eating establishments. A sure bet for the trendy set and tourists. I stay away. • Thanks to the Pearl District, which is just a few blocks away, there’s been a resurgence of nightlife activities on North St. Mary’s Street (The Strip), between Josephine Street and Highway 281. Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, open late at night, especially on weekends. Young local crowds.• Blue Star Brewing Company in the Blue Star Arts Complex: Craft beer and food at San Antonio’s oldest microbrewery. The Blue Star area is obnoxiously trendy and hip, but the Blue Star Brewing Company keeps it real. • La Tuna Ice House, on Probandt Street, behind Blue Star: It was cool before it became cool. It has kept its original rustic vibe. Locals and some tourists who have local connections.Cafes • Press Coffee on French Place and San Pedro Avenue, close to San Antonio College, just North of Downtown. Local clientele.• Local Coffee: Various locations. Local clientele with varying degrees of hipness depending on location. • La Panadería at its North Broadway location, close to the Airport: Mexican bakery, sandwiches, and outstanding coffee. They recently opened a Houston Street location downtown to capitalize on tourist traffic. I hope it goes well for them, but I’m not going. • Sip Brew Bar & Eatery, on the corner of Houston and St. Mary’s Street. It’s the only decent independent coffee shop downtown and it’s just across the street from a Starbucks…go figure.Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in San Antonio? I’m a die-hard Texas Hill Country fan, and for my money, a Hill Country Drive is a must for any visitor to San Antonio worth his/her/it’s salt. The towns of Boerne, Comfort, Fredericksburg, Johnson City and places in between are all within daytime striking distance. You can take a drive to any one of these places for an early lunch, and return to San Antonio in time for a nap and a coffee shop visit before going out for drinks and dinner. I highly recommend: • Luckenbach, Texas, on Highway 1376 just South of Highway 290 (which is the Fredericksburg Wine Country’s main thoroughfare). Luckenbach is a Texas music fan’s destination of choice. Outdoor daytime music on weekends next to the bar, major acts performing evenings in the old-style German Dance Hall. Bikers of all stripes congregate on weekends, adding a roguish, outlawish feel to the ambience. • The Airport Diner and the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas, just off Highway 16, past the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. Fredericksburg is a major tourist destination for shopping, wineries, wildflowers, and German-ish eats and culture. Texas Deutsch is the overriding theme. The Airport Diner and Hangar Hotel are fortunately still beyond the tourism fray. Located right at the edge of the Gillespie County Airport runway (civil aviation) private pilots and their families from around the state fly in for lunch or a weekend stay, parking their airplanes just outside the diner and hotel. • Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City, Texas, on the Western edge of the Highway 290 Winery Row, at the intersection of Highway 281. Craft brews, burgers and other tasty fare. Johnson City’s Nugent Avenue Art Walk takes place the last Saturday of every month, with several local galleries participating; one of them being A Smith Gallery, one of the best photography galleries in the region and a long time FOTOSEPTIEMBRE stalwart. • Weekend brunches at Welfare Cafe in Welfare, Texas, on the Waring Welfare road from I-10 West to Waring. Or a hamburger in Waring, Texas, just up the road from Welfare, at either the Waring Country Store or the Waring General Store.• High’s Cafe and Comfort Pizza both on High Street in Comfort, Texas.• Camp Verde General Store at the intersection of Camp Verde Road and Highway 173, a short drive from Bandera, Comfort, and Kerrville, Texas. The folksy name belies the well renovated and built up restaurant and specialty shops. It’s a great cookware shop too. Where would you head to in San Antonio for the best shopping and what would you buy? I don’t shop. San Antonio is a shopping destination though, and the various malls and outlet malls are on must-do lists from folks all over Texas and Mexico. Even visiting Asians want in on the San Antonio shopping action. I collect graphic novels (Manara and Crepax, Hergé, and Goscinny & Uderzo are some of the better known authors whose books I have), and I can’t find these in San Antonio.Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit San Antonio? Downtown San Antonio, or close by; no contest. One of my favorite hotels is the Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk on the corner of Market and St. Mary’s streets. An old bank building with a wonderfully renovated/refurbished lobby that includes the building’s original art-deco glass murals. Yes, it’s a chain hotel, but it’s a wonderful building in an impeccable location. Of course, there are countless traditional Bed & Breakfast and Airbnb listings in San Antonio. Many are in some of our most charming neighborhoods: King William, Lavaca, Monte Vista, Alamo Heights and Olmos Park are the most centrally located. What are the best places to see and buy art in San Antonio? I’m not a museum person. I prefer less formal venues and private galleries. My preferences below:• My favorite non-profit galleries of contemporary art are located in the Southwest School of Art on the corner of Augusta and Navarro Streets, just across from the San Antonio Central Library (an iconic building designed by Mexican Architect Ricardo Legorreta). The Southwest School of Art occupies what once was an Ursuline Convent that includes a striking chapel and beautiful grounds from where you can take a few steps down to the San Antonio River Walk. The artwork is always fresh, inventive and well presented. The main galleries are located at the adjacent campus on Navarro Street.• The South Flores District galleries at South Flores Street and Lone Star Boulevard: A true grass roots arts community with more than 20 small galleries showing original works by up-and-coming local artists. Most are open throughout the week by appointment, and all are open every Second Saturday of the month, when it becomes a major art walk event.• Rendon Photography & Fine Art, on South Alamo: The only dedicated photography gallery in San Antonio, it also features a large selection of Al Rendon’s photographs of San Antonio and San Antonio traditions.• Ruiz-Healy Art on Olmos Drive: A private gallery in the Olmos Park area, north of downtown. • AnArte Gallery on Broadway and Sunset: Another private gallery in the northern Alamo Heights area. What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in San Antonio and why? Being a composer and musician, I rarely venture out to watch others perform, but I stay informed on venues and performances. My choices below:• Sam’s Burger Joint on Grayson and Broadway is one of San Antonio’s most reliable presenters of interesting, eclectic music in an informal outdoor setting. • The Carver Community Cultural Center, at the corner of Hackberry and Center Streets: The best subscription program in town for quality performances by national and international artists.• Tobin Center For The Performing Arts and Auditorium Circle: State of the art performance center with three stages and mostly traveling shows of well-established performers of a certain age.• Paper Tiger on North S. Mary’s Street: Indie, punk, noise, hardcore, hip hop, electronic, country, and, really everything. • Jazz, TX on Pearl Parkway: Upscale venue for live jazz with mostly South Texas talent.Please tell us about FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO. What can we look forward to this year?FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA SAFOTO is an inclusive, eclectic, diverse community-based festival of the photographic arts. All levels of photography-based artists, from amateurs to established professionals, join us every year in September. Our local geographic community encompasses the San Antonio metro area, the Texas Hill Country, and Austin; a regional agglomeration of distinct cultural entities, each one defined by their particular constituencies. We project our geographic community’s efforts to a world-wide audience of photography enthusiasts; a global community that has become a significant part of our outreach and interaction. Engaging electronically with a global community as we do daily, forces us to consider a much broader set of particular constituencies that are closely defined by nationalities and regional cultural traditions, yet more global in their mindsets.Some of the most interesting FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2017 exhibitions are Pedro Valtierra’s “Imágenes En Conflicto” at Mexican Cultural Institute; Laura Wilson’s “That Day – Pictures In The American West” at Briscoe Western Art Museum; E. Dan Klepper’s “Why The Raven Calls The Canyon” at The Twig Book Shop; Julysa Sosa’s “Trizas” at AP Art Lab; Jennifer Garza-Cuen’s “Wandering In Place – Eden, VT” at Palmetto Center For The Arts; Scott Martin‘s “Lunar” at Dorćol Distilling + Brewing Co.; “Animalia” by various photographic artists and “Hands Around The World”, an installation of cyanotype peace flags created by photographers from around the world, in celebration of World Cyanotype Day at A Smith Gallery, and “Desert – Flora” by Richard Nitschke and Christina Nouveau at Intermezzo Gallery. What other projects are you currently working on/involved in? Last November, I published my latest album of guitar music, Blue Sky Blacktop, on my personal web site. All the music (and music from my prior albums) are free downloads. I am currently composing music for my next album, yet untitled, and am at the beginning stage of a new series of images.Click here to view a slideshow of San Antonio. 

Top Places to Visit in Chicago by John Corbett

Chicago-based gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey represents an international roster of contemporary artists and presents select 20th-century works, with a specialty in historical Chicago. John Corbett, curator and writer, and with Jim Dempsey, co-owner of the galler
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Top Places to Visit in Chicago by John Corbett

Chicago-based gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey represents an international roster of contemporary artists and presents select 20th-century works, with a specialty in historical Chicago. John Corbett, curator and writer, and with Jim Dempsey, co-owner of the gallery, tells us that they have been participating in Expo Chicago since its inception. The gallery was founded in 2004. This year, the fair will run from 13 to 17 September at Navy Pier. “It’s such a rich fair, a total pleasure for us to do and for visitors to attend. Also, we get to sleep in our own beds, which is a rare treat for dealers during art fairs!” says Corbett. “During the week of the fair, at Corbett vs. Dempsey we will have an exhibition called Small Sculpture, featuring more than 50 tabletop works by over 50 artists, ranging from people in our program including Joyce Pensato, David Hartt, and Christopher Wool to artists we admire such as Mike Kelley, Carol Bove, and Rachel Harrison. In our project spaces, we’ll have a wonderfully weird show of new paintings by Orion Martin,” he adds.The gallery also publishes a catalog with each of its exhibitions, and it has a record label which has released 40 CDs to date. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Corbett about his top travel and culture tips.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Chicago and why?Expo this year coincides with the Architecture Biennial, and I’d recommend a trip out to Oak Park, a nearby western suburb, to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright studio and go on the walking tour of his nearby homes. And while you’re at it, don’t miss the Architecture Foundation’s boat tour, which provides an incredible nautical vantage on the city’s major buildings. A trip to Hyde Park on the city’s south side is highly recommended, to see a different part of the city and take in the site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the so-called White City, fragments of which still exist around the Museum of Science and Industry. While you’re down around the University of Chicago, visit the Renaissance Society – Chicago’s non-collecting museum, a bellwether for international contemporary art – as well as the Hyde Park Art Center (where the Chicago Imagists debuted in the mid-1960s) and the Smart Museum of Art, and head over to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, but prepare to fall into a delightful rabbit hole. Up on the north side, there’s Evanston, which is a nice lakefront suburb and home to Northwestern University, where you can visit the Block Museum of Art. Chicago’s version of the High Line, the Bloomingdale Trail, is also a pleasant way to experience a cross-section of the city, cutting through a multitude of different neighborhoods.     What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Chicago and why?Chicago is an outstanding site for imbibing. To eat, a few of my favorite haunts are Maude’s Liquor Bar and Publican, both close to downtown, Lula Café and Fat Rice, which are both in Logan Square, and my very favorite these days, Osteria Langhe, which specializes in Piedemontese food, has a terrific wine list, and makes a knockout Negron. If you are a beer drinker, I suggest the Hop Leaf, up in Andersonville, which also has an excellent restaurant, or go old-school and head to the Rainbo in Wicker Park, a classic Windy City hipster bar. I am also a fan of Longman & Eagle, both for eating and drinking, and a recent trip to Mott Street, just up Ashland Avenue from our gallery, made clear why its Asian fusion is a cut above others. Also, they served me a stupendous old fashioned. I also like the down and dirty bar in the lower level of the Drake Hotel.  Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Chicago?Mornings along the lakefront can be absolutely beautiful. I suggest a walk northward from Oak Street Beach, perhaps up to Montrose Harbor. Or head south, hugging the lake, and take a long walk in the recently renovated parklands at the water’s edge. Or I would head up to the 95th floor of the Hancock Center, where you can have an overpriced drink and admire the unthinkable flatness of the prairieland from your table. The view west is incredible.    Where would you head to in Chicago for the best shopping and what would you buy?I would head right to Dusty Groove, one of the greatest record stores in the world, where I would buy Brazilian music, jazz, and soul on vinyl or CD. And two storefronts down, I’d head to Circa Modern, a killer mid-century furniture store with prices that will make folks from elsewhere scratch their heads.Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Chicago?Chicago Athletic Association, which is downtown and is beautiful and also The Public; The Park Hyatt, where there’s always very interesting (often important) art in the lobby and The Robey, in Wicker Park. The James is reputedly lovely, and we have artists who love to stay at the Peninsula.  What are the best places to see and buy art in Chicago?Chicago is an incredible museum town. There are great smaller institutions, as I mentioned above, the Renaissance Society, the Smart, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Block, as well as De Paul Art Museum (superb new facility). And of course the Art Institute of Chicago and the MCA – both highlights of any trip to town. Chicago’s art gallery scene is not centralized anymore, so you need to be proactive and get out into the neighborhoods to see, for instance, Richard Gray’s new Warehouse space, on the west side, or Shane Campbell Gallery, in the South Loop region. Along with mainstays like Rhona Hoffman and Kavi Gupta, and strong galleries that have been around for a while, like Western Exhibitions, Monique Meloche, Carrie Secrist, and Andrew Rafacz, look for some of the terrific younger galleries, like Patron, Regards, and Document.What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Chicago and why?I have four suggestions for live jazz and creative music: Constellation, The Green Mill, The Hungry Brain, and Elastic Foundation. For pop and rock, there’s The Empty Bottle, Schubas, and the Metro. Up in Evanston, a place called Space is a wonderful room for listening. And great world music and folk and sometimes rock come to the Old Town School of Folk Music.What are the best spots for experiencing Chicago’s nightlife after spending the day at an art fair?Danny’s often has a great dance party. But I must admit, I’m more attuned to sitting, kibitzing, and sipping than shaking my thing.What projects are you currently working on/involved in?Jim Dempsey and I are working on curating a show in 2018 at the Tang Museum in Saratoga, New York, called “3-D Doings: The Imagist Object”, exploring the history of sculpture in Imagist art. I’ve just published a new book on record collecting called “Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium”, which I’ll be signing at Expo. The gallery’s record label is about to issue five new releases, including two dub records, a reissue of a classic Sun Ra LP, and a 1977 recording by guitarist Eugene Chadbourne called “The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session”. We’re staying busy!Click here to view a slideshow on Chicago.

Dover’s Top Architectural Landmarks and More, by Joanna Jones

Dover, Britain’s busiest passenger port, is set to witness an increased inflow of tourists and aesthetes, thanks to CHALKUP21, the recently unveiled architectural walking trail. The 17-mile route winds along the coastline between Folkestone and Deal, pepper
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Dover’s Top Architectural Landmarks and More, by Joanna Jones

Dover, Britain’s busiest passenger port, is set to witness an increased inflow of tourists and aesthetes, thanks to CHALKUP21, the recently unveiled architectural walking trail. The 17-mile route winds along the coastline between Folkestone and Deal, peppered with nine buildings and public artworks, all built in the past 17 years. Walking along the trail will be made more rewarding with a series of art workshops and walking events being conceptualized by artists Greig Burgoyne, Frazer Doyle, Louisa Love and Marcia Teusink. Trail markers being designed by architect Charles Holland for each of the architectural sites will be completed by the end of the year. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Joanna Jones, Co-Director, Dover Arts Development, the organization behind the trail about its top attractions and other reasons to make a trip to Dover.What are the most interesting landmarks along CHALKUP21 and why?All nine of the 21st century architecture and public art works that are highlighted along the CHALKUP21 coastal trail are interesting. It is the vision of the architects and artists who have designed them that make them interesting.The Wing 2015 Capel-Le-Ferne (Battle of Britain Memorial Trust): It has been designed by Folkestone architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn in the shape of a Spitfire wing, complete with its famous uplift. It was built by Kent-based Epps Construction and offers a dramatic introduction to the trail if chosen as the starting point.Samphire Hoe Education Shelter 2014 (White Cliffs Countryside Partnership): Lee Evans Partnership designed a building that would also act as a wind break to enhance the visitors’ experience while using the facilities available at Samphire Hoe. The building’s use of recycled railway sleepers derived from their common use at coastal locations and the building’s form is reminiscent of the historic defensive structures dotted along the Kent coast. It is also worth visiting the Samphire Observation Tower that overlooks the sea and reflects the nautical architecture around the UK.Dover Sea Sports Centre 2010 (Port of Dover): Designed by John Haynes, the architects were Simons Design Ltd of Lincoln. The location on the foreshore of the world’s busiest passenger ferry port enables water sport participants to experience the excitement of sea sports, while in the safe and protected environment of Dover Harbour.Three Waves Dover Esplanade 2009 by Tonkin Liu architects: Each wave only touches the shore once; a wave to follow, a wave to rest on and a wave to light your way. In 2011, it received a Concrete Society award and was one of six exceptional structures across the South East at the Royal Institute of British Architects 2011 Awards.Start/Finish Line 2010 (North Downs Way End of Trail Marker on the Dover Esplanade): Rather than being a raised sculpture, the Start/Finish line allows the individual onlooker to take on the role of the monument. Its playful tone lets the horizon and the breadth of the view dominate; inviting people to take in their surroundings and feel like they are on the cusp of a great adventure.The Gateway to The Cliffs (The Up on the Downs Landscape Scheme Commission 2016): Artist Elaine Tribley has been selected to create a fitting marker for the start of the footpath to the iconic White Cliffs from Dover town at the end of Athol Terrace. The Dover Totems were very recently unveiled on the 23rd August 2017. The totems reflect the blend of the urban with the natural, combining Dover’s industrial heritage with its dramatic and arresting environmental features.National Trust Visitors Centre (1999 Langdon Cliffs) by Van Heyningen and Haward Architects: The design for the National Trust’s visitor facilities in this area of outstanding natural beauty blends with its surroundings. Its low wooden structure with grass roof, is designed to be highly energy efficient. Chris Wilderspin, the project architect, described the building as “looking as though it has grown out of the existing landscape.”The Pines Calyx 2006 (St Margaret’s Bay) by architect Issy Benjamin, Helionix Design, contractors Conker Conservation and Ecolibrium: Michael Ramage, John Ochsendorf and Wanda Lau designed the vaults. The building consists of 850mm rammed chalk walls surmounted by shallow tile vaults. The walls and thin-shell masonry domes are made of waste material — chalk excavated from the building’s foundation while the tiles were made from waste clay washed out of a local gravel quarry. It’s a building like no other.Deal Pier Café 2009 (Dover District Council): Níall McLaughlin Architects concluded that its Deal Café and Bar should preserve an al fresco quality, providing an ideal setting for a cup of tea or supper at the end of the pier while dealing with the challenge of an endlessly changeable maritime environment.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Dover and why?I never get tired of walking along the Three Waves esplanade by architects Tonkin Liu. There are the single beds of wild flowers and the design follows the form of the white cliffs themselves. At night, the lights make a light wave on the hour along the length of the esplanade that is very beautiful. A new arrival in Dover is a gift from the artist Banksy. Dover has been wishing for an iconic artwork and this wonderful wall painting arrived unannounced overnight. What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Dover and why?The Allotment restaurant has a cozy interior with a courtyard at the back. There’s a hearty selection of food, with special dishes available on the blackboard. There are also some delicious looking cakes and genuine thought and care is given to the menu. Virsa “The Heritage” has truly excellent, authentic Indian food, with extremely attentive and accommodating staff. Castle Street has a great little fish and chip shop — probably the best fish and chip shop in town, locals and tourists flock to it. The White Horse offers delicious food and very generous portions. I recommend visiting them at lunch for a baguette; you won’t leave hungry. The pub is the favorite of the cross channel swimmers whose signatures cover the walls. Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Dover?Everyone heads for the castle, which is really wonderful, but I would head for the bronze-age boat gallery in Dover Museum, where a 3,500 year old boat has been preserved. This is including the reeds that have bound the wood together - and you can almost feel the hands that chiseled the boat 3,500 years ago. It is preserved in its own specially lit glass house that gives the boat a magical quality. A visit to the Kearsney Abbey Park is also a special experience - the wonderful single trees, river and ponds with ducks, geese and swans make this a very enjoyable experience.Where would you head to in Dover for the best shopping and what would you buy?The Student Makers Market when they are out and about with their handmade affordable innovative products. They are always around on the first Saturday of the month - check the @studentmakersmarket Facebook page for the exact venue. Where would you recommend people stay (hotels etc.) when they visit Dover?The Dover Marina Hotel. Make sure that you get a sea view room. Or there is the Gatehouse holiday let (if available) but it’s only suitable for two people as it’s so small. (Note: See photo in the slideshow)What are the best places to see and buy art in Dover?There is no dedicated place to buy art in Dover but there is a Dover Studio collective where it is possible to view work by appointment. Contact Clare Smith, clare@dadonline.eu.What are the best places to see live bands or experience nightlife in Dover and why?The Louis Armstrong pub is the oldest live music pub in Dover; in the 60’s and 70’s it was the first place bands would play entering from Europe. Now it has an eclectic mix of bands as well as jazz, poetry and storytelling. The Priory Hotel at Dover Priory station, where the high speed train arrives from London St Pancreas with a journey time of one hour and seven minutes, is a great place to enjoy the sun on the pavement outside, or live music every evening Thursday to Sunday. Cullins Yard is an old converted ship yard in Dover Marina turned into a restaurant with beer garden. It has live music on Friday evening and Sunday lunchtime.What other projects are you currently working on/involved in?I have a solo exhibition of paintings opening on September 8 at Galerie Gilla Loecher in Berlin and I am also exhibiting in ‘Narration’ at the Külhaus during the Berlin Art week September 14-18. Dover Arts Development (DAD) will be installing the trail plaques and launching the new website for CHALKUP21 in January 2018 and we are working with the Marlowe Theatre on a project for the centenary of the end of World War I in November 2018.Do you think walking is the best place to get to know a new place?Yes, definitely. Dover has so many secrets to discover and of course, it is so close to areas of outstanding natural beauty. Walking into the countryside through the urban divide is a must. Click here to view the slideshow.  

Top Attractions in Chicago by the Director of Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art with more than 3,000 works from 135 galleries from 25 countries and 58 international cities, will be open to visitors from September 13 through 17, 2017.“Opening during Expo Art Week
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Top Attractions in Chicago by the Director of Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art with more than 3,000 works from 135 galleries from 25 countries and 58 international cities, will be open to visitors from September 13 through 17, 2017.“Opening during Expo Art Week are numerous events including a special exhibition by Gaetano Pesce at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago; Roman Ondák: ‘Man Walking toward a Fata Morgana’ at the Arts Club of Chicago; Carrie Mae’d ‘Weems: Ritual and Revolution’ at The Block Museum; Emmanuel Pratt: ‘“Radical [Re]Constructions’ at The SMART Museum, David Hartt’s ‘in the forest’ at the Graham Foundation and the final weeks of Takashi Murakami’s ‘The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,” says Tony Karman, President and Director, Expo Chicago. Karman has been active in the civic, business and cultural communities of Chicago for nearly 30 years. Working with select institutions, associations, government organizations, producers of special events and corporations, he has guided numerous projects from concept to conclusion. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to him about his top recommendations for those visiting Chicago.What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Chicago and why?Condé Nast Traveler just named Chicago as America’s Best Restaurant City and its list is quite extensive. I love Chicago’s small neighborhood places and to relax in some of our hotel partner restaurants like NoMI in the Park Hyatt, Avenues in the Peninsula and Nico Osteria in the Thompson for a drink and a bite. Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Chicago?I’m easy, with all of the travel and events, nothing beats a quiet morning at home with my wife, two cats and home cooked al fresco breakfast.Where would you head to in Chicago for the best shopping and what would you buy?Again, there are great neighborhoods to explore like West Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lakeview, Pilsen and Hyde Park to name a few but you can’t go wrong on Oak Street and Michigan Avenue.  Where would you recommend people stay when they visit Chicago?We have a great list of partner hotels that never disappoint — The Peninsula Chicago, Park Hyatt Chicago, Virgin Hotel, Ambassador Chicago, Thompson Chicago, W Chicago Lakeshore, The Robey Chicago, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago and the new Ace Hotel Chicago.What are the best places to see and buy art in Chicago?It would be wrong if I didn’t say EXPO CHICAGO on September 13–17 but we are only five days and the rest of the year our galleries, museums and exhibition spaces are teeming with great work by local and international artists. What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Chicago and why? Chicago is known for its great music and music halls. Nothing beats Metro, Smart Bar, The Green Mill, The Empty Bottle, The Hideout, Schubas, the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on a summer night and larger halls like the Chicago Theatre and the Auditorium.What are the best spots for experiencing Chicago’s nightlife after spending the day at an art fair?Chicago never disappoints with a robust nightlife scene. You can stay at Navy Pier and watch the sunset, head to River North or the West Loop for the many restaurants or clubs or find a cozy spot in the many local bars and clubs.What are your recommendations for must-see exhibitions at Expo Chicago and why?There are so many as Chicago is ready to welcome the world and our institutions, museums and galleries have worked hard to align special openings and exhibitions. Of note this year is our collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo on the first ever US Hor les Murs exhibition titled “Singing Stones”. The exhibition highlights works from both Chicago and French artists. Additionally, we are extremely proud of the date and programming alignment with the second Chicago Architectural Biennial co-curated by Sharon Johnson and Mark Lee of Johnson Marklee. (Further events are detailed above.)What projects are you currently working on/involved in?Getting Expo Chicago 2017 perfect for our participating exhibitors and visiting collectors, curators and art enthusiasts from around the world is my focus right now. However, we do have some surprises for 2018.  Click here to view a slideshow on Chicago.

Top Attractions in Chicago by the Director of Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art with more than 3,000 works from 135 galleries from 25 countries and 58 international cities, will be open to visitors from September 13 through 17, 2017.“Opening during Expo Art Week
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Top Attractions in Chicago by the Director of Expo Chicago

Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art with more than 3,000 works from 135 galleries from 25 countries and 58 international cities, will be open to visitors from September 13 through 17, 2017.“Opening during Expo Art Week are numerous events including a special exhibition by Gaetano Pesce at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago; Roman Ondák: ‘Man Walking toward a Fata Morgana’ at the Arts Club of Chicago; Carrie Mae’d ‘Weems: Ritual and Revolution’ at The Block Museum; Emmanuel Pratt: ‘“Radical [Re]Constructions’ at The SMART Museum, David Hartt’s ‘in the forest’ at the Graham Foundation and the final weeks of Takashi Murakami’s ‘The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,” says Tony Karman, President and Director, Expo Chicago. Karman has been active in the civic, business and cultural communities of Chicago for nearly 30 years. Working with select institutions, associations, government organizations, producers of special events and corporations, he has guided numerous projects from concept to conclusion. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to him about his top recommendations for those visiting Chicago.What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Chicago and why?Condé Nast Traveler just named Chicago as America’s Best Restaurant City and its list is quite extensive. I love Chicago’s small neighborhood places and to relax in some of our hotel partner restaurants like NoMI in the Park Hyatt, Avenues in the Peninsula and Nico Osteria in the Thompson for a drink and a bite. Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Chicago?I’m easy, with all of the travel and events, nothing beats a quiet morning at home with my wife, two cats and home cooked al fresco breakfast.Where would you head to in Chicago for the best shopping and what would you buy?Again, there are great neighborhoods to explore like West Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lakeview, Pilsen and Hyde Park to name a few but you can’t go wrong on Oak Street and Michigan Avenue.  Where would you recommend people stay when they visit Chicago?We have a great list of partner hotels that never disappoint — The Peninsula Chicago, Park Hyatt Chicago, Virgin Hotel, Ambassador Chicago, Thompson Chicago, W Chicago Lakeshore, The Robey Chicago, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago and the new Ace Hotel Chicago.What are the best places to see and buy art in Chicago?It would be wrong if I didn’t say EXPO CHICAGO on September 13–17 but we are only five days and the rest of the year our galleries, museums and exhibition spaces are teeming with great work by local and international artists. What are the best places to see live bands or musicians in Chicago and why? Chicago is known for its great music and music halls. Nothing beats Metro, Smart Bar, The Green Mill, The Empty Bottle, The Hideout, Schubas, the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on a summer night and larger halls like the Chicago Theatre and the Auditorium.What are the best spots for experiencing Chicago’s nightlife after spending the day at an art fair?Chicago never disappoints with a robust nightlife scene. You can stay at Navy Pier and watch the sunset, head to River North or the West Loop for the many restaurants or clubs or find a cozy spot in the many local bars and clubs.What are your recommendations for must-see exhibitions at Expo Chicago and why?There are so many as Chicago is ready to welcome the world and our institutions, museums and galleries have worked hard to align special openings and exhibitions. Of note this year is our collaboration with the Palais de Tokyo on the first ever US Hor les Murs exhibition titled “Singing Stones”. The exhibition highlights works from both Chicago and French artists. Additionally, we are extremely proud of the date and programming alignment with the second Chicago Architectural Biennial co-curated by Sharon Johnson and Mark Lee of Johnson Marklee. (Further events are detailed above.)What projects are you currently working on/involved in?Getting Expo Chicago 2017 perfect for our participating exhibitors and visiting collectors, curators and art enthusiasts from around the world is my focus right now. However, we do have some surprises for 2018.  Click here to view a slideshow on Chicago.

Top Places in Jerusalem by General Manager of The Orient Jerusalem

Jerusalem is best known for its spiritual heritage that spans multiple faiths, and the evocative Old City, but it is no stranger to world-class luxury hotels either. The latest to grace its storied streets is The Orient Jerusalem, situated on an historic sit
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Top Places in Jerusalem by General Manager of The Orient Jerusalem

Jerusalem is best known for its spiritual heritage that spans multiple faiths, and the evocative Old City, but it is no stranger to world-class luxury hotels either. The latest to grace its storied streets is The Orient Jerusalem, situated on an historic site that was once inhabited by the German Templar Society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Part of the Isrotel Hotel Chain’s Exclusive Collection of five-star hotels, The Orient Jerusalem features 243 guest rooms, in both a newly constructed central building and two meticulously-preserved Templar Buildings from the 1880s. But the biggest draw for tourists could be “The Orient Jerusalem Contemporary Art Collection”, one of the only art collections fully owned by a hotel chain, and an on-site museum of artifacts in tribute to the Templars.The General Manager, Amit Bahat, has been in the hotel industry for 23 years. Prior to opening The Orient Jerusalem, Bahat worked at many of Isrotel’s properties, including The Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat. He later became the Isrotel chain manager of the entire Eilat area. Blouin ARTINFO spoke to Bahat about the top places to visit in Jerusalem, a city that reverberates with stories from times long past.What are your recommendations for must-visit places in Jerusalem and why?The Israel Museum is now on the international map as one of the world’s most famous and intriguing museums and Yad Vashem is the world’s largest and most informative holocaust museum. The Western Wall is a must visit as both Jews and non-Jews have very strong and sensitive connections to the site. For kids, the Biblical Zoo includes Israel’s first aquarium which reminisces all kinds of stories from the times of the Bible. At Herzl Mountain, one has the opportunity of feeling a strong connection to the land of Israel’s heroes. [Blouin ARTINFO note: A visit to the Church of Holy Sepulcher, the rebuilt Jewish quarter and the Ramparts Walk are also must-dos while in Jerusalem.]What restaurants, bars, and cafes would you recommend in Jerusalem and why?The culinary scene in Jerusalem has become extremely vibrant: from a combination of authentic and modern style dishes here in the Orient Hotel, to fully authentic experiences in the Old City, to other extremely high-level gourmet chef restaurants spread out over the city. Jerusalem is also known for its boutique bars and cafes throughout the city. [Blouin ARTINFO note: Dig into Biblical cuisine and participate in the traditional “maklouba” ritual, which involves making a wish as you upturn a tureen of the meat, vegetables and rice dish, at The Eucalyptus in the Artist Quarter. For wonderful Mediterranean cuisine and fresh salads, head to Medita on Hebron Road.]Where would you go and what would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in Jerusalem?Personally, I would take a long morning run through the Judean Mountains in the outskirts of the city, which offer tranquility against the backdrop of absolutely breathtaking views of Jerusalem. Where would you head to in Jerusalem for the best shopping and what would you buy?The Malha and Mamilla malls are common favorites, as well as the downtown area which has both boutique and large chain department stores. [Blouin ARTINFO note: The market at the Old City and the Arab Quarter teem with exotic local wares like Armenian ceramics, beautifully woven bags, oxidized bracelets, baklava and Tahini halwa.]Where would you recommend people stay (hotels, B&Bs) when they visit Jerusalem? Well of course our new Hotel, The Orient Jerusalem! Jerusalem has a reputation for very high level hotels, and I have personally visited most of them and can certainly attest to that. There are also several charming B&B options throughout the city that offer a lovely Jerusalem ambiance at a lower price point. [Blouin ARTINFO note: Dan Boutique Hotel is a great mid-range option in the city center and a terrace that lets you feast your eyes on the entire town.]What are some of Jerusalem’s best secret places that everyone should discover? It would be a shame to miss out on the new tunnels in Jerusalem’s Old City. A lovely area in the city is called Ein Karem where breathtaking nature and history combine [Blouin ARTINFO note: It was the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and offers lovely walking trails with views of trees and vineyards]. Additionally, the Nachlaot and Mahane Yehuda markets have endless ancient and fascinating stories.    What are the best places to see live bands and experience the nightlife in Jerusalem and why?The downtown scene has a large selection of Irish pubs and local Middle Eastern type bars; though the two new areas in Jerusalem which have become vibrant nightlife scenes are 1) the famous Mahane Yehuda Market which, at night, turns into an incredibly lively venue and 2) HaTachana (the First Station) which happens to be directly across the street from our Hotel. The First Station is the landmark of Jerusalem’s old train station, and since the route redirection, it has become a lovely outdoor area boasting bars, gourmet restaurants and more. [Blouin ARTINFO note: The sound and light show at The Tower of David, depicting the entire history of Jerusalem, is also worth a visit.]Could you offer any safety tips for tourists visiting Jerusalem?As many international conference producers have told us, Jerusalem has become a new global venue. A large part of that is due to the general feeling of safety tourists and locals feel throughout the city. As in any big city, tourists should stay tuned to their surroundings as per any kind of general area interruptions.    What projects are you currently working on/involved in?My top priority at the moment is to build The Orient Jerusalem’s reputation as Israel’s top hotel. We already see guests’ positive feedback, and we are excited for the potential this hotel can reach. In parallel, in our overall Isrotel chain, we are currently building three new hotels throughout Israel, and as a General Manager in the chain, I am currently involved in these new projects as well.Click here to view a slideshow of Jerusalem. 

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