So in celebration of an anniversary that I am proud to have achieved, I took a look back at a decade's worth of trips, art fairs, exhibitions, books, events and miscellaneous commentary to try to choose one highlight from each year. Part stroll down memory lane, part refresher course in art history, I tried to select posts that resonated personally or that I felt were especially memorable though not necessarily the most exotic. And now, for your reviewing pleasure, I present my own, highly arbitrary, Top 10 "Georgina Kelman :: Works on Paper" Blog posts...
In May of 2006 I went to New Orleans to visit a lady who needed help with her art collection in the aftermath of the hurricane. I had never been to The Big Easy and though I knew that the city had sustained major damage during the storm, I was unprepared for the devastation that was everywhere. "Katrina 8 Months Later" documents my tour of the Lakeview district and is a tribute to the gutsy determination of the residents who chose to re-build rather than give up.
Ahoy from the High Seas" was dispatched from the middle of the North Atlantic, while "New York, New York" is an ode to this majestic city and the emotional sight of the Statue of Liberty as we sailed into the harbor.
Monumenta" installation at the Grand Palais. It was an awe-inspiring art work in a magnificent space and one that has stayed with me ever since.
History and Art" and "The Music City" for a taste of its unique cultural scene.
Stockholm Sojourn". From the "Vasa", a 17th century imperial battleship raised from its watery grave, to the imposing Stockholm Cathedral, to the avant garde Moderna Museet, to the hustle and bustle of the Ostermalm Food Hall, there is a lot to see in this northern city and I did my best to cover it all!
A Walk in the Footsteps of Antoni Gaudi" mixed architecture with sightseeing as I spent a lovely day in May 2011 visiting every structure still extant designed by the master of Catalan Modernism. From the grandiose Sagrada Familia to the fanciful Park Güell, Antoni Gaudi left an indelible mark on his native Barcelona and it was a wonderful way to explore this beautiful city.
The European Fine Art Fair, an annual extravaganza featuring the finest and rarest art and antiques imaginable. For ten days, collectors, dealers, museum curators and the simply curious, converge on the small Dutch city of Maastricht as it becomes the center of the universe for all things unique and beautiful. It was my great pleasure to be present for the opening day of its silver anniversary edition in 2012.
Alex Colville in July of 2013 was poignant to me personally as he had been Chancellor of Acadia University when I was a student there in the 1980s. I well remembered Mr. Colville on campus and even then I was aware that he was a unique and very important figure in the art world. His reputation, and my admiration for his work, has only increased over the years.
Turtle Rangers" with a credited "save" and it was one of my proudest moments!
Angers as a singularly serendipitous experience. Located in France's Loire Valley, Angers is famous for hydrangeas, Cointreau liquor, the massive 9th century fortress that dominates the town and especially the Apocalypse Tapestry housed within. It started off as a day trip with some Parisian friends, and turned into a voyage of discovery and a very fun time.