CONCEPT A SALON FOR THE ARTS
Drawing on the innovation of the salon through history the artworks curated for The Newbury will deﬁne the hotel as a destination, as an incubator for connecting and sharing, and as a place where modern makers can see their ideas grow and shape new cultural communities and upmarket economies. A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to reﬁne the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s deﬁnition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate”. Salons in the tradition of the French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries were carried on until as recently as the 1920s in urban settings.
From the legendary salons of Europe, when generations of avant-garde artists, writers, and fashion designers came together for camaraderie, to across the pond in Boston, where wealthy and well-traveled philanthropists, like Isabella Stewart Gardner, hosted expatriate artists in her palace residence for innovative conversations and refuge, artists, writers and designers have always been the bellwether to express social, political and economic change.
Our aim for The Newbury, Boston will be to create a renewed interest in aesthetics that embrace beauty and pleasure, stimulate dialogue and become a social nexus for guests connecting people and the community under one roof to portray “a well-crafted life”.
Here is a pdf version of the proposal: The Newbury Art Proposal.
We begin here with seven photographs from a long time Boston based photographer who has been an educator (Mass Art) and had a hand in restoring the Deguerre Museum in France, among many other notable career signifiers. These lush, jewel-like photographs speak to the sophisticated traveler and and will offer depth and rich translucency to the space. The artworks are not altered in any way digitally but are ‘in camera’ photos taken throughout Boston, London, Paris and Florence.
The next three pieces are resin sculptures that can accent the hotel by counterpoint, providing wit and style with eye catching breeziness.
The next five images are ‘Multiverse’ paintings, examples of a number of works available from this artist (the installation views are from an exhibition at a Ralph Pucci showroom). In person they are mesmerizing works that cooperate with the spaces in which they are installed while adding depth and the dreaminess of an evening sky. Aware of their position they acknowledge the design and function of a room while adding beauty and shimmer. Finally we see two atmospheric oil paintings from a female Boston artist . These are traditionally constructed artworks that operate like early Chinese landscape painting while also offering soft tones and rich textures.
This suite of suggestions begins with three color photographs on silver metallic photographic paper that depict formally attired women surrounded and concealed by a round sculptural shape, an interjection by the photographer that activates the artworks from a distance while offering rich colors and the suggestion of a mysterious story as the viewer gets closer. Five small works follow that employ text as a way of discussing how ideas are born from particular points of view – urban to traditional landscape. The last three images are photographs – ‘Gold on Red’ is lush and gorgeous in person and offers a splash of Parisian style to any traditional room. The last two photographs are still lives that are very compelling and storied.
STREET BAR AND OTHER WORKS TO COMPLEMENT COLLECTION
We spoke about using artworks from the existing collection in the Street Bar so this section presents works from three artists with strong Massachusetts associations that can be woven into this space and other spaces throughout the property. The first eight images are from a photographer who frames each of his own original photographs in a refurbished vintage or new artist made frame. The prints are small and affordable and the work can be selected by subject and customized to a degree. The photographs are immensely popular and convey the sense of memory and resonance beautifully.
The next three sculptures are other offerings from this Massachusetts artist from a well known artist family, are strong and well made wall mounted sculptures that update ideas about collecting and of trophy heads with something joyful and a bit unexpected.
The last five images are from a collaborative duo who have worked in Boston, Cape Cod and internationally for over 30 years. Their immersive and compelling narrative works come to us directly from art history bringing a smart, jaunty point of view. These works of art are right on trend with younger and older guests alike and the artists are known to create a fan base as well as loyal collectors.
ARLINGTON STREET ENTRANCE
GRAND STAIR/ TOP WALL
An idea for a painting and the idea for a tapestry (sampled here) for the focus wall at the Grand Staircase. The painting provides an energetic ‘impromptu’ in this significant position. Like an elegant guest this well known artist’s paintings do not forget the etiquette of their occasion but are definitely the life of the party. Her vibrant colors are joyful and warm, her playful shapes seem to jump out of contemporary urban culture to theatricalize her work’s landscape spaces, riding on light and skimming on her fine drawing skills, they make a flat land of forms on which her patterns and textured surfaces perform. Baroque yet tailored, these paintings are unconventional and utterly convincing.
The tapestry sampled here is by an artist for whom embroidery is his passion and practice (he is scheduled to have an exhibition at the Toile museum outside of Paris in 2021). Here he takes existing carefully selected toile or tapestries and then sews in new narrative sequences that update the existing ‘story’ and add a bit of contemporary wit. Beauty and style always lead the discussion here and the artist has also been asked to design clothing for fashion brands and to curate numerous art exhibitions.
From there we move to a painting by monumental Boston artist Michael Mazur who would be well represented at The Newbury. This painting quite literally brings the soft tones and natural light of nature into the property.
2ND FLOOR PREFUNCTION
We begin here with thee “After Images’, photographs made after looking at significant works of art where the photographer’s human models have been painted to evoke the painter’s subject. The photographer is the daughter of Daine Arbus, adding a second layer of ‘after imaging’ to the story here. These prints are special color prints made with dye rather than pigment which gives them rich colors and subtle transparencies.
The two primarily black and white photographs that follow are suggestions for the second floor. These smart, intricate and detailed images are fascinating to view in person and offer the viewer a feeling of endlessness with more time spent looking. Like lace on a garment they add artifice and elegance.
The final six images are photographs that can be printed in three sizes (10″ to 38″ dia.). The artwork’s constructed poses and many props talk about the celebration of being together in ritual gathering.
FIRST FLOOR COMM BALLROOM ENTRY
SCOPE OF SERVICES
1.Content Development and Curation: Develop with the Design Team the appropriate spaces for art work, number of pieces, confirm concept and begin curating proposed artists for consideration in the public areas.
2.Review and inspect art works from the former Ritz-Carlton collection currently in storage for potential re-purposing. Make recommendations as to pieces to be repurposed, restored, re-framed as necessary. Propose public areas for integration of pieces where appropriate.
3.Work with artists/gallerists for commissioning of certain pieces and acquisition of others.
Collections Management and Maintenance
- Consult with restorers and framers for restoration needs of existing collection, proper framing and restoration of old frames. Confirm costs/budget and schedule.
- Work with the Design Team to create an installation schedule prior to opening. Manage and direct installer for proper hanging methods. Prepare art works for shipment/ delivery.
- Catalogue and appraise (written and photographic) the new collection with locations, biography of the artists, dimensions, etc. Train staff for guest inquiries and housekeeping for care and maintenance. Incorporate original collection.
- Make deaccession recommendations to ownership regarding original collection and pieces that may not be re-purposed or kept.
Acquisition of new art work $200,000
Professional Fee for Curatorial $50,000
(includes recommendations of re-purposing existing collection in storage)
Collections Management & Maintenance TBD
Restoration and Re-Framing TBD
Shipping/Fine Art Delivery Services / TBD
*Please note the above fees/costs do not include travel related expenses.
75 Newbury Street FL 3
Boston, MA 02116
617-778-5790 / 617-291-1170
The Schoolhouse Gallery
494 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
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