LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
February 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Art lovers visiting Manhattan will want to reserve a room at The Mark. Steps from Central Park, the award-winning hotel has recently partnered with the Neue Galerie New York to provide exclusive tours off the tourist track. Located on the historic Museum Mile – just a few blocks from the hotel – the Neue Galerie is a museum of German and Austrian art founded by philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder and art dealer and curator Serge Sabarsky. A former Vanderbilt townhouse is now home to their impressive collection of early 20th Century Austrian and German art. Not only can guests visit the Neue Galerie on closed days and after business hours, but they also get benefits usually reserved for museum membership: advance reservations at Café Sabarsky plus access to Neue Galerie members’ programs including special lectures, gallery talks, exclusive breakfasts and Members’ Thursdays which provides extended viewing hours.
Book the "In the Art of New York" package, starting at $800 in a Superior Courtyard King Room, and get daily continental breakfast for two; a private tour for two people outside of business hours or on closed days (Tuesday and Wednesday); a reservation at the exclusive Café Sabarsky; a complimentary copy of the book “Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer"; access to Members’ lectures, gallery talks, breakfasts and monthly Members’ Thursday which provides for extended viewing hours; a 10% discount in both the Design Shop and the Book Shop; a welcome package in your hotel room from the Neue Galerie. This package at The Mark New York is valid until April 24, 2011.
February 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Nafplion could be the most beautiful town on the Greek mainland (or so the locals like to think). It's chock full of historic sites (and loads of charm): Ottoman buildings, Venetian fortresses, twisting labyrinthine streets and white-washed houses adorned with colorful bougainvillea blossoms. And it feels a million miles away from the tourist crowds. Jet to Greece in April to experience Greek Easter,* the country's most important religious holiday, and discover the only hotel in Europe built within an archeological site. Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas is located in an acropolis dating from the 3rd Century BC. All 33 villas are individually designed with heartstopping views of the bay and old city. While bedding down in style at Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas, partake in the hotel's traditional Easter lunch with live music. Outside the town will be witness to numerous processions on Good Friday, where epitaphs- symbolizing the coffin of Jesus- are draped in flowers and carried from the town's churches to Syntagma Square.
*This year Catholic and Orthodox Easter share the same dates, so the Catholic Church of Transfiguration will be open for the entire week: Resurrection night and Easter Sunday. The church has a small museum and an underground crypt in which can be found sculptural work commemorating the defeat of the Turks at the hands of the Greeks and philhellenes.
February 14, 2011
By: Katie Tandy
Art lovers start your engine: SCOPE has launched its 2011 season with its flagship fair, SCOPE New York, greeting the balmy spring breezes with a slew of artistic offerings poised to shock, seduce and surprise.
SCOPE New York has expanded its offerings to a 60,000- square-foot hall on the West Side Highway, minutes from The Armory Show, running from March 2 – March 6, representing more than 50 galleries from four continents and sixteen countries including China, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Spain, and Canada.
SCOPE New York will gather collectors, curators, artists, critics and art lovers together to view solo and thematic group shows offering an impressive slice of the contemporary art market. 2011 will also find expanded programming in partnership with local and international cultural organizations featuring film, music, installation and performance.
With over 40 fairs spanning a decade of avant-garde offerings in Miami, Basel, New York, London, and the Hamptons, SCOPE Art Show’s garners critical acclaim, with sales of over $150 million and attendance of over 400,000 visitors.
Photo courtesy of: Spinello Gallery | TYPOE | Confetti Death, 2010
By: Katie Tandy