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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014
After driving through the lush mountains of the Rodovia dos Imigrantes highway, we toured Brazil's largest city, São Paulo. Our first stop was the Pinacoteca art museum, a glorious building that combines old and new architecture and boasts a comprehensive survey of Brazilian art. During our visit, there was both a contemporary art installation in process as well as a choreographer preparing his dancers for an upcoming performance. The group then moved on to the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), which houses an important collection of European art and contemporary installations. An exhibition of Brazilian artist Regina Silveira's work was a welcome find—truly a highlight of São Paulo's many offerings.
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Today we visited the Atchugarry Foundation in beautiful Punta del Este, Uruguay—an area often referred to as the "St. Tropez of South America." The group strolled the large, exquisite property and explored works by dozens of artists. Pablo Atchugarry, the artist who started the foundation, happened to be working in his studio during our visit, and he graciously chatted with us. Our journey then took us to Casapueblo, a cliffside villa and museum built by the late Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró with magnificent views of the ocean.
Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
We've slipped out of the past and into the amazing present with visits to artist Gabriel Orozco's studio and the Zona Maco art fair. In tandem with the contemporary art crowd's arrival in Mexico City for the fair, the galleries have pulled out all the stops. Here, Adrián Villar Rojas has transformed the Kurimanzutto Gallery's elegant space in the neighborhood of San Miguel Chapultepec into a vast terrain of dirt upon which fruit, vegetables, cast sculpture, and little jewels are carefully arranged in strange and evocative tableaux.
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
There is something deeply moving about seeing the pyramids at Teotihuacan, about forty-five minutes north of the center of Mexico City. They are sobering reminders of the deep and incredibly rich culture of this country—they've towered above this basin for at least a millennium and a half—and yet there is still so much more to discover under the ground even in their immediate vicinity. Our guide here, one of the site's archaeologists, pointed to a bumpy field of cacti just beyond the monumental boulevard pictured here and said that each of the hillocks we saw probably hid yet another temple platform underneath.
Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Mexico is, of course, renowned for its rich tradition of muralism, and we went straight from the airport to see some of the most splendid examples: Diego Rivera's extraordinary History of Mexico sequence installed in the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City. We've seen many more since that morning—it has been a mural extravaganza! At the Palacio de Bellas Artes we were lucky to go behind the scenes with Deputy Director Daniel Lozano Maya, who's shown here explaining Rivera's complex 1934 masterpiece Man, Controller of the Universe.
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Havana is a beautiful city that reflects Cuba's complex social, political, and economic history in its distinguished and varied architecture. Although many neighborhoods are gritty and numerous buildings await restoration, the urban fabric is fairly breathtaking.
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Highlights of our memorable trip to Cuba were our many encounters with members of the country's visual-arts community.
Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013
In Bhutan, outside of Paro, our group climbed up the rocky cliffs to visit the Taktsang monastery. Popularly known as the "Tiger's Nest," the monastery was first built in 1692 around a cave where the great Buddhist Vajrayana practitioner Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) meditated for three years.
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Now I know: Montenegro is the hidden jewel of the Adriatic Sea. Our first glimpse into this country's beauty began with a two-hour, early morning sail through the scenic fjords of Kotor. As the Sea Cloud II headed toward the harbor, I could hear "oohs" and "aahs" from my fellow passengers. None of us imagined Montenegro would be so majestic and lush.
Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
On our first day in Nepal we visited the Swayambhunath Stupa, a monument that, while founded in the fifth century to house the relics of the Buddha, has since undergone many restorations funded by the devout.