Hotels, The Next Frontier

If you look, you will encounter some pretty cool art wherever you go. But it’s likely you will have to experience some awful uninventive dentist office art as well.  You know, the dead uninspired water color prints you encounter in your dentist office, municipal building lobby, and until now hotels? Well travelers, your weary eyes will no longer have to embrace the dreary.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that you can now sleep with Jeff Koons, (and not end up in a Italian adult “art” film.)  They list a few hotels that have upped their collections and documented the trend. The best is obviously the Dolder Grand in Zurich where you can do the running man or stanky leg with a Keith Haring sculpture.

Keith Haring,  Untitled.

Keith Haring, Untitled. PHOTO: DOLDER HOTEL AG


Fodors Travel obviously picked up on this article and re-sent their October 2013 piece “13 Hotels with Stunning Art Collections” to their email subscribers (note, I never subscribed but I started getting these last month). So if the Wall Street Journal makes Zurich look like fun, Fodors put the spotlight on The Four Seasons in Toronto where you can dine with Bob Marley over Campbell’s Soup. Honestly, all 13 hotels look pretty amazing.

Photo Credit: Christian Horan/Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Photo Credit: Christian Horan/Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts


So before you book your next trip, make sure to practice your stanky leg routine. It will come in handy for posing in the courtyard of your luxury hotel!

No Woman, No Cry

Chris Ofili: Night and Day is a retrospective at the New Museum of the oft-praised British artist’s work. So much beautiful work, so much elephant dung, so much current commentary to be gleaned from his work.

Chris Ofili's No Woman, No Cry 1998

Chris Ofili’s No Woman, No Cry 1998

This piece was created in 1998 as a tribute to Stephen Lawrence, a London teenage who was murdered on a public bus in a racially motivated attack in 1993. The botched case did not result in any convictions until 2012. The painting represents Doreen Lawrence,  the mother of Stephen Lawrence, with images of the teen in each teardrop.

More about the Stephen Lawrence case here.

The original No Woman, No Cry

Chris Ofili: Night and Day is on view at the New Museum through 2/1/2015.