How'd we spend our Thanksgiving? We ran around London looking at art. Confession: we've done this a million times.
In London, I've nearly worn out my welcome at the big museums and popular galleries. I'd been to the British Museum, the Tate Modern and White Cube gallery more times than I can count. This time in London, I wanted to see something different to understand the evolution of its art culture. When you travel to a city where artists from all over the region and all over the world come and you've been to all the big museums and galleries, where do you go?
Instead of the usual, we visited the Leighton House Museum and marveled over Adel Quraishi's photography exhibition "The Guardians." The only photos of the last remaining Abyssinian eunuchs who guard the tomb of the prophet Mohammed in Saudi Arabia.
Afterwards, we ran over to the Marine Tanguy Art conference (#MTArt) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, where we listened to artists, including a personal favorite Lina Viktor and new favorite Gretchen Andrew, discuss the challenges they face in urban markets, emerging artists and the global art fair scene.
The best thing about big metropolitan centers is how much they have to offer, and how different it can feel every time you go. The Leighton House Museum provided something new and Marine Tanguy offered us deeper, more personal interactions with artists. So, yes, we've run around London looking at art a million times, but we would do it a million more.