Chicago is a city not to be missed!! We stayed at the Hancock and Mr. Turner set us up with his personal driver. The installation was went perfectly and was done the minute we got off the plane!! After an 8 hour plane ride we were actually more awake than we thought we would be. The crates were huge and taking up a large part of the living room, so we needed to get them out of the way. Fred had a few helpers on hand (thank goodness) because unloading large sculptures is not my fortay..Steve’s, but not mine. The 3 piece wall hanging made out of red cedar looked stunning. Fred was very pleased. Afterward we went to a wonderful Italian restaurant in the neighborhood and celebrated with a delicious rare red.
Mr. Fred Turner is one of the most gracious hosts I have ever experienced. Not only was it a business trip, but filled with fun and relaxation. We went to the best Jazz clubs, best dining, and not to mention a Cubs game where we sat behind the dug-out on a fantastic sunny day!! It doesn’t get any better than that.
The Museum of Modern Art was incredible. The show was a “Color is Relative” theme. The Art Institute was so amazing we went twice in one day!! Once before the Cubs game and then after the game. Art and sports…needless to say our brains and bodies were overwhelmed and tipsy turvy after that. The art, WOW, I could sleep there. The Contemporary Circa was breathtaking. Never have I experienced and seen art like that. I wish I could visit when no one else is around just to take in each piece. Standing in front of the Gaugins and Van Goughs brought tears to my eyes. No one paints like that anymore. The textures, the colors, the strokes and movements…amazing. Who paints a sky in several shades of green with short single strokes? Van Gough.
I have to say that the only artist that I compared the work to was our artist Lisa Kaspryski. She is an emerging artist and her work echoes that of the Masters. Her textures and colors are as breathtaking as those in the Art Institute. Another is Ken Kennell’s Pointillism. His work has more color and energy that Saurat. Though of course Saurat was a man standing alone in his art. I am honored to have Ken’s work in our Gallery at Turnbull Studios.