Love visiting museums? Love to shop, too? You’d think that it would be really easy to combine these two delightful pastimes. But sadly, in many cases the iconic art museums of the world are sadly lacking when it comes to compelling retail stores and interesting merchandise for sale. For those who are inclined to imbibe deeply from the cups of both culture and commerce, our intrepid correspondent Jillian Tangen has tracked down the best museum gift shops in the world.
On a recent visit to London, we had just enough down time to visit a house museum near Mayfair that came highly recommended. The Wallace Collection has been open to the public as a museum for over 100 years, and it’s a wonderful experience. Here’s a photo journal of the beauty and grace we saw and felt at The Wallace Collection in London.
We climbed the new sculpture from Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio at Hudson Yards in New York City on a sunny early-spring day in March. Here’s everything you need to know about it: how to get tickets to climb the Vessel, and what it’s like once you’re there, with photos. The headline? The experience is stimulating, energizing, whimsical and stunning. And like so many true luxuries in life, this one is free.
Heading for Coachella for the music festival? Make time for a desert detour. The second iteration of the art fair biennial Desert X kicked off February 9, 2019. It introduced 18 site-specific outdoor artworks across nearly 55 miles of the California desert. Like the works from Burning Man, these contemporary works are stunning, provocative, message-driven, and largely ephemeral. So see them while you can. Desert X is on view through April 21, 2019. Here are some of the best works from Desert X 2019.
Sparklers is a monthly series that highlights those who have recently spread light in the world. Every day, people choose to shine in ways large and small. These moments of grace and generosity don’t always get reported on, and unfortunately they can be quickly forgotten. So we’re celebrating good deeds and kind acts. Because sometimes good news and kindness are the sweetest luxuries of all. The Sparkler of the Month for March 2019 is Art + Practice.