Dear Friends,

We’ve all visited New York at one time or another, and some of us, myself included, have lived there for extended periods. A quick glance at the itinerary of our upcoming Gage art tour of the City, February 8 – 12, 2018, however, will immediately demonstrate what’s different and special about this particular trip, an action-packed five days in the art capital of the world.

Most of the activities on our program are things not available to the casual visitor. We have access to private collections, artist studios, art experts, and even the galleries of the Museum of Modern Art before its normal opening hours.

Louise Bourgeois

As you know, Louise Bourgeois and Donald Judd were two of the most significant contemporary artists working in New York in the late 20th Century; on this tour, we will be visiting both of their studio/homes, maintained as they were when the artists were alive. Both artists saw their lifestyle as an extension of their art, and their spaces are as original and exceptional as their work.

Private collections in view apartments are equally off-limits to ordinary souls, but we have several lined up over the course of our tour, and the list of artists we expect to see is similar to what might be on view at a contemporary museum, with names like Anselm Kiefer, Kiki Smith, and Jeff Koons.

Of course, art isn’t just about what’s been made in the past, but it’s also about what’s happening in artist’s studios as we speak, and we’re planning several visits to working studios, including the mid-town loft of premier American realist Steven Assael, with whose work many of you are familiar.

Steven Assael| Fallen Groom | Oil on Canvas | 2015

We’ll also, naturally, visit several museums. Besides MOMA, where as I mentioned we will have exclusive access to their permanent collection before the general public, we’ll also walk the famous Highline directly to the new Whitney Museum, and visit the Frick to see both their resident old masterworks and a loan show of rarely-seen portraits by the Spanish painter Zurbaran.

The huge show of work by and related to Michelangelo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is of course the centerpiece of our tour, but preceding our visit to that exhibit we have arranged a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s extraordinary conservation department, where technicians armed with the latest tools and some of the oldest materials work on artworks from every era.

If that’s not enough, we just discovered that the city-wide installation of artworks by the inimitable Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on the subject of immigration – just unveiled – will be on view though the time of our visit; one piece in Central Park sounds particularly spectacular.

And if you, like me, are more than a trifle intimidated by the task of choosing between Manhattan’s thousands of excellent and diverse restaurants, rest assured we have arranged several meals that are both convenient to our locations and of the highest quality. Plus, you can’t beat the company!

Our transportation on a luxury coach will keep everything relaxing and easy so there’s nothing other than the amazing art to focus on.

I know how much I’ve cherished the irreplaceable art experiences I’ve enjoyed on previous Gage art tours, and I’m eager to share the richness and fun of this newest version as something very different from what we’ve ever done. I hope you will consider joining us for these exceptional five days in New York City, February 8–12, 2018.

Please, learn more about the tour from our Pricing & Itinerary Highlights.

If you have any questions, contact my colleague Alison Dawson. We need your Reservation Form no later than November 16, 2017. Please complete and return to Gage Academy of Art 1501 10th Ave. East, #101 Seattle, WA 98102.

Warm regards,

Gary Faigin
Gage Academy of Art
Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Tour details:

Date: February 8-12, 2018

Total cost: USD 2,995.00

Single supplement: USD 501.00