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Art in a Suitcase

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Building on her trademark lecture, Art in a Suitcase: Top 10 Picks From a Trip Around the Globe, Sima Familant articulates how the international explosion of art production demands a huge amount of travel and research and re-invents the term, ‘going global’ as Ms. Familant spends more than half her year on-the-road and in-the-air. Continually check in to this blog to read about her latest trip, journey, jaunt, outing and discovery...

Portland, OR

I visited Portland and, with fortuitous timing, attended the 2014 Portland Biennial. While I was only in town for one night, the biennial was definitely the highlight of my visit.... [more]


Minneapolis, MN

I thought New York was having a cold winter, but waking up to the zero degree weather of Minneapolis was a whole new level of cold! This year was the... [more]



I returned to Marfa for the third time this November and spent a lot of time questioning what it means to return to Marfa. It’s a rather isolated and unique... [more]



I have been curious about visiting the Mike Kelley house in Detroit for quite a while, and, with all the recent press and media coverage about Detroit, I figured now... [more]


Austin, Texas - 2013

In 2011, the Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse merged, becoming AMOA-Arthouse. Under the direction of Louis Grachos, the museum has made significant strides in re-vamping itself. It has been... [more]


Lightning Field

I have wanted to visit Walter de Maria’s “Lightning Field” for quite some time, and finally found the time this August. I started by flying to Albuquerque and then drove... [more]


Art Basel 2013

June is always a busy and exciting time for the art world—full of fairs, summer museum exhibitions, and lots of travel; culminating at Art Basel. The art fair has become... [more]



India has been touted as an upcoming art market for quite some time now and I have been very anxious to experience it firsthand. With a... [more]


Follow-Up: Bermuda

Here is a link from discussing one of my clients' renovated vacation home and their art collection!



This past fall, I was fortunate enough to visit Chicago not once but twice. My first trip was to Expo Chicago from September 19-22, 2012... [more]


The Barnes Foundation Museum & The Philadelphia Museum of Art

My day in Philly was what I call a 5-Star Art day…Simply an hour and half Amtrak ride from New York City, one is able... [more]


Crystal Bridges Bentonville, Arkansas

As my recent travels have taken me to Australia, Singapore and the Middle East, traveling to Bentonville, Arkansas felt almost as exotic. Fayetteville was... [more]


Dubai & Doha

I must say, I did not know what to expect when I planned to see art in the Middle East. Yet, I had this... [more]


Brussels & Luxembourg

I just finished a few days in Brussels and Luxembourg. I attended the Brussels Art Fair, which is a large venue that has an... [more]



There has been much written on The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). For example, during my trip, when I was in Melbourne,... [more]


For Your Art

For Your Art is the guide to L.A.'s growing art scene. From museum openings and gallery tours to the inaugural Pacific Standard Time, For Your Art... [more]


Sydney and Melbourne, Australia

While Australia's art scene is similar to what I typically see in the US and Europe, there are also a few interesting differences. It... [more]



The initial visual that comes to mind when thinking of Bermuda is blue water, white roofs and pink sands. Imagine if you could see... [more]


Los Angeles, California

This season's LAXART Benefit was another great success! The silent and live auctions included works by a wide array of both established and emerging ... [more]


Austin, Texas

Austin, a city well known for indie music with two big festivals,South x Southwest and Austin City Limits (ACL), already has a great cultural outlet. It's known... [more]


Brooklyn, New York

Just as pop-up stores have become all the rage in a city emptied of major retailers during the recession, the art world has caught on. Leigh... [more]


Los Angeles, California

If you’ve been to Los Angeles recently, you may have passed by the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. On the roof of the Standard you’ll... [more]


Marfa, Texas

One would imagine that if a collector lives in Texas, then they are geographically near the Donald Judd and Chinati Foundation located in Marfa TX.... [more]


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