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Building on her trademark lecture, Art in a Suitcase: Top 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…

Art in a Suitcase: Sima’s Top Pick’s for 2018

Art in a Suitcase 2018 As we are inundated with videos, I am returning to text and static image. Through my Art in a Suitcase column I share great art moments from my 2018 travels. I hope Art in a Suitcase captures a different type of readership and leads us... [more]

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. Amanda Hunt—a Curator at Large for LAXART, a nonprofit space in LA whose board I am on—was the biennial’s curator,... [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 coldest winter that Minneapolis has had in thirty-five years, but there was still a lot going on and a lot... [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 place, which—for most—makes it the kind of place you only visit once. Yet, I find that the more I visit... [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 might be an interesting time to check things out. The Mike Kelley house is a beautifully designed, stereotypical suburban home.... [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 renamed The Contemporary Austin and now strives to join the century-old institution at Jones Center with the sculpture garden and... [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 to Santa Fe to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe was incredible, it was... [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 a staple of the art world with a fair in almost every major city, yet Art Basel—the oldest of the... [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 little help from MoMA’s travel program, organized through the Library Council, I was granted the wonderful opportunity to travel through some of India’s most... [more]

Follow-Up: Bermuda

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


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 at the re-invigorated Navy Piers. This art fair was wildly successful from the late 70s to mid 90s, and one that was part of my... [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 to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the new Barnes Foundation Museum. There are more art institutions in Philadelphia, yet this trip was focused…... [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 my base, home to the University of Arkansas. The area was lovely with rolling hills, lush overgrowth, and an intact historic district with homes built in... [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 feeling that it would be different and somehow help me understand what is happening in today’s socio-political world. On my journey, I first attended the Dubai... [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 impressive list of emerging and mature galleries. However, I feel that there was only something there, if you did not know anything else. Otherwise, it was... [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, on that Sunday, both The Herald Sun and The Age, had major articles on MONA; this is after the museum has already been open for a year. Another interesting... [more]

For Your Art

<p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" title="For Your Art">For Your Art</a></strong><span>&nbsp;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 keeps you in the know, curating opportunities to see, collect and learn about art with an emphasis on patronage. I'm... [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 has a very specific local scene where as in a major city such as New York, the local scene is considered international. Yet like any major... [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 this visual, while in Bermuda, illustrated by major artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Demuth, Jack Bush, Andrew Wyeth, and Albert Gliezes, amongst others.... [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 artists,including Ahmed Alsoudani, Nate Lowman, Shannon Ebner, Sam Falls, Robert Zungu, Cameron Martin, Kianja Strobert, and Leigh Ruple. But art wasn't the only thing on display...check out this slideshow in Women's Wear Dailyhighlighting... [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 for being one of the fastest growing cities in the US and is the home of University of Texas, one of the largest campuses in... [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 Ruple curated a one night exhibition at Vaudeville Park, on the edge of Bushwick, Brooklyn. The exhibition was fantastic on many levels.  The performance... [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 find the Luminous Sphere. The giant light is an artwork by conceptual artist Piero Golia, and is visible when lit from several miles away. It... [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. Anyone interested in art would enjoy learning about Judd’s work at a small town where they sell bumper stickers that read WWDJD – What Would... [more]

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