UPCOMING EVENTS – DECEMBER
22nd, 23rd, 29th December, 2017
Alpine skiing played a leading part in my early photographic journey – as a young man I covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary and many world Ski Championships – most notably in Crans Montana in 1987, when both Swiss men’s and Swiss women’s ski teams reigned supreme. The blue riband men’s downhill events in Kitzbuhel and Wengen were regularfeatures in my diary.
I returned to Wengen three years ago to photograph the men’s downhill and I was reminded that it really is a spectacular event – 30,000 people half way up a mountain, with the Eiger in the background. It brought back some happy memories. I do enjoy the people in the German speaking part of Switzerland – there is a great amount of warmth amidst the orderliness.
Swiss Germany has many very smart alpine towns – of which St Moritz, Davos, Klosters and Gstaad are probably the most famous and I have itched to have a Christmas show at one of these resorts. We had a successful one off show a couple of years back in the famous Villa Bührle museum in Zurich and we have missed Switzerland since then.
I am therefore very excited that our London partner Maddox will open their new gallery in Gstaad in a couple of weeks with an exhibition of my work. I would imagine that there will be a slight winter feel to it. Maddox are our best selling gallery with sales from the London show now topping an astonishing £2m since September. They also made a huge impact at their debut in Art Miami last week – they are hardworking disruptors in the art world and we like that.
The opening nights in Gstaad are on the 22nd, 23rd and 29th December and I will be there for all three – the first solo and the final one with my family who are all very pleased with the location of the newest of our galleries and the heavy snowfalls of late.
We will partner in Switzerland not just with Maddox but also with the private Swiss bank Julius Baer. I know a thing or two about Swiss Banks from my previous life and this renowned private bank has avoided many of the pitfalls of the larger Swiss private and investment banks. They will be inviting many customers to the evening of the 29th December and I look forward to seeing my dear friend Andreas Feller who now heads up the private client division.
Dallas & New Orleans
We will be returning to Dallas on the 4th of January for a party in my honour at Al Biernet’s fabulous new 10,000 sq ft restaurant in the north of the city. We are so appreciative of the support we now have in the city – led by JD Miller of our gallery Samuel Lynne and his business partner Phil Romano. Thank you also to Steve and Anne Stodghill and of course Al Biernet. It’s great to see so many of my images around town now.
Immediately after that we will be having our first single man show in the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana in January. The opening evening at Arthur Roger Gallery is on the 6th January and we look forward to seeing some old friends and meeting many new ones. Arthur is one of the most respected art dealers and collectors in the American South and I join a stable that includes some extraordinary talented and coveted artists. In the summer I visited the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art (NOMA) which was then hosting an exhibition of Arthur’s private collection. I left in no doubt about his position in the art world and the esteem with which he is held in Louisiana.
After New Orleans, we will be in Shanghai to give a key note address at the UBS conference on the 9th of January.