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Sabin Howard, Modern Renaissance Master

James Andrew at Sabin Howard's atalier

James Andrew at Sabin Howard's atalier

By a stroke of good luck (and with a little help from the all pervasive social network, Facebook) I was introduced to the celebrated sculptor Sabin Howard. Needless to say a studio visit was in order to see some of Howard’s masterworks in person (an absolute must for sculpture), and yes, the visit was just how I imagined it would be to visit a Michelangelo or da Vinci!

There is no doubt that Howard’s work owes much to history, but like the work of the great masters that have come before him, his work also speaks to the present with a freshness that pushes well beyond mere imitation of the past.

Work by Sabin Howard

Work by Sabin Howard

Howard’s sculpture is firmly rooted in the figurative—these are hugely physical works after all, and very much in the grand academic tradition—but it is the suggestion of the spirit, of an ineffable beyond that immediately strikes one. In fact, this has very much been the gauge of great sculpture, and so it doesn’t surprise us that he’s been likened to major artists like Donatello and Rodin.

Sabin Howard's atalier

Sabin Howard's atalier

Despite his rebellious nature as a teenager, Howard tells us, he could not resist the allure of art—sensing the immense grandeur, grace and nobility in it—a world that aspired to the sacred, exemplifying man at his best. As the story goes, it took a while for inspiration to spark action, (and perhaps it was a rather unpleasant job as a cabinet maker in South Philly that helped to create that aha! moment), but he eventually did call his father to announce that he wanted to go to art school. His father, not entirely convinced, wanted to know how long this phase would last! Astoundingly without a proper portfolio in hand, he set himself to ninety days of intensive drawing, and upon presentation of these drawings, he gained entrance to the world renowned Philadelphia College of Art.

Work by Sabin Howard

Work by Sabin Howard

After twenty years of working in academia, Howard credits his wife for providing the initiative to make a living from his personal art—and thankfully so! His work is now sought after by countless collectors and museums. What an inspirational journey, reminding us all to pursue our passions in life and to never settle for little fantasies.

The Art of Life

The Art of Life

Do acquire his book The Art of Life for an in depth treatment of the figurative tradition and its relevance in the art world today.

Howard is currently working on a monumental Apollo—we can’t wait to see.

Elated to be in the presence of such brilliance at Sabin Howard’s studio, I’m sporting a Tom Ford royal and white mulberry silk glen plaid jacket, pale blue cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs and golden silk knit tie, Charvet Paris yellow and white silk retro print pocket square, pearl and pale blue sapphire cuff links, Paul Smith pale grey light weight wool pant, Gucci navy leather slip on shoes, Ralph Lauren navy leather D ring belt and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

Brooke Astor @ Sotheby’s

James Andrew at Sotheby's

James Andrew at Sotheby's

It was a bit strange seeing so many of the pieces I had once seen in Brooke Astor’s glorious homes now on view at Sotheby’s—ready for their next incarnations as it were.

While I was an interior designer in the employ of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, I was hugely fortunate to be able to inspect Brooke Astor’s Park Avenue duplex in person, and I can tell you the red lacquer library Hadley created for her is no doubt one of the finest rooms of the 20th century. Parish-Hadley was the interior design firm on all of Astor’s projects and homes, so I had unrestricted access to all the design schemes and rooms that were created for her. Needless to say it was an amazing education to see first hand the brilliant collaboration of such a super sophisticated client with a world class firm like Parish-Hadley.

Astor was the epitome of a New York City Socialite. A renowned philanthropist and tireless champion of the institutions of the city of New York, it was Mrs. Astor’s goal to give away her husband’s millions in support of her favorite causes and charities. She even had Parish-Hadley create a room in her apartment she nick-named “The Money Room” to be used as a base of operations for her philanthropic pursuits. She celebrated life with such an amazing grace and elegance and left a truly lasting legacy of inspiration for generations to come.

Here to bid on a few pieces at Sotheby’s, I’m sporting a Tom Ford brown plaid suit in linen, silk and cashmere, brown leather tasseled loafers, turquoise and brown silk pocket square and “Cyrille” sunglasses, precious turquoise cuff links, Turnbull and Asser shirt in pale turquoise herringbone weave with contrast white collar and cuffs and my fragrance is Creed Original Santal.

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

James Andrew at the 1st Dibs Gloria Vanderbilt exhibition.

I was absolutely thrilled to see the most fabulous exhibition entitled The World of Gloria Vanderbilt at 1st Dibs Gallery in NYC. Always on the hunt for just the right pictures and paintings for my clients, the event provided me with the most perfect opportunity to blend vocation with vacation, which is always a welcome thing!

Heiress, designer, painter, model, actor, socialite and icon, Gloria Vanderbilt was quite the renaissance woman. She had seemingly boundless energy and certainly was not afraid to explore her many diverse passions! In short, she dreamed…and her great lust for life found the most delicious expression in her creative work.

Needless to say, she has been hugely inspirational to many, including your’s truly.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

In her words, “often my images are channeled in dreams which find expression in my paintings…. Memory is also a driving influence, memories I absorb and reinvent to changing effect because I have changed but do not want to let them go. Color too intoxicates, inspires, so does the beauty of a person, who has something I can’t quite catch. They become muses which I become obsessed to define, reveal something of their mystery.” – excerpt from the Gloria Vanderbilt website.

I’ve included here just a few images to provide a bit of a tease as I’m sure you’ll be heading to 1st DIbs to see this glorious exhibition first hand! I was quite taken with Vanderbilt’s self portraits as well as of Truman Capote (below).

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

At 1st Dibs - painting by Gloria Vanderbilt

I might also recommend Wendy Goodman’s rather marvelous book, “The World of Gloria Vanderbilt” for a more in-depth look at this iconic woman’s fascinating life. See this link.

For a super casual day I am sporting Ralph Lauren cream cotton cable knit sweater with shawl collar, Alexander McQueen pink and white cotton mini stripe shirt with pink gross grain ribbon trim, Uniqlo white jeans, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and aviator sun glasses, Lanvin sneakers, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Eau d’Italie’s Paestum Rose.