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May, 2013:

COSTER SCOTT: SURVEY I


Coster Scott: Survey I New Book Release


We at WIJW love to point out creative work that catches our eye, and this recently released compact hardcover book, Coster Scott Survey I, has indeed caught our eye!

You might have seen Alexander Coster Scott’s work at Boston’s ICA under the directorship of the now former Tate curator, Christoph Grunenberg; or perhaps in the pages of Tyler Brûlé’s Monocle magazine; or even on the walls of the super-swank W Hotel—if you haven’t, then do make an effort to acquaint yourself with the man and his work!

Untitled c-type chromogenic print,  by Coster Scott, 2009

Untitled c-type chromogenic print, by Coster Scott, 2009

Characteristically blurring the lines between genres, Scott depicts a range of subject matter: from corporate, to institutional, to domestic and natural scenes, running the gamut between intimacy and a “…simmering sense of megapolitan angst,” as Scott puts it. It’s all done quite tenderly though, with a tonal palette and a wide aspect Ultra Panavision style frame that lends his photographs a distinctly cinematic quality.

Untitled c-type chromogenic print,  by Coster Scott, 2013

Untitled c-type chromogenic print, by Coster Scott, 2009

His client list reads like a who’s who of notable American families — from the Watsons (IBM), to the Engelhards, Jennings, and Dursts. His work has been championed by curators like Christoph Grunenberg (formerly of the Tate Liverpool and now Director at the Kunsthalle in Bremen), and Anne Hawley (Isabella Gardner Museum). I myself have collected his work for years, and several of his pieces figure prominently in my clients’ homes. (My mentor, the late Albert Hadley, actually became quite fixated on one the Scott works I owned, and out of gratitude to the great man, I felt compelled to give it to him!).

Untitled (Boston, walking) c-type chromogenic print,  by Coster Scott, 2013

Untitled (Boston, walking) c-type chromogenic print, by Coster Scott, 2013

Our copy is the Limited Edition version that comes with a gorgeous signed and numbered 16″ x 20″ c-type print available on costerscott.com It’s a gem – Coster Scott: Survey I is a must-have book for those in the know, and the most perfectly dreamy couchside/bedside companion.

 


A Refreshing Repast From Alex Hitz

A James Andrew table setting.

A James Andrew table setting.

Instead of spending those inevitably harrowing hours on the road with the great masses of New Yorkers leaving the city this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve opted to spend some peaceful de-stress time luxuriating with friends in town.

While dining recently with my super chic friend, Chef Alex Hitz, at my favorite local eatery, Blue Smoke, Hitz graciously created the most marvelous Memorial Day lunch menu for all of us here at WIJW.

 


MENU

Cold Red Pepper Soup

Crab Salad with Bloody Mary Aspic

Summer Berries with Sauce Sabayon

 

These recipes (as well as many of Hitz’s wonderful musings) can be found in Hitz’s fabulous cookbook, My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist – as I’ve mentioned before, it has become my go-to cook book for creating the most magnificent meals with little effort!

 

A trio of Alex Hitz cold soups - Roasted Red Pepper, Cucumber, Sweet Potato Vichyssoise

A trio of Alex Hitz cold soups – Roasted Red Pepper, Cucumber, Sweet Potato Vichyssoise

Hitz on his Cold Pepper Soup:

Versatility, Thy Name is RED PEPPER SOUP. Exquisite in the Winter, fantastic in the summer—it’s like having two recipes in one. The only trick here is roasting the peppers, and, truly, that’s not much of a trick at all. I am convinced you’ll find this so good that it will quickly become a welcome addition to your regular culinary repertoire.

Crab salad with bloody mary aspic

Crab salad with bloody mary aspic

Crab Salad with Bloody Mary Aspic:

So few things conjure as many remembrances in the South as Tomato Aspic. It is a staple at Southern gatherings: weddings, lunches, and funerals, to name a few. Like many recipes in this book, it’s a dish we just don’t hear about everyday in the world of iPhones, facebook, and twitter that we live in now. Too bad, because its good, even great. Here, it serves as a steady and happy partner to the cold and elegant crabmeat salad, and its tartness provides a fantastic flavor contrapunto to the dill in the vinaigrette of the crab. This is so pretty when it’s unmolded that you will truly look like the genius culinary artisan that you are, or aspire to be!

Summer Berries with Sauce Sabayon

Summer Berries with Sauce Sabayon

Summer Berries with Sauce Sabayon:

In Europe, there’s one of these in every country. In Italy, it’s Zabaglione—In France, it’s Sauce Sabayon. This sauce is so easy, and the ultimate elegant answer to dress up fresh berries in Summer.

Hitz has also suggested serving cold Chablis with our menu, and I’m happy to say that I have a nice case of Chablis chilling in my fridge at this very moment!

Of course we wouldn’t think of serving a meal without a well considered table setting, and some careful planning is always a good idea. Pictured (top) I think this will be the perfect compliment to Hitz’s Memorial weekend menu: Portuguese citron yellow cabbage ware, Porthault napkins, Baccarat Brummel glasses, Dionysos decanters, and silver bamboo flatware.

Delays Don’t Mean Denials

James Andrew

James Andrew

My devastation upon not winning Saturday’s Power Ball lottery was of theatrical proportions—well, not really. Actually, Scott McBee and I had a grand time discussing our rather elaborate plans for the 600 million dollars we’d be winning.

Just to get us feeling comfortable with all that cash, we’d start off with a two week Mediteranean cruise on Paul Getty’s yacht, Talitha G, revisiting all of our favorite ports of call along the way and perhaps a few new ones. And real estate! My first priority would be to procure a country house in Rhinebeck NY, a Manhattan townhouse, and perhaps that tropical villa in Lyford Cay I’ve been dreaming about.

As you know, I adore coming up with some rather outrageous fantasies. I like to keep a playfulness when doing so, which keeps things light and fun. Of course, one can become a bit discouraged sometimes. It seems especially so for many of us who work in the creative field— essentially freelancers with big hopes, and even bigger imaginations! And certainly one can become impatient when things don’t unfold on one’s preferred schedule, but when things aren’t just snapping into place, I like to remind myself that delays don’t mean denials.

When one is able to let go of worry and anxiety, and simply feel as good “as if” one already had, say, $600 million dollars, one is much more likely to find a more positive shift. With this sort of mindset, for instance, I often find new or old client coming to me, seemingly out of the blue. Opportunities present themselves and once again I’m on the road to abundance, and manifesting some of those aforementioned dreams. The point is, we really do have to “joy our way to success.” This understandably can be a bit challenging if one is down to the last buck, but in those times, it’s always good to remember that we do indeed create our own reality. With our thoughts feeling and actions in line, we really do have the power to change our lives. Reality, in fact, can change in an instant!

Feeling like a 600 Million dollar power-ball winner, I’m paying tribute to the style of Tommy Nutter who reinvented the Savile Look for the 1960’s and 70’s. I’m sporting a Tom Ford lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill Snowdon suit, floral shirt in lavenders and purple, white silk tie, purple and brown polka dot silk pocket square, brown leather tasseled loafers and a brown leather belt with rose gold buckle, with “Cyrille” sunglasses, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.