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Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

James Andrew - Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

James Andrew – Orly Genger at Madison Square Park


I love the concept of an outdoor museum, especially during this time of year! I think a lot of people share the sentiment, making it no surprise that Madison Square Park has become a destination for art lovers from around the world. Only a stone’s throw from my flat in Murray Hill, for years, Madison Sq. Park was a daily destination for me and my whippets, Rupert and Nigel. A walk there afforded me the perfect opportunity to exercise my creatures while taking in some fresh air and art. Sadly my beloved Rupert and Nigel are no longer with us, but I still find myself strolling through the park almost daily. The most recent exhibition to open (officially on May 2nd) is New York based artist Orly Genger’s Red, Yellow and Blue (think Andy Goldsworthy on acid). Referencing Barnett Newman’s, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue? series from the late 1960’s, Genger’s monumental commission features the artist’s characteristic painted and hand-knotted nautical rope, creating a work that will transform the park’s lush lawns into colorfully-lined chambers.
Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

Orly Genger at Madison Square Park


My favorite landscape architect, Russell Page, often likened his gardens to a series of rooms—Gender’s creation take this to a whole new level, creating interactive environments that invite visitors to explore both exposed and hidden spaces, encouraging them to navigate and experience Madison Square Park anew.

Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

Orly Genger at Madison Square Park

I’m offering just a bit of a glimpse here to tempt our readers to visit this joyous exhibition in person. Exploring the almost complete installation of Red, Yellow and Blue on a glorious Spring day I’m sporting a Tom Ford era chartreuse suede safari jacket, chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle and white cotton voile safari shirt, indigo ikat pants by Burberry Prorsom, Tom Ford woven olive suede espadrilles, vintage Rolex watch, Gucci aviator sun glasses and my fragrance is Creed Bois De Cedrat.

Roman Holiday

James Andrew, Rome

James Andrew, Rome

With so much to do and see in Rome, it is hard to imagine one could possibly ever tire of it! With only a short time there, we had to pick up the pace a bit. We started quite early with a morning stroll through the Orto Botanico botanical gardens, once part of the Palazzo Corsini.

Orto Botanico

Orto Botanico

We then went to the nearby Villa Farnesina, which is an early Renaissance villa decorated with the most fabulous frescoes—quite inspirational for any interior designer. The many details have my mind reeling with ideas for my own interior work.

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

We met up with artist friends Michelle Rogers and her girlfriend C. Finley for lunch at the super chic and quite handsome Pierluigi. Located at the Piazzi de Ricci (Cy Twombly lived in the same building) it has been serving up the most delicious cuisine since 1938. With the option to dine al fresco, it was the perfect spot to recharge over a couple of bottles of Rose wine. Suitably fortified, we walked over to a gallery that was featuring Finley’s fantastic work.

Griffingirl, 250x190cm, Acrylic on Canvas. 2009, by C. Finley

Griffingirl, 250x190cm, Acrylic on Canvas. 2009, by C. Finley

Next, McBee chose an unusual museum called the Centrale Montemartini. Once one of Rome’s original power plants, it is now a magnificent conflation of industrial age and classical antiquities.

Centrale Montemartini

Centrale Montemartini

Centrale Montemartini

Centrale Montemartini

After a quick ten minute taxi ride back to Rome center, we stopped at Piazza di Spagna for some window shopping on Via Babuino.

From Piazzi del Popolo one can enter the Borghese Gardens, and what a marvelous way to end our day in Rome, strolling through this green oasis at sunset! We made our way to the Villa Borghese and took some time to savor its beauty.

Villa Borghese grounds

Villa Borghese grounds.

The informative food blog, Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome inspired us to go to Osteria La Gensola, 15 Piazza della Gensola, for our farewell dinner—it’s a charming little family run place serving a mix of Sicilian and Roman cuisine—the perfect place to wind down after our whirlwind tour. We finished with a bit of a night time meander (that wonderful Italian pastime) through the streets of Rome on our way back to the hotel, thinking of the history of the place and our most splendid day.

Our last day in Rome proved to be another scorcher, so I dressed in a way that I hoped would be cool and comfortable yet somehow still chic, sporting cotton indigo ikat pants by Burberry Prorsom, Tom Ford navy and white cotton woven plaid shirt, black alligator belt with sterling buckle, black leather sandal espadrilles by Louboutin, straw hat with black grosgrain ribbon trim from India Hicks’ Sugar Mill, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

Captivating Capri

James Andrew at Punta Tragara - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew at Punta Tragara - photo Scott McBee

One doesn’t need help from the mythical sirens to lure one to Capri—its surreal beauty is more than enough to captivate even the most jaded traveler. Perched high above the sea, Capri offers up dramatic vistas nearly everywhere one goes. From its diverse architectural styles (ranging from neoclassical to Mediterranean Moorish) to its many and truly spectacular natural displays like the blue grotto, Monte Solaro, and of course the Faraglioni, Capri is simply a visual feast.

All of this combined with a relaxed pace of life here entices one to stop, be present, and to savor the experience.

I’m captured here at Punta Tragara with some stunning views of the Faraglioni rocks. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy a pre-dinner stroll. I’m dressed in a Tom Ford era Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford pale blue cotton shirt with French cuffs and contrast white collar, vintage aquamarine and diamond cuff links, vintage Rolex watch, indigo ikat pants by Burberry Prorsom, Gucci navy suede loafers, white linen pocket square with pale blue crocheted edge by G. Inglese, a white “Glenn” rope belt by Orlebar Brown has me feeling very Duke of Windsor in the South of France, and my woven white leather flip flops are by local sandal maker, Schettino di Capri (famous for being frequented by Jackie O) and my fragrance is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino.