The Financial Times‘ influential art world columnist Melanie Gerlis reports that gallerists are celebrating. Although a Republican presidency in the USA usually favours the art world, art economist Clare McAndrew says Donald Trump is not good for the arts symbolically. New York gallerist David Zwirner goes further: ‘The callousness, anti-intellectualism and painful vulgarity of Trump and his posse were felt across the arts community”. Art Basel Miami is cancelled but there are still arts events in town: at the Shelborne South Beach, one piece on display right now, in partnership with The Museum Of Graffiti, is Symbiosis by Gustavo Oviedo – see his Biscayne Sunset, above.
Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej has some of his stylised animal paintings displayed in Jumeirah’s sumptuous Arrivals Lounge at Dubai airport – it opens this coming week and Girlahead was privileged to have a preview. The 250sq m facility, landside immediately after exiting Customs, is going to be 24/7. Designed by Dubai-based Brit Paul Bishop, it feels like the living room of a Presidential Suite, UAE-style: think masses of Champagne-coloured marble and pale sofas, and crystal lights. Any guest enroute to a Jumeirah property is invited, for hot or soft drinks and gourmet snacks, and there are two spacious shower rooms, also marbled, for arrivals who have to rush on to a meeting.
A shower after a long flight certainly helps prevent jetlag – but Girlahead believes strongly, also, in the restorative power of exercise. Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses, is a master of another essential, eating and drinking right. Hear what he has to say about Six Senses’ differentiations, below