The Grand Tour - Holiday Break
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There’s no letter today, because I’m away on a Grand Tour.
Common from the XVIth to XVIIIth century, Grand Tours were initiatic journeys young men of good (i.e. rich) families undertook to acquire the cultural capital required by their class through the first hand experience of great classical artworks. In a time before widespread printed matter, visiting Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands but mostly Italy was the only way to see certain artworks, and the shared experience of these by an elite was no doubt a powerful class binder.
I’m in New York for a week, and while I’m spending time in all the amazing museums and galleries the city hosts, my version of the Grand Tour is focusing on the artists more than the artworks. While here, I’m meeting with lots of fellow illustrators, designers and art directors. Call it networking but I’m a romantic, I call it my Grand Tour. I see it as an opportunity to create a sense of shared concerns and experiences, a union of sorts, across national boundaries and above internet follows and likes. I’m also here for the gossip, to be honest. And I can’t wait to share more about all this, but for now I’m busy living it and soaking it all in, so bear with me.
In lieu of a proper letter, this weekend might be a good moment for you to catch up on previous ones you mayu have missed over the past months, here is a refresher :
What the Think Pieces About “Corporate Memphis” Tell Us About the State of Illustration
Inside the Process
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