THE ART’S THE THING

THE ART’S THE THING

We love seeing (and hearing) art everywhere we go, don’t you? From the local galleries, museums and performance spaces…to international art fairs that reflect the economic trends in the $56 billion dollar-a-year industry of the robust cultural world in which we all live. We truly realize these venues are the gatekeepers of culture for generations past and future.

Recent stories from the art world have become mainstream news like the Bansky piece of art that sold at auction and then self-destructed before the audience’s eyes. Or, DaVinci’s Salvator Mundi that sold to the Louvre Abu Dhabi for $450 million dollars, and has now disappeared. The Warhol that went for over $100 million dollars. The artful world is a never ending source of amazement, to the more regional scope of Texas’ performing and visual art philanthropies receiving record sums of contributions that will fuel art for decades here.

In fact, the arts in Texas run deep. “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish,” said President Lyndon Baines Johnson upon signing the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965. The legacy, we all hope, continues.

Last month, in our debut issue of Society Texas, we kicked off our new media journey by teaming today’s fashion and several contemporary Texas artists we love. We are always keeping an artful–and art-filled­–eye on the prize. Living in a state like Texas makes it easier. Paul Klee, whose work can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as well as museums across the world, once said, “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes it visible.”

If you haven’t screened it yet, The Price of Everything, the recently released documentary that explores the world of collectors and high level collection sales at Sotheby’s, is worth the watch. A quote from it, “There are people who know the price of everything, but the value of none” speaks to the fact of really loving art before investing in it. As we all know and have seen, many collectors buy a certain piece as if was an addition to the 40 stocks in their portfolio. Instead, the true art lover buys with passion, their hearts and with a keen eye on future value, of course.

Passion is the thing Texans have for the arts. And, so do we. In this issue, beyond our special artful section, we go back in time to the high flyin’ 70s when Texas-based Braniff Airlines ruled the skies in William Jack Sibley’s feature, The Art of Flying, as well as the chic hotels that have made Dallas an epicenter of chic hospitality in the Room At The Inn feature by Lori Duran. Plus, with all our fashionable and informative departments, we’re keeping you in the know and on the scene with all the best recommendations for what to do and where to go. You want to go to some parties? Join us as we travel around the world and in our state’s backyard for some of the finest events in recent history.

Happy summer and remember to pop Society Texas in your beach bag so you have a little bit of Texas wherever you roam and keep those cards and letters coming about what you’d like to see in future issues that reflects the best of Texas and Texans. 

 

XOLance Avery Morgan 

Lance@SocietyTexas.com 

Portrait photography by Megan Kyle Bennett

 

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN

In the summer, when things slow down a bit, I find there’s more time to reflect on the year up until now, choosing activities not always made a priority, and to recharge before dashing forward full throttle into fall and the holidays. Sound about right? One of the activities may be starting a new read, catching up on streaming television series or classic films…and taking in a blockbuster or two (our favorites so far, by consensus in the Society Texas offices, are: Rocket Man and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). A classic favorite that never gets old is The Sound of Music. Unsatisfactory Broadway re-interpretations aside, the music’s the thing in the upbeat Rogers & Hammerstein classic. A hit song from it, Climb Every Mountain, in fact, lyrically beckons us to try harder, feel more, and love better.

To continue the metaphor, in New York Times writer David Brooks’ new tome, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, he writes about what happens when we climb our own highest mountain and then life changes during the climb in a well-lived life, like it invariably does. What to do? To Brooks, and what the book is about, is to accept with grace what the first mountain provided, then contemplate looking for the next (second) mountain to climb, learning more from the newly rediscovered and reignited goals. It sounds so simple, yet to think of life as two mountain climbs (or more) is intriguing, isn’t it? He writes, “Life is not quantitative of how much, yet rather qualitative of the thickness our experiences are.”

Another quote that I most identified within Brooks’ book is one that applies to me very personally, as many people will attest: “When J. F. Roxburgh, the headmaster of the Stowe School in Vermont, was asked in the 1920s about the purpose of his institution, he said it was to turn out young men who were “acceptable at a dance, invaluable in a shipwreck.” My advice? Try to be as dependable and affable as you possibly can to yourself and with others.

On that note of life’s changes, we’re pleased to present our wedding issue that spotlights and elevates new mountain climbers: our selected bridal couples who are just beginning their married lives together. We are beyond happy for them and their families who celebrate this major step in life and all it represents. We know that they will do their best to lead by example and we also realize their weddings will inspire you, our readers, for your own upcoming nuptials in your circle. That’s why we’ve all worked so voraciously to help tell their stories.

Along with some of the best writers, editors, designers, photographers, and publishing dynamos on the planet who make this magazine happen, we are thrilled and proud to present the best of the best of Texas as we see it. So what are you waiting for? Get on that mountain and take a copy of us with you as you ascend to new heights. Or, bring us poolside, as another option this summer.

XO Lance Avery Morgan
lance@societytexas.com

Photography by Megan Kyle Bennett