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

 

SPIRITED & SAVVY STYLE

SPIRITED & SAVVY STYLE

Let’s face it, we all want sustainability in fashion (and in the other parts of our lives). Around here we feel that clothes say something to the world about who we are; as the public signifiers of the private decisions we make every morning when we choose what to wear. American anthropologist Ted Polhemus got it right when he wrote, “At the heart of lifestyle is style–today’s vital, indispensable language of identity. From an ever-growing supermarket of style…we choose those items which signify most precisely where we are at.” After all, the fashion industry is an economic force–to the tune of over $1 trillion globally and ranked as the second biggest worldwide economic activity for intensity of trade. You could call it the intersection of craft, creativity and commerce.

 There are those who might chide the importance of fashion. So why is it, if it’s unimportant, that we can identify a nation more by its national dress than by its international flag? Clothes help define us: who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are aiming to go. Frankly, you are what you wear, just like you are what you eat. During my summer travels, I’ve made some silent style observations everywhere I’ve gone. Those who choose to dress with, well, less style than they could and who took the easy way out, don’t seem happier because they took shortcuts to be comfortable. How comfortable are ill fitting clothes anyway?

 The ease of knowing that you chose your best finish to reflect who you are surely outweighs the idea of comfort versus discomfort. It’s a two-way street, that comfort lane–how comfortable can it be if people avert their eyes because the day’s selection of someone’s clothing just didn’t muster up to respect the venue or occasion? At Society Texas we love that fashion and style are not restricted by race, shape, age, or size. As long as it looks terrific and you feel wonderful in it by projecting your best self forward, hooray for you. And, a hooray for those whose day is brightened by seeing your personal style.

 As this fall fashion-focused issue unfolds, from cover to cover, we’re proud to share our point of view of how to make the world more beautiful. Beautiful with a soul, as we like to call it. Each page has significance to us, and we know it will to you, too. The philanthropic events, and the much-needed funds raised at them, make a difference to so many and we are proud to tell their stories from across the state. What about the fashion imagery, style makers, products, recommendations, and things that make Texas uniquely Texas? We’ve got plenty of it and our editorial, publishing, design and digital teams has been working in overdrive to turn up the volume to make this issue as lively a read as you’ll see anywhere.

 The 19th century designer William Morris wrote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” From our homes to yours, we couldn’t agree more and we look forward to an exciting fall season ahead with you.

 

XO Lance Avery Morgan

Lance@SocietyTexas.com