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ART DECO CELEBRATION

Today New York celebrates the birth of an artist partially responsible for bringing the glorious Art Deco style to New York City. Hildreth Meière was a high society muralist and mosaicist that truly defined the elegance of New York in the early 1900’s. Be sure to see her emblems at the world famous Radio City Music Hall. These colorful emblems, depicting dance, drama and song, were created by the Art Deco goddess in 1932, and stretch to 18 feet wide. 

CHINESE FINDS

New York’s Chinatown may not be the largest in the world, but it’s crowded streets are always great for browsing. Perhaps the best selection of Chinatown shops is located in the side streets tucked south of Canal, between Mott Street and the Bowery. The sidewalks are jammed full of Chinese housewares, spices, delectables, toys, kits, and lanterns. Let our concierge at Sofitel New York be your guide on your next visit. 

ROCKETTES ROCK

You can’t help but be delighted by the consummate skill of the Rockettes, who once again fold themselves into a human accordion in their trademark number “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” during the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The New York Christmas-time tradition has opened to rave reviews at Radio City Music Hall, only minutes from Sofitel New York. Don’t miss it!   

POP ART / NYC

Along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein was a leading figure in the new art movement of the 1960’s. His work lives on all over the world, and is as relevant today as when it was created.

Until May 17 don’t miss ’Roy Lichtenstein: Nudes and Interiors’ at the FLAG Art Foundation in New York. The exhibition includes 37 works by Lichtenstein including drawing, collage and sculpture as well two original works created by the exhibits curators. Only a short distance from Sofitel New York, so don’t miss it! 

MANHATTAN SCULPTURE

Friends staying at Hotel Sofitel New York have a plethora of options when it comes to viewing art. With over 80 museums set amongst the 5 boroughs, and a countless number of changing exhibits, you can visit many of the spaces repeatedly and always see something different. Make sure to also visit one of the many outdoor sculptures located throughout the island. Featured here is one of our favorites located near MOMA titled “Looking Towards the Avenue” by Cincinnati artist Jim Dine.

SOFITEL REVEALED 

One of our favorite images from the #SofitelRevealed launch last night at Sofitel New York, care of  lover of treats & all things creative, Pretty in Pistachio. More to come! 

FRIEZE / ART

Wrapping up our look back at the third iteration of Frieze New York is this work by London born, German living artist Hoda Tawakol. Falconry Hood #11 is a mixed media sculpture made of fabric, thread and styrofoam. The artist is represented by international contemporary gallery Sfeir-Semler, with spaces in the Sofitel cities of Hamburg & Beirut. 

The third iteration of Frieze New York welcomed visitors from around the world with more than 190 contemporary art galleries from 28 countries. We're already counting down the days to Frieze 2015! 

CARPEAUX / NEW YORK

Opening this week at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art,The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux” is a major retrospective featuring about 160 works that explore the life and work of the exceptionally gifted sculptor.

Considered the greatest sculptor of 19th-century France before Rodin - and embodying the emotionally charged artistic climate of his era - the passionate Carpeaux comes alive in this must see exhibit only a short distance from Sofitel New York.

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827–1875) | Ugolino and His Sons | 1865–67

#TLSMITTY / NEW YORK

We’re very excited that Travel + Leisure Magazine has selected LifeIsMagnifique runner-up for ‘Best Use of Tumblr’ in the 2014 #TLSMITTY Social Media Awards! This weekend follow the #TLSMITTY ball around many of the places we call home, like here at Sofitel New York. Life is indeed magnifique! 

HENRI ROUSSEAU

This month we celebrated the 170th birthday of French artist Henri Rousseau. Inspired by illustrated books and visits to botanical gardens, this self-taught French artist became a friend of Picasso and other members of the Paris avant-garde, but was largely unrecognized during his lifetime.  

Rousseau is now best known for his jungle scenes. The first of which titled “Surprised” is held in the collection of the National Gallery London, only minutes from Sofitel London St James. The last in the collection, “The Dream,” can be seen at New York’s MOMA, only blocks from Sofitel New York.  Pictured is “The Merry Jesters,” 1906, from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a short distance from Sofitel Philadelphia

ARMORY SHOW

New York’s Armory Show is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its fifteen years the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional program of arts events and exhibitions. And best of all the show is located only a short walk from Sofitel New York.

This week we will highlight some of our favorite pieces and artists from the last week, beginning with Jules Olitski’s ‘Yellow Hoodoo’ (acrylic on canvas) as seen through the sculpture 'Times One’, by Brian Wall.

ART / NYC

Don’t miss Jeff Koons’ ‘Split-Rocker’. Towering and flowering above Rockefeller Center and only moments from Sofitel New York, the half-pony half-dinosaur sculpture is grown from 50,000 flowering plants and coincides with the opening of his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Magnifique! 

FANTASTIQUE BEGINNINGS

An annual tradition in the United States is to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The tradition started in 1907 with an iron and wood ball lit by 25 watt light bulbs. In 2000 viewers were treated to a redesigned New Year’s Eve Ball with Waterford Crystal triangles covering the surface. In 2007, it found its permanent home at One Times Square. Guests of Sofitel New York can see it year-round on a stroll through Times Square. On our 2015 list is more luxurious travel! 

Image from twitter @timessquareball

ART / MARBLE

French artist Guillaume Coustou completed this marble bust of banker Samuel Bernard on this day in July 1720. Today you can see his magnifique work at galleries in Sofitel locations around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a short drive from Sofitel New York