The quest that began in 1972 led the Annenbergs to commission a pole from Henry Hunt, an iconic figure in cultural preservation, a legendary carver among the First Nations people of Canada, and a Royal British Columbia Museum chief carver.
Having a legacy of promoting a global exchange of ideas, the Annenbergs surely would be pleased about the Sunnylands exhibition running through June 7, 2020. Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration marries the works of a son and grandson of Henry Hunt with that of trumpeter Herb Alpert, who is represented in the Annenbergs’ record album collection.
An earthly delight awaits to be discovered at Wynn Palace and Wynn Macau
If your idea of a day in Macau involves Macau’s extravagant hotels or a tour of the Portugese colonial architecture, there’s more to the city than its grandeur and colonial past.
Enter the “Wynn – Garden of Earthly Delights” art exhibition, a new arts and cultural event to add to your itinerary. Taking place on June 6 to October 6 at both Wynn Palace and Wynn Macau, from 10am to 10pm, the daily exhibition displays some of the world’s most renowned artwork by acclaimed artists for the first time in Macau.
From paintings, installations to digital art pieces, here are eight artworks to look out for at the art exhibition:
#3: “Spirit Totems” Series by Herb Alpert
The twisting bronze totems are one of the most significant works by Herb Alpert—a jazz musician, abstract artist and recipient of the 2013 National Medal of Arts Awards.
Drawing interest with their freedom of form, the lyrical sculptures inspire both visual and aural pleasures when displayed along with a soundscape featuring Herb Alpert’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” for which Alpert won a Grammy award.
Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration explores the flow of creativity from one culture to another
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.—Carving totem poles out of sky-high cedar trees is a tradition for the Hunt family, members of the Kwakiutl tribe of British Columbia, Canada. From one generation to the next, through a mastery of woodcarving, the family has preserved a vital component of its Native American culture.
For Herb Alpert, the musical-industry legend, totem poles carved by the Hunts and others were a source of inspiration. As an artist who paints and sculpts, Alpert decided to “go vertical” and create tall works of his own after seeing the totem poles of Canada’s indigenous peoples in Vancouver.
Sunnylands Center & Gardens is showcasing the work of Alpert and the Hunts in its newest exhibition, Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration. The show blends pieces of art by three generations of the Hunt family—brightly-colored totem poles, ceremonial masks, and wall plaques—with Alpert’s contemporary paintings and vertical, abstract bronze sculptures.
“At the heart of this exhibition, the time-honored tradition of artistic inspiration that flows from one artist to another, from one culture to another, from one country to another, is recognized,” said Anne Rowe, Sunnylands director of collections and exhibitions. Fifty-two pieces of art are included in the show.
Carving totem poles out of sky-high cedar trees is a tradition for the Hunt family, members of the Kwakiutl tribe of British Columbia, Canada. From one generation to the next, through a mastery of woodcarving, the family has preserved a vital component of its Native American culture.
Art Macau – Wynn Macau & Wynn Palace, Sé, Macau, China
Wynn invites you to take an artistic journey through “Wynn – Garden of Earthly Delights,” a brand-new art exhibition running from June to October 2019 at Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace. This exhibition is held in support of “Art Macao,” a mega international arts and cultural event under the patronage of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Macao Government Tourism Office and co-organized by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and the Higher Education Bureau.
“Wynn – Garden of Earthly Delights” draws inspiration from the stunning titular Renaissance-era masterpiece by Hieronymus Bosch.
The exhibition features an extraordinary selection of modern and contemporary art by the world’s most celebrated artists: Refik Anadol, Jennifer Steinkamp, Edoardo Tresoldi and more. Presented for the first time in Macau, their works of art display their innovation, creativity, and rich cultural diversity, expressed in various media, including installations and digital art pieces.
National Museum of Wildlife Art – Jackson Hole, WY: Spirit Totems: Sculpture by Herb Alpert
In addition to being a world-renowned musician, Herb Alpert has spent more than half his life as a respected abstract expressionist painter and sculptor. Always personal and expressive, Alpert’s sculptures draw interest with their freedom of form. His first totems were inspired by indigenous sculptural forms from the Pacific Northwest, but his Spirit Totems series, with their massive form, became more gestural. These large, improvisational totems include many animal and bird-like forms and reinterpret the traditional totem in an abstract fashion. Walking among these giants is awe-inspiring. Twelve will be displayed outdoors on the Museum’s Sculpture Trail, along with a soundscape featuring Herb Alpert’s music.
Sunnylands – Rancho Mirage, CA: Reach for the Sky: The Art of Herb Alpert and the Kwakiutl Hunt Family of Canada
Sunnylands exhibition unites the artwork of Herb Alpert and renowned wood carvers from Canada
An upcoming exhibition at Sunnylands, the former winter estate of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg near Palm Springs, Calif., will showcase the painting and sculpture of musician Herb Alpert with the works of a renowned indigenous family of master wood carvers from Canada.
The exhibition features carvings from three generations of the Hunt family, the late patriarch Henry Hunt, his son Stanley (Stan) C. Hunt, and grandson Jason Henry Hunt. Members of the Kwakiutl people of Vancouver Island, the Hunts are known throughout Canada for their wood carvings and creation of totem poles. Henry Hunt was commissioned to create a 30-foot-tall totem pole for the Sunnylands golf course in 1976.
Many years ago, while visiting Canada, Alpert was inspired by the soaring Northwest Coast totem poles he saw, and he began to migrate his own sculpture skyward.
Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration, the Sunnylands exhibition, recognizes the ethereal bridge connecting these four artists.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art out in Wyoming, which, you may not have known, is built into a hillside atop the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, got five new works for its permanent holdings. A few of the additions are Preston Singletary‘s White Raven (2017), a blown and sand-carved glass sculpture, and Herb Alpert‘s large-scale bronze creation Wildlife (2014). (Yes, that’s Herb Alpert the trumpeter, of Whipped Cream & Other Delights fame, who’s also a visual artist and philanthropist.)
It seems like every once in a while you run into someone who can do anything. When that person seems to do it with ease, it’s another thing entirely.
“I never tried to make a hit record,” said Herb Alpert, famous trumpeter and band leader.
Still, Alpert released nine No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. He has also sold 72 million records and picked up nine Grammys during his six-plus-decade career.
But he would probably balk at even being in relation to his awards. Sitting in front of a view of the Gros Ventre Range at the National Wildlife Museum of Art, he came across as humble, relaxed and genuine. He wasn’t there to talk about a career that saw him lead his band, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, to commercial success and fame in the ’50s and ’60s. He also wasn’t interested in talking about starting, running and selling A&M Records.
Alpert was there to talk about his art. He isn’t into the awards (“I don’t want to sound double humble, but I’m not into that,” he said.) or anything in that vein.
He’s just into doing “his thing,” which at this point in his life is a little bit of music and a little bit of visual art, including 6- to 12-or-so-foot bronze sculptures that he calls “spirit totems.”
Chicago, IL — The Field Museum has long been the place to see totems. Visitors will discover a new interpretation on this historical art form when they see eight of Herb Alpert’s seventeen foot high black, bronze totems on The Field’s south steps as well as an additional totem inside the Museum’s main hall.
Although widely known as a gifted musician, vocalist, and producer whose awards include the National Medal of Arts, few are aware that Herb Alpert is also an accomplished artist. On view at Heather James Fine Art New York from October 11 through November 10, Herb Alpert: A Visual Melody will present over a dozen of his abstract paintings along with a few large- and small-scale bronze sculptures as part of Alpert’s first solo exhibit in NY. An opening reception will be held at the New York gallery, 42 East 75th Street, on October 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Each morning, Herb Alpert wakes with three choices: He can sculpt, paint, or create music. In other words, the 83-year-old artist “oozes art,” as curator Chip Tom puts it.
This weekend, the multi-talented artist’s work will be showcased at The Grandel (3610 Grandel Square). “Herb Alpert: A Visual Melody” opens tonight at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public tomorrow from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday from 6:30–7 p.m.