The Chelsea Hotel
When we went to the opening of the May group show
at the AmsterdamWhitney Gallery, we stayed at
the Chelsea Hotel in the heart of Chelsea in New York
City. The hotel was built in 1883 and has been the
home to, and welcomed as visitors among others,
Sir Arthur Clarke, Thomas Wolfe, Arthur Miller,
Andy Warhol, Janice Joplin, Jim Hendrix, Jim
Morrison. True the hotel has certainly lost its lustre,
and needs repair and restoration (note I don't say
renovation to turn it into something it was never meant
to be.) But it is an artistic landmark with a painting of
Leonard Cohen and a work by Larry Rivers in the
lobby. The staff are charming, the location excellent.
Jian Gomeshi proposed on Q on CBC Radio that all
the famous, and maybe not so famous artists who have
stayed there should band together and buy the place to
save its artistic soul. What do you think?
Have a thinking-about-saving-soulful buildings day.