Saks: Art Gallery or Department Store

Richard White, April 1, 2014

I rarely purchase anything at an upscale fashion store but I do love to wander them as they are more like art galleries than stores for me.  I love the way items are placed with the precision of a curated exhibition. Like an art installation, each vignette is carefully organized to exploit synergies of colour and composition, of line and shape and of passion and sensuality.   

In fact, I often find visiting a high end retailer more interesting than many contemporary art exhibitions. Too often the latter are more cerebral and than visual for my tastes. 

The images below are from a recent visit to Saks Fifth Avenue in the Fashion Show shopping centre on the Vegas strip.  I will let the images speak for themselves.  

Saks shoes 2.jpg

UMCA images

I thought it would be interesting to compare the images from Saks with some that I took just a week ago at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) in Salt Lake City.  

A close up of a mixed media collage.

A still image from a video.

A photo taken of a large drawing on the wall, taken from the side. 

A close up of a didactic display of books and artwork.  

Window Art Exhibitions

Over the years, I have also amassed an interesting collection of retail storefront windows that I also find competitive with public galleries in their visual statements.  All of these images are from a single trip to Europe where the importance of storefront windows as a visual art form is much more advanced than in North America.

Shoe store front window

Eyewear store

Bridal Shop

Last Word

As an everyday tourist, I don't have to go to a museum or an art gallery to get my daily visual art fix. I can find it almost anywhere - from a storefront window or back alley graffiti. Love to hear your thoughts.  Send me a photo your favourite non-gallery artwork and I will post it.  

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