Editor's Note: Impressive Choices
When you visit the home of the president of the Guggenheim Foundation, you expect to see some pretty fantastic art. Yet within two minutes of stepping inside Jennifer Stockman’s home, you quickly realize that your expectations were not set nearly high enough. Even for the person who knows little about contemporary art (that would be me), there is an immediate and intense feeling that you are someplace truly special. But for the person who has spent a lifetime studying art and visiting museums around the world, the experience is quite literally jaw-dropping—a point made clear by our usually gregarious photographer, who was rendered speechless during our scouting visit.
Perhaps even more fascinating than the sheer volume of art are the stories behind the works. In our cover story “A Portrait of Grace and Strength,” Jennifer walks us through her collection, explaining what draws her to a specific artist. “In general I like art that is difficult,” she says. Coming from the first woman to ever hold the position as president of the Guggenheim, that’s really not a surprise.
Pushing the boundaries is something that Polly and Claire McTaggart also know a bit about. This mother-daughter duo traveled to Afghanistan to witness the impact that a small but powerful organization called Global Partnership for Afghanistan is having on Afghan farmers. For Polly and Claire meeting the people whose lives are being rebuilt in the wake of decades of devastation made the risk of such a trip well worth it. Don’t miss their inspiring story, “Journey of Hope.”
In this issue we’re also happy to celebrate the gems of our town—from our piece on the newly renovated Griff Golf Course (“Well Above Par”) to our first annual Best of Greenwich. Every July we announce the winners of the Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut, but this month we decided to add to the tradition by presenting those who garnered the most votes in Greenwich alone.
Here’s hoping this finds you all relaxing and enjoying summer’s grand finale.
— Cristin Marandino