1.Art installed throughout healthcare facilities makes everyone feel better! Art in hospitals, clinics, examining rooms and offices is widely recognised as a valuable asset to healing and a testament to the quality of care being provided.
When the Santa Monica Medical Center reopens in early 2011, patients and visitors will be exposed to a little Canadian Content: Aether by Toronto Photographer Drasko Bogdanovic has been chosen as part of the permanent collection of the new Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center / Orthopaedic Hospital Replacement Project. Aether, a serene and ethereal shot of a tree, barely discernible in the mist, has become one of the artist's most popular and best selling works to date.
The Santa Monica Hospital was acquired by UCLA following a 1994 earthquake, the facility having been damaged beyond repair. A new purpose built medical centre was envisaged by the celebrated architect Robert Stern (10 St. Thomas – Toronto) that would serve the community's healthcare and orthopaedic needs while respecting the region's architecture. The new Center will also enjoy the benefits of being part of a great research institution such as UCLA's Medical School.
The new Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center is 50% completed at this time and is to be fully functioning by early 2011
About Drasko Bogdanovic
Drasko Bogdanovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1977. An early fascination with the Hollywood magazines and black & white photography of the distant West instilled an early glamorous aesthetic and a constant desire to juxtapose Classical posture with natural light, especially in his later nudes. A classically trained musician and self taught painter, Drasko picked up a camera as a teenager soon after emigrating to Canada as a means to capture images that he might later portray on canvas. Even his early work on this medium made attempts to develop a graphic aesthetic that he would only recognise and realise some years later when he turned to photography exclusively. Today his landscape and architecture photography capture cities' geometry, immutable personalities and intrinsic emotions; his photography has appeared in domestic newspapers and magazines and has been featured in local and national advertising campaigns.
About Robert A. M. Stern
Robert A.M. Stern is a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the AIA New York Chapter's Medal of Honor in 1984 and the Chapter's President's Award in 2001. He received the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Board of Directors' Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America in 2007. As founder and Senior Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, he personally directs the design of each of the firm's projects.
Mr. Stern is Dean of the Yale School of Architecture. He was previously Professor of Architecture and Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Mr. Stern served from 1984 to 1988 as the first director of Columbia's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on both historical and contemporary topics in architecture. He is the author of several books, including New Directions in American Architecture (Braziller, 1969; revised edition, 1977); George Howe: Toward a Modern American Architecture (Yale University Press, 1975); and Modern Classicism (London: Thames & Hudson; New York: Rizzoli, 1988). Mr. Stern's profound interest in the development of New York City's architecture and urbanism can be seen in his books, New York 1900 (Rizzoli, 1983) coauthored with John Massengale and Gregory Gilmartin; New York 1930 (Rizzoli, 1987) coauthored with Thomas Mellins and Gregory Gilmartin, which was nominated for a National Book Award, an unusual distinction for a book about architecture; New York 1960 (Monacelli, 1995) and New York 1880 (Monacelli, 1999) coauthored with Thomas Mellins and David Fishman; and New York 2000 (Monacelli, 2006), coauthored with David Fishman and Jacob Tilove.
Thirteen books on Mr. Stern's work have been published: Robert Stern (London, Academy Editions, 1981); Robert A.M. Stern Buildings and Projects 1965-1980 (New York, Rizzoli, 1981); Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Projects 1981-1985 (New York, Rizzoli, 1986); Robert A.M. Stern: Modernità e Tradizione (Rome: Edizioni Kappa, 1990); The American Houses of Robert A.M. Stern (New York: Rizzoli, 1991); Architectural Monographs no. 17, Robert A.M. Stern: Selected Works (London: Academy Editions, New York: St. Martins Press, 1991); Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Projects 1987-1992 (New York: Rizzoli, 1992); Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings (New York: Monacelli, 1996); Robert A.M. Stern: Houses (New York: Monacelli, 1997); Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Projects 1993-1998 (New York: Monacelli, 1998); Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Projects 1999-2003 (New York: Monacelli Press, 2003); Robert A.M. Stern: Houses and Gardens (New York: Monacelli, 2005); and Robert A.M. Stern: Buildings and Towns (New York: Monacelli, 2007).
Mr. Stern's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and universities and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, the Denver Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1976, 1980, and 1996, he was among the architects selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. In 1986 Mr. Stern hosted "Pride of Place: Building the American Dream," an eight-part, eight-hour documentary television series aired on the Public Broadcasting System. Mr. Stern served on the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company from 1992 to 2003. Mr. Stern is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., 1960) and Yale University (M. Architecture, 1965).
About Antonio Arch
Antonio Arch is a Fine Art consultant based in Toronto and Grand Cayman. His company, Arch & Company Fine Arts consults to individual, small business, corporate and institutional collectors wishing to enrich and improve their corporate culture and human relations by building purposeful collections and public exhibitions of fine art in the workplace; Arch & Company also curate a large private showroom in Toronto exhibiting works by both Canadian talent as well as International artists from a variety of emerging markets.