Modern Classics
By Anett Mende
What do the Beatles, the Mona Lisa, Rumi, and Bruce Lee have in common? Well, they all seem to be “Modern Classics”. At least if you agree with the crowd that had gathered for an exclusive art-salon event last Sunday in Los Angeles.

Have you ever heard of a “Jeffersonian dinner”? I hadn’t before I went to this event. Well, let me tell you: it’s kind of cool. Instead of sitting down and just chatting with the person sitting next to you as you probably would at any other dinner, at a “Jeffersonian” dinner, the entire table – which consisted of 18 people at this event – has a conversation about a single topic, guided by a moderator. And “Modern Classics” was the topic for the evening. What makes a work of art, or even the entire work of an artist, a classic? What makes an artwork seem never to get old? Those were the questions discussed by a variety of artists, collectors, art critics and random others, such as a journalist and writer like me. What makes an art classic and timeless is subjective, but it’s always a matter of time and its ability to reach and stay in the hearts of many people. Those were the things we could all agree on, and the conclusion to what was a great event — the first of many more to come.

But let’s go back to how it all started. Los Angeles-based art dealer Delia Cabral decided to kick off the new year with a bang, with something quite new and unique in the art world: a combination of delicious gourmet food cooked in house, some of the finest Californian wine (from the Clos Saron vineyard in the Sierra foothills) and fine artwork by artists such as Fatemeh Burnes, Ted Waldon, Justin Siegel and Lekha Singh placed all over Ms. Cabral’s mansion-like three-story Edwardian-style house (notably in her private art gallery on the 3rd floor). Of course, it was all for sale.

Cabral’s guests marveled at the artworks, even though they still have to prove their ability to become modern classics. (Remember, it’s all a matter of time and common agreement). But being surrounded by such beauty and having a great conversation with lots of laughter (as when one of the guests claimed moderator and well known art critic Peter Frank to be a modern classic himself), everyone seemed to enjoy what was the very first of a series of monthly events, each of which will have a different topic. Cabral’s team is already happily planning the next one, about “Raw Spirituality”. One can expect to see spectacular spiritual art while enjoying some delicious raw vegan food and engaging in a conversation about the deeper meaning of life and how we are all connected. The third dinner, this much can already be told, will include a corpse, a murderer, and a mystery for Cabral’s guests to solve.

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