Michael Binkley’s Solo Exhibition in Alaska
Michael presented a solo exhibition of stone sculpture aboard the Radisson Seven Seas Navigator in the summer of 2002.
Michael Binkley is the first artist in history to have a solo exhibition of stone sculpture aboard a cruise ship. The exhibition was held from August 21 to September 4, 2002 aboard the Radisson Seven Seas Navigator, travelling from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Seward, AK, USA and back. In 2006, Radisson cruise line was changed to Regent, and the Seven Seas Navigator now carries that name.
The exhibition, titled “Sculpture at Sea” was a great success, and a near sell-out. The passengers were very impressed that an art medium other than the standard two-dimensional art prints was presented, and that they could meet the artist in person. Binkley gave two presentations on the history of stone sculpture and how he works as a contemporary stone sculptor in the 21st Century. Both he and his wife Michelle were available at all times during the exhibition for individual consultations with passengers.
The exhibition was held in the Vista lounge on the top deck forward. There were 18 sculptures on display that included figurative, wildlife and abstract images in a wide range of size from “coffee table” to gallery scale. Passengers were greeted in the hallway at the entrance of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub by two of Binkley’s female nudes.
Inside the Vista Lounge, the rest of the exhibit was arranged tastefully amongst the furnishings, allowing viewers to conceptualize a sculpture in their own personal surroundings.
Cruise Director, Harry Bern presented the Binkleys with a commemorative book about the ship. Binkley partnered with London Contemporary Art, the onboard art consignee and worked with Art Director, Frank Crall. Pictured is Frank with Michelle and Australian art lover, Jamalla flanking the sculpture, “Sophia” in the ship’s reception lobby.
The exhibition was on the ship for the last two of the 2002 Alaska season cruises, with the Binkley’s aboard for the final cruise south. They met many passengers and formed friendships with some of the guests, such as Chris and Marie Potter of Vancouver, Canada (left) and New York lawyer William Weisberg and his wife Stephanie Kanter-Weisberg, Senior VP Douglas Elliman Real Estate (right).
Binkley’s sculptures went to private collections in the USA, England and Australia and a new collection of sculpture went onto the ship for her winter journey circumnavigating South America and ending in New York City, NY, USA in the spring of 2003.