Local dignitaries and networkers were floating around the Hotel Murano’s lofty modernist lobby last Thursday at the launch of Tacoma’s newest art book, “Hotel Murano: The Collection.” But while the evening (and the hotel) was glamorous enough, the book – available in paper and iPad app – definitely isn’t.
Measuring just 8 ½ by 5 ½ inches, with a cover that isn’t much thicker than its pages, “Hotel Murano: The Collection” is everything the hotel’s actual art is not: small, hard to interpret, unimpressive. Ranging from the Costas Varotsos toilet bowl (sorry, curve of stacked green glass) on the street outside through the giant Vibeke Skov canoes and Karen LaMonte dresses in the lobby to the works that grace every one of the 21 guest floors, the book faces a black text page with a page of the art, often a collage of several works by that artist. Pretty, but tiny. Read more »