Nov 24, 2014
A new exhibition has opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York and I can't wait to see it!
Called Madame Cezanne, it features twenty four of the twenty nine
known portraits by Paul Cezanne of Hortense Fiquet. She was his lover for
many years and bore him a son before they were married. He left her later
in life to move back home to his mother and sisters. But she was above all
his muse, and most painted model. The paintings, drawings and watercolours
in the exhibition cover a period of over twenty years of his career.
Oct 16, 2014
So much to see in London now
Yesterday saw the opening of another spectacular exhibition in London:
Rembrandt: The Late Works at the National Gallery. I can't wait to see this very
moving collection of exquisite pieces gathered from around the world in collaboration with the
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. On until 18 January 2015. See a video introduction.
And you still have time to catch Frieze, the biggest contemporary art fair in London (in
Regents Park to Saturday 18 October). Featuring over 160 galleries, this is not to be missed.
Download the guide, or book tickets.
During Frieze, to mark the opening of Phillips new auction house at 30 Berkeley Square there is
an exhibition A Very Short History of Contemporary Sculpture. It features works by
Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Ai Weiwei.
Oct 9, 2014
New Gallery opens with Gerhard Richter
Next week sees the much anticipated opening of a London art gallery by New Yorker
Marian Goodman. The gallery is housed in a vast former Victorian warehouse in Soho,
renovated by David Adjaye Associates.
The inaugurating show is by one of our favourite artists, Gerhard Richter, and is getting
Richter, a German painter whose work spans six decades and a wide variety of styles, is difficult
to pigeonhole, and always thought provoking. He is one of the most important artists of our time,
with recent sales fetching many millions of dollars at auction. This London show comprises works
from his recent 'Strip', 'Flow' and 'Doppelgrau' paintings, as well as a few earlier works and a large
glass sculpture. Strip's lines are taken from a previous painting of Richter's, and the Flow paintings
are made with spilled paint frozen in time by sheets of glass. These works are a riot of vivid colour. Doppelgrau, as the name suggests, are in shades of grey, painted on glass.
The gallery opens October 14 in Lower John Street, just off Golden Square W1, and the Richter exhibition is on until Dec 20.
We can't wait to see it!
Oct 4, 2014
Autumn in the Capital
A bumper harvest of wonderful things to see in London’s art world.
Some of the greats have new exhibitions in our capital: Constable at the V&A until the New Year, Anselm Kiefer at the RA until Dec 14, Late Turner at Tate Britain until Jan 25. Also at Tate Britain you can see the works of the four young hopefuls competing for the annual Turner Prize. And at the newly reopened Imperial War Museum we have Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War.This very moving exhibition brings together many artists of the period. Unlike depictions of previous conflicts, WWI art was made by the soldiers themselves, giving the paintings a compelling vividness and immediacy.
If you are looking for more than the many green spaces of London can provide, a visit to the Westonbirt Arboretum never disappoints. This internationally renowned tree collection looks its best when the leaves change colour in Autumn. In Gloucester, near Tetbury, combine with a relaxing day or two of antiquing in the area. Prince Charles’ superb garden at nearby Highgrove can be visited by appointment, too (make bookings here).
Art and Nature – Two Forms of Inspiration
The After Matisse rug, one of my first rug designs, was inspired by the cut-out works by the great artist, while my most recent designs, Rectangles and Aqua Teal Sea was designed to bring the tranquil colours and movement of the sea from summer travels into the home as a reminder of those wonderful times.
Watch this space for forthcoming designs!
Sep 30, 2014
A Great Show!
TENT London was a huge success! Part of London Design Festival, it showcased many
exciting new designers under one roof. We saw fabulous furniture, textiles, lighting, jewellery and
met enthusiastic lovers of design of all kinds.
On our own stand, we launched new designs including Rectangles (available in silk and wool)
and Aqua Teal Sea in a palette of colours inspired by holidays on water. To introduce these
relaxing hues into your home, sets of cushions are available in both designs, to add to the range
which includes After Matisse and The Kiss Passion and The Kiss Tender (see photo above)