From Absent Friends to This is Home: Your Culture Guide to May

Do - Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends | National Portrait Gallery. Absent Friends is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), one of Britain’s greatest artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork. The role of memory, the expression of emotion, and the exploration of relationships between people and places are all fixations. The exhibition surveys Hodgkin’s development of a personal visual language of portraiture, which challenges conventional forms of representation. Until 18th June 2017. 

Howard Hodgkin  -  Going for a Walk with Andrew.

Howard Hodgkin - Going for a Walk with Andrew.

See - Loewe Exhibition | Liberty. To coincide with London Craft Week, Liberty will host a pop-up showcasing LOEWE: This is Home, direct from Salone de Mobile, Milan’s International Furniture Fair. Curated by LOEWE’s creative director Jonathan Anderson, the exhibition will house a category spanning collection of inimitably designed products, each obscuring the lines between decorative and functional. Coalescing inspiration from various art disciplines, the display offers an exploration of novel forms for the interior, articulated through a mix of materials, hands, techniques and cultural references. 2nd - 21st May 2017.  

Eat – Clarette | Marylebone, London - The heiress of the renowned Chateaux Margaux estate has just opened Clarette, the ultra-chic three-storey wine bar in Marylebone. The wine list in predominantly French, though there are wines from around the world so there is certainly something for everyone. There is also a selection of sharing plates available to complement the wines. 44 Blandford Street, London, W1U 7HS. 

Read - Ibiza Bohemia | Assouline. From roaring nightlife to peaceful yoga retreats, Ibiza’s hippie-chic atmosphere is its hallmark. This quintessential Mediterranean hot spot has served as an escape for artists, creatives, and musicians alike for decades. It is a place to reinvent oneself, to walk the fine line between civilization and wilderness, and to discover bliss. Ibiza Bohemia explores the island’s scenic Balearic cliffs, its legendary cast of characters, and the archetypal interiors that define its signature style.

Visit - London Craft Week | London. This annual event showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. 3-7 May 2017. Full programme at: http://www.londoncraftweek.com

From Bowie Collection to Turning Inwards and Trying to Float: Your Culture Guide to November

Eat: East by West by Jasmine Hemsley, the best-selling author, chef and entrepreneur has perfectly fused ancient Ayuryedic principles with the best British seasonal ingredients in her latest manifestation, East by West. East by West offers an amazing all day menu overflowing with bold flavours. The restaurant has opened as a pop up within the Maiyet Concept Store on Conduit Street and will be open until the 13th January. 

East By West, by Jasmine Hemsley. 

East By West, by Jasmine Hemsley. 

Go: Louise Bourgeois: Turning Inwards, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset. For the first time, Louise Bourgeois’s series of 38 soft-ground etchings are on show together at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, in the exhibition, Turning Inwards. The drawings are accompanied by a selection of the artist’s sculptures from 1970 to 2005, casting new light on the themes of femininity, sexuality, botany, family and infancy in her work. The all-encompassing exhibition mirrors the intricacy of Bourgeois’ work. Each room embodies something different: a theme, a memory, a moment in the artist’s life that has notably influenced her artistry. From 2nd October – 1st January 2017

From Louise Bourgeois: Turning Inwards, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset. 

From Louise Bourgeois: Turning Inwards, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset. 

Read: Trying To Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel, by Nicolaia Rips Set in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel, this wry and occasionally cutting coming-of-age story gives us an exceptional glimpse into the eccentric world of the Chelsea Hotel, where the author Nicolaia Rips has lived her entire life. 

Visit: David Bowie Collection, Sotheby's. This November, Sotheby’s in Bond Street will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing over 350 works from the private collection of legendary musician David Bowie. At the heart of of the sale is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. On display to the public from 1st November – 10th November. 

From The Bowie Collection, Sotheby's. 

From The Bowie Collection, Sotheby's. 

See: Rodin and Dance, Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House. Head over to The Courtauld Gallery to view the first major exhibition to explore Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies in extreme acrobatic poses. The exhibition explores a series of experimental sculptures known as the Dance Movements made in 1911, offering a rare glimpse into Rodin’s unique working practices. From 20th October 2016 – 22 January 2017. 

COS x Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim

To celebrate their support of Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, COS have created a limited-edition capsule collection.

COS x Agnes Martin Capsule Collection, 2016. 

COS x Agnes Martin Capsule Collection, 2016. 

The collection features 12 items for women and men, inspired by the minimalist and abstract expressionist artist’s work. Well, we can’t think of a better collaboration. Martin’s soft palette and refined details correspond perfectly with the COS brand, who are well known for their minimal aesthetic.

COS x Agnes Martin Capsule Collection, 2016.

COS x Agnes Martin Capsule Collection, 2016.

“Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life.”

- Agnes Martin

The collection is reminiscent of Martin’s light colour wash canvases as well as the loose fit workwear she wore when in the studio. Just like in her work, the new COS collection is soothing and meditative, with subtle design details and interesting prints. We love the waffle knit jumper (softer than soft) and the folded wrap over skirt. The latter of which we can image Martin wearing at dusk in her studio in New Mexico. 

Agnes Martin. 

Agnes Martin. 

COS x Agnes Martin – On display at the Guggenheim New York and available in selected London stores and online now.

Read more about Agnes Martin here >> 

Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it? — Pablo Picasso

This year the National Portrait Gallery will display more than 80 portraits by Picasso that feature those he knew and loved. The portraits feature his wife Olga Picasso, friend and modernist Jean Cocteau and composer Igor Stravinsky.  The exhibition follows his journey from early realism to cubism, neoclassicism and surrealism, including the famous Woman in Hat (Olga). The exhibition will be the first major presentation of Picasso’s portraiture in 20 years.  

Picasso,  Woman in a Hat (Olga)

Picasso, Woman in a Hat (Olga)

 

Picasso Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, October 6th 2016 – February 5, 2017

From Zevs' Big Oil Splash to Danler's Sweetbitter: Your Culture Guide to August

Go – Mary Heilmann, Whitechapel Gallery. American artist Mary Heilmann’s bright canvases are currently on display at the Whitechapel Gallery. Don’t miss the chance to be inspired by her stunning choice of colour and form. Until 21st August. 

M. Heilmann - Taste of Honey, 2011

M. Heilmann - Taste of Honey, 2011

See: Yerma at The Young Vic. This superb play based on Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece stars Billie Piper. A superb performance by Billie, she plays Yerma, a woman driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child, an intense modern-day tragedy. Until 24th September. 

Eat – Padella, London Bridge. There’s nothing we don’t love about freshly made pasta. Head over to Padella by London Bridge for their sensational pasta dishes – we recommend the crab linguine with chili and a glass of bubbly. Divine. 

Read – Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler.  This wonderful coming of age tale takes place in the tantalizing world of New York City, a winding journey through the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. 

Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler, 2016

Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler, 2016

Visit – Zevs: The Big Oil Splash at Lazarides Gallery.  Hockney’s influence isn’t going anywhere soon. This eerie selection of prints addresses some societal issues using Hockney’s a Bigger Splash. A bit like seeing an old favourite but with a new twist. Lazarides Gallery, London, W1T 1HR. 

Zevs' The Big Oil Splash, Exhibition at Lazaride Gallery, 2016

Zevs' The Big Oil Splash, Exhibition at Lazaride Gallery, 2016

Watch – Watch the Olympics in style at St. Katherine’s Docks.  It may be a million miles away from sunny Rio, but with ice-cold cocktails in abundance and deck chairs we can’t think of anywhere better to be. 

From the Spirit of Rio to Alex Katz: Your July Culture Guide

Go: Kew Gardens, The Hive – Beauty and science come together at Kew’s exploration of the British Bee. The Hive is an open-air structure standing at 17 meters high and weighing 40 tonnes. The Hive captures the story of the honeybee and the valuable role of pollination in feeding the planet. Visit to discover the secret life of bees.  

See: Alex Katz until 11th September 2016, The Serpentine Gallery. To top off an already pleasant day in Hyde Park, drop into the Alex Katz exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery. Don’t miss this chance to see paintings by a modern American master. 

Alex Katz at The Serpentine Gallery

Alex Katz at The Serpentine Gallery

Visit: Alex Eagle, Lexington Street. The newly opened Alex Eagle store on Soho’s Lexington Street offers a carefully curated selection of home ware and fashion. Go to see the Luke Edward Hall x Alex Eagle collaboration and the exquisite Le Monde Beryl shoes. 

Eat: The Continental Pantry, W11. The Continental Pantry offers a delightful blend of European cuisine and wine.  Perfect for after work on a Friday, indulge in the hand sliced 42 month aged Iberico ham and an impeccably chilled glass of Rose. 

Read: In the Spirit of Rio, Assouline. Ahead of this summer's Olympics, In the Spirit of Rio outlines a guide to the best hotels, restaurants, shopping, art galleries and attractions.  Bursting with dazzling imagery celebrating this lively city.

Bruno Astuto's  In the Spirit of Rio , Assouline 2016

Bruno Astuto's In the Spirit of Rio, Assouline 2016