art

Sotheby’s: Woman in a white shirt



Lucian Freud Woman in a White Shirt, portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire

I’ve just discovered Sotheby’s’ brilliant new series of short films, ‘Treasures from Chatsworth’, celebrating the art collection at Chatsworth. My favourite so far is Woman In a White Shirt, unpicking the muse and story behind Lucian Freud’s portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire. It’s beautifully shot, very insightful and I love the bit about the mural in the bathroom and the art supplies that Freud left behind. Watch it here or below…

In other Sotheby’s news, its S2 gallery off Conduit Street is showing Performance by Cecil Beaton, an exhibition of stills taken on the set of Performance, showing James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg looking very contemporary in their various states of undress in the cult 60s film. I think it goes to show how influential this film is; these images could have come from any number of fashion editorials today. The outfits all look very Gucci, too. The deets are here.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Woman in a White Shirt by Lucian Freud
FILM: Produced by Sotheby’s and Chrome Productions
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Quote of the day: Tom Sachs



Tom Sachs quotes

“You spend eight hours with your subconscious dreaming. Don’t waste that by taking the world in, go out. So immediately write in your journal, make ceramics, but do something that’s getting something out instead of taking it in. It’s an essential survival tool for all creative people.”
Tom Sachs in coversation with Virgil Abloh and Simon Doonan, WWD

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Coming soon: Bloomsbury mania from Jo Malone London



Jo Malone Bloomsbury Set limited edition Spring 2017

If you haven’t heard of the Bloomsbury Set by now, all will become very very evident by the New Year.

A frequent inspiration for fashion, interior and textile designers, the English bohemian coterie of the 1920s is having quite the creative resurgence. (more…)



On seeing, doing, making, thinking, living



'SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me' by Mark Clarke is at The Bowes Museum
I’m terribly guilty of being a bit lazy when it comes to travelling out of London, but I feel I should remedy that with a couple of promising out-of-town exhibitions.

At my book launch, Iain R Webb told me about the exhibition SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me (above), that has just opened at the Bowes Museum in County Durham. Assemblage artist Mark Clarke presents his modern day memento mori as a bittersweet response to his mother’s battle with dementia. I love any form of assemblage, collage or mixed media, possibly a reflection of my own hoarding collecting tendencies. (more…)