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Agnès b, the wall-whisperer



Jean-Michel Basquiat Plastic Sax

If you happen to be visiting the Festival d’Avignon this summer (lucky you!), be sure to stop by Collection Lambert. A new exhibition, On aime l’art is showing fashion designer Agnès b’s spectacular contemporary art collection, which includes this painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who she befriended shortly before he died. (Sotheby’s recently sold Basquiat’s 1982 painting, Untitled, for $110,500,000, the highest price to date for any American artist at auction.) (more…)



Things to do: House Style at Chatsworth House



Chatsworth House House Style exhibition

The most eye-popping style exhibition has just opened at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. ‘House Style’ is Chatsworth’s biggest exhibition yet and I went along a couple of weeks ago with about 100 press and other guests to get an early glimpse.

Chatsworth is the residence of the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has seen several generations of stylish predecessors. (more…)



Things to see: Disobedient Bodies



Disobedient Bodies Hepworth Wakefield gallery

Last week saw the opening of Disobedient Bodies at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in West Yorkshire. It’s curated by Jonathan Anderson (of J.W.Anderson and Loewe fame) and looks at the parallels in how fashion and art treat the human figure. (more…)



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. (more…)