Author: WLT CULTURE DESK

Chew the Art: Have Rankin for Mains and Emin for Dessert

Rankin’s Glenarm Estate rib-eye steak with garlic scapes, Mat Collishaw’s flame-d duck with New Forest cherries, and Tracey Emin’s birthday cake are just some of the items on a sumptuous Hix and the Artists all day dining menu, created by chef patron Mark Hix in collaboration with the young British Artists whose works hang in his eponymous restaurant HIX Mayfair. This is just some of the goodies that awaits all art aficionados and newbies at the second Brown’s London Art Weekend taking place in Mayfair and St. James’s from 3rd – 5th July 2015. The event has been devised by Brown’s Hotel, situated on Albemarle Street to boost the fortunes of the many galleries that surrounds it. The area has always been a popular choice for art collectors, gallery owners and artists but now seeks to attract new clients who might otherwise not visit. The event also kickstarts London Art Week with free gallery tours, walks, talks, and exhibitions. Each participating gallery will be open from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015, each hosting talks. Guests …

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Sleepless Beauty: McQueen Round-the-Clock

For the first time in its history Victoria and Albert Museum will be opening its doors to culture vultures through the night for the final weekend of the Alexander McQueen show described by director Martin Roth as an “event worth getting out of bed for”. The Victoria and Albert Museum has announced plans to open Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty throughout the night for the final two weekends of its run. It has also become the west London museum’s highest grossing show in the last decade with more than 345,000 paid-for tickets. “This will be the first time we have opened the V&A around the clock and we certainly think it is an event worth getting out of bed for.” With one month to go before the show closes and all pre-bookable tickets already sold out, the V&A has released a further 12,000 tickets offering those who have not yet visited a last chance to do so. Night tickets are now available to book from Friday 24 July to 22.00 on Sunday 26 July; and from Friday 31 July …

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Human Face of Man Who Built the Web

The self-effacing man who created the World Wide Web does not fancy staring at a computer screen if he can help it hence when the National Portrait Gallery commissioned a portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee – the inventor of what has now become the internet –  he opted to pose with his trusted rucksack without any gizmo in sight. The painted bronze sculpture, by artist Sean Henry, shows Berners-Lee standing at two-thirds life-size on a tall plinth, carrying the leather rucksack in which he keeps his laptop. Apart from photographs, it is the computer scientist’s first commissioned portrait. Henry spent two days with Berners-Lee in Boston, observing and photographing him at work and visiting him at home, before inviting him to two further sittings at his studio in Britain. Commissioned by the NPG to celebrate Sir Tim’s 60th birthday, the choice of Henry to make a painted sculpture came out of discussions with the sitter and his wife, and the wish to move away from the usual photographic depiction of Berners-Lee seated in front of a computer. …