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. …

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Submerged in Art at Olympia

The culture vultures of west London have never had it so good as Art15 London, returns to Olympia’s grand exhibition halls for a third year running. It is already looking like a crowded calendar with punters spoilt for choice in terms of visual arts. There is also the inaugural Photo London and Chelsea Flower Show vying for supremacy. Read more: Photo London – A City Finally in the Frame But the opening night preview is when organisers try to woo a discerning audience of collectors and visitors. The inaugural edition of the fair, Art13 London, attracted galleries and artists from across the globe and welcomed 25,000 visitors over three days, including a host of celebrities, from fashion photographer Mario Testino to One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles. It was widely acclaimed as the most vibrant fair to debut in the capital in a decade with a varied programme for visitors and serious art connoisseurs. What started as a toe-in-the-water event now seems well-established on the crowded London arts calendar attracting celebrities, art dealers, green-horn collectors, families …

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Photo London: A City Finally in the Frame

Urban landscape: Sohei Nishino’s diorama map shows a stunning view of London © Michael Hoppen Gallery How could London ever aspire to be ranked alongside the world’s culture capitals without a world-class photography showcase? Paris has had Paris Photo for an eternity and New York earns its kudos with the respected annual AIPAD show. Despite its rich cultural mix of all-year long arts and culture, world-renowned galleries and influential patrons, London has never been regarded in the same light as its rival cities when it came to its photographic offerings. That is, until the birth of Photo London. It seems 2015 is when it all finally clicked into place. The inaugural photo festival takes place at the Somerset House where Sir John Herschel was said to have first coined the word photography in 1839. So a fitting venue to host the comprehensive schedule of exhibitions, talks, screenings and interviews over five days. Photo London features over 50 leading photographers and curators at 40 events over five days. On show will also be the work of …

Becks Appeal: Goldenballs at 40

David Beckham decided to join us for breakfast this morning ☕️⚽️ #pastthepond #davidbeckham A post shared by Ashley Lomelin ❣️ (@ashleeyy__nicole) on Apr 25, 2015 at 7:57am PDT Local delicacy: David Beckham blends in at the Montparnasse cafe in Kensington David Beckham has indeed settled effortlessly into life in west London as the instagram snap shared above shows on a recent visit to his local cafe in Kensington. The man who gave us the sarong and cornrow has a lot to celebrate as he hits forty. Friend and sportswriter Matthew Syed paid a glowing tribute to one of Britain’s sporting and cultural icons in The Times. In fact he can count him as a friend, having penned his biography. He paints an endearing picture of a likeable personality and caring father. His red line?  Not even a commercial opportunity will stand between brand Beckham and the school run. “I can’t complain because there are so many aspects of being famous that are a privilege.” He regards the constant adulation as a small price to pay …

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General Elections 2015: Spitting Image to the Rescue

Just when you thought the general election campaign needed a spark, an unseen hand to shake the main players out of their lethargy, up comes some very entertaining ghosts from the past. Those latex puppets that got 15m viewers glued to the television sets in the 80s and 90s are back again for a cameo role in a lacklustre election campaign devoid of characters, candour and colour.