Late painter Howard Hodgkin confessed to being bitten by the collecting virus. He even kept auction catalogues and a tape measure beside his bed, handy for marking things he fell in love with.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is continuing to make cleaning London’s foul air his signature policy. He is calling on vehicle manufacturers to contribute to his Air Quality Fund over the negative effects their diesel vehicles have on air quality and public health in the capital. Khan has written to UK chiefs at BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen urging them to take serious action on diesel emissions. The manufacturers have already contributed up to £223m to the German government’s ‘Sustainable Mobility Fund for Cities’ and the mayor is now urging them to take action in London and the UK. He has also written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, as part of his continued lobbying of central government to do more to tackle what he describes as the “biggest environmental public health crisis of a generation”. He is calling on the authorities to secure contributions from vehicle manufacturers on the same scale as the £24bn received from Volkswagen (including fines, compensation and other settlements) in the US and £223m from German car manufacturers …
Frieze is not just about the art. It is about fashion. The VIP parties. The small talk. And oh, the eye-popping prices.
Sir Winston Churchill’s gift to Vivien Leigh – a still-life of roses painted by the politician in the 1930s has sold for over nine times its pre-sale estimated price at £638, 750.
Eames classics, Vitra reproductions, Gio Ponti sofas and many more exotic pieces. If chairs are your thing then you will be spoilt for choice as London Design Festival celebrates its 15-year anniversary.
Explore the Gherkin, drop into number 10, see Erno Goldfinger’s masterpiece brutalist Trellick Tower, clamber up BT Tower and watch the whole city spread out below you at the top of the Shard.
Mario Testino is best known for his extravagant model shoots, weighty coffee table tomes and that Diana photoshoot for Vanity Fair at Kensington Palace.
Marks and Spencer is to become the first supermarket to add vitamin D to its entire range of bread after customers’ fears they were not getting the recommended allowance of the vital supplement.
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. …
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 …