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7th December, 2018

Amie Siegel, Backstory at Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Originally commissioned for the second part of Amie Siegel’s double solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, 2016, Backstory is now on view at Thomas Dane Gallery for its inaugural presentation in London.


Backstory comprises three intimately woven bodies of work – combining video installations, performance and works on paper to bring into relief the sculptural, sound tracked backstory of gendered cinematic forms.  In Body Scripts (2016), The Noon Complex (2016) and Genealogies (2016), Siegel choreographs her associative thinking between key cultural references from an Italian novel, a Brigitte Bardot film, and varied images, advertising, architecture and soundtrack recordings from multiple sources to explore the particular iconography of architecture and the female body, suggesting how these are visualised in cinema, and then harnessed by advertising and media.


The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Simon Preston Gallery, New York, as part of a series of exhibitions at Thomas Dane Gallery, hosting galleries with shared overlaps and synergies, following kurimanzutto’s recent Signals: If you like I shall Grow.  


On view until 16 February 2019



6th December, 2018

Max Brown Hotels to open in Vienna spring 2019

Emerging budget hospitality brand Max Brown creates charming hotels in some of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Europe. Founded on the idea that a great hotel should provide the basics at its absolute best, Max Brown Hotels will combine signature attentive service, outstanding food and playful design to create a warm and inviting space for sleeping and eating in the Austrian capital.


Situated in Vienna’s youthful seventh district, the hotel’s neighbours include cosy eateries and independent shops, as well as MuseumsQuartier – host to major annual exhibitions, including Vienna Design Week. The property will feature over 140 rooms and suites, multi-functional public spaces and a restaurant led by an internationally acclaimed chef.


Vienna’s new arrival will mark Max Brown Hotels’ fifth opening since launching in 2014, joining others in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Berlin.



16th November, 2018

Sketch launches immersive installations portraying classic Christmas scenes


This holiday season, Mayfair restaurant sketch had a mayor festive makeover inspired by the comforts of home, courtesy of London’s top creative talent.


Famed for its lavish artist-conceived interiors and playful approach to dining, sketch invited Hackney florists Rebel Rebel, sustainable British lighting brand Tala, designer Tony Marklew, artist Diane Harris as well as flower genius Carly Rogers to create these unique festive scenes. Each collaborator focused on transforming a room at sketch, bringing different atmospheric installations to the iconic venue.




The Nutcracker Ballet

sketch Façade & Entrance Hall by Tony Marklew


The Christmas Day Walk

The Reception by Carly Rogers Flowers


The “Original” Christmas Tale

Glade/Gallery Reception by Dianne Harris


Under the Mistletoe

The Glade by Tala & Rebel Rebel


All Wrapped Up 

The Pods by sketch & Love Print


The Christmas Spirit

The Lecture Room & Library by Tony Marklew



9th November, 2018

Muzeum Susch announces inaugural exhibition

Muzeum Susch has announced details of its first exhibition, inaugurating the newly opened space on 2nd January 2019. A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women is a major group exhibition curated by Kasia Redzisz, Senior Curator, Tate Liverpool. The exhibition, borrowing its title from Siri Hustvedt’s 2012 essay of the same name, weaves the narrative of artists who, regardless of gender, have been able to challenge not only social norms but also the limitations of art and its restrictive categories.


The exhibition takes its point of departure from the significant emphasis on women artists at the core of the Grażyna Kulczyk collection and sets out to explore the notion of the feminine and its diverse facets: social, political and cultural. Redzisz brings together work by over 30 international artists, featuring loans drawn from public institutions, artists’ estates, and private collections, as well as pieces from the Grażyna Kulczyk collection.


The exhibition will open 2 January 2019.



30th October, 2018

Millicent Fawcett Room opens at sketch

This month saw the opening of an opulent private dining room located in the two Michelin-starred Lecture Room & Library at sketch, Mayfair, designed by Gabhan O’Keeffe. The Millicent Fawcett Room is an exclusive space and hub for intimate events in central London, with an 8-seat private dining room overseen by internationally-renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire. Continuing its position at the forefront of London’s restaurant design hotspots, the room is decorated in hues of red and silver, with richly upholstered armchairs in purple and crimson.

On 17 July, 1869, feminist icon and suffragist, Dame Millicent Fawcett spoke on the site of sketch (9 Conduit Street) calling for the enfranchisement of women, her first of many speeches on the subject. A lifelong champion of women’s equality, her efforts were also recently recognised with a monument in Parliament Square created by artist Gillian Wearing. The opening of the room at sketch also coincides with this year’s celebration of the 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, which allowed women over 30 to vote for the first time.



27th September, 2018

Scott & Co to Represent Great Britain at Venice Biennale

We are delighted to announce that Scott & Co has been appointed by the British Council to handle international communications for the British Pavilion at both the 58th International Art Exhibition and the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, the foremost global presentation of visual art and architecture.


Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes has been commissioned by the British Council to present a major new body of work in a solo exhibition at next year’s Biennale. Since the late 1990s, Cathy Wilkes has built a considerable reputation for sculptural installations of profound and mysterious intensity. The exhibition in Venice will be curated by Dr Zoe Whitley, Curator International Art, Tate, who has been selected by the British Council following its first-ever open call for mid-career curators, designed to widen access to international working for UK visual arts professionals.

21st September, 2018

Tracey Emin celebrates female political empowerment at Frieze, teaming up with Deutsche Bank

In celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage, Tracey Emin and her studio have curated an exhibition of works by female artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection. ‘Another World’ will feature 60 works by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel, Kara Walker and Marlene Dumas, and will go on display in the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounges at Frieze London and Frieze Masters.


As well as curating the exhibition with her studio, Emin has also initiated a sale of postcard-sized original artworks by living female artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection, to raise money for charities that support vulnerable women. Each original work is available to buy for £200 but one can only discover the artist’s identity after purchasing the work. The sale will be available online to the public between the public days of the fair 5-7 October and the preview and preregistration is live now at www.deutschewealth.com/anotherworld



20th September, 2018

Eco-Boating Pioneers La Bella Verde Unveil ‘Ukulele’, a New Zero-Carbon Model

Founded with a vision to transform the boating industry, La Bella Verde have announced the launch of their very first zero-emission model. Powered by sun and sails, La Bella Verde’s Ukulele features the latest sustainable tech and will be available for worldwide delivery from 1st October.


The Ibiza-based operation has ambitious plans for the future and will set off on the first leg of a transatlantic junket as part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers – joining 200 other boats to cross the Atlantic this November.



20th September, 2018

Behind-the-Scenes with Sir Explore

Sir Hotels’ recently launched Sir Explore city guide rolls out experiences not-to-be-missed in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Ibiza, including insider tours and hands-on workshops. Offering an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the communities and culture of these cities, experiences are hosted by handpicked city residents and include an immersion in Amsterdam’s bike culture with bicycle frame builder Lester Janssen, a leather craft accessory workshop at luxury atelier Stiebich & Rieth in Hamburg, craft beer making and tasting at Berlin’s microbrewery Berliner Berg, and mystical nature hikes in Ibiza complete with sunset yoga and magnetic meditation with local archaeologist Rika.


Each of the experiences can be booked in person at Sir Hotels or online and start from as little as 15 euros per person.



20th September, 2018

Royal Academy of Arts Chica-goes to EXPO!

The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate and Field Editions are set to launch NFP Editions at EXPO CHICAGO (27 – 30 September 2018). This new collaboration acknowledges the key role that artist editions play in supporting non-profit institutions and will represent the best in accessibly-priced, contemporary, limited edition prints from leading UK public institutions, bringing them to an international audience.


All proceeds from works sold will go towards supporting the non-profit activities of the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate and the Field Editions partner organisations (Open Eye Gallery, Impressions Gallery and Redeye Photography Network), who all share the same ambition to nurture the next generation of talented artists worldwide. At EXPO CHICAGO, NFP Editions will showcase top names including Georg Baselitz, Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer, Joan Jonas and Grayson Perry.


NFP Editions will feature in the Editions + Books section of EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, 27–30 September 2018 in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall.


Art work pictured:

Left – Christopher Le Brun, Strand, 2016

Right – Gary Hume, Keeping Mum, 2017



18th September, 2018

Tom Friedman Alters Reality at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Tongue-in-cheek, psychological and evocative are just some of the words used to describe the work of Tom Friedman. In conjunction with Frieze Week, the American conceptual artist will be unveiling extracts from his notebooks that document forty years of his artistic development in an exhibition opening at Stephen Friedman Gallery on 1 October.


Toilet paper, cups and straws; the ignored and forgotten objects cast aside from our main perceptual register are brought into focus in Friedman’s art, forcing these objects into obscurity. Friedman’s most notable works including ‘Untitled (Self-Portrait)’ (1999), a replica of the artist constructed with sugar cubes, will have its process revealed in ‘Self Portrait for Sugar Cubes’ (2018). Together, these notebook extracts will give insight to the artists mind and expose the labyrinth of detailed thought that props up his artwork. The exhibition seeks to highlight the nuances of these individual works.


Tom Friedman ‘Always the Beginning’, runs until 3 November and will be accompanied by a new publication that reproduces nearly a hundred pages from the sketchbooks that this new body of work draws upon.



13th September, 2018

Michael Landy’s ‘Scaled Down’ Sculpture Show

This Frieze week, renowned British artist Michael Landy will unveil an unusual new sculpture series in a solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery. Scaled Down will feature a range of sculptures composed from the crushed materials of his own past artworks. Using an industrial waste compactor, Landy has worked systematically series-by-series to compact previous sculptures, drawings and works on paper into abstract, densely layered cubes.


Throughout his practice, Landy has created epic installations and performances to explore political and social issues. His 2001 monumental commission for Artangel, Break Down, was a systematic destruction of his 7,227 possessions in a former department store in London. Earlier this year he created Open for Business (2018), a functioning, trading Brexit kiosk which was presented as a commission for the inaugural Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.


Michael Landy, ‘Scaled Down’ will be at Thomas Dane Gallery, 2 October – 17 November 2018
13th September, 2018

sketch reveals innovative and interactive online experience

sketch Mayfair, famed for its creative artist-conceived interiors and playful approach to dining, has launched a website commensurate to its imaginative spirit. The new digital work is the result of over a year of detailed design, development and filming in conjunction with design studio HATO. A departure from conventional website design, the new interactive site highlights the interiors of each of the five unique dining rooms without using photography of the venue.


Visitors are invited to play food Jenga with a perilous plate of pastries in the Gallery; design neon graphics to illuminate the Parlour; and even make a musical track in the sci-fi East Bar & Pods. A series of unique video pieces feature in every room, taking guests on an enchanting journey through the storied restaurant.


sketch owner, Mourad Mazouz, says: “We are celebrating 15 years of sketch this year and wanted a website that reflects everything sketch still represents – fun, playfulness, experimentation, forward-thinking.”


Enjoy the new sketch experience here – sketch.london
4th September, 2018

Ancient monastery and industrial brewery transformed into contemporary art museum

Swiss architects, Chasper Schmidlin and Lukas Voellmy, have restored and transformed the historic structures on the site of a former 12th century monastery and brewery in the Swiss Alps that will house Muzeum Susch, opening on 2nd January 2019. The museum campus will comprise of three buildings; the Bieraria (brewery) and Bieraria Veglia which, interconnected, will host the exhibition space, office headquarters, and a restaurant; and Chasa della Santa which will house the artists’ residence, Temporars Susch.


The whole project balances sympathy to the history of the building, establishing space for a contemporary art museum within this context while introducing minimal architectural interventions. Additional space has been created by excavating into the solid mountain rock below and beside the Bieraria. An underground passageway will lead visitors from the Bieraria Veglia, underneath the road, in to the Bieraria opposite. One of the first encounters inside the museum is with the natural mountain rock grotto, historically used for the cooling and storage of beer, interacting with the building’s history in a playful dynamic between old and new.

17th August, 2018

Sir Hotels Announces Sir Explore Autumn Programme

Boutique hotel brand Sir Hotels have added bespoke experiences to their Sir Explore Autumn programme, allowing out-of-town guests and local communities to deepen the connection between the cities the hotels call home and the locals that make them great. Ranging in price, style and duration – Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg and Ibiza offers experiences to Sir Hotel guests, visitors and locals alike – exposing the vibrant side of the city that they are most passionate about. Combining food, art, music, wellness and history, Sir Explore presents a fresh take on local culture, uncovering hidden gems within each city.


Experiences include unlocking the​ ​history​ ​and​ ​philosophy​ behind the ​art​ ​of​ ​cycling together with master​ ​bike​ ​builder Lester​ in Amsterdam; a fun immersion in Berlin’s ancient brewing tradition with an opportunity to taste some extraordinary beer; uncovering Hamburg’s urban art scene with an insider tour from one of the city’s leading curators; or for a mystical day of adventure — both real and imagined — through a hiking trip with Paolo for a dive into the legends of Ibiza’s Atlantis.


For more information please visit sirhotels.com/explore

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