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5th September, 2017

sketch reopens its legendary The Glade

The legendary Glade bar and restaurant at sketch in Mayfair has re-opened to launch a new menu conceived by Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire and a new design iteration by founder Mourad Mazouz and artist Carolyn Quartermaine. The intimate 32 seat bar and restaurant offers an all day brunch, available seven days a week, complemented by a menu of cocktails created for sipping between dawn and dusk.


Led by Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, Executive Chef Hervé Deville has created a menu to take guests through the day, featuring playful updates on the classics and all-day eggs. The drinks menu includes Bloody Mary’s; Cocktails (strong, sharp serves with South American soul); Spri (long drinks, inspired by The Glade’s ora); and Non Alcoholic, refreshing blends. 


Designed by Mourad Mazouz in collaboration with artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu, the quintessential spirit of The Glade has been sensitively restored to enhance the room’s decoupage forest. The space is framed by a newly installed carpet, created by visual artist and sculptor Alexandra Kehayoglou.


New work by Catherine Opie will be on show at Thomas Dane Gallery during Frieze Week

For her first exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, American photographer Catherine Opie will show new work from her ongoing series Portraits and Landscapes, never before shown in the UK. The exhibition will present new studio portraits and abstract landscapes in which Opie draws inspiration from old master European portraiture and historical landscape photography. The portraits feature British and London-based figures including David Hockney, Duro Olowu with Thelma Golden, Michelle Lammy, Gillian Wearing and Isaac Julien among others.


Catherine Opie is considered one of the leading photographers of her generation and one of the foremost documentarians of the American landscape. The exhibition’s private view will be on Monday 2 October, 6-8 pm and exhibition dates are 3 October – 18 November.



A Remarkable Trip to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest Inspires a New Dining Experience at SUSHISAMBA

SUSHISAMBA have launched a new menu in partnership with UK-based charity Cool Earth, following their Executive Chef Cláudio Cardoso visiting the Peruvian Amazon rainforest back in May. During the trip, Chef Claudio spent time with a number of rainforest communities learning about their way of life and food culture. His experiences provided a wellspring of inspiration for a special menu, launching with a hosted fundraising dinner at SUSHISAMBA on the 19th June.


The menu for this culinary exploration of the Amazon blends the classic flavours of SUSHISAMBA’s cuisine with ingredients that are grown and harvested in the Peruvian rainforest by the Asháninka. The restaurant will continue their support of Amazonian culinary influences by offering all diners a sampling of Asháninka-influenced cuisine. The Asháninka will continue to supply SUSHISAMBA with the ingredients needed to create each dish and take advantage of the continued revenue stream to support their work.

SUSHISAMBA to open in Covent Garden

Internationally renowned SUSHISAMBA will occupy Covent Garden’s famed Opera Terrace within the historic Market Building, creating their latest visionary London restaurant. The terrace is located at the top of a Grade II listed building and uniquely positioned with striking rooftop views across the Piazza. Slated to open autumn/winter 2017, the new SUSHISAMBA site will celebrate the brand’s unique blend of influences from Japan, Brazil and Peru with new and signature dishes.



David Gill Gallery to show new work by Fredrikson Stallard during LDF

This September, David Gill Gallery will stage Intuitive Gestures, an exhibition of new work by Fredrikson Stallard. It is their first dedicated show at the St James’s Gallery since 2016. Several significant new bodies of work will feature alongside pieces showing in the UK for the first time.


The title, Intuitive Gestures indicates how the artists’ work is a translation of physical human movement and subconscious thought, coming together with the reactive qualities of materials and processes through the precision of digital technology to record an energetic moment of making. It highlights the binary between the laboured process of over-considered form creation and the free moment where instinct and physical gestures are allowed precedence.



Havana Club celebrates Iconica Collection with London Sobremesa series

Havana Club are hosting a series of traditional Cuban Sombremesa style dinners this summer to celebrate their Icónica Collection, a selection of truly distinctive aged rums, each one an icon in its own right. The unique dinners will bring together creative leaders and opinion formers to explore Cuban cultural trends, including boxing, travel, literature, music and gastronomy. Olympic boxer Joe Joyce, Black Tomato’s Tom Marchant and journalist Damian Barr are among the special guests who will discuss their experiences and knowledge of Cuban culture.


Each dinner is complimented with the Iconica Collection’s premium bottle, Havana Maximo Extra Anejo. Created by Rum Masters in Cuba, only 1000 bottles of Havana Maximo are produced per year, with a RRP of £1,390.



Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida Collection comes to New Orleans

Solidary and Solitary will offer a new perspective on the critical contribution African American and African Diaspora artists have made to the evolution of visual art from 1940s through to the present moment. Curated by noted art historians Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel, this will be the first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a vital lineage of visionary black artists. Commencing in the mid-twentieth century with Abstract Expressionist Norman Lewis, the show will trace a line through some of the most celebrated artists working today such Theaster Gates and Lorna Simpson, as well as Mark Bradford, who represented the USA at the Venice Biennale 2017.


The Solidary and Solitary tour is supported by Presentation Sponsor The Helis Foundation, a private Louisiana foundation committed to advancing access to the arts, and made possible with the support of The Pamela J Joyner and Alfred J Giuffrida Collection. A companion publication, Four Generations: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art, is published by Gregory R. Miller & Co., and edited by Courtney J. Martin (Brown University) featuring new research and writing from curators at some of the world’s leading institutions.


Frieze Sculpture 2017 Now Open

Scott & Co was delighted to launch London’s largest outdoor exhibition, featuring 24 leading international artists, which is open for the summer season in Regent’s Park for the first time in its history. (5 July – 8 October 2017)

Frieze Sculpture presents a free outdoor exhibition for London and its international visitors. Selected by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and featuring leading galleries, Frieze’s first-ever summer exhibition in The Regent’s Park brings together 24 new and significant works by 20th-century masters and leading contemporary artists from around the world, including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rasheed Araeen, Urs Fischer, KAWS, Alicja Kwade, Michael Craig-Martin, Jaume Plensa, Thomas J Price, Ugo Rondinone, Sarah Sze, Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Young.
Frieze and Ruinart celebrated the launch with a Champagne Preview of the exhibition opening, followed by a dinner for London’s art and cultural creative community at the acclaimed restaurant Berners Tavern, Fitzrovia.
Guest speaker Maria Balshaw commented on the exponential growth in understanding and enjoyment of art in British society in the past 20 years, noting the instrumental role of Frieze ‘which has led in a very exemplary way’. Speaking about Frieze Sculpture, Balshaw said: ‘I feel very proud to be British when I think about a commercial art fair that isn’t frightened to put things in our public spaces – one that thinks this is part of its mission.’

Thomas Dane Gallery stages debut Catherine Opie Exhibition

For her first exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, American photographer Catherine Opie will show new work from her ongoing series Portraits and Landscapes, never before shown in the UK. The exhibition will present new studio portraits and abstract landscapes in which Opie draws inspiration from old master European portraiture and historical landscape photography. New portraits for the Thomas Dane exhibition include London sitters David Hockney, Gillian Wearing, Duro Olowu, and Isaac Julien amongst others.


Catherine Opie is considered one of the leading photographers of her generation and one of the foremost documentarians of the American landscape. Opie shot to prominence in the mid 1990s with a spectacular sequence of studio portraits of her close friends from within the west coast leather community: transvestites, female-to-male transsexuals, drag queens, body manipulators and others who pioneer the body as a site of sexual and aesthetic experimentation. Opie created a sequence of elegant, gorgeously coloured portraits which gave their subjects a regal dignity.



New Work by Paul McCarthy to open at Kukje gallery, Seoul

Paul McCarthy will hold his second solo exhibition at Kukje Gallery in September 2017 following his first exhibition, nine dwarves (the inaugural exhibition of Kukje Gallery’s K3 space) in 2012. Over the past 40 years, McCarthy’s prolific artistic practice has confronted the archetype of the “American Dream.” Using a diverse range of media, McCarthy’s work challenges the symbols of idealized popular culture, skewering the banal idioms and the desires promoted by Hollywood and Disney. Using both humour and satire, the artist continues to highlight the power of consumerism and critique the media’s influence on American society.



Art Basel 2017 highlights

Highlights at Art Basel this year include two London-based art galleries, Thomas Dane Gallery and Stephen Friedman Gallery and one from Korea, Kukje Gallery.


Kukje Gallery is exhibiting Citizen’s Forest (2016) by Park Chan-kyong in the Unlimited section of the fair. The video refers to the Sewol Ferry disaster and also Korean war. The booth of the gallery will be a celebration of Dansaekhwa artists including: Ha Chong-Hyun, Lee Ufan, Kwon Young-Woo, and Park Seo-Bo.


Stephen Friedman Gallery will have a specially curated stand that explores different perspectives of nature and the landscape by incredible international artists, including new works by Juan Araujo and Luiz Zerbini and Swedish artists Mamma Andersson and Andreas Eriksson. The booth will also present a solo presentation of new paintings by leading American artist Jim Hodges.


Thomas Dane Gallery’s booth focuses on female artists, such as Cecily Brown, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Marisa Merz, Amy Sillman, Lynda Benglis, Barbara Kasten and Caragh Thuring. On show there are both new and historical works by these female artists who all have a deep understanding of art history and painting and this is very much reflected in their works. Some of these artists have never even been shown one next to the other.

Painting on the Edge: A Historical Survey

Stephen Friedman Gallery’s summer shows opened yesterday evening, which explore radical approaches to painting over the last fifty years.


‘Painting on the Edge: A Historical Survey’ brings together works by eighteen renowned masters and lesser-known artists from around the world and explores the radical approaches taken to painting in the post-war period. The exhibition focuses on artists, such as Alberto Burri, Sergio Camargo, Marcos Grigorian, Harmony Hammond, Carol Rama, Günther Uecker, Jack Whitten, who veered away from the traditional methods of painting by knotting or completely removing the canvas, using shaped stretchers, and testing alternative materials.


In the other gallery space, LA-based artist Channing Hansen will create new hand-knitted paintings based on algorithms derived from artist’s own DNA. It is his debut solo exhibition in the UK, as well as with the gallery. Hansen is a polymath, simultaneously pursuing interests in craft, science and technology. His large hand-knitted textiles are mounted on bare wooden stretchers. Vibrant abstract forms undulate across the meticulously composed surfaces.


Both shows are on until 29 July 2017.


sketch collaborates with Diptyque and Pommery to present the Mayfair Flower Show

In homage to the annual RHS flower show, sketch presents the second edition of the Mayfair Flower Show with Diptyque and Pommery. This year’s exhibition has transformed No.9 Conduit Street into an oasis of colour and scent, with immersive gardens by five of London’s leading florists.


To compliment the show, the legendary French perfume house Diptyque has paired the rich scents of the flora throughout the restaurant with its much-loved Cypres blend. For a fully immersive experience, sketch has created a cocktail inspired by Cypres; a fresh, green and woody serve, aptly named Pique-a-Pine. Award-winning milliner Piers Atkinson brings finishing touches with a line of bespoke floral headpieces, which are being modelled onsite by sketch ambassadors throughout the show.


The Mayfair Flower Show runs until the 29th May.



Pavilion of Israel at the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

Sun Stand Still, Gal Weinstein’s project for the Israeli pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, is a new, site-specific installation which explores the human desire to stop time. Reflecting a fascination with actual and potential forms of creation and destruction, progress and devastation, this project critically engages with the mythological and Romantic images embedded in Israel’s collective memory. Each part of the exhibition is related to works created by Weinstein over the past decade, so that his entire oeuvre is woven into a single, cohesive installation.
The installation’s title refers to the biblical miracle performed by the ancient Israelite leader Joshua Bin-Nun, who sought to win his battle against the kings of Canaan before darkness fell. By commanding the sun to stop in its course, Bin-Nun attempted to arrest the passage of time. The central axis of the project – Moon over Ayalon Valley – is a representation of this biblical miracle. The exhibition transforms the national pavilion – both physically and metaphorically – into an abandoned site; a desolate, moldy and decaying building whose days of glory have long passed, a ghostly space pervaded by signs of decline.

Preview Today: Frieze New York 2017

The sixth edition of Frieze New York includes exhibitions by more than 200 leading galleries from 31 countries. The fair takes place at Randall’s Island Park from May 5 – 7, 2017 with galleries joining from six continents, including first-time exhibitors from Brazil, Guatemala, Japan and Poland. Highlights include presentations of some of today’s most significant artists and artworks from around the world, such as Lorna Simpson, John Currin, Anri Sala, Keith Sonnier, Tala Madani and Kevin Beasley.


A press release with additional details about the comprehensive program for Frieze New York 2017 is available here.



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