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Basquiat: Boom for Real – Barbican Art Gallery, London

October 2, 2017

Basquiat: Boom for Real 

Wow. October already eh, we’ll don’t despair Lanky Girl is here! I’M BAACK! Ready and willing to share with you all the best things that London has to offer this autumn and since it’s Frieze Week I’m going to kick off with telling you about one exhibition that needs to be on your radar Basquiat: Boom for Real. This is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Jean-Michel Basquiat was the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others.

Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.  This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections.

This must see exhibition runs from 21 Sep 2017—28 Jan 2018 at the Barbican Art Gallery.

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Ben Eine Pop-Up Shop opens 6th September

August 17, 2017

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Ben Eine pop up shop

All you street art fans get this this date in your diary Here’s a date that you need to get in your diary. Renowned street artist Ben Eine has created limited edition artwork in his famous lettering style that will be going on sale at a two-day pop-up shop. Located in Old Street station, East London, keen fans will be able to purchase his exclusive merchandise at the Data Dollar store created by cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab.

The bespoke merchandise is exclusive to the two-day event. Artwork fans and followers of Eine’s work can purchase merchandise and – on the first day – meet the artist himself. Eine’s work has a reputation for selling out prior to general gallery opening so the Data Dollar store represents a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of his famed art and style for a bargain – but with a twist.

An East London local, Eine’s work is littered across the streets of Old Street and Shoreditch and has caught the attention of locals and visitors alike. Street tours have been setup to allow avid fans the chance to enjoy Eine’s vibrant creations.

The Data Dollar Store will be open in Old Street station on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September, 2017, from 8.30am-7pm.

WHAT: Prolific Shoreditch street artist Ben Eine is opening a pop-up shop, the Data Dollar store.

WHEN: Wednesday 6th & Thursday 7th September

WHERE: Old Street Station, London

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Mayfair Art Weekend 2017 – 30 June – 2 July

June 26, 2017

Mayfair art weekend

Mayfair Art Weekend 2017

If you’re an art lover like myself then you’re in for a treat this week London is going to be  jam packed with art exhibitions and fairs. You will be spoiled for choice. The first event I will be telling you about is Mayfair Art Weekend kicking off on the 30th of June.

The weekend, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, will see over 60 art galleries, fashion brands, restaurants and bars in Mayfair and St. James’s open their doors to the public, inviting culture seekers to explore a unique district where the worlds of art, fashion and luxury converge.

With such a rich programme in store, here are a few highlight events throughout the weekend to whet your appetite

  • Gallery HOP!

To kick off the weekend on Friday evening (6-8pm) take a hop through Mayfair’s thriving gallery scene and enjoy a glass of wine while previewing over 20 exhibitions.

  • Exhibitions, Talks and Tours

A conversation with artist Cristiano Pinaldi ‘On Fake News’ at Partners & Mucciaccia (Friday 30th June, 15:00-16:00)

Guided tours of Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibition at White Cube (Friday-Sunday, 12.30-1:00)

A preview Mayor Gallery’s Tadaaki Kuwayama exhibition, complete with Prosecco and macarons from Ladurée to compliment the brightly coloured artworks (Saturday 1st July; 14:00-18:00)

  • The RA Festival

A festival spirit will take hold of the RA Courtyard, offering a place to eat street food, drink craft beer and listen to music while engaging in creative workshops such as printmaking, discovering site-specific installations and learning more about the open galleries and art activities across Mayfair and St James.

  • Hignell Garden Party

Spend a thoroughly British afternoon at a Garden Party hosted by Hignell Gallery in Shepherd’s Market, complete with bunting and wheelbarrows. The party is in honour of Ben Russell’s cactus-inspired sculpture, currently on display until 3rd July.

You can find our more about Mayfair Art Weekend on the website.

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Date for your diary – Serpentine pavilion 2017 opening 23rd June

June 19, 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

If you love art or architecture then you must include a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion in your list of things to do this summer. Diébédo Francis Kéré, an award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

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If you want to hear more about the design, the architect will be in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Design), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries), and Saskia Sassen (Professor, Columbia University) on the 24th June.

Admission to view the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 is free. For more information please click here.


Opening: The Cactus House – Bringing the Outdoors In, Ben Russell – Hignell Gallery

May 11, 2017

If you love all things Cacti then you must visit The Cactus House. Opening today at the Hignell Gallery in Mayfair the exhibition is a collaboration between sculptor Ben Russell and indoor gardening specialists Conservatory Archives, which will see the gallery filled with an immersive installation of greenery as a backdrop to Ben’s marble, alabaster and onyx sculptural cacti.

Coinciding with The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition takes place from the 11 May and 3 July, 2017.

Whilst working at his leafy Dorset studio, heritage conservator and sculptor Ben Russell found inspiration in the unique way that light passes through the flesh of a cactus. Having long been influenced by nature and organic forms, Russell works with the translucent properties of alabaster to recreate the effect in sculptural form.

Russell has expanded his collection to reflect the variety within the cactus family. New materials such as Portland limestone and Onyx stone allow him to produce a range of shapes and textures. His method is a painstaking process of sanding and polishing, resulting in a luminous sheen to the surface of the stone

For more information visit: Ben Russell:


5 top Art Exhibits to see in London this April

April 7, 2017

5 top Art Exhibits to see in London this April

At the Simon Lee Gallery an exhibition by renowned Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani.

‘The works in the exhibition reflect Parmiggiani’s ongoing commitment to investigating the human condition and the footprints we leave behind, the communication between the intimate and the exterior, and themes such as memory, absence, fragmentation, silence and uncertainty. His new works exhibited over two floors at the London gallery exemplify this vision and invite us to reflect on the vitality of creativity, our quest for knowledge and legacy, in the context of an increasingly violent and unstable world’.

 Chris Levine: Who are wE +  (24 April – 19 MayPrivate View: Tuesday 25 April

Chris Levine, the artist who transformed the image of Her Majesty the Queen in 3D, will reveal a new series of portraits at The Fine Art Society. His new subjects include British supermodel Naomi Campbell, explorer and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes and fashion designer, Paul Smith. With light at their core, the new series follows on from portraits in recent years of The Dalai Lama, Kate Moss and Her Majesty the Queen, described as one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century.

Geraldine Swayne: Silvering (28 March – 19 April)

British artist, musician and filmmaker Geraldine Swayne, Geraldine Swayne presents a 10 year retrospective at the Fine Art Society until 19 April. Taken from diverse sources, such as personal photographs and pornographic magazines, Geraldine Swayne’s subjects are depicted on the verge of action, creating heightened drama. Her scenes are often awkward, haunting, sexy, bizarre, dark, or amusing – sometimes all at once.  There is a subtle brevity of form and lightness of touch to Swayne’s style, which aligns her with artists such as Edgar Degas, and more recently Chantal Joffe, Ron Kitaj, and Marlene Dumas.

Modern Masters at The Maddox Gallery

Modern Masters is a group exhibition featuring works by many of Maddox Gallery’s most successful roster artists, plus new recently signed talent. Among the new work on display is exciting and unseen artworks by Jason Dussault and pieces from Italian artist Simafra as well as pieces by my favourite artist Bradley Theodore.

Somerset House – The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition

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The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition features rich and fascinating photographic stories from key figures and emerging talent of the photography scene today.

Celebrating 10 years of the awards exhibition, this year’s edition includes a special exhibition of rarely seen work by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

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Date for your diary: Serpentine Gallery Winter Exhibitions Preview Zaha Hadid and Lucy Raven Wednesday 7 December 2016

November 10, 2016

This winter, the Serpentine presents an exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition will take place in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, an extension completed in 2013 and one of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first permanent buildings in central London.

Zaha Hadid is widely regarded as a pioneering and visionary architect whose contribution to the world of architecture was ground-breaking and innovative. The Serpentine presentation, first conceived with Hadid herself, will reveal her as an artist with drawing at the very heart of her work and will include the architect’s calligraphic drawings and rarely seen private notebooks with sketches that reveal her complex thoughts about architectural forms and their relationships.

Get a sneak preview before everyone else – invite below.


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Things to do: Brown’s London Art Weekend – 1st July – 3rd 2016

July 1, 2016


Brown’s Art London Weekend kicks off today

This week sees the launch of Brown’s London Art Weekend, the third annual art event taking over Mayfair and St. James’ galleries from 1 – 3 July, with a exciting programme of events taking place across the area’s busy galleries, museums and public spaces.

If you love art then you must attend!


Victoria Miro gallery 

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One of my favourite galleries, Victoria Miro always boasts beautiful exhibitions by it’s strong roster of artists. Brown’s London Art Weekend will see works by a fashion favourite, Yayoi Kusama, whose works has and continues to inspire J&M Davidson and
style houses internationally.

Hignell Gallery 

 Brown's London Art Weekend

Friday 1st July:

Gallery HOP!, a lindyhop masquerade party inspired by Sophie Ryder’s use of mythological creatures in her work. Hignell Gallery will provide Hare and Minotaur masks to try on at the gallery but guests are encouraged to create their own to wear

Saturday 2nd July: Women in the Arts Tour
A tour of exhibitions in Mayfair by leading female artists including Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro and Louise Nevelson at PACEled by Abby Hignell and Maeve Doyle of Bankrobber, starting off with brunch at HIX Mayfair

£60 per person. Limited availability. To book, call 020 7518 4172 or email

Sunday 2nd July:
‘Ryder in Residence’, where Sophie Ryder will be creating live work and signing copies of her latest hardback book ‘A Life in Sculpture’.

La Perla Curated Walk

 Brown's London Art Weekend

For over 60 years, La Perla has followed the evolution of women’s fashion becoming the lingerie and beachwear brand synonymous with “Made in Italy” luxury. As art involves and evokes emotions, it has always been a fundamental reference point in the inspiration of the collections and the definition of its aesthetic vision. Join the La Perla curated walk by commencing with an in-store look behind the scenes of the creation of the FW16 collection, followed by their selection of three Mayfair art galleries. The curated walk will take place twice daily on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Mazzoleni Art – Pittura Analitica 1970s
  • Mayor Gallery – Li Huasheng

Saturday Breakfast tour: 10:30 – Book here
Sunday Breakfast tour: 10:30Book here

Gallery of African Art

Talk on Global African profiles 

Join Ms Bendu Cooper for a talk about the two artists: Daniela Ribeiro and Ndidi Emefiele on their exhibition Global African Profiles. One artist uses technology in art and the other focuses on the feminine form, exploring and questioning the social, cultural and religious norms which shape and define the role of women as she sees it in her society. Brown's London Art Weekend

Click the link if you’d like to find out more about Brown’s London Art Weekend


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Serpentine Pavilion Private View – 8th June 2016

May 23, 2016

serpentine pavilionEach year The Serpentine Gallery has an installation that fuses art and architecture in the grounds of Hyde Park. In tandem with the 16th Pavilion in 2016, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England.

Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion also designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park. Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations and builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City) begun in the late 1950s. Asif Khan’s design is inspired by the fact that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would allow it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine lake.

The private view – (preview) is on Wednesday 8th June and I’ll let you in on a secret it really isn’t that exclusive. Just turn up looking your best!


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Save the date Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition 25th May

May 20, 2016

Marilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend ExhibitionMarilyn Monroe: The Legacy of a Legend Exhibition

Marilyn Monroe’s fame has continued to live on decades after her death inspiring young and old alike. In this exhibition at the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour,  the British public will have the rare opportunity to see original film costumes, jewellery and personal items from Marilyn Monroe’s life and work. Extraordinary highlights from the screen icon’s film career will include the sheer beaded dress she wore in “Some Like it Hot”. As the nerve centre of many forms of creative expression, the Design Centre is the perfect environment for an exhibition of this calibre.

Opening times: 25 May – 20 June, 10am – 7pm

Entry is FREE