Rosie Wylie: Bond Street Take Over

Rosie Wylie has taken over Bond Street.

Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, Wylie has created a series of flags which are displayed along our luxury shopping street. The eye-catching designs are suspended above shoppers to celebrate the 250th year of art at the Royal Academy. See them in full force, take a stroll down Bond Street now.

Wylie decided to use details from her most recent body of work, Lolita’s House, which was exhibited at David Zwirner last month.

The title ‘Lolita’s House’ is only tangentially a reference to Nabokov’s famous novel. The inspiration for their collection has been derived from Wylie’s memories of a property opposite Wylie’s Kent home, outside which the neighbour’s teenage daughter would wash their car back in the 1970s.

The artworks here – made in Wylie’s deceptively simple and very witty style – rely on the artist’s memories of the period, mixing together fact and fiction.

This concept continues her ongoing fascination with the shifting nature of memory and the multi-layered external associations that become attached to it over time.

In celebration of 250 Years of Art, The Royal Academy of Arts and London’s West End have commissioned four celebrated artists to design street flags in each of their characteristic styles. Grayson Perry and Rose Wylie are joined by Joe Tilson and Cornelia Parker to inject some colour and creativity into London’s busy streets

The installation is made up of 200 flags and will be on view throughout Bond Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Regent Street St James’s.

Wander down London’s favourite luxury shopping quarter to see the bold flags and exclusive window collaborations from the 22nd June – 8th July 2018. Read more on the #RA250.




See Fashion Celebrate Art with #RA250BondSt

Bond Street joins the art world in celebration of the Royal Academy’s 250th year.

The world-leading fashion and fine jewellery brands across Bond Street, Albemarle Street and Dover Street have unveiled an exclusive array of art inspired window installations,  from the 22nd June – 8th July 2018.

All of the participating brands can be found on the map below.

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Watch our short film below to see Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Art’s interview Susan Morris, Farshid Moussavi, Alice Temperley, Kit Kemp and Declan Jenkins on their own creative process and influences to reveal how these unique art windows have been created.

See a taste of some of the installations below.

Temperley London has launch the two-week art extravaganza with two graduate artists from Edinburgh College of Art  Lia Chiarin and Emily Herring painting live in the window.

Lia has always been interested in story-telling through painting. Her paintings are about clues, rather than confrontation with her subject, which will make her a fascinating watch when she sits in Temperley London’s window to create a brand-new artwork for #RA250.

In the heart of Bond Street, Fenwick have commissioned France’s pre-eminent illustrator Pierre Le-Tan to create and construct a series of windows exploring the history of the world’s greatest Art Institution. Le-Tan has look at seminal figures such as George III, Joshua Reynolds, Gainsborough, Turner, William Blake, the school’s very first female student Laura Herford, and other, more modern figures of importance.

Moreau Paris have displaying the artwork “The Scene on the French Coast” from the British painter J.M.W. Turner. In addition, Moreau are offering exclusive nautical bags inspired by Turner’s dramatic seascapes for #RA250.

William & Son have partnering with Caroline Issa of Tank magazine, to produce two exclusive handbags. Inspired by the work of British artist, Jon Thompson’s Toronto Cycle – Northern Lights, yellow 2009 painting, the one-of-a-kind bags are being showcased in the window display, alongside the design journey and the original artwork that inspired such a bold design.

This is just a small selection of all the happenings to celebrate the Royal Academy’s 250th year.

Brands including Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Victoria Beckham, TODS, Longchamp, Amanda Wakeley, IWC, La Perla, Ermenegildo Zegna, AKRIS, Pal Zileri, Jimmy Choo, and Smythson are among the internationally renowned flagship stores participating in the project. Celebrated jewellers and watchmakers including Fabergé, Moussaieff, Mikimoto, Chatila, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Blancpain and Montblanc have also showcase exclusive displays to mark the Royal Academy’s anniversary.

Join us, the Bond Street, and the Royal Academy to celebrate art in the heart of the Mayfair.  Follow us (link to our instagram) to keep up to date with art exclusives, in store events and more. #RA250BondSt runs for two weeks only.

Bond Street For The RA250

The fashion and art worlds joined forces in celebration of the Royal Academy of Art’s 250th  year.

Bond Street’s world-leading fashion and fine jewellery brands collaborated with artists or designed their very own window display, exploring the theme of 250 years of art.

For the first time, Bond Street’s windows was transformed into a rich and diverse series of art installations, celebrating the theme 250 Years of Art from the 22nd June to 8th July 2018, coinciding with the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition.

Alongside the installations, Royal Academician, Rose Wylie had a collection of flags suspended above Bond Street throughout the summer, as part of the broader celebration of 250 Years of Art in London’s West End, commissioned by the Royal Academy.

The display could be found Bond Street from the 22nd June to the 8th July. It has now come to end but you can still explore the best of the brand’s artistic endeavors, below as we reflect on our favourite window displays.

Put on in the heart of the West End, for an art institution that has inspired the world, we’re incredibly proud of the #RA250BondSt campaign and the joining of art and fashion communities. No where, but Bond St.

Pierre Le-Tan for Fenwick

Lia Chiarin for Temperly London

Tory Burch

Jager LeCoultre



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The Royal Academy’s latest exhibition, Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932, showcases great works from this turbulent, yet dynamic period in Russia’s history.

In an age when mass demonstrations and slogans prevail, it’s rather fitting that an exhibition showcasing early Soviet art should march boldly into town. Such is the case of the Royal Academy’s latest exhibit; Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

The show commemorates the centenary of the Russian Revolution and is arranged thematically, beginning with the revolutionaries. Boris Mikailovich Kustodiev, Bolshevik, 1920 for instance depicts a giant figure of a freedom fighter holding a red banner and striding high above the spires of a town. Fantasy, 1925 by the celebrated Soviet painter and poet Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin meanwhile, shows a man astride a red-coloured horse – its coat the colour of the revolution, its message one of hope, of galloping into the future.

Alexander Deineka, Textile Workers, 1927
Oil on canvas, 161.5 x 185 cm
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Photo © 2016, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
© DACS 2016

Marc Chagall, Promenade, 1917-18
Oil on canvas, 175.2 x 168.4 cm
State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Photo © 2016, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
© DACS 2016

Boris Mikailovich Kustodiev, Bolshevik, 1920
Oil on canvas, 101 x 140.5 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery
Photo © State Tretyakov Gallery

Russia’s proletarian worker heroes are celebrated in a section labelled ‘Man and Machine’. This series of posters, paintings, films and textiles boast of industrial strength and prowess. Textile Workers, 1927 by Alexander Deineka shows women in simple slip dresses going about their business in a bobbin factory. I’m struck by the way in which this scene has been painted, the stark interior and the women’s understated clothes looks almost of the now. Elsewhere, Lyudmila Protopopova’s A Cup for Serving Tea carries a jaunty cogwheel print that you can imagine finding at Heals.

Paintings in the designated peasant category are also sublimely minimal and abstract. Here, farmworkers as exemplified by the Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, lack facial features to symbolise a sense a loss of identity. Malevich was himself an early pioneer of geometric abstract art. There are also works by more familiar heavyweight artists dotted around the rooms. These include Marc Chagall’s Promenade 1917-18 and Wassily Kandinsky’s famous Blue Crest painted in 1917.

Lyudmila Protopopova, A Cup for Serving Tea, 1931
Porcelain, height 6.4 cm
The Petr Aven Collection
Photo © The Petr Aven Collection

For me though, the ultimate jaw-dropping moment occurs in one of the gallery’s smaller rooms – home to Vladimir Tatlin’s glider. Suspended from the ceiling and crafted from steamed and bent ash wood, it plays to the artist’s fascination with bird skeletons and insect wings. As the piece gently revolved around the room casting ethereal shadows onto a white canvas backdrop, I was utterly transfixed; so much so, I could have watched it silently rotate for hours. Instead, I drift back out into the real world intent on keeping this newfound sense of calm for as long as possible.

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 runs until Monday 17th April at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House Piccadilly.

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Makers House – Burberry and The New Craftsman join forces


When Burberry’s London Fashion Week show commences on the evening of September the 19th, for the first time ever, each piece will be available to buy straight from the runway. So, if you can’t wait until next year for your favourite new season trench, bag or scarf to land in store get ready to hit click.

The runway presentation also coincides with the launch of Burberry’s new show venue located in the heart of Soho. Called Makers House, it is the result of collaboration between the British luxury brand and British craft collective, The New Craftsman. Prepare to be wowed over the course of one week (Sept 21-27th) as the country’s finest craft makers bring the inspiration behind Burberry’s new ready-to-wear collection, through a changing programme of daily demonstrations and installations. And since Christopher Bailey’s inspiration is Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, expect plenty of leatherwork, embroidery and lacquer technics on show here.

As for the new space, Bailey says: “Just as Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is both a love letter to the past and a work of profound modernity, this week-long exhibition aims to nod both to the design heritage that is so integral to Burberry’s identity, and to some of Britain’s most exciting creators, and the innovation and inspiration behind their work.”

Of the talented British makers carefully selected by The New Craftsman to show off their handiwork here, several stand out. Take Pedro da Costa Felgeuiras for instance. All of Pedro’s contemporary work is imbued with his ever-growing personal library of pigment and lacquer knowledge. For Makers House, he will demonstrate traditional paint and lacquer techniques on an array of vessels that specifically reference the Burberry collection and its Boho inspiration.


Meanwhile, Rose de Borman’s iconic aesthetic of surface pattern and embellishment can be seen in a series of stunning silk cushions inspired by flora and fauna. She will also be putting on a display, live printing exclusive silk scarves, which will be available to purchase.


Finally, East London brand ‘Bespoke & Bound’ will also be here bookbinding live. Its team of makers will draw on Burberry’s rich military history as they combine traditional materials such as bridle leather with a modern aesthetic. Now that’s a wrap!


Makers House, 1 Manette Street

Colour Drenched – The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 and David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life



The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

Some things are synonymous with the great British summer – Wimbledon… Glyndebourne… strawberries and cream… But the real cherry on the cake has to be The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Luckily, there is still plenty of time to catch the 248th edition of this celebrated showcase, which runs until the 21st of August.

Curated by British sculptor Richard Wilson, this year saw 12,000 entries whittled down to 1,240 works by a committee of Royal Academicians. No easy task but the fruits of their labour can be seen covering the walls of the Main Galleries in Burlington House. Wilson has also invited a diverse group of more than 20 international artistic duos to exhibit at this year’s event. For example, Jane & Louise Wilson have created a haunting photographic installation using a number of large-scale works from the artists’ seminal series ‘Chernobyl (2010-2012).

With the majority of pieces for sale, art buffs and novices alike are given a unique opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists. It’s always fun to take a punt on a newcomer and hope they will become the next big thing. For the first time in the show’s history, many of the print editions featured in the exhibit are also available to purchase online via the RA’s website.

My pulse usually starts to race even before I have had my ticket checked and this year’s courtyard masterpiece doesn’t disappoint. Architect and sculptor Ron Arad’s site-specific installation ‘Spyre’ is a 16-metre high corten steel oval cone, containing motors, cogs, and slew-rings. Each segment moves at different speeds, ensuring that the unpredictable acrobatic postures of the installation are never repeated. At the tip of ‘Spyre’ is an eye holding a camera, the footage from which is relayed to a screen on the gallery’s façade behind. Just make sure you are happy for the world to see your face beamed out live to all and sundry before you stand too close though.

There is another reason for making a beeline to The Royal Academy this month. Following his blockbuster exhibition of landscapes in 2012, David Hockney is back, this time with a brand new body of work; ’82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life’. Held in the RA’s Sackler Galleries and running July 2nd – October 2nd, the showcase reveals an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the characters who have crossed Hockney’s path over the past two and a half years.


Barry Humphries – photo by Richard Schmidt

Painted over a specific timeframe spanning three days, subjects include friends, family, acquaintances and staff. John Baldessari, Celia Birtwell, Dagny Corcoran, Larry Gagosian, Frank Gehry, Barry Humphries, David Juda and Jacob Rothschild are all captured on canvas, along with Hockney’s siblings, John and Margaret.


Celia Birtwell – photo by Richard Schmidt

Interestingly, Hockney uses the same size canvas for each portrait (121.9 x 91.4cm) with each of the subjects seated in the same chair against a background of signature turquoise or cobalt blue. In addition to exploring Hockney’s own development working in the medium of acrylic, the portraits give a glimpse into the personality of each sitter. According to show organisers, Hockney set himself a considerable challenge to complete this large body of work. His deep interest in portraiture and its changing role in the history of art are clear to see as he challenges the viewer’s perception of the value of portraiture in the 21st Century.


Rita Pynoos – photo by Richard Schmidt

As you stand before each piece, it’s easy to forget the changeable British weather outside. And even if the summer turns out to be yet another washout, Hockney’s vibrant slabs of colour – the cerise pink of Barry Humphries chinos or Rita Pynoos’ scarlet-coloured skirt – are guaranteed to brighten your mood.

The Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly. 

City of Art – Brown’s London Art Weekend, July 1st-3rd 2016

For the third year running, Brown’s Hotel has organised yet another truly exceptional weekend of art events in Mayfair and St. James’s’.

BLAW Launch_Dan Weill Photography-1

With just days to go until Brown’s London Art Weekend (BLAW) commences, curators are sprucing up their gallery spaces, and, in the case of those leading guided art tours, brushing up on their facts and digging out their finest walking shoes.

Over 60 galleries and auction houses, including Bonhams, Messum’s and the John Martin Gallery are taking part in the 2016 edition of BLAW, which offers free talks, walks, and exhibitions for all to enjoy. Aimed not just at collectors, but also at anybody with an interest in art, the event encourages visitors to explore the area and meet the specialists who work here. For 150 years Mayfair’s galleries and auction houses have welcomed the world’s greatest art collectors to this area steeped in art history. And thanks to BLAW, this tradition continues to flourish.

The weekend’s art programme begins on Friday 1st July with an after hours ‘Gallery Hop’, where visitors are invited to a number of exclusive Mayfair gallery previews. If that sounds like it might be thirsty work, La Perla’s stylish soiree in Burlington Arcade will be serving cocktails from 8-10pm.

Throughout the weekend there will be a number of the already established and respected Brown’s Art Tours taking place. Once again, former fashion designer turned sculptress Nicole Farhi will be setting-off from Brown’s Hotel to lead a themed walk around her favourite Mayfair galleries. Designer Sir Paul Smith, portrait photographer Gemma Levine and curator Kate Goodwin will also be doubling as local art guides.

There are over 100 independent art galleries in the area immediately surrounding Brown’s Hotel. As well as being frequented by artists, dealers, gallery owners, collectors and enthusiasts, the luxury hotel is also home to a huge array of artworks including photographs by Terence Donovan in the Donovan Bar, Bridget Riley’s in the suites, Tracey Emin’s in the dining room at HIX, and many more desirable pieces dotted across the walls.

A VIP programme is also running during BLAW, though be sure to RSVP. For example, Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s will be served in the Collector’s Lounge, located in the Niagara Room at Brown’s between 11am and 1pm on Saturday 2 July. Art law specialists from Boodle Hatfield will also be on hand to answer any investment-related questions.

Of the numerous talks, of which there are too many to mention here, ‘Shakespeare Revisited’ by contemporary portrait painter Ralph Heimans (the only artist chosen to paint HM The Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year) will no doubt delight the discerning BLAW crowd. Running on July 1st at maze in Grosvenor Square, the 3pm discussion will focus on Heiman’s latest portrait exhibition of contemporary authors for the Random House Shakespeare 400 book series.

Further information on ticket bookings and a full programme of VIP events can be found here: