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Ragnar Kjartansson & Barbara Kruger, The Hirschhorn, Washington DC

Ragnar Kjartansson & Barbara Kruger, The Hirschhorn, Washington DC

Arriving at the eye-catching and doughnut-shaped Hirschhorn Museum one can hardly miss its wonderful recent sculptural acquisition. Still Life with Spirit & Xitle from irreverent artist Jimmie Durham sits right outside the main entrance wittily capturing the clash of ancient and modern spirits – a lump of Mexican volcanic rock painted […]

by × November 28, 2016 × 0 comments

Travel

The Dupont Circle, Washington DC

The Dupont Circle, Washington DC

With Washington being the nation’s capital, a first time visitor might expect a dynamic hub, busy with traffic and streets thronged with rushing people. The reality is that DC is very much a calm and laid back city, with broad boulevards and, for the most part, an easy vibe. The […]

by × November 26, 2016 × 0 comments

Conversations

The Mark McGann Conversation

The Mark McGann Conversation

Mark, can you tell us about Perplexed Music, the new short fim that you have written and will be directing next year? Perplexed Music is a film project that was inspired in part by an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem of the same name, and like the poem, it tackles some […]

by × November 21, 2016 × 0 comments

Travel

Hotel Ta’ Cenc and Spa, Gozo

Hotel Ta’ Cenc and Spa, Gozo

Hotel Ta’ Cenc sits on the island of Gozo’s highest point. Nestled in the middle of a bird sanctuary, this peaceful retreat is spread across 400 acres of beautiful grounds with spectacular views across Gozo, neighbouring Malta and Comino. But as with some five-star properties, the gardens never feel too […]

by × November 16, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy

Abstract Expressionism was a watershed moment in the evolution of 20th-century art, yet remarkably, there has been no major survey of the movement since 1959. It is a movement that has been tainted with the political interference of the American Government who sought to position the movement, and by association, […]

by × November 14, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Bowie/Collector Sothebys London

Bowie/Collector Sothebys London

Any passing thought that David Bowie was a casual collector of art disappears within moments of viewing his remarkable collection, shortly to be sold at a special three-part sale in Sotheby’s London. In his own words David Bowie was an an ‘addictive and obsessive’ collector observing that it can “change […]

by × November 5, 2016 × 0 comments

Travel

Palazzo Prince d’Orange Luxury Suites – Valletta, Malta

Palazzo Prince d’Orange Luxury Suites – Valletta, Malta

Malta as a destination has perhaps slipped under the tourist radar in the last few decades. Their beach hotels have fallen out of fashion for the sun-seekers on mediterranean package trips, whilst the city has not reached the popularity of cities like Barcelona for those on cultural – or otherwise – short break […]

by × November 4, 2016 × 0 comments

Travel

Quaint Boutique Hotel Nadur, Gozo

Quaint Boutique Hotel Nadur, Gozo

Gozo is the island home of Calypso in Homer‘s Odyssey. In love with Odysseus, she holds him captive for years using her supernatural powers, before finally releasing him to continue his journey home. It was however soon very clear that we were in no need of mythical nymphs to hold us […]

by × October 28, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Beautiful Disorder – CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester

Beautiful Disorder – CASS Sculpture Foundation, Chichester

Having had the recent pleasure of a wonderful short break at the Goodwood Hotel nearby we took the opportunity to revisit the CASS Foundation (see post from previous visit). Actually located within the Goodwood Estate it displays large scale sculpture in a beautiful woodland location. The works are distributed along woodland trails, whilst […]

by × October 26, 2016 × 0 comments

Health & Beauty

The Waterbeach Spa, Goodwood Hotel

The Waterbeach Spa, Goodwood Hotel

The Waterbeach Spa is an important component of the overall Goodwood experience (read our review here). Situated within the hotel’s health club, the emphasis is on natural and holistic treatments. As soon as you walk past the bright, airy reception, stresses and strains really do begin to melt away. There […]

by × October 5, 2016 × 1 comment

Arts & Culture

Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements ed. William A Ewing

Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements ed. William A Ewing

Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in the work of Edward Burtynsky. He searches for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning: recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries. These are all places that outside of our normal experience and are meant as metaphors to […]

by × October 5, 2016 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Conversations

The Edward Burtynsky Conversation

The Edward Burtynsky Conversation

We are here at the Flowers Gallery at an exhibition of the new Salt Pans series. Meanwhile upstairs there is a second exhibition entitled Essential Elements which is also is the name of the new Thames & Hudson book written by William Ewing. Can you tell us some more about it? This is […]

by × September 29, 2016 × 3 comments