Friday, November 09, 2018

2018 is drawing to a close, all best wishes!

Well yes, Chrismas is calling, Diwali is now passed and the evenings are drawing ever so early in the day, parties abound and it is the time to be jolly. Think about others who cannot and think about those who you have not spoken for a while, they may enjoy getting in touch again...

I get people to reconnect sometimes even after a break of five years and we take it from there as it was yesterday. Life is like that sometimes.

This year started with some good news, two of my nieces announced they were pregnant and some bad news, some friends died, other friends celebrated in style their significant birthdays through the year.

Travelling to and fro Belgium, Wales and London with the little escapes to ski in Les Gets and the sea in Thassos, GPN and The Whitefriars Club continue to thrive and I am delighted to have welcomed many people and speakers to both of them.

Lady Colin Campbell attended the first GPN of the year and Jerry Hayes the first Whitefriars Dinner both at the Savile Club. I visited the Supreme Court and attended the Civic Luncheon in the Crypt of the Guildhall and dined in the Judge's Chambers at the Old Bayley with the Sherif of London with the Bishopsgate Ward Club.

Other speakers at the Whitefriars Club were The Rt Rev and Rt Hon the Lord Chartres KCVO ChStJ PC FSA at the Palace of Westminster in February to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Geoffrey Mub, Dele Ogun, Jeff Anderson, Lord Lisvane and A.N. Wilson.

GPN celebrated diversity and inclusion at the House of Lords in July with The Lord Scriven of Hunters Bar who subsequently became our Patron. Other speakers were Abel Rubinstein, the director, Dan de la Motte who took us around Soho, Gary Henshaw, Robert S J Lucas when we went to see his musical at "The Other Palace" and Niall Cunniffe.

I attended a fundraising dinner at the The Belgian Ambassador Residence for the Torch Kindling Ceremony who just happened this November, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the end of the first World War, so called the Great War but really there is nothing great about a war, it is just awful to see what humanity can let itself so down, let's never forget!

Filming wise, I was fortunate to work with Renee Zelwegger who I think will land an oscar for her rendition of this film, it is sadly to early to let you know what I have been up to with the other films as they are not out yet but look at your screens big and small for some adverts and wonderful films that I was delighted to be in. This year you probably seen me already in Vanity Fair, Ready Player One, The Crown, Film Stars don't die in Liverpool, The Children Act, Darkest Hour, Johnny English and Fantastic Beasts. I also did my first narration for a French Film in May

Lunches and dinner were spent in the usual haunts of the Savile, Turf, Civil Service, Boodle and National Liberal Club were we seen this year's start on the terrace and there were parties also at The Inner Temple and the Chelsea Arts Club.

Two of my nieces celebrate their 40th birthday, one in January, yet the party was in May, and the other in December, guess the party is next year.

I worn for the first time a kilt for the wedding celebration at the House of Lords of Roland and David and will again for Burns Night next year.

There is probably too much to remember and forgive me if I do, there are much more that I attended, some that I cannot talk about but it has been a very enjoyable year surrounded by the love and friendship of family and friends.

I very much look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you and yours all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

Love, Peace and Light to you all.

Yours truly,

Jean-François.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Byron: Angel & Outcast


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World-class pianist Dina Duisen and a cast of two bring Byron’s story to life with poems, journals and letters sensitively interwoven with piano works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Schumann.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

RA 250th Summer Exhibition, The Great Spectacle: 250 years of the Summer Exhibition & RA Schools Show 2018

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Michelangelo Tondo in all its splendour, part of the permanent exhibition.

Satan summoning his Legions, 1796-1797

Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA (1769 - 1830)




Linking the two buildings, to the right the RA Schools studios


From the RA Schools Show

From the RA Schools Show


From the Summer Exhibition, unicorns...

And presenting the Summer Exhibition, none other than Grayson Perry RA in a very clownesque customised outfit to his image (on his back), Grayson is really his biggest creation. It was fabulous to hear how fast he went to customise the hanging by specifying colours of the paintings regardless of the subjects or artists, to him it was a big collage. Here is under a portrait of Mosley after he told us how he loved the portrait of Farrage on the other wall.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Celebrating Christo at the Victoria and Albert Museum


Too late now for you to go and see it and it was fully booked as soon as it was sent. I had the privilege yesterday to assist at a private screening yesterday of "Bridge to Christo" and "The Frontier of our dreams"

One depicts his biggest and latest project of a floating bridge or pier in Italy and the other the relationship with his brother who remained in Bulgaria. They are both alive and well and there is a third brother who is not himself an artist and was barely talked about.

Fascinating talk ensued after the screenings and directors and screenwriters were answering a Q&A session.

Everyone remembers the huge works and the economic impact but what of the environmental impact? This was not addressed.

The presentation by Phillip Bergson was without fail despite some technical problems in the projection. 

Audience reacted with emotion as to the relationship between brothers living in very different circumstances in communism and capatalism. The artist both glorified in each systems.

Did the wrapping stem from the fact that their father was an industrialist who was accused and subsequently arrested as a saboteur. Huge wads of fabrics were burned down.

It is uncanny that Christo chose to wrap monumental projects all of which were self financed through the sale of his work of art.

Friday, March 02, 2018

At Hauser & Wirth London go and see Lorna Simpson and Matthew Day Jackson



I very much enjoyed these exhibitions in London. Matthew's interdisciplinary technique explores and draws from various sources the still life are particularly interesting, mixing materials and form.
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Hauser & Wirth Exhibitions
Lorna Simpson, Ice 4, 2017

Lorna Simpson
Unanswerable


Hauser & Wirth London
1 March – 28 April 2018

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Lorna Simpson, Ice 4, 2018
© Lorna Simpson. Photo: James Wang

Matthew Day Jackson, Flowers in a Wooden Vessel, 2017

Matthew Day Jackson
Still Life and the Reclining Nude


Hauser & Wirth London
1 March – 28 April 2018

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Matthew Day Jackson, Flowers in a Wooden Vessel, 2017

Jack Whitten, Quantum Wall, VIII (For Arshile Gorky, My First Love In Painting), 2017

Jack Whitten
A Special Presentation


Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street
3 – 31 March 2018

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Jack Whitten, Quantum Wall, VIII (For Arshile Gorky, My First Love In Painting), 2017

Anj Smith, S.O.S, 2016 – 2017

Anj Smith
If Not, Winter


Hauser & Wirth Zürich
16 March – 19 May 2018

Opening:
Thursday 15 March 2018, 6 – 8 pm

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Anj Smith, S.O.S, 2016 – 2017
Collection of Alexander V. Petalas. Photo: Alex Delfanne

Keith Tyson, 9 Oil Rigs (Any Style), 2017

Keith Tyson
BIG DATA (PAINTINGS 2012 – 2018)


Hauser & Wirth Zürich
16 March – 19 May 2018

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Thursday 15 March 2018, 6 – 8 pm

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Keith Tyson, 9 Oil Rigs (Any Style), 2017 – 2018
© Keith Tyson. Photo: Keith Tyson Projects

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford


Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong
27 March – 12 May 2018

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Monday 26 March 2018, 6 – 8 pm

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Mark Bradford
Photo: Sean Shim-Boyle

Museum Exhibitions
Zoe Leonard, Niagara Falls no.4, 1986 – 1991
 

Zoe Leonard
Survey


The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
2 March – 10 June 2018

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Zoe Leonard, Niagara Falls no.4, 1986 – 1991

Takesada Matsutani
 

Takesada Matsutani


Japan House, São Paulo, Brazil
5 March – 11 March 2018

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Takesada Matsutani, Curtain, San Francisco 1999
© Gallery Don Soker / San Francisco

Paul McCarthy in collaboration with Damon McCarthy
 

Paul McCarthy
Innocence


M Woods Museum, Beijing, China
7 March – 17 June 2018

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Paul McCarthy in collaboration with Damon McCarthy
© WS The Feature Armory Edit, 2013. Photo: Jeremiah McCarthy

Lee Lozano, No title, ca. 1962
 

Lee Lozano
Slip, Slide, Splice


The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
10 March – 3 June 2018

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Lee Lozano, No title, ca. 1962

Louise Bourgeois, Spider Woman, 2005
 

Louise Bourgeois
Selection from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation


Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton OR
15 March – 5 May 2018

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Louise Bourgeois, Spider Woman, 2005
© The Easton Foundation/VAGA, NY

Roman Signer, Tunnel, 2002
 

Roman Signer
Skulptur/Fotografie


Istituto Svizzero, Rome, Italy
22 March – 1 July 2018

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Roman Signer, Tunnel, 2002
Photo: Gene Pittman

Hans Josephsohn, Untitled, 1985
 

Hans Josephsohn
Existential Sculpture


Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
30 March – 24 June 2018

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Hans Josephsohn, Untitled, 1985
© Josephsohn Estate

 

Museum Exhibitions

Ellen Gallagher
In Conversation. Face to Face: An Evening with Ellen Gallagher

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Thursday 1 March 2018, 6.30 pm
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Martin Creed
World Premiere, Work No. 2890, Bum Piano
Part of an evening of Words and Music with Martin Creed

Plaza Theatre, Boston Centre for the Arts, Boston MA
Friday 2 March 2018, 8 pm
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Bharti Kher
Talk with Katharina Grosse

Museum Frieder Burda Salon Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 6 March 2018
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