I was thrilled to learn this morning that Tate Britain has just opened a new exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World. Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) was an English artist and sculptor best known for her contributions to modernism. On display are several of her abstract works including Double Exposure of Two Forms (1937), pictured below. To accompany the exhibit, the Tate teamed up with British fashion designer Margaret Howell (a neo-trad favorite) on a capsule collection of Hepworth-inspired pieces that can be purchased at the museum store. How fun are the dungarees? Visitors can also enjoy the Hepworth-inspired summer garden installed to complement the exhibition. My September jaunt across the pond can’t come soon enough!
VISIT: Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, Tate Britain, Millbank, London, June 24 – October 25, 2015.
(photos from top: A young Barbara Hepworth, Double exposure of Two Forms 1937, Barbara Hepworth in her studio 1963, Pierced Hemisphere II 1937–8)
The cozy Notting Hill home of restauranteur Keith McNally (the mastermind behind Balthazar, Pastis, Minetta Tavern, and Schiller’s Liquor Bar, just to name a few…) has me dreaming of London. McNally, an Englishman, made his way to New York as a young man where he started his restaurant career as a busboy before working his way up the restaurant ranks. Now an icon in the dining world, he has returned to England with his wife and two children to call London home. The early-nineteenth-century building was given new life by architect Charles Tashima and designer Ian McPheely, with whom McNally collaborates on all his commercial projects. From the warm Vermont pine to the reconditioned factory tiles (over one-hundred years old!), it would seem no detail was overlooked. Read the full story in House & Garden here.
While in London in September I’m eager to drop by the National Portrait Gallery, one of my favorite museums. A new exhibition, Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, opens July 2 and boasts rare photographs of the actress by prominent photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Mark Shaw, Howell Conant, and Norman Parkinson. The images follow Audrey’s legendary career from her young chorus girl days in London’s West End to her philanthropic work abroad with UNICEF. Given the fanfare surrounding all things Audrey, the show is sure to draw crowds. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
VISIT: Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of An Icon, National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London, July 2 – 18 October 18, 2015
(photos from top: by Cecil Beaton 1960 , by Howell Conant 1962, by Cecil Beaton 1954, by Douglas Kirkland 1966, by Express Newspapers 1989)