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A Masterpiece by Sir Anthony van Dyck – Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England

A MASTERPIECE BY SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England   *One of the most important European Royal Portraits to come to auction for a generation* *Commissioned to celebrate the crucial alliance between the British crown & […]

Now Open Soul of a Nation at the Brooklyn Museum

Now Open Soul of a Nation at the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum Presents Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 
Featuring over 150 works by more than 60 artists, the exhibition offers a sweeping view of the remarkable art made by Black artists during one of the most crucial periods in American history
On view September 14, 2018-February 3, 2019
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Installation View. Brooklyn Museum. (Photo: Jonathan Dorado)
The Brooklyn Museum presents the critically acclaimed exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, an unprecedented look at a broad spectrum of work by African American artists from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Soul of a Nation considers the varied ways that Black artists responded to the demands of an urgent moment and brings together for the first time the disparate and innovative practices of more than sixty artists from across the country, offering an unparalleled opportunity to see their significant works side by side. The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for this exhibition, which was organized by Tate Modern in London and traveled to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, in early 2018.The Brooklyn presentation will remain on view through February 3, 2019.
Soul of a Nation features more than 150 works of art in a sweeping aesthetic range, from figurative and abstract painting to assemblage, sculpture, photography, and performance. Among the influential artists of the time highlighted in the exhibition are Emma Amos, Frank Bowling, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Betye Saar, Alma Thomas, Jack Whitten, and William T. Williams. The Brooklyn presentation will also include several works by artist and scholar David Driskell, Suzanne Jackson’s Triplical Communications (1969), and a large-scale draped painting by Sam Gilliam titled Carousel Merge (1971). In addition, a monochromatic work by Emma Amos will be on view, as well as two large-scale paintings by British Guyana-born artist Frank Bowling and an abstract push-broom painting by Ed Clark from the late 1970s, which recently joined the Museum’s permanent collection.
The show begins in 1963, before the emergence of the Black Power Movement later in the decade, with the Spiral collective. This group of New York-based painters, including Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, and Emma Amos, worked in diverse aesthetic styles and explored the role of Black artists in the struggle for civil rights. Also active in New York at the time was the Kamoinge Workshop, a group of photographers who responded to the lack of institutional support and mainstream representation of Black artists by conducting workshops and producing their own gallery shows and portfolios.
The exhibition goes on to trace how artists across the country continued to work in collectives, communities, and individually during the rise of the Black Power Movement. In Los Angeles, years of urban unrest propelled a number of artists to experiment with assemblage and sculpture. Artists such as John Outterbridge and Noah Purifoy made works inspired by the aftermath of the Watts Rebellion of 1965. Emory Douglas, who served as the minister of culture for the Black Panther Party, founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, created striking graphics and illustrations that became powerful symbols of the movement — 24 of which are included in the exhibition. In Chicago, a group of artists formed AfriCOBRA, whose manifesto and aesthetic philosophy aimed to empower Black communities. Works by its founding members are on display, including Gerald Williams’s Say It Loud (1969), whose vibrant colors, graphic lettering, and use of black figures were emblematic of the AfriCOBRA style. In New York, painters incorporated symbols of protest, solidarity, and Black pride, while many organized for institutional inclusion. Also featured is artist and professor David Driskell, who drew upon similar themes in his painting, as he worked to organize university art departments across the South and promote scholarship of African American art. 
The show also addresses formal concerns and aesthetic innovations across abstraction and figuration in painting and sculpture, featuring such works as Sam Gilliam’s April 4 (1969), Barkley Hendricks’s Blood (Donald Formey) (1975), Frank Bowling’s Texas Louise (1971), and Martin Puryear’s Self (1978). With its central triangular form, Jack Whitten’s powerful Homage to Malcolm(1970) recalls the pyramids that Malcolm X visited on a trip to Africa in 1964, and was painted as a memorial to the late activist. Other works show the emergence of integral figures in Black feminism such as Kay Brown, Faith Ringgold, and Betye Saar, highlighting an important moment of visibility for female artists. The exhibition concludes with a section on Just Above Midtown (JAM), the first commercial gallery space dedicated to showing the work of avant-garde Black artists, notably including artists working in performance, such as Lorraine O’Grady, David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, and others. 
The timely exhibition extends the Brooklyn Museum’s trailblazing commitment to a vital period in American art, following its exhibitions Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2014) and We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 (2017), as well as the Museum’s major acquisition of 44 works from the Black Arts Movement in 2013. 
“With Soul of a Nation, we are honored to highlight the truly exceptional work produced by African American artists during one of the most significant moments in U.S. history and to honor these artists and all those arts professionals, here in Brooklyn and beyond, who have long supported their work,” said Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum. 
Ashley James, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, adds: “Artists in this exhibition bravely and variously created art responsive to an urgent time of social, political, and aesthetic rupture, resulting in some of the most striking works created in the late twentieth century. This exhibition adds to an already existing and growing focus on the art produced during the Black Power Movement, an indication of the period’s important and continued resonance with our present as well as the absolute excellence that defines the art of the era.” 
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with Brooklyn Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, and The Broad, Los Angeles, and curated by Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art, and Zoe Whitley, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is curated by Ashley James, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.
Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, Universal Music Group, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Brooklyn Museum’s Contemporary Art Committee, the Arnold Lehman Exhibition Fund, Christie’s, Raymond Learsy, Saundra Williams-Cornwell and W. Don Cornwell, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, Megan and Hunter Gray, the Hayden Family Foundation, Carol Sutton Lewis and William Lewis, Valerie Gerrard Browne, Hales Gallery, Tracey and Phillip Riese, Connie Rogers Tilton, and Jack Shainman Gallery.
London START Art Fair to celebrate Chinese Contemporary Art

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      London to celebrate Chinese Contemporary Art announced their 2018 Project will feature China’s most boundary-breaking talents; an exhibition which will be co-curated by world-renowned Johnson Chang and the China Academy of Art in celebration of the academy’s 90th year. London, START Art […]

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Seve Ballesteros & Jon Rahm golf for kids

Seve Ballesteros & Jon Rahm golf for kids


Jon Rahm joins Seve’s children in promoting junior golf 


  • Launch of the “Seve & Jon golf for kids” sub-16 tour, featuring five qualifying events and a final.

  • The opening event will be held next Thursday at Real Golf de Pedreña.


Jon Rahm and Seve Ballesteros’s three children, Javier, Miguel and Carmen, have joined forces in an initiative aimed at introducing the game of golf and its values to the younger generations. To this end, they are launching the “Seve & Jon golf for kids” tour for boys and girls under 16. The programme, comprising five qualifying events and a final, will be held at facilities across Cantabria, Navarre and the Basque Country.

The contestants will test their skills in three aspects of the game: distance, short game and putting. Each event is limited to a maximum of 120 participants by order of registration, and each player may enter only one qualifier. The contestants will compete under the following age categories:

  • Boys and girls 10 years and under (maximum handicap 54.0) – 25 players

  • Boys and girls 11-12 years (maximum handicap 48.0) – 25 players

  • Boys 13-14 years (maximum handicap 42.0) – 20 players

  • Girls 13-14 years (maximum handicap 42.0) – 20 players

  • Boys 15-16 years (maximum handicap 36.0) – 15 players

  • Girls 15-16 years (maximum handicap 36.0) – 15 players

Seve & Jon golf for kids schedule:

  • August 23 – Real Golf de Pedreña (Cantabria)

  • August 28 – Real Nuevo Club de Golf Basozábal (San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa)

  • August 29 – Club de Golf


    (Legutio, Álava)

  • September 4 – Club de Golf Ulzama (Navarra)

  • September 5 – Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri (Getxo, Vizcaya)

  • Final event presided by Jon Rahm TBD in December at Meaztegi Golf (Ortuella, Vizcaya)

Participants must sign up through their respective Autonomous Golf Federation. All registration fees – €15 – will be donated to the Aladina Foundation, a cancer support group offering a holistic approach of care for young cancer patients and their families.

The format of each event consists of three contests – distance, short game and putting – for all the participants. This format is designed to create an enjoyable experience in order to attract the kids to the game of golf and its inherent values. Points will be awarded for performance in each contest, and the total number of points will make up the player’s score.

There will be trophies for the first three in each category, who will be entitled to enter the final event at Meaztegi Golf (Ortuella, Vizcaya), hosted by Jon Rahm and Seve Ballesteros’s children in December. Every participant will receive a gift.

Besides the full involvement of leading actors, Jon Rahm and Javier, Miguel, and Carmen Ballesteros, as well as the support of Tamoin, the “Seve & Jon golf for kids”sub-16 tour enjoys the collaboration of SubaruTaylorMade, the Royal Spanish Golf Federation and the Autonomous Federations of CantabriaNavarre and the Basque Country.

Jon Rahm: “I am honoured to launch this golf tour for children and to be part of this great opportunity of promoting our sport. I have said many times that Seve means everything to me, he was my hero and he is a truly indisputable benchmark in Spanish golf. I took up golf thanks to Seve; he inspired me to be where I am today, so I am proud and excited to share this initiative that bears his name. We have selected an enjoyable format because we want the kids to have fun and want them to come back. A very special thank you to Javier, Miguel and Carmen for their support, for including me in this project, and for making another dream come true. Best of luck to all the participants and see you in December!”

Javier Ballesteros: “One of the key objectives in our father’s career was promoting golf. Carmen, Miguel and I are most grateful to Jon for joining this project. Jon is doing incredible things in golf and we are delighted to share with him this initiative that would make our father proud. The aim of Seve & Jon golf for kids is to introduce golf to children, to inspire them, and to teach them the values of sport following the example set by our father and by Jon. We are really excited by this unique project.”

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Mary Katrantzou  Fresh Perspectives

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One&Only’s Ultra-Luxury Portfolio Expands with Nature Resorts in Africa


 The captivating One&Only Nyungwe House  resort, on the edge of the vast and ancient Nyungwe rainforest in the dramatic mountainous landscapes of Rwanda’s southwest, starts welcoming guests on 1 October 2018.

Set within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, alongside one of the largest and best-preserved montane rainforests in Africa, One&Only Nyungwe House offers guests the opportunity to go where few have gone before, promising once-in-a-lifetime experiences in one of the world’s most exceptional natural locations. Immersed in wild beauty surrounded by awe-inspiring jungle views, every element of the resort has been carefully considered, with inspired farm-to-table dining, spa and wellness offerings that embrace nature and local traditions, and curated, authentic experiences to discover.

“It is an absolute privilege and an honour to confirm the opening of One&Only Nyungwe House, the second addition to our Nature Resorts portfolio, and to provide our guests with the rare opportunity to explore this remote and authentically wild location. Our guests will be able to trek with chimpanzees, or discover the endangered Mangabey monkeys, walk among majestic mahogany trees and spot exotic birds, orchids and butterflies,” says Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “We have created an ultra-luxury oasis which celebrates every possible moment of this remote jungle environment from sunrise breakfasts, or treehouse yoga, enjoying soothing indigenous spa therapies in the warm tropical air, through to evening cocktails by a crackling fire pit.”

The 23 guest rooms and suites at One&Only Nyungwe House are all designed to fit harmoniously within the natural surroundings, utilising local African craftsmanship inspired by Rwanda and offering a contemporary look and feel. Log burners in each guest room and suite will burn fragrant eucalyptus, whilst expansive private decks offer breath-taking views over the sweeping African terrain or viewing galleries of the lush rainforest and awe-inspiring wildlife.

In such a precious environment, conservation and support for local communities is of the utmost importance at One&Only Nyungwe House. Experiences include the opportunity for guests to participate in Umuganda – a nationwide initiative in Rwanda in which locals spend the last Saturday morning of every month working in the local community, giving back in some way, from developing infrastructure to environmental protection.

Trekking, stargazing and outdoor pursuits

Guests at One&Only Nyungwe House will have the opportunity to select from an array of carefully curated experiences during their stay. In addition to trekking chimpanzee and rare monkey populations through the ancient forest, guests can enjoy a wide range of remote outdoor pursuits from birdwatching, to a canopy treetop walk at the very top of the rainforest. Hiking trails lead from the resort deep into the jungle, such as the easy sparkling quartz Karamba Trail which begins in the open-air site of a former gold mine. The more challenging Mount Bigugu Trail covers the highest peak in the park with stunning views of Lake Kivu, dramatic hills and colourful flora and fauna. Other signature activities will include stargazing and nocturnal field walks, swooping over the panoramic African landscapes by helicopter, jungle boot camp workouts, spear throwing and archery lessons, an introduction to the African kitchen garden or insight into the secrets of African tea.

Farm-to-table cuisine
One&Only Nyungwe House will offer African-inspired cuisine within the surroundings of a traditional Boma, providing the perfect location to share adventures from the day and enjoy produce from the resort’s garden. Guests can savour the incredible natural flavours of Nyungwe and experience the ‘farm-to-table’ cuisine which provides the inspiration behind every tailored menu, favouring organic, seasonal ingredients from the fertile lands of Gisakura and surrounds. The dining room offers magical views of the endless tea plantation from dawn until dusk, whilst the tea lounge offers panoramic tree-top views. From stunning sunrise breakfasts, to gastronomic feasts on the elevated deck, or freshly prepared picnics, nutritious and indulgent options are available on every menu.

African holistic spa therapies

The One&Only Spa will offer a blissful sanctuary inspired by nature with a range of exclusive beauty and wellness treatments using organic natural skincare products from luxury South African brand Africology. Each treatment combines the wisdom of traditional African holistic therapies with the power of purest natural ingredients including bespoke herbal oil massage for total body relaxation and Africology rituals to boost energy. Signature treatments will include Intoga Amasatchi, a seventy-five minute, deep-tissue, full-body treatment using hands and wooden sticks, which traditionally represent the wisdom and direction of the healer to stretch tight muscles and relieve toxic overload.

One&Only Nyungwe House will begin welcoming guests on 1 October 2018. For more information or reservations, please visit:





Luxe Life Magazine

Spring into Spring

Spring into Spring

Spring into Spring

Miami is the place to see and be seen this Spring (by Sebastian Marc)

Faena District in Mid beach

Spring is upon us and its time to swap our cashmere sweaters for shorts and sandals!  The flowers are starting to bloom and the weather only gets better.

Spring is a fantastic season. The best in my opinion to take a break, relax and be creative. The flowers are in Bloom, the greys fade and the temperature rises with it.  Spring “break” is a great time to get away from it all. This year Miami is one of those places we all have to escape to. The clear blue skies, the tropical sea and the perfect party season. Who could blame you!

South Beach Art Deco

South beach, made world famous by Miami Vice, is the epicentre of everything sun and sea. Ocean Drive is the catwalk of all things Miami, Supermodels, drifters, filmstars and  locals call this stretch of Nirvanna the place to be! South Beach has always known how to reinvent itself. Starting as a sleepy town, to nomads land later on in the 80s as a bohemian bolthole to the 2000s as a celeb magnet.  As of late South Beach is going through its latest ,and most profound revival. South Beach is home to the celebrated Art Basel (and by far the most popular of Art Basel festivals).


Art Basel has helped Miami shrug of its down market image of drunk fuelled beach party’s.  Art, sophistication and world renowed design now reign supreme in this city. However Miami, unlike so many other destinations still retains its Latin-Carribbean feel. Despite all the Luxury condos and Hotels Miami is still a home from home for so many different nationalities. In few other cities do different nationailities intergrate and co-exist in such a beautiful way as they do in Miami.


Keeping it cool with some coconut milk..

We can’t talk about Miami and not mention Art Deco! Miami Beach has the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the world and many of these masterpieces have been transformed into stunning Hotels. The Raleigh is my favourite on South Beach. It is on the best stretch of South Beach right on the water but still remains secluded and privee.

The fantastic Raleigh Hotel with is surreal pool!

Miami is the best place to see and be seen whether its your first time or not

Now do you need more convincing to visit Miami?

Cathay Pacific has daily flights from Hong Kong and Tapei to Miami.

On our way there chicas!….



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