The Revue, October 2021
As thoughts of breaking out the thermals and hunkering down kick in, our temperamental summer now a distant memory, we bring you our latest collection of highlights from both real and virtual worlds to gently ease you into an Autumn mood. This month takes a modernist pilgrimage to the French Riviera, a detour to Somerset for some of the best in contemporary sculpture, with a final stop on the Coney Island boardwalk for some fun at the fair.
Visit: Thomas J Price, Thoughts Unseen, Hauser & Wirth Somerset
London-based sculptor Thomas J Price presents two decades of figurative work against the backdrop of Hauser & Wirth’s impressive Somerset outpost. The subject of a Drake’s studio visit back in January, one of Britain’s most important contemporary artists, Price continues a conversation around identity, assumptions and representation with the purposeful placement of his sculptures; fictional characters produced through a combination of digital and traditional means. Powerful in both its beauty and scale, Price’s figurative work asks as many questions as it answers, Thoughts Unseen presenting new and challenging ideas around “archetypal objects of worship in a modern age.”
Watch: Prince of Luna Park, The New Yorker
Home to one of the most iconic boardwalks in the world, Coney Island comes under the spotlight in this latest New Yorker film. Hit hard by successive lockdowns, the family-run Luna Park amusements returns to something close to normality as New Yorkers flock to area’s beaches for some outdoors fun. In this film from Daniel Lombroso, a story of reopening and recovery morphs into the complex tale of a father/son relationship, as owners Alberto and Alessandro discuss the challenges of handing over the baton.
Visit: Noguchi, Barbican
The Barbican hosts an unmissable celebration of Isamu Noguchi, “one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century.” Placing his work and process within the context of the times, the exhibition, his first touring retrospective in Europe for 20 years, places heavy focus on the Akari light sculpture series, with smaller stone and wood forms scattered across two floors of the gallery. With over 150 works on view, accompanied by quotes from the man himself, the Barbican’s concrete interior plays perfect backdrop to this master of mid-century art and design.
Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS
Drink: Wine Shop, Shrine to the Vine, Bloomsbury
Following its latest restaurant opening in Soho on the site of the old Gay Hussar, Noble Rot returns to its original home on Lamb’s Conduit Street for a new location dedicated to the world’s best bottles. “From under-the-radar ‘natural’ cuvées to mature classics from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barolo and beyond…” Shrine to the Vine will also stock a selection of wine-related merchandise, magazines and books, with delivery available for those unable to make the trip.
48 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LH
Visit: Eileen Gray’s villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Should you find yourself on the French Riviera in the next few months, a detour to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin would be well worth your time. This picturesque headland sat between Monaco and Menton plays home to Irish designer Eileen Gray’s iconic villa E-1027. Completed in 1929, now open to the public after an extended period of renovation, Gray’s first architectural project has had a bumpy history. Her name was almost entirely erased from the project after her acrimonious split from partner Jean Badovici. His close friend, Le Corbusier, attempted to take over the property, painting murals across the house without Gray’s permission. Eventually abandoned, the villa became derelict for decades, to be saved by an extensive state-funded restoration programme. Now back to its former glory, Eileen’s landmark residential project, complete with her iconic furniture designs, can be toured both in real life (booking essential) or from the comfort of your sofa.
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