The Revue, November 2021
With big coat, Shetland jumper, kicking crisp leaves in the park season in full swing, we get in an Autumnal mood with a selection designed for cosy days at home, as well as a few daytrip recommendations in fully-heated venues. Two not-to-be-missed exhibitions alongside a tour of an incredibly small but beautiful Kyoto home. We catch a conversation between a London restaurant legend and a British art scene great, finishing off with a Dada pioneer. Jump in.
Watch: PEN magazine head inside a very special home
Art director Eric Pillault's traditional 'Machiya' townhouse in the Shimogamo district of Kyoto is an incredible example of small space living. Based in Paris, Pillault visits several times a year, making this tiny, renovated wooden house a long-haul holiday home and ultra-minimal refuge from the busy 9-5.
Listen: Ruth Rogers of legendary riverside restaurant River Cafe gathers famous friends/patrons for podcast series Table 4, a conversation about food, memory and pretty much everything in between. Recorded at table 4, located beside the famous bright pink wood-fired oven, the likes of Paul McCartney, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Stanley Tucci sit down with Rogers for an informal chat. In this episode artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen digs into "the heritage, ethical values and social impact of food in his life, and ours."
Visit: Multi-media American artist Theaster Gates lands at Whitechapel Gallery for A Clay Sermon: "an exposition of the significance of clay, its material and spiritual legacies. Bringing together research, ideas, process and production..." Featuring two decades of work, including his famed Afro-Mingei pots, a selection charting the development of his practice, Gates places his own pots in a wider historical context, displaying a group of pieces from private collections and museums (including the V&A) alongside his own work.
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX, whitechapelgallery.org
Visit: Saatchi Yates presents an exhibition of striking new paintings from British artist Danny Fox. Having swapped Los Angeles for his hometown of St Ives, Fox taps into the seaside location's incredible artistic legacy (Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis...) while referencing American heroes including Henry Taylor, and Torey Thornton. The result, "rhythmic canvases vividly displaying unlikely heroes of the 21st century...a lyrical, yet fragmented abstraction."
Saatchi Yates 6 Cork Street London W1S 3NX, saatchiyates.com
Read: Hauser & Wirth re-release Sur Marcel Duchamp, a facsimile of the original 1969 monograph considered the go-to reference on the Dada pioneer. The re-edition, simple title Marcel Duchamp, is presented in two sections housed in a smart slipcase, texts from the likes of Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Man Ray accompanied by rarely seen archival material. One for the collection.
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