Art openings Thursday 2nd October , London

Artangel new project,  Jose Damasceno “Plot” Holborn library

Dairy Art Centre, Yoshitomo Nara, “Greetings from a place in my heart”

(combine with Richard Serra at Gagosian , Britannia St opening on the 11th)

Zabludowicz Collection ,  Fitch/Trecartin , Priority Infield

Final note opening at CAMDEN ART CENTRE THIS WEEK, GLENN LIGON, NOT TO BE MISSED.

We walked on a balmy late September evening between Holborn library and the thoughtful restrained interventions in the public library space of Jose Damasceno’s new project for Artangel to the wonderful show on Yoshitomo Nara at Frank Cohens Dairy Art Centre.

The Nara show is a really good opportunity to see new work and a great retrospective of drawings dating from 1984 to the present. This is the first really comprehensive showing of Nara’s work in the UK .

You could combine this with the Gagosian show  of  the British sculptor Richard Serra in Britannia street which opens on the 11th October.  Serra had a solo show at the Tate Britain last year,

On a different note went to the opening of the Fitch/Trecartin show at the Zabludowicz collection.  It was heaving and definitely felt one of the older people there.  Saw the work at the Venice biennale in the curated section at the Arsenale  in 2013.

Couldn’t miss it,  5 video works presented in self contained installations, e.g. wire fences, bean bags etc, so you walk into the room setting to watch the mad videos with or without the headphones.

This is a 100 miles a minute, mad take on contemporary American youth culture.  Will not be to everyones liking.  But Trecartin is seen as the new big thing in American video art.  There was a great in depth piece in the New Yorker recently if you want to find out a little more about this artist, who you are sure to hear a lot more about .

March 24th issue, New Yorker magazine,  “Experimental People”

AND LASTLY BUT NOT LEAST, TO ALL MY LOCAL NW3 AND NW11 FRIENDS

DONT MISS THE CAMDEN ART CENTRE SHOW OF GLENN LIGON THIS WEEK.  FIRST NON COMMERCIAL SHOW FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT , CONTEMPORARY  US BASED SOCIAL , POLITICAL ARTIST USES TEXT TO DISTORT POLITICAL HISTORICAL MESSAGES.  THIS EXHIBITION FOCUSES ON SIX BLACK YOUTHS ARRESTED FOR COMMITTING A MURDER DURING THE THE HARLEM RACE RIOT OF 1964 USING THE COMPOSER STEVE REICHS 1966 TAPED SPEECH WORK.

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Artangel.                                                        Nara ,

Japan April 2014

Tokyo

Impressions,

hospitality, kindness, service with a smile, knowledgeable concierges, generosity

Narisawa restaurant, inventive and spectacular , Sourdough bread which is proved at the table and then baked in front of you in a hot stone bowl, beef in charcoal, butter for the bread dusted in Chlorophyl extracted from  spinach

warm toilet seats, fruit, succulent and ripe on sticks sold by street vendors, aduki bean paste sweets, Master sushi chef Jiro in Ginza underground station (watch Jiro dreams of sushi documentary).  Master craftsman, green tea kit kats, GREEN TEA CHAI LATTES,

etiquette of eating sushi anywhere but particularly when faced by the famous Jiro,  eat in 1 bite, don’t add soya sauce or wasabi, don’t wait for your dining companion to be given his/her piece of sushi

Nenrinya Baumkuchen, go to the branch in the department store by Tokyo station, to see them being cooked on a spit

Yoku Moku, patisserie and biscuits , sold in department store food halls.  little cubes of deliciousness , butter , matcha, sweet potato  and Japanese sugar flavour

NUS metal vessels, sold in Tokyo , combining craftsmanship, technology and beautiful design

Dog massage parlours

great food shops at all the big stations

GREEN TEA ICE CREAM DAILY FOR MY DAUGHTER WITH GREEN TEA LATTES

Premium fruit shops Ginza, see one at the base of the Mandarin Oriental hotel.  £100 for a box of cherries .

Beautiful paintings behind the front desks at the Peninsula hotel.

Gonads at the Tokyo fish market

Octopus alive in mesh bags at Tokyo fish market

Minimal Florentine biscuit shops in road of Cats.

Beautiful packaging everywhere, even when your laundry is delivered by the hotel laundry service.

Jet lag

cute Japanese children

Tatami matting

Glutinous goodies, Sensoji Temple shopping arcade

See the Kengo Kuma tourist information building opposite the Sensoji temple (architect who built the Nezu museum and a Serpentine Pavilion)

DONT LISTEN TO TIME OUT TOKYO

Our parties food requirements at every restaurant we visited, no lobster , eel , conger eel, sea urchin, oyster or pork, beetroot , ginger or tofu and NO FISH for CLAUDIA.  YES AND WE STILL FOUND LOTS TO EAT

VENDING MACHINES

Reading Murakami the great Japanese novelists books IQ 1984 whilst in Japan in the Spring.

Taxis , dont open or close the doors, it does it automatically, rain guard on the windows , clever,  crochet covers on the drivers head rest, white gloves worn by all the taxi drivers.

Bubka, Jewish Askenazi  cake , how does it come to be sold in the coffee shop at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Green tea oreo biscuits

Japanese patterned sticky tape, ITOYA , Ginza

iPhone cases by the thousands, BIG CAMERA ELECTRONIC STORE GINZA AMAZING

Temple with a replica of the intestines of the budda you can walk through.

Our lovely guide Kit

Our even lovelier Kyoko and the amazing meal she cooked for us in her home

Its 5pm , I need to get back to the hotel for my massage, Lewis Smith

and thats just Tokyo

Michelin stars chefs at Harrods pop up restaurant

amazing lunch at Harrods on Thursday.

Chef Vittorio Cerea , 3 Michelin stars , who owns Da Vittorio in Brusaporto, Italy.

What a treat, food quite unbelievable.  Small set courses

finished with Panettone cut at the table .  I have never eaten a panettone like it before.

We met the chef who was delightful.

Highly recommend

Chocolate and Patisserie shops of Paris and Brussels

I have recently visited Paris and Brussels and here are a selection of my favourite chocolate, patisserie and food shops.

PATRICK ROGER, (FRENCH AND NOW HAS A SHOP IN BRUSSELS)

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I hadn’t visited  Brussels for a few years and was rather disappointed with the chocolate shops,  not by the chocolate but by the design of the shops.  Pierre Marcolini’s shop on the Place du Grand Sablon  is looking rather tired and dated.  The most exciting shop and chocolate I found in Brussels was actually Patrick Roger who is from France.   The design of his shop on Place du Grand Sablon was so exciting and dramatic which matched the flavours of the chocolate he makes. His packaging is really beautiful.  The plain bars of chocolate come in black metal tins with striped interiors.

 

Place du Grand Sablon 43
1000 Brussels
Tel : 025147046
From Sunday to Friday
10 a.m to 1 p.m and 1.30 p.m to 7 p.m
On Saturday
10 a.m to 7.30 p.m

PIERRE HERME , PARIS

Even though London has two Pierre Herme outlets now, it is still difficult not to try them in Paris as well.  Our family favourite flavour in the passion fruit and chocolate but on this trip we also enjoyed his flavour of the month, Apple, Cucumber, mint and roquette.   Pierre Herme is now producing a range of womens leather bags based on his design motifs for his paper and plastic bags.  They remind me a little of an Alaia bag but much much cheaper, I think they are great and lovely selection of colours, my favourite being a mink colour leather.

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PART TWO TO FOLLOW

Susan Derges Photographer

I have a cropped image of a Susan Derges photograph as my new Davatar (I think its called).  This was my 2013 birthday present from the family.  I first saw Susan Derges work 4/5 years ago at an exhibition at Purdy Hicks Gallery around the corner from the Tate Modern, and have been wanting one ever since.

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Art Gallery visits Friday 19th July 2013

Whitechapel Art Gallery , The Spirit of Utopia

Whitechapel, Bloomberg Commission, Giuseppe Penone

Whitechapel, Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Parasol Unit, Merlin James 

Victoria Miro,  group exhibition in aid of bottle top foundation

Gagosian Gallery, Britannia St, Anthony Caro, Park Avenue Series

AVA Arts , Julie Heffernan, Haruko Maeda, Dolly thompsett, alastair Mackie

Stand out show of the day, Anthony Caro.  Its not just because   grand scale works  generally  look great in the Gagosian cavernous Britannia St Gallery, these works really are monumental and impressive.  It is Antony Caro’s first exhibition at the Gagosian.  These works were originally meant as a commission for the middle section of Park Avenue but were never realised due to funding issues.  This show demonstrates that  Antony Caro now is his late 80s is  still producing great sculpture.

 

 

 

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Whitechapel, The Spirit of Utopia exhibition is fascinating and interactive.  Will take my children over the summer holidays

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