tag archives: london

san francisco is such a beautiful, and easy place to live.  even so, my husband, bob, and i really miss the museum quality auction previews that we enjoyed while living in london.

so to us, christie’s @ hedge seems like a little bit of london in san francisco.

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joe bradley | tres hombres | oil, crayon, spraypaint and collage on canvas | 2011

post-war and contemporary art evening sale | christie’s new york | 10 november 2015

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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willem de kooning (1904-1997) | figures in a landscape #2 | oil on paper laid on canvas | 1976

post-war and contemporary art evening sale | christie’s new york | 10 november 2015

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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brice nauman | untitled (hand group) | phosphorous bronze | 1997

post-war and contemporary art evening sale | christie’s new york | 10 november 2015

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

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stuart davis (1892-1964) | autumn landscape | oil on canvas | 1940

post-war and contemporary art evening sale | christie’s new york | 10 november 2015

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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robert motherwell (1915-1991) | california window | acrylic on canvas | 1975

post-war and contemporary art evening sale | christie’s new york | 10 november 2015

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

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arnaldo pomodoro | sfera | bronze with lucite base | 1966

post-war and contemporary art evening sale | christie’s new york | 10 november 2015

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

christie’s @ hedge

1-5 october 2015 | hedge gallery | san francisco

highlights from the post-war and contemporary art evening sale | christie’s new york | 10 november 2015

the chelsea flower show.  it’s one of london’s most spectacular annual spring events.

rhs (royal horticultural society) chelsea flower show

royal hospital chelsea

london, united kingdom

19-23 may 2015

and, one of the most crowded.  the exclusive members’ days are (slightly) less crowded than the public days.  so, one way to beat the crowd is to become a rhs member, like my husband, bob, and i did when we lived in london.

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2015 chelsea flower show | public visitors to the show gardens

photo credit geoff pugh

some think that the show gardens are the major attraction.

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2015 gold medal and best in show winner | the laurent-perrier chatsworth garden | designed by dan pearson

a representation of the rockery and trout stream in the 105-acre garden at chatsworth house | derbyshire, united kingdom

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth

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the rockery | designed by sir joseph paxton | chatsworth house | derbyshire, united kingdom | 1842

photo credit chatsworth

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the trout stream | designed by sir joseph paxton | chatsworth house | derbyshire, united kingdom | 1835

photo credit the telegraph

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A-Perfumers-Garden-in-Grasse-by-LOccitane-03_940x627A-Perfumers-Garden-in-Grasse-by-LOccitane-04_940x6272015 gold medal winner | a perfumer’s garden in grasse by l’occitane | designed by james basson

inspired by the history of the provencal perfume industry in the world’s perfume capital, grasse, france

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth

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2015 gold medal winner | the morgan stanley healthy cities garden | designed by chris beardshaw

designed to mark the morgan stanley global healthy cities initiative

photo credits rhs/sarah cuttle

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2015 gold medal winner | the homebase garden-urban retreat | designed by adam frost

inspired by modernist architect marcel breuer

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth

chelsea 2015|cloudy bay garden|vital earth|daily ad 5 20 15

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2015 gold medal winner | cloudy bay garden in association with vital earth | designed by harry rich and david rich

a reflection of the taste and character of cloudy bay winery’s new zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir

photo credits rhs/tim sandall

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2015 gold medal winner | the brewin dolphin garden | designed by darren hawkes

floating slate platforms, inspired by prehistoric dolmens and quoits, referencing sculptors james turrell and richard serra

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2015 gold medal winner | the telegraph garden | designed by marcus barnett

inspired by the de stijl dutch artistic movement

photo credits rhs/neil hepworth

but, i was always most impressed by the plants displayed in the pavilions.

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 2015 gold medal winner | auriculas | w & s lockyer nursery

photo credit upi/landov/barcroft media

do candida höfer’s photographs make you want to travel?  they make me want to explore europe, even though i just got back from london, where candida höfer: a return to italy is showing at ben brown fine arts from 12 february-12 april 2013.

you may recognize candida höfer’s photographs from one of your favorite american lifestyle or shelter magazines, such as town and country, elle decor, or veranda. 

candida höfer photograph | cosima von bulow pavoncelli’s living room | sagoponak, NY | interior design by markham roberts

photo credit francesco lagnese | town and country magazine | november 2010

candida höfer photograph | frederic fekkai’s living room | new york, NY | interior design by robert couturier

photo credit william abranowicz | elle decor | october 2010

candida höfer photograph | jill stuart’s living room | new york, NY | design by anabelle selldorf

photo credit simon upton | elle decor | october 2009

candida höfer photograph | entry of a carnegie hill townhouse | new york, NY  | interior design by timothy whealon

photo credit max kim-bee | veranda | october 2010

höfer’s photographs are interior portraits of public buildings.

‘i wanted to capture how people behave in public buildings,

so I started taking photographs of theatres, palaces, opera houses, libraries…

after some time, it became apparent to me that what people do in these spaces

–and what these spaces do to them

–is clearer when no one is present…’ 

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höfer’s photographs of uninhabited interiors have become her hallmark.

in an interview with the guardian, she described teatro scientifico bibiena mantova I as her ‘best shot’ in the london exhibition.

candida höfer | teatro scientifico bibiena mantova I | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

‘i like this shot because it has an intriguing ambiguity of scale:

the theatre appears large yet somehow small;

and it is perfectly formed of grand individual structures.

this is not a shot about emotion.

it’s about colour, lines, light distribution

–and inner balance.’

-candida höfer

höfer doesn’t alter or digitally enhance her photographs.  instead, she uses existing light sources and long exposures to capture the details.

candida höfer | teatro scientifico bibiena mantova III | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

she often shoots her interior portraits from a one point perspective.  this composition, which is another one of her hallmarks, creates continuity within and between each portrait series.  in addition to the compositional continuity, each series also has an institutional or a geographical theme.  the london exhibition is a grand tour of northern italian architecture:

mantova

candida höfer | palazzo ducale mantova III | 2011 | c print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | palazzo ducale mantova I | 2011 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | palazzo ducale mantova IV | 2011 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | palazzo ducale mantova V | 2011 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | biblioteca teresiana mantova I | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | museo civico di palazzo te mantova IV | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

vicenza

candida höfer | teatro olimpico vicenza I | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | teatro olimpico vicenza II | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | teatro olimpico vicenza III | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

sabbioneta

candida höfer | teatro all’antica sabbioneta I | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | galleria degli antichi sabbioneta I | 2010 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts
carpi

candida höfer | teatro comunale di carpi III | 2011 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | teatro comunale di carpi I | 2011 | lightjet print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts
venezia

candida höfer | teatro la fenice di venezia V | 2011 | c print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

candida höfer | teatro la fenice di venezia III | 2011 | c print | edition of 6

photo courtesy of ben brown fine arts

wouldn’t you love to take a grand tour of northern italy?  especially, the palladian villas of the veneto?

one of the many reasons that my husband, bob, and i love the capital hotel in london.

the domed staircase leading to our favorite deluxe rooms at the capital hotel | london, united kingdom

photo credit wego.com

not to mention the nina campbell designed interiors.  or, the convenient location in SW3 between harrod’s and harvey nicks.

but, it’s the friendly, helpful staff, including clive, the head concierge, graham, the deputy head concierge, or chris, the doorman, that make us want to return every time that we visit london.

do you have a favorite hotel in london?