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Jennifer Guidi

Jennifer Guidi

AN EXPERIENCE OF JOY. The artist Jennifer Guidi works and lives in Los Angeles, California. Represented by Gagosian, Massimo de Carlo and David Kordansky Gallery, her work has been exhibited around the world. Her solo exhibition Mountain Range is on view in the...

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Arturo Galansino

Arturo Galansino

THE FLORENCE OF THE FUTURE. Arturo Galansino is the Director General of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence since 2015. His impressive career as an art historian and curator had previously taken him to the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery and...

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Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems

CHANGED BY ART. Carrie Mae Weems is best known for her photography. Her work explores family relationships, racial and cultural identities, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences and disparities of power. Weems has participated in numerous solo and...

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Lee Bul

Lee Bul

CREATING A WEB THAT HOLDS DIFFERENT ELEMENTS TOGETHER. Lee Bul is a contemporary sculpture and installation artist who was born in 1964 to dissident parents under the military dictatorship of Park Chung-Hee in South Korea.  Her work investigates the ways that modern...

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Ivor Braka

Ivor Braka

WORKING FROM HOME. Ivor Braka is an art dealer and collector who works privately from his home in London rather than a gallery. For many years he has also been involved in the restoration of Gunton Park in North Norfolk, where he now owns and runs two celebrated...

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Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi

A SENSE OF FREEDOM. Charlotte Casiraghi is an ambassador and spokesperson for the House of CHANEL. The 36-year-old is the eighth in line to the Monegasque throne because she is the daughter of Princess Caroline, the eldest daughter of the late Grace, Princess of...

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Imran Amed

Imran Amed

MEDITATION CHANGED MY LIFE. Imran Amed is founder, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Business of Fashion, often known as BoF, a modern media company dedicated to the world of fashion, luxury and beauty. He is one of the fashion industry’s leading writers, thinkers and...

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Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks

THE PIVOTAL RUE DE SEINE. Sheila Hicks is a Nebraska born artist who studied at Yale School of Art with Josef Albers in the 1950s. She fell in love with Chile and Mexico and lived there for several years before moving to Paris in 1964. Known for her innovative and...

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Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

THEIR FUTURE IS SECURE. On April 1st 2023 Gilbert & George opened the Gilbert & George Centre in London’s East End. I went to visit them in their nearby studio.Are you tired by all the brouhaha of this very important opening? Yes, we are quite exhausted. Now...

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Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck

A CONTINUUM OF CREATIVITY. Philippe Starck is a French creator known for his wide range of designs, including interior design, architecture, household objects, furniture, boats and other vehicles.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Philippe Starck,...

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Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks

I'D LOVE TO DO A HOTEL. Sophie Hicks is a British architect who was formerly a fashion editor. She has a unique understanding of how to create brand enhancing environments for her global client base.Sophie Hicks, your house in Kensington, London, where we are today is...

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Miguel Flores-Vianna

Miguel Flores-Vianna

LOST IN TIME. Miguel Flores-Vianna is an Argentine photographer whose latest large format book HAUTE BOHEMIANS: GREECE is much acclaimed. Best known for architecture and interiors, he has worked for publications including World of Interiors, Cabana, Architectural...

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Tristan Hoare

Tristan Hoare

ECLECTIC EXHIBITIONS. Tristan Hoare is a London based art dealer and gallerist with beautiful Georgian premises in a townhouse of the Adam brothers’ fine architectural Fitzroy Square.Tristan Hoare, in his time did your father Oliver Hoare have a space in Fitzroy...

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Gilles Bensimon

Gilles Bensimon

PHOTOGRAPHING THE GIRLS. Gilles Bensimon is a French fashion photographer and the former International Creative Director of ELLE magazine.I was in London with the famous photographer Gilles Bensimon on a special day, because it was and it wasn’t his birthday. He was...

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Jimmy Robert

Jimmy Robert

CONSTRUCTING A SELF THROUGH ART. Jimmy Robert is a visual artist who places the question of the body, racialised, queer, at the centre of his work. Born in 1975 in Guadeloupe, he grew up in France before studying at Goldsmiths College in London and the Rijksakademie...

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ANNE PASTERNAK

ANNE PASTERNAK

A BRIDGE TO BROOKLYN. Anne Pasternak is the Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest fine arts institutions in America. Pasternak is devoted to engaging broad audiences through the power of art, and she is a staunch...

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Salvatore Settis

Salvatore Settis

RECYCLING BEAUTY. Salvatore Settis is an Italian archaeologist and art historian. From 1994 to 1999 he was director of the Getty Centre for the History of Art and the Humanities in Los Angeles and from 1999 to 2010 of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Since 2010...

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Francesca Cappelletti

Francesca Cappelletti

RESEARCH, CONVERSATION, GENEROSITY. Francesca Cappelletti was appointed Director of Galleria Borghese in Rome in 2020. A professor of the history of modern art at the University of Ferrara, she studied in Rome at the “La Sapienza” University, in London at the Warburg...

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai

DOCUMENTING OUR DISPLACEMENT. The filmmaker Amos Gitai was born in Israel in 1950 where his father Munio Gitai Weintraub was a prominent Bauhaus architect and his mother Efratia Margalit an intellectual, a storyteller and a teacher. Amos trained as an architect in...

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John Currin

John Currin

A MODERN MASTER. John Currin is a New York based artist whose paintings portray highly charged social and sexual taboos. With inspirations as diverse as Old Master portraits, pinups, pornography, and B movies, his painting is the search for the point at which the...

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Francesca Amfitheatrof

Francesca Amfitheatrof

THE JOY OF CREATING JEWELLERY. Francesca Amfitheatrof is the Artistic Director Watches and Jewellery at Louis Vuitton. Born in Japan, Francesca Amfitheatrof has lived in Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, London and New York. Her cosmopolitan career is imbued with art, culture and...

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David Dawson

David Dawson

OBSERVING INTIMATELY. David Dawson studied painting at the Chelsea School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. Soon after completing his MA in 1991 he met Lucian Freud, becoming his studio assistant and friend for 20 years until Freud died in 2011. He was also...

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Harumi Klossowska de Rola

Harumi Klossowska de Rola

DAUGHTER OF THE KING OF CATS. Harumi Klossowska de Rola is an artist and designer who creates powerful sculptural works and delicately crafted luxury jewellery inspired by the flora and fauna of the natural world. Her animals are totemic entities, capable of creating...

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Tino Zervudachi

Tino Zervudachi

A WORLD OF GOOD TASTE. Tino Zervudachi is an internationally acclaimed decorator with an eclectic aesthetic. He has an illustrious clientele that includes some of the world’s most discerning business people, art collectors and bohemian aristocrats. His designs can be...

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Luke Syson

Luke Syson

CHAMPION OF THE REMARKABLE. Luke Syson is Director and Marlay Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University since 2019.  From antiquity to the present day, the Fitzwilliam houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million beautiful works of art,...

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Marco Voena

Marco Voena

FROM CARAVAGGIO TO KOREA. Marco Voena is a distinguished art historian and art dealer who works in many countries. Robilant+Voena have galleries in London, Milan, New York and Paris. Today’s art dealers have to go to fairs around the world, the most famous being Art...

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Marco Balich

Marco Balich

THE LANGUAGE OF EMOTION. Marco Balich is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Balich Wonder Studio. Born in 1962, initially he studied to be a lawyer, but in 1989 Balich organised the extraordinary Pink Floyd concert on a floating stage in his...

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Money Must Stay in the Family

The plot of Money Must Stay in the Family, unfolds around the family matriarch’s last will and traces the story of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis. The multigenerational saga begins with the flight from Mussolini’s Racial Laws of 1938 and continues with the arrival in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the dispersion from New York to Rome, Paris, Tuscany, South America, and Jerusalem.

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