Your June issue of Country & Town House magazine is hitting newsstands on Wednesday, and this month it’s the arts issue featuring June Sarpong, Mouna Rebeiz, Jonathan Yeo and Liz Earle…
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Inside the June arts issue, you’ll find…
All Hail Summer! Your five-page guide to the must-dos of the summer, from family festivals to outside opera
Hey June: June Sarpong is on a mission to bring divided communities together again, as she tells Charlotte Metcalf
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: The nude is one of art’s most prolific subjects but how was it dealt with in Russia both before and after the revolution? Ivan Lindsay has some answers
Conversations at Scarfes Bar: Charlotte Metcalf meets one of the UK’s foremost portraitists Jonathan Yeo
Golden Moments: Revisiting Hotel del Coronado where Marilyn Monroe dazzled audiences in Some Like it Hot
Plus: Lucy Cleland explores South Africa’s Garden Route; Sebastian Coe on the FIFA World Cup; The Royal Academy celebrates its 250th anniversary; Mouna Rebeiz on whether trash can be chic; our Mexico-inspired fashion shoot, and much, much more…
Watch our behind the scenes video of the fabulous Mexican-inspired fashion shoot below…
Our contributors share their top spots for culture, best upcoming exhibitions and favourite artists…
Which artist would you most like to have dinner with and why? Judith Bernstein, so I could grill her about American politics, feminism, life in New York and hopefully meet her cats.
Where would you send a tourist if they wanted a culture hit in the Capital? The Barbican Centre, there’s always something wonderful to see, from visual art to music and dance, failing that the architecture is a cultural must-see in and of itself (plus great cocktails).
Exhibition you’re most looking forward to this summer? Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A. It will be a chance to see Kaho’s personal effects for the first time outside Mexico and will hopefully shed even more light on an artist who carefully crafted her self-image in her practice and everyday existence.
Which artist would you most like to have dinner with and why? Tacita Dean. She is an outstandingly thoughtful and inventive artist. With three exhibitions in London running simultaneously this summer, she is at last getting the profile she deserves.
Where would you send a tourist if they wanted a culture hit in the Capital? Lee Bul: Wayward Wander at the newly refurbished Hayward Gallery. She stunned New Yorkers with her 1997 installation at the MoMA of rotting fish covered in sequins, but this is her first major retrospective in London.
Exhibition you’re most looking forward to this summer? Giuseppe Penone: Idee di Pietra at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The enduring theme is trees and the show has been in preparation for over five years.
Which artist would you most like to have dinner with and why? Van Gogh. I’d ask him what the heck he was smoking when he painted his brilliant, cosmic, turbulent landscapes.
Where would you send a tourist if they wanted a culture hit in the Capital? Chiswick House, Lord Burlington’s 18th-century home. It’s the definitive Palladian house, with beautiful Arcadian gardens lined with classical statues.
Exhibition you’re most looking forward to this summer? Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern.
Painting you’d most like over your fireplace? Mr and Mrs Andrews by Gainsborough. It’s evocative of haughty Georgian aristocrats, and a homage to the soft beauty of the English countryside.
Which artist would you most like to have dinner with and why? Salvador Dalí. He’d be a great storyteller and I’d love to hear his take on the world as it is now.
Where would you send a tourist if they wanted a culture hit in the Capital? Sir John Soane’s Museum – it’s totally magical, like a Narnia for art and antiquities.
Exhibition you’re most looking forward to this summer? Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain at The Hepworth Wakefield. She was a fashion and surrealist photographer – she took Picasso’s portrait and was a lover of Man Ray. Dalí, Ernst and Magritte will feature too – very exciting.
Painting you’d most like over your fireplace? Picasso’s Bullfight: Death of the Toreador. At the moment I have a framed poster of it – the real deal would be fab.
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