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— Katy Wickremesinghe
Dear All,

“You know that all these works are going to outlast you,” said the late Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. His $1 billion art collection, containing more than 150 masterpieces, is heading to auction at Christies. Works include Monet, Seurat and O’Keeffe and proceeds will benefit philanthropic concerns. That equals one incredible legacy and donation.

Tomorrow marks the start of Black History Month – a time to “dig deep, look closer, think bigger” about the history and representation of Black people in the UK and beyond. With so much happening around London in celebration, don’t forget to book your tickets for Theaster Gates’ band, The Black Monks, who will be performing at Serpentine Galleries’ The Black Chapel.

Fashion weeks are nearly over – or are they? In a neat cultural layering, Raf Simons, Alexander McQueen and Roksanda will all be presenting their SS23 collections during Frieze week, making London’s capital ever more colourful and dynamic.

It was announced today that coins featuring the portrait of King Charles III will be in circulation from December. However national coinage is not forgetting our beloved Queen – in keeping with tradition, the King’s profile will face the left, and a special £5 coin with a double portrait of the Monarch and his mother will be introduced at the same time.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend from me and the KTW family,
The Wick - Matilda Goad & Co x Anthropologie Scalloped Cushion

Objects of Desire

Matilda Goad & Co x Anthropologie Scalloped Cushion

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Monday Muse

Interview Art Historian Jo Baring 

The Wick - Sharon Walters

Spotlight Collage Artist Sharon Walters

The Wick - Henry Moore, The Arch, 1979–1980.

Happenings The Wick’s Top Ten Public Sculptures

The Wick - LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: (L to R)  Mei Hui Liu, Fashion designer Edeline Lee, Maryam Eisler and Lady Alison Myners attend the launch of Oscar-winning artist Tim Yip’s groundbreaking new art film LOVE INFINITY on MUBI, featuring some of the most iconic and diverse living artists and creatives of our time, at the National Gallery on March 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Tim Yip)

Happenings “Love Infinity” Screening and In Conversation at The National Gallery

The Wick - Louise Bourgeois
Untitled (Orbits and Gravity) 
Etching, watercolor, coloured pencil on paper 
14 x 24.1 cm / 5 ½  x 9 ½ in 
Photo: Peter Butler
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022

Viewing Louise Bourgeois: Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010 and Fabian Peake: an eye either side

Landing at Hauser & Wirth Somerset this autumn is a new exhibition of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Louise Bourgeois that have never been publicly exhibited before. Running alongside this exhibition is a solo show by Fabian Peake. It brings together early paintings from the 1970s and new works that showcase the artist’s experimental use of media.

The Wick - Lucian Freud, Girl with Roses, 1947-8

Viewing Lucian Freud: New Perspectives

To mark the centenary of Lucian Freud’s birth, the National Gallery is staging the largest exhibition of his paintings in a decade, curated by Daniel F. Herrmann.

The Wick - Adam de Boer, King Lojhar (after Tillmans), 2022

Batik, crayon, and oil paint on linen
121.9 x 177.8 cm;

Viewing Ghosts of Empire II

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Ben Brown’s brilliant new exhibition, ‘Ghosts of Empires II’, foregrounds artists from African and Asian diasporas exploring the intersections, overlaps, and dissonance between the Black Atlantic and Asia Imperialist Trade routes.

“Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.”

Donnatella Versace