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— Katy Wickremesinghe
Dear All,

Rimowas are at the ready and On shoes cleaned up as the art world heads to Art Basel. There is a revamped Parcours section, curated by Stefanie Hessler, for this year, and new programming at Hotel Merian, alongside the main fair and the monumental artworks at Unlimited. This year’s Messeplatz project will host a major work by conceptual artist Agnes Denes, curated by Samuel Leuenberger. After a day taking in the booths, we will be heading to the river for Art Basel’s boat cruise and sundowners.

Meanwhile, the most prized creative role in fashion has just opened up, as Virginie Viard steps down from Chanel. The industry is buzzing with speculation over who might succeed Viard — who will be showing her last collection for the house during haute couture week in Paris in June. An announcement is expected soon after. Phoebe Philo, Hedi Slimane, Sarah Burton and Pier Paolo Piccioli are all likely contenders — yet Chanel will be overseeing a very considered succession plan.

London Tech Week fires up from 10-12 June at Olympia. Innovations, start-up advice, AI and fintech are locked into the agenda of events and talks. Meanwhile some of the greatest minds in the world will be getting together at Founder’s Forum.

With all best wishes from me and the KTW family,

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Objects of Desire

Black ‘Signature Stripe Block’ Billfold And Coin Wallet by Paul Smith

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Monday Muse

Interview London Tech Week Leader Carolyn Dawson OBE 

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Spotlight Artist Georgina Odell

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Video Interviews

Interview The Wick x Digital Artist Krista Kim | Continuum

Visual Arts
The Wick - David Bailey, Mary McCartney and Brandei Estes at Claridge's ArtSpace

Happenings ‘DOUBLE EXPOSURE: David Bailey & Mary McCartney’ at Claridge’s ArtSpace

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Viewing The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’s dazzling array of more than 1200 artworks

The Summer Exhibition is a unique event: every Royal Academicians sift through thousands of entries to select 1,200 works for display in a mammoth and meandering show.

The Wick - Serpentine Pavilion 2024, Archipelagic Void, designed by Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies © Mass Studies Photo: Iwan Baan Courtesy: Serpentine

Viewing Minsuk Cho’s imaginative Serpentine Pavilion of five timber islands

Minsuk Cho noticed something when looking at the past 22 pavilions put up at the Serpentine – they tend to be realized as a single central structure on the Serpentine South lawn.

The Wick - Noor Ali Chaganis

Viewing A group show exploring the impact & legacy of migration on the South Asian diaspora 

Project Art Divvy is an exciting platform for South Asian art, promoting the practices of artists working in the region and as part of its diaspora.

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