Dear Readers: Just a brief reminder that I will be attending the Club eLuxe International Summit today.
Dear Dr. Dre: Congratulations on your recent sale of Beats and on your new career at Apple.
"I mean, I can't in good conscience support sharia law Grace!"
As you may have heard, US Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour has joined the boycott of Dorchester Collection hotels in protest of the Sultan of Brunei's decision to extend full sharia law throughout his kingdom. Dorchester Collection properties include Le Meurice and Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Principe di Savoia in Milan and The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London.
Given the sheer amount of money currently sloshing around the contemporary art market and the vertiginous prices achieved by the likes of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Damian Hirst and a few others, we could easily be lulled into the sense that art as an occupation offers a comfortable existence for all involved.
René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928
“It was positively surreal.” How often do we use that term to describe an event or incident that strikes us as bizarre? It’s not clear exactly when the term was vacuumed up by popular culture to become a synonym for “weird” but it does illustrate the far-reaching impact of the cultural movement founded by French writer and poet André Breton. It is that movement that is the subject of the penultimate film from Le Méridien’s Unlock Art series.
As I’ve highlighted previously, one of the aspects of Netflix series House of Cards that gets little attention but makes it groundbreaking from a gender perspective is that the female characters are not only strong and well-developed with independent plot lines and a range of complicated emotions but they’re actually played by age-appropriate actresses.
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