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Socially Speaking – London
Private Affairs in London`s Winter Season
Entertainment 21 Jan 2016

Private Affairs in London`s Winter Season

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n November and December the party season really was upon us, London Art Girl about town, Georgina Cohen, highlights some of her favourites from the festive period, leading us through to January where some people chose to make their special events, closing parties, and save them until the beginning of the New Year.
London, November 2015
Tiffany & Co. Design Director Francesca Amfitheatrof hosted a fabulous cocktail party with Dover Street Market to launch a historic collaboration. ‘The Out of Retirement’ collection marks the first time in its history that Tiffany has partnered with another retailer on a capsule collection.

It was a terrific turnout with Guests from the worlds of arts, fashion and design including Francesca Amfitheatrof, Jay Jopling, Stephen Jones, Nicholas Kirkwood, Lady Alice Manners, Kim Hersov, Fran Cutler, Polly Morgan, Thomas Heatherwick, Maia Norman, Daisy De Vileneuve, Princess Elizabeth von Thurn und Taxis and Ben Grimes sipping on Krug and rhubarb martinis while perusing the collection. Dover Street Market’s Rose Bakery provided delectable nibbles in the form of arancini balls, cherry tomatoes and bocconcini and homemade cakes.
The limited edition collection comprised of 18 pieces exclusive to Dover Street Market: eight jewellery designs and ten gift items, each based on a design from the Tiffany archives and created to put an unexpected twist on holiday gift giving. Then it was onto a Private After Party hosted by Francesca, where she got to catch up on all the latest goings on from across the pond with all her nearest and dearest.
Kim Hersov and Francesca Amfitheatrof attend Tiffany & Co. and Dover Street Market celebrate the launch of the historic ‘Out of Retirement’ collaboration, 17th November 2015, on Dover Street Market, London,
Design Director, Francesca with Net a Porter’s Editor at Large Kim Hersov

Jay Jopling attends Tiffany & Co. and Dover Street Market celebrate the launch of the historic ‘Out of Retirement’ collaboration, 17th November 2015, on Dover Street Market, London,Jay Jopling

Elisabeth Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis and Nicholas Kirkwood attend Tiffany & Co. and Dover Street Market celebrate the launch of the historic ‘Out of Retirement’ collaboration, 17th November 2015, on Dover Street Market, London,Vogue’s Style editor at Large Elizabeth von Thurn und Taxis & Shoe Designer Nicholas Kirkwood

Renowned Art Collectors Maryam and Ed Eisler, hosted a very special Private dinner in celebration of Frank Auerbach’s retrospective at Tate Britain for which they were lead sponsors. Guests, which included 130 friends from London and abroad, were treated to an exclusive Private View with co- curators Frank Auerbach and his muse and lifelong friend Catherine Lampert. Those who were present included artists across generations, Annie Morris and husband Idris Khan, Artist and Filmmaker Creative Duo, Philip and Charlotte Colbert, Nimrod Kamer, Photographer Henry Hudson, Eddie Peake and girlfriend Celia Hempton, Anthony Gormley and new kid on the block Prem Sahib and not forgetting the man of the moment Frank Auerbach, along with his wife Julia and their son Jake. Institutionally Speaking was the Tate’s Director, Sir Nicholas Serota, the Whitechapel’s Iwona Blazwick and the ICA’s Gregor Muir.
Guests dined at long tables with beautiful autumnal Floral centrepieces and were given copies of recently published ‘Merry Art’ launched by Peckham – based galerist Hannah Barry (brain behind the multi story Peckham car park Bold Tendencies) and Paris – based Donatien Grau. The book focuses on about 100 varied art world personalities asking them to describe their most exceptional moments in art. Maryam gave an impassioned speech in which she read an emotional excerpt from her essay entry which focused on her intense meeting with Frank Auerbach during the making of her fabulous new book Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios. A truly wonderful evening and celebration of an incredible artist and exhibition.

Ahmad Al- Hamad, Georgina Cohen and Anthony Gormley


Artist Idris Khan with Hostess with the Mostess, Maryam Eisler


Annie Morris and Henry Hudson


Ed Eisler and Frank Auerbach


Eddie Peake with girlfriend Celia and friend Prem Sahib

Alison and Paul Myners invited friends and Art World lovelies to a buzzing  ICA dinner (where Alison Chairs the Board) for a Swinging New York & London celebration of friendship (which coincided with their 20th Wedding anniversary and birthdays!). Guests were greeted by a host of Factory characters from Warhol to Hamilton, dined with Daniel Lismore & the gorgeous Pandemonia, and rocked along with Lou Reed (aka Jonny Woo). The cabaret caused a storm and the ICA was right back in its favourite place with people still talking about the striptease……

Artist Michael Craig Martin and ICA Director Gregor Muir

image12Lady Alison Myners with Publisher Hossein Amirsadeghi and friend


Factory Fun with Andy Warhol and friends

London, December 2015
It is always a privilege to hear great artists speak about their works of art. Through their voice you find new meaning, deeper insight into their process, and a further understanding of who they are and why they feel so drawn to creating art. Michael Craig Martin, undoubtedly one of the great artists of our generation, offered this unique dialogue between artist and viewer at the Serpentine gallery. Speaking about the works in his ‘Transience’ exhibition, the talk was the latest event to be curated by Georgina Cohen and The Cultivist, a global arts club that offers unique access to museums, art fairs, and in this case, world renowned artists. As a teacher of the arts (most famously for the YBS and Damien Hirst), Michael wasted no time in sharing his perspective on the everyday mass produced object and the digital age that we now live in. Followed by a delicious seated lunch within the West Gallery of the Serpentine, amidst Michael’s vibrant works, the event brought together collectors, artists, museum directors and art commentators, the very best of London’s dynamic art scene and also a wonderful way to close the season.

image2 Michael Craig Martin
 Guests enjoying Lunch in the Galleries of the Serpentine
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 The Cultivist’s Daisy Peat with Michael Craig Martin & Co-host Georgina Cohen
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 Design Duo – Philip and Charlotte Colbert

London, January 2016
It may have been grey outside but quite the opposite inside the Dominique Levy gallery on Bond Street, where they honoured the closing of the Gerhard Richter ‘Colour Charts’ exhibition, by teaming up with the Serpentine Gallery and international curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and Scottish artist David Batchelor – they were in conversation with Dominique Levy’s senior director Lock Kresler.
In Celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Colour Chart’s inception, the exhibition brings together works from multiple prominent international institutions. These include the Hamburger Kunsthalle, who is lending 192 Farben (192 Colours), 1966, Richter’s earliest fully realised Colour Chart and the only work from this series‎ executed in oil, and the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden who is lending Sechs Gelb ( Six Yellows), 1966, one of the largest single+panel Colour Chart’s, originally exhibited at Friedrich and Dahlem in 1966. Gerhard Richter: Colour Chart’s also features an earlier work, Sänger (Singer), 1956/1966, a Photo Painting with a colour chart of various shades of red painted on the obverse side of the canvas, which provides an integral insight into the artist’s conception of the series.
Following the talk and Private View, Guests were treated to a delicious feast cooked by the amazing chef Margot Henderson, with a menu that was original,expressive and exciting, which was most certainly as memorable as the occasion. Guests included Guy & Elisabeth Pelly, Alia Al Senussi, Alison Myners, Joe Hague, Philip and Charlotte Colbert, showing that despite the freezing temperatures outside, Co- hosts Rob Sheffield and Lock Kresler did a fine job of keeping things hot and happening indoors.

image1 (1)Top of the Charts – from left Alison Myners, Georgina Cohen, Kathrine Fredriksen & Alia Al-Senussi pictured alongside the Piece that stole the show

image1 (2)Hans Ulrich in conversation with David Batchelor and Lock Kresler

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The Dinner

By Georgina Cohen
Instagram: georginacarolinecohen
Photos: by Georgina Cohen, Nick Harvey

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