Arts ~ Festival of Life and Infinity Nets.

The famed Japanese avant-garde sculptor and painter, Yayoi Kusama is coming back around again to debut new infinity rooms next month in New York.

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The show will open on 02 November and take place at three separate David Zwirner locations: downtown, Chelsea and the Upper East Side. There will be two new Infinity Mirror Rooms and of course the artist’s signature polka dots. Expect lots of colourful  lights downtown, cool stainless steel orbs in Chelsea and a lovely painting series uptown. Get ready to queue up and enjoy the art and Instagram mania.

Festival of Life and Infinity Nets are on view at David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street and 34 East 69th Street, November 2–December 16, 2017.

Arts ~ Frieze London.

The international contemporary art fair, Frieze London will take place this weekend in Regent’s Park.

Over 160 of the world’s leading galleries aim to feature contemporary artists. The programme consists of different sections including Frieze Projects, Frieze Artist Award, Frieze Music, Frieze Talks, Focus and Live.

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In the Southard Reid, Focus Section, one artist, Joanna Piotrowska from Warsaw, Poland stood to me. Here, Joanna reveals the sequence of movement. From researching and observing the stillness of being, it’s possible to capture credible moments with displayed objects and powerful photographs. Elements of unstable formation often appear in Piotrowska’s work. This was perhaps my favourite of all at the art fair.

Arts ~ Mário Pedrosa.

Mário Pedrosa was born in Pernambuco, Brasil. Pedrosa is recognised as one of Latin America’s favourable public intellectual critics regarding art, history and philosophy.

Often Mário’s work focused on Brazilian visual culture through the transition era. During the 1940s, it was a critical time for the modes of modernism and social realism. Eventually, this led to new and exciting trends within the world of arts.

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This Sunday 24 September, there is a 3pm talk titled: “Mário Pedrosa: On the Affective Nature of Form” at Whitney Museum in New York. The retrospective event will feature the Brazilian’s life and work. Also, there is a great exhibition, On the Affective Nature of Form on display at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Whitney Museum Address: 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014. Hours: 10:30am-10pm. Tickets $8/$10.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain. Hours: 10am-9pm. Tickets 10€/8€.

 

Arts ~ Mariah Robertson

Brooklyn-based artist, Mariah Robertson will open our eyes to experimental photographs this coming weekend.

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Mariah Robertson, 191, 2016, unique chemical treatment on RA4 paper, 66 x 50 inches.

The intricate details, abstract style and variety of colours are truly mesmerizing. Take a stroll to the Upper East Side and explore another world of art at the Van Doren Waxter gallery.

Travel ~ 37. Blissful Bermuda

This past weekend, Jet Blue flew me to paradise.

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The British overseas territory named Bermuda became home for a few days. Divided into nine parishes, I couldn’t wait to explore.

My best friend, Lauren and I arrived at L.F. Wade International Airport to celebrate her birthday. Our friendly taxi driver welcomed us to the island. Driving along the narrow winding roads, the subtropical climate and vibrant houses were gorgeous. The crystal clear blue water, fruit trees and numerous yachts added to the scenic view. I can still feel the sunshine and warm air on my arm from that day or perhaps it’s the tan.

We stayed at the Fairmont Southampton, a lovely luxury resort in Warwick Camp. Our room, the Signature Suite was heavenly. The hotel staff expressed warm hospitality during every interaction. The hotel provided 9 restaurants, taxis on call, a wide range of activities such as water sports, horseback riding, fishing, diving, cycling, 6 tennis courts, an 18 hole golf course, 12 treatment rooms, a sauna, pool lounge areas and excursions for Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda Forts, the Bermuda Aquarium, Royal Navy Dockyard and Crystal and Fantasy Caves all for additional charges. They are all well fun!

Soon enough, it was time for lunch. Taking a taxi, we headed to Mickey’s Beach Bistro. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most the amazing man on the island and in my opinion he is the culture Ambassador for Bermuda, Cole Simmons. Also, he’s one of my best friends. Then we all enjoyed the colourful cocktails, savoury seafood and fun conversation with the servers including Gianni, Steven and Samy. Following that, it was inevitable to not walk along Elbow Beach. Let’s just say, the water was calling.

Then the heat and humidity must have taken a toll because we decided to rest for a while. A few hours later, Cole, Lauren and I made our way to Front Street to see what Hamilton had to offer. We saw loads of shops, stores, restaurants, bars and pubs as well as a water promenade. Eventually, it was time for drinks and dinner. Harry’s Restaurant & Bar was the answer for a taste of Bermuda. The marvelous manager, Manny made our dining experience a pleasure. The restaurant decor was beautiful too. First, I tried the fish chowder. Second, the mussels were yummy with a glass of Sancerre. Then our waitress surprised us with a treat. I recommend Harry’s as the dining destination in Bermuda.

After that, Cole, Lauren and I visited the Hamilton Princess Hotel to view the art on display. For evening entertainment, we drank at Hog Penny Pub and then we danced to Caribbean tunes at a Bajan bar called Spring Garden to end our Bermudian night.

The next morning, Lauren and I chilled by the pool while drinking rum swizzles. Surrounded by coconut palm trees, it was just what the doctor ordered for a holiday. In good time, we spent the afternoon at Horseshoe Bay Beach.

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Later for dinner, we checked out the Jasmine Lounge where a live band played local music. Our entrées were very delicious.

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The atmosphere was lively. Guests were jovial. Our waiter, Jaswyn was great. It was the perfect way to end our Bermuda adventure. I highly recommend to visit Bermuda to experience an #ahhbermuda moment 🙂

All photos taken by Niya Sinckler, Lauren Slinger and Cole Simmons.

Travel ~ 36. Romantic Romania.

When two of your best friends are from Romania, it’s obligatory to visit the country. This summer, it happened. It was my first time in the southeastern sovereign state of Europe. The Carpathian mountains surrounded us on our road trip to the third most populous city, Timișoara.

Driving by petrol stations, there were also manufacturing, technology and transport factories which showed that the country’s commerce and economy are doing well. From that, many more tourists will visit. Cruising in the countryside, the views were spectacular with lots of flowers and fields of grass to entertain the eye. I began to fall in love.

Arriving at my friend’s house, I received a warm welcome from an adorable dog. The photo below was taken right before he ran over and began to lick my feet. I think that was meant to be his way of saying hello. Either way, it was super ticklish. I started to laugh.

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Continuing our adventure, we headed to Timișoara’s city centre. First stop, Memorialul Revolutiei. It was a museum dedicated to the Revolution in 1989. I learned a lot about how the city was established and why things operate the way they do there from a 30 minute film.

 

Next, my friends and I drove to the central area and began to walk around Piața Unirii. Eventually, we found a spot to to have lunch. There were great drinks, salads and burgers at M Bistro. Nearby, we visited the Timișoara Art Museum. No photos were allowed but I enjoyed the baroque, classical and contemporary works of art.

 

Soon enough it was time to explore more. Wandering along the main street, we ended up passing through multiple squares where we saw the Timișoara City Hall, the beautiful and old Opera House, a majestic Metropolitan Cathedral and the check out Timișoara city sign.

 

Then that evening, there was a cultural event happening in the Roses Park. Strolling by the river, I saw cool graffiti. When we got to the park, we watched dancers from Romania, Serbia and Portugal perform in their traditional attire.

 

After that, it was time to drink and dine Romanian style. The best place to end the night was at Pensiunea Annette with good food and friends in Covaci, Timișoara. I would recommend to visit this resort.

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All photos taken by Niya Sinckler.

 

Travel ~ 35. Hungry for History in Hungary.

Since I was little girl, I have loved history. Learning about the Austro-Hungarian empire at school, I was inspired to visit Hungary one day. This summer, I managed to fulfill that dream and explore a new area of the world. For a long time, I admired the photographer, Brassaï who embraced European culture and captured the beauty of city streets.  These days, I am doing the same. Enjoy below my shots of beautiful Budapest!