SEE

Yulia Iosilzon’s fantastical paintings

When It’s The Blue Moon, Yellow One is Shutting Down, 2024, by Yulia Iosilzon
When It’s The Blue Moon, Yellow One is Shutting Down, 2024, by Yulia Iosilzon © Courtesy of the artist

When Moscow-born, London-based artist Yulia Iosilzon begins a new series of paintings, she first decides on a symbol. For her solo show at Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery in Fitzrovia, she struck upon a snail. “When I gave birth to my son last year, the snail became my totem animal,” she says. “For me, it symbolises motherhood.” The creatures are woven into Iosilzon’s fantastical world, where whimsical figures, inspired by fashion and children’s book illustrations, are encircled by swirls of colour, painted exuberantly onto silky, transparent fabric.

So Big Yet So Small, 2024, by Yulia Iosilzon
So Big Yet So Small, 2024, by Yulia Iosilzon © Courtesy of the artist

Visitors will also find snails slithering along the canvas frames and around the gallery space in the form of ceramic sculptures. “It’s like an Easter egg hunt,” she says. “Sometimes it makes sense to have some fun.” Victoria Woodcock
Yulia Iosilzon: Modus Operandi is at Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery, 45 Berners Street, London W1, until 11 May


BUY

Loewe’s “I Told Ya” T-shirt

Challengers, Luca Guadagnino’s tennis-inspired romantic drama, was already much anticipated thanks to its Zendaya – Josh O’Connor – Mike Faist love triangle. Now the film, released last weekend, is at risk of being upstaged by Loewe’s “I Told Ya” slogan T-shirt – inspired by a design once worn by John F Kennedy Jr – which Zendaya has worn on her press tour to the internet’s delight. It’s a win-win for Jonathan Anderson, who is not only creative director for Loewe but the costume designer for the film. Louis Wise
Loewe cotton relaxed-fit T-shirt, £225


EAT 

The Feast of the Seven Fishes at Bar Douro

A table at Bar Douro in Broadgate, London
A table at Bar Douro in Broadgate, London © Milo Brown

Bar Douro’s Neuza Leal is running a new supper club focused on sustainably sourced fish and shellfish. As part of the series, on 11 May, Rodrigo Alves of Chiltern Firehouse will be cooking a seven-course crustacean-themed feast at Bar Douro’s blue-tiled east London outpost. A menu of brown shrimp doughnuts, lobster soup, and scarlet prawn and tomato and strawberry gazpacho comes with the option of a Portuguese wine pairing. Inès Cross
11 May, Bar Douro City, London EC2; £80 per person


BUY

Rosie Marks’s photographs of life at a South African hotel

Working in the grounds of Mount Nelson, Cape Town
Working in the grounds of Mount Nelson, Cape Town © Rosie Marks

Rosie Marks is interested in capturing her subjects in natural states of being. She’s photographed teenagers on holidays to Europe (their first trip without parents), groups of friends hanging out in bedrooms, colleagues at office parties. For a new series of photographs commissioned by the Belmond hotel group, now published in a book, she focused on the rhythms and micro-dramas of Mount Nelson, the powder-pink hotel in downtown Cape Town. Instead of shooting the clients, however, Marks’ focus is on the staff and the behind-the-scenes labours often pushed to the fringes of the frame.

A member of staff at Mount Nelson
A member of staff at Mount Nelson © Rosie Marks

She captures the hotel’s workers fitting striped covers over sun loungers, piping rose-coloured macaron batter onto baking trays in the kitchen or holding morning prayers together before beginning their shift. “I wanted to show the often-overlooked elements,” says Marks, “particularly the staff, and how they run the show.” Kira Richards
Mount Nelson is published by RVB Books at £32


BUY

Hunza G’s summer pop-up

Hunza G on Monmouth Street, London
Hunza G on Monmouth Street, London

Georgiana Huddart has had a business powerhouse on her hands ever since she revived 1980s swimwear brand Hunza as Hunza G back in 2015. Kim Kardashian, Helena Christensen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are just some of the names drawn to the label’s designs, made from a distinctive crinkly, stretchy fabric. Hunza G has now opened a “summer pop-up” store in Covent Garden, selling not only swimsuits and bikinis but also shirts, shorts and other beach essentials. LW
35-37 Monmouth Street, London WC2

Swimsuits, bikinis and other beach essentials at the Hunza G pop-up
Swimsuits, bikinis and other beach essentials at the Hunza G pop-up

EAT

Greek food at OMA

The new restaurant from the Manteca co-founder David Carter looks to the saline, chargrilled flavours of the Greek islands. Situated above Carter’s bar-grill Agora in Borough Market, London, OMA is a more refined, elegant space offering a list of more than 450 wines highlighting Hellenic grape varieties.

Wild-farmed laffa, açma verde, baba ghanoush, salt cod XO and labneh at OMA
Wild-farmed laffa, açma verde, baba ghanoush, salt cod XO and labneh at OMA © Gilles Draps

The lesser-known Xinomavro grape has its own section, including a luscious red from Thessaloniki and a musky sparkling brut cuvée. The menu refines traditional island dishes: a labneh, salt cod and XO dip, a bream crudo with green tomato and apple aguachile, and a stew made with orzo, oxtail and bone marrow. Baya Simons
3 Bedale St, London SE1; oma.london


BUY

A book on motherhood from Lydia Goldblatt

Untitled, from the Fugue series, by Lydia Goldblatt
Untitled, from the Fugue series, by Lydia Goldblatt © Lydia Goldblatt

Lydia Goldblatt’s photographs are intimately tied to her own life. Her first book, Still Here, captured her father’s final days. When Goldblatt became a parent, a change that coincided with the loss of her mother, she turned once again to her Hasselblad. “I wanted to be honest about what I was struggling with,” she says. “About the feelings of claustrophobia and rage, as much as intimacy and love.” Over four years, she immortalised stacks of tupperware, rumpled picnic blankets and young bodies asleep on tables, dotted with red chickenpox spots.

Untitled, from the Fugue series, by Lydia Goldblatt
Untitled, from the Fugue series, by Lydia Goldblatt © Lydia Goldblatt

Working with medium-format film, she didn’t develop the photographs for months, finding that something in “the unknown of this felt right”. The resulting photographs will be exhibited by Robert Morat Galerie at Photo London and compiled into a new book, titled Fugue. Marion Willingham
Photo London is at Somerset House, London WC2, from 16 to 19 May. Fugue is published by GOST Books at £45


BUY

Cabana world

Cabana tablecloths, from £290
Cabana tablecloths, from £290

Cabana magazine has, over its ten-year existence, become a byword for elegant maximalism, its features on venerable homes celebrating exuberant prints, fine glassware and unique objets. Fans have been able to buy its wares online for some time; now the brand has opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Milan. Designed by co-founders Martina Mondadori and Christoph Radl, and riffing on an aesthetic first formulated by Lorenzo Mongiardino, it is stocked with linen, glasses, plates and everything else which creates the Cabana dream. LW
The Cabana Store, via Borgospesso 8, Milan

China, glassware and objets in The Cabana Store
China, glassware and objets in The Cabana Store © Cabana

SEE

Alexander Calder & Joan Miró in New York

It was the vibrancy of the art scene in 1920s Paris that brought Joan Miró and Alexander Calder together. The artists grew up in wildly different contexts, with Miró born into a family of watchmakers in Barcelona and Calder to artist parents in Pennsylvania, but while working from nearby studios in Paris, the pair found a shared interest in colours, movement, shape and the relationship between making and play.

Sans titre, 1950, by Joan Miró
Sans titre, 1950, by Joan Miró © 2024 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris
Caged Stone on Yellow Stalk, c1955, by Alexander Calder
Caged Stone on Yellow Stalk, c1955, by Alexander Calder © 2024 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

They went on to enjoy a lifelong friendship. A new exhibition at Opera Gallery in New York explores their visual and personal affinities through more than two dozen sculptures and paintings, made over a 40-year period. BS
Alexander Calder & Joan Miró: Kindred Spirits is at Opera Gallery in New York from 2 May until 8 June


WATCH

Mica Paris at Upstairs at Langan’s

Mica Paris is performing in Mayfair this month
Mica Paris is performing in Mayfair this month

Soul singer Mica Paris will be doing a residency at Upstairs, the private members’ bar at Langan’s in Mayfair, London, this month. Two two-hour live performances, held on 1 and 8 May, will each chart her career of best-selling singles (“My One Temptation”, “Like Dreamers Do”) and collaborations with artists such as Jools Holland and Prince. They will be intimate shows, held in the cosy red-velvet-walled mirrored bar. KR
1 and 8 May; langansbrasserie.com

The red velvet interior of Langan’s
The red velvet interior of Langan’s © James McDonald

WALK and EAT 

A weekend in the country at The Bull

Exterior of the Bull in Charlbury
Exterior of the Bull in Charlbury

The Bull in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, has been feeding and watering travellers since the 1500s. Following a refurbishment last summer by the owners of The Pelican in Notting Hill, the pub now has a menu of oysters, Dover sole and ox cheek and shin pie in the restaurant, and a warren of rooms upstairs with wood-burning stoves, super-king beds and roll-top baths.

The refurbished interior has a pared back, neutral design
The refurbished interior has a pared back, neutral design
Pheasant and ham pie with colcannon
Pheasant and ham pie with colcannon

If you’re unfamiliar with the surrounding trails and footpaths, on 4 May local conservation group The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens will lead a five-mile circular walk starting from The Bull, which will follow an ancient track and wend through a nature reserve before returning to the pub. Stay for a simple lunch of a sausage roll and a pint of Bull Bitter, or a grander one of rib of beef to share and a bottle of Nebbiolo. BS
thebullcharlbury.com. Guided walk starts at 10am on 4 May at The Bull


SEE

Jason Rhoades in Los Angeles

Caprice Auto Project, 1996, by Jason Rhoades
Caprice Auto Project, 1996, by Jason Rhoades © The Estate of Jason Rhoades. Courtesy the Estate of Jason Rhoades and Hauser & Wirth

The car was a constant theme for the late Californian artist Jason Rhoades, known for his boundary-pushing, sex-obsessed and often recklessly provocative installations. This year, Hauser & Wirth has given over a gallery in its downtown Los Angeles space to Drive, an ever-changing exhibition of Rhoades’s riotous, sprawling sculptures, drawings, videos and archival material. In the first iteration of the show, a Chevrolet Caprice, a Ferrari 328 GTS and a Ligier microcar are parked in the gallery, alongside a video projection, filmed in the ’90s, in which Rhoades drives around in the Caprice, talking fervidly about his “car projects”.

Jason Rhoades with the Caprice overlooking Los Angeles International Airport, 1996
Jason Rhoades with the Caprice overlooking Los Angeles International Airport, 1996 © The Estate of Jason Rhoades. Courtesy the Estate of Jason Rhoades and Hauser & Wirth

As he navigates his way around Los Angeles, Rhoades muses on how he relates to cars: to him they are a vehicle for dreams, desires and beliefs, ready-made sculptures, objects of meditation, class signifiers, American idols as well as his means of reaching his art studio each day. Alexander James
Jason Rhoades’s Drive is at Hauser & Wirth Downtown Los Angeles North A Gallery until 14 January 2025


BUY

Hai-end fashion

The interior of the new Hai store in east London
The interior of the new Hai store in east London © Thea Løvstad

Cult womenswear label Hai’s colourful silk handbags, ballet slippers and ruffled dresses have found a new permanent home in east London’s Shoreditch. Co-designed by London-based studio Spazio Leone and art director Oscar Piccolo, the space evokes the elegance of a midcentury Milanese gallery, with wood-panelled walls, tulips in brass vases, door handles plucked from an Italian palazzo and custom furniture upholstered in Hai’s signature dupion silk. Sara Semic 
Hai, 11 Boundary Street, London E2

A selection of dresses and handbags
A selection of dresses and handbags © Thea Løvstad


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