June 3, 2012
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
Sunday from my desk is outside in the rain. Waiting with all of Britain to see the Queen start the celebrations for the Jubilee sailing down the Thames wearing her crown. While right now in Milano I am missing the Pope and a million pilgrims in Milano today waiting for another type of procession.
This Diamond Jubilee is really a spectacle to see only once in a lifetime, if you are lucky! It is every 60 years of reigning, since queen Victoria nobody had seen this.
I am so glad to be able to be here now in person to see this in London.
A painting done by the Italian painter Canaletto in the 1740s when he lived in London
I am told is the inspiration for the planning of this celebration.
It is now on loan for the “Royal River” show at the British Maritime Museum from Prague. Hundreds of boats with flags and music. It is amazing.
The Queen is dressed all in white with her famous matching hat and sturdy shoes. She has been standing now for a very long time and waving to all who have waited to see her and the royal barge on this grey and damp day.
Her official designer Angela Kelly has created a silk organza coat and dress covered with Swarovski crystals and a hat with matching dyed feathers. The fabric appears quite similar to the other Elizabeth’s coronation dress from a painting
over five hundred years earlier.
London. A reason in itself to come and see true friends. For decades, Bruce Weber and Nan Bush have also been an example of a strong creative union. Interests in common – of course photography but also paintings and design, a strong passion for caring for animals and respectful friends, they are a rare example of work and life for everyone to follow.
London: here to see Nan and Bruce and for Kris to plan with Jules Wright, founder and director of the Wapping Project for Kris’ upcoming exhibition in September.
The Wapping Project is an amazing space that was the hydraulic power station.
Jules took it over in 2000 and renovated it, with galleries and restaurants and making it a true destination in London.
Berlin. It has been the custom for several years now to have lunch at a great venison restaurant and then visit Newton’s grave with flowers. It is a beautiful and peaceful place all lush and green with summer with a surprise neighbor:
Marlene Dietrich, who was born quite near this cemetery, was returned to her native Berlin from Paris where she had died. She is very close to Helmut.
Imagining those conversations in heaven!
Berlin: every year I join with a kind of elected family of old friends for the opening of the annual exhibition at the Helmut Newton Foundation. June very generously always welcomes all the guests who visit the new beautiful show. This year the exhibition is dedicated to the first three books ever published of Newton’s work.
White Women/Sleepless Nights/Big Nudes reminds how truly amazing his talent was. In White Women published in 1976, Newton placed nude models within a fashion background. No one had seen fashion like this and it changed the business forever.
Paris. June Newton carried on a 54 year love affair with her husband. She also carried on an affair with her own camera as an artist. In her film biography, HELMUT by JUNE now in Paris, she shares the intimacy and moments of personal and artistic nakedness that made this a true power couple – both strong, creative and respectful.
Paris: the studio of Azzedine Alaia is non stop. Day or evening, there is always something or someone inventing, creating, making.
Here Julian Schnabel and Mia take a break while he paints this angelic portrait in the studio courtyard on a perfect summer afternoon this week.