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Top tips for New York

For anyone visiting New York this summer, I highly recommend visiting the Sculpture Walk in charming Cotswolds-like Washington Depot, Connecticut about 80 miles north of Manhattan. The likes of Calder, Schnabel, Stella will all be there as well as several emerging talents.  Featuring 61 works by 40 artists this meandering walk amidst carved stone is the perfect excuse to get out of the city into the fresh country air. It runs July 1- November 1. And for those Manhattan-bound art lovers, here’s an article on must-see’s: Seven art shows not to miss in NYC this summer

And for 26ers heading to the nation’s capital, don’t miss the Smithsonian’s Watching Oprah:The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture. This breathtaking exhibition captures what Winfrey and her show meant. The “Queen of Daytime” was on the air for 25 years and is the closest thing America had to a national conversation.

thanks – next month Adam Baron Q&A and I also have an ok to interview author Pamela Druckerman on her latest book There Are No Grown-Ups

Elena Bowes



If, like me, you’re fascinated by the process of coming up with ideas, I cannot recommend Hunch by Bernadette Jiwa enough. Also, the bitesized chapters are perfect for even the shortest of commutes.

Sophie Gordon


The RA Summer Exhibition is curated by Grayson Perry and it shows his sense of humour throughout. It takes us away from the notion that art has to be terribly serious and present work by famous painters like Hockney alongside complete unknowns. There’s a lovely democracy about it and a sense of joy as you walk into that first big hall with lemon-yellow walls crammed with paintings of all shapes, sizes, subjects and styles.

John Simmons


Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things are Better Than You Think. If you want a dose of optimism, try this wonderful book about the power of facts in a post-truth world.

250th Summer Exhibition. Grayson Perry has curated the RA’s Summer Exhibition, apparently the biggest, brightest and most colourful one yet.

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018.  This exhibition at London’s Design Museum explores the role of graphic design and technology in major political moments.

Laura Hunter

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