Over $50 Million Spent!: Check Out Hirst’s Castle

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Well, it's not really a castle but I like the headline pun – so sue me. Yes, the richest artist in the world ($300+ million) just bought this five-story, 18 bedroom manse for $57 million. Commissioned by the Prince Regent, and considered one of the finest examples of its kind, it was built by the architect John Nash in 1811. Its imposing facade and ... See the Rest

Nicole Scherzinger Twerks It Out In London Town

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Call me naïve, but I never took former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger to be the twerking type. Is that just me? She seemed like the one who was always going out of her way to appear proper, lady like and demure, no? Well, she let it alllll out and then some on the G-A-Y stage in London over the weekend. Who know this was all buried inside and was ... See the Rest

Reporting From London: Miles Chapman Wants To Ring Your Neck

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For my continuing London series, I wrote a post about Miles Chapman's talented partner, Bouke de Vries, the other day. This isn't just a tit for tat post – Miles is multi-talented in his own right. We met when he came over with Tina Brown to edit Vanity Fair. I designed the section of the magazine that he edited, called Vanites. We fought like mad, ... See the Rest

Lawrence Of England?: No, Peter Of Ireland, Actually

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So, I'm headed to London today to see my old pal (and Wowlebrity) actress Kate O'Toole (below) and attend the memorial for her father, the great Peter O'Toole. This stamp was just issued in his honor and all manner of VIPs will be attending the event to celebrate this much-celebrated man, including Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins. I have to ... See the Rest

Art Transformations: Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle In London

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You think you know weird? Meet Matthew Barney…. So, here's the bullet points about the artist. One of the most revered conceptual artists of the past 20 years, has offspring with Bjork, they split (he's now with painter Elizabeth Peyton) was once a model (yeah, THAT hot) and The Cremaster Cycle put him on the art map. On Saturday 28 June, at the ... See the Rest

Star Wars Reboot: What Are Luke, Leia & Han Doing In London?

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So, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill all just HAPPENED to be in London this weekend, just as J.J. Abrams’ first installment in the new Star Wars trilogy is about to begin shooting at nearby Pinewood Studios. Harrison "Han Solo" Ford was photographed at London’s Hakkasan and then was seen in Grosvernor’s Square, chatting with crew ... See the Rest

Picture This: Janette Beckman Shot Gangs, Punks & Rappers

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My old pal Janette Beckman just opened her exhibit Rebel Cultures: Punks, Rap and Gangs last week at HVW8 in LA. (I know I use that phrase "my old pal" a lot. If I know someone for 20+ years and we are still friends, I feel I can legally use it.) Before we met, in the summer of '82, Janette Beckman was introduced to members of the East LA gang El ... See the Rest

Paper Chase: Matisse At The Tate Modern

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In his late sixties, when ill health prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions. He wrote that it was “like being given a second life”. Soon, Matisse chose cut-outs over painting: he had invented a new medium. I'm not sure how fresh this looks in 2014, because this ... See the Rest