Great Gardens: Jardin en Cévennes Director Toby Amies talks about visiting the verdant South of France garden of Chanel designer Pascal Brault. Here amid a range of mountains, Brault shares a holiday home with his husband, set designer Stéfan Lubrina, and their border terrier Frickey: “Pascal’s beautiful garden is more about letting nature at its best affect the person who visits it, rather than a gardener affecting nature
Street Racers French-born, New York-based director Aurélien Heilbronn talks about his intimate portrait of boy racers in the Caribbean “I met these kids on a visit to the Dominican Republic. They earn a living and spend their time pursuing illegal motorbike races on small custom bikes.
My Place: Jake Chapman Known for his offbeat artworks made alone and collaboratively with brother Dinos Chapman, British art rebel Jake Chapman has made a name for himself for his provocative works that play on subjects of the bizarre, grotesque or macabre. His and Dinos Chapman’s work often features groups of life-sized, life-like models in strange scenarios, and their 2003 Turner Prize entry debuted a bronze statue showing two sex dolls in the ’69 position. For the latest episode of My Place, the British artist invites director Barbara Anastacio into his home in the idyllic Cotswolds, England, where he talks about art, life and the city-country disconnect.
Vhils: Imprint Street Artist Vhils is best known for his unique relief carving graffiti process, making the walls of the cities he works in his medium. Carving out the façades of old buildings, he produces impressively delicate portraits of faces from the neighborhood that each project momentarily inhabits.
Photographers in Focus: Daniel Arnold’s New York For the latest episode of Photographers in Focus, American photographer Daniel Arnold sits down to talk through his journey, his process, and gets behind the video camera to give insight into his unique view on the city that never sleeps. Known for his off-guard shots of the citizens of New York, taken everywhere from subway carriages to street parties, Arnold is the latest pavement-pounding photographer capturing the real experiences of American life
Julian Schnabel at The Glass House Built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, has become a place of pilgrimage for lovers of modern and contemporary painting and sculpture. Its position as an art mecca comes thanks to the patronage of its owners, Johnson and his partner, American art critic and curator David Whitney, who both passed away in 2005. Designed initially as Johnson’s residence, the site grew to house the couple’s ever-growing art collection, which includes pieces by Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman and Julian Schnabel. “This film is the first in a series commissioned by The Glass House,” explains Matthew Placek of the work, made to coincide with the exhibition, Paintings That I Hope Philip and David Would Like, a collection of paintings by Schnabel.
Cherry Hill A new film by British choreographer and director Holly Blakey, made in collaboration with auction house Christie’s, follows French-American actress Camille Rowe as she traverses the halls of Cherry Hill, an English country house designed in 1935 by architect Oliver Hill, and an early instance of the designer’s turn to architectural modernism.
Black Star: Mila For his episode of Black Star, which sees rising directors share their vision of the future of the black experience on screen, director and sculptor Michael Williams turns his lens on Mila Adderly, a New York-based singer-songwriter, who performs a passage inspired by a quote from American writer and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry about the visibility of black women. Here, Williams talks about the project: “This film is a love letter to black women, a tribute made up of four elements—lullaby, reflection, fear, and defiance. I’m trying to make generous work that offers my audience oxygen in thought or aesthetic
In Residence: Jasper Conran It’s no surprise the home of English designer Jasper Conran is impeccably decked out. An apartment occupying part of New Wardour Castle, an English country house in Wiltshire, the building boasts a rare sweeping rotunda staircase designed by English architect James Paine and full-sized pipe organ made of wood, ivory and gold. The son of author Shirley Conran and retailer Sir Terence Conran, whose stores have become synonymous with British interior design, Jasper Conran’s position as a leading tastemaker was preordained. Beginning his career designing for historic New York store Henri Bendel, he launched his namesake brand in 1978 at the age of 19, and has since become a household name. Here, the English designer invites director Emile Rafael into his apartment in the Palladian house to talk about his love of the grandeur of the English country house.
NOWNESS Shorts: E.W.A New York-based director Gigi Ben Artzi, known for his controversial directorial debut Downtown Divas—a 16mm film that saw Russian heroin addicts dance in high-fashion styling— talks about his short film E.W.A. about an uncompromising teenage girl in Ukraine: “Growing up we are taught how to think, dress, and conduct ourselves. We’re told to look at the classroom board rather than daydream because that’s where we’ll find the ‘answers’.