A unique opportunity to see significant contemporary art from the de la Cruz family’s famous collection.

Upon opening in 2009, the De La Cruz Collection museum in Miami put the ‘official’ stamp on the regenerated area known locally as ‘the Design District’. The arty neighbourhood is credited with a shift in Miami’s image; from tourist and retiree playground, to key creative city. Behind the museum is Cuban-turned-American businessman Carlos de la Cruz and his wife Rosanna. The couple made its exemplary contemporary art selection free for general public viewing.

The couple’s daughter, Rosa, is a Columbia law graduate, turned successful London-based jewellery designer. Her creations - an effortless mix of contemporary and classical influences - are worn by Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne.

Rosa shares her parents’ love of fine art, and she’s inviting Quintessentially’s Art Patrons to view her personal collection on January 31st, 2018. Her own display features many of the most compelling names in contemporary art, including BritArt stars Chris Ofili and Tracey Emin. Modern masters such as Christopher Wool sit next to trailblazing new names like Wade Guyton. The Latin world is proudly represented by the widely celebrated Brazilian painter, Beatriz Milhazes.

Rosa will pass on her own tips on hanging original artwork in a domestic environment. Guests will also enjoy a personal showcase of her latest jewellery collection.

Quintessentially Art Patrons’ tours of collector’s homes are the jewel (if you’ll pardon the pun) in its programme’s crown. Do join us for this very special occasion.

For more information please contact Tali Zeloof

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Take your seat at the most rarefied salon in London, with Quintessentially’s Art Patron Programme.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when we become more than happy to receive monogrammed hankies – or yes, even socks – as Christmas gifts. But these are still mere expediency at best, one up from a Private Eye annual or Liberty bath set. Wouldn’t you like to present a gift that bequeaths knowledge, culture, philanthropy and exclusivity instead? If you have an art buff in your life, show some thought that counts and gift them membership of the Quintessentially Art Patron Programme today.

The extensive schedule includes curator and artist-led tours of landmark exhibitions, art fairs and even private collections. But Quintessentially’s Art Patron Programme also embraces design, finely crafted jewellery, style and costumery. 

Key to the programme are the curator-led previews of the city’s smash-hit shows, and intimate salons where members can engage with many of London’s most inspiring creatives. You’ll tour the smash-hit shows before the crowds descend, including the forthcoming Modigliani at Tate Modern, figurative extravaganzas “From Life” at the Royal Academy and “All Too Human” at Tate Britain, Peter Doig’s exhibition at Michael Werner Gallery, the London Art Fair, and Andreas Gursky’s photographic retrospective at the Hayward. 

You can also get an insight into creative London life with a studio visit to Philip and Charlotte Colbert, and see jewellery designer Rosa de la Cruz’s personal art collection. Informal lunchtime talks with artists and fashion designers take place regularly at stimulating restaurants – we have one such occasion coming up soon at Park Chinois. 

So it’s the ideal itinerary for the Renaissance man or woman in your life. After all, “the noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding,” said Leonardo da Vinci – that and outsmarting your fellow culture vultures around the dinner table, naturally.

The Programme is offering a special Christmas gift rate in the run-up to holidays, with 10% off memberships if you sign up between the Christmas to New Year period November 15th 2017 –January 5th 2018.

Part of each Membership is donated to the charity Children and the Arts, to help disadvantaged children experience high-quality art education.

For more information please contact Tali Zeloof
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Visit Sabine Getty’s new home for a personal presentation of her latest jewellery, inspired by the Memphis Group design movement.

Sabine Getty was born in Geneva, raised in Lebanon, and is now based in London, yet her heart lies in Memphis. That isn't Memphis, the ancient capital of Lower Egypt, or Memphis, Tennessee, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, but rather the Memphis Group, late 20th century, post-modern Italian design movement, admired by everyone from David Bowie to Karl Lagerfeld.

Getty's most recent jewellery collections, Memphis and Baby Memphis, drew inspiration from this ‘poppy’ design collective, founded by Ettore Sottsass in Milan, in December 1980. Sabine's mother, an Egyptian interior designer, furnished the family home with Memphis pieces when Sabine was young, and Sabine included a few Memphis heirlooms in her intimate London showroom, where she displays her exquisitely crafted rings, torques, necklaces and chokers. 

In the popular press, Sabine is best known for her 2015 wedding to the billionaire Joseph Getty, held at the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles in Rome. However, in jewellery circles, she is a highly respected designer, and a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, whose work is stocked in Browns, Maxfield LA and on Her client list includes Céline Dion, Rihanna, Catherine Deneuve and Nicole Kidman, among many others.

In this interview, Sabine describes how Memphis found its way into her work, how Yves Saint Laurent is growing in her affections, and why London is right for her, right now.

Quintessentially: Where does your love of Memphis Group furniture come from? 

Sabine Getty: I think it comes from my childhood. I was born in the 80s and I remember being surrounded by Memphis furniture as a child. I had a Memphis desk chair, bedside tables, and all my lamps were Memphis. It was such a wonderful and happy way to live, surrounded by playfulness and colour.   

Q: How did it inform your collections?  

SG: I am always drawn to things that are quite childish, colourful, happy and fun. For me, Memphis is exactly that. It happened very naturally as I was drawing and playing with different coloured stones. I realised that the shapes I was going for and the colours had something very Memphis about them.  

Q: Tell me a bit about the accompanying shoot for your collection. The shoot looked like fun, and included some really interesting LA characters as models, such as Langley Fox, the great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, and Dimitri Dimitrov, the manager of the Sunset Tower Hotel? 

SG: This is such a fun part of the process. I have always been a big movie-going and theatre fan. I am obsessed with characters, and strong, interesting, theatrical heroines. I wanted to recreate that in my look book by choosing people I know, (rather than models), people I find fascinating and different and I then use them as characters in my very own play. The play is this collection.  

Q: What other sources of inspiration have you been looking at recently?  

SG: I have been looking at a lot of Yves Saint Laurent's genius design and play with colour. They just opened the YSL museum in Marrakech and I cannot wait to go there, to be inspired by all his incredible pieces.  

Q: How has your multicultural upbringing influenced your work?  

SG: I think it does subconsciously. It mostly makes me understand how very different women are. The opulence-loving Middle Eastern woman, versus the quite minimal European woman. It’s not a cliché at all, they are actually very different and both amazing types of women to design for.  

Q: Is London a good fit for your work at the moment?  

SG: I love London. London is booming at the moment in the creative world. There is so much going on here and so many interesting people live in this city. I consider myself very lucky to call it my home and I’m constantly inspired by the great Londoners I meet.

As part of Quintessentially’s Art Patron Programme, we are hosting a visit to Sabine's newly renovated, private home to view her creations and personal art collection.

For more information please contact Tali Zeloof
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Tuesday 21st February, 6.30pm
Somerset House, New Wing WC2R 1LA (Entrance by Lancaster Place)

As part of Quintessentially’s Winter Patron Programme, Art Patrons are invited to visit Somerset House Studios, an experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers. The discussion between some of the Studios’ artists and our Patron group will be facilitated by the Director of Somerset House Jonathan Reekie, who will draw our attention to innovative creative projects that push artistic boundaries and pioneer new technologies. This is an exciting opportunity to meet emerging artists who are radically challenging traditional artistic practices and creating work that reacts the spirit of our time. The tour will be followed by drinks in the former Inland Revenue’s Snooker Rooms, now a social space for Somerset House Studios artists.

Image caption: LoneLady, Somerset House Studios, Image by Dan Wilton

For more information please contact Tali Zeloof
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Interview with Valeria Napoleone | Quintessentially Art
Interview with Valeria Napoleone

As part of Quintessentially Art's Spring Patron Programme, major art collector, patron and philanthropist Valeria Napoleone will open her private home to Quintessentially Art Patrons today. Guests will view the artworks this inspirational collector chooses to live with while listening to her discuss how she started her world-class female only art collection. During the talk, guests will gain insight into ideas about collecting for a domestic and institutional space and the role of collectors in the contemporary art world. The talk will begin with champagne and afternoon tea refreshments.

This month Tali Zeloof from Quintessentially Art had the pleasure of visiting the private home of the esteemed art collector first and asked her a few questions about her role in the art world...

As part of Quintessentially Art's Spring Patron Programme, we have the privilege of visiting your private home to view and discuss your world-class collection of female artists. How did you start your art collection and why have you decided to only collect female artists?

I started my art collection in 1997 after I did a Masters in Art Administration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After two years of learning about the contemporary art world and gaining exposure to its various dimensions, I had the confidence and knowledge to start collecting and really fostering my passion for contemporary art. I realised the impact contemporary art could have on the world and it was very exciting to me.

Since the very beginning it was a choice to collect only female artists. After I bought the first work, by a woman artist, I said to myself, I am going to build the collection. I realised for me it was a passion, not just a hobby, and this is the real difference between buying and collecting.

The first piece I bought, will always be a seminal work in my collection. It's a small black and white photograph by an artist who is totally unknown. Her name is Carol Shadford and I bought the piece from a gallery in Williamsburg in New York. The image depicts soap bubbles and from far away it looks abstract but as you approach the work you can see a body of a woman emerging. Women often feel trapped in the bubble of domestic reality and their predetermined roles, without being able to reach out and look into who they really are. The Guerilla Girls are just one example of a group of artist/activists who connect to these realities.

I am a feminist and I believe in a balanced world and when I saw the under representation of women in museums and galleries made me even more determined to focus my collection on female artist practices.

What is the role of collectors in the contemporary art world?

I have an old fashioned view on roles in the art world. To be a collector is to dedicate life supporting the practices of artists. The first step is to buy the artwork, but inherent to the role of collectors is patronage. These artists are living artists, they are individuals and contemporary art is about contemporary life. I am not collecting antiques, we are getting a vision of life, that reflects the zeitgeist of our time.

It is critical to support artists in different ways, through supporting exhibitions, projects and engaging in conversations. People underestimate how vital it is for the artist to engage with a collector. The importance of the artist/patron relationship is evident since the renaissance, and the longevity of this connection is critical. I try to follow my artists as much as I can by supporting their practices at large. When there is too much focus on the 'object', it becomes buying more than collecting.

Once at FIT, we had two guest speakers (collectors) said that "true collectors are often faced with the decision of whether to by a work of art or a washing machine". This always resonated with me, as collecting is a necessity. It is not about accumulating stuff, but rather buying work that pushes you and compels you to think deeply about things.

What are some of the philanthropic art projects and commissioning platforms you are involved in?

Last year I launched a new initiative ValeriaNapoleoneXX. It's a continuation of what I've been doing for the last 18 years, but a little bit more formal with a stronger message. The point is to support the unseen artists and under recognised museums. We have a partnership with the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) and together we yearly choose a museum and donate a work of art by an emerging artist. With particularly keen focus on practices that are overlooked. Before going to a museum, the work will be exhibited at Camden Art Centre.

The other project part of ValeriaNapoleoneXX is the partnership with the Sculpture Center (SC) in New York City. Here the situation is different from XXCAS as SC is an exhibition space and not a museum with a collection. It is a platform for supporting the specific production of a large installation by an artist yearly. The focus is on the process of art making. I sit with the curator, look at the programme and identify a specific artist I want to support through the funding of a major work.

These are the two ongoing collaborations within XX platform I am involved in at the moment. I'm also supporting one off projects as the Berlin Biennale and a number of other initiatives as they come along, the way I have been doing for the past 20 years.

ValeriaNapoleoneXX is not an attempt to fill up the holes in museum collections. The lack of support and representation of women artists has been going on forever The gaps are too large for me to fill. XX aims to instigate and inspire a dialogue about this and to make curators and directors of galleries look into their own reality. I believe it is these conversations that will be the catalyst for change.

What is the most recent artwork you bought and loved, and what are you eyeing next?

The last piece I bought were two paintings on paper by the British artist Claudette Johnson, who belonged to group of women in 80's known as the BLK Art Group, who were working together and engaging in different politically charged practices. I bought the works from a group show at Hollybush Gardens, which is one of the galleries in London I admire most.

Judith Hopf is an artist I have been following for years and she is at the very top of my list. She shows at Kaufmann Repetto in Milan and I've been looking at the work for a long time. This is what happens in my life, I follow artists for an extended period. It's not just about fashion trends, but rather about personal discoveries. 

Image credit: Mariona Otera

For more information please contact Tali Zeloof
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Marc Quinn, All About Love “Untrimmed”, 2016–17 Courtesy and © Marc Quinn Studio

New sculptures by Marc Quinn connect the classical language of the fragment to the present, for an exhibition in the spirit of John Soane: the man, the collector, and the collection.

Quintessentially’s Summer Patron Programme continues with a private curator-led tour of ‘Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life’ at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Featuring twelve thought-provoking new sculptures by the leading British artist, Marc Quinn, this is the first time Quinn’s new body of work – entitled All About Love – has been exhibited anywhere in the world.

Quinn has long been inspired by Sir John Soane’s Museum and is a keen collector, as was Soane. In his studio, Quinn surrounds himself with objects, ephemera, artworks and antiquities all contributing to his interest in the idea of fragment - a subject that has huge resonance with the Museum. Each of the twelve Quinn sculptures showcased is created from casts of Quinn and his muse, the dancer Jenny Bastet, captured in a series of embraces. Their interlinked arms appear to be fighting, loving, holding or supporting – sometimes all simultaneously – reflecting Quinn’s recurring fascination with the physical ambiguities of human emotion.

Displayed around the Museum among the constellation of objects that Soane assembled over his lifetime, Quinn’s works invite us to reflect on the nature and meaning of time. 

For more information please contact Tali Zeloof
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Where: Syon Park, London Road Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF

When: 17th September -20th September

Quintessentially’s Art Patrons will enjoy VIP access to Decorex, London’s most prestigious interior design fair located in the historic grounds of Syon Park. Decorex is renowned as thedestination for interior design professionals and enthusiasts to come and experience a world of new and innovative design. The 2017 edition of the Decorex brings together over 400 hand-selected British and international exhibitors and exclusive installations. 

From the outset, Decorex has had collaboration at its core. Since its inception in 1978, it has brought high-end trade buyers and luxury manufacturers together to form a community that has become the very essence of this internationally acclaimed event. Through design, art and fashion, collaborations between designers and manufacturers have produced some of the most surprising and inspirational creations to date

Quintessentially’s Art Patrons’ VIP benefits include unlimited access to Decorex during the exhibition dates and access to the VIP Lounge, created in collaboration with House & Garden and designed by Turner Pocock. 

Exhibition dates: 17th September -20th September

Location: Syon Park, London Road Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF

For more information please contact Tali Zeloof
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Photo by: Lily Bertrand Webb

Wednesday 11th October from 9am at Dover Street Market, 18-22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG. Tickets are £70 (ex VAT) per person for members who are not part of the Art Patron scheme.

Womenswear wünderkind Molly Goddard is “London’s designer of the moment” according to The Evening Standard – and she’s still only in her late 20s. Quintessentially members can take breakfast with Molly at Dover Street Market as part of our Art Patron scheme, or independently. If you can’t make it, or simply can’t get enough Molly, enjoy this short conversation with Quintessentially that she was kind enough to make time for.

Q: You use detailed sets for your catwalk shows, and you’ve presented to the public at the Victoria and Albert Museum. What are your thoughts on catwalk shows as live experiences? And what was different about showing your work in a public context?

Molly: “Personally, I really love doing a show. We work so hard making the clothes, and I love having an event which celebrates this and feels like closure on a long period of work! I like the whole pomp and tradition of shows, the politics of the front row and the pre-show stress. It’s quite a cathartic experience. I really enjoyed showing to the public at the V&A, it was fun to do a show which everyone could come to. I would have been so excited as a teenager to go to a show. It was very much about creating a spectacle, a ‘show’ rather than a trend-led catwalk, which made it really fun and something I would hope to continue to achieve with my other shows.”

How do you manage to balance your fine craftsmanship production values with releasing affordable – in a high fashion sense – pieces?

“It's one of the biggest challenges for us, I am constantly inspired and excited by hand craft but it's not practical for us to work like a couture house all of the time. I don’t ever want to stop using hand craft techniques so we develop techniques which reflect hand craft but are more practical to make, and also are training our factory to use some of the traditional techniques we do use, which is really exciting. I plan to continue using the craft techniques, but balancing that with a range of other more wearable/affordable pieces.”

You told Vogue that your (current) autumn/winter 2017 collection is “more grown up”. How and why is this?

“I think the woman I imagine wearing the collection is more grown up. Nothing to do with age, just someone who has a certain level of confidence rather than a clumsy awkwardness which had previously excited me.”

You studied and made your name in London, can you see yourself continuing to be based here and how do you feel about the city as a crucible for creative talent? Is the situation in the city for creatives changing? 

“I grew up in London, so everything I know about the city plays a big part in what I make and what we do as a business. Nightlife is a big part of designing for me, I like to think about what I want to wear when I go dancing or to the pub. So long as no more clubs close, London will continue to be an exciting place to work and live.”

What aspects of your work and philosophy do you hope have made you a fashion star at such a young age?

 “I have been very lucky. I found a really cheap studio space two years ago and I worked with my boyfriend who worked on the money and business side of things which I couldn’t have done without. I also received backing from the British Fashion Council, and the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, and The Chelsea Arts Club Trust, all of which provided support for the shows, or mentoring. I still work closely with my family and friends, which I feel helps to make us all very ambitious. We also built strong relationships with our stockists and factories early on, which is one of the most important things because you can't really do anything without them.”

Critical acclaim and a celebrity clientele have come quickly for you. Do you have a vision of where you want your career to go in the next five years?

“I would love to have a shop, it's always been a dream! A space to show everything you love.

To attend this event or for further information on the Art Patron Programme please contact Tali on
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