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Frida Kahlo’s garden and studio have been recreated at the New York Botanical Garden.

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is the first solo New York show dedicated to the Mexican artist for 25 years.

The exhibition includes original paintings by Frida Kahlo which reflect the use of botanical imagery in her work.

Frida Kahlo, who died 60 years ago, remains best known for her searing self-portraits and her use of intense, vibrant colors.

Curator Joanna Groarke: “We were inspired by Frida Kahlo’s art but also by the artistry of her garden in Mexico City.

“We knew from studying her paintings that she was a careful observer of nature and plants, but we learnt when we studied her more that she was also a very passionate plants person.”Frida Kahlo Art, Garden, Life Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden

Frida Kahlo: Art Garden Life exhibition, which runs to November 1, sees the Botanical Garden’s Enid A Haupt Conservatory transformed into Kahlo’s family home Casa Azul (The Blue House).

The exhibition recreates the blue courtyard walls, a scale version of a pyramid created to display pre-Columbian art collected by her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo’s studio.

It follows a similar project at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012, which re-imagined Claude Monet’s flower and water gardens at Giverny.

Frida Kahlo lived her entire life, from 1907 to 1954, in the cobalt-blue house in Coyoacan, outside Mexico City.

She began to paint in 1925 while recovering from a bus accident that left her in constant pain and permanently disabled, leading to more than 30 operations.

Frida Kahlo’s inclusion of plants and nature in her work spans her entire career, but was most intensive during the 1940s and ’50s when her health declined and she was increasingly confined to her home.


Macaulay Culkin was quite the walking canvas on Thursday – as he wandered around New York in jeans slathered in paint.

The actor-turned-artist looked a little dazed as he ambled around with his head down, before jumping into a cab.

Macaulay Culkin, 32, teamed his look with a leather jacket and dirty boots, complete with shades.

He has recently turned his $2 million New York apartment into a painting studio – which might explain the state of his jeans.

Macaulay Culkin was quite the walking canvas on Thursday as he wandered around New York in jeans slathered in paint

Macaulay Culkin was quite the walking canvas on Thursday as he wandered around New York in jeans slathered in paint

Macaulay Culkin recently released a video promoting new art exhibition Leisure Inferno, which runs from September 13 to December 15 at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge gallery.

The former star, who is worth a reported $15 million, created Three Men and a Baby (3MB), an art collective with friends Adam Green and Toby Goodshank.

Explaining how he turned his home into a painting studio, Macaulay Culkin said in the video: “We cleared out everything, laid down plastic and went a little nuts at the art supply store.”

As for the group’s shared vision for their first Greenwich Village gallery show, Macaulay Culkin said: “The sillier and funner, the better.”

Back in February – the same month the trio formed – many speculated the former child star had a drug habit or a terrible illness when he stepped out sipping a Red Bull looking emaciated.

Macaulay Culkin’s last acting job was on the TV series Kings back in 2009 and his last film was the dark comedy Sex and Breakfast back in 2007.

At the height of his fame he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple.

Macaulay Culkin once quipped: “I’d made enough money by the time I was 12 to never have to work again.”


A giant sculpture by Jaume Plensa representing the head of a 14-year-old girl has been unveiled on the famous Botafogo beach, in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

The white 12 m (39-foot) tall head made out of resin and marble dust is the latest sculpture by the Spanish artist.

Entitled Olhar nos meus sonhos (To see my dreams), the sculpture portrays a girl with her eyes are closed.

Jaume Plensa says the aim of the sculpture is “to make people dream”.

Entitled To see my dreams, Jaume Plensa sculpture portrays a girl with her eyes are closed

Entitled To see my dreams, Jaume Plensa sculpture portrays a girl with her eyes are closed

The artist, who was born in Barcelona in 1955, is best known for creating public sculptures on a monumental scale.

Jaume Plensa’s work Echo, on display in New York’s Madison Square Park, depicts the head of a nine-year girl seemingly lost in thought.

Another of Jaume Plensa’s female heads, called Dream, can be seen in St. Helens in England.

Olhar nos meus sonhos will be on display on Botafogo beach for two months as part of the public art exhibition Other Ideas for Rio.


Celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London with your neighbors by hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch.

Big Jubilee Lunch in London




The Big Lunch is an annual nationwide event which encourages people across the UK to enjoy lunch with their neighbors.

This year The Big Lunch falls on the same weekend as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which is a four-day Bank Holiday weekend. So dust off the bunting and Union Jack flags from the Royal Wedding and enjoy a lunch fit for The Queen!

All you have to do is gather together your neighbors and choose what kind of an event you want – from a small gathering raising money for charity to a full-blown street party with music and a barbeque.

How to Organize a Big Jubilee Lunch


Every year since it began in 2009, The Big Lunch has been enjoyed by more than a million people, and this year’s special Big Jubilee Lunch is likely to attract even more participants.

If you want to get involved and set up your own local event, follow the “10 Steps to Organizing a Big Lunch Guide” on the Big Lunch website.

You can also request a Big Jubilee Lunch pack, containing advice as well as posters, leaflets and recipes.


The Central Weekend 2 – 5 June 2012




The Central Weekend to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee takes place from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June 2012, with celebratory activities throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth

If you are considering visiting central London to join in with the celebrations, you may find it useful to visit the Transport for London website

Alternatively, you may wish to consider watching events on one of the many BBC Big Screens around the UK.

For information about the Official Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Programme click here.

Here is our run-down  of events over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, including approximate timings:

Saturday 2 June, 2012


The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby.

Sunday 3 June, 2012


The Big Jubilee Lunch: Building on the already popular Big Lunch initiative, people will be encouraged to share lunch with neighbours and friends as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This may take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups. This event is being organised by the Big Lunch. Find out more.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: This event will take place on the Thames and consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla. Find out more

Approximate timings are as follows:

14:30BST – The Queen embarks the Royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, near Albert Bridge  

16:15BST  – The Royal Barge comes alongside HMS President (Royal Naval Reserve Unit), near Tower Bridge  

Monday 4 June, 2012


BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace: There will be a televised Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with tickets being available to UK residents by public ballot. The musical programme for the concert is still being planned and is expected to feature British and Commonwealth musicians. Details on how to apply for the concert will be available in due course. This event is being organised by the BBC. Find out more

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons: A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit by communities and individuals throughout the United Kingdom, as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. As in 2002, The Queen will light the National Beacon. Find out more

Approximate timings are as follows:

19:30BST  – Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace begins

After 22:30BST – The Queen lights the National Beacon outside Buckingham Palace 


Tuesday 5 June, 2012


On Tuesday 5 June, the Diamond Jubilee weekend will culminate with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral followed by two receptions, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace and finally a Balcony appearance, Flypast, and Feu de Joie. Find out more.

Download the Order of Service

Approximate timings are as follows:

10:15BST – The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace by car

10:30-11.30BST – Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s  

12.30BST – The Queen travels by car from Mansion House to the Palace of Westminster

14:20BST – Carriage Procession from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace commences

Approximately 15:25BST – Royal Family appear on the Balcony at Buckingham Palace 



Top 10 Art Exhibitions in London




Don’t miss out on the best London exhibitions! Catch one of these great London exhibitions as chosen by our editorial team.


Damien Hirst at Tate Modern



A shark suspended in formaldehyde, a bisected cow and calf… Damien Hirst is well-known for his imaginative and sometimes shocking works. This April, Tate Modern unveils the first substantial survey of Damien Hirst’s work ever held in the UK, featuring more than 70 iconic pieces. Until 9 Sep


Picasso and Modern British Art at Tate Britain


The influence of Picasso on British art and artists has rarely been recognized – until now, thanks to Tate Britain’s new exhibition. Picasso and Modern British Art explore the Spanish artist’s reputation in Britain, and looks at how Picasso’s work affected British modernism and inspired British artists. Until 15 Jul


British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age


In this Olympic year the Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates the best of British art and design since London last held the Olympic Games, in 1948. The exhibition brings together more than 300 objects from the fields of fashion, ceramics, graphics, photography, sculpture, product design, architecture, furniture and fine art. Until 12 Aug


Yayoi Kusama



One of Japan’s best-known living artists, Yayoi Kusama’s work spans more than six decades. Kusama is known for her immersive artworks and at this Tate Modern exhibition you can wander through a series of rooms covered in hallucinatory polka dots, mirrors and more. Until 5 Jun

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude



Turner’s daring painting technique dazzled audiences at the beginning of the 19th century and influenced future generations of artists. This National Gallery exhibition examines how Turner was inspired by Claude’s portrayal of light and landscape, and features pictures by Turner and Claude hung side-by-side. Until 5 Jun


Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames at the National Maritime Museum


As well as being The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, 2012 sees the 75th birthday of the National Maritime Museum. Royal River celebrates them both by exploring the relationship between British monarchs and the River Thames throughout history. Royal River is curated by one of Britain’s leading historians, David Starkey. Until 9 Sep


Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist at the Queen’s Gallery


Don’t miss the largest-ever exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Da Vinci produced amazingly accurate anatomical drawings. His research included working in hospitals and medicals schools, where he dissected human and animal material. Until 7 Oct


Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum


This Design Museum offers a unique retrospective of famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s work and a preview of his next collection. Using items from Christian Louboutin’s personal archive the exhibition showcases his designs, methods and inspirations over the past 20 years. Until 9 Jul


The Queen: Art and Image at the National Portrait Gallery


To celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the National Portrait Gallery is bringing together 60 images from The Queen’s 60-year reign. See how The Queen has been portrayed through painting, photography and press images by renowned artists and photographers. Until 21 Oct


Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition


Don’t miss the highly popular summer exhibition at the Royal Academy, now in its 244th year. Displaying some of the best of contemporary art, the exhibition features more than 1,200 works by both new and distinguished artists, many of which are available to purchase. 4 Jun-12 Aug



Lindsay Lohan, who is a former tanning product endorser, stepped out with blotchy orange skin as she attended the opening of Terry Richardson’s art exhibition Terrywood in Los Angeles last night.

The patchy tan clashed with the Lindsay Lohan’s fluorescent yellow party dress, which featured a light bolt pattern.

It appeared that Lindsay Lohan’s fake tan had been on for several nights and either required another application or perhaps a slight exfoliation.

She also appeared to have overdone it on the blush, her cheeks sporting a heavy application of bronzer.

Lindsay Lohan, 25, continues to keep tongues wagging and people guessing about her increasingly puffed up face.

Lilo’s lips and face first appeared plumper when she arrived at the Domingo Zapata exhibition in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night.

Lindsay Lohan stepped out with blotchy orange skin as she attended the opening of Terry Richardson's art exhibition Terrywood in LA last night

Lindsay Lohan stepped out with blotchy orange skin as she attended the opening of Terry Richardson's art exhibition Terrywood in LA last night

Lindsay Lohan’s puffy face first came under speculation at Kim Kardashian’s wedding in August, and at the time, The New York Post spoke to two plastic surgeons who confirmed she had all the signs of fillers.

They both said it appeared she had lip and cheek injections only days before the wedding.

“Her face has been plumped beyond all recognition,” Dr. Anthony Youn told the Post.

“Lindsay, who’s 25, looks like a 50-year-old <<Real Housewife>> trying to look 20.”

Dr. Anthony Youn said her injectable of choice was like Restalyne, which could have resulted in a look Lindsay Lohan has become famous for, the oft-seen trout pout.

“Lindsay’s a very pretty gal,” Dr. Anthony Youn added.

“When young people get these types of treatments, there’s got to be a concern.”

 Another doctor, Toby Mayer, lamented Lindsay Lohan’s reported decision to alter her face at such a young age.

“Women in their 20’s don’t need filler,” he said.

Lindsay Lohan arrived late last night a Richardson’s exhibition and was accompanied by her mother Dina and her younger sister Ali.