Sunday, July 5, 2015

Julian Opie at Alan Cristea

Initially taking photographs of his subject matter - be it of people, landscapes or still lives - Julian Opie, the subject of an exhibition of new work at Alan Cristea gallery in London, then digitally manipulates the photographs and constructs his images by a process of elimination and distillation, and through this practice has developed a concise and reductive formal language. Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, 18th Century portraiture, popular comics and Japanese woodblock prints, Opie 'paints' using a vast array of media and technologies. His works have been realised in silkscreen, vinyl, LCD, LED, lenticular and flocking, and he continues to push the boundaries of ‘traditional' artistic practice.

When There is Hope, Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2015

Adrian Paci (*1969), Centro di Permanenza temporanea, 2007 C-Print auf Aluminium Dibond, 127,5 x 147 cm Sammlung Deutsche Bank © Courtesy the artist, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, kaufmann & repetto, Milano, Photo: Martin Url, Frankfurt

As part of this year’s Triennial of Photography Hamburg presented at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, WHEN THERE IS HOPE features the work of 100 photographers. Don't miss it!

Ralph Brown

Three weeks with Coco Chanel by Douglas Kirkland published by Glitterati

Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962, Limited Edition by Douglas Kirkland, published by Glitterati Incorporated

Everyone wants to get closer to genius, to understand where it comes from and how it flourishes. A young Douglas Kirkland managed just that when in August 1962 the legendary photographer was granted three weeks with Coco Chanel. 

Published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Chanel's birth, the stunning black and white shots give fantastic insights into "Mademoiselle's" life as an established designer, tastemaker and woman.

"She spoke to me in English. She gave me the green light to photograph just about anything I wanted. She seemed to take me in in some way; I never fully understood why. I wonder if I was the son she never had, or if she recognised in my uncertain ways some of her own insecurities as a young girl." Kirkland told the Daily Telegraph in 2014.

Chanel, a controversial and innovative fashion icon invented modern clothing stripping down corsets and feathers, liberating women and giving them simplicity and freedom, bobbing their hair, introducing the most-sold fragrance ever Chanel No. 5 and later collaborating with Picasso, Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Visconti matching their modern and pioneering visions.

This amazing and luxurious book, published by Glitterati Incorporated, catpures a genius at the apogee of her talent - Jackie Kennedy had embraced her "tailleur" only a few months before and she was having another breakthrough with her little black dress.

"This is about who I was, who she was, and how she affectedmy life." Douglas Kirkland - from his introduction.

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The Rolling Stones Announce London Exhibitionism at Saatchi Gallery in London

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A gift from Lucian Freud to the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire to be offered at Sotheby's

Four Eggs on a Plate, 2002, was given to the late Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, affectionately known as "Debo”, as a gift by the painter Lucian Freud in 2004. Now, the remarkable story of an enduring friendship between two of the defining figures of our time is revealed as the painting is offered for sale at Sotheby's in London.

Hotel: when in Jodhpur, stay at the impeccable Indana Palace

I recently had the chance to visit Rajasthan and my itinerary included the fantastic city of Jodhpur. Jodhpur is embedded with majestic monuments that you shouldn’t miss: I’m talking about the Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada mausoleum, the Ghanta Ghar all really close to the Indana Palace.

My stay in the second largest city of Rajasthan also known as the “Blue city” was made even more pleasant since I actually spent one night at the Indana Palace, a recently-built luxury hotel located 1.9 miles from the Jodhpur Airport which proves to be very convenient when you need to travel to another city in India. And don’t worry about this proximity; the hotel is really quiet and peaceful. You’ll need to come in rickshaw or taxi if you come from the centre.

The entrance and lobby immediately plunge you into the Maharajas’ spirit and a sumptuous fountain welcomes you. Management was very friendly and despite arriving late, the front-of-house manager was really quick and efficient in processing the check-in.

Featuring architecture and interiors modelled on ancient palaces, Indana Palace, Jodhpur offers a fitness centre, snooker room, the various restaurants, the huge swimming pool, massage parlour and spa and wellness centre. The hotel comprises 88 rooms, from executive, premium to junior and presidential suites.

The grandeur, the impressive view over Umaid Bhavan Palace, the beautiful swimming pool, the spacious bedrooms and terraces offer all the comfort and modernity you need. 

A special mention to the service and the breakfast which were perfect! I highly recommend you to stay at the Indana Palace.

Don't wait and book your accomodation here: 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Frida in NY

A banner of Frida Kahlo's "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" hangs over the entrance of the Mertz Library advertising the "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life" exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden May 21, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT

Nirvana in Dries van Noten

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