Thursday, November 28, 2013

Vivienne Westwood to publish her (punk) memoirs

Next October, Vivienne Westwood’s  memoir will be published. How exciting!  The book, ghost written by her friend and biographer Ian Kelly will be published by Picador, publishing house.

"The living deserve respect. The dead deserve the truth; Ian and I are working together on this and I am excited that this will be my story, the story nobody ever did before,"
said Westwood.

Kimbell Art Museum by Renzo Piano opens

Photo: Robert LaPrelle.

Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and Kendall/Heaton Associates, the highly anticipated expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum opened on Wednesday 27 November 2013. Surrounded by elms and red oaks, Renzo Piano’s 101,130-­-square-­-foot colonnaded pavilion stands as an expression of simplicity and lightness—glass, concrete and wood—some 65 yards to the west of Louis I. Kahn’s signature cycloid-­-vaulted museum of 1972. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rodin's exhibition reflects on his Greco-Roman Antiquity inspiration

Auguste Rodin, Pallas with the Parthenon.© musée Rodin. Photo: C. Baraja.

An exhibition presented at Paris' Rodin Museum explores the fascinating dialogue between the Greco-Roman antiquities and his own art. Pieces are drawn from his own collection, those on loan from other collections and the works of the great artist himself. 

On until 16th February 2014.

Isabella Blow's retrospective opens at Somerset House

Stylist, patron of the arts, muse, mentor or simply eccentric aristocrat are all good adjectives to describe the late British fashion editor Isabella Blow. 

The Somerset House exhibition in London takes a look at Blow's life and wardrobe, including some spectacular early pieces by designer Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy who she helped nurture from students to global stars. She also worked with some of the world's best photographers and discovered top models such as Stella Tennant. "She had a talent for spotting talent," said Shonagh Marshall, co-curator of "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!", which opened at Somerset House last Wednesday. "It was all about the relationships she had with people. She brought everyone together." 

Despite her exuberant style, Blow suffered from acute depression and in 2007, at the age of 48, she killed herself by drinking weedkiller. It was her seventh suicide attempt in 14 months. She left behind her beloved collection of clothes which was bought by her close friend, heiress Daphne Guinness. Guinness is now putting them on public display for the first time, in what she said was "a bittersweet event". "Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence," she said. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Adam Szymczyk is documenta 14's curator!

It's been announced this morning in Kassel, Germany where the exhibition takes place every five years.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jonathan Saunders inspired by Anthony Caro

Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard, performance at Beaux-Arts, Paris

Vincent Lappartient

For the second consecutive year, Olivier Saillard invited the actress Tilda Swinton to  perform in the 42th Festival d'Automne in Paris and reflect on woman's body and position in society. Poetic and inspiring at the same time...

Ann Demeulemeester resigns from her own label

“A new time is coming both for my personal life and the brand ‘Ann Demeulemeester’. I feel it’s time to separate our paths.’Ann Demeulemeester’ is an adult brand now with its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me”. - she wrote.

RIP Creative Genius Doris Lessing

Monday, November 18, 2013

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera at The Musée de l'Orangerie

Patrick Kovarik

In collaboration with the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City, the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris presents an exhibition devoted to the legendary couple Diego Rivera (1886-1957) and Frida Kahlo (1907-1954).
The exhibition features works that highlight the impossibility of the couple to both live together and far away from one another. It also gives a better view of their respective artistic worlds, so different and yet so complementary, through the deep-rooted attachment they shared for their country: a cycle of life and death, revolution and religion, realism and mysticism, workers and peasants.

The Design Museum celebrates the British designer Paul Smith

The Design Museum celebrates the British designer Paul Smith with an exhibition until 9 March 2014. Looking to the future as well as celebrating his career to date, the exhibition references Paul Smith's influences and fashion designs, charting the rise of one of the world's leading fashion brands. 

The exhibition draws on Paul Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today. 

'Hello My Name is Paul Smith' takes visitors on a journey through Paul Smith’s world. The exhibition showcases and celebrates the brand through the iconic collections. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making, at Tate Liverpool

This exhibition presented at Tate Liverpool until 2nd February highlights the links leftwing political thinking and the imagery and marketing strategies of artists, ranging from the late 1789 French revolution to the London Frieze art fair marketing campaigns. It's a must-see ! 

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea opens branch in Seoul

A new building has been completed in the heart of Seoul, South Korea to host the new branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA).

MMCA has selected the contemporary artist Do Ho Suh (1962- ) for the opening's installation. Suh studied traditional Korean painting at Seoul National University and painting and sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University in the United States. 

This inaugural installation is stunning ! 

Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud were good friends...

Click on the image to see it bigger. It's beautiful !

Monday, November 11, 2013

Joanna Lumley and Thomas Heatherwick had an idea...

The architect Thomas Heatherwick and the actress Joanna Lumley had a green idea: to design what they titled the ‘Garden Bridge‘. The design comes in as a answer to the Transport for London’s call for way to improve pedestrian links across the river. The new design will start at Temple tube station on the north side and link to the ITV tower on the South Bank. ‘The city demands this bridge,’ Joanna Lumley declared from the roof of the National Theatre last week. ‘It’s talking to us!’ To be honest, we can’t hear anything. But that doesn’t deflect the 67 year-old actress and British icon’s enthusiasm. ‘Look,’ she says, pointing to the Thames below. ‘You can virtually see it!’

Friday, November 8, 2013

Nida Sinnokrot

Nida Sinnokrot, KA (JCB, JCB), 2009.

Marilyn for Chanel number 5

Quite another coup for the amazing fashion house Chanel: using archived footage and a newly-discovered audio recording from 1960, Chanel has posthumously appointed the icon as the new face of Chanel number 5, fifty-one years after her death. 

"What do you wear to bed? A pajama top? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?” So Marilyn said, “Chanel No.5, because it’s the truth" Marilyn famously answered a journalist from the French Marie Claire. More beautiful than ever... 

"Atelier" by German artists Anna and Bernhard Blume at the Neue Nationalgalerie museum in Berlin


This is a picture of the installation titled "Atelier" by German artists Anna and Bernhard Blume featured in the "Broadening of the field of struggle - 1968-2000 - The collection Part 3" (Ausweitung der Kampfzone) at the Neue Nationalgalerie museum in Berlin on November 6, 2013. The exhibition will be running from November 8, 2013 to December 31, 2014 follows two other shows, "Modern Times" (1900-1945) and "The Divided Heaven", and refers to a book title by French writer Michel Houellebecq (Extension du domaine de la lutte, published in English as Whatever). 

Mingei: Are You Here? at Pace London, 6-10 Lexington Street

Pace London currently presents a delicate and museum-quality exhibition at its Soho space, located at 6-10 Lexington Street. This is the gallery's first group exhibition exploring the legacy of Mingei, a Japanese folk craft movement led by philosopher and critic Sōetsu Yanagi and featuring  paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and textile works by Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Danh Vo, Simon Fujiwara and many more renowned artists, designers and architects.  

Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects of the Serpentine Gallery said: "Mingei : Are You Here? Is a fantastic and super inspiring show. Nicolas Trembley [the curator of the exhibition] has conceived a model of how we can invent the future with fragments from the past." 

It can't get any better than that...

The Victoria and Albert Museum presents an exhibition devoted to Italian fashion

Ankle boots, black leather stiletto heels with gold, white and pink embroidery, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, 2000. Photo By Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The V&A's forthcoming exhibition, opening on 5 April 2014 will be devoted to Italian fashion and will feature designs by Italy's leading names including Valentino, Gucci and Prada. 

"Italian fashion is a story of rags to riches almost, as the post-war country recovers and becomes a key place for manufacture, design and entrepreneurial risk taking that cuts right across businesses," said curator Sonnet Stanfill. "This is the compelling story which we describe in the exhibition."

This is really exciting and I look forward to seeing it...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Miss Dior at the Grand Palais, Paris

The Miss Dior exhibition, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff opens at the Grand Palais (Galerie Courbe), in Paris, on 12 November and presents, for the first time works by 15 female artists (Polly Apfelbaum, Carole Benzaken, Lee Bul, Maria Nepomuceno, Shirin Neshat and Tomoko Shioyasu, among others) inspired by Dior's leading fragrance.

Joana Vasconcelos is one of them. J’Adore Miss Dior, Joana's work, features an enormous golden bow, filled by thousands of illuminated flasks of the famous J’Adore perfume, as a tribute to Miss Dior, the brand’s first fragrance.

Each piece will be displayed in front of one of Dior's iconic dresses, in Joana's case  the Concerto (1957).

Yoko Ono rocks at 80 !

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Bad Dancer

Constantin Brancusi at the Paul Kasmin Gallery

Constantin Brancusi
Le Nouveau Né, 1920 - 2003
polished bronze
5 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
14.6 x 14 x 21.6 cm
Edition of 8
Paul Kasmin Gallery

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Last chance to see Marisa Merz's exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery

Many of Mariza Merz’s ingenious sculptures, paintings and installations are made from humble domestic items and traditional craft techniques. She has a natural affinity with materials, fashioning strange and fragile objects out of clay, copper wire, metal and fabric.

This exhibition, presented at the Serpentine Gallery until 10 November i.e this week, brings together sculptures, paintings and installations from the 1960s to the present, and in particular her Living Sculpture series, a collection of suspended objects made from twisted aluminium. This is the first solo show since Merz won a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for her lifetime’s achievement. 

Run if you haven't seen it, it's really good!

Urban predator

Edward Wilding at Fashion lensed by Ryan Jerome and styled by Alba Melendo Garcia for the issue #29 of Kurv magazine.

The David Hockney's retrospective at the de Young Museum in San Francisco

David Hockney, More Felled Trees on Woldgate, 2008.© David Hockney, 2013.

The de Young Museum in San Francisco presents an exhibition of David Hockney's works until 20 January 2014. Featuring more than 300 works made from 2002 to the present, the exhibition highlights one of the most prolific decades of the artist's career. 

Over a career lasting more than 60 years, David Hockney has consistently displayed a passion, as Lawrence Wechsler writes in his essay for the exhibition catalog, “to look deeper and see more.” David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition displays the artist’s constantly searching curiosity, his desire to always move forward, and his unique genius for seeing. “The de Young is thrilled to bring this major exhibition of David Hockney’s work to a U.S. museum,” says Benefield. “It’s clear from the pace at which Hockney continues to produce such important work—and the fearless nature of his innovation—that he has conceded nothing to his 76 years.” 

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David Bowie stars in the upcoming Vuitton 'L’Invitation au Voyage' Campaign

Don't really understand why Mr Bowie has decided to say yes to this campaign but I guess it's fun... Check it out!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Surrealism and the Object at the Centre Pompidou in Paris


La Poupee (The Doll) by German artist Hans Bellmer is displayed at the exhibition Le surrealisme et l'objet (Surrealism and the Object) at the Centre Pompidou. The show will be running until 03 March 2014. 

Nicholas Ghesquière replaces Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton

Former Balenciaga designer Nicholas Ghesquière is confirmed as the new artistic director at Louis Vuitton. Congrats !
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