Friday, February 20, 2015

Anish Kapoor's artwork at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Perpetual whirlpool of black water at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Monday, February 16, 2015

À bras-le-corps at Tate Modern

Dimitri Chamblas et Boris Charmatz, À bras-le-corps 1993 - Photo © Pierre Fabris 1995

Boris Charmatz first choreographed and performed this work with Dimitri Chamblas in 1993. They will be performing in May at Tate Modern. Rows of seats create a closed space, delimitating the movements of the two dancers and abolishing the distance between the audience and them.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery, London presents Sargent

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was one of the greatest portrait painters of his generation. Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, he was closely connected to many of the other leading artists, writers, actors and musicians of the time. His portraits of these friends and contemporaries, including Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, were rarely commissioned and allowed him to create more intimate and experimental works than was possible in his formal portraiture.

This major exhibition of over seventy portraits, presented at the National Portrait Gallery in London spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris, Boston and New York as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissable opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.

Go Go 6: Light Dance Marilyn Manson’s Screaming Cover Soundtracks a Mirrored World of Private Dancing by NOWNESS

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Noir Extreme by Tom Ford

The ad makes me want to buy it...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Prada Foundation to open in Milan

Combining seven former industrial structures dating back to the 1910s with three new buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas (who also designed the fashion house's New York City flagship store), the new Prada art center in Milan, in Largo Isarco will house a cinema, library, museum, and large exhibition space, which constitutes more than half the compound’s overall 205,000 square footage. The space will play host to symposiums, performances, and art exhibits. To open in May 2015.

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective

Marlene Dumas at Tate Modern

Marlene Dumas is the subject of a retrospective at the Tate Modern in London.

‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life, yet life in all its complexity is right there on the canvas. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, even Osama bin Laden. The results are often intimate and at times controversial, where politics become erotic and portraits become political. She plays with the imagination of her viewers, their preconceptions and fears. 

Born in 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa, Dumas moved to the Netherlands in 1976, where she came to prominence in the mid-1980s. This large-scale survey is the most significant exhibition of her work ever to be held in Europe, charting her career from early works, through seminal paintings to new works on paper.

Pace London presents A Portrait of Robert Fraser

Pace London presents A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense, a momentous exhibition that takes as inspiration the character and career of celebrated art dealer and pioneer, Robert Fraser. Curated by Brian Clarke, in association with Harriet Vyner, the exhibition is staged at 6 Burlington Gardens from 6 February to 28 March 2015. 

The exhibition presents “a personal portrait” of Robert Fraser told in artworks and curated by artist Brian Clarke. Clarke was a close friend of Fraser and is also one of several artists who were once represented by the Robert Fraser Gallery – including Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet. Rather than adopting an academic approach, Clarke’s selection of work seeks to capture the spirit and energy of his friend while also providing a historic context for Fraser’s flamboyance, dynamism and avant-garde gallery programme. In looking at Fraser’s era-defining gallery, Pace’s exhibition also evokes the artistically flourishing London of the 1960s, when popular culture, music and art collided with Robert at the epi-centre. Paul McCartney has referred to Fraser in Groovy Bob as “one of the most influential people of the London sixties scene”. Robert Fraser was instrumental in producing the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover after he introduced Peter Blake to The Beatles. 

In the 1960s and the 1980s, the Robert Fraser Gallery was London’s preeminent gallery showing both European and American emerging artists. Fraser opened his gallery in 1962 with an exhibition of works by Jean Dubuffet, and, over the years, fostered close relationships with luminaries of contemporary art. After leaving London to spend much of the 1970s in India, Fraser reopened in 1982 with an exhibition of works by Brian Clarke from the late 70s and early 80s, some of them on view in A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense. These works sparked the inspiration for Pace’s exhibition. “The art world at the time was really tired. Nothing was really happening. But the feeling was, if anything was going to happen, it would be at 21 Cork Street.” Brian Clarke, Groovy Bob. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Van Gogh Girls, our Spring Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection by Viktor&Rolf

“I put my heart and soul in my work and have lost my mind in the process” Vincent van Gogh
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