• AUG 24, 2015
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  • The “Immaculate Confection” by Artist Darrell Hawkins

Chaotically organised, this oxymoron can be found in young artist Darrell Hawkins’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. His portraits are filled with a burst of vibrant colours that are inspired by his personal memories and the world around him. At first glance, his work may appear messy, but after analysing for a significant amount of time, it is interesting to understand that Darrell’s brush strokes are honest, straightforward and unconstrained from the norm. His use of colours appear childlike but accurately captures the hypnotic world that he intends it to be.

Although some of the pieces are heavily printed and bold as compared to the others, as a whole, they are coherent in forming the collection. Each piece speaks of a different narrative. Each one of his limited edition prints of Lady Hurley Burley that he produced for the exhibition was uniquely made. They started with a different take of vivid colours and are finished off with a black screen outline. It is no wonder it was sold out so quickly!

  • AUG 24, 2015
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  • The “Collograph Constructions” by Artist Sarah Amos

Known for her master printmaking skills, artist Sarah Amos moved beyond two-dimensional works on paper and experimented with other materials such as linen, felt, canvas, hemp and jute to form a strikingly ambitious and mural-like work. Entering the art space, it will certainly make one feel like as if the art pieces are coming alive. Each of these eye-catching pieces speaks of a narrative message that was inspired from her recent trip to Central America.

Sarah’s work is always known to push boundaries, and this exhibit has certainly did it again. She constantly experiments, explore and invent. With her experience with printmaking and hand stitching, it is no wonder that she won awards and received critical attention from international curators and collectors.

  • AUG 24, 2015
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  • Rivelino's Colossal Sculpture "You" Unveiling In London

In celebration of the Dual year of the UK and Mexico 2015, renowned Mexican artist Revilino will be displaying his colossal sculpture titled “You”. The sculpture that is measured at 25-tonne and 14.5 metres consists of two similar index fingers pointing towards each other creating an in-between space of inclusivity. Rivelino explained that the sculpture calls upon viewers to question their attitude towards the significant issue of equality between people.

The sculpture is part of the exhibition entitled “Contemporary Mexican Sculpture: The Vision of Four Artists” which will feature works from other three Mexican sculptors named Yvonne Domenge, Jorge Yaspik, Paloma Torres. All the sculptures that will be featured are made of volcanic stone, bronze and resin. Just like the other pieces that are exhibiting across the month of September, Rivelino’s sculpture will be revealed at King Charles Island in London’s Trafalgar Square on the 28th of August.

  • JUL 20, 2015
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  • Iris

When Iris Apfel was a young woman from Queens, New York, starting out in the fashion industry, Frieda Loehmann, founder of the famed department store, took her aside: “She said, ‘You're not pretty and you'll never be pretty, but it doesn't matter. You have something much better. You have style.’ Apfel, now 93 and a certifiable icon, is the subject of Iris, a new documentary, out next month, by Albert Maysles—who, with his late brother David, directed such classics as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens. This “rare bird of fashion,” as she is now known, first came to prominence in the 1950s, when she and her husband, Carl—who turned 100 during filming—founded Old World Weavers, a textile company hired by nine presidents for White House restorations. In Iris, we see Apfel mingle with Bruce Weber, Jenna Lyons, and Kanye West, while behind the closed doors of her Park Avenue apartment she quietly grapples with old age. Fashion, she says, never keeps her up at night. “Matters of health and things like that [do]. Things that are really important.”

  • JUL 20, 2015
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  • The London Open 2015

This triennial exhibition started with submissions from 2,133 applicants but has been whittled down to just 48 artists whose focus ranges from sculpture, painting, performance and moving image to photograph and printmaking, as well as some more unusual methods such as bricklaying. Manual Labour and the Ways We Work is the theme being investigated across the show as The Whitechapel Gallery seeks to bring some of the best talent from across London into the spotlight. See it from July 15 - September 6.

  • JUL 20, 2015
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  • Jarvis Cocker: 20 Golden Greats

Jarvis Cocker has created a series of fictional records as part of his residency at 12-mail Red Bull Space. Playing with the notion of gold records as a physical emblem of the intangible concept of "musical success", the iconic Pulp frontman has designed and drawn 20 imaginary singles on classic labels like Motown and Island, accompanied by an eerie soundtrack of which one thousadn limited edition copies have been pressed.

  • JUL 20, 2015
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  • Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

There are few more recognisable faces in popular culture than Audrey Hepburn’s. The late actress captured hearts and minds across the globe while she was alive, and now her sons have revived her vivacous spirit, loaning 35 incredibly rare photographs to the National Portrait Gallery. The images offer wonderful insight into Hepburn’s background, life and career in the first British exhibition to be organised with help from her estate.

  • JUL 20, 2015
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  • Word by Word

Over the last five decades, words and language have played almost as big a role in art as image has. This is something that curator Francesco Bonami is hoping to illustrate in this unique exhibition with works from artists including Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger and Alighiero Boetti. Art from across the globe will be brought together to try and tell a history of pictorial language since the 1960s. On until 29th September.

  • JUL 20, 2015
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  • Doug Aitken in London

The renowned American photographer opens multiple projects at important institutions across Europe. In London, Victoria Miro gallery will explore Aitken’s oeuvre with a show conceived by the artist and centered around the use of sound, touch and light. While in parallel at the Barbican, Station To Station will celebrate the Californian-born photographer’s spontaneous artistic creation with a cross-disciplinary exhibition. The exhibition will also host the UK premiere of Aitken’s film of the same name – shot in 2013, Station To Station follows the artist travelling for 24 days across the US. Aitken’s European journey will end in Frankfurt, where his third and last installation will see the light on July 9.

  • JUL 20, 2015
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  • Serpentine Galleries 15th Annual Pavilion

June is an exiting month for the arts, filled with exhibitions and installations to suit all tastes. First on our list is the Serpentine Galleries’ 15th annual pavilion. Designed by Madrid-based architects SelgasCano, this year’s playful polygonal structure is covered in woven, colourful fabric allowing for light to filter through for a natural stained-glass effect. And if you are there, it is definitely worth paying a visit to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's new exhibition. Appearing to exist outside time and space, Yiadom-Boakye’s oil portraits reveal interesting dimensions, demonstrating the artist's focus on structure and composition and raising age-old questions of identity and representation. Alongside Yiadom-Boakye’s figurative work, the show will feature ten new etchings created specifically for the Serpentine.

  • JUL 13, 2015
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  • The Surrealist Instagram

A universe filled with pastel hues, transcending into cosmic galaxies where faces are replaced with flora and airborne scarves traverse seascapes, taking on lives of their own. This is the world of Portuguese photographic artist, Teresa Freitas, who shares her unique brand of surrealism via her delightful Instagram account. Freitas lives in the idyllic seaside village of Cascais, from which she gains much of her inspiration, taking walks and capturing her surroundings before endowing them with a dreamlike twist. Everything from the sea to the sky, gardens to flowers is portrayed in a magical sense. Source: AnotherMag

  • JUN 03, 2015
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  • In The Studio: Pre Fall 2015

Paisley, Check, Houndstooth. Mary Katrantzou’s first Pre Fall 15 collection is a celebration of classic heritage textiles that have stood through time, forming motifs that we have adorned for decades. Injecting her signature play on perception and discovery, emblems are unearthed from her archive collections to rework and re-imagine the 19th century patterns with the use of her own heritage prints. Stepping away from her signature of applying thematic boundaries to her collections, for Pre Fall Katrantzou seeks custom elsewhere. Traditional fabrication and artworks synonymous with fine craftsmanship and popular tessellations are the source of inspiration. Demonstrating the evolution of her visual language through playful reworking of symbols from past collections, British heritage fabrics are reconstructed in a plethora of techniques, as Katrantzou continues to explore fabrication and texture. Classic tessellations remain intact; their formations building the coat of arms for the Katrantzou clan. Monogramed initials appear daintily intertwined within lace and bespoke taffeta woven patterns on tonal grounds. The Paisley motif is created from a string of typewriter keys, fused with pencils, brogue details, clocks and symbols from archive prints. Hounds tooth bricks are cut from postage stamps; Katrantzou weaves an intricate web of pictorial ciphers. Shop the new collection, just arrived!

  • MAY 29, 2015
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  • Claudia Basel's Doing Fashion Paper

Helmed by Roland John, Thomas Bircher and Jiri Oplatek, for the last five years the Swiss studio based in Basel have designed each issue of the Institute of Fashion Design’s annual publication showcasing student’s work. Here Claudia Basel designs these bold alphabet spreads and nudes overlaid with text for Doing Fashion Paper.

  • MAY 29, 2015
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  • Block Universe Performance Art Festival

Next week in London, the launch of the city’s first-ever performance art festival will bring together artists from across the globe to the institutions of the capital, from the ICA to Somerset House. Titled 'Block Universe', the event will be a return to midcentury performance values with a decidedly contemporary spin. Initially inspired by dance and movement, Mary Katrantzou's Spring Summer 2015 collection looks at the idea of movement as a conceptual entity, capturing waves, shifts, turns and slides from the Paleozoic Era.

  • MAY 29, 2015
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  • Ishiuchi Miyako captures Kahlo's Closet

When the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, aged just 47, her husband Diego Riviera began storing her clothes, accessories and other personal effects in a bathroom in their Mexico City home. Riviera gave instructions that the room remain sealed until 15 years after his death. The couple's 'Blue House', as it was known, became the Frida Kahlo Museum after Riviera's death in 1957. The bathroom, however, remained sealed until 2004. When it was opened, 300 pieces of Kahlo-related relics were found inside. The museum began to catalogue the haul but they also decided to invite the Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako to document them. Miyako's work has often concentrated on the material traces we leave behind, investigating their personal and social weight. Frida Kahlo the icon was perhaps the greatest creation of Frida Kahlo the artist. But much of her personal style, particularly the traditional Tehuantepec dresses, were designed to hide disfigurement and loss. Having contracted polio as a child and then been involved in a serious bus accident at 18, Kahlo underwent surgery 40 times during her relatively short life. And the more suffering her body took, the more elaborate the decoration and costume became. Miyako's Kahlo photographs go on display at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery this week.

  • MAY 29, 2015
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  • Bjork at the MoMA

Björk’s multifaceted retrospective opened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City this month. At the centre, the showpiece of the retrospective is an immersive audio and video installation entitled 'Black Lake'. Commissioned by the museum and designed by The Living, the architecture practice that won MoMA PS1’s Young Architect’s Program in 2014, the installation is a physical incarnation of the eponymous song which features on Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura. Made up of an organic matrix of black felt cones, 'Black Lake' is a sensual theatre-like environment that takes over the MoMA’s atrium. It’s the first time that the atrium space has ever been given over for an exhibition’s sake. The luscious installation incorporates two projection screens and conceals 44 loud speakers, making it the ideal acoustic setting to experience Black Lake’s spiralling orchestration and haunting video. Björk’s dark and despairing creation is a moving expression of personal heartbreak, and the song’s complexity is reflected in the 6,000 or more cones that adorn the walls of the cavernous space. Each cone was digitally designed and then stitched and assembled by hand.

  • MAY 27, 2015
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  • Greg Klassen's Tectonic Table

Greg Klassen is an US based furniture maker who has created a collection of hand-crafted tables with rivers "flowing" through them. After deciding the size of each table, the artist carves the outline of a gorge and fits light-blue glass on the top to create the illusion of a flowing river. It is the “Abyss Table” by Duffy London that looks like a deep ocean in a room. The objet d'art mimics a geological cross section of an oceanic ridge as layers of wood and glass are built up to great depth and perspective.

  • MAY 15, 2015
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  • Style Guide: On The Riviera

With Cannes film festival happening on the Riviera this week, we look at the nostalgia of dressing for travel when airplanes were the luxurious province of movie stars, industrialists, heiresses, and playboys. As soon as commercial jet travel became widespread in the late 1950s, the international elite built a lifestyle around it, flying from one glamorous destination to the next. The movement was led by a new golden era of Hollywood; Kirk Douglas, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon were all huge stars at the end of the 1950s and early 1960s. This was the height of what we know as the “jet set.” The aesthetic is dependent on sophistication and class. Slim, clean lines like the Evabar Dress are essential; whether you are dressed in a lightweight shirtdress or an immaculately tailored trouser and silky shirt. Modern day elegance can be achieved through attention to detail and considering your finishing touches like an elegant clutch bag or Mary Janes.

  • MAY 08, 2015
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  • I Want To Be A Walking Piece Of Art

Here, Mary explains why she wanted to explore the idea behind art as fashion, and the desire to become a walking representation of your taste and aesthetic. "

The Marchesa Luisa Casati once stated “I want to be a living work of art” and by adorning themselves in the culture and the history of Art and design , women can indulge in the luxury of craftsmanship. The story of each piece and its place in history interests me more than its nature as an object of desire. I was particularly drawn to chinoiserie in the research for my Autumn Winter 2011 collection, which is currently being exhibited at the MET museum. I looked at priceless objets d’art and the refined eye of women who collect them: Coromandel screens, Faberge eggs, Qianlong dynasty china, Meissen porcelain. I was inspired not just by the aesthetic of the objects themselves, but by the women who owned them. Chinese culture and it's objets d'art are symbolic of cultural capital, of the exquisite taste and refinement of their owners, indicators of far‐reaching travel and a refined, cultured eye. Rather than mere possessions, their owners used these objects to weave a visual world, a universe of luxury around themselves and that will always hold a richness that is worth revisiting."

Mary's Autumn Winter 2011 collection is now on display at the 'China: Through the Looking Glass' Exhibition at the MET Museum in New York.

  • MAY 08, 2015
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  • Through The Lens: Erik Madigan Heck for Mary Katrantzou

New York photographer, Erik Madigan Heck and Mary Katrantzou strive to close the space between fine art and photography, blurring photographic elements with digital techniques and surface manipulation of texture and colors in post-production. Each scene is a direct reaction to Katrantzou's clothes by Heck's careful study of the lighting to achieve this impressive visual effect. For Autumn Winter 2011, Mary and Erik wanted to create the environment of the women who surrounded them with object d'art, by adorning themselves in the culture and the history of Art and design, this time in HD technicolour. Channelling the idea of Diana Vreeland's famous New York apartment, with Heck's signature, painterly style, the result explores the relationship between a woman and her surroundings. Mary's Autumn Winter 2011 collection is now on display at the MET Museum Costume Institute's 'China: Through The Looking Glass' exhibition.