30 Wednesday Nov 2011
16 Wednesday Nov 2011
12 Saturday Nov 2011
02 Wednesday Nov 2011
30 Wednesday Nov 2011
by Bruce Matthews
24 Thursday Nov 2011
by Sally Wilson
16 Wednesday Nov 2011
by Kim Steele
12 Saturday Nov 2011
by Kim Steele
02 Wednesday Nov 2011
by Sally Wilson
Boulevardier Serge Gainsbourg: sexy, successful, scandalous, subversive, satirical...Style Icon and inspiration for the costume as hustle look of Best Picture Oscar 2014 nominee, American Hustle...so Saucy!
Remembering Keith Haring on the 24th anniversary of his untimely death...and the brilliance of Eric Good in creating AREA, where "art merged into the context of a nightclub," showcasing Warhol, Basquiat, Hockney, Scharf and of course...Haring. Those were distinctively & definitively the days.
In one of my favorite spaces in the world, The Morgan Library which still exudes the prestige of the scion, along Madison Avenue, is a sweet exhibit on novella, The Little Prince, by French cum American, pilot Antoine Saint-Exupery. Despite his sympathies, alongside Lindbergh for the Nazi party, his illustrations are sublime and the message uplifting to adults and children alike.
"One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
The Little Prince: A New York Story from The Morgan Library, NY
"CreatureCast is a collaborative blog produced by members of the Dunn Lab at Brown University, along with assorted friends. This project, which is focussed on zoology in the broad sense, serves as a forum to present original content that we have produced and observations by others that we find interesting and beautiful."
CreatureCast from CreatureCast, Dunn Lab, Brown University
DON'T BE DISGUSTING!
"The respective aims of Baldassare Castiglione’s “Courtier,” which recommends sprezzatura, the Renaissance equivalent of being cool, Della Casa’s message is: Don’t be disgusting."
New York Times, by Judith Martin from THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Hell is other people." Jean-Paul Sartre, (1905-1980) the French philosopher, and novelist, in uniform, ca. 1935-45
Bill Brandt wrote: "Photography is still a very new medium and everything is allowed and everything should be tried." William Meyers from the Wall Street Journal; Photograph of Frances Bacon
..."The FLANERIE Balzac termed the 'gastronomy of the eye' "...
London's Odd & Empty Corners, by
Guy Trebay from THE NEW YORK TIMES
VASILY KANDINSKY: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925
October 3, 2013 - February 10, 2014
An exhibition of masterworks that explores the development of Kandinsky’s art over a crucial period of time: from the Blaue Reiter period into the pure abstraction and total environments of his Bauhaus years. Connecting art, music, and theater, this gathering of loans from private and public collections traces the evolution of Kandinsky’s concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art. Key works by Kandinsky’s artistic peers, including Albert Bloch, Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee, August Macke, Franz Marc, László Moholy-Nagy, Gabriele Münter, and Marianne von Werefkin will also be on display.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
NEUE GALLERY: NEUE GALLERY
POP ART MYTHS
June 10, 2014 - September, 14, 2014
The permanent Collections of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum conclude with Pop Art, represented through important works by Rauschenberg, Wesselmann, Lichtenstein and Hockney. For the first time in Spain the exhibition Pop Art Myths will offer a new assessment of this artistic trend from a 21st-century perspective. The approximately 70 works in the exhibition will include examples of pioneering British Pop Art as well as classic American works and others representing the movement’s spread across Europe, brought together with the aim of identifying the shared sources of international Pop Art. The Museum, will present a revision of the myths that have traditionally defined this movement in order to demonstrate that the deceptive superficiality and banality of Pop Art’s legendary images in fact conceal an ironic and powerful code for perceiving reality, and one that has survived into the art of the present day.
MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA: MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA, Madrid
HENRI MATISSE: The Cut-Outs
April 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014
Matisse’s first cut-outs were made between 1943 and 1947 and were collected together in Jazz 1947, a book of 20 plates. Copies, published by Teriade and featuring a text hand-written by Matisse, is shown alongside the original cut-outs. Other major cut-outs in the exhibition include Tate’s The Snail 1953, its sister work Memory of Oceania 1953 and Large Composition with Masks 1953. A photograph of Matisse’s studio reveals that these works were initially conceived as a unified whole, and this is the first time these three large-scale works will have been together since they were made in Matisse’s studio. Matisse’s renewed interest in representing the figure is demonstrated by the display of a number of Matisse’s Blue Nudes including, the most significant of the group Blue Nude I 1952.
When ill health first prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors as his primary technique to make maquettes for a number of commissions, from books and stained glass window designs to tapestries and ceramics. In the cut-outs, outlines take on sculptural form and painted sheets of paper are infused with the luminosity of stained glass. Using colour, Matisse evokes the convulsive surface of water and the lushness of vegetation. The result reflected both a renewed commitment to form and colour and an inventiveness freshly directed to the status of the work of art.
The exhibition re-examines the cut-outs in terms of the methods and materials that Matisse used, and their double lives, first as contingent and mutable in the studio and ultimately as permanent works through mounting and framing. The exhibition highlights the tensions in the works between finish and process; fine art and decoration; contemplation and utility; and drawing and colour.
TATE: TATE, Liverpool
ITALIAN FUTURISM, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe - See more at:
February 21, 2014 - September 1, 2014
The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. To convey the myriad artistic languages employed by the Futurists as they evolved over a 35-year period, the exhibition integrates multiple disciplines in each section.
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM: GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
OUT OF HAND: Materializing the Postdigital
October 16, 2013 - July 6, 2014
Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital will explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. In today’s postdigital world, artists are using these means to achieve levels of expression never before possible – an explosive, unprecedented scope of artistic expression that extends from sculptural fantasy to functional beauty. Out of Hand will be the first major museum exhibition to examine this interdisciplinary trend through the pioneering works of more than 80 international artists, architects, and designers.
It will be the first museum show to consider the impact of these new, revolutionary methods of computer-assisted manufacture on fine art, design, and architecture, and will introduce the public to the imaginative expression that these emerging processes enable. Today’s digital fabrication methods such as 3D printing, CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) machining, and digital knitting unite divergent artistic approaches, offering new opportunities for individual artists, architects, and designers to integrate these skills as vital part of their personal creative processes, representing the fruits of a new movement.
Museum of Art and Design: MAD
ARTIST TEXTILES: Picasso to Warhol
January 31, 2014 – May 17, 2014
Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy was one of the first in his generation to successfully produce textile designs. A pioneer of what would become a phenomenally successful trend, his work inspired many other artists and textile companies in Britain, Southern Europe and America.
After the war the movement to create 'a masterpiece in every home' gained momentum with the involvement of a host of leading contemporary artists, such as John Piper, Salvador Dalí, Ben Nicholson and Steinberg. Eventually, these art textiles were turned into clothing, offering consumers the chance to buy themselves a Joan Miró dress or a Salvador Dalí tie.
By the 1960s, Picasso was allowing his pictures to be printed on almost any fabric, apart from upholstery. The sofa was a line he wouldn't cross, as the curators note: 'Picassos may be leaned against, not sat on'.
On display are around 200 textile designs, including recently discovered works by Dufy, Dali, Miró and Picasso. Together they provide a revealing insight into how ordinary people were able to engage with high modern art in an intimate and personal way.
THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM:
THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM, London
METROPOLITAN VANITIES: The History of the Dressing Table
December 17, 2013 - April 13, 2014
The exhibition will focus on the history of the dressing table, or vanity, exploring the antecedents presaging the modern vanity—beginning with ancient Egyptian decorative boxes used to hold cosmetic ephemera and Asian cosmetic carriers. The dressing table as we know it today originated in Europe in the late seventeenth century, specifically in England and France where high society patrons began commissioning luxurious specialized furniture from craftsmen and furniture makers. Few types of furniture have revealed more about changing social customs, leisure pursuits, and popular taste of the past several centuries than the dressing table.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
CLUB TO CATWALK: LONDON FASHION IN THE 1980S
July 10, 2013 - February 16, 2014
Discover the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s in a major exhibition at the V&A. Through more than 85 outfits, Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s showcases the bold and exciting new looks by the most experimental young designers of the decade, including Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano.
The exhibition traces the emerging theatricality in British fashion as the capital’s vibrant and eclectic club scene influenced a new generation of designers. Also celebrating iconic styles such as New Romantic and High Camp, and featuring outfits worn by Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery, the exhibition explores how the creative relationship between catwalk and club wear helped reinvent fashion, as reflected in magazines such as i-D and Blitz and venues including Heaven and Taboo.
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM: VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
ART TURNING LEFT: HOW VALUES CHANGED MAKING, 1789 - 2013
November 8, 2013 - February 2, 2014
Art Turning Left is the first exhibition to examine how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the French Revolution to the present day.
Left-wing political values such as collectivism, equality and the search for alternative economies have continuously influenced the making of art and visual culture, from the way in which William Morris organised his production line to the deliberate anonymity of the designers of the Atelier Populaire posters in Paris 1968. The direct involvement of visual artists in politics and the social and ethical values of left-wing politics can be traced to the French Revolution, when artists such as Jacques-Louis David granted permission for their artwork to be reproduced to support the Republican cause. Versions of David’s iconic image of The Death of Marat 1793–4, one of the most famous images of the Revolution will be an exhibition highlight.
Art Turning Left is a thematic exhibition, based on key concerns that span different historical periods and geographic locations. They range from equality in production and collective authorship to the question of how to merge art and life. The exhibition moves away from the political messages behind the works and claims about the ability of art to deliver political and social change, and instead focuses on the effect political values have had on the processes, aesthetics and display of artworks.
TATE: TATE, Liverpool
ART and APPETITE: AMERICAN PAINTING, CULTURE, and CUISINE
November 12, 2013 - January 27, 2014
Elegant arrangements of cookies or cakes, lavish and overflowing arrays of fruits, or the remnants of a gluttonous feast—depictions of food in art certainly convey a passion for culinary delights. Yet, still-life paintings of edibles also speak volumes about their cultural context. American artists have used food to both celebrate and critique their developing society; express ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, and commerce; and investigate American identity. This exhibition brings together over 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century, along with a selection of period cookbooks, menus, trade cards, and posters, to explore the art and culture of food and examine the many meanings and interpretations of eating in America.
ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO: ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO