Tag Archives: Art

From Her Wooden Sleep … Ydessa Hendele at ICA

On show now until mid May at the Institute for Contemporary Art, From her wooden sleep … is a major new work by German-born Canadian artist/curator Ydessa Hendeles. Described by the artist herself as a “cultural composition,” the exhibition marks the first time Hendeles’ art has been shown in London. Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith and comprised of more than 150 wooden antique manikins from the artist’s own collection arranged alongside an assortment of historic objects, the exhibition casts a distinctive mood and presents the chance to browse the thoughtfully paused moment of an intriguingly situated tableau vivant. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London, Museums | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition: Scarcity-Waste at Somerset House

Syngenta Photography Award winners have been announced and their works are now on show in an exhibition at Somerset House centred round the themes of scarcity and waste. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kimonoé Kyoto at Atomica Gallery

New to the Atomica Gallery Soho from March 9th, Kimonoé seeks to weave together the threads of ceremonial Japanese fashion with modern utility to find a place for a new breed of kimono in fast-paced, multi-cultural London. In artist Tomo Shinya’s debut show, contemporary luxury and traditional elegance are the bywords. Maddie Salters shares her experience from a recent Kimonoé presentation at the gallery. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Fashion, London, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interview with Chris Osburn (Artsper)

Contemporary art site, Artsper, got in touch recently to see if I was up for an interview? Gab about art, photography, London and my humble self? Sure! Continue reading

Posted in Art, Artsper, interview, London, Photography | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album on Now at Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album, a new exhibition opening today at Courtauld Gallery, presents the first time a whole Goya album in its original sequence has been reconstructed. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London, Museums | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sponsored Video: Institute of Sexology … Chris, Should We Talk?

So here’s something funny. Invited to publish this promotional video on my blog to help raise awareness of the Wellcome Collection’s The Institute of Sexology exhibition, I was sitting in bed viewing it when something came up and I had to step away from my laptop, pausing the clip at about 50 seconds into it. Then Kemey came to bed, inadvertently giving my screen a glance. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Freebies, London, Museums, Video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Whitworth Reopens: It’s a Happy Valentine’s Day for Manchester’s Art Lovers

Following a £15 million development that doubled its size and created new spaces for celebrating art and “embracing the park it calls home,” The Whitworth in Manchester will reopen its doors to the public on February the 14th. After checking out the gallery’s new digs and all the ace art on view there earlier this week at a press preview, I reckon Mancunian art lovers should prepare for a very happy Valentine’s weekend! Continue reading

Posted in Art, England, Museums, Travel, Valentine's Day | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fem Graff Group Show at Lollipop Gallery

Fem Graff at Commercial Street’s Lollipop Gallery, has one mission: to bring the best of London’s female street artists indoors for a transformative experience. The collection of work sits right on the cutting edge, with stimulating, colourful imagery that contests traditional ideas of art and pushes boundaries, all the while bringing the best of East London’s graffiti culture indoors. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Design, Graffiti, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mark Jenkins | Moment of Impact | Lazarides Rathbone

Moment of Impact at Lazarides Rathbone is (to the best of my knowledge) the first solo show in London by DC-based artist Mark Jenkins in a quite a few years. Although his trademark life-sized sculptures and three-dimensional canvases actually lose a bit of their impact in a gallery setting as opposed to on the street for the unsuspecting public to encounter, the show is nonetheless a winner and well worth checking out. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Graffiti, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Victorian Obsession: The Perez Simon Collection at Leighton House Museum

Recently opened with a run of more than four months, A Victorian Obsession: The Perez Simon Collection at Leighton House Museum brings rarely seen masterpieces of Victorian art belonging to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Perez Simon – the largest Victorian private art collection outside Britain – to the lavish home of one of the late Victorian era’s most celebrated artists. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London, Museums | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrate Claude Monet’s Birthday (OneTravel)

Claude Monet was born November 14, 1840 in Paris and died December 5, 1926 about 75 kilometres from Paris in his home at Giverny, Normandy. During his prolific career as an artist, he painted hundreds of works of art with a passion to capture his impressions of the French countryside and beyond. With works by the beloved artist and founder of French Impressionism on view across the globe (literally there are numerous “Monets” in museums and galleries on every continent except Antarctica) what better way to celebrate the painters 174th birthday than enjoying the many gifts he left to art lovers? Continue reading

Posted in Art, France, New York, OneTravel, Paris, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London #TowerPoppies

I dropped by the Tower of London late this afternoon to check out the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation comprised of hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies “planted” to mark the centenary of World War One. There are only a few days left to view the installation by ceramicist Paul Cummins of Derbyshire at the Tower. After Remembrance Day (Wednesday 11 November), all 888,246 poppies will be picked by volunteers and sent to poppy purchasers. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Frieze Art Fair 2014 Highlights

Planning a visit to Frieze this weekend? Here’s some pieces I reckon you should be on the lookout for. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Big Exhibitions in London Now (OneTravel)

This week sees the annual Frieze Art Fair descend upon London. With it comes a scope of art related activities and satellite events across town with some of London’s best known galleries taking advantage of this time of heightened buzz … Continue reading

Posted in Art, London, OneTravel, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Athens, Greece: Street Art City (OneTravel)

Athens, Greece is probably best known for its ancient sites like the Acropolis and for being a starting point for any number of island hopping excursions. But there’s another more current and vibrant reason to pay this age old city … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Graffiti, Greece, OneTravel, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin: Priority Innfield at Zabludowicz Collection

The evening after I checked out the preview of Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin’s Priority Innfield – a series of sculptural theatres where four interconnected films “that touch upon our changing relationship to the camera and its influence on conceptions of history, evolution and selfhood” are continually screened – I tried to explain the experience of watching the films and negotiating the fabricated space between them to my girlfriend. Despite my enthusiastic attempt, I’m pretty sure I failed. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London, Movies, Video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yoshitomo Nara at Dairy Art Centre

Yoshitomo Nara: Greeting from a Place in My Heart at Dairy Art Centre in Bloomsbury presents a great opportunity to get a good long look at art that’s as adorable as it is dastardly: like cooing over a cute cuddly kitten tearing apart a toy mouse or jotting down a nightmare on a pastel notepad. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yayoi Kusama | Pumpkins at Victoria Miro

Victoria Miro gallery has opened a new Pumpkins exhibition of works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Comprising of two elements – a new body of paintings and large scale mosaic pumpkins which will be on show only until 4 October plus major new series of bronze sculptures will be on display in the gallery’s outdoor water garden until 20 December. I got a gander of it all last night at the private view – and wow! If you can take the time simply to mill about Kusama’s bold and pleasing sculptures and to have a close up peek at meticulous efforts of her paintings and mosaics, you will be glad to have done so. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did Madrid: Too Hot? Not!

We were in town for the Fiestas de la Paloma (part of Kemey’s planning – I can take no credit). As one of Europe’s biggest street parties, lots of people reckon it’s the most important festival in Madrid, if not the whole of Spain. We had a blast wriggling our wee hours way through the neighbourhood of La Latin – nexus of the celebrations – and being part of the festivities. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Did Madrid, Food, Hotels, Museums, Restaurants, Spain, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

2014 Folkestone Triennial: A Gold Rush of Great Art by the Sea

The 2014 Folkestone Triennial is on for a third edition, this year with a “Lookout” theme to its many ambitious arts set within the quaint town and on its scenic stretch of coastline along the English Channel. I thoroughly enjoyed my artsy meander round Folkestone and reckon it offers an ideal day out for Londoners (or anybody) seeking a day out with intriguing sights and a fresh sea breeze. Continue reading

Posted in Art, England, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Aberlour and the World’s First Outdoor Whisky Art Gallery (OneTravel)

Back in May, single malt whisky makers Aberlour launched the world’s first outdoor whisky art gallery. A few weeks ago, I got the chance to check the exhibition when I paid a visit to the distillery. Set on an idyllic stretch of babbling brook winding its way to Aberlour’s historic distillery, the exhibition aims to capture “the individual elements that together result in one of Scotland’s most famous exports.” And I reckon it certainly succeeds in doing so. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Drink, Food, OneTravel, Photography, Scotland, Shopping, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sickboy: Make It Last Forever at The Outsiders London, Greek Street

Maybe it had just been awhile since I had enjoyed the pleasure of viewing much work by street artist Sickboy, but his latest offering, Make It Last Forever on view now at The Outsiders London in Soho, seemed to pop with vibrancy while providing plenty of personal symbolism to ponder. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Graffiti, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dorothea Tanning: Web of Dreams, Alison Jacques Gallery

American artist Dorothea Tanning, who died in 2012 at the age of 101, was a prodigious master of figurative art. Web of Dreams on show at Alison Jacques Gallery on Berners Street in Fitzrovia shares her raw talent and often playful approach in a delightfully presented exhibition presented in close collaboration with The Dorothea Tanning Foundation. Continue reading

Posted in Art, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 Exceptional Museums in Basel (OneTravel)

For a city of only about 200,000 people, Basel boasts more museums than cities with more than ten times its population. From the Anatomical Museum of the University of Basel (which was founded by Professor Carl Jung – yes, the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Design, Museums, OneTravel, Switzerland, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

See Basel: A City Artfully Designed to Please

Keen to take a city break that’s chock full of eye candy treats by some of the world’s greatest modern architects, designers, and artists? Go to Basel. I was blown away by all the fascinating stuff I got to behold during my few days there. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Basel City Break, Design, Germany, Graffiti, Museums, Shopping, Switzerland, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Discovering Athens … #blogtrottersgr

Whether on its own as a cheer and cheerful city break or as a pivotal component to an extended Greek vacation, Athens is wonderful place to discover and one that I’ll be raving about for awhile. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Blogs, Design, Drink, Graffiti, Greece, Luxury, Shopping, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Ai Weiwei at Lisson Gallery

Just opened at Lisson Gallery is its third solo exhibition of works by Ai Weiwei. Featuring a “monumental new installation of bicycles” alongside a number of “hand-carved, domestic-scale copies” of highly personal objects, the show offers some of the best contemporary art I’ve seen in quite awhile and was a real inspiration for me to view during last week’s private view. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Freebies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The First Georgians Exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (CheapOair)

To mark the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian era, a new exhibition – The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 – explores royal patronage and taste during in the reigns of George I and George II as … Continue reading

Posted in Art, CheapOair, London, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Photos Commemorate 70th Anniversary of D-Day at War Museum in England (CheapOair)

As part of its commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England is running D-Day -The Last of the Liberators, a collection of photographic portraits featuring some of the last surviving British Normandy veterans. … Continue reading

Posted in Art, CheapOair, England, Museums, Photography, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Every Angel has a Dark Side: Julian Schnabel at the Dairy Art Centre

Every Angel has a Dark Side, Julian Schnabel’s first major solo exhibition of paintings in the UK for nearly 15 years, opened today at the Dairy Art Centre in Bloomsbury. The show’s on for a couple of months and if you get a chance to swing by, I reckon you shouldn’t pass it up. I certainly considered the press preview I attended Thursday morning to be the first of hopefully a few more visits at least to see this excellent and brass-necked exhibition. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Celebrities, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Portugal Please: Coimbra

Capital of Portugal during the Middle Ages with a historic UNESCO World Heritage Site university established in 1290 (making it the fifth oldest in the world), Coimbra is a city steeped in age old tradition yet imbued with a youthful spirit. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Drink, Food, Graffiti, Hotels, Luxury, Portugal, Portugal Please, Restaurants, Shopping, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ai Weiwei at Lisson Gallery, London (OneTravel)

Just announced are the details of an upcoming exhibition by firebrand artist, Ai Weiwei, at London’s renowned Lisson Gallery. The show will be the Chinese conceptual artist’s third solo exhibition with Lisson Gallery, and for the show he has created … Continue reading

Posted in Art, London, OneTravel, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Portugal Please: Charming and Cheeky Aveiro

Know as the “Venice of Portugal,” Aveiro is an attractive little coastal canal-crossed town in the Centro region of Portugal. I spent a couple of days in this part of the country, marvelling at how awesome the region was yet how largely undiscovered by tourists it seemed to be. Pretty, walkable and full of lovely shops, bars and restaurants, Aveiro was a particularly fine place for my introduction to the area. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Design, Drink, Food, Hotels, Portugal, Portugal Please, Restaurants, Shopping, Travel, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Amsterdam’s Best Museums (OneTravel)

From the exquisite art of the famed Dutch Masters to a humble home made famous by the diary of a brave little girl whose family had been forced into hiding, Amsterdam’s museums are among the best that Europe has to … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Netherlands, OneTravel, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time for Art at the Folkestone Triennial 2014 (CheapOair)

The seaside town of Folkestone is located about 70 miles from Central London on the southeastern coast of Kent. High speed trains run regularly to/from London St Pancras International with a journey time that’s just under an hour. Every three … Continue reading

Posted in Art, CheapOair, England, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment