Last weekend I had the privilege to see an amazing collection of Jeff Koons’ work at the Newport Street Gallery in South East London. I’ve only been able to see a few of his works, but never a collection close to this size and variety. Even from his early career as an artist in the 70s, he began challenge the assumptions of art. Heavily inspired by Duchamp’s readymades, Koons’ own experimentation with readymades began with his obsession with inflatables, which became one of his most well known themes. His large inflatable balloon series experiments with durable materials such as steel, so shiny you can see yourself in the reflection. These sculptures are truly monumental. In addition, Popeye his inflatable pool toy series are designed to fool the eye. The pieces are cast in aluminum and painted, but look like vinyl. You could only imagine how heavy they are (well definitely heavier than the vinyl versions). The exhibit also features his infamous photographic series Made in Heaven with him and his then wife Ilona Staller as Everyman and Everywoman, and a monsterous pile of play-doh cast in aluminium simply held up by its own weight. The show is definitely one to see and it’s free! It closes on the 10th so make your way there this weekend.
I promise I will keep updating this blog with all the new and fun things this city has to offer.
This weekend Jeff Koons exhibition, next week Frieze Art Fair!
Scorpion Dagger is hands down the funniest tumblr page I’ve come across in a long time. I’ve never cackled so hard; it’s so dumb, it’s brilliant. James Kerr, the founder of this page creates digital collages from Northern and Early Renaissance paintings.
Here are some of my favourites:
The holiday season is among us and I already know what I’m getting myself for a cheeky gift. For the past three hours now I’ve been debating which of these prints to purchase for myself. I’ve never been so indecisive before…and I’m not ashamed of it. I’m excited to start my art collection with a signed photograph (or two) from Magnum Photos for just $100!
Just for 3 days online (today until November 14th), museum quality archival prints unseen from the public and selected and signed by Magnum photographers are on sale on their website.
So far my two favourites are:
Magnum Photos began just after World War II founded by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour. The cooperative is an agency and archive owned by its elite and world-renowned members who tell stories combining photographic art and photojournalism showing us the world through their eyes. Today with offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, Magnum photos maintains photographer authorship, protects copyright, and helps us shape the way we remember the world.
What I would do to be in a room with this group of photographers…
Amy Poehler can literally do no wrong. Channelling her inner Edith Head in the newest Old Navy advertisement, she parodies the stereotypical exclusive and ridiculous art world we all know so well.
“This piece was made on a ship, and then shipped in a plane, and then driven in a car…it’s so stupid it’s hard to understand, it could be interesting.” It doesn’t even matter what she’s talking about because she could be talking about anything…in this case, jeans.
This past few week have been quite hectic for me as I’ve started a new job. But just a quick update; as of last week I am a volunteer at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at the Harbourfront AND the administration intern at Stephen Bulger Gallery. I am OVER the moon! Thanks for everyone’s support so far. I have lots of new things in the works as well so I will keep you updated!
The Met Ball is arguably the biggest red carpet fashion event of the year. Even if you have no idea what the Met Ball actually is, you definitely have noticed what everyone was wearing and by now you’ve probably seen about a thousand pictures of the best and worst dressed. This year the Met Ball pays tribute to Charles James, an American designer honoured in the Met’s new exhibition. Refinery 29 enlisted Katie Rodgers, a fashion illustrator to draw her favourite moments of the evening.
These 10 minute watercolour and rhinestone gestural paintings perfectly capture the whimsical romantic theme of this year’s Met Ball.
Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin and dream of ever wearing those gowns.