23 May – 26 August 2019
23 May – 26 August 2019
I went to check out the Van Gogh in Britain exhibition at Tate Britain, London.
It is quite a large exhibition with more than 50 works by Van Gogh but the exhibition includes quite a lot of works of artists who has influenced Van Gogh during his stay in England and who he in turn influenced.
It is interesting to see some of the influences and comparison to better understand his works and his life but there aren’t as many of his major works as I had imagined there to be.
Van Gogh and Britain is at Tate Britain, London, until 11 August
I recently attended an Art exhibition by talented British artist Ben Henriques at Jonathan Cooper gallery in London and had a conversation with the artist. It is always interesting to meet and to discuss works with other artists. For that I am grateful. I have yet to learn so much about the art world and every opportunity I get is important to my personal growth as an artist.
Exhibition date: 19 APRIL – 5 MAY 2018
The exhibition, which includes over thirty works, will be the artist’s first solo show since 2014, and his first devoted purely to still life since 2012.
Robustly painted yet meditative in tone, Henriques’ paintings find beauty in the everyday objects that populate and document our lives. Under the painter’s eye root vegetables freshly harvested from the garden, soil still clinging to their roots, become a painterly symphony of colour and form, their outlines blurring into abstraction.
Elsewhere the artist’s tools, his oil paints and brushes, become the focus of his gaze, in a reflective work depicting the very materials with which its surface is constructed. Edges soften, forms dissolve, and colours sing. Non-narrative in tone, Henriques’ paintings nevertheless seek to express emotion, whether moments of stillness and calm, or an awareness of the passage of time and the fleeting nature of beauty.
Painted over the course of three years, this subtle yet confident body of work marks an important turning point in the artist’s development and style.
Address : Jonathan Cooper Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ
Murakami X Abloh mash up at Gagosian Gallery London. A must see art exhibition for the fashion forward.
Ends April 7 2018
Murakami & Abloh
February 21 – April 7, 2018
We want to see the newest things. That is because we want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art.
Working together in Murakami’s Tokyo studio, Murakami and Abloh have produced a unique series of works in which their styles and trademarks intersect in a stream of free-wheeling, punkish mash-ups. The two artists, kindred spirits from opposite axes of a broader cultural zone, reflect incisively on the signs of the times in which we live.
In his protean oeuvre that has captured the imagination of an entire generation, Murakami draws from sources as diverse as traditional Japanese painting, otaku subculture, Western art theory, Hollywood, and hip-hop. His expansive art production spills over into fashion, film, and commercial commodities, exploding the divisions of high art and pop culture.
Trained as an architect and engineer, Abloh works across fashion, architecture, performance, and consumer products, often deconstructing the creative process in public to challenge and analyze existing aesthetic systems and their distribution. The street-couture label Off-White, which he founded in 2013, combines traditional tailoring with more subversive references, dispensing with common conventions of fashion.
The duo’s ironic and insouciant artistic gestures are designed to disrupt the divisions and tiers of stratified cultural production. The sculpture Life itself (2018) is a kind of architectural carapace designed by Abloh to house one of Murakami’s brightly sinister flower sculptures. In another instance, Glance past the future (2018), they transform Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 1623 self-portrait by superimposing Murakami’s character Mr. DOB to affect a graphic blur of pink and black, like a desecrated street poster leaving behind traces of an art-historical lineage.
Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. Recent exhibitions include “© MURAKAMI,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007; traveled to Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao through 2009); “Takashi Murakami Versailles,” Château de Versailles, France (2010); “Murakami-Ego,” Qatar Museum Authority, Doha (2012); “Arhat Cycle,” Palazzo Reale, Milan (2014); “Murakami: The 500 Arhats,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2015); “Murakami by Murakami,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2017); “Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and “Takashi Murakami. Under the Radiation Falls,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); and “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2017; traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery in 2018; and opens at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX in 2018). He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami’s art and related work, Kaikai Kiki functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of emerging artists.
Virgil Abloh was born in 1980 in Rockford, Illinois. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he completed a Master´s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Abloh’s experience has spanned varying platforms over the past two decades. In the year 2016, Virgil Abloh curated an exhibition with the works (“free cubes”, “material table”, and “trivision sign”), from his furniture collection for Design Miami at Art Basel. 2013 marked the inception of a Milan-based clothing line entitled Off-White, for which he was awarded the British Fashion Council’s Urban Luxe award, in 2017. In 2019, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, will hold a retrospective of his work, curated by Michael Darling.
20 Jan 2018 – 22 Apr 2018
Halcyon Gallery presents Chihuly NOW, the latest solo gallery exhibition by American artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly NOW, which explores the artist’s current art-making process, is on view 20 January through 22 April.
Chihuly NOW reveals the continuing evolution of a master artist known for over 50 years of innovative experiments with light, space and form. The body of work curated for the gallery exhibition demonstrates the artist’s desire to push boundaries when developing new work.
“Chihuly NOW celebrates Chihuly’s tenacious creativity and shows how essential experimentation is to his art-making process,” said Paul Green, President at Halcyon Gallery. “This show is the manifestation of how Chihuly continues to stretch the limits of his chosen media, and we are thrilled to share this immersive experience with art enthusiasts.”
Chihuly creates unexpected experiences in unlikely places, and he is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations in historic cities, museums and gardens around the world. He strives to create visceral experiences that ignite the imagination of atypical art audiences and utilizes a variety of media including glass, paint, charcoal, graphite, neon, ice, and Polyvitro, to fulfil his vision.
The selection of works featured in the gallery exhibition are comprised mainly of new works by Chihuly—many of which demonstrate new techniques and applications used by the artist. Highlights include Rotolo, heavy coils of glass wrapped around a core vessel which the artist premiered in 2013; a study of Chihuly’s penchant for asymmetry demonstrated through dramatic compositions of Persians; the artist’s celebrated Baskets; and Light Drawings, two-dimensional paintings on acrylic which showcase the artist’s expressive hand and his interest in the transmission of light through transparent media. ~ Halcyon Gallery
Happiness is when I am surrounded by beautiful works of art. London is definitely the centre of the art world.
I’m so lucky to have caught this exhibition. Timing is everything. The Sotheby’s contemporary art auction today is going to be epic! The day auction is open to the public but the evening auction is only for registered bidders.
What a rare and special opportunity to see all these great works in the same room. Anyone have any spare change? 💰💷💷💷
Basquiat, Banksy, Kusama, Warhol, Calder, Gilbert & George, Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, jeff Koons, yayoi kusama, Keith Haring, Hume, Valdes, Hockney, Lucien Freud, Murakami, Ai Wei Wei, Richter, Doig, Hodgkin to name a few…
Going to my happy place.
Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of the London double decker bus. ❤️
Be ready to catch when someone throws you a lifeline.
Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a lifebuoy from London waterways.