Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cannes Film Festival Unveils Official Poster

It's that time of the year when the Cannes Film Festival poster is revealed! Federico Fellini’s 8½, which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963, is this year's inspiration for the 67th Festival de Cannes official poster. It features an enigmatic Marcello Mastroianni and the result is stunning! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Heidi Bucher at the Swiss Institute, New York

The Swiss Institute is presents the first exhibition by Swiss artist Heidi Bucher (1926-1993) at an American institution in more than 40 years. The exhibition features a unique selection of Bucher’s most significant works, along with screenings of audiovisual documentation and never before seen archival materials.

Michael Staniak “Image DNA” at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

Irving Penn at the Palazzo Grassi

The Palazzo Grassi in Venice presents “Irving Penn, Resonance”, the first major exhibition dedicated to the American photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009) in Italy. Curated by Pierre Apraxine and Matthieu Humery, it brings together 130 photographs, taken between the end of the 1940s and the mid-1980s. 

 Part of these photographs comes from. Kuniko Nomura’s collection, which was assembled in the 1980s with the help of Irving Penn himself. He indeed put together photographs that could sum up his work in a complete and coherent way.

Until 31 December 2014.

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign

Adam Searle, Cole Mohr and Nick Offord front the Spring/Summer 2014 campaign of Marc Jacobs lensed by Juergen Teller.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Three Spanish cultural institutions join forces to present "El Greco's Library" exhibition

This April, the Museo del Prado, the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Fundación El Greco 2014 are presenting the exhibition El Greco’s Library. This exhibition aims to reconstruct the theoretical and literary roots of El Greco’s art through 39 books, four of which belonged to him, that have been identified from two inventories compiled by the artist’s son Jorge Manuel between 1614 and 1621.

Notable among them is a copy of Vitruvius’s treaty on architecture (from the BNE), and another of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the most excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. Both were copiously annotated by El Greco with comments that reveal his ideas on architecture and above all on painting. Also on display is a copy of Xenophon’s Works and one of Appian’s Civil Wars, both of which were represented in his library, and one of Sebastiano Serlio’s architectural treatise with annotations that have on occasions been attributed to the artist. The exhibition is completed by three manuscripts, nine prints that probably inspired compositions by El Greco, and five paintings which reveal the relationship between his pictorial output and the books in his library. In addition to reconstructing part of the artist’s library, the exhibition also encourages a reflection on the traditional interpretations of El Greco and his work, based on the books that he owned and on his annotations to his copies of Vitruvius’s treatise and Vasari’s Lives.

El Greco’s Library includes 39 books of which he is known to have owned copies from the entries in the two inventories, selected on the basis of the editions that he is most likely to have possessed. Also on display are three manuscripts; the original inventories of 1614 and 1621; a letter from the artist to Cardinal Alessandro Farnese; nine prints, most of them by Cornelis Cort and Dürer, which were key reference points for the painter; and five paintings, including Boy blowing on an Ember and The Annunciation, which reveal the relationships between the artist’s pictorial creations and his books. In total, the exhibition includes 56 works that introduce visitors to what El Greco read and wrote, his knowledge and thinking, with the aim of understanding the ideas on the art of painting that underpinned his creative activities. 

Bailey's Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Under The Skin, Scarlett Johnasson

Jonathan Glazer’s new film Under The Skin is a masterpiece!

Graham Fagen selected to represent Scotland and Sarah Lucas to represent UK at the 56th Venice Biennale

While Sarah Lucas has been named the representing artist of the UK pavilion, The Scotland + Venice partnership announced that Graham Fagen has been selected to represent Scotland at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, running from 9 May to 22 November 2015. Well done them! 

Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective exhibition opens at the Grand Palais and Rodin Museum in Paris


The exhibition, that opened today to the public, presents over 250 works making it one of the largest retrospective ever held in a museum. It covers Mapplethorpe’s entire career as a photographer, from the Polaroids of the early 1970s to the portraits from the late 1980s, touching on his sculptural nudes and still lifes, and SM shots. 

The focus on his two muses Patti Smith, whom I had the chance to meet at Alison Jacques gallery in London a few years ago for the gallery's special Mapplethorpe exhibition, and Lisa Lyon explores the theme of women and femininity and reveals a less known aspect of the photographer’s work. 

In parallel with this, the musée Rodin presents another Mapplethorpe-Rodin exhibition, from 8 April to 21 September 2014.

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