Saturday, August 1, 2015

Francis Bacon exhibition to be presented at Tate Liverpool in 2016

Tate Liverpool has announced a Francis Bacon exhibition in 2016. The Albert Dock gallery will present Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms from May 18 to September 18 next year and that makes me really happy.

The show, the latest in a series of major summer exhibitions staged at Tate Liverpool, will concentrate on the way the iconic artist set his subjects inside a ‘ghost-like’ frame.

It will include around 35 large-scale paintings and works on paper which feature the barely-visible cubic technique which Bacon used from the 1930s onwards.

Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty at the V&A and the Women's Spring/Summer 2001 | Runway Show

I finally went to the V&A yesterday evening to visit the Alexander McQueen Tribute exhibition, Savage Beauty, and I'm still recovering from it. It was a real shock. A good one! 

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it." Alexander McQueen.

Everything's been said about this exhibition but the most revealing to me is the creativity, the darkness, the perfection of the couture, the tailoring, the inspiration, the romanticism, the beauty in the ugly that formed the art of Lee McQueen. He wasn't a fashion designer, he was an artist, one that can only be formed and shaped in the UK.  McQueen incorporated the full spectrum of media in his shows to enhance the presentation of the clothes: from contemporary dance (Michael Clark), music (Björk, anyone?) to performance art (Michelle Olley) and the V&A's staging truly reflects and understands this impressive artistic blend. It is a very emotional exhibition.

McQueen was a romantic, a rebel and a true rock'n'roller. I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2007 and I'll remember this meeting forever. The V&A remains open for 24 hours until the closing of the show tomorrow so don't miss it.

Douglas Gordon and Tobias Rehberger spice Ibiza up

Study for “Sébastien Lifshitz, Presque Rien, 2000, (2015)

Douglas Gordon (whom I had the pleasure to meet and work with), and Tobas Rehberger are some of my favourite artists. Why? Because they're true rebel, real punks... They're currently presenting “After the After”, an exhibition on view until October 4th at the Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa (MACE), in Ibiza that deals with sexual desire, decadence and melancholy, once the party is over.

“Tobias did the tile piece and I thought it was interesting that it was very homosexual, so I wanted to do something equally homosexual in response,” said Gordon to the Guardian. "Gordon stares at his film, as the faceless hands in the footage grab the neck of their partner in an urgent, lust-filled embrace. “I think it’s beautiful,” he says after a minute." He continued.

Porn to be wild … 0002. neiR euqserP, ztihsfiL neitsabéS, 2015, by Douglas Gordon, which is being publicly projected in Ibiza. Image: © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ at the Saatchi Gallery

This autumn, Chanel will return to the Saatchi Gallery for a new exhibition: Mademoiselle Privé.  It will follow The Little Black Jacket exhibition in 2012 and Sam Taylor Johnson’s Second Floor: The Private Apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel in 2014.

The exhibition will focus on the Haute Couture element of the renowned brand and the iconic Chanel No5 fragrance, as well as display re-editions of the High Jewellery Bijoux de Diamants collection created in 1932 – the only fine jewellery to be designed by Chanel herself. 

The exhibition will run from 13 October – 1 November 2015. 

Van Gogh

Exactly 125 years ago today, Vincent van Gogh died in his brother Theo’s arms in Auberge Ravoux. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saint Laurent to return to Couture

In March 2012, Hedi Slimane returned to fashion to lead the artistic direction of Yves Saint Laurent. He renamed the brand shortly after to Saint Laurent, modernising all aspects of the house, from the design of the clothes, to the architecture of the shops, the size of the bags and the logo. 

This week, it was announced that Saint Laurent is set to return to the Paris Couture calendar in more than ten years – the last couture collection under Mr Yves Saint Laurent himself was presented in 2002. The new pieces – for both men and women - will be produced at the label's new atelier. The space, created inside a 17th-century mansion, Hôtel de Sénecterre, will house three separate departments: the Salon Couture,  the Atelier Flou, and the Atelier Tailleur. Hedi Slimane has supervised the design of this space, from the art collection, to the furniture and garden.

"Hedi began to recompose the traditional couture ateliers of the house in 2012. The ateliers are now at the centre of the Saint Laurent project by Hedi Slimane. The ateliers also produce commissioned hand-made pieces for movie stars and musicians. Hedi determines which of these pieces will carry the atelier's hand-sewn couture label 'Yves Saint Laurent'. These couture pieces may be women or men, a tuxedo or an evening dress, daywear or eveningwear. The 'Yves Saint Laurent' private atelier label is made of ivory silk satin and is numbered by piece. The atelier keeps a strict record of all the couture pieces in a gold monogram book."

Does this mean that Hedi is leaving L.A to permanently settle in Paris? 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy birthday Mick Jagger

NOT VITAL presents 700 snowballs at Galerie Andrea Caratsch

Not Vital
700 Snowballs, 2001
Murano glass
Each snowball circa ⌀ 18 cm
Courtesy: Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zürich/St. Moritz
Photograph: Daniel Martinek Fotografie, Bever

20 July - 12 September 2015
Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland

This is stunning! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Because it's July!

I love this video of Kylie, shot at the Olympic Pool of Monjuic, Barcelona and directed by Baillie Walsh and choreographed by Michael Rooney. I was recently there myself to enjoy the fantastic Spanish sun! I never had the chance to experiment it when I lived there...

Huang Po-chih, 500 Lemon Trees

Huang Po-chih, 500 Lemon Trees, 2015. Courtesy of CFCCA

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) of Manchester opens its gallery to environmentally and socially concerned artists in its latest exhibition, Micro Micro Revolution curated by Lu Pei-yi.
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