The London based Heatherwick Studio epitomises the spirit of invention of a new wave of British designers. Featuring drawings, models, films and test pieces generated by speculative and built projects from the past 20 years, the exhibition is a window into the studio who have become renowned for projects such as the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010. It offers unique insights into the ideas and experiments that go into realising projects that span architecture and engineering, as well as furniture, sculpture and product design. Curated by Kate Goodwin, Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, and designed by Heatherwick Studio, the exhibition captures the studio’s spirit of discovery, demonstrating their imaginative and entrepreneurial approach to design.
Date: 11 March – 12 April 2015
Venue: Atrium, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Time: 9 am – 9 pm Daily
Organisers: The British Council in collaboration with the GREAT Britain Campaign.
Supported By: DesignSingapore Council
The exhibition is part of the GREAT British Week and is a partner event of the Singapore Design Week.
Frieze London 2016 features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries, which present art from over 1,000 of today’s leading artists. Here are some highlights from the Preview.
Frieze London 2016, Regent’s Park, London (UK). October 5, 2016.
The most recent instalment of Lost Paradise’s playful series The Smart Talk, sees two inquisitive gallery goers provide a beginners guide to the works of British-Indian sculptor, Anish Kapoor. Read more on NOWNESS – bit.ly/1W1J6ze
Can’t get enough? Annotated transcript:
Narrated by Owen Wilson
Featuring Ed Begley Jr., Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Irving Blum, Larry Gagosian, Jim Ganzer, Joe Goode, Kim Gordon, and Ed Moses
Produced by Ways & Means
Executive Producers Lana Kim, Jett Steiger
Producer Rachel Nederveld
Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
MOCA Chief Communication Officier Sarah Lloyd Stifler
MOCA Communications Manager Eva Seta
Editor & Motion Graphics Matthew Miller
Director of Photography Roman Koval
Researcher Lauren Skillen
Sound Mixer Jacques Pienaar
Colorist Bossi Baker
Sound Mixer Brent Kiser, Unbridled Sound
A short documentary about the Black Mountain College, a highly influential school founded in North Carolina, USA, in 1933 where teaching was experimental and committed to an interdisciplinary approach.
Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Uneasy Dancer”, a comprehensive survey of work by Betye Saar (Los Angeles, 1926). This exhibition, hosted at the Nord Gallery, opens to the public from 15 September 2016 through 8 January 2017. Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, “Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer” is the first exhibition of the American artist in Italy, and brings together over 80 works including installations, assemblages, collages and sculptures produced between 1966 and 2016.
“Uneasy Dancer” is an expression Betye Saar has used to define both herself and her artistic practice. In her own words, “my work moves in a creative spiral with the concepts of passage, crossroads, death and rebirth, along with the underlying elements of race and gender.” This process implies “a stream of consciousness” that explores the ritualized mysticism present in recovering personal stories and iconographies from everyday objects and images. Several key elements lie at the center of her artistic practice: an interest in the metaphysical, the representation of feminine memory, and African-American identity which, in her work, takes on takes on evocative and unusual forms. As Saar has said about her work, “It was really about evolution rather than revolution, about evolving the consciousness in another way and seeing black people as human beings instead of the caricatures or the derogatory images.”
Video: Andrea Cavallari
In a previous video, we attended the opening night of the Public sector of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015. This video shows how the outdoor sculptures and site-specific installations look by day. As a reminder, the 2015 edition of Public is titled “Metaforms”. Metaforms presents works by the artists Olaf Breuning, James Capper, Tony Cragg, Melvin Edwards, Sam Falls, Sylvie Fleury, Katharina Grosse, Matt Johnson, Jacob Kassay, Kris Martin, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Athena Papadopoulos, Ishmael Randall-Weeks, Sterling Ruby, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Tony Tasset, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Francisco Ugarte, Timm Ulrichs, Marianne Vitale, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Hank Willis Thomas, Robert Wilson, Yan Xing, and Yiao Yu.
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015: Public Sector by Day. Miami Beach, Florida (USA), December 3, 2015.
Joe Vilardi talks about the process of moving Richard Serra’s 40-foot figure eight sculpture “Sequence” from Stanford to SFMOMA in February 2015.
The sculpture will be unveiled as the 214-ton greeter for the new Howard Street Gallery in the expanded museum which opens in 2016.
Recreating a figure from a Chinese painting in the gongbi style. Gongbi paintings are characterised by meticulous brushwork and highly coloured palettes.
Chinese ink is made in a solid form, and needs to be ground and mixed with water. A full-size line drawing, known in Chinese as huago, is made on paper with a brush and ink. The outline of the figure is carefully drawn.
A piece of silk is selected for its weave and texture. Raw silk is non-absorbent, so it needs to be treated in a process called sizing. A solution of glue and alum is used to make the ink pigments stick to the silk. The ratio of glue and alum must be carefully balanced. Too much alum makes the surface difficult to paint, but too little means that pigments will not adhere properly. The solution is spread with a flat brush. The silk is stretched over a board or stretcher with paste. When the treated silk has dried, it is ready for painting.
The silk is placed over the drawing and the lines are carefully traced with ink. The artist can change the weight of the line by varying the pressure. Because silk is thin, colour needs to be built up through a process called tuose. An even layer of paint is applied to the back of the work. White pigment is usually used. Darker pigment is used for the dark areas.
After the paint on the back has dried, the front is ready to be painted. First a base layer is painted. Colour pigments are prepared one by one. The painter carefully fills in the smaller areas. Two brushes are used to create colour washes. Layers of light wash are applied over painted areas until the artist gets the right tone. The process of building up colour and creating the right tone is painstaking and can take a long time. Fine details such as facial features and clothing patterns can now be added. The figure’s outline is accentuated with black ink or colour for the final time.
Agnes Martin’s restrained yet evocative paintings came from her belief that spiritual inspiration rather than intellect created great work. In this film, which includes rare archive footage of the artist in her studio in New Mexico, her art dealer and confidant Arne Glimcher remembers Martin’s philosophical ideas about her work and her rigorous process in developing her paintings.
Tate curator Frances Morris also reveals the mathematical precision behind Martin’s abstract masterpieces, and the intense experimentation which led to her signature grids.
Still Life: Ron Mueck at Work – Short Edition, de Gautier Deblonde, 2013.
Un film inédit de Gautier Deblonde réalisé avec le soutien de la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain et présenté en exclusivité dans l’exposition Ron Mueck.
Vivant à Londres, Ron Mueck a exposé dans les musées du monde entier, au Japon, en Australie, en Nouvelle Zélande et au Mexique. Son exposition à la Fondation Cartier est un événement d’autant plus exceptionnel que les opportunités de voir ses œuvres sont extrêmement rares. Travaillant lentement dans son atelier londonien, il fait du temps un élément privilégié de sa création. Ses figures humaines, réalistes à l’excès, mais qui jouent sur des changements d’échelle surprenants, demeurent aussi éloignées du naturalisme académique que du pop art ou de l’hyperréalisme.
Based in London, Ron Mueck has had highly acclaimed exhibitions around the world from Japan to Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, but shows of his new work in Europe have not been frequent occurrences. Mueck works slowly in his small North London studio, making time itself an important element in his creative process. His human figures are meticulously detailed, with surprising changes of scale that place them as far from academic realism as they are from pop art or hyperrealism.
With the success of Pixar came an avalanche of computer-generated animation but not all animators are following the hi-tech pack. Monocle Films travels to the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and southern England in search of storytellers who think outside the computer box.
To discover more about Monocle magazine head to monocle.com
The exhibition Constantin Brancusi and Richard Serra at Fondation Beyeler brings together the oeuvres of two of the most important sculptors of the 20th Century. About 40 exemplary pieces of Constantin Brancusi meet with important works by Richard Serra such as Strike, Olson, and Fernando Pessoa. More info: vernissage.tv/blog/2011/05/22/constantin-brancusi-and-richard-serra-at-fondation-beyeler/
I tried to see every piece of art in London in one day.
Many thanks to Hungry Man, 101, Art Fund, all of the museums/galleries and everyone else who made this possible.
National Art Pass – artfund.org/national-art-pass
The German artist Andreas Gursky is regarded as one of the leading contemporary photographers. He is renowned for his large scale, digitally manipulated photographic images. In 2007, the Kunstmuseum Basel staged an exhibition with 25 works by Andreas Gursky, including the F1 Pit Stop and Pyongyang series.
Exposition Daido Moriyama, Daido Tokyo
6 février › 5 juin 2016
La Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain consacre une exposition à Daido Moriyama, figure incontournable de la photographie japonaise. Né en 1938 à Ikeda, Daido Moriyama invente dès le milieu des années 1960 un langage visuel nouveau, frénétique et tourmenté, privilégiant le flou, le grain et la déformation du réel. Après avoir consacré en 2004 une importante exposition personnelle à Daido Moriyama, présentant son œuvre en noir et blanc, la Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain dévoile un aspect moins connu de son travail. Composée exclusivement de photographies couleur, cette nouvelle exposition a pour sujet les quartiers underground de la capitale nippone si familiers au photographe. On y retrouvera la noirceur et les motifs qui traversent l’œuvre de l’artiste et traduisent son goût des cadrages chancelants et des textures.
Commissaire : Alexis Fabry
Bulgarian Christo is known for making large environmental works made to enhance the magic of natural landscapes. Here, Italian director duo Roberto de Paolis and Carlo Lavagna capture his latest work – 100.000 square meters of floating walkways in Northern Italy. Read more on NOWNESS – bit.ly/2984WPZ
クリストが2016年に実現した作品「Walking on Water – The Floating Piers」について、フィールドとなったイタリアのイセオ湖で語っている動画。
A Time-Laps film by Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope is a special installation for a limited time, September 1 through 26, where Kusama has created an “infinity room” experience with the Glass House itself covered with polka dots. Visitors who attend the exhibition during this period will be offered the unique experience to simultaneously see the world through the eyes of both Philip Johnson and Yayoi Kusama. The Glass House’s window walls and doors allow the artist to create a one-of-a-kind signature “infinity room.” The polka dots directly engage the architecture of the Glass House, complementing its structure and aesthetics, breathing new life into the house. For Kusama, the polka dot represents an individual, its own universe. Similarly, Philip Johnson created his own private universe at the Glass House, sculpting every aspect of landscape experience into his own universe.
フィリップ・ジョンソン設計の「ガラスの家」で行われた草間彌生のインスタレーション「Dots Obsession – Alive, Seeking for Eternal Hope」の様子を記録したタイムラプス動画。
The V&A’s collection of Japanese art and design is one of the largest in Britain. Curators of the V&A’s Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art select some of the highlights from the renowned collections including a samurai sword and a kimono which celebrates air travel.
For more information visit: vam.ac.uk/japan