Olafur Eliasson - the master of refracted light and colour. He is a Danish-Icelandic installation artist who works with light, water and air temperature. His biography on his website describes his work as being:
"...driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world".
I just read a Harper's Bazaar article that chronicles 24 hours with the legendary Valentino. It's quite a fascinating read - now that he has semi-retired from his eponymous fashion house, he is quite the man of leisure. I also found out that he has a virtual historic museum filled with his designer gowns. I think I remember seeing him working on this museum in the highly entertaining documentary called Valentino: the Last Emperor that came out a few years ago. I think the highlight of the documentary was seeing him in transit accompanied by his entourage of pugs which the above photo illustrates perfectly!
Madame Grès, the Parisian haute couture fashion house founded by Germaine Emilie Krebs (see photographs 2,3,4,and 5 above)alas no longer exists having officially closed its doors in 1987. However, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a fine collection of her gowns that look remarkably contemporary despite them being 50, 60, 70 years old. You can read a very nice histoire de Alix Grès here at Vogue, and here I give you some key points to remember when discussing Madame Grès at your next soirée:
1)pleats, created by hand then sewn together
2)lots of folds and drapes, bias cut, away from the body
3)Greco-roman influence, togas, capes, wraps, Asian and Eastern
Sculptor, mobile maker and painter (amongst other things), Alexander Calder would have to be one of my very favourite artists of the 20th century. He is the master of composition and form. This is my mini-homage to this great man and his work.
P.S. If you click on the image, it will take you through to where it came from.
Happy Wednesday dear readers. What do you think of this amazing installation by artist Sergio Clavijo? He created it for the 2003 Istanbul Biennial.See and read more about his work here at his website--> Sergio Clavijo.
I have recently discovered the art of British born Tim Etchells. His work spans many different media including neon, fiction and performance. In his CV/biography he says:
My work is diverse, moving from a base in performance into visual art and fiction. Working across these different media and contexts seems to open up new possibilities and allows me to approach related ideas again by different routes, hoping to get closer to or maybe further away from the thematics and experiences that interest me - searching for a new perspective.
I haven't explored all his work as yet, but I am very taken with his neon pieces. His website describes them as 'miniature narratives'.
Apparently it is the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. To celebrate, the London Transport Museum is having an exhibition of posters designed for what was/is the world's first underground railway. The posters span the period from 1908 to the present day. I thought they were very stylish!
I found out today that Salvador Dali had a pet ocelot from Columbia called Babou. He used to take Babou everywhere. He took Babou with him when he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, had him stay with him at hotels and even took him to restaurants. Crazy stuff considering ocelots, also known as dwarf leopards, are fiercly territorial and will fight to the death to protect their turf.
It's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this month. Diamond Jubilee! What a terrific anniversary that is. I hope to have a Diamond Jubilee something someday just so I can say "Diamond Jubilee" non-stop for a few months. In celebration of this great sounding anniversary, The National Portrait Gallery in London is holding an exhibition of...ahem...portraits that have been commissioned for her over the years. Behold a selection of a few of these...Which is your favourite?