Wednesday, 30 March 2016

El Anatsui: New Work


Last visited the October Gallery exactly a year ago, to see - a show by El Anatsui! How quickly a year has flown! This is a show of new works however, and contains more of his signature 'cloths' constructed from thousands of discarded bottle-tops. They are like chain-mail or armour, just wonderfully sculptural, and reflect the light beautifully. I love the way their construction makes them warp and buckle when hung on the wall. A great show.















El Anatsui: New Works
until 2nd April
October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street
London
www.octobergallery.co.uk
 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Avedon/Warhol



With the weather perking up a little (for Good Friday at least!), and the first shoots of spring beginning to make an appearance, I took a day out to see what's going on at some of the galleries around town. There are some really good shows on at the moment in London - we really are spoilt for choice, and first stop was this show comparing two titans of the 20th century art world at the cavernous Gagosian in King's Cross. There are some great portraits on display that chart the development of both artist and photographer, as well as capturing the glamour and celebrity culture of a different age.

















Avedon/Warhol
until 23rd April
Gagosian Gallery
6-24 Brittania Street
London
www.gagosian.com

Friday, 25 March 2016

Harry Winston Premier Precious Butterfly Watches


I think these Harry Winston butterfly-inspired watches from their Premier Precious Butterfly Collection are pretty amazing. 


The watches have a butterfly wing dial, and the dials are made from the actual iridescent powder found on real butterfly wings. The designers at Harry Winston have used a technique to harvest the iridescent pigments and use it in the designs to give an eerily real representation of a butterfly wing. Apparently the technique took three years to perfect, and just as in nature, no two of the limited edition watches are the same. Fifty seven diamonds decorate the 2.47 bezel case, and the watch-straps are 18 carat white gold and satin.









Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Solomon Grey


More moths! Three posts ago I reported on Aurora Aksnes's album cover which depicted her as a moth. Moths seem to be having a moment. Here are two more really good examples of moth-inspired imagery on new record covers by music duo Solomon Grey.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Friday, 18 March 2016

Tibor Reich


Visited the Tibor Reich exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, recently. I really enjoyed the mid-century imagery on display created by Reich who is credited with being one of the designers responsible for modernising textiles in this country. Reich was of Hungarian origin, and trained in Vienna before moving to Britain in the 1930s and setting up his own successful design company - Tibor Ltd whose designs introduced a much needed shot of colour to a grey, post-war Britain. Some lovely examples of the colours, graphic styling and ceramics below.









Complementing the Tibor Reich exhibition beautifully is Wallpaper, a show featuring highlights from the Whitworth's collection of mid-century wallpapers which includes designs by Lucienne Day among others. Some of my favourites were snapped below. The display runs until September.







I found this short film of Reich explaining his inspiration and design process on YouTube. Enjoy!

Tibor Reich
until August 2016
Whitworth Art Gallery
Oxford Road
Manchester
www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk