Posts Tagged ‘Go see’
WhatOne Aldwych launches third season of Martini Movies.
When8th February 2013 – 23 March 2013.
WhereOne Aldwych,London. One Aldwych hotel, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BZ.
RundownContemporary luxury hotel One Aldwych launches a third season of the Martini Movies film and dinner experience. The luxury package includes a great film shown in the hotel’s private screening room (where guests are treated to a Martini and popcorn) and a three course dinner featuring the best of seasonal British produce. The Martini Movie dinner menu by executive chef Dominic Teague is served in the hotel’s Axis Restaurant (on Friday and Saturdays, with the exception of select Sundays when the dinner is served in the Indigo Restaurant). Part of the special Friday and Saturday evening package, the film lineup includes new releases like Anna Karenina, The Dark Knight and old beloved classics such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s. The Martini Movie film and three course dinner package is £42.50 per adult excluding service charge. For more on the films, dates and to book visit here.
WhatValentino: Master of Couture.
When29th November 2012 – 3 March 2013.
WhereEmbankment Galleries, South Wing, Somerset House, Victoria Embankment. London WC2R 1LA.
RundownThis is an extensive major retrospective on the work of couturier and high fashion designer Valentino Garavani. Better known as Valentino, his work (the couture is all painstakingly all hand stitched) known for beauty and elegance spun five decades and was synonymous with the style of icons such as Jackie Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Princess Marie-Chantal and Grace Kelly. Modern day celebrities who have worn his work include Julia Roberts (she famously wore a vintage Valentino creation in 2001 to accept her Oscar for Erin Brokovich) and Gwyneth Paltrow. Celebrating both his life and inimitable work, in the form of installation, the attendant gets to walk a sixty meter catwalk from which one hundred and sixty couture designs can be viewed (most for the very first time) on the sidelines. You not only get to discover the breath of his work (there is also a special commissioned group of films that transport you into the process of the craft of couture at the Valentino atelier) but Valentino the man is revealed as well. For tickets and further information visit here.
WhatJohan Van Mullem: Movements of the Soul.
When2nd November 2012 – 24 November 2012.
WhereAndipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2JL.
RundownVan Mullem who originally trained as architect is having his first solo exhibition in London. Entitled Movements of the Soul, Van Mullem depicts human faces in a rousing ephemeral manner. The Belgian figurative painter purposes to explore emotion, vision and perception over actual focus on resemblance. His background and experience informs his work. His nomadic childhood in Congo and across Europe (Van Mullen was born in Congo to a diplomat father) has affected his use of light but also has contributed to the introspective nature of his work. Further information on the exhibition here.
WhatEverything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s.
When13 September 2012 – 13 January 2013.
WhereBarbican Art Gallery.
RundownThis exhibition takes its viewer into the social and political realities of the world during the sixties and seventies through the lens of twelve key photographers. The exhibition gives historical photographic insight into key movements and issues of that time. From images of apartheid by David Goldblatt, studio shots documenting the times by Malian Malick Sidibé, photos during the Vietnam war by the late Larry Burrows, telling images capturing the Civil Rights Movement by Bruce Davidson, Northern Ireland and so on. This 20th Century photographic exhibition is a look at what was going on in the world then, an essential social documentation and reflection. Further information and ticket prices here.
WhatAcross The Pond as sponsored by Hunter.
When3rd May to 31st May 2012. 10:00 -18:00 daily.
WhereExposure Gallery, 22 – 23 Little Portland Street, W1W 8BU.
RundownAlistair Guy is known as much for his spreads in VOGUE, Dazed & Confused and ELLE etc as he is for his style (he is an ambassador for both Casio and Hunter), portraits of style influencers, presence at fashion week and personality. For his new exhibition called ‘Across The Pond’ as sponsored by Hunter. Guy shoots style enablers both here in London and across the pond in New York. The set of portraits includes the likes of Nicole Phelps of Style.com as pictured above and David Bowies long-term wardrobe stylist Jimmy King. The exhibition opens with an invite only, private view evening on Wednesday 2nd May, 2012. Further information here. and read Alistair’s blog here.
What‘Family Matters’ by Jane McAdam Freud.
When24th April 2012 till 25th May 2012.
WhereGazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, London, W1.
RundownJane McAdam Freud the daughter of the late famed portrait painter Lucian Freud and great-granddaughter of the famous Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis headlines her first solo exhibition. Entitled ‘Family Matters’, it is an exploration of family relations through a comprehensive selection of work as the artist continues to grapple with what her family name represents. Her work which is underpinned with drawing tends to focus on sculpture (in his later years, Lucian Freud worked side by side with his daughter who taught him some sculpture techniques) that delves into theories founded by her great-grandfather and the subconscious. ‘Family Matters’ is a continuation of the theme of her ‘Lucian Freud, My Father’ at the Freud Museum. The artist has become notable for her choice of the materials and the connotations each bears for her. Her use clay is continual and mirrors (both seen in the ‘Earthstone Triptych, 2011′installation in above image) and for McAdam Freud the former connotes the cycle of life and death while the latter allows experiment with shadows and reflections. In the case of the above pictured installation, it allows the viewer to see the two sided central sculpture of her father. With one side showing his eyes open and the opposite side depicting in repose and significantly more aged. Jane McAdam Freud’s ‘Family Matters’ is open from 24th April 2012 till 25th May 2012 at Gazelli Art House. Further information here.
KUSAMA: Princess of Polka Dots documentary trailer. Video directed by Heather Lenz and produced by Heather Lenz and Karen Johnson via Kusamadocumentary.com
When9 February – 5 June 2012
WhereTate Modern. Bankside, SE1 9TG, London.
RundownJapanese artist Yayoi Kusama has become renowned over the last seven decades for work that crosses the genres of abstract expressionism, surrealism, Pop Art and minimalism. Awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale Laureate for lifetime achievement in painting in 2006, She has become synonymous with her use of spots, exploration of infinity, fear and perception. Seeking to create and depict the hallucinations she has suffered (Kusama who is now in her nineties has voluntarily lived in a psychiatric hospital since 1977), her work spanning sculpture, painting, video art, live installation, drawing etc has examined obsessive compulsion through repeated motifs (spots, eyes, phalli, abstract organic like structures and forms). In the sixties Kusama (who moved to New York at 27) was one of the few women associated with the Pop Art movement, exhibiting with the likes of Andy Warhol. London’s Tate Modern is currently holding a retrospective exhibition. The large exhibition as supported by Louis Vuitton, spans nine decades of Kusama’s life starting right from her sketches as a child, her early work in Japan, her notable Self Obliteration project and art while in New York right through to her recent work. Her output over her career and life is phenomenal in volume, It is varied in style and medium over the decades but always distinctly Kusama.
Exorcising the Fear.
11th January – 3rd March 2012.
Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.
The Gallery Pangolin presents Exorcising the Fear. The exhibition examines post second world war sculpture in Britain and the artists that were instrumental in its revival.
It includes work from the 1950′s and 1960′s by Lynn Chadwick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Kenneth Armitage, Reg Butler, Geoffrey Clarke, Robert Adams, Bernard Meadows and William Turnbull.
The title of the exhibition Exorcising the Fear, takes its name from the XXVI Venice Biennale of 1952 which saw the sculptors gain international acclaim.
More on the exhibition here.
Daisy de Villeneuve Design For Juicy Couture At Selfridges London.
Wednesday 15th December, 2011. 4pm-8pm.
Juicy Couture, Selfridges London.
Illustrator, writer and designer Daisy de Villeneuve has become known for her felt tip illustrations. They have featured in her books, exhibitions and collaborations with the likes of Victoria & Albert Museum, Nike, Topshop, Transport for London etc.
Her latest collaboration is will Juicy Couture. It will see de Villeneuve draw, colour and sign one of three designs for any customers who make a purchase from Juicy Couture in Selfridges on Thursday 15 December, between 4pm -8pm.
Visit her site here.