Editor: Christopher George
Accumulation: Legacy and Memory will bring a selection of contemporary and modern art from Bahrain to London for the third edition of Bahrain Art Week in London. Showcasing and celebrating Bahrain’s rich history as one of the oldest contemporary cultures in the Middle East,Bahrain Art Week will provide a platform for Bahraini artists to expand their international influence through London’s dynamic art scene, prior to Art Bahrain Across Borders 2019 fair.
Accumulation brings together works by 11 Bahraini artists whose practices address subjective experience, memory, notions of progress and the inevitability of decay. The exhibition is a meditation on the historical legacies of Bahrain from traditional crafts, industry and pop cultureto modernism’s forms, including art and architecture. The encounters that unfold through videos, paintings and sculpture draw links between the concepts of legacy, memory and value.
The works reflect the aesthetics of change and progress within multiple modernities and histories of Bahraini society, the development and influence of the oil industry, the growth and decay of an urban centre and aspirations to progress. The artists in the show span a number of generations of Bahrainis who are witnesses to many histories and changing perspectives.
Many of these artists’ works address the movement of human civilization through rapid development. For example, the paintings of Balqees Fakhro, Faiqa Al Hassan and and Salman Al Najem explore new visual tendencies inspired by symbols and ancient civilizations whilst creating new portraits of society.
Co-curator and ArtBAB director Kaneka Subberwal comments: Following a very successful exhibition in Paris in September, Art Bahrain Across Borders continues to traverse the globe with its next stop in Singapore later this month. I am then thrilled to present this edition of Bahrain Art Week in London in November enabling more people to access and appreciate the artworks being produced in Bahrain. It is an honour to be able to offer these gifted creators exposure such as this and widen the dialogue for the arts in the Middle East.
Bahrain Art Week aims to strengthen creative links between the UK and Bahrain, promoting cross cultural dialogue. The exhibition serves to introduce art collectors and enthusiasts to thetalents and vision of Bahrain’s artists. It comes under the Art Bahrain Across Borders initiative which takes the art of the artists of Bahrain across borders around the world. StrengtheningBahrain’s position in the Gulf as a regional arts hub, ArtBAB aims to inspire entrepreneurship, art education and the development of local skills. The fair will take place from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th March 2019, under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Women.
Wednesday 21st – Wednesday 28th November 2018
Alon Zakaim Fine Art, 5-7 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4LD
Editor: Christopher George
A richly illustrated monograph account of Pablo Picasso’s complex relationship with Italy and Italian art.
Over 100 years ago Pablo Picasso journeyed to Italy for a few extraordinary weeks in Rome and Naples with Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky and the company of Sergei Djagilev’s Ballet Russes. This trip, so important to the development of Picasso’s art during the post-war years, is the focus of a new, fully illustrated catalogue now out from Skira Editore.
Pablo Picasso: Between Cubism and Classicism 1915-1925 examines Picasso’s production in the years after his experience in Italy and the influence of the iconographic and cultural world to which he’d been introduced. The book focuses on Picasso’s experimentation with different genres, from still-life and portraiture to his playful collages during the Great War and to sophisticated realism during his time with Djagilev. Featuring essays from eminent international Picasso scholars and over 100 works from museums and collections around the world, this richly illustrated monograph offers an examination of the relationships and influences between Italian culture and art and one of the 20th century’s most well- known and respected artists.
Along with documenter photography of Picasso and his friends, candidly capturing this young man during the early 20th Century, casting light on a lost world. We often have the visual image of Picasso as older man in his later life, while this new publication allows us visit and experience via the younger artist via personal photographs, sketches and painting.
By Sara Darling
Are you a twin? Do you know any twins? Do you like art house thrillers?
A confusing, thrilling and arousing movie, ‘Double Lover’ is a gripping, psychological sex romp starring identical twins (or are they?) It is French after all! So ambiguity, and lots of nudity is guaranteed. And for anyone who gets excited by threesomes, be prepared to writhe in your seat!
Opening with a beautiful, slightly neurotic and seemingly sexually inhibited young woman Chloe (Marine Vacth), who is baring all to her doctor, *quite literally. The tummy cramps she has been experiencing are dismissed by her GP as she is referred to a shrink to delve deeper into her delicate, mental state and unearth how her symptoms might be connected to her past At this stage, you might expect is to be a straightforward doctors and nurses fantasy scenario, however Chloe is deeper than the pretty puddle, that she appears.
On first meeting with her her psychoanalyst, the screen cackles with sexual tension. Intimate eye contact, heavy breathing and laden silences add to the chemistry- although the therapist Paul (played by Jérémie Renier) tries his best to remain professional. However the sessions expose vulnerabilities on both parties, and Paul finally admits he cannot see her in a professional capacity any more as he won’t be able to control himself.
It appears that the singletons do the right thing by casting aside the working relationship, and fall in love. Is this the start of Chloe’s recovery? It would be easy to get sucked in by the happy ending, although the movie has only just begun! However after a shogun romance, the smitten couple move in together, to the distaste of Chloe’s faithful cat who from the outset has a problem with Paul. Is this a warning sign? Probably, but when Chloe finds ID with another name, the beacon is definitely flashing a red alert on her beau.
With a bit of amateur detective work (perhaps as she has too much time on her hands since quitting her modelling career) she manages to track down another psychiatrist with a matching name.. Now the situation starts to get saucy. This new shrink is the spitting image of her lover (and is in actual fact his identical twin- played again by Jérémie Renier, with his hair combed differently).
Dr. Louis Delord is the brother Paul refuses to acknowledge, and of course Chloe is intrigued as he does not talk about his past…. Creating a fake identity for herself, she books in for an appointment, and begins a series of addictive therapy sessions with Louis (who thinks he can “cure” her of her sexual frigidity by partaking in actual aggressive sex). Knowing that Chloe is actually her brother’s lover and she is getting what she needs from him, adds to his thrill and the tension of the meetings. The complete opposite to his brother Paul, sexually liberated Louis uses practical methods to unblock his patient, and Chloe unleashes a pleasure she has not experienced before.
However, Chloe is in a dilemma. Trying to fight off her basic instinct to remain faithful to her live-in-lover, she can’t succumb the temptation of ‘therapy’ with the brother- where she confronts her most deeply buried secrets and desires.
With both men claiming a part in her life, she can’t refuse either sex, and when the home loving Paul straddles her for a missionary wham bam, a second version of Paul (or is it Louis?) comes into the bedroom to watch the proceedings... and the real Paul beckons the other him over to join in; Starting with a kiss, the foreplay soon turns more aggressive, which seems to please them both. With Chloe watching, both males start to caress her, kissing, sucking, licking with two mouths for double the pleasure. Cue arty French movie klaxon- as Chloé’s wanton pleasure causes her body to split from the breasts to form a second head of her own, in order to get satisfaction from both lovers.
This dreamy, erotic scene does noting to clarify which lover Chloe should be with, as she wantonly continues a relationship with both, however it has released some of her inhibitions as she livens up intercourse with Paul by pleasuring him from behind with a dildo in front of a mirror.
Unsurprising, with unprotected intercourse, Chloe discovers she is pregnant but how can she be sure who the father is? The finger points at no-one, but flashbacks to the past indicate that this situation has happened before with the two brothers, but which one is she to believe?
A tense reunion of the lovers, where we don’t know who is real or fake is confusing, and along with the screen of mirrors, the resulting gunshot is as expected as it is unexpected. One twin is eliminated; But is the right one or the wrong one? Do we have a favourite? Are we supposed to? There is no time to digest these questions, as Chloe is rushed off to hospital. Presumably to give birth or have a miscarriage.
On waking her absent mother is waiting, with boyfriend Paul. In a resolution (of sorts) it turns out the stomach cramps that had been plaguing her turned out to be a cyst brought on by her sapping up her own twin’s placenta whilst in her mother’s womb; So for her first twenty five years she had been carrying round a sibling’s embryo- which suggests her fascination with twins.
No happy endings, but a compulsive and more-ish film nonetheless.
In cinemas on June 1st
This meticulous reprint of Richard Avedon and James Baldwin’s Nothing Personal explores the complexities and contradictions still at the center of the American experience – especially timely in the age of Donald Trump. Deploying both image and text, Avedon and Baldwin examine the formation of identity, and the bonds that both underlie and undermine human connection.
In 1963-64, former high school friends Richard Avedon, at the time one of the world’s most famous photographers, and James Baldwin, best-selling novelist and essayist and a leading literary voice in the American civil rights movement, collaborated on Nothing Personal, a book about the state of life in America.
Avedon’s subjects range from civil rights icons, to intellectuals, politicians, pop singers, patients in a mental institution, and ordinary Americans, all carefully juxtaposed, cropped, and tightly sequenced. Here, the American Nazi Party contends with poet Allen Ginsberg, and a weary General Eisenhower gives way to the sway of Malcolm X. Depleted mental institution patients call out for human warmth, and are followed by the embrace of mother and child.
Baldwin’s four-part essay offers a critique of a society that is disconnected, unjust and divisive, and therefore in the midst of an existential crisis. In a highly personal and pertinent testimony, he writes about his own experience of harassment by a racist police officer in his native New York City. Yet Baldwin, like Avedon, ends his work with the inescapable need for – and power of – love.
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Review: Christopher George
The world is a wonderfully beautiful, bazar and some times creepy place. Not more so than through the eyes and mind of an artist’s imagination.
From film to music and literature, to painting that depict the inner most haunting thought of an artist, to the photographic works beyond the realms of what we actual see in the world that we pass through.
Mothmeister: ‘Weird And Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tails’ a new book by the artist duo open’s up a channel of vision and thought into their world, and into the natural landscapes and environment that are both beautiful and haunting in it’s isolation.
‘Weird And Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tails’ compiles a host of creative talents, from costume designers to make-up artist who have collaborated with the duo team Mothmeister to bring a bazar and perfectly produced body of work into a coffee table book.
Using locations from around the world to photograph these surreal creatures roaming through them, it’s a challenge to figure out how such a publication was art directed with such continuity.
Just like in the Victorian era, when deceased loved ones were photographed as a memento for grieving relatives, MOTHMEISTER immortalizes animals in an unusual and wonderful fairy-tale world.
This new book, MOTHMEISTER: Weird and Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tales (Lannoo Publishers) also uncovers what is behind the mask; the artist duo's intriguing adventures in the world's most abandoned places to their untamed passion for taxidermy, masks, as well as intriguing on-the-road images.
The portraits in the book were mostly inspired by childhood dreams and nightmares with their passion for taxidermy, and the fascination with masks.
Weird And Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tails’ is a tribute to theses deceased, stuffed animals.
An enchanting book that will leave an impressions on you for years!
Weird and Wonderful Post-Mortem Fairy Tales
Publisher: Lannoo Publishers
Illustrations: 240 color, 30 b&w Hardcover
Review: Christopher George
Radiant - magical - sensual - tactile and evocative.
These new works from artist Zhuang Hong Yi bring together a modern view of the impressionist, with the skills of a Chinese craftsman and the emotions of the Western masters.
The opening event was the begining of this 2 part gallery show that starts at the St James’s gallery SW1, then will move to the new home of HOFA gallery on Maddox St.
A personal relationship in the presence of the works is essential to appreciate the three-dimensional nature and colours. The ability of the works to seemingly breath, watch and listen to the viewer, while the change in colour and appearance is remarkable as you move across it’s structure.
Originally from China but now based in Holland, Zhuang Hong Yi spoke with 55factory:
“I had a feeling when I was making these works that I wanted people to touch them. I usually use a brush to produce my works, but now I use my hands to make them. There is a dialogue from nature and from my emotions.
I spend different parts of the day on these; morning, afternoon, evening, and the light dose change. This was a very important point for me to relay in the finished pieces.
For me I chose the idea of the flowerer, which is a traditional Chinese symbol that has been used for over 2000 years. The rose lotus being that symbolic flowerer in China, but I am using the tulip, which is a Western symbol”
The exhibition is showing on 2 locations.
19th to 25th March in their St James’s gallery,
26th March until the 8th April 58 Maddox Street
Review: Christopher George
With the season for spoiling people, or even just spoiling yourself, 55 are on the look out for those perfect gifts or treat with some added credibility.
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Bringing existing and new collectors the latest trends, guidance, and early access to acclaimed urban and contemporary artists for many years, Moniker Art Fair has predicted the death of ‘traditional’urban art. In this vein, the Fair has just announced the first wave of innovating artists
Marking a milestone in the rise of urban art’s popularity and long-term impact on modern culture, urban art is now being recognised as museum quality. This is reflected in the recent announcement of the Fair’s first official partnership with Urban Nation Museum and Director Yasha Young. This collaboration provides an even wider platform for the artists trying to bring about change with their exhibitions on the 2018 theme: ‘Uncensored’.
As the world’s largest urban art fair, Moniker Art Fair has long been at the vanguard of the latest developments in urban and contemporary art. This year’s line-up reflects the new developments in urban art which sees an increasing fusion with fine art.
The fair will continue to expand its film and talk programmes – this year in collaboration with NUART Festival – as well as community collaborative events and exclusive music performances that have been warmly received over the past two editions.
Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th October 2018
Thursday, VIP and Press Preview 3pm-5pm; Collectors Preview 5pm-10pm
Saturday, 11am - 9pm
Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Tickets are available from https://www.monikerartfair.com/tickets
(Collectors Preview £15/Day Pass £10/Multi Day Pass £20/Concessions £8)
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Artists and Exhibitors
Under The Radar Gallery (London, UK)
Jewel Goodby Contemporary (London, UK)
Thinkspace Projects (Los Angeles CA, USA) - Solo show by Kaili Smith Jealous Gallery (London, UK)
Landmark Street Art (Carlisle, UK)
BSMT SPACE (London, UK)
1963 Gallery (London, UK)
Egle Zvirblyte (London, UK)
Curious Duke Gallery
The Art Hound Gallery (Cambridge, UK) - Solo show by Lauren Baker Well Hung Gallery (London, UK)
Graffik Gallery (London, UK)
Spoke Art Gallery (NYC and SF, USA) - Solo show by Erik Jones
The Moleskine Project presented by Spoke Art
The Secret Art Prize
Fοusion Gallery (Barcelona, Spain)
Fanakapan (London, UK)
Vinyl on Vinyl
Artist Open Studios: VESOD (Italy) Vermibus (Spain)
Bom.K (France) Axel Void (Miami) Dont Fret (Chicago) Skewville (USA) Louis Masai (UK)
Uncensored Installation Hall Co-Curated by Urban Nation Museum
Lek & Sowat (France) Herakut (Germany) FaithXLVII (South Africa) Ann J Lewis (USA)
Li’Hill ( Canada )
David Mesguich (France) Dan Rawlings (UK)
Review by Jas Bhachu
I had the pleasure of chatting with the HARU stuck-on-design team during London Design Festival.
HARU stuck-on design is an exciting new concept from Japan, making it so easy to bring colour to interiors - and to create great art and design. It's an adhesive tape that sticks to all kinds of surfaces, to furniture, to walls and floors - even to skateboards. And its special technology means it can easily be peeled off without a trace.
HARU stuck-on design was developed by Nitto, a company established in Japan in 1918, with a long history in specialist electrical insulation materials and adhesive tape-related products. For 100 years they have created solutions and materials for all kinds of scientific, medical, industrial and automotive environments. Now they're using their technological skills to create their own range of products, designed to be truly life enhancing, rooted in innovation and creativity.
Already a Red Dot Design Award winner, it's as ideal for sophisticated architectural projects as it is for inspirational interior designers, as exciting for parents as it is for graffiti artists. Using HARU stuck-on design, you'll be exploring the best of your creative talents.
HARU stuck-on design comes in a host of different combinations. There are 8 colour families, different patterns (some traditional, some graphic, some transparent), different kinds of materials (some tougher for floor use), and 4 different widths.
To find out more and to keep in touch with HARU stuck-on design, follow @harustuckondesign on Instagram.
Article: Christopher George
Henry Miller Fine Art presents the first-ever UK retrospective of Michael Leonard’s work, including drawings and paintings from the 1960’s to the 2000's. Spanning five decades, this is Leonard's first London exhibition in 15 years and will features rarely seen examples of his commercial work alongside portraits, nudes and still lifes.
In the show will be some of Leonard’s most iconic works including “Changing” (1981) and “Passage of Arms” (1979) from the “scaffolders series” as well as his Thatcher cover for The Sunday Times Magazine (1980) and several still lives and line drawings, showcasing the range and versatility of one of Britain’s most talented artists.
Henry Miller Fine Art