Arts ~ Festival of Life and Infinity Nets.

The famed Japanese avant-garde sculptor and painter, Yayoi Kusama is coming back around again to debut new infinity rooms next month in New York.

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The show will open on 02 November and take place at three separate David Zwirner locations: downtown, Chelsea and the Upper East Side. There will be two new Infinity Mirror Rooms and of course the artist’s signature polka dots. Expect lots of colourful  lights downtown, cool stainless steel orbs in Chelsea and a lovely painting series uptown. Get ready to queue up and enjoy the art and Instagram mania.

Festival of Life and Infinity Nets are on view at David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street and 34 East 69th Street, November 2–December 16, 2017.

Arts ~ Robert Rauschenberg.

American artist, Robert Rauschenberg was a remarkable visionary painter and graphic illustrator conveying new levels of modern art.

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Robert Rauschenberg, Almanac, 1962.

Powerful paintings and pop art presented feature numerous bits of items found on the streets in New York. Imagine that. Things found in one city then displayed in another to portray this captivating journey. There is so much imagery and colour to amuse viewers and help them find inspiration and love in art at the Tate Modern. The building itself is also a truly magical place, could stay forever. I love London art galleries  ❤

Arts ~ 村上 隆

Contemporary Tokyo-born artist, Takashi Murakami unveiled a new exhibition, “Learning the Magic of Painting” this week in Paris.

The mixed media works feature pop art blended with Japanese culture from A to Z: anime, Buddha, cartoon characters and dragons to traditional Zen. The bright and cute items span three spaces with colourful psychedelic themes.

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The first floor pays homage to the British painter, Francis Bacon with a series of sensational sculptures. Then there’s a room filled with textured tiles of the artist’s signature skulls. The other space shows over 15 painted handbags accompanied by paintings. For viewers, this will be art on a different level.

Explore the exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin which is on display until 23 December.

 

 

Arts ~ Banksy Identity

Yesterday multiple major media outlets published articles about their investigation into the identity of the English based graffiti artist, Banksy.

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Image from banksy.co.uk

The political driven activist uses a specific stencil technique to create his satirical street art that often provokes discussion and has garnered him an international reputation.

A report from The Independent suggested that Robert “3D” Del Naja, the founding member of the English trip hop group, Massive Attack may be the elusive artist. This conclusion was drawn from reviewing the band’s tour dates and new works of art appearing in the same select cities.

As much as some people may want to know. The fact that the artist is unknown makes his work even more special. Instead of trying to reveal his identity, it may be best if the public admired and kept the mystery going or at least that’s my opinion. I guess in life not everyone can keep a secret or rather is willing to…

 

Arts ~ Met Breuer

Dedicated to modern and contemporary art, the Met Breuer opened this week to Members only on the Upper East Side in New York.

The beautiful landmark building designed by architect, Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue and 75th Street welcomed art lovers to view almost 200 works from the 15th century to present day.

My favourite exhibition, Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible commenced on the third floor in the Renaissance period. Self portraits by a renowned Dutch painter aligned the museum walls. At one point, I remember looking up and seeing this quote: “A work is complete if in its master’s intentions have been realized,” said Rembrandt van Rijn. His Baroque etchings were masterful as always bringing back memories of visits to Amsterdam and Leiden.

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My favourite pieces at Met Breuer. Photo: Niya Sinckler.

Continuing to take three steps and pause, I wondered what makes a piece finished? It was then I took a left into a small room with countryside paintings and prints by Joseph Mallord William Turner moving into English romanticism. Traveling east for artist, Eugène Delacroix, l landed in French romanticism. Soon, nature ran its course in landscape paintings from French Impressionist, Claude Monet leading to short flashbacks of Musée d’Orsay and Le Petit Palais.

On the 4th floor, we entered the world distinct painters. Starting with classic style of Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso. Of course, pop art pieces from Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol were there. Then media, colourful wrapped sweets in the corner and dirt significantly positioned made the transition into modern periods.

Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti‘s existentialism sparked attention as a group of ladies discussed their perspectives. German visual artist, Gerhard Richter was highlighted for his production of abstract art with hints of photorealism. By the last room, I had a seat and admired the series of vibrant green paintings by American artist, Cy Twombly.

In all, it was a lovely spring day to get out and explore. Surely the exhibition left you wondering why is it necessary to finish art if certain strokes or themes can change a concept. Stay tuned until the Met Breuer opens to the public on Friday 18 March 2016.

Music ~ Grimes!

Canadian recording artist, Grimes is exploding from the underground music scene.

At 24, singer-songwriter, Claire Boucher channels her spirit into music using guitar, keyboards and synthesizers along with loop and layering techniques.

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Going strong for almost four years now, the eclectic style of her music can be described with experimental and electronic vibes. There’s a melodic flow of dream pop with a strong tempo to fill those empty days which I love.

Debuting in 2010 with the album, Geidi Primes. Grimes rose to fame and progressed quickly in the music industry. Currently signed to RocNation, Grimes is gaining more admirers each day. Her Facebook page has over half a million fans. Following that, Twitter consists of more than 200,000 followers. Clearly only awesome music is recognized today. Yesterday, I heard her tune Oblivion playing in a rag & bone store in Soho, NYC.

In 2012 when Visions was introduced, friends in New York, Miami, San Francisco, Rio, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Prague and Tokyo were talking to me about this gifted artist. Pitchfork has contributed tremendously to the promotion of Grimes. Also, Grimes directs some of her own videos including my favorite below. Can’t wait to see her at the Governor’s Ball this summer!