Arts ~ Revolutionary Russia.

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Artistic innovation displays a transformation in creativity at the MoMA. From 1912 to 1935, A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde exhibition examines a collection of architecture, drawings, film, paintings, photography, poetry, prints and sculptures. Artists include Natalia Goncharova, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lyubov Popova, Alexandr Rodchenko and Olga Rozanova. Development and themes such as abstraction, cubism, constructivism, futurism, Marxism and social realism can be seen throughout the works. All of which contribute to moments leading up to today’s contemporary art.

Arts ~ Surrounded by Sport.

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“Amethyst Sports Ball Cavern” by Daniel Arsham, Galerie Perrotin. 2016. Photos: Niya Sinckler.

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.

Travel ~ Lovely London

Fly across the pond this weekend for British hospitality and culture.

London leads as one of the most historical global cities offering a wealth of art, fashion, film, fine dining and fun adventures.

Explore the Tate Britain which has been open since 1897. Currently works by British sculptor, Barbara Hepworth are showing art admirers the relationships of abstract forms, various colours, textures and figures at the exhibition, Sculpture for a Modern World. After take a stroll along Millbank and enjoy the scenery of the River Thames. Soon you will find The National Gallery which displays collections of prominent paintings and the learn about important historical figures in British history at the National Portrait Gallery. The information and images often take you to a different place.

Who knows you may even find yourself among fashion magazine editors, makeup stylists and models strutting around the city for London Fashion Week. Today’s scheduled runway shows include notable contemporary and luxury brands: Mary Katrantzou, Topshop Unique, Vivienne Westwood, Belstaff, Mulberry, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen. Once caught up in the excitement, visit the high end department store, Selfridges to snag yourself a black and ivory silk skull scarf. Congratulations, this is your entrance to the fashion world.

By now it’s time for lunch and while in the Marylebone district, venture through the areas of Soho, Leceister Square, Covent Garden for moderately priced cuisine: Busaba (Thai), Polpo (Italian), Dishoom (Indian), La Bodega Negra (Mexican) or Spice Market (Fusion). Then there are fine dining restaurants in Mayfair and Belgravia: Hakkasan (Chinese), Novikov (Italian), Nobu (Japanese), Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (French) and Marcus (British). Around all of these wonderful restaurants, you’re sure to recognize buildings and streets as most of them were in films you’ve seen such as Clockwork Orange, An Education, The King’s Speech, Legend and more. Keep an eye out to capture that perfect snap for Instagram.

Continuing the English affair, make a reservation for afternoon tea at The Ritz London. Imagine champagne, cocktails, warm scones with cream and jam as well as diagonally cut sandwiches. Yum! Following the luxurious delight, walk along Piccadilly with sights of Green Park towards Hyde Park Corner and Constitution Hill which leads to Buckingham Palace.Then Knightsbridge is the place to be, experience the alluring upmarket department store, Harrods.

Expand your horizon by booking tickets for the humourous play, Nell Gwynn at Apollo Shaftesbury or spot Ralph Fiennes in an intriguing play, The Master Builder at the Old Vic Theatre. For a bit a of evening banter, pop into a pub and make merry with local residents. Dinner could take you to Hawksmoor (British), Bar Boulud (French), Toto’s (Italian), Zuma (Japanese) or Maroush (Lebanese). Ready to relax? There is music for everyone. Discover a new artist or band at gig close by. If you like classic hits, the bar scene is for you. Sip cocktails with friends at B@1 or Dirty Martini. Dare to dance the night away? I recommend the chic nightclub, DSTRKT for celebrating into the early hours.

 

London is definitely in my top five favourite cities. Book your flight and hotel now!

All photos except logos taken by Niya Sinckler.

 

Art ~ Sebastian Errázuriz

A remarkable Chilean artist is bringing his designs to New York.

Hailing from Santiago, Sebastian Errázuriz is unveiling his fine arts expertise. 

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Sebastian Errázuriz. Credit: Colin Miller.

Often Errázuriz has been quoted saying, ” I don’t know the line between art and design.”

The creator exhibits public art in various locations. Social/reality plays a role in highlighting issues among today. Functional sculptures and sculpture furniture are thought provoking. Then anti design and products always inspire. Constantly emerging with new realms of work, Errázuriz has captivated the art and design industry.

Pushing boundaries into slight illusion conveys how epic pieces can turn heads. The quality of the functional items is absolutely alluring. Viewers wonder about value and train of thought during the creative process. Talent and youth can be seen within the experimental art projects.

Sebastian Errázuriz’s work is displayed at Cristina Grajales Gallery. Additionally, Salon 94 will debut a new exhibition on 12 September.