Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition has opened at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. As is relevant to his current political position, themes of surveillance, government and social control are threaded throughout the eleven-gallery show. Photography of the show is not restricted, and museumgoers are encouraged to use the hashtag #AiWeiwei to mark the material.
Juxtapoz // Friday, September 11, 2015
A major sculptural installation created for the V&A by artist Barnaby Barford, The Tower of Babel tells an array of stories about our capital city, our society and economy, and ourselves as consumers. Standing an imposing six metres high, the Tower comprises 3000 bone china shops, each one unique, each depicting a real London shop photographed by the artist. At its base the shops are derelict, while at its pinnacle are the crème-de-la-crème of London’s exclusive boutiques and galleries.
Design // Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The 376-foot tall ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will soon be home to the world's longest and tallest slide. The project, recently approved, will see the construction of a 591-foot long tube stretching from the tower's viewpoint to the ground. Extending 249 feet above the ground, the slide will spiral around the twoer five times and end in a 164-foot straight run to the ground. "It's about adding another attraction to the attraction," Peter Tudor, director of visitor services at Queen Elizabeth Park, told Standard. "We've already got Anish Kapoor's mirrors that turn everything upside-down, and the view. We're looking at what other experiences can we provide to engage with the sculpture."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
HMNNTR showcases the shared passion of an international line-up of snowboarders and artists, coming together for the first time in a curated art show at the Underdog Gallery, London. After a successful stint at the ______ gallery in Seattle for the inaugural show, the two-stop tour is rolling through London, showcasing the work of some of the snowboard industry's finest, most prolific artists from around the world.
Photography // Monday, June 08, 2015
We like a good nostalgic moment, especially with an icon involved. Brigitte Bardot has that look that was iconic for the 1960s, making her one of the main representations of French cinema that we can all remember. Right now through June 30, Dadiani Fine Art in London is featuring "Brigitte Bardot: 13 Unseen Photographs, London 1968" by Ray Bellisario, a collection of paparazzi shots from the photographer as he followed the 34-year old star in the British capital as she promoted "Shalako."
Juxtapoz // Monday, June 01, 2015
Definitely something to check out if you are one of our London readers or about to take a trip there: The Serpentine presents the work of late American sculptor Duane Hanson (1925-1996) in his first survey show in London since 1997. Throughout his forty-year career, Hanson created lifelike sculptures portraying working-class Americans and overlooked members of society. Reminiscent of the Pop Art movement of the time, his sculptures transform the banalities and trivialities of everyday life into iconographic material. The exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery presents key works from the artist’s oeuvre.
Juxtapoz // Friday, May 22, 2015
London artist Mark Powell cleverly re-purposes old, used, and often tattered ephemera. Using cancelled envelopes, maps, and other found items as his canvases, he produces striking, life-like, and inked drawings. His sketches are made using only a Bic Biro pen, often incorporating the original stamps, logos, and addresses.
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 27, 2015
London artist Super Future Kid is not running for president but we would consider voting for her, simply because her paintings are dazzling and bewildering. Youth, mystery, strangeness, the occult, spirituality and myths are all themes mentioned in her artist statement, which sums up her symbology.
Illustration // Friday, April 17, 2015
Today, April 17, 2015 Hattie Stewart: Adversary opens in the South Gallery at House of Illustration in London. This is a new body of work from the self-proclaimed professional ‘doodle-bomber’, in which Stewart takes on glossy advertising imagery with her characteristic homage-meets-satire approach. The exhibition marks the first in House of Illustration’s series of illustrator commissions – new work from contemporary illustrators to be shown in House of Illustration’s South Gallery.
Design // Thursday, April 16, 2015
From Howls and Whispers: "A new exhibition at BFI Southbank celebrates a generation of visionary Polish poster artists who created their own unique spins on British films released in Poland in the post-war period. Selected works from the original Andrzej Wajda's Films in World Film Posters exhibition on loan from the archives of the Film Museum in Łódź, Poland presents archival materials related to the life and work of the Polish artist.