The architect Thomas Heatherwick and the actress Joanna Lumley had a green idea: to design what they titled the ‘Garden Bridge‘. The design comes in as a answer to the Transport for London’s call for way to improve pedestrian links across the river. The new design will start at Temple tube station on the north side and link to the ITV tower on the South Bank. ‘The city demands this bridge,’ Joanna Lumley declared from the roof of the National Theatre last week. ‘It’s talking to us!’ To be honest, we can’t hear anything. But that doesn’t deflect the 67 year-old actress and British icon’s enthusiasm. ‘Look,’ she says, pointing to the Thames below. ‘You can virtually see it!’
Quite another coup for the amazing fashion house Chanel: using archived footage and a newly-discovered audio recording from 1960, Chanel has posthumously appointed the icon as the new face of Chanel number 5, fifty-one years after her death.
"What do you wear to bed? A pajama top? The bottoms of the pajamas? A nightgown?” So Marilyn said, “Chanel No.5, because it’s the truth" Marilyn famously answered a journalist from the French Marie Claire. More beautiful than ever...
AFP PHOTO / DPA / STEPHANIE PILICK.
This is a picture of the installation titled "Atelier" by German artists Anna and Bernhard Blume featured in the "Broadening of the field of struggle - 1968-2000 - The collection Part 3" (Ausweitung der Kampfzone) at the Neue Nationalgalerie museum in Berlin on November 6, 2013. The exhibition will be running from November 8, 2013 to December 31, 2014 follows two other shows, "Modern Times" (1900-1945) and "The Divided Heaven", and refers to a book title by French writer Michel Houellebecq (Extension du domaine de la lutte, published in English as Whatever).
Label: Neue Nationalgalerie;
Pace London currently presents a delicate and museum-quality exhibition at its Soho space, located at 6-10 Lexington Street. This is the gallery's first group exhibition exploring the legacy of Mingei, a Japanese folk craft movement led by philosopher and critic Sōetsu Yanagi and featuring paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and textile works by Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Danh Vo, Simon Fujiwara and many more renowned artists, designers and architects.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects of the Serpentine Gallery said: "Mingei : Are You Here? Is a fantastic and super inspiring show. Nicolas Trembley [the curator of the exhibition] has conceived a model of how we can invent the future with fragments from the past."
It can't get any better than that...
Ankle boots, black leather stiletto heels with gold, white and pink embroidery, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, 2000. Photo By Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The V&A's forthcoming exhibition, opening on 5 April 2014 will be devoted to Italian fashion and will feature designs by Italy's leading names including Valentino, Gucci and Prada.
"Italian fashion is a story of rags to riches almost, as the post-war country recovers and becomes a key place for manufacture, design and entrepreneurial risk taking that cuts right across businesses," said curator Sonnet Stanfill. "This is the compelling story which we describe in the exhibition."
This is really exciting and I look forward to seeing it...
The Miss Dior exhibition, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff opens at the Grand Palais (Galerie Courbe), in Paris, on 12 November and presents, for the first time works by 15 female artists (Polly Apfelbaum, Carole Benzaken, Lee Bul, Maria Nepomuceno, Shirin Neshat and Tomoko Shioyasu, among others) inspired by Dior's leading fragrance.
Joana Vasconcelos is one of them. J’Adore Miss Dior, Joana's work, features an enormous golden bow, filled by thousands of illuminated flasks of the famous J’Adore perfume, as a tribute to Miss Dior, the brand’s first fragrance.
Each piece will be displayed in front of one of Dior's iconic dresses, in Joana's case the Concerto (1957).
Label: Joana Vasconcelos; Dior
Many of Mariza Merz’s ingenious sculptures, paintings and installations are made from humble domestic items and traditional craft techniques. She has a natural affinity with materials, fashioning strange and fragile objects out of clay, copper wire, metal and fabric.
This exhibition, presented at the Serpentine Gallery until 10 November i.e this week, brings together sculptures, paintings and installations from the 1960s to the present, and in particular her Living Sculpture series, a collection of suspended objects made from twisted aluminium. This is the first solo show since Merz won a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for her lifetime’s achievement.
Run if you haven't seen it, it's really good!
David Hockney, More Felled Trees on Woldgate, 2008.© David Hockney, 2013.
The de Young Museum in San Francisco presents an exhibition of David Hockney's works until 20 January 2014. Featuring more than 300 works made from 2002 to the present, the exhibition highlights one of the most prolific decades of the artist's career.
Over a career lasting more than 60 years, David Hockney has consistently displayed a passion, as Lawrence Wechsler writes in his essay for the exhibition catalog, “to look deeper and see more.” David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition displays the artist’s constantly searching curiosity, his desire to always move forward, and his unique genius for seeing. “The de Young is thrilled to bring this major exhibition of David Hockney’s work to a U.S. museum,” says Benefield. “It’s clear from the pace at which Hockney continues to produce such important work—and the fearless nature of his innovation—that he has conceded nothing to his 76 years.”
More information: http://hockney.famsf.org/
Label: David Hockney