Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude
23rd October – 18th January 2015
The Courtauld Gallery – London
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A new book released by Laurence King Publishing. Ways Of Looking – How To Experience Contemporary Art by Ossian Ward offers a vademecum for those who are keen on art and those who are not trained in art history.
Do you have issues in tackling the jungle of the often quirky and provocative contemporary art? The former Art Review and Time out Editor has got a six step programme for understanding based on the tabula rasa – a clean slate and a fresh mind. Employing the Tabula Rasa methodology means clean up your mind form previous experiences and approaching beauty (a painting, a sculpture or whatever multimedia installation) with baby’s eyes.
Ossian Ward is Head of Content at the Lisson Gallery and a writer on contemporary art. He was previously chief art critic and visual arts editor at Time Out London and before that served as editor at Art Review.
Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art by Ossian Ward (Laurence King, £9.95).
This is… series. New In: This is Bacon and This is Gauguin
New Art Books from This is… series, by Laurence King Publishing Company
1. This is Gauguin, written by George Roddam and illustrated by Slawa Harasymowicz, is a new instalment in a major new art series that rethinks art history in a more engaging and stimulating way. Paul Gauguin was a member of a generation of artists who struggled against the stifling conformity of the late 19th century’s artistic mainstream.
Naive and rustic culture is an endless source of inspiration for his colourful and primitive canvas.
From his childhood in Peru to his experiences in Tahiti, Gauguin’s art is mainly presented by his most relevant and well renowned works such as Sleeping Child (1884), Van Gogh Painting Sunflowers (1888), Christ in the Garden of Olives (1889), Manao tupapau (The Spirit of the Dead Watching) (1892) and Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (1897-98).
His choice to escape European civilization and “everything that is artificial and conventional” inevitably marked the life and the whole career of the French Parisian painter.
2. This is Bacon, by Kitty Hauser with illustrations by Christina Christoforou, is based on one of the giants dominating the artistic landscape of the mid-twentieth century. Source of inspiration for abstract art that came after him, the Irish artist is depicted through vivid and stunning illustrations.
The major periods of Bacon’s life on the edge, such as his time spent in Berlin, Paris and the seedy milieu of post-war London, are portrayed, along with the influential figures, such as Peter Lacey and George Dyer, who shaped both his personal life and his art.
Francis Bacon’s works featured in the book include: Three Studies for a Crucifixion (1962), Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne (1966), Lying Figure (1969), Triptych, May-June (1973) and Sand Dune (1983).
The This is… series by Catherine Ingram and published by Laurence King is a radical rethinking of the common idea of the contemporary artists”biography’.
Forget all the boring and well-renowned ideas of historical and chronological biography because these new publications are innovative, highly visual and definitely more engaging.
With quirky and colorful drawings in comics style these books, ideally for art-lovers, will grasp the attention of neophyte and curios people.
Each book is a fascinating biography of the artist and a showcase of their work, with specially commissioned illustrations that bring the artists’ stories to life.
The first three books, published in May 2014, are the following:
This is Warhol is an enquiry on the flamboyant and eccentric life of the bomb kid Andy, from the beginning of his career to the apotheosis of the Factory in New York. From the childhood in Pittsburgh to the chaotic and inspiring life in The Manhattan Silver Factory.
This is Dalì explores the life and career of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. Surrealism is not only a painting technique but essentially a sort of ‘lifestyle’ for the Spanish artist. Moreover, the book discusses his venture into the commercial world from his extravagant jewellery to his cheeky design for the Chupa Chups lollipops.
This is Pollock is focused on the ‘bad boy’ American artist career. Prototype of the Beat Generation, during the Cold War his paintings were exploited as a political weapon to spread an image of American democracy all over the world.
We do look forward to reading the new ones…
(Images courtesy of Laurence King Publishing press office).
Rodin: In Private Hands
When: 1st May – 31st July
Where: Bowman Sculpture – 6 Duke Street St James’s, London SW1Y 6BN
Bowman Sculpture presents the largest group of Rodin bronzes exhibited in the UK since the Royal Academy’s ‘Rodin’ show in 2007. Many of these sculptures have never been on public view before. A huge opportunity to explore the creativity of one of the most remarkable sculptors of the last century.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
When: 9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014
Where: Art Gallery – Barbican London
Who’s behind: the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean-Paul Gaultier
Into the mind and creativity of one of the most remarkable fashion designers of the 20th century
This new exhibition at the Barbican brings together more than 140 design items created by the French genius in more than a decade of artistic inspiration. In fact Jean-Paul Gaultier is probably one of the most eclectic and iconic fashion designers over the last three decades.
The leitmotiv of the exhibition is the childish and always impressed creative twists of the French designer. The exhibitions includes quirky dresses and outfits taken from the world of pop music, including the famous iconic bra and corsets worn by American Pop Star Madonna during her flamboyant 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour .
There is plenty of British and London 70’s inspiration in Gaultier’s design garments. Inspired by 70’s vintage street style, Gaultier has recently declared his never-ending love for British lifestyle. For this reason a section of the exhibition is dedicated to the world of Brit Punk. The room called Punky Cancan is entirely dedicated to the cheerful and prolific meeting between punkish British style garments with the French and posh haute couture. Ripped checked kilts and tartan shirts are gently and cleverly mixed up with French-inspired ball gowns and elegant suits. Combining the love for the couture with the British lifestyle is peculiar for him.
Plenty of raw talent, the France born designer never attended a fashion school. He was only 17 when he started sending his drawings to famous haute couture stylist. In 1970 Pierre Cardin hired him as an assistant and this event marked the beginning of a prolific journey for the enfant terrible of the fashion.
(Images courtesy of Barbican Press Office – © Matthew Lloyd / Getty images).