Chasing Ghosts – A Polaroid Exhibition

Curious Duke Gallery in East London is showing the first UK solo show of Polaroid artist Andrew Millar.

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7th– 30th April 2016

173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT

Open Monday-Friday 11:30-6:30, Saturday 12-4

Nearest stations: Old Street (exit 6) and Barbican

Free

 

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ARTIST GIVES VINTAGE PLAYBOY COVERS NEW SPARKLE

Available to buy at Castle Fine Art’s five London galleries – based at South Molton Street, Canary Wharf, The Royal Exchange, Covent Garden and St. Christopher’s Place – from Friday 15th January 2016, the new collection features six cover images dating from 1967-1982 which Claridge handpicked after being granted rare access to the Playboy archives.

 

Claridge, who was signed by Birmingham based art publishers Washington Green Fine Art in 2005 – joining its diverse portfolio of innovative contemporary artists – said:

“Playboy, to me, represents so many firsts… It’s progressive, revolutionary…I cannot emphasise enough the reach and scope of Playboy’s influence.

 Andy Warhol is the primary influence in my career; he famously created a Playboy cover cementing the relationship between Playboy and Pop Art, and paving the way for artists like me. I am so proud that my diamond dust collection is to be part of Playboy’s lineage in 20th century culture.”

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

At the V&A Museum an exhibition with 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from around the world.

The exhibition, sponsored by Clarks, will be on until 31 January 2016

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/shoes-pleasure-and-pain/

Have a look at the gallery!

New In: Matisse, Cezanne and Van Gogh

New art books released by Laurence King: This is Matisse, This is Cezanne and This is Van Gogh, dedicated to Dutch genius.

The aim of this art collection is to revolutionise art history to make it more engaging for readers and art-lovers.

Enjoy the photo gallery!

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

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 The retrospective of the year at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, entirely dedicated to the enfant prodige of British fashion

“I am a romantic schizophrenic”

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty starts this weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum, until the 2nd of August. Borrowed from the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Savage Beauty brings together more than 240 accessories and clothes of the designer: from the first collection to complete his Masters at Central Saint Martins School of Fashion in 1992, until his last 2010 collection, inspired by Plato’s Atlantis.

A comprehensive retrospective dedicated to Lee Alexander McQueen‘s immense creativity and craftsmanship. Ten rooms entirely dedicated to his main inspirations, from primitivism, to naturalism and gothic, up to aquatic designs inspired by Plato’s Atlantis.

Embroideries, lace, silk, flowers, organza, white, red and black soft plumes. In McQueen’ s creations beauty is no longer harmony and balance of shapes, it is rather eclectic and endless inspiration, with an open-minded and unconventional approach.

The  Romantic Naturalism room is plenty of flowers, silk and white lace, and gives the visitor a sense of “dreamy” atmosphere, in sharp contrast to the previous Gothic installations. In the middle of Cabinet of Curiosities, there is a post-modern dancer, wearing a tutu decorated with punk yellow and black paint, turning on itself on a rotating platform. All around the platform outstanding creations, from a dress made entirely with white feathers to the Swarovski Crystal Bell Jar Dress (2009 collection)  created in collaboration with the Austrian jewellery company.

His kaleidoscopic approach to fashion impressed the spectator, forced to a radical rethinking of the concept of fashion. Fashion is no longer only a presentation of collections, is transformed into a theatrical and spectacular drama.

 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, SW7 2R, London

For further information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/

(Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, in partnership with Swarovski, supported by American Express, with thanks to MAC Cosmetics and made possible with the co-operation of Alexander McQueen, runs from 14th March – 2 August – http://www.vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty).

 

G.  P.