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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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

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. 

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(Images courtesy of Barbican Press Office –  © Matthew Lloyd / Getty images).

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Quiz Nouvelle Vague Icons: Brigitte Bardot

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Brigitte Bardot is probably the most beautiful Diva from the Nouvelle Vague Cinema Movement. This is a stunning pic in which she is represented naked on a white fluffy carpet. She is gorgeous, isn’t she?

This quiz is addressed to all her fans. Do you remember what movie is it? Try to guess and have fun !

 

Street Artist Pez Urban Glimpse

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The second Urban Glimpse of the month was captured by Tom at the Red Gallery (Shoreditch).

This colourful graffiti was painted by  Spanish artist El Pez, renowned for his smiles!

Born in Barcelona, he started painting in 1999 and now his works are displayed throughout the world, in cities such as New York, L.A. Tokyo, London, Miami, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Oslo and Bogota.

Let’s smile with him, 🙂 

Dorothy Iannone: Innocent and Aware

Licentious and Junoesque women example of the bold expressiveness of the American artist

Camden Arts Centre

8 March – 5 May

http://www.camdenartscentre.org/whats-on/view/exh-26#12

What is the role of Art? And how is Creativity  linked to Love? These are the main questions of Dorothy Iannone: Innocent and Aware. The art exhibition dedicated to the painter, currently at the London Camden Arts Centre, brings together main works between the 1970s and 1980s, including her last designs in which she stressed her attention on Tibetan Buddhist and its vision of life and ecstasy.

In the first room of the building a retrospective on Iannone’s favourite films called Movie people is displayed. The Berlin-based artist painted wooden supports in which she combines colourful and psychedelic images of famous characters of movies like Morocco, Nabokov masterpiece’s Lolita movie interpretation, Brokeback Mountain, Les Amants, Piano, Pandora, with epigrams in which she explains the plot to the art visitor, with an undeniable retro- vintage touch.

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Dorothy Iannone’s Brokeback Mountain, 2010. Photograph: Courtesy Air de Paris

At the back of the room several wooden human shaped figures are displayed: they are famous characters and the visitor could easily recognize, for example, famous British moviemaker Charlie Chaplin, President Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, and British King Henry The 8th.

Going ahead in the exhibition, the spectator can understand in depth the world of Dorothy Iannone, populated by feminine figures. Plump Women seem like ‘enchanted’ by a promiscuous and lascivious atmosphere. They are portrayed twisted to men with blue and golden backgrounds, which remind the medieval mosaic technique.

For Iannone sexuality is joy and freedom, and along with art, the best device to overcome ‘mortality’. Art and passion are pure energy, an endless flux of vitality and attempt to overcome the transience of existence. Varied and multi cultural the inspirations for her works: from the Hindi world  to the byzantine mosaics, Iannone’s colourful vision of life is contagious and eager and involves the spectator into an unusual journey into the deepness of the complexity of love, sex and relationships.

Her style is flamboyant and eccentric: she loves mixing together funny epigrams with beautiful  women, contorted with their partners. Her works are a unique combination of text and decoration, which is an ode to free eroticism and libertinage. The artist vision of life is clearly displayed by her works: hippie dippy style and colourful eroticism scenes show her willingness to stress the pivotal role of the women in the history of the world. Subversive and odd, she reverses all the stereotypes of men and women roles, celebrating in many of her works the joy of her sexual and love relationship with the painter and poet Dieter Roth, met in 1967 in Reykjavik.

In works such as Love the stranger and Let the light from my lighthouse shine on you painting techniques and use of golden remind us Klimt artworks and Austrian artist’s obsession with strength and potentiality of eroticism. Iannone’s bodies are twisted together and bring us back to Indi Kama Sutra images and Naïve echoes.

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Dorothy Iannone, ‘Let The Light From My Lighthouse Shine on You’, 1981

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 Dorothy Iannone, Love the Stranger, 1981. Courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris, Paris

The next great moment in history is ours is a critique towards Western society and also an attempt to unchain all the prejudices linked to free eroticism and raise women’s awareness. It is a joyful manifesto dedicated to women’s complexity and power,  addressed to renowned women in the field of art and culture such as Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Isadora Duncan and Edith Piaf.

The Next Great Moment In History Is Ours, 1970

The Next Great Moment in History Is Ours, 1970 Photograph: courtesy Air de Paris, Paris

The exhibition closes with a huge sheet in which Iannone painted her entire life, once again combining funny and explicit erotic images with brief tales and private anecdotes. Regardless conventions and common censorship, her art is pure and free expression of ecstatic and original creativity, released from prejudices.

Despite the massive concentration on eroticism and sex scenes, which helped her to gain the nickname of ‘Bad Girl’, it is clear the importance of art as a powerful device of consolation. ‘Painting’ is a kind of ‘rescue’ for Iannone. As the artist states the creativity helps her to overcome sadness, ‘Art is the world I have created which never lets me down, a world which I can return again and again and smile, and be immortal’.

15th April: Celebrate Italian Actress Claudia Cardinale’s Birthday

 

 

Today is stunning and beautiful iconic actress Claudia Cardinales Birthday.

Let’s celebrate the Italian Diva with this wonderful pic.

Here she was performing Jill McBain in 1968 ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’, by Italian ‘Spaghetti Western’ director Sergio Leone. 

 

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Do you remember her magnetic and unique gaze? 

I love her! 

 

 

Quiz Nouvelle Vague Icons: Jean Seberg

Hiya Followers!

Today is  unforgettable American Diva Jean Seberg‘s turn.

Try to match the lovely pic with the renowned Nouvelle Vague movie!

 

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