beautiful video by paris-based director/photographer babette pauthier, featuring alexander mcqueen’s autumn/ winter 2011 seasonal scarf collection.
and another marvellous piece at sadler’s wells!!!
akram khan had it all – a performance that made your heart flutter, your complete being engrossed in an epic tale of one man’s identity crisis and his search to find what is it that defines him.
here are few introductory words from luke jennings’ review for observer:
“desh is a quest. brought up with tales of bangladesh – monsoon floods, rising tides, crocodiles nosing through the mangrove swamps – Khan looked around him and saw wimbledon park. his father’s tales of unremitting labour and contested land fell on ears better attuned to the music of michael jackson…” you can read the full review herePhoto © Richard Haughton
i mentioned in passing that i was married to a very talented photographer of danish origin so it’s only expected of me to have a post introducing you to his work.
peer does not shy from any challenge which results in a very diverse body of work. i know i am biased but have a look at his website and make up your own mind 😉
my husband has recently worked on a very cool (literally 😉 ) project for ballantine’s whiskey together with a very skilled ice sculptor jamie. the result is a very cute robot who dances himself away – see the movie below.
here are also some stills by my – oh so talented – hubby 😉
photography copyright: peer lindgreen
wim wenders is a well known name and no special introduction is needed – i believe. if you are clueless, have a look here.
i recently managed to catch one of his latest works – a 3d movie that is a moving tribute to pina bausch – german cult coreographer/ dancer that started a dance theatre company tanztheatre wuppertal which in many ways pioneered the new language of dance movement.
movie was in 3d which i thought would irritate me for the practical reason that glasses hurt my nose 😉 but, oh my, was that a treat for the eyes and soul. i loved every single frame of it, it was very moving and passionate, beautiful and sincere, strong and weak….
here is a snip of an article from bbc site that gives more info and the movie trailer below
i am considering myself very lucky to have managed to buy tickets for wuppertal theatre dance group performing in london next year 😉
ai weiwei is one of the leading cultural figures of his generation and consistently displays great courage in placing himself at risk to affect social change through his art. he serves as an example for legitimate social criticism and free expression both in china and internationally.
highlights of the 13 works in the exhibition include colored vases (2010, 2009), groupings of han dynasty pots (from 200dc-220ad) covered in industrial paint. an expert in ancient chinese ceramics, ai’s continued desecration of individual vases can be seen as political comment on the organized destruction of cultural and historical values that took place during the cultural revolution, when everything old was replaced by the new. in questioning value and defacing tradition ai is confronting the legacy of past generations with the needs and experiences of the present. at the same time he gives a new perspective on contemporary commodifications.
ai weiwei was detained by authorities in beijing while trying to board a flight to hong kong on 3 april and has not been seen or heard from since. lisson gallery, along with all his supporters in the uk and around the world, is alarmed by his detention and greatly concerned for his safety. lisson gallery is dedicated to staging the exhibition to fully convey to the public-at-large the cultural importance of ai weiwei. lisson gallery has a long history of working with political artists and strongly condemns any form of artistic suppression. ai weiwei’s studio and supporters are determined to proceed with all of his planned projects worldwide to celebrate the work of one of the most significant living artists, cultural figures, and champions of human rights.
updated news and information on the situation can be found at http://www.freeaiweiwei.org. lisson gallery are supporting a petition started by the solomon r. guggenheim foundation, signed by leading members of the international arts community: www.change.org/petitions/call-for-the-release-of-ai-weiwei
from 12 may to 26 june 2011, somerset house presents ai weiwei’s first outdoor public sculpture installation in london. circle of animals/zodiac heads will be the first ever contemporary art installation to go on display in the historic courtyard of somerset house. the monumental installation comprises of 12 bronze animal heads, re-creations of the traditional chinese zodiac sculptures, which once adorned the fountain of yuanming yuan, an imperial retreat in beijing.
text courtesy of lisson gallery press release
laurie anderson, trisha brown and gordon matta-clark are three key figures in the burgeoning arts scene in downtown ny in the 70s. all three were friends and worked closely together creating a vibrant community in the midst of the recession. their work had multidisciplinary approach blurring the boundries between different art forms and taking them outside of galleries and off the stage. the ideas and process of the art work/ performance was more important than the finished object. again, like many great artists in the past they broke the rules and introduced us to a whole new way of experiencing art.
when you go to see it, bear in mind that there are performances included as well. these should not be missed. some images below.
i made the same mistake yet again…. blogging about an exhibition that is about to close. not very useful for a handful of people who will read this.
apart from the sea of people that visited at the same time i did, i thoroughly enjoyed all the exhibits. and there were a lot of them. it was a treat seeing the pieces in flesh specially for someone who admires the man and who wrote their final work in high-school on post-impressionists. he was a troubled soul, so much ahead of his time (seeming to be an essential ingredient for all big artists’ formula). and whether you are a fan or not, you have to give the man some credit for breaking the rules of academic painting and do it his way. modern art would have never been the same without him and his fellow painters of the time.
sadly, exhibition closes on 16th Jan.
a little bird sent me a link to a very interesting website. it shows work of a duo (husband & wife?) who do really create a very magical world. i do not know much about them and could not find much about them but the pictures relate to me very intensely. i am not sure why all things surreal feel very familiar, comfortable and real to me.
here is one thing i did manage to find:
‘i want to make images that have open, narrative qualities, enought to suggest ideas about human limits. i want there to be a combination of the past juxtaposed with the modern. i use nature to symbolize the search, saving a tree, watering the earth. in this fabricated world, strange clouds of smog float by; there are holes in the sky. these mythic images mirror our world, where nature is domesticated, controlled, and destroyed. through my work I explore technology and a poetry of existence. these can be very heavy, overly didactic issues to convey in art, so I choose to portray them through a more theatrically absurd approach.’