Thursday, March 30, 2017

London Now: Alan Cristea Gallery - Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Woodcuts Exhibition






 “A good painting is a number of colored marks, made by hand, brush or roller, across a at surface, so that later a viewer can absorb emotional and intellectual energy from it. A good, or great, painter is simply a hard-working individual who has, over a period of time, produced many good paintings. By this reckoning, Gillian Ayres has to be one of our nest.”
Andrew Marr - 2016
London Now: Alan Cristea Gallery - Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Woodcuts Exhibition. At the Alan Cristea Gallery in  Pall Mall the exhibition Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Woodcuts, until April 22. Gillian Ayres RA CBE is one of Britain’s most respected and best-loved post-war artists and a pioneer of abstract painting. Unconventional in life and in work, Ayres, who turned eighty-seven in February, continues to forge her own individual path regardless of fashion or opinion.  Never before seen early paintings are shown alongside the monumental painting (above), Untitled (Cerise), 1972, displayed for the first time since being made, it is a rare example of a surviving painting from this period. Ayres pinned the canvas to the wall of her attic, which stretched the length of her house in South London. Thick acrylic was laid on top of the canvas and swept down, to end in runs and dribbles. Gestural work on such a vast scale was reminiscent of European Tachiste painting and American Abstract Expressionism.  To coincide with the exhibition, Art/ Books, in conjunction with the Alan Cristea Gallery published the definitive monograph on Ayres, written by Martin Gayford and David Cleaton-Roberts of the Alan Cristea Gallery, with a foreword by Andrew Marr, spanning six decades of the artists career.




Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Woodcuts

Not wishing to conform or to be categorized in anyway, Ayres has adopted a variety of styles and techniques throughout her career. These early works are shown alongside new paintings, dating from 2016, which use thick applied oil paint to create clear and defined edges and shapes, and a recently completed body of woodcut prints, works produced by an artist at the height of her powers and that are exuberant, vigorous and full of color and energy.

  Photo credit FXP Photography, London

Gillian Ayres – Exhibitions 2017

Gillian Ayres - National Museum Cardiff  - Wales

8 April - 3 September
The largest exhibition of Gillian Ayres’ works to date presents paintings and works on paper from 1950s to 1980s, offering a unique insight into the untold story of the influence of Wales on Ayres’ life and work.
Gillian Ayres - Tremenheere Sculpture Garden - Penzance
1 April – 7 May
A solo exhibition of new prints and sculpture curated by David Cleaton-Roberts and Helen Waters of the Alan Cristea Gallery.
Royal Academy Arts - London
London Original Print Fair - Gillian Ayres
4 - 7 May 2017
The Alan Cristea Gallery will dedicate their booth to new prints by Gillian Ayres and Cornelia Parker.


  Photo credit FXP Photography, London

Gillian Ayres: Paintings and Woodcuts





 


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

London Now: Duro Olowu Boutique




London Now: Duro Olowu Boutique

You just don’t stumble on Duro Olowu’s boutique, it is a “secret" destination, tucked in Masons Yard, St James’s, this tiny colorful eclectic treasure trove is full, not only of Duro’s clothes and textiles but also curiosities, jewelry, books, cushions and art.

 
Duro Olowu is a Nigerian-born, London-based fashion designer. He is best known for his innovative combinations of patterns and textiles that draw inspiration from his international background.  Much loved by such clients as: Michelle Obama, Solange Knowles, and Iris Apfel. In 2005 he won "New Designer of the Year" at the British Fashion Awards, the first designer in history to win without ever showing a runway presentation.



Duro Olowu - Making and Un Making

Exhibition catalogue
The catalogue for the exhibition Duro Olowu - Making and Un Making, curated by celebrated fashion designer/curator Duro Olowu at the Camden Arts Centre the exhibition explored the rituals of making that underpin an artists work, from Bauhaus jewelry and West African textiles to contemporary portraiture and sculpture.



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Monday, March 27, 2017

London Now: Maison Assouline – Swan’s Bar Piccadilly

 

London Now: Maison Assouline – Swan’s Bar - Piccadilly

“We love and believe in books more than everything else, but we also want to extend our vision to create all that can be expected in a chic and personalized library, from beautiful books and special editions to luxury gift items, unique library accessories, and now a complete turnkey collection of stylish furniture.”
Prosper and Martine Assouline

On Piccadilly, in the former bank building designed in 1922 by Sir Edwin Lutyens, next to Fortnum and Mason and in front of the Royal Academy is the new Maison Assouline flagship store and Swan’s Bar. Inside the original paneling and plaster-work have been preserved in the elegant square space in which the chicest luxury coffee table and lifestyle books, candles, stationery, bespoke bindery, furnishings for your library with one-of-a-kind objects are elegantly displayed.

 
The Swan’s Bar
I imagine the Swan’s Bar appropriately takes its name from Truman Capote’s “Swans”, his nickname for his inner circle of lady friends which included: Babe Paley, Lee Radziwill, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Marella Agnelli. There surrounded by books you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, tea and an early dinner away from the hub of Piccadilly in luxury and tranquility.



 The Queen’s People – hand-bound - limited edition
Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk and Earl Marshal
Photographs by Hugo Rittson Thomas

The British monarchy’s rich and storied heritage has been preserved for centuries, and The Queen’s People, presents a magnificent collection of photography that brings The Queen and important members of Her Majesty’s court to life as rarely seen before. 

 
Goyard Leather Book Trunk
The Goyard book trunk contains approximately one hundred of Assouline’s signature 
Memoire Collection
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Party Pictures - Missoni After Fashion Show Dinner Party

 
Party Pictures - Missoni After Fashion Show Dinner Party. The Missoni after  fashion show dinner party was held in the charming loft space of catering company Mari and Co. The rooms were joyfully “styled” with Missoni Home plates, cushions, sofas and prints. To greet guest a big table of artistically composed vegetable dishes arranged on small white porcelain plates ‘food for the eyes’ and delicious as well.



 
Carlo Capasa and Angela Missoni

 
Rosita Missoni and Eduoardo Geulfenbien



Stefano Tonchi and JJ Martin


Servane Giol


Bruno Ragazzi and Giorgio Guidotti

 


Tomas Than and Warly Tomei

 
The Cheeses

Mari and Co’s Marinella Rossi

Waiter’s uniforms are stored in linen garment bags


Micol Sabbadini, Rosanna Orlandi, Carla Vanni and Rosita Missoni


Patrick Kinmonth, Angela Mariani and Antonio Monfreda

   
Missoni Home 
plates





Pas Leccese

 




Simon and Caroline Burstein

   
Laura Panno


Nori vaccari Starck, Alan Journo and Michela Moro




Pino Pipoli

 
Bruno Ragazzi and Jane da Mosto

   
Gerlinde Geulfenbein Hobel



   
Margherita Ranocchia and Vivetta Ponti




Uberta Zambeletti and Fausto Puglisi



We Drank
Bosco del Merlo Prosecco




Markus Ebner and Nicole Phelps






Luca Modigliani, Gentucca Bini and Giudo Taroni

 



Tom Schevelin and Oona Chanel

 



Carla Vanni and Natasha Pearlman

 



Sanchita Ajjampur


The Courtyard
 
 
 

 


 
 


 
 
 




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