Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Masterpiece London 2018 Highlights

I am still steadfast on my opinion on preferring 
Masterpiece London over other art fairs.

To be fair, 
I haven't been able to attend Frieze the recent years 
because I am out of town normally 

but I do hope to be able to compare this autumn.

It is a beautiful setting in the Chelsea Barracks where the 
Chelsea Flower Show is also held.

There is a complimentary van shuttle from Sloane Square and a golf buggy ride from the gates to the building too.

Fantin-Latour may not have street cred but looks good in real homes

18th century Italian silk fans
Modern wicker combined with fine jewellery
And good ol' Moussaief rocks 

But the stands aren't too niche and repetitive.

Each passing year, there seems to be more pop up eateries too.

It really is a full day out.

I went to the preview day today.

It officially opens tomorrow June 28 until July 4th.

Please do note that 

Some are intense talks at the official lecture theatre and 
there are also informal talks at stands.

It is a mini Sotheby's Art Course.

 Not sure if that botanic Swedish cabinet is a new one of the same one this stand had last year and the item sold on the preview day.
I didn't ask.

This is a very special piece that is being sold by the 
Grosvernor Estate for undisclosed reasons for 10 million euros.

 It took 10 years to make and was done by the 
Renaissance artist Giorgio Vasari.

Adrian Sassoon always has a special stand and brings out some of the Sevres porcelain and has some of the future Sevres pieces. 

 While everything seems more beautiful than the next, 
there were two artists that blew my mind.
 These pieces are metal pieces lit from an angle so its shadows demonstrate words on the wall.

 Fred Eerdekens is the artist's name.

Considering I was there midday on the preview day, I was surprised at how many items were already sold.
Mind you, if I could afford it I would have bought the turtle too.

 I did have to smirk at how many private lounges and events were being held on the preview day.

 Because preview isn't special enough LOL.

But there were lots of seating areas such as this dotted all over as walking around does give you a workout.

 Interestingly, this year, there weren't as many curated/designed rooms.
 Out of all of them this might have been the pick for me.
 That period of furniture which is highly collectible and the wallpaper was specially designed for this room by De Gournay.

 There were some others but it seemed to be simple but nothing extraordinary.

 The other artist
 I loved was the husband and wife team Rob and Nick Carter.

 One was a film maker and the other was a fine art artist.

These were either iPads or screens that would transform a scene on a loop.

So the flowers would deteriorate slowly on a timed loop.

 The Frick Pittsburgh has bought a few editions.

I hope you get to see it at Masterpiece or at the Frick because it is hard to really convey the beauty of these pieces.

 I do love seeing pieces 
that would normally be tucked away in a private home 
or in storage at a museum like 
this match stick holder by Carl Faberge.

This was the front for Rose Uniacke who was wearing a beautiful yellow dress.
 I didn't take a picture of her as she was talking to someone and I didn't want to interrupt her to ask her if I could take a picture.

But I must say that I loved what people were wearing and in my old age rarely bother to people watch but Masterpiece London is better than fashion week for watching people walk by!

I really hope you do make it but if not please do check out their website.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Frida Kahlo : Making Her Self Up at the Victoria and Albert Museum

I was lucky enough to go to the preview 
this morning of the upcoming 

It was much more in depth than I expected.

It had paintings of course.

And drawings.

And personal letters she wrote to her family while she was in America.

 But there were more intimate and unexpected artefacts and souvenirs such as her back braces.

Up close, they were so well crafted that they were reminiscent of couture level items.

Also included were plasters before she wore her back braces.

This was the plaster when she was expecting.

She wore it so proudly.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Chairs and their Anthropomorphic Personas Part 3

Your social media lurker who doesn't officially follow you but accidentally hits like on a post from 2013.

The one who isn't a "loser" but finds life a little harder.
Not IQ issues but EQ matters.
The person who is always improving themselves 
by way of most common postmodern means 
of physical or spiritual honing and other self help methods. 

They function but 
you wouldn't depend on them for any real support.

Your friend in law.
 You have had better conversations with strangers 
at an airport lounge than the awkward pleasantry exchanged 
when your mutual friend goes to the loo during lunch.

The person who just leaves the party without saying goodbye, disappears from most modes of communication for a certain time period, and is bipolar in the most affable of ways.

Just be warned.
They are either a spy, 
a recovering addict, 
or simply an extroverted introvert.

The person who repeats their anecdotes the amount of times 
toddlers ask you to reread their favourite book.
Yes Linda, you have told me about the time when...
Yes Linda, you did tell me about your...

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