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Philipp Rudolf Humm: Being and Time at Riflemaker 24th November – 1st December 2016


Indoctrinated, 2016, oil on canvas, 123 x 91cm ©Philipp Rudolf Humm


by Guy Sangster-Adams

In a similar vein to Gauguin who had a very successful career as a stockbroker before the 1882 stock market crash prompted him to revaluate and pursue painting full-time, Philipp Rudolf Humm who equally has enjoyed a very succesful business career was inspired to begin painting a few years ago during a period of profound self-reflection. His work is already gaining plaudits; the celebrated British art critic, curator, writer and poet, Edward Lucie-Smith has described him as “a highly sophisticated artist”, continuing “in an acutely original fashion he merges classical painting techniques with Pop elements, to create a new kind of Expressionism”.

Drawing heavily on art history, not least the influence of both his German and Belgian heritage – the Blaue Reiter, Delvaux and the Surrealist movement, in his paintings Humm creates playful mise-en-scènes that allow him to comment on the world around him. His work is often satirical but never censorious, allowing the viewer to engage freely with each work unfettered by conventional orthodoxies.


Liberated, 2016, oil on canvas, 91 x 123cm ©Philipp Rudolf Humm

One of his new works which will be exhibited in the exhibition, Being and Time, that showcases both Humm’s thematic approach and the quality of its execution is Liberated. Painted in oil but in a vivid Pop Art palette the work is thematically multi-layered. Inspired by The Kiss of Peace and Justice by 17th century French artist, Laurent de la Hyre, Humm reimagines the classical setting as a kiss between two contemporarily dressed/undressed women and as a projection upon a wall in front of which stand four conservatively dressed women.

De la Hyre’s painting was an allegory of tolerance titularly inspired by Psalm 85:10, “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other”. Humm’s setting also carries an evocation of the infamous ‘kiss’ the leader of the GDR, Erich Honecker, and his Soviet counterpart, Leonid Brezhnev, that was painted onto the Berlin Wall by graffiti artist, Dmitri Vrubel, in celebration of its fall. With Liberated, Humm evocatively contrasts the liberal and permissive aspects of Renaissance society with the increasing conservatism and extremism of contemporary politics – both the very real threat of another Wall, and the closed, intolerant culture that it symbolises.

Being and Time promises to be a fascinating and multi-faceted exhibition, that will both please the eye and engender many talking points.


Philipp Rudolf Humm: Being and Time
runs from 24th November – 1st December, 2016
Riflemaker, 79 Beak St, London W1F 9SU
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm; Saturday: 11am – 6pm

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Oh America – Gee Vaucher: Introspective exhibition, Firstsite, Colchester, Essex


Oh America, 1989, gouache, 230x230mm ©Gee Vaucher, courtesy Firstsite

by Guy Sangster-Adams

It’s the image that took over social media from the moment that Donald Trump was announced as the new US President elect, The Statue of Liberty in tears with her head in her hands. But for most of yesterday the image was shared without reference to the artist who created it. This morning the image was the entire front page of the British mass market newspaper, Daily Mirror, and was also on the front page of the German newspaper, Handelsblatt. Since when the image has trended again throughout the day, but this time predominantly with the artist and the title of the image credited.

The iconic picture, Oh America, was created 27 years ago by British artist, Gee Vaucher.

Born in 1945 in East London, Vaucher attended the South East Essex School of Art & Design from 1961 to 1966, and then in 1967 inspired by the film, Inn of the Sixth Happiness, she and her lifelong creative partner, Penny Rimbaud, Dial House, a 17th century cottage in Essex which they turned into an open house for living and artistic experimentation. Just under 50 years later she still lives and works in Dial House.

In 1977, Dial House also gave rise to the collective/anarcho-punk band, Crass, of which Vaucher and Rimbaud were founder members. Vaucher created a series of iconic cover artworks for the band, and she continues to design covers to this day. Indeed Oh America was originally used as the cover artwork for the album, Friendly Hand Grenade, by the band Tackhead.

This Saturday, 12th November, the first ever survey of Vaucher’s artwork, Gee Vaucher: Introspective, opens at Firstsite gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK. In addition to Oh America, the exhibition brings together more than 200 works, many of which have never been shown in public before, and offers a complete overview of her fifty-year career, revealing the multifarious forces that have inspired and shaped her artistic practice.

Gee Vaucher: Introspective
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex. CO1 1JH
12th November 2016 – 19th February 2017
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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Art on the Beach. Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Hastings Edition, The Stade, beside Jerwood Gallery, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW 12pm – 4pm Saturday 16th July 2016

Sir Peter Blake, Hastings Memories, 2016  © Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake, Hastings Memories, 2016, print 29.7 x 21cm. Edition of 150, £100 ©Sir Peter Blake

by Guy Sangster-Adams

Following their highly successful seaside forays to Folkestone and Margate over the previous two summers, this Saturday Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair visits Hastings for the first time. The event will take place on The Stade, next to the Jerwood Gallery, at the juxtaposition of the extraordinary tall tarred net shops and beach launching fishing fleet and the beach set amusement arcades, pirate mini golf, and pedal swan boating lake.

Hastings fishing boats from the Jerwood Gallery photograph by Guy Sangster-Adams ©Guy Sangster-Adams

Hastings fishing boats from the Jerwood Gallery, 2016, photograph by Guy Sangster-Adams ©Guy Sangster-Adams

The dual heritage of fishing town and seaside resort are celebrated in limited edition works created specially for the event by Sir Peter Blake and Marcus Harvey. The former has created a new print based on an existing collage, Hastings Memories, which he created from found objects collected on the shingle beside the fishing boats, whislt Harvey has created ceramic stoneware sandcastles. Inselaffe, the largest public gallery exhibition of Marcus Harvey’s work to date, also opens on Saturday at the Jerwood Gallery.

Marcus Harvey, Sandcastle, 2016 © Marcus Harvey

Marcus Harvey, Large Sandcastle, 2016, ceramic stoneware, fort-style sandcastle bucket size. Edition of 100 Special fair price £201.60 (usually £400) © Marcus Harvey

Since the first ACBF in 2004, co-curators Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward’s ethos has been that the event should enable everyone to engage with art and artists in a totally informal way and with all the artists taking part creating special limited editions and selling them in person on the day at affordable prices, “to pick up some real art bargains to boot”. A mix of boot sale and art fair many of the artists’ pitches are supplied by Vauxhall Motors who have sponsored ACBF since it began and on Saturday will be bringing both vintage Victors from their heritage collection and new Adams.

John Cooper Clarke, Chicken Town, 2016  © John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke, Chicken Town, 2016, 2-colour screen-print on 250gsm Somerset White Velvet paper with MP3 player and headphones, 30 x 40cm. Edition of 25 (unframed), £150. Commissioned and produced by Alteria Art with special thanks to Earl Broad & Johnny Green© John Cooper Clarke

Punk poet, John Cooper Clarke, is also taking part and in collaboration with in collaboration with Alteria Art has created a limited edition silkscreen print of the words to his most famous poem, Chicken Town, handwritten over the outline of his hand (‘the hand’ is the theme of this year’s ACBFs and is reflected in both the artworks and entertaiments). The print also comes with a recording of the track on a MP3 in the form of a pin badge.

Quentin Blake, Thoughtful Bird, Walking, 2016 © Quentin Blake

Sir Quentin Blake, Thoughtful Bird, Walking, 2016. Pen and ink on handmade Indian paper, 30 x 30cm. All the Blake works, of which this is one example, are framed originals and will sell for between £500-­£1000. © Quentin Blake

Other artists taking part include, Sir Quentin Blake, Fiona Banner, Keith Coventry, Gavin Turk, Wilma Johnson, Jennifer Binnie, and Christine Binnie, Helen A Pritchard, and Rachel Howard. Alongside live music, including Sarah Jane Morris, Band of Holy Joy, and Martin Creed and his band, there will also be hand themed entertainments including sleights of hand, glove puppetry,handbag slinging, and hand-printing. In addition to locally produced food, beer and wines.

Jennifer Binnie ACBF Margate Edition 2015 photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams

Jennifer Binnie at Art Car Boot Fair’s Margate Edition, 2015. Photograph by Guy Sangster-Adams ©Guy Sangster-Adams

However you get there, be it vintage Vauxhall, by train, on foot, or riding a white pedal swan, do so because ACBF are certain to rock Rock-A-Nore this Saturday!


Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair Hastings Edition, The Stade, beside Jerwood Gallery, Rock-A-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW 12pm – 4pm Saturday 16th July 2016. Admission £3
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Full line-up
Marcus Harvey . Sir Peter Blake . Emin International (Tracey Emin is unable to attend in person but limited editions of her work will be available from Emin International). Worton Hall Studios .  Gavin Turk . Quentin Blake . Martin Creed . Fiona Banner . Rachel Howard . Keith Coventry . John Cooper Clarke with Alteria Art . Pure Evil . Hayden Kays . Alessandro Raho . Ian Dawson . Charming Baker . Camille Phoenix . Holly Allen . James Birch . Lincoln Taber . David David . Keeler Tornero . Jess Albarn . Rutie Bothwick . Mr Bingo . Colin Booth .  Helen A Pritchard . Matthew Burrows . Maria Teresa Gavazzi with Julia Maddison & India Roper Evans . Art on a Postcard . Herrick Gallery & Jeffrey Disaster . Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent & Skeleton Cardboard . Jennifer Binnie . Christine Binnie . Wilma Johnson . True Rocks. Kristjana S Williams . Hastings Rocks . Mario Rossi . Phil Allen . X Ray Fog . Paul Stolper . Kate Knight . Dan Chilcott & Knitted Swimsuit Troupe . David J Batchelor . Jake Clark . Joe Packer . Bumble & Earwig . Amanda Jobson & Stuart Griffiths . Cate Halpin with The Outside World  Allstars . Wildcat Will . Olivier Richon . Jealous Gallery . Moniker Projects & David Shillinglaw . Marty Thornton . Cliff Pearcey . Paul Sakoilsky . Stine Goetrik . Tony Beaver . Turps Painters . Jessica Wilson . Swifty and Scrawl Collective . Wendy Newell with Oska Lappin, Jasmine Bell, Rufus Newell & Nick Snelling . Richard Clegg . Sadie Hennessy . Resort . Leigh Clark . Paul Hodgson . Deborah Bowness . Cullinan and Richards . Carrie Reichardt & Nick Reynolds . The Darren Coffield & Hedley Roberts Roadshow . Rennaissance Selfies . Matt Rowe  . Nina Saunders .  Smithson Gallery . Dion Kitson. Galerie Simpson . Band of Holy Joy . Sarah Jane Morris . Martin Creed & his Band . Special Guests . Magic .Borough Wines . eat@the Stade . Three Legs . William the Conequeror .

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Hands Up! Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair London Brick Lane Yard, London E1 12pm – 6pm Sunday 12th June 2016

Sir Peter Blake, 2016 ©Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake, 2016, archival inkjet print, 29.7cm x 22cm, edition 150 ©Sir Peter Blake

By Guy Sangster-Adams

In a weekend of birthday celebrations for the Queen in which the regal hand wave will be much in demand and street parties will abound, it is entirely fitting that for this year’s art fair, come boot sale, come street party that is the right royal Art Car Boot Fair the theme is ‘the hand’. Eclectic and celebratory, eccentric, frivolous and often riotous, the success and fun of ACBF stem from the founding principle of co-curators, Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward, that it should enable everyone to engage with art and artists in a totally informal way and, with all the artists taking part creating special limited editions and selling them in person on the day at affordable prices, “to pick up some real art bargains to boot”.

Peter Blake ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Sir Peter Blake at Art Car Boot Fair Margate 2015 photo: ©Guy Sangster-Adams

Queues form early for ACBF regular, Sir Peter Blake, and his print for this Sunday’s event, which is in a limited edition of 150, celebrates the royal birthday with a portrait of the Queen, based on a photograph taken by Lord Lichfield, which was painted for a reception at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2002 to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Also marking this year’s ACBF theme the print features a hand-drawn hand with a pencil ‘signing’ the print.

Tracey Emin,You Loved Me Like A Distant Star, 2016  ©Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin,You Loved Me Like A Distant Star, 2016, poster, 70cm x 50cm, edition of 500, ©Tracey Emin

The line-up features both established and up-and-coming artists, including Keith Coventry, Tracey Emin & Emin International, Gavin Turk, Pam Hogg, Ben Eine, Pure Evil, Jessica Albarn, Vic Reeves, Kelly-Anne Davitt, Sean Worrall, and Lily Rose Thomas. Many of the artist’s pitches are supplied by Vauxhall Motors who have sponsored ACBF since it began in 2004 and on Sunday will be bringing both vintage Victors and new Adams.

Pure Evil, Bowie 1 in the USA © Pure Evil

Pure Evil, Bowie 1 in the USA, 50cm x 35cm, edition of 100, © Pure Evil

In one, renowned psychoanalyst, Darian Leader, will be turning the backseat into a psychiatrist’s couch, whilst also celebrating the publication of his latest book, Hands – What we do with them and why, whilst all around the theme of ‘the hand’ will be further celebrated with plenty of “hands-on entertainment” including palm reading with Bob & Roberta Smith, fine art on nails, sleights of hand and other magic, glove puppetry, handbag slinging, hand printing, exotic finger food, and hand-pulled pints and hand-shaken Martinis from Kitty Finer’s Artists Behind Bars’ hand-pushed trolley bars… and The Handbag Disco with Dan Chillcott’s Knitted Swimsuit Dance Troupe.

Helen Hayward and Karen Ashton ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-CP

ACBF’s co-curators, Helen Hayward and Karen Ashton, at Art Car Boot Fair Margate 2015 photo: ©Guy Sangster-Adams


All in all really no excuse to sit on one’s hands this Sunday!

 Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane Yard, corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, London E1
12pm – 6pm Sunday 12th June

Full line-up:
Sir Peter Blake . Tracey Emin & Emin International . Gavin Turk . Polly Morgan . Ben Eine . Pam Hogg . Rachel Howard . Marcus Harvey & Turps Banana . Keith Coventry . Pure Evil . Charming Baker . Vic Reeves . True Rocks . Darian Leader . Olivier Richon . Camille Phoenix . Bob & Roberta Smith . Art on a Postcard with Topolski, Tabby Costo & MoYou . Christian Furr . Colin Self . Moniker Projects . Jessica Albarn . Herrick Gallery with Jeffrey Disastronaut & Michal Cole . Sadie Hennessey . Jealous Gallery . Nina Fowler . Cob Gallery . House of Fairytales . Tom Crawford . Jimp . LM-6a Projects . Steven Whitehead . Schoony . Maria Teresa Gavazzi & Julia Maddison & India Roper-Evans . Jessica Voorsanger . Tracey Neuls . Artlyst PUNK 40 with Keith Levene (PIL),Mark Woods, Rebecca Scott, Michael Petry, Martin Sexton and Vanya Balogh . Cate Halpin & Julia Riddiough . Kristjana Williams . Stine Goetrik . Richard Strange & the Daylight Cabaret . The Idler Academy . Elli Popp . Holly Allen . Ian Dawson . Kate Knight . Wildcat Will . Bert Gilbert . Lily Rose Thomas . Paul Hodgson . Simon Bill . L-13 & James Cauty ADP Riot Tour . Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent and Skeleton Cardboard . Boo Saville. The Darren Coffield-Hedley Roberts Roadshow . Galerie Simpson . Carrie Reichardt . Keeler Tornero . Ben Oakley Gallery with Ray Richardson, David Bray, Guy Denning . Trolley Books . James Birch . Bumble & Earwig . Helen A Pritchard . Paul Stolper Gallery with Sarah Hardacre, Kevin Cummins & Susie Hamilton . Nick Reynolds . Vanera Obscura . X-Ray Fog . Cliff Pearcey . Ric Blackshaw & Scrawl Collective . Swifty. The Fabulous Binnie Sisters . Marty Thornton . Coriander Studio . Jeff Towns and Dylans Mobile Bookstore . Matt Rowe . Smithson Gallery . Cullinan & Richards . Paul Sakoilsky . Joseph Gibson . Misha Milovanich. Nina Saunders & Red . Outline Editions . Ivan Black . David J Batchelor . Jake Clark .Kim Zoe Wagner . David David . Paul Kindersley . James Unsworth . Silvia Ziranek . Jessica Wilson and friends. Nicole Mollet & The Kent Cultural Baton feat. Bridgette Ashton, Nicole Mollet, Frog Morris, Sarah Sparkes, Hazel Stone, Duncan Ward and Jeanine Woollard . Kelly Davitt . Dan Chilcott & Knitted Swimsuit Troupe & Resort . Dion Kitson & the PBA’s . Richard Clegg . Tony Beaver . Artlyst . Art Club of Soho . Leigh Clarke and Crate . Rennaisance Selfies . David Stearn . Limbo with Krztian Borst, Paul Hazelton, David Price, Gavin Toye, and Sara Trillo . Lucy Sparrow . Nick Walker. Mr Bingo . Simon Lawson and Worton Hall Studios . Sarah Staton and Demelza Watts’s PeaProposals.
Plus! Drinks on Trolley Bars from Kitty Finer’s Artists Behind Bars . Longflint Cocktails . St John Bread (actually Custard Doughnuts) & Wine . Bean About Town . Beamish McGlue . Nude Espresso.
And WELCOMING BACK! Richard Strange’s stranger than ever Cabaret Futura including the return of BAND OF HOLY JOY! Oh! Standfast! and introducing Geraldine Swayne & friends, Kunsty the Clown (custard pie-ing).


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K-tee: Bitter Sweet – CNB Gallery 23rd March – 20th May 2016

K-tee, Fondant Egg, 2016 © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery web

K-tee, Fondant Egg, 2016, resin, stainless steel, 15.2 x 7.6cm © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery

By Guy Sangster-Adams

Pineapple was the nickname given to the MKII hand grenade designed by American firearms designer, John Browning, stemming from the grooves in its cast iron which acted both as a hand grip and also increased fragmentation. For artist, K-tee, the segmentation has always reminded her of a chocolate bar, and this idea has inspired her two series of sculptures at her first solo exhibition, Bitter Sweet, which runs at the CNB Gallery, London, from 23rd March to 20th May. The first series features MKII grenades, reimagined as though made of chocolate, and with a bite taken out of them to reveal centres of honeycomb, fondant egg, Turkish delight, and mint bubbles. The second series, which hangs along the wall of the gallery, are larger scale sculptures of the grenades bisected.

K-tee, Honeycomb, 2016 © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery web

K-tee, Honeycomb, 2016, resin, stainless steel,15.2 x 7.6cm © K-tee. Courtesy the artist and CNB Gallery

Although looking like chocolate the sculptures are made of resin, fibreglass and stainless steel but K-tee has also teamed up with chefs Tom Kerridge and Claire Clark to create a limited edition range of the sculptures in chocolate – which, with the exhibition opening just before Easter, look like rather malevolent Easter Eggs.


K-tee: Bitter Sweet
runs from 23rd March – 20th May 2016
CNB Gallery, 32 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3LX


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Review: Parisian Chic City Guide – Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet

Parisian Chic City Guide Cover for P-TCP

(Flammarion) £12.95
Reviewed by Guy Sangster Adams
“You can never have enough notebooks,” writes Ines de la Fressange, in her latest book, Parisian Chic City Guide, which is indeed beautifully styled as a notebook, including blank pages for the reader’s own notes and an inner pocket to collect whatever catches one’s magpie eye: tickets, tags, fabric samples, business cards, or precious notes on scraps of paper. “I contracted a notebook fixation,” she continues in her entry for her favourite source for her cahier fix, Dubois, in the Latin Quarter, “and hoard them as if a catastrophic stationary shortage was imminent”.

ParisianChicCityGuide Ines de la Fressange © Alessandra d UrsoFlammarion 2015 for P-TCP

Ines de la Fressange ©Alessandra d’Urso/Flammarion 2015

A perfect pocket companion to the best-selling, Parisian Chic Style Guide, and once again co-written with Elle fashion journalist, Sophie Gachet, the book is wonderfully multi-layered in that it is an exquisite, informative guide to the city, in which de la Fressange divulges her secret sources and her new favourite places to shop, eat, hang out, and more, but also it is written with such an engaging and readable, wit, wisdom, and joie de vivre that it is by turns a fascinating travelogue, an enchanting diary, and a love letter to Paris.

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©Taride, from Parisian Chic City Guide (Flammarion, 2015).

The book is bound with a tricolour bracelet, keeping the contents safe, a bracelet that wouldn’t look out of place at A.B.P. Concept – The Atelier Bracelet Paris boutique, in the 1st arrondissement which specialises in watchbands – “a good and affordable NATO nylon military wristband (only 20€!) paired with any watch will perform honourably in the service of fashion”- and is an Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant, which is, “the French distinction of a ‘living heritage’ business,” de la Fressagne explains and adds, “That’s so Parisian!”.

pp94-95 Le Petit Souk and Lat Tarte Tropezianne Parisan Chic City Guide for P-TCP

©Le Petit Souk and ©La Tarte Tropézienne from Parisian Chic City Guide (Flammarion, 2015).

Just along the rue du Marché-Saint-Honoré from A.B.P. is Styl’Honoré – a stylo or pen specialist – where, de la Fressange delightfully reveals, “you’ll find one of the last Parisian craftsmen who knows how to cut a quill pen” and the ‘Say it like La Parisienne’ (a style declaration with each entry in the book) declares: “In an era of e-mails, a handwritten letter is the sign of a rebellious spirit”.

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Ines de la Fressange Paris flagship store © Dominique Maître, from Parisian Chic City Guide (Flammarion, 2015)

Described by L’Oréal, for whom she is a brand ambassador, as “The Eternal Parisienne” and “the epitome of French style”, de la Fressange is descended from one of France’s oldest aristocratic families. She began modelling in the 1980s, at the age of 17, on the runways of iconic fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Christian Lacroix, and then became Karl Lagerfeld’s muse, and at his request, in 1983, the face of Chanel and global ambassador for the brand, for prêt-à-porter, accessories and perfume. In 1989 she was chosen as the model for Marianne, the national symbol of France. Whilst continuing to model she is also now an highly regarded creative, designer, journalist, writer and business woman. She is creative consultant for Roger Vivier, designs a line for Uniqlo, and this year relaunched her luxury lifestyle brand, Ines de la Fressange Paris.

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Interior of Ines de la Fressange Paris flagship store © Dominique Maître, from Parisian Chic City Guide (Flammarion, 2015)

Her flagship store in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is included in the book, of which she writes, “think of it as a cross between a fantasy department store and a sundries emporium”. It stocks both her brand and items from other designers and makers which she’s sourced in an eclectic range spanning clothes, jewellery, stationery, home  décor items through to brooms and olive oil.

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Interior Ines de la Fressange Paris flagship store © Dominique Maître, from Parisian Chic City Guide (Flammarion, 2015)

Divided into five sections, The Heart of Paris, That Marais State, The Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés Style, Chic near the Champs-Élysées, and The Bobo Attitude, covering 12 arrondissements, with maps for each area, the entries range from luxury brands and high-end stores to fantastic finds where one can discover the highest quality at low prices. Including fashion designers, stationers, florists and hairstylists, cafés, hotels, home décor and toy shops, and the wonderfully named, Musée de la Vie Romantique.

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From the legendary Colette and the fabulous timeless lingerie of Fifi Chachnil in the 1st arrondissement, to the evocatively named, Carouche: Interprète d’Objets in the 11th arrondissement– as de la Fressange writes, “anyone who calls herself ‘an interpreter of objects’ deserves our attention”, and then to La Tarte Tropézianne in the 6th arrondissement, the patisserie from which Parisians can now buy the cream-filled brioche which for years was only available in St Tropez… the ‘Say it like La Parisienne’ note wryly appends: “they say pâtissier Alexandre Micka named this confection after Brigitte Bardot. Remember Roger Vadim’s film And God Created Pastry?” Parisian Chic City Guide is a treasure trove journey through the myriad elements of what it is to be truly chic in la Parisienne mode.

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David Ben White: Inside Outside – l’étrangère 30th October – 5th December 2015

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Inside Outside 14, 2015 ©David Ben White. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère

By Guy Sangster Adams
“What a wonderful material to perfectly express part of the spirit of the Modern Age!” Le Corbusier proclaimed of plate glass in his 1935 article, Glass: The Fundamental Material of Modern Architecture. In the same article the Swiss-French designer, painter, writer, and pioneering modernist architect explained how buildings could be built with “glass walls” within a structure “formed of a rigid lattice” which is then “fitted with its mesh of translucent or transparent materials: glass”.

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Inside Outside 17, 2015 ©David Ben White. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère

From within a building plate glass both frames the exterior view and brings the outside inside, with the flipside that from without plate glass frames the interior and brings the inside outside. In Inside Outside, David Ben White’s new multi-layered exhibition of paintings and sculptures at London’s l’étrangère gallery, White explores and subverts the styles, themes, and legacy of modernist architecture, design and art, the concepts of public and private spaces, and indeed also the notions of both an art exhibition and gallery space themselves.

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Inside Outside 12, 2015 ©David Ben White. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère

The exhibition begins with the series of paintings, Inside Outside, which feature imagined interior spaces characterised by their plate glass windows, but the clean easily assimilable modernist lines that one would expect are distorted, partially obscured and overpowered by the overlay of a rectilinear modernist grid; a grid upon a grid. The transparency and framing that a plate glass window would be expected to provide is subverted. Similarly the canvases are only partially framed and so the definition and separation between artwork and gallery wall is blurred, and the grid system that frames on a wall create is broken. This is taken further by the vinyl lines on the walls in the colours of the paintings that play with perspective and disrupt the viewer’s sense of space; are the paintings on the wall within the gallery, or is the gallery not a space but in fact within the paintings?

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Fabrication of Pleasure 36, 2014 ©David Ben White. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère

In allowing passers-by a far clearer and larger view of the interior plate glass windows on domestic buildings diminish the privacy of a private space and make it far more public – turning the interior spaces into adhoc exhibitions/gallery spaces. Within Inside Outside White plays with this notion of public and private spaces by domesticating his modernist style concrete sculptures, a series called Fabrication of Pleasure, with high Victorian style standard lamp lampshades – which playfully subverts the modernist legacy.

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The Personification of an Ideal (Sonia), 2014 ©David Ben White. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère

Also within the exhibition is White’s series of portraits Personification of an Ideal. The paintings feature modernist female artists, designers and architects, including Sonia Delauney, Eileen Grey, Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky, Ise Gropius, Lilly Reich and Gunta Stolzland. Continuing the theme from the Inside Outside series, in each portrait the women’s faces are obscured by the overlay of a rectilinear modernist grid.

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The Personification of an Ideal (Anni), 2014 ©David Ben White. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère

In these paintings White is using the grid to examine one of Modernism’s great contradictions – that while it stood for everything progressive, it was, paradoxically, extremely chauvinistic. Compounded by the fact that at the Bauhaus art school, to which when it opened in 1919 female applicants outnumbered male, Walter Gropius proclaimed that the school would not differentiate between “the beautiful and the strong sex” – in reality as T’ai Smith explained in her InVisible Culture article, Pictures Made of Wool: The Gender of Labor at the Bauhaus Weaving Workshop (1919-23), he sought to segregate the female students from the rest of the school and that weaving – which was seen as a feminised medium – was one of the few areas of study open to them.

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Personification of an ideal (Clara), 2015 ©David Ben White. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère

The female artists, designers and architects in White’s paintings were all at the heart of modernism and all created extraordinary and influential bodies of work but were often overlooked at the time by galleries and the art establishment in favour of their husbands and male contemporaries, and to a certain extent their significance has continued to be overlooked until recently.



David Ben White: Inside Outside
runs from 30th October – 5th December 2015
at l’étrangère, 44a Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PD
Gallery open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm or by appointment

David Ben White

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Daniel Chadwick: Come Together – Dadiani Fine Art 9th October – 12th November 2015

5. We Go Together © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

We Go Together, 2013, solid polished bronze 48 mm x 54mm x 145mm (high) © Daniel Chadwick. Photo: Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

By Guy Sangster Adams
As a child I was discovered ever so carefully cutting up an atlas, fascinated by the idea that the British Isles had once been part of the landmass of continental Europe, and hoping that I might be able to achieve a jigsaw puzzle perfect fit along the coastline. Sadly a paper engineered European union alluded me, but that cartographical fascination has been reignited and taken to a new level by the sublime sculptures in Daniel Chadwick’s Come Together at Dadiani Fine Art in London.

4 We Go Together © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

We Go Together, 2013, solid polished bronze 48 mm x 54mm x 145mm (high), © Daniel Chadwick. Photo: Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

As though the fossil or mineral hunter’s rock hammer has become a map-maker’s tool, or perhaps the prerequisite for a new denomination, topography hunter, the sculptural pieces in Chadwick’s first solo exhibition in 10 years, feature perfectly smooth, featureless, flat sided ingots, bricks, blocks, of gold, silver, bronze, glass, acrylic, and wood, split in two via a perfect central fissure to reveal an interlocking, undulating, topographical core.

7. Marry Me © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

Marry Me, 2008, fabricated sterling silver 36mm x 30mm x 163mm (high), © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

The undulations are inspired by the rolling Cotswold Hills close to Lypiatt Park (the Gloucestershire manor house he inherited from his father the sculptor, Lynn Chadwick, and the restoration of which he has continued over the past decade since his father’s death) and in the exhibition’s titular centre-piece, they follow the contour lines of the Ordnance Survey map for the area. The highly polished 18 carat gold from which Come Together is made making myriad the hills and valleys in the mirror reflection of each half. Similarly this strikingly beautiful effect is echoed in the other metal fabricated pieces, such as Marry Me, which is solid silver.

10. Come Inside © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Chadwick Studio, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

Come Inside, 2015, solid polished bronze 36mm x 60mm x 190mm (high), © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Chadwick Studio, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

Whilst continuing the evocation of nature for which Chadwick is renowned, the sculptural pieces, both in form and title – including Come Together, Marry Me, We Go Together, Come Again – have an overt and wonderful sensuality. A celebration of the embrace of nature and the passionate connection one can feel to a landscape, and also a celebration of the passionate and multifaceted connection with a soulmate.

12. Come Closer © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

Come Closer, 2015, carved solid wood, flattened white cellulose paint 286mm x 140mm x 664mm (high), © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Paulina Korobkiewicz, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

Chadwick’s multifaceted practice – artist, kinetic sculptor, engineer, architect, inventor and product designer – has informed all of the pieces in the exhibition which also includes two topographical reliefs created from wood and coated in plaster and three ‘flock paintings’ displayed on glass. To create the latter he invented an electro-static process to replicate patterns that were hitherto confined to his computer. “The lines,” as he explains, “are reproductions of the sorts of things I see on my computer screen when I’m generating paths to create these pieces. I see them, and I want to capture them, and I have captured them, and that is the job of an artist to try to possess visual (or other) experiences”.

Montage © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Chadwick Studio, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

Montage of works from Daniel Chadwick’s studio, 2015, © Daniel Chadwick. Photo Chadwick Studio, courtesy Dadiani Fine Art

Come Together is fantastic and inspiring tactile map to the landscape Chadwick loves and to the topography of love, and as gallery director, Eleesa Dadiani, says “a compelling survey of Daniel Chadwick’s current practice – each work is beautiful and full of surprises, both in the mediums he has engaged with, and the processes that have brought them into being”.

Daniel Chadwick: Come Together
Dadiani Fine Art, 30 Cork Street London W1S 3NG
9th October – 12th November 2015

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Belgravia – Karen Knorr

Belgravia - Karen Knorr cover for P-TCP

Published by Stanley/Barker
Ltd edition of 1000 £45
Special edition of 35 (Clamshell Box set with a signed print) £400

By Guy Sangster Adams

The high white cover of Karen Knorr’s beautifully produced new monograph, Belgravia, echoes the resplendent stucco of the grand terraces of this exclusive area of London. Much of Belgravia was built by Thomas Cubitt, commissioned by the then Viscount Belgrave in the 1820s and predominantly still owned by his descendent the 6th Duke of Westminster. Belgravia lies a diamond’s throw from Buckingham Palace of which Cubitt also built the east façade which faces The Mall; the palace’s ‘public face’.

Karen Knorr Belgravia A House in Town for P-TCP

©Karen Knorr

Stepping behind the stucco and playfully subverting the idea of a public face, Knorr describes her photographs of Belgravia residents, taken between 1979 and 1981 and collected for the first time in this book, as “non-portraits”. Vanity and verity is the inherent struggle in traditional portraiture, but as Knorr explains her photographs are ‘non portraits’ because “they do not aim to flatter or to show the ‘truth’ of these people”. Equally her sitters are not named and remain anonymous, because, as she says, “the photographs are not about individuals but about a group of people and their ideas during a particular time in history”.

Karen Knorr Belgravia Security is for P-TCP

©Karen Knorr

Their ideas are conveyed epigrammatically beneath each image. Reflecting after each shoot on the conversations she had had with her subjects, Knorr constructed the texts – capitalising key words to emphasise the constructed and ironic nature. But the texts are not designed to illustrate the photographs they sit beneath, nor vice versa; Knorr’s intention is that in the space between the two they create a ‘third meaning’ “to be completed by the spectator”. Intriguingly that meaning will differ depending on the spectator’s own background and views. Knorr showed the photographs and accompanying text to all her sitters; some saw her intended humour, whereas, she says, “a lot of them said, ‘yes, that’s pretty much how things are’”.

Karen Knorr Belgravia Debs' Delights for P-TCP

©Karen Knorr

Beneath the image of the cover star, hair, stance, and clothes so archetypally early 1980s that he looks as though he would be equally at home at a Sloane Ranger Handbook informed débutante ball—which had a resurgence in the 1980s— or a Duran Duran concert, the text reads: “Debs’ Delights are on the list/They wear Gucci shoes/pinstripe suits/and take girls out/to places like/Regines.” Reading which I was reminded of lines from The Jam song, Saturday’s Kids: “Saturday’s girls work in Tesco’s and Woolworths/ Wear cheap perfume ’cause it’s all they can afford/Go to discos they drink Babycham talk to Jan – in bingo accents.”

Saturday’s Kids was on the album Setting Sons, which was released the same year that Knorr started taking her Belgravia photographs. It also contained the hit single, Eton Rifles, which Prime Minister David Cameron, who in 1979 had just started at Eton, has said was one his favourite songs at the time. In response to Paul Weller’s reported incredulity at this, wondering if Cameron did not understand that the song was satirising Etonians, Cameron told Alexis Petridis in The Guardian in 2011: “of course I understood what it was about. It was taking the mick out of people running around in the cadet force. And he was poking a stick at us. But it was a great song with brilliant lyrics. I’ve always thought that if you can only like music if you agree with the political views of the person who wrote it, well, it’d be rather limiting”.

Karen Knorr Belgravia Drones for P-TCP

©Karen Knorr

Similarly with Knorr’s photographs the spectator must decide whether the assumed privileged background of the proto-Goth band, the Dulcet Drones, given that they are photographed around a dining table in Belgravia, makes them risible or intriguing/possibly worth a listen… and whether it negates or makes laughable the text beneath the image: “I am part of a group/called the Dulcit Drones/We are basically into Rebellion/into changing Youth today.”

Privilege is, understandably, a key theme of the book. The text, “There is nothing/ wrong with Privilege/as long as you are ready/ to pay for it”, appears beneath a photograph, and is then repeated on the penultimate page, and broken down on the last page to “There is nothing wrong with Privilege …”; the ‘third meaning’ lying in the space between the ellipsis. In her exploration of privilege there is an element, Knorr has said, “of self-critique” in that she “was the product of a very well-to-do family; I had a lot of privilege and I was able to study in Britain thanks to them”.

Karen Knorr Belgavia Privilege for P-TCP

©Karen Knorr

Knorr’s upbringing was peripatetic – born in Germany, she spent her childhood in Puerto Rico, and completed her education in Paris and then in England. Her parents had moved to Belgravia in the mid-1970s, and when she in turn moved to London she lived with them for a few months, but only a few months because, as she says, “I felt uncomfortable actually being in Belgravia, I couldn’t relate to it”. This provides another layer to her series of photographs, which feature her family and their friends/neighbours, the simultaneous sense of being both an insider and an outsider.

Belgravia is a fantastic series of photographs, intriguing and thought provoking. It is equally fascinating 37 years on from when Knorr began the series to see what seems most outmoded and from another time, in both image and words. The deluxe/futuristic 1960s/1970s moulded plastic chairs, mirrored and chrome expanding coffee tables, now look far more of the past and retro, than the classical interiors. Lamentations about the lack of ‘pink’ – ie the British Empire – on the map is not something one hears whereas, “Every morning I wake up/and do 50 push-ups/I eat muesli and wheatgerm/for breakfast/You are what you eat”, sounds far more now than then. Whilst what sounded reactionary then, “I live in the nineteenth century/the early nineteenth century/I am fascinated by/Napoleon and Metternich/two antagonists”, now doesn’t sound like too bad a place to live…!

Karen Knorr Belgravia Theatre of the World for P-TCP

©Karen Knorr


It’s also interesting how Belgravia itself has changed in the intervening years. Although post-war many of the townhouses were no longer residential, but were embassies, charity headquarters, and offices, at the time that Knorr was photographing there were still residents of Belgravia to be photographed. With the exponential rise in London property prices and the attendant trend for properties in exclusive areas like Belgravia to be bought by international buyers purely as investments less and less people live there – as Sarah Lyall noted in her 2013 article in the New York Times, A Slice of London So Exclusive Even the Owners Are Visitors, “It seems that practically the only people who can afford to live there don’t actually want to”.

Which makes the rather poetical first text in Belgravia, which in 1979 would have sounded outdated, sound positively 19th century not 20th: “A House in Town brings much/Splendour and Comfort to a Gentleman/who must spend there the time/required for the administration/of State Affairs as well as/Patrimony and Property”.

Karen Knorr


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HIX Award 2015 won by Allyson McIntyre

HIX Award 2015 Allyson McIntyre, Tracey Emin, Mark Hix P-TCP

HIX Award 2015 winner Allyson McIntyre, receiving her award from Tracey Emin and Mark Hix

By Guy Sangster Adams
At last night’s ceremony the winner of the HIX Award 2015 was announced as Allyson McIntyre for her artwork, Moon Cries for Ferdinand. Inaugurated in 2013 by renowned restaurateur, avid art collector and enthusiast, Mark Hix, and CNB Gallery director, Rebecca Lidert, the HIX Award is open to current students and recent graduates and provides a fantastic opportunity in the transition between studies and professional practice by showcasing their work.

This year’s award attracted hundreds of entrants from across the UK and also internationally, from which the 19 shortlisted artists were chosen. Their works were then hung in the CNB gallery, which is in the basement of Tramshed, Mark Hix’s chicken and streak restaurant in London’s Shoreditch, to be judged by the 22-strong award panel, including Tracey Emin, Dylan Jones, Liz Murdoch, and Ivan Massow. Of the shortlist, Massow says, “incredible quality work, it gets better every year”.

Allyson McIntyre - Moon Cries for Ferdinand P-TCP

Moon Cries for Ferdinand – Allyson McIntyre’s HIX Award 2015 winning artwork

After deliberation each judge awarded each artwork a score out of five. Almost all the judges award Allyson McIntyre top marks and she was the clear winner. “This work was a massive surprise,” says Emin, “I was really impressed with the confidence”.

Moon Cries for Ferdinand is a large work, taking up almost the entirety of the gallery’s end wall, and features a glittered but bloodied and tethered bull surrounded by a group of male spectators. “Allyson portrays the bull as martyr, importance to a subject which historically was only allowed to be painted by women,” explains Lidert, “through her work, Allyson reconfigures the climate of representation through the feminisation of deities, where the marginalized becomes the main focus.”

Allyson McIntyre P-TCP

Allyson McIntyre


Born in Canada, but now based in London, McIntyre graduated from University of Alberta in 2013 with a BFA majoring in painting and sculpture, before moving to the UK to continue her studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, from where she graduated this summer. In winning the HIX Award 2015 she receives £500 of HIX restaurant vouchers, a stay at the HIX Town House in Lyme Regis, on England’s south coast, £500 of Cass Art supplies, and also a solo exhibition at the CNB gallery next year – which presents a great opportunity as the winner of the HIX Award 2014, Felix Treadwell, sold out his solo show at CNB this summer.

Of the most recent recipient of the award bearing his name, Mark Hix says, “an absolute deserved winner, can’t wait to see what she does next”.

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This was The Art Car Boot Fair Margate Edition 2015…

Turner Contemporary, Margate, Sunday 30th August 2015

Dogs Running Loose ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams

Words and images by Guy Sangster Adams

“I normally have to queue,” said the woman paying for her purchases last Sunday morning at the artisan bread stall in Margate Bazaar, the open-air Sunday market in Margate’s Old Town. “They’re all off buying art,” the stallholder replied.

New to the town and following my nose – which was what had already drawn me to the bread – through the maze of streets of its historic quarter, now creative quarter with its plethora of galleries, eclectic independent shops and businesses, cafés and bars, I turned past the strikingly named and presented Georgian façade of Lady Tesla’s Loose Leaves & Mud. The owner, Roxanne Tesler, describing the how the area used to be 10 years ago, has said that it was, “a bit of a black hole – there was no street lighting, only boarded-up shops and pubs”, and that “you didn’t walk through Old Town unless you had to – or you didn’t care”. Now, with the impetus of regeneration, with the opening of Turner Contemporary in 2011, and the rebirth of Dreamland earlier this year, it’s a very different story.

ACBF Margate entrance photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams


Suddenly I emerged from the narrow street into the bright sunlit, Turner-widescreen sea- and limitless sky-scape of the promenade and looking to my left, to Turner Contemporary, on the site of the Romanticist painter’s beloved Mrs Booth’s guest house, I saw that the artisan baker was absolutely right. It was still half an hour before the Art Car Boot Fair was set to open in the gallery’s car park but there was already a queue stretching around the building and all the way up Fort Hill beside it. Everyone was indeed ‘off buying art’.

Peter Blake ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Sir Peter Blake sitting outside Dylans Mobile Bookstore (photograph ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

Although surreally from my vantage point it looked as though the queue actually lead, Noah’s ark style, to the RNLI lifeboat on its caterpillar tracked tractor and trailer. It had been moved to make way for the artists’ stalls, but also looked like a piece of public art in its own right set against the glass and steel backdrop of Turner Contemporary.

Helen Hayward and Karen Ashton ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-CP

Helen Hayward and Karen Ashton ACBF’s co-curators (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

The flood of people didn’t diminish throughout the four hours the fair was open. Reflecting on the turn-out a few days later, Art Car Boot Fair’s founders and co-curators Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward say, “we were bowled over, it was phenomenal, we’d expected 1000 people – and that in itself would have been a very successful day – but 3000 people came”. Their aim for ACBF, which is now in its 11th year, is that it should enable everyone to engage with art and artists in a totally informal way and “to pick up some real art bargains to boot”; all the artists taking part create special limited editions and sell them in-person at affordable prices.
Ashton and Hayward were not only bowled over by the numbers of people attending but also by how many of them bought artworks and, as Ashton says, “it was such a thrill watching people’s faces; so many people engaged and engaging with the art and artists, whether that was Sir Peter Blake, Tracy Emin or an art school ingénue.”

Peter Blake 2 ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Sir Peter Blake drawing and signing post-it note stick men (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

In the first 40 minutes after the gates opened at midday, Sir Peter Blake had sold 120 of the 150 limited edition prints he had created especially for the fair – a print of him visiting Margate’s mysterious and ornate Shell Grotto as a child. Once the print had sold out, Blake continued to chat with those queueing at his stall, outside Jeff Towns’ Dylans Mobile Bookstore, charmingly drawing and signing stick men illustrations on post-it notes for anyone that asked, posing for selfies, and generally pervading a wonderfully benign atmosphere – as interested in those who were chatting to him as they were in him.

Vic Reeves ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Vic Reeves (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

Meanwhile such was the queue to buy Tracy Emin’s neon heart, ‘Love is what you want’, limited edition prints from her stall that Hayward had to remove a part of the crowd control fencing at the perimeter of the site and ‘sculpt’ the queue back out along the promenade. Whilst she was doing that, as she told me later, she thought she spotted what would have been the event’s only incident of trouble… a chap in a denim jacket getting in by climbing over another section of fencing. She rushed over to apprehend the rogue only to discover as he turned around that it was comedian, artist, and actor, Vic Reeves. He was trying to circumvent the crowds to get back to his own stall!

Michael Hogben ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Michael Hogben (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

Also manning Reeves’ stall was his good friend and agent for his artworks, the always dapper, valuer, auctioneer, and antiques expert, Michael Hogben. Looking back on the event the day after and picking up on ABCF’s themes of engagement and the availability of great art bargains, he told me, “it was a really good day meeting art collectors and admirers of unique collectable 21st century art, many probably antiques for the future at affordable prices; Art Car Boot Fair do a great job”.

Kate Knight ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Kate Knight (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

One of the ‘secrets’ to the success of ACBF is that it is clear that the artists and stallholders enjoy the day as much as those attending – Ashton and Hayward aim for it to be “a day when the artists let their hair down” – and this creates a great atmosphere of fun and personableness that is infectious and inspiring. “It’s a knockout event that I’m honoured to be a part of,” painter, drafter, sculptor, Kate Knight, told me, “daring, colourful, and packed with bountiful booty”.

Pin the tiara on Edvard Munch's Scream P-TCP

Pin the tiara on Edvard Munch’s Scream (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

The fun and informality of ACBF belies, or perhaps more correctly attests to just how skilled and insightful Ashton and Hayward are in their production of the event, how much work and preparation goes into it, which then enables them within the fair’s carefully curated frame – be that ornate gilt Rococo or smooth brushed aluminium or both – as Ashton says, “to allow a percentage room of anarchy”. Which at Margate, as at all ABCFs, was a necessary percentage given such a breadth of artists, dancers in knitted swimsuits (from Margate’s month-long Tribes Festival) taking any opportunity and taking over any feasible or entirely unfeasible surface to dance upon or Conga line around, a superabundance of well-dressed and at times supercilious dogs waiting for the promenade dog show (as part of ACBF’s 2015 theme ‘dogs in art’), tiaras to pin on Edvard Much’s Scream, and the call-to-arms for children to ‘custard pie the artist’ with paper plates of foam… amongst many other sights and sounds. ACBF’s Margate edition had a tangible air of ‘edge of madness and eccentricity’ to it, which, of course, made it all the more compelling and fun.

Jessica Albarn P-TCP

Jessica Albarn (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

Jessica Albarn bee hexagons

Jessica Albarn’s Bee Hexagons

There is also a wonderful sense of familial warmth to ACBF, and this was very true in Margate. In some cases this is literal, in that Ashton and Hayward are sisters, Vic Reeves had his children with him, Kate Knight’s mum was helping her on her stall. Likewise for Jessica Albarn, who told me:
“ACBF in Margate worked out to be a great day! The weather held, we had lovely crowd, but also I had my mum and dad with me who were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary. My dad was part of Dreamland in the 1960s so they thought it was a good time to revisit!”

Art on a Postcard ABCF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Art on a Postcard’s Gemma Peppé and Flo Lees (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

But equally the familial atmosphere exists in a broader sense of informality, approachability/ non-exclusivity, friendships and connections to be made and resumed. This has been wonderfully borne out by relative newcomers to the ACBF family, Art on a Postcard, who raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust (one of ACBF’s two chosen charities, the other being Just for Kids Law), with specially commissioned, signed, limited edition artists’ postcards, are relative newcomers to the ACBF family. As the charity’s Gemma Peppé, explained to me:
“We’ve loved our first year at Art Car Boot Fair; it’s been fantastic for us. We’ve made lots of new friends and artists to collaborate with, like Peter Blake, Rachel Howard, Jessica Albarn, and Vic Reeves who will take part in our forthcoming events and we’ve raised a tonne of money for The Hepatitis C Trust”.

Dog and bicycle ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams

All the proceeds from Art on Postcard sales go to the charity. The designs on the postcards available at ACBF have been informed by the ‘dogs in art’ theme, and at Margate featured designs by artists including: Rankin, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarson, Robert James Clarke, Margot Bowman and Benjamin Murphy. “We’ve enjoyed the dog theme” Gemma Peppé tells me, “we even had our own resident English Bull Terrier, Brian, who came along with his pet, Ray Richardson, and joined us at both the London and Margate fairs.”
After leaving ACBF’s Margate Edition, with my head full of so many wonderful and hugely enjoyable sights, sounds, and inspirations, I sat for a while in the sunshine on the new revetment steps a little way along the promenade from Turner Contemporary. Descending elegantly into the high tide, the white stone steps are not only a fabulous place to sit, think, people watch, and enjoy the view that Turner loved, but are also part of the town’s new flood protection scheme. Prior to which the low-lying Old Town was liable to flooding.

Jennifer Binnie and Wilma Johnson Vauxhall P-TCP

Jennifer Binnie and Wilma Johnson’s shared vintage Vauxhall car boot.. and bonnet (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

Retracing my steps from the morning back through the Old Town I found it was now awash with people whose carefully clutched cardboard tubes and reinforced envelopes clearly demarcated them as having been to the Art Car Boot Fair. Not only did ACBF get three times more people at the fair than expected, but as Ashton and Hayward tell me, “there was a knock on effect for Turner Contemporary, who had one of their best ever Sundays with 4500 people through their doors, and also for the Old Town – the traders there were really pleased by how busy they were, and Margate as a whole”.

Jennifer Binnie ACBF Margate photo Guy Sangster Adams P-TCP

Jennifer Binnie (photo ©Guy Sangster-Adams)

Whilst considering how to conclude this article, I received a wonderful reply from artist and long-standing Art Car Boot Fairer, Jennifer Binnie to my request for her experiences of the day. At the Margate Edition Binnie shared the ‘boot’ of a vintage Vauxhall (from the heritage collection of ACBF long term sponsor, Vauxhall Motors) with her good friend artist and surfer, Wilma Johnson, with whom and her sister Christine Binnie, she founded the renowned Neo-Naturist performance based live art practice in the early 1980s. The reply she sent me evocatively encapsulates the day:
“The Margate experience was altogether enjoyable from the Airbnb on Saturday night, to driving around Broadstairs looking for Wilma’s lodgings on our way back to London on Sunday evening. Highlights were: discovering the Harbour Lights where you could get amazing cider and beer for £3 a pint! Hanging out with Wilma all day, meeting friends old and new, swapping art for hot dogs when we got peckish, an invigorating swim at the end of the day. And, I even made a small profit! Lots of fun!”
All-in-all ACBF’s Margate Edition was a wonderful slice of seaside bank holiday bonkers-ness. Long may Art Car Boot Fair continue!

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Exhibition: Painkillers – Joanna Rajkowska at l’étrangère, London, 17th September – 24th October 2015

Joanna Rajkowska, Uzi submachine gun, 2014 for P-TCP

Uzi, Painkillers II, 2015, life-size cast, powdered analgesic, polyurethane resin © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

By Guy Sangster Adams

Black and white. Even before one discovers the paradox at the heart of Joanna Rajkowska’s powerful and confronting sculptural series, Painkillers, one is arrested and unsettled by the guns fashioned in pure white. Consciously or unconsciously, the fact that black is the hue one would normally associate with guns taps into the traditional Western cultural duality that black and white symbolise distinct opposites: the dichotomies of night and day, evil and good, war and peace, killing and healing.

Rajkowska’s research into this last pairing informed her series when she discovered a long history of pharmaceutical companies at the forefront of the development of analgesics, antibacterials, and antibiotics, also being at the forefront of the development of chemical and biological weapons. Similarly, engineering companies innovating and producing medical equipment also innovating and producing military hardware.

Joanna Rajkowska, M4A1 carbine, 2014 for P-TCP

M4A1 carbine, Painkillers II, 2015, life-size cast, powdered analgesic, polyurethane resin, © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

Rather than killing and healing being distinct black and white opposites, as the Polish born, London based artist explains, “similar technology is often used in both fields, the same knowledge, quite possibly the same or similar substances, germs, and the same people are often involved. To produce an effective weapon, to define the damage it can cause to a human body, an extensive knowledge about the mechanical/chemical/psychological consequences of its use is needed”. She continues, “It seems that means of killing and means of saving peoples’ lives are related to each other in terms of the forces generating them. This closeness can probably also be found between the means of inflicting pain and relieving it”.

For her visual representation of her theme, she has created life size sculptures of pain inflictors from powdered pain relievers – powdered analgesic tablets; hence the white colouration – and polyurethane resin. Having created her first works in the Painkillers series last year, for her inaugural exhibition at London’s l’étrangère gallery she has specially created new works, Painkillers II.

Joanna Rajkowska,14.5 x 114mm MDZ high explosive shell, 2014 for P-TCP

14.5 x 114mm MDZ high explosive shell, Painkillers II, 2015, life-size cast, powdered analgesic, polyurethane resin, © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

In a separate space within the gallery the exhibition will also feature Rajkowska’s large multi-chambered crystal formation which she brought back from Brazil and which was first exhibited last year outside Erdington Library, Birmingham, as part of her public project, Soon Everything Will Change. Inspired by Brazil’s “fusion of different kinds of beliefs, spiritual orders and rituals”, her intention was not “a site-specific installation but rather a travelling, global device – a mobile chakra”. A chakra that rather than being a ‘centre of spiritual power in the human body’, became “a point of high energy in the organism of the city”.

Joanna Rajkowska, Soon Everything Will Change, 2014 P-TCP

Soon Everything Will Change, 2015, crystal formation, © Joanna Rajkowska. Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA & l’étrangère

In Painkillers the large crystal will rest precariously on a wooden palette, symbolising the fragility of the human body, not least set against the works of Painkillers II, and within this interrelation her intention is that the object is returned to “its native meaning, simultaneously unifying and futile in its non-human temporality”.

Painkillers – Joanna Rajkowski
runs from 17th September – 24th October 2015
at l’étrangère, 44a Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PD
Gallery open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm or by appointment

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The Art Car Boot Fair Margate Edition with Turner Contemporary Sunday 30th August 2015

The Art Car Boot Fair Margate 2015 flyer for P-TCP
By Guy Sangster Adams

“Growing up in Margate was fantastic,” artist Tracey Emin has said, “you could swim from May until September, you could sit on the beach. Whatever trouble you would get it, it wasn’t as much as if you were in an urban city. Therefore teenage sex is quite high in that part of England. The landscape lends itself to it.”

The landscape around this seaside town on the Isle of Thanet on England’s south coast also leant its inspiration to Romanticist painter, JMW Turner, who said, “the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe”. Throughout his life Turner was continually drawn back to the town by the limitless skies and dramatic light.

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Tracey Emin

Sea, skies, sex, already powerful pulls perhaps, but on the Sunday of this August Bank Holiday weekend there are myriad more reasons to be in Margate as The Art Car Boot Fair, at the invitation of Turner Contemporary, visits the town for the first time. The gallery on the seafront, in the car park of which the fair will take place, sits on the site of Mrs Booth’s guest house, where Turner stayed when visiting Margate; he not only loved the town for the sky and the light, but also Mrs Booth.

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Gavin Turk

Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard, Vic Reeves, and Jessica Albarn, are all part of the great line-up of artists taking part in the Margate edition of The Art Car Boot Fair. Now in its 11th year, it is co-curated by sisters Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward who have developed the event, which combines a car boot sale and an art fair, from writer and independent art consultant Ashton’s original idea. Taking inspiration from events that took place in East London in the 1990s – the late art impresario Joshua Compston’s ‘artist’s garden fête’, The Fête Worse than Death, and artist Gavin Turk’s Livestock Market and Agricultural Shows – her desire was to “pick up where they left off with the intention of re-introducing some summer fun and frivolity into a thriving but increasingly commercial London art scene”.

“We aim for the Art Car Boot Fair to be a day when the artists let their hair down,” Ashton and Hayward say, “and for all-comers to engage with art in a totally informal way, and to pick up some real art bargains to boot!” All the artists taking part in the fair create special limited editions and sell them in-person at affordable prices.

Hit art sale concept Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair travels to Folkestone Harbour to coincide with the Folkestone Art Triennial.

Karen Ashton and Helen Hayward

The theme of the 2015 Art Car Boot Fairs is ‘dogs in art’, which has also informed the Art on Postcard series which will be available at the Margate event. These postcards are specially commissioned, signed, limited editions, by artists including: Rankin, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarson, Robert James Clarke, Margot Bowman and Benjamin Murphy. All proceeds from Art on a Postcard go to the Hepatitis C Trust.

Alongside the artworks the fun and frivolity will also be riotously stoked and stimulated by an array of suitably eccentric and eclectic activites and spontaneous promenade performances and happenings, including: The Dog in Boot photo shoot in a vintage Vauxhall Viva, Vanera Camera Obscura (an ex-NATO camper van turned into a pin-hole camera, taking portraits on giant pieces of photographic paper), Pin the Tiara on Edvard Munch’s Scream, a knitted swimsuit fashion parade, free custom screen-printing at The Copy Shop, Poetry Roulette, the inky selfie machine, Cabaret Futura stage featuring live music, stand-up, and quite probably the outlandishly unexpected, and a dog show along the seafront promenade, with a judging panel made up both of dog experts and artists, and special prizes including Most Inspiring Hound.

Hit art sale concept Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair travels to Folkestone Harbour to coincide with the Folkestone Art Triennial.

Vic Reeves

Sea, skies, sex… art, tiaras, and inspiring hounds… this August Bank Holiday Sunday for me you can indeed, as Messrs Chas and Dave had it in their ode to Mr Turner’s favourite town, “keep the Costa Brava”, Margate is going to rock!

The Art Car Boot Fair | Margate Edition with Turner Contemporary
Supported by Vauxhall Motors and the Arts Council of England
Sunday 30th August 2015, 12 – 4pm,
Admission: £3
at Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Artists taking part in The Art Car Boot Fair Margate:

Tracey Emin & Emin International · Gavin Turk · Vic Reeves and Michael Hogben · Rachel Howard · True Rocks· Matt Collishaw · Polly Morgan · Holly Allan· Jessica Albarn · Camille Phoenix · Lizzy Rose & Kate Hare · Crate including Erin Hayhow, Sam Giles, Holly Rodgers, Layla Jessica Moore, Madeline Webb, Krztian Borst, Dom Elsner, Jack Coulson, Hannah Weatherhead, Tom Langley, Jeremy Deller, Joanna Jones & Clare Smith (Dover Arts Development), Moyra Derby, Charley Vines and Leigh Clarke · Limbo including Paul Hazelton, David Price, Tessa Farmer, Steve McPherson, Tasha Marks (AVM Curiosities), Sarah Wicks, Sarah Craske and Katie Welsford · Resort including Dan Chilcott , Charlie Evarist Boyce, Crowther/Plant, Jo Elbourne and Jason Pay, Kate Harrison, Steve Ibb, Nick Morley, Heidi Plant, Julia Riddiough, Sara Wicks, Rachel Wilberforce, Leise Wilson and Angeli Yara · Bon Volk Studios · Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton · Nicole Mollett and the Kent Cultural Baton · Tom Thumb Theatre and Jessica Jordan-Wrench · Simon Merrifield · Bob Chicalors · BeDRAGgled from Amy Redmond / SINK The PINK · Sir Peter Blake (TBC) · Scrawl Collective · Carla Petschek · Soul Fast Food · Kristjana S Williams · Moniker Projects · Turps Painters · Bumble and Earwig · Alice Herrick & KEELERTORNERO · Hantverk & Found with C.A.Halpin, Angela Frederico, Tom Swift, Jason Pay, Sam Zine · Alteria Art · Binnie Sisters · Wilma Johnston · Silvia Ziranek · Dolores De Sade · Marty Thornton · Art on a Postcard with Rankin, Robert James Clarke, Ray Richardson, Dougie Wallace, Hayden Kays, Cosmo Sarsen, Margo Bowman and Benjamin Murphy for the Hepatitis C Trust · David J Batchelor · Frances Richardson · Jake Clarke · Kate Knight · Joseph Gibson · The Juncture ·Andrew Cunningham · Cultivate feat. Sean Worrell, Emma Harvey, Quiet British Accent and Julia Maddison · Dylans Mobile Book Store · Francis Thorburn· Swifty ·Lucy Soni · Jealous Gallery · Club Shepway · Paul Sakoilsky · Mark Jones · X-ray Fog · Ian Dawson and The Copy Shop

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Taschen returns with the Summer Warehouse Sale

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The Taschen warehouse sale has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the arts world. This year the sale will be returning with up to 75% of some of the most sought after books, with some books being the last of the stock (so you better get there quick!)

Running from June 25th to 28th 2015 there are 50% to 75% discounts available in all Taschen stores worldwide. There is a minimum of half-price on titles from cutting-edge design, stunning photography and some of the most beautifully designed fashion books.

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The London store in Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea, will feature some of the very best bargains and in a special twist, the publisher is bringing the #TASCHENsalefie promotion to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The most “liked” photos using this hashtag will win a share of up to $10,000 of Taschen books, this is set to fire imaginations and create a stir!

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Free Range: A Season of Graduate Art and Design Shows

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Free Range is back with their annual graduate season showcasing the best creative graduates in the UK. Over the next six weeks the art and design shows will showcase talent from different disciplines such as fashion, design, photography, art, architecture and interior design. Held in the heart of East London at the Old Truman Brewery the shows are the perfect way to view the future elite of the art world.

With Free Range’s focus being on graduates the shows are incredible opportunities, for both the public and industry experts to be part of the journey from graduate to renowned artist. Not only is Free Range celebrating the incredible talent but they are also helping the graduates take their first steps into the creative industry and encouraging them to explore their future.

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Throughout the 6 weeks, alongside the exhibitions and shows, British Journal of Photography and Cass Art who are working in partnership with Free Range to support the graduates, will curate talks and workshops. With each week showcasing a different discipline the exhibitors are given the chance to display their work outside of a university situation for the first time and fully submerge themselves into the experience.

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Creative Director and founder, Tamsin O’Hanlon, explains: “The aim of Free Range Shows is to provide career development and opportunities for the incredibly talented artists from leading arts schools. By inviting the public to explore and embrace the cutting edge art that has been created, we hope to inspire the next generation of artists. This year we will be pushing boundaries further than ever with the staggering work on display, such as performance architect Alex Schweder’s collaboration with the Cambridge University Architecture society, an installation called Push Me Pull You”.

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W Hotels Fashion Next

Jenne Lombardo

Jenne Lombardo

By Guy Sangster Adams

Fashion Next, W Hotel’s programme in support of rising designers, is now in its third season and as it goes international for the first time, from New York, to London, to Moscow, and Bangkok, W Hotels have appointed Jenne Lombardo to be their global fashion director. For her inaugural Fashion Next in New York launched in early September 2011 Lombardo, whose career includes being director and curator of the MAC & Milk, and the founder of The Terminal Presents, chose designers Juan Carlos Obando, Nomia, Bibhu Mohapatra, Michael Angel, Rochambeau, and Electric Feathers.

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Marios Schwab

In London she collaborated with designer Marios Schwab to create a documentary short, W Hotels Presents London Fashion Next?, which launched during London Fashion Week in late September. In providing a celebratory snapshot of London creativity, the film poses the question, What is new and next in London fashion? Lombardo, Schwab, and Schwab’s stylist, Katy England, respond to the question, alongside three of London’s emerging talents as picked by Lombardo and Schwab: Craig Lawrence, Fleet Ilya and Jordan Askill.

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Katy England and Marios Schwab

“I have long been a fan of Marios Schwab and am thrilled to be collaborating with him on what’s new and next in London Fashion,” says Lombardo, “Marios has brought his sophisticated style and an international dimension to W Hotels’ Fashion Next programme.” Whilst Schwab says, “I share W Hotels passion for fashion and have enjoyed working with them to support emerging designers in London. W Hotels offer young talent a global platform to showcase their collections to guests and customers alike.”

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For the next stage of Fashion Next, which launches in October 2011 during Moscow Fashion Week, Lombardo has worked with the Russian Fashion Insider, Vika Gazinskaya, and their  upcoming Russian Fashion Next talents, Anna Miminoshvili and Alexander Terekhov.

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Richard Ryan’s London silkscreen print portfolio

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Savile Row ©Richard Ryan

By Guy Sangster Adams

In Richard Ryan’s four pop art visions of the streets of London, reality coalesces with the fantastical and romanticised, as emblematic pageantry, the iconic red profusion of buses, telephone boxes, and pillar boxes, youth culture, graffiti art, and a menagerie of animals evoking Britain’s classic children literature from Lewis Carroll, to Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, and Dodie Smith, run wild in a predominant palette of bright reds, blues, and yellows, across halftone urban vistas.

Thus on the corner of Savile Row, the street in London’s Mayfair internationally famous for the finest bespoke tailoring, stands a top-hatted androgynous dandy, in the lea of a trio of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s classic telephone boxes and an unfurled Union Jack umbrella, paid homage to by a proliferation of Peter rabbits and Benjamin bunnies. Whilst across town, in the little known but evocatively named, London Street, close to Paddington Station, a debutante in a voluminous Union Jack ball gown, escorted by two of The Hundred and One Dalmatians, makes stately progress along the down-at-heel street, past the graffiti and stencil art—including a hot pink Winston Churchill with a Tommy Gun—daubed riveted steel of the railway bridge parapet.

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London Street ©Richard Ryan

Outside Victoria Station, a boots and braces Skinhead stalks away from a woman wearing a British policeman’s helmet, reimagined in Houndstooth check, a belted yellow Macintosh, and a parrot on her shoulder. Then, to the fore of the Houses of Parliament, a bullet belted woman on a Mod Union Jack scooter trails three Fantastic Mr Foxes on Punk collars in one hand and three Burberry shopping bags in the other, as a bowler hatted City gent walks away toward Big Ben.

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London Victoria Station ©Richard Ryan

Born in Santiago, Chile, Richard Ryan began working as a photographer in Stockholm, Sweden, where he continues to live and work. With a long held passion for mixed-media prints, he quickly developed a way to combine his photography with graphic and fine art techniques to create images suitable for creating silkscreen prints. He created his first portfolio of prints, Homage á Warhol, in 2005, followed by The Manhattan Art Portfolio (2007), Homage á Klein (2009), Stamp On (2010), Nikki Beach Edition (2011).

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Parliament ©Richard Ryan

For the London portfolio he utilised not only photographs that he had taken, such as the woman in the Victoria Station print, which originated as a shot he took of a Swedish fashionista on her lunch break, but also archive images and scrapbook items. Whilst, intriguingly, his model for the woman on the scooter in the Houses of Parliament print is French actress, Audrey Tautou; a reference, he explains to the Entente Cordiale. Joie de vivre certainly abounds in the four prints, and in exploring the multiple layers of the London’s culture ‘from afar’, and in collaging and paring down styles, moments, history, and signifiers he gets under the skin of the city in a fun, fascinating, immediate and celebratory way.

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Absolut Blank – A Global Creative Movement

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Absolut Blank: Zac Freeman

Since it was founded in 1979, Absolut, the premium vodka brand produced in Åhus, southern Sweden, has built a great tradition of challenging convention through its highly innovative creative collaborations. Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Douglas Gordon and Louise Bourgeois are amongst the high profile artists with whom the company has worked with on limited edition bottles and attendant promotional campaigns and events. Now, with Absolut Blank, to further inspire cutting-edge creativity, the company has commissioned 18 artists from around the world, and from a variety of disciplines, from drawing, painting and sculpting to print making, film making and digital art, to take the iconic Absolut bottle as a blank canvas from which to create unique pieces of art, and in so doing a global creative movement.

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Absolut Blank: Ludovica Gioscia

The resultant artworks include UVA’s high intensity, bright and striking light installations, Mario Wagner’s cut-out imagery, the graphic design of Robert Mars, the colourful painting of  Dave Kinsey and the detailed work of Good Wives and Warriors, best known for making labour-intensive, imaginative, intricate and large-scale drawings with titles such as ‘Giant Squids Attacking the Earth’.

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Absolut Blank: Sam Flores

In the UK, the artworks will be featured across television and print advertising from 20th July 2011, and both previews of the television adverts and a behind the scenes documentary about the filming of the adverts are now available on the Absolut UK Facebook page (; friends of Absolut on Facebook will be automatically entered into a prize draw which will see a lucky winner win a specially commissioned piece of Absolut Blank artwork. Viewers can see what happens when seven of the artist collaborators (David Bray, Aesthetic Apparatus, Dave Kinsey, Good Wives and Warriors, Mario Wagner, UVA and Thomas Doyle) were presented with an Absolut Blank canvas, and follow their creative processes.

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Absolut Blank: Fernando Chamarelli

In addition to the Facebook films and television advertising, the Absolut Blank campaign will include spectacular outdoor advertisements and events throughout London and the UK, and a digital art piece that lives and evolves on one’s mobile telephone.

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The Wyld Couple: Natasha Law’s limited edition shot glasses for Wyld

at W London – Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6QF. UK
June – August 2011

By Guy Sangster Adams

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Almost belying the intimacy of Wyld, and certainly playing beautiful havoc with one’s sense of scale, the fabulous gigantic mirror ball at the heart of W London’s invitation only bar not only evokes Wyld’s Monster Globe, a short-lived Victorian tourist attraction which stood a stone’s throw from the hotel and was created by the venue’s inspiratory namesake, James Wyld, but also dances it’s light upon Soho’s evocative lineage of decadent and louche nightspots and it’s rich pop cultural pedigree, which has inspired Wyld’s aesthetic and playlist, and which it is now very much a part.

Upholstered in diamond quilted black leather, part rock ‘n’ roll biker jacket, part Emma Peel catsuit, semi-circular sofas pay close attendance to circular tables whose tabletops glow ruby-red. In fact, Wyld, is suffused with a ruby-red glow, reflected and refracted by the mirror ball and lead into dark corners by strips along the floor and framing the windows. Reaching its emblazoned climax with the fantastic cylindrical bar, the ruby-red intensifying to flame orange at its core as it rises from the mirror finish black patent floor like a Wurlitzer organ playing out of an inferno, or an intense Gibson Les Paul sunburst.

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Lined up along the bar from late June will be beautiful, coquettish women which guests may take home in their pockets… then in August handsome men will disport themselves along the bar, similarly only too happy to be spirited away in handbags and pockets. But guests are advised not to be wallflowers and only steal a glance, or to await ‘the right moment’, but to dive right in or the moment will be passed, because the female and male pin-up couple, ‘The Wyld Couple’, created by artist and illustrator, Natasha Law, in collaboration with Wyld, feature on shot glasses which have been produced in a strictly limited edition of 250 pairings available exclusively from the bar.

“I was inspired to create these characters by the fun, sleek, seductive qualities of Wyld at W London – Leicester Square,” Law says, and continues, “my concept was for them to work individually, but also interact as a flirting pair.” The glasses are an highly collectible addition to Law’s portfolio of work which already attracts high profile fans and collectors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Cattrall, Jemma Kidd, Diane von Furstenburg, and similarly influential clients such as Browns, Mulberry, Vogue, Beatrix Ong, Harrods, Globetrotter, and Mr and Mrs Smith. The London based artist is best known for her paintings and line drawings of women, which combine the aesthetics and approaches of fashion illustration, with a fine art sensibility including elements of traditional portraiture, pop art, and abstraction.

Natasha Law for Wyld at W London male shot glass

Wyld, the fantastic interior of which was created by the Amsterdam based design agency, Concrete, is a collaboration between W London and Ignite Group. The latter founded by Matt Hermer and Paul Deeming is the company behind such London brands as Boujiis, the exclusive private members club, the Bumpkin restaurants in Notting Hill and South Kensington, which offer British home cooked food made with the best fresh and seasonal produce in relaxed and quirky surroundings, and the international boutique cocktail bar group, Eclipse.

For Matt Hermer, Law’s designs wonderfully evoke the Wyld spirit, as they “embody the playful and flirty side of Wyld perfectly.” He explains that they “wanted to create something to help showcase the Wyld shot with the carefully selected tequilas we have to offer and these bespoke glasses are a great fit.” Wyld’s signature shot is made from premium tequila, kaffir lime sugar syrup, lemon and fresh watermelon, and the bar has the most varied selection of small-batch, rare and vintage tequila in Europe. Whilst Wyld also has ten signature cocktails which have been created exclusively for the bar, including Mexican Sunsets and Sunburnt Senoritas, and for the ultimate night out its Bonkers Ball: premium rum punch topped off with either Dom Pérignon or Cristal champagne, and served in a large mirror ball replete with dry ice…

“By allowing guests to steal the glasses, we are hoping they continue the party,” says Hermer, but even with the temptation of running off with a limited edition Natasha Law creation in one’s pocket, when a Wyld night is in full swing it’s not a party that one is in any hurry to leave.

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Global Geo Art: OK Go, Henry Holland, Josh Rubin, Natasha Slater, and Mia Freedman draw on their cities with the Pulse of the City Range Rover Evoque GPS app

OK Go in the streets of Los Angeles

OK Go parading through the streets of Los Angeles

By Guy Sangster Adams

The new Range Rover Evoque, for which pre-orders are now being taken, is inspired by city architecture and is designed to appeal to a younger, urban minded driver. It is the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient vehicle the company has yet made, and owners can choose from an host of exterior and design features that make each car eminently easy to personalise. Since the car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in October 2010, Range Rover has worked with a great array of influential and cutting-edge artists, designers, and taste-makers on creative projects anticipating the launch of the Evoque, from 40 plus wireframe sculptures exhibited in diverse international locations, to a piece of collaborative living art created using Range Rover’s Pulse of the City GPS iPhone app, the creation of which has been documented in a new short film released by the company.

Launched in October 2010, concurrent with the unveiling of the Evoque, the Pulse of the City app allows the user to create vivid and striking data visualisations of their movements across their city, or any city worldwide. They are then sent a graphical representation of their journey, which can be displayed on their iPhone.

Henry Holland filming on the streets of London

Henry Holland filming on the streets of London

For the creation of the work of global geo art, documented in the film, Range Rover equipped OK Go, Henry Holland, Josh Rubin, Natasha Slater, and Mia Freedman, with the Pulse of the City app and asked them to use it to draw on the streets of their cities. Range Rover also invited submissions from city residents around the world; content was uploaded to and OK Go then selected works to include in the film. Thus, the world’s cities became a giant canvas painted on with the app.

In LA, neon-clad fans and musicians armed with recorders, drums, saxophones, trombones, maracas, a toy piano, horns and a fiddle joined Grammy Award winning rock band, OK Go, dressed in Costume National suits in primary colours, on an 8 mile journey through the city, inspired by the high colour and joyousness of the second line street parades in New Orleans. As the band walked and played around the city their movements spelt out the words ‘OK Go’ in giant letters. The film of their LA parade has been nominated by MTV for an O Music Award for in the Innovative use of technology in a video category.

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque

For his geo-art journey around London, Henry Holland chose to draw out the House of Holland logo, whilst also along the way stopping at his favourite landmarks to shoot the look book for his AW11 collection. “This project was the perfect fusion of art, fashion and technology,” he says, “who’d have thought three years ago that we’d be making art through GPS tracking and creating chaos across London as we went!”

Josh Rubin, founder and Editor in Chief of Cool Hunting, designer, photographer and entrepreneur, and Mia Freedman, journalist, author, and blogger, took to the streets of New York and Sydney respectively to draw pictures across their cities. Whilst Natasha Slater, the Milan-based editor, broadcaster, DJ and club promoter, took a journey through the Italian city’s nightlife, spelling out the word, ‘party’.

Meanwhile the public submissions include a little boy called Jethro who draws a tractor on London, whilst across the world, a double clef, a star, a flower, and the word ‘peace’ all appear on the streets.


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