Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Butterflies on Brick Lane

Came across this anonymous butterfly installation on Brick Lane which brightened my day.

Liked these Paul Bommer illustrated tiles as well, installed close by on Hanbury Street.

This piece of graffiti got my attention too, it is visually stunning, and beautifully painted.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Alex Katz: Quick Light

Whilst enjoying the Serpentine pavilion and summerhouses in Kensington Gardens earlier this summer, I also popped into the Serpentine gallery to view the work of Alex Katz. Katz's exhibitions in London are always a draw for me. I posted about his last show in London in March of last year here.

This latest exhibition concerns his attempts to capture the light in landscape at different times of day as well as the change of seasons. I do like the fact that some of the paintings are very minimal in their mark-making and verge on the abstract. They are like exercises in shape and colour when reduced to the basics. I think the portraits are more successful and descriptive, though the multiple figure paintings are the weakest in the show. Wonderful though, that he is still finds the inspiration to paint at 89 years of age.

Alex Katz: Quick Light
until 11th September
Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London, W2

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

If You Can't Stand The Heat...

From a very hot place.

"Stay close to anything that makes you glad that you're alive" - Hafiz

Monday, 15 August 2016

Terence Donovan: Speed Of Light

There is also some really strong fashion photography from Terence Donovan (1936-1996), at The Photographers Gallery. He really was a master of his craft, and was one of the three working class photographers (along with David Bailey and Brian Duffy), who came to prominence in the 1960s with a new aesthetic who shook up the status quo in fashion photography. They perfectly captured the energy of 'Swinging London' and brought a more naturalistic spirit to the traditional, mannered styles of the society photographers that preceded them.

I saw a couple of examples of Donovan's work in the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition in Manchester recently (here), so it was great to see more of it this retrospective. I find his fashion photography from the 1960s particularly appealing - the amazing shapes of the womens clothes, the razor-sharp menswear, the gritty urban settings, and of course the marvellous contrasts of areas of light and dark. The exhibition also features his contributions to iconic pop videos such as Malcolm McLaren's Madam Butterfly, and Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love.

Terence Donovan: Speed Of Light
until 25th September
The Photographers Gallery
16-18 Ramillies Street