WHAT'S NEW WHAT'S OLD ON LONDON'S ART AND FOOD SCENE

 

Frieze Sculpture - Regent's Park

Emily Young, Solar Disk III, 2018 Onyx, Bowman Sculpture

A wonderful combination of art and fresh air for those who'll stay in town this Bank Holiday.

The agreeable union of aesthetics for the soul and walk for the body is also a good reminder for all to get their tickets for the big Frieze in October, when the weather won't be clement anymore and only the temporary palaces of Frieze Modern and Frieze Masters will glow in the autumnal drizzle of Regent's Park luring the world with the best of all galleries' pride.

Frieze sculpture is ticket free. Entry off Great Portland.

https://frieze.com/fairs/frieze-london


"I don't look at the Shard, I look at the faces of people that look at the Shard", Renzo Piano

Behind the Mirror, Eames Fine Art Gallery.

Behind the Mirror - Eames Fine Art Gallery.

Beautiful original lithographs from Derrière le Miroir and Verve Periodicals by artists including Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Eduardo Chillida, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon, Ellsworth Kelly, and many others.


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Sea of Tranquility Sea of Plastic by Polite Extinction, @politeextinction

Sea of Tranquility Sea of Plastic

Mare Tranquilitatis is a lunar mare that sits within the Tranquilitatis Basin on the Moon.

Polite Extinction, went to Goldsmiths BA, MA, Museology in Ed, PGCE university of Brighton and is currently in artistic residence at Budapest.


Moses and Moses by Fujie Yoshimoto

New on Fujie Yoshimoto


"Today the V&A announces it has acquired objects documenting the Extinction Rebellion movement through its Rapid Response Collecting programme as evidence of how the climate activist group has used art and design to galvanise public concern for the planet. The objects including flags, a digital file of the Extinction Symbol and woodblock, screen-print patches, a child’s hi-vis jacket and the group’s first print Declaration from 2018, have been given to the museum by Extinction Rebellion’s Arts Group. A selection of these objects go on display in the V&A’s Rapid Response Gallery this weekend. The high-vis jacket will go on show at the V&A Museum of Childhood from Friday 9 August 2019, as part of a free six-month display exploring how Exctinction Rebellion creates spaces that are welcoming for all."

Wow, Rapid Response Collecting! Don't you love it?


An art lover contemplating 'Smoke Break' by Ola Sarri at The National Portrait Award exhibition, NPG

LAAF's Friday Night Recommendation


LAAF's Thursday Lates Recommendation

Is the Saatchi Gallery with Sweet Harmony Rave exhibition and life dj sets in August

Tickets here

Project Zoltar at The Rave Room, Sweet Harmony Rave Today Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery

Raveing Saatchi

"Life can only be understood backwards; but must be lived forwards". Soren Kierkegaard

Saatchi Gallery smashes it again : Sweet Harmony Rave Today, slightly nostalgic for people my age, exhibition explores the roots, trunk and branches of the rave culture and some concomitant events.

Acid house party here, Poll Tax Riot there, jungle party here march&rally against Criminal Justice Bill there... .. Party after party and protest after protest we are led from photos to sound and visual installations throughout the nineties and the naughtiness to today and Extinction Rebellion action....

The images covering the walls merge with the images projected by my memory : London 1990, Berlin 1991, Hamburg 1994, Paris 2000 etc

The music banging through the hall evokes all my parties past and present.

An exhibition to be visited with old old friends - for comfort.

And whilst this exhibition could be seen until 14 September

Zero Hour Youth Climate Summit could be attended this coming weekend only!

 


Photo and fist: Vasko Stefano from The Great Macedonian Family

Feel More With Less or a Psychedelic Journey

is what Laaf's special envoy Vasko Stefano describes to have experienced at 'Beyond the Road, Journeys into Sounds and Space' exhibition at Saatchi Gallery.

"Music, colours, smoke and darkness", texted an impressed and overwhelmed Vasko, reporting on a rather psychedelic journey for which no illicit substances were needed.

"Turquoise tent, blue mask, pink armchairs, red room, green fireplace, pink television, red chandelier" adds meaningfully minutes later LAAF's favourite photographer. Who would have guessed Vasko was so good with words too?

"Superb music, desorientating smokes and thus a whole floor"  he continues.

To end with the conclusion "Darkness. Smashing music and beds to lie on".

I reckon we should all go.

Note: Photos were not allowed at today's preview.

Another psychedelic experience available in town that LAAF strongly recomends is Amir Giles'  'Doors of Perception'. The four week course starting this autumn is yet one more free of illicit substances way to change your mindscape.

For more information check the Psychedelic Society's website here

And 'Doors of Perception group on Facebook here

For Vasko's own art here

 


Lee Krasner: Living Colour Barbican Art Gallery, London

By Caroline Fakhri

What surprised me most of all when I visited the Lee Krasner: Living Colour exhibition at the Barbican was that Lee Krasner is a woman, showing that I had not done my homework the night before my visit; and what an amazing woman and what an amazing exhibition! A definite must see for everyone.

Lee Krasner was definitely a woman ahead of her time; one of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism; Krasner made work reflecting the possibility and experiment in New York in the post-war period. The exhibition celebrates Krasner’s spirit of invention.

I loved the self portraits. In the summer of 1928, Krasner nailed a mirror to a tree in the garden of her parents home and set about capturing herself against a woodland backdrop. Her forceful gaze suggests the strength of her ambition. Krasner changed her birth name of Lena to Lenore and then to the more androgynous Lee suggesting the ways in which she was shaping her artistic identity.

In the early 1960s Krasner allowed colour to burst back into her painting after an explosive series of paintings which her friend the poet Richard Howard called her Night Journeys. ‘Icarus’ is one such painting in which the subdued umber gave way to a blazing alizarin crimson. Icarus was a more tactile work; when Krasner broke her right arm she used her left hand to squirt paint directly onto the canvas using the fingertips of her right hand to guide the movements.

My descriptions do little to indicate the beauty of Krasner’s work, this has to be seen in person. Go and enjoy this exhibition while its on, 30th May-1st September 2019, and take note of the quote as you go in, ‘I was a woman, Jewish, a widow, a damm good painter, thank you, and a little too independent'.

Icarus, fragment, Lee Krasner, 1964


Here We Go Again or Screaming Brexit

Credit @art_decoded. Follow @art_decoded on Instagram

Screaming Johnson, an ahead of its time image of Boris as captured in September 2020 by Francis Bacon

"Oh, Theresa May...you tried so hard but in the end you couldn't make Brexit happen. We just hope that you are not taking it as badly as this painting is making you out to be." @art_decoded

"If this seems familiar, it is because it is based on Francis Bacon's 'Study of Velasquez's Portrait of Pop Innocent X' or The Screaming Pope as it is otherwise known.", @art_decoded continues its strict analysis.

Yet, Laaf just discovered an apocryphal edition of Nostradamus' Chronicles in which it is revealed that Bacon's inspiration for The Screaming Pope wasn't his tumultuous relationship with Peter Lacy as largely thought, but a vision of Britain's Prime Minister in September 2020.

The apocryphal chronicles reveal that the vision came to Bacon at about 0710 at the junction of Greek Street and Old Compton Street, Soho on 25th of May 1967, after a drinking night with Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach, Henrietta Moraes and Lady Caroline Blackwood.

"You will paint a Prime Minister caught in a scary stuff called Brexit, ne cherche pas a comprendre, and you will call it Screaming Pope" a mighty voice whispered in Bacon's ear the chronicles further unveil.

Inspiration courtesy @art_decoded.

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It's one of Laaf's favourites

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