January/ February 

Tintype, 6 Essex Road, 11 January about 1900

8 Artists - 8 Films

When interviewed the little dog, see above, said "Good idea, of only it wasn't so cold..."

Screening in gallery window every evening 5 - 11

Tintype, 6 Essex Road

From 10 January to 9 February


Wonderful Richard Cork in veneration at Bombetg's 'Mud Bath'

'Young Bomberg and the Old Masters'

At The National Gallery, Room 2

Curated by Richard Cork


Opening 21/01/20 6:30 pm – Homeland Under My Nails at The Mosaic Rooms

Join Mohammad Omar Khalil for the opening of Homeland Under My Nails, the first UK solo exhibition of the work of this important artist. Homeland Under My Nails presents selected prints from 1965 to the present day. Opening with self portraits by the New York based Sudanese artist, it goes on to explore his relationship with sound in large scale etchings of abstract and semi abstract forms. Curated by Abed Alkadiri the exhibition shows works from throughout Omar Khalil’s career, some of which are displayed here for the first time. Mohammad Omar Khalil will be present for the opening, and will later give an artist’s talk as part of the event series that accompanies the exhibition. 

(Gallery's press release)


TEN THOUSAND THOUGHTS BY ESTHER ROLINSON

is at Anise Gallery

Exhibition Dates: 15 Nov – 21 Dec Open Tues – Sat 11am – 5pm


Anselm Kiefer The Giant

With a gigantesque exhibition of his Superstrings, Runes, The Norns and Gordian Knot has just opened and is to be seen at White Cube Burmondsey

Until 26 January 


Moving to MarsThe Put All Nonsense in Perspective Exhibition - Moving to Mars, Design Museum

Starting with Babylonian observations of Mars cut on a cuniform tablet dated c.1000 BC and ending with a cartooned presentation of Mars' surface in the year of 580000 (This film presents the development of life on Mars with the speed of 1 million years p/h. In the mentioned year the temperature of Mars could reach 10-12 celsius if we start planting cyanobacteria now. This bacteria absorbs light and heat and can facilitate the development of other life forms up to vegetation on The Red Planet). The timespace perspective of AC 580000/227.9 million km makes all worries about certain national football federation's qualifications in genetic science nonexistent. And restores the natural faith and awe of the being that can think existance/universe at such godly scale.

Now enough with the philosophical aspects of this inspirational exhibition.

Back down to our worldly business and the good news that in the near future LAAF might creat a subpage called Elontown Art and Food (LAAF predicts that the first settlement on Mars will be called Elontown. Nearly certain it won't be Musktown, don't know why.)

By the time of the first settlement on Mars, LAAF will be established enough as to engage Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon for a 24 episodes of the Trip to Mars and Back tv show. For during the forteen month return trip to Mars food there will certainly be (borderline circus - see exhibition).

And what we know for now is that on the Mars Ship there won't be a Head of table person. Equality in space will triumph.

Equality table manners or The crew of the first manned Skylab at a Loewy-designed table, NASA 1973, Moving to Mars exhibition, Design Museum London

Together with table equality, there will be plenty of art on the Mars Ship and in Elontown, as to compensate for the sensory deprivation of the Earth travellers.

We own the healthy tradition of decorating spacecrafts with original pieces of art to Galina Balashova, architect and designer of Soviet spacecrafts, who designed interiors for Soyuz, Salyut and Mir programmes. Her work is still in use in the International Space Station.

Balashova added watercolour paintings to humanize the interior of crafts : 'The landscape of my homeland; winter in the garden ... summary scenes from the beach of Sudak and the Black Sea, where I spent my holiday as a child". (Extracts from exhibits' info).

Modern forms of inspace creativity include sensory chef-d'œuvre such as the smell lamp spreading earthly perfumes (the object info describes the smells as 'from forest rain to baked earth' but LAAF smelled only watermelon and cucumber)

For space fashion see exhibition..

Proposed colour pallet and material swatches for the Mir space station, Galina Balashova 1980

While food and art in the Trip to Mars are certainties. What language or languages will be spoken on the trip and on Mars remains a mystery.

Nevertheless, the big speculator that LAAF is will say ALL LANGUAGES WILL BE SPOKEN ON MARS thanks to the THE BABEL FISH of Babylonia.

17 October 2019

This exhibition is on until 23 February 2020


Generic portrait of Van Gogh

Gauguin Portraits is at The National Gallery

Until 26 January 2020


Tim Walker. Wonderful Things at the V&A by Caroline Fakhri

Wonderful things is the perfect title for this exhibition of Tim Walkers amazing work. From the beginning to the end I defy anyone to see his photography as anything but extraordinary. “Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style” .

The exhibition showcases over 300 items, encompassing photographs and the V&A objects that inspired them, photographic sets and props, scrapbooks and sketches. Visitors are taken on a journey through Walkers “enchanted world”.

The show begins with 100 pictures from previous projects displayed in a “sleek white space"; his unique approach to visual story telling blurs fantasy and reality, creating pictures that can be lavish, surreal, humorous and touching. His photographs share a sensibility that is unmistakably his own.

The main exhibition contrasts with the brightness of the first gallery to reveal a darker environment rich with texture colour and sound. The first of these three rooms is illuminations and on display stained glass panels and illuminated manuscripts; these treasures inspired Walker’s pictures which hang close by.

Each of the rooms takes you on a different journey to reveal the objects that inspired Walker’s pictures. Towards the end of the exhibition a room, as if from a country house awaits you. The walls are hung with multiple portraits inspired by Edith Sitwell’s clothing in the V&A collection. Don’t take my word for it, come and be dazzled by ‘Wonderful Things’.

Tim Walker Wonderful Things at the V&A Museum South Kensington

Until 28 March


V&A- Cars: Accelerating the Modern World @vaskostefano

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

The first-ever production car and a flying car on display in the V&A’s major retrospective on the automobile.

The V&A opens an exhibition looking at the car as the driving force that accelerated the pace of the 20th century. The exhibition brings together a wide-ranging selection of cars that have never been on display in the UK, each telling a specific story about their impact on the world. This includes the first production car in existence, an autonomous flying car, a converted low-rider, and a 1950s concept car.

“The V&A’s mission is to champion the power of design to change the world, and no other design object has impacted the world more than the automobile.

"This exhibition is about the power of design to effect change, and the unintended consequences that have contributed to our current environmental situation,” says Brendan Cormier, Curator.

Showcasing 15 cars and 250 objects across three main sections, the exhibition examines how the car changed our relationship to speed, how it changed the way we make and sell, and how it altered the landscape around us, from countryside to cityscape.

‘Going Fast’ opens the exhibition, exploring the role of the automobile in imagining a future world of liberated movement and technological progress. Bringing together a range of 20th-century concept car designs, magazine illustrations, and film, the display references popular culture, science-fiction and novel technologies to show the central role of the automobile in imagining an accelerated future.

(V&A press release)

This exhibition runs from 23 November 2019 – 19 April 2020