BRAVE ENOUGH TO DARE: IN CONVERSATION WITH FRANCESCA SACCHI TOMMASI

FRANCESCA SACCHI TOMMASI Photo Credit: Gabriele Rigon

After attending the Koefia Academy of High Fashion in Rome, a brief stint organising fashions shows in Milan – Prada and Fendi amongst others – and working in art galleries in Positano, Francesca Sacchi Tommasi returned to her roots with the opening of Etra Studio Tommasi in Florence, an art space located in what used to be her grandfather’s studio. In this interview, she talks about beauty, passion and purpose, and why art is in her DNA. (Main photo by Gabriele Rigon, Black and Red Bracelet by Gaetano Pesce, Marble Eyewear…

NORDIC BAUHAUS MEETS RUSSIAN AVANT-GARDE: AN INTERVIEW WITH TUOMAS KORKALO

DRAMAATTINEN SOMMITELMA - TUOMAS KORKALO

AS: Tell me a little bit more about your involvement with the Oranki Art Environmental Park in Pello. TK: The Oranki Art Park project was conceived in 2001 with four friends. One of them owns the plot of land occupied by the park. Since we already spent a lot of time there in summer, we thought it would be a good idea to invite a few friends over and work at some site-specific art installations. At the time this was just an occasion to get together, enjoy each other’s company…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ANTI ART FAIR

These are just few of the artists we saw at the Anti Art Fair at the iconic Bussey Building in Peckham this weekend. Hosted by Creative Debuts, it championed emerging artists and curators behind the Nasty Women Exhibitions in London. Whilst the location, kept secret until the last moment, was not what we expected – we assumed it would be closer to Regent’s Park to drive the idea of an anti-establishment fair home –  we loved the works on show. This is our selection.   KYLE BARNES Website: https://www.kyle-barnes.com/ Instagram: @kyle_barnes_artist…

BOOM FOR REAL: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

BOOM FOR REAL - JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

The Barbican is currently hosting the first comprehensive exhibition of works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Together with Grayson Perry’s ‘The most popular art exhibition ever!’ at the Serpentine Gallery, BOOM FOR REAL left a deep impression on me. I was blown away. Whilst I found it moving, nostalgic and melancholic, some of my friends were more taken by the underlining racial tension, social criticism and pointy sarcasm. It is not difficult to understand why, though it is not immediately apparent. Licensing the images of his works to many popular…

BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2016

JEAN - JEAN PAUL TIBBLES, 2015

An annual event to get excited about is the prestigious BP Portrait Award. Arguably the most important portrait competition in the world, based at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It is currently on tour and residing at Firstsite, Colchester, UK. Putting aside the politics of the sponsor, which is not without its protests, the competition produces incredible work. This is unsurprising with the high number of entries from an unrestricted geography. 2017 saw 2,580 entries from 87 countries resulting in talent, diversity and energy. The sum of these adjectives add…

TEN QUESTIONS TO … WENDY BAILEY

RED LADY - WENDY BAILEY

AS: Wendy, when we were first introduced, you were working in PR, could you please give me a brief summary of your career? WB: When I was 16, I ran away from my all girls convent school, the Ursuline Grammar School in Brentwood. I changed out of my school uniform in the High Street toilets and into jeans and jumper. I studied Drama Performance – because I wanted to be an actor. I also took Art – for theatre design and because I loved it. My first job was as…

EVOCA1: THROUGH THE PERILS OF OUR YOUTH

EVOCA1 - BOYS WILL BE GIRLS

Based in southern Florida, where he moved aged eleven, Evoca1 is a painter, designer, street artist and activist. His works reflect his artistic sensibility, but also his sense of social responsibility and commitment to the local community. The name itself is a play on words: the Spanish for the verb to evoke fits well with his intentions of seeking the viewer’s emotional connection and response to his art. He founded the project “Sketches for Mankind” to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless community in Miami and to fund the purchase of food…

LEON GOLUB POWERPLAY: THE POLITICAL PORTRAITS

LEON GOLUB - POWERPLAY: THE POLITICAL PORTRAITS

Leon Golub’s professional and personal interest always revolved around stress and violence. By his own admission, this was closely linked to his state of mind. He was particularly interested in recording how brutal imagery affected him. Since he had such a long-standing interest in this subject matter, he sought to explore the impact of evildoing anywhere in the world, often collecting and studying images from war correspondents and the mass media. The intensity of his involvement almost brought his professional career to an end. In the early 1970s the shift from…

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AND DOROTHEA TANNING

GREY LINES WITH BLACK, BLUE AND YELLOW -GEORGIA O'KEEFFE, 1923

It just so happens that I had a very clear idea of what to expect from these exhibitions and I was proven wrong twice in the space of an afternoon. In a sort of misplaced and rather contemptible botanical association of mine, I decided to combine a visit to ‘Georgia O’Keeffe‘ at Tate Modern with ‘Dorothea Tanning: Flower Paintings‘ at the Alison Jacques Gallery. Had there been a retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe in London, I would have added it to the marathon just to annoy the art purists out there. Despite spending a…

HELSINKI NOIR – A CRIME TO SOLVE

Helsinki Noir

Visitors aren’t just invited to view, but inhabit the places of ’Helsinki Noir’ at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki. Set against the backdrop of the Finnish capital in the 1930s, the narrative of the exhibition opens with a crime scene. The body of a young woman in a short dress and silk stockings is found floating in the sea just off Kaivopuisto park. You’d be forgiven for thinking you have just stepped into the set of an elaborate episode of David Suchet’s Poirot. What happened to the woman…