JEFF KOONS: NOW

PLAY-DOH - JEFF KOONS, 1994 - 2014

The sound of knives being sharpened reverberated well before ’Jeff Koons: Now’ opened at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in London. The combination of two big names that some really love, but most love to hate, has attracted less than positive reviews, mostly by default. The marriage, however, promised to be a happy one. The two do not only share the ability of dividing the opinions of critics and public alike, but are amongst an elite of contemporary artists who have sold works for millions. They publicly profess admiration for…

IF IT DOES NOT KILL YOU, IT FATTENS YOU – ROBERTO CAMBI

SE NON AMMAZZA, INGRASSA - ROBERTO CAMBI

RESTROSPECTIVE – PART 4 Roberto Cambi’s new piece, the aptly named ‘Se non ammazza, ingrassa’ (if it does not kill you, it fattens you), debuted at ‘Parole, Cibo, Ceramica – viaggio tra mondi trasversali’ at the Spazio Nibe in Milan. The exhibition explored the connections between food and literature through the medium of ceramic. The artist was inspired to create the Tintin-esque figure after reading ‘Il Manifesto della Cucina Futurista’ by Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti and Fillia – a collection of thoughts, beliefs and ideas about the future of gastronomy, first…

IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME – ROBERTO CAMBI

It's only a matter of time, Roberto Cambi

RETROSPECTIVE – PART 3 The body of work for “It’s only a matter of time” was first displayed at the Ex. Macello, a former slaughterhouse, in Padua in 2013 for the exhibition “Futuro Anteriore”. Whilst walking the corridor created by the installation, visitors were enveloped by the sound of crashing waves and met by a real goldfish in a bowl suspended in the air. This work of Roberto Cambi then moved to the exhibition “9th International Arte Laguna Prize” in Venice in 2015 with a different configuration to suit the…

THE ORACLE – ROBERTO CAMBI

Roberto Cambi, The Oracle

RETROSPECTIVE – PART 2 There is something deeply flawed yet inherently human about the struggle to keep pace with technologies developed to enhance lives. People are eagerly and enthusiastically over connected. The sheer amount of words and images might give the illusion of barriers being breached and distances shortened, but it’s the struggle to process the constant stream of information that shapes our days. The fast pace does not embolden us, rather leaves us feeling inadequate. The heartache of the future is the doubt of the past: people scamper, but…

MAGIC FLOWERS – ROBERTO CAMBI

Roberto Cambi, Magic Flowers

Retrospective – Part 1 The Society for the Promotion of the Arts and Crafts (SIAM is the Italian acronym) was founded in 1838 by cultural luminaries such as Heinrich Mylius, Antonio De Kramer, Michele Battaglia, Luigi Magrini and Giulio Curioni with the aim of supporting the technical progress of the manufacturing industry in the Lombardy region of Italy. Since 1889 this institution has been housed in a palazzo in via Santa Marta in Milan, designed by Francesco Pestagalli and inspired by the “Renaissance Revival’ style of the second part of the…