I promise to add links next week when I'm myself again. Have a lovely weekend!
And voilà! The links I promised:
Tim Finn in concert with Split Enz (My favorite peacock)
Kirra Jamison; Dream Catch Me; acrylic, gouache, and vinyl on canvas, 2009
Jaime Hayón's Green Chicken (I want this chicken so badly, you cannot imagine)
Happy Friday everyone! Here's a charming little ditty to help usher in the weekend.
Happy Clouds is an installation piece that was executed last year in Milan by British artist Stuart Semple for Moncler. Semple originally performed this piece for the Tate Modern in London. The music here is fun, but I don't know who it is; sadly, there's no credit for it on the Moncler site. Want to know more about what you're looking at? Watch Semple interviewed after the original performance here.
Tonight, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games launch with what is sure to be an entertaining and moving Opening Ceremony. And as a Canadian and former Vancouverite, I can't even tell you how excited I am about tonight, not to mention the 16 days that follow. I so wish I were there in person!
Here's a look at what you'll be seeing during the event:
The gorgeous medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were designed by Corinne Hunt, and for the first time, every medal is unique; one of a kind. Hunt, a Canadian artist & designer, based in Vancouver and of Komoyue and Tlingit heritage, created two masterworks, one of an orca whale and one of a raven. Each medal is decorated with a crop from one of these two original artworks. The Orca Whale design for the Olympics, the Raven for the Paralympics. More info is available here. Produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, they're among the heaviest medals in Olympic history, weighing in at 500+ grams.
Elegant and somehow very Canadian, the podiums were designed by industrial designer James Lee and Leo Obstbaum, the late design director of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. All the wood used to create the 23 podiums were donated by businesses, communities, First Nations, and individuals. Said to "echo the undulating peaks and ridges of the Coast Mountain Range" the 200+ pieces of carved wood are then topped with a snow-like layer of white acrylic.
Graphic Identity: It's the dynamic energy of Vancouver, Whistler and Canada in general that inspired the imagery that goes along with the Vancouver 2010 Games. Games traditionally have pictograms representing each sport, but these games (I almost wrote our games) also have elaborate representations in the form of graphic illustrations: "Emotive, dynamic athlete imagery captures the heroism and beauty of sport. The Vancouver 2010 imagery is progressive and youthful, conveying Canada’s personality and adventurous spirit."
Meet the Vancouver 2010 Mascots! These most excellent mascots were designed by Meomi, a design trio out of Vancouver. I've proved myself as biased, but has there ever been cuter, more wonderful mascots than Quatchi, Sumi and Miga? Not just vapid beauties, these lil' guys have back stories, rich histories, if I may.
Quatchi is shy, young, comes from the vast and mysterious Canadian forest, and loves exploring new places and meeting new friends. Also: "The sasquatch is a popular figure in local native legends of the Pacific West Coast. The sasquatch reminds us of the mystery and wonder that exist in the natural world, igniting our imagination about the possibility of undiscovered creatures in the great Canadian wilderness."
Then there's little Miga, a young sea bear who lives with her family pod beyond Vancouver Island. Sea bears, of course, are part killer whale and part bear. Look at her adorable haircut. Also: "The sea bear is inspired by the legends of the Pacific Northwest First Nations, tales of orca whales that transform into bears when they arrive on land. The Kermode bear is a rare white or cream-coloured sub-species of the black bear that is unique to the central West Coast of British Columbia. According to First Nations’ legend, Kermode bears – also known as Spirit Bears – were turned white by Raven to remind people of the Ice Age. Orcas are also honoured in the art and stories of West Coast First Nations, as travelers and guardians of the sea."
We musn't forget dear Sumi. Sumi is an animal spirit, who lives in the mountains of British Columbia, and like many Canadians, has a background that's drawn from many places. He flies with the wings of a Thunderbird, runs on the legs of a black bear, and wears the hat of an Orca whale. He's a big fan of the Paralympic Games. Also: "Transformation is a common theme in the art and legend of West Coast First Nations. Transformation represents the connection and kinship between the human, animal and spirit world. Revered animals, such as the orca whale, the bear and the thunderbird, are depicted in transformation through masks, totems and other forms of art. The orca is the traveller and guardian of the sea. The bear often represents strength and friendship. And the thunderbird — which creates thunder by flapping its wings — is one of the most powerful of the supernatural creatures."
There much more information about these three available here. As well as videos, games, and lots more; it'll have you falling in love with them in a hurry. Television and Hollywood-types: I would watch a show or film starring these guys. Just so you know.
And what's a world wide event without a little shopping? Get your fill at the Olympic Store. At CAN$10, these red mittens have been the hit of the Games thus far. They're out of stock at the moment but are sure to be back soon:
How did it go by so fast? You've a mere 4 days left to get to NY to check out the magnificent-looking Bauhaus exhibition at the MoMA, which ends on Monday, January 25th. You may have heard a lot about the Bauhaus recently as the institution celebrated 90 years since its inception this past Fall. Somehow unfamiliar? The Bauhaus was the precursor to Art & Design Schools as we know them today, developing the idea of the foundation year. The famous school/design movement also featured an all star cast: Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, just to name a few:
Bauhaus players, from top to bottom:
Josef Albers; post-Bauhaus Hommage to the Square, 1965
Marcel Breuer; Club Chair, later called the Wassily Chair, 1925
Marianne Brandt, the only student featured here amongst the profs; Ashtray, 1924. Now being produced by Alessi.
Wassily Kandinsky: On White II, 1924.
Paul Klee, Twittering Machine, 1921-31
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe; Barcelona Chair, 1929. Available through Knoll.
If you can't make it to NY, the MoMA site is rich with Bauhaus content and definitely worth a look. I'm sick with upset that I missed this one. Hope that you got to see it in person!
Brilliant design collective Nendo contributed to the Tokyo stop of Moleskine's Detour exhibition, a show that invited fifty designers to interpret the iconic Moleskine sketchbook. Nendo's take on the challenge was to design a three-dimentional landscape, showing how sketching skips between the two and three-dimensional, and turning the sketchbook itself into a place.
Moleskine's Detour has had 6 international stops, all highlighting different interpretations of their famous notebook by creatives such as Toyo Ito, Lou Reed, Cynthia Rowley, Tord Boontje, Spike Jonze, and many more. Take a tour of the works here. All designs feature a short video af hands flipping through sketched or sometimes chiseled pages. You may want to turn the sound off though. Just a heads-up.
*Nendo's design can be found under the name Oki Sato, the Canadian/Japanese founder and head designer of Nendo.
Do you love Tim Burton? Have you already planned your trip to New York this winter to worship at the MoMa? The retrospective goes from November 22nd to April 26th and features his work in all mediums. From the MoMA's write-up: "drawings, paintings, storyboards, digital and moving-image formats, puppets and maquettes, props, costumes, ephemera, sketchbooks, and cartoons". Oh my!
Tim Burton, from top to bottom:
Tim Burton. Untitled (The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). 1982–84. Pen and ink, marker, and colored pencil on paper, 10 x 9" (25.4 x 22.9 cm)
Tim Burton. Untitled (The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). 1998. Pen and ink, watercolour on paper, 11 x 14" (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Romeo and Juliet, 1981. Medium and dimensions unknown. (to me).
Tim Burton. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas storyboard, 1993. Medium and dimensions unknown. (to me).
Tim Burton. Untitled (Edward Scissorhands). 1990. Pen and ink and pencil on paper, 14 1/4 x 9" (32.2 x 22.9 cm)
Crop from Harper's Bazaar feature. Tim Burton's Tricks & Treats. October 2009.
In a week and a few days, on the evening of November 17th, a Tuesday, a wondrous event will take place: The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A tribute to Tim Burton. Tickets start at wowee $2,500 each for "friend tickets" and go up up up. Tim will be fêted grandly, thoroughly; no doubt it'll be an evening to remember. The benefit starts at 6:30 with cocktails, and follows with the presentation, then dinner. Johnny will be there, Helena too. Separate tickets are being sold for the after party which goes from 9 to midnight. Tickets for that are $125 at the door, $100 if you book them now. More details are of course available on the MoMA website.
I cannot wait to visit the exhibition; hopefully more than once. I'll also most certainly raid the MoMA store, leaving empty shelves in my wake. If you're impatient you can skip ahead; Tim Burton keepsakes and mementos are already on sale online.
Daniel Richter is a phenomenally talented young German painter. Isn't his work extraordinary?
Daniel Richter's work, from top to bottom:
Elektro/a, 2005, oil on canvas
Winterreise 3, 2009, oil on canvas
Winterreise 4, 2009, oil on canvas
Reflect, 2008, oil on canvas (This painting can be found at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, where, very happily, I'm able to visit the huge canvas 6 out of 7 days a week)
Still, 2002, oil on canvas
Tarifa, 2001, oil on canvas
The most wonderful thing about loving a contemporary artist is that they continue to produce work; new pieces to see on a semi-regular basis if you're lucky. And if you're phenomenally lucky, you'll find yourself at a new exhibition of their work. As if being in Vienna around Christmastime isn't luck enough- like walking around in a fairy tale-if you're there this year you can see Richter's paintings in person at the Sammlung Essl museum, on through January 10th.
The Grimm in Amsterdam also has an upcoming exhibition of his work from November 28th to January 9th, and Galerie Haas in Zurich is scheduled to have an exhibition starting December 4th. A virtual cornucopia of art for you to admire should you happen to be in Europe in December! I'd hit every one.
Have a wonderful weekend! And a happy Halloween!
I was very lucky last week: A dear old friend invited me to a lecture given by Ron Galella at a local theater. The invitation was a last minute I'm free/you're free type of thing and beyond knowing that it was being given by a photographer, I had no idea what I was in for. Galella is a paparazzo with a portfolio so impressive Newsweek dubbed him Paparazzo Extraordinaire. His shots of Hollywood's ultra glam 70s are stunning, and there's a good chance you've seen them before. If you have the opportunity to see his work in person, do. And if you can hear him talk about the shots and the stories behind them, you must go.
From the top:
Galella's Mona Lisa; Windy Jackie. Taken through a cab window, Jackie turned only because the cab driver fortuitously honked his horn.
Andy Warhol, captured at the Bronx Zoo. Galella was on a family outing and crossed paths with Warhol completely accidentally. He has so many shots of Andy, he published "Warhol by Galella: That's Great!". (Galella has several themed books that feature his work. The newest is called Viva Italia and features photographs of the likes of Sophia Loren and Frank Sinatra.)
Bianca Jagger and Halston.
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall.
Robert Redford outside his NY apartment. He asked Galella how it was that the photographer always beat him home from every event.
If there were pictures like this to be found in the entertainment magazines du jour I might actually indulge in them on occasion. Beyond the subject's beauty, there is something so glamourous about images from this period, even when it's Jackie O in a sweater and jeans.Galella's website is under construction at the moment but he does sell prints of his work. Wouldn't a framed shot or two be super-glam in an entranceway or living area? Yes, please...