Roy’s People Art Fair is excited to present its 4th artist-led fair where public can meet and buy directly from the 85 artists on show. Situated in the heart of London’s South Bank Roy’s People Art Fair is an approachable way to discover a communit
Roy’s People Art Fair is excited to present its 4th artist-led fair where public can meet and buy directly from the 85 artists on show. Situated in the heart of London’s South Bank Roy’s People Art Fair is an approachable way to discover a community of artists
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
4th-7th April 2019
(Private View 4th April 2019 5-8:30pm)
Roy’s people art fair’s first 3 events drew thousands of viewers and buyers in the revolutionary artist- led art fair, pioneered by artists Sam Peacock and Roy Tyson. 85 carefully selected artists will be personally showcasing their pieces to the public during this free four-day event.
‘Roy’s People Art Fair introduces new Live Installation ‘Perception of People’
This unique installation, featured in the entrance hall of the fair, will be created live for our visitors throughout the duration of the event, starting 4th April at the Private View. Various selected artists have been invited to bring their skills and paint live each day, creating their artwork as part of a large mural displaying how different artists perceive the human form.
Tyson and Peacock founded the fair as a platform to offer their invaluable expertise and support to both emerging and established artists as they navigate the art world. Their focus is primarily on developing a community led spirit initiated by artists to connect directly with the public and promote both the artists' and buyers' interests first.
‘Roy’s People Art Fair introduces GreatArt drawing room’
Visit the GreatArt room on Level 2 and get your creative juices flowing. A unique chance to try out your skills as GreatArt setup an entire room for anyone to pick up a pen and add to the walls. Welcoming all ages and abilities to get involved.
“Our fourth instalment of Roy’s People Art Fair will reach new heights with the iconic Bargehouse in OXO Tower Wharf as our chosen location. Thanks to the success of last year, we are now able to extend our support to a wider group of artists and ensure our community provides them with the right knowledge and tools to make the fair a triumph.”
About the founders: Roy Tyson is an urban artist based in Essex. He creates miniature figures, photographs them on the streets, depicting an unknown world beneath our feet. During his professional career he has worked with galleries worldwide as well as with high end corporate clients. royspeople.com
Sam Peacock is an abstract painter who explores the landscape using recycled and industrial materials to document the ever changing effect it has on the planet. Since graduating in 1998, he has been represented by galleries in London, Australia and Germany. He has had several solo shows worldwide and been featured in various international art journals. Sampeacock.com
Address: Bargehouse Oxo Tower Wharf, London SE1. www.oxotower.co.uk
Private View 4th April 2019 5-8:30pm Tickets via website: www.royspeopleartfair.com
Ian Schrager recreates and reinvents the golden age of this world-famous icon for the present
The Times Square EDITION may just be the long overdue and best thing to hit Times Square in over a century. There simply has never been anything like it before in New York City’s famed cultural and entertainment mecca. Ian Schrager, in partnership with Marriott International, introduces a new order with the first chic and sophisticated luxury hotel and the first Michelin-starred chef ever to grace the neighborhood, along with the creation of a new form of Cabaret theater and a complete reinvention of billboard art. But what could be the most important part is a revitalization of Times Square that will attract not just visitors and tourists, but New Yorkers as well, punctuating the area as the City’s epicenter and crossroads of the world...again.
Throughout the decades, Times Square has seen myriad changes and has taken on many iterations. By World War I, it was the center of culture, nightlife and entertainment. By the 40’s and 50’s, the Latin Quarter Nightclub presented festive floor shows that featured chorus girls and can-can dancers, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and the Andrew Sisters. There was Tin Pan Alley, the Copacabana and the Theater District. There was Roseland, Birdland, Ella Fitzgerald, marathon dancing, hot jazz, Doo-Wop and the pop rock of the Brill building as well as the invention of the now gossip columns. It was a democratic “meeting place” and nothing exemplified the disorder of the city or the dichotomy of high and low art than Times Square. Sadly, however, the Great Depression and World War II took its toll on the area and Times Square began its decline. From the 60’s onward, the area was riddled with adult entertainment, prostitution, drugs, and crime. It wasn’t until the mid-80’s when the Marriott Marquis opened its doors and Disney debuted The Lion King at The New Amsterdam Theater that the clean-up began with the redevelopment of new theaters, retail, hotels and eateries.
Despite Times Square’s notorious reputation, it has managed to maintain itself as a symbolic global, geographic and cultural icon. It had long been home to media giants as well as the center for theater, music, culture and entertainment. This adventurous mold-breaking, however, has disappeared. Today, Times Square and its overindulgent commercialization lacks the substance and sex-appeal that once distinguished its streets. It is hungry for a Renaissance and The Times Square EDITION will usher in a new era. The hotel and all of its unique offerings seek to preserve the essence of the area during its Golden Age when it was the microcosm of the best New York City had to offer.
From the moment you enter the hotel’s doors on 20 Times Square at West 47th Street, you are transported to another world—a decompression zone. A long ivory hall with venetian plastered walls and ceiling and a floating custom green mirrored stainless sphere inspired by Anish Kapoor and the colors of Jeff Koons await you. Once you arrive at the Lobby and Lobby Bar, a series of black and white spaces, you are convinced that you are no longer in colorful Times Square anymore. The refined and pristine spaces of The Times Square EDITION are juxtaposed against the energy, vibrancy and chaos of Times Square. Each of these two extremes serves the other yet each stands on its own. But together, something new, original, and even stronger is created. Indeed, with this alchemic symbiosis, a new reality and a virtual fourth dimension is created. As you move in and out continuously, the space becomes boundaryless. This clash of worlds, this surreal sense of space and time is best experienced on the outdoor terraces, appropriately named the Bladerunner Terraces, that frame the various public space floors. On the terrace off the Lobby Bar, you can choose to be in your own private oasis escaping in a cocoon-like area or face the brilliance of flashing light and color of Times Square for the best light show in the world.
Off the Terrace Restaurant, a similar feeling awaits on expansive terraces that were inspired by the L’Orangerie at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. The outdoor space in totality with thousands of plants, trees and ivy is perhaps the biggest indoor landscaping effort in the country was designed by Madison Cox and is literally, multi-level gardens in the sky. The public space interiors with their rich woods, lush velvets, waxed leathers, polished marbles and smooth metals are combined to create a chic, simple, hip, serene and luxurious setting, an antidote to the hectic life just outside the hotel’s doors.
“The Times Square EDITION is an entirely new lens on Times Square. From an aerie above the hubbub below, you can engage, observe or withdraw. The hotel is an oasis of sophistication brought to you through the insight of the incomparable Ian Schrager, my friend and partner. There is simply nothing like it.” Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International.
The first Michelin-starred chef ever in Times Square, John Fraser, is spearheading the food and beverage at the hotel to create a cacophony of dining experiences. The fine dining restaurant named 701 West is a gastronomic gem in a jewel box-like setting that is an explosion of color. The menu features the best local ingredients and inventive preparations. While difficult to assign a specific label or locale to the cuisine from such a culinary creative mind, Chef Fraser was somewhat inspired by classical French, Asian, and Latin fare. Lobster veloute with truffle panisse and champagne float along with sweet potato baked in seaweed bread are sure to be signature items. A charcoal grill will be a centerpiece for the entrees including a grilled whole King Crab with bonito butter and an A-5 Wagyu with smashed garlic.
The Terrace Restaurant and Outdoor Gardens is an original take on a four meal, 18 hour-a-day restaurant inspired by traditional French brasseries and American chophouses but taken in a completely new direction by Chef Fraser. It’s the “everyday” dining option where you never tire of the food no matter how many times you dine there. Romantic yet casual, and elegant yet simple, the restaurant will also highlight Chef Fraser’s vegetarian sensibilities, featuring six house made pastas and a selection of the best steaks and chops. The Lobby Bar will feature the next generation of bar food, moving beyond nuts and finger food and answering to people’s desire for great food in a bar setting.
The entrance to the Terrace restaurant will host the debut exhibit of specially curated candid portrayals of “the real New York City”, the one not seen by visitors, capturing energetic, gritty and poetic street and neighborhood scenes by renowned photographers Helen Levitt, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Ruth Orkin, Arthur Leipzig and Cornell Capa to name a few. The following exhibit will shift to more current street scenes illustrating the culture and diversity that pervades the city today. The space will continue to house rotating photography and art exhibits by various well-known photographers and artists.
The Paradise Club is an inventive, chaotic, high production spectacle perfectly suited for Times Square. The brainchild of Anya Sapozhnikova, Justin Conte, Matthew Dailey and Kae Burke of House of Yes in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this edgy and provocative modern-day Cabaret manifests the disorder of the City and adds a whole new dimension to the hotel and to Times Square.
“Why theater? It’s live. It’s real. It’s the closest thing to dreams. Having theater born out of order negates the whole point. What we make comes from utter chaos. Chaos is where we learned to do this even before we knew what we were doing.” Anya Sapozhnikova
The shows will be part theater, part performance art with talent across many disciplines including dance, voice, aerial acrobatics, choreography, costume design and magic. There will be a regular ongoing performance based on William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. With no formulas, rules or any specific structure, but not for shock value, each performance at Paradise Club will be different from the previous one and different from the next. For a new twist on dining and entertainment, the menu will be original and creative from hot dogs to caviar and everything in between.
“Paradise Club is a place of aspiration...Invention and reinvention...A refuge to enjoy life and forget life and the perfect place to escape into fantasy.” Ian Schrager
This one-of-a-kind cultural entertainment space also features the most sensational, immersive, colorful and kinetic lighting effects designed by Tony and Academy Award-winning Fisher Marantz of Studio 54 fame and inspired by a Lenny Kravitz video, as well as bespoke hand painted murals inspired by Bosch and Dali--a modern successor to the world famous Maxfield Parrish’s King Cole mural on Fifth Avenue. Perhaps the most spectacular element of the space is the full-blown production studio and control center that allows for live simulcasts and broadcasts around the world, as well as locally to a “Best in Class” 17,000 sf-8K-8mm Jumbotron outside of the building and a high definition digital screen on the stage. The exterior Jumbotron will also display rotating art by current video artists, cinematographers and animators.
“The Golden Age of Times Square elicited the feeling that anything was possible. New York was the City of Dreams, Times Square at its heart, where everyone came together with a common purpose. The Times Square EDITION is the embodiment of this storied past, resurrected for the present, providing hope for the future of this most beloved neighborhood.” Ian Schrager
Reservations are now open with opening rates starting from $269 (taxes and fees apply). The hotel will open in preview on 19th February and launch officially 12th March 2019. To make a reservation please call +1 800-466- 9695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about The Times Square EDITION, please visit www.editionhotels.com
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Cape Town: On Wednesday 30 January 2019, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) will present a group exhibition titled: Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to re-examine notions of utopias, African Futures and Afrofuturism from the continent and the diaspora, simultaneously calling for a re-reading and re-writing of both real and imagined narratives that aren’t constrained by time and place. Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday explores the different ways in which artists tackle the complexities within the concepts of progress, within post-colonial Africa.
Co-Curator, Precious Mhone explains that the exhibition points critically at the mirages, metaphors, stereotypes and matrixes of progress: “Fiction has a critical role to play in shaping imaginations and directing ideas for contemporary Africa.”
Co-Curator, Gcotyelwa Mashiqa corroborates, explaining that “the exhibition challenges notions of travel, migration and banishment through imagined and alternative realities that reference both real and unreal locations at once.”
The title of the show is taken from a quote by Pendleton Ward, the creator of the animated seriesAdventure Time, which is set in the post-apocalyptic magical Land of Ooo.: “This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively, but if sweetness can win, and it can, then I'll still be here tomorrow to high-five you yesterday, my friend. Peace.”
Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday seeks to interrogate alternative physical and metaphorical spaces, letting viewers explore imagined worlds and, as one of the featured artists, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, puts it, the “multiple simultaneous utopianisms” within our realities.
The artists in this exhibition offer a distinct concept in which time is not linear but where past, present and future merge into one. Utopia is defined by the Greeks as “no place” and presented as the epitome of a perfect but unattainable destination. Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday is a challenge to this concept and acts as a means of critiquing existing societies.
Derived from tropes of Afro-futuristic movement and notions of the exploration of space, the exhibition is realised in ‘Chapters’ that will unfold over the course of the exhibition, that metabolise and progress, to present a plurality of post-colonial futures.
As such, Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday shapes and shifts in the gallery, disrupting and distorting both the constructs of Utopia and Dystopia, prompting more nuanced perspectives on progression and multiple readings of its themes. The exhibition includes a designated collective ideation space, where information and downloads can be shared and where knowledge can be reformatted.
Using timelines, mind maps and archives in a working room, it presents ways of thinking about the rewriting of history and contemporary memory. This presents geographical and ideological pathways of thinking about the continent, its history in relation to constructions of fiction and nonfictional narrative making.
Exhibition name: Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday
Venue: Level 4, Zeitz MOCAA, Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Run dates: 30 January - 31 July 2019
Exhibition curators: Precious Mhone, Gcotyelwa Mashiqa
Exhibition design and preparation: Ellen Kondowe, Sibonelo Ndwalane, Alistair Kennedy, Tammy Langtry, Carlo van Aardt
Research Assistants: Luvuyo Nyawose and Thembekazi Matroshe.
Editor: Sven Christian
Assistant Editor: Marijke Tymbios
Cristina de Middel
Kathrien de Villiers
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA)
Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
Pembrokeshire landscape artist Sarah Jane Brown exhibiting at the Art Nou Millenni Gallery in Barcelona
Following her international debut at the Artbaho Contemporary Art Fair in Barcelona last year, contemporary Welsh landscape artist Sarah Jane Brown is currently presenting a series of paintings in a new exhibition at the Art Nou Millenni Gallery in the centre of Barcelona.
Launching with a preview on 24th January to an enthusiastic reception, the 'To believe or not to believe' exhibition will be available to view at the Art Nou Millenni Gallery located on the famous Consell de Cent street, through into February. Sarah Jane's landscape paintings are showcased on their unique brick walled exhibition space, together with seven other talented artists.
Sarah Jane's paintings combine a mix of ‘old master’ techniques with contemporary working practice. Conceptually her paintings are an outpouring of personal feeling and a strong sense of place; the landscape becoming a metaphorical vehicle to describe more emotional concerns. Her natural ability to convey the intensity of her experiences presents an emotional narrative throughout her work, encouraging viewers to connect and engage on a deeper level.
Sarah Jane has exhibited widely across the UK, and her work is now collected internationally. An Associate Member (AGSA) of The Guild Society of Artists, her notable highlights include exhibiting with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at London's Mall Galleries, and the Royal Cambrian Academy in North Wales.
Current UK events include exhibiting at the Royal Cambrian Academy's Open Exhibition 2019 until 9th February. Upcoming international events include exhibiting at the Museum Gustavo Maetzu in Navarra, North West Spain in spring 2019. Current work is available to view at Off The Wall Gallery in Cardiff, Etcetera Gallery in St Davids, the Russell Gallery in Putney, and the Discerner Gallery in Mayfair by appointment. For further information please visit www.sjbfineart.com.
'Creer o no creer, esa es la cuestión/To believe or not to believe, that is the thing' Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: 24th January to mid-February
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 7pm
Venue: Art Nou Millenni Gallery, Consell de Cent, 277 / 08011 Barcelona, España
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Apotheosis of The Illuminata – Ruthie Tucker New york , Amsterdam Whitney Gallery NY - AASE BIRKHAUG
“APOTHEOSIS of the ILLUMINATA”
Georgia O’Keefe advised, “Fill a space in a beautiful way.” Following a long tradition of nature-inspired art, Norwegian artist Aase Birkhaug captures visions of earthly delight in her stunning floral paintings which radiate superlative color and light to fill her canvases with supreme beauty. Her reinterpretations of roses transport the viewer to idyllic, iconic locations through her vivid color palette, tantalizing texture, and radiant luminescence. An emissary of nature, Ms. Birkhaug visually combines her physiotherapy training with her passion for flowers to paint exquisite floral interpretations in her signature neo-impressionist style that combines textural brushstrokes with a contemporary approach to color and composition.
Her virtuosic floral oeuvre is both modern and timeless, providing beauty and thought-provoking concepts to the auspicious viewer, commemorating the glories of nature and immortalizing the permanence of our natural world. Inspired by the psychological effects colors and imagery have on the mind, Ms. Birkhaug skillfully and deliberately combines her color palette and rose compositions to yield a calming effect for her viewers. “I discovered several years ago that roses have a positive effect on me, almost like healing, and the combination of the small and the sight feels like a mediation” she explains of her inspiration. These ravishing tableaus become incandescent icons to the lyricisms of nature as the floral kingdom metamorphs into celestial objects of beauty with therapeutic effects on the human soul.
A kaleidoscopic palette of hues such as rosy reds, succulent greens, rich lavenders, sun kissed yellows are imprimatur tones of her dreamscapes where colors burst forth from the canvas with an explosive and effervescent charm. With a balanced sense of composition and keen sensitivity to light, Ms. Birkhaug creates images that capture the spirit of impressionist masters, but then moves that spirit forward into the contemporary realm through a bold, expressive use of color and a modern take on texture and movement. These portraits of roses dazzle the eye as they are rendered with skillful brush strokes that are both calming and invigorating to the soul. A tantalizing interplay of light and shadow, radiate the sun-kissed scenes, imbuing her joyful paintings with ambrosial good cheer and a sense of joie de vivre.
Stunning in its simplicity as it is compelling in its level of detail, Aase Birkhaug illustrates the beauty of her floral subjects in the minutia of visual details and the broad, overall atmosphere of each composition. Proficient in art media such as aquarelle, tempera, gouache, oil, acrylics, and pastels, Ms. Birkhaug’s quest for learning places her at the forefront of artistic innovation. Through her art, Ms. Birkhaug’s visual poetry is a message of serenity to the world with images that are refreshingly tranquil, reminding the viewer of the serene moments and vistas that perhaps still do exist if we but know where to look. Celebrated in both private and public collections in Europe and the U.S., Amsterdam Whitney Gallery is proud to shine the spotlight on this contemporary master!
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QUEEN OF ROSES
The painting of Aase Birkhaug transports the observer in a new Heaven. Color is declined in its most delicate shape. The cromia is soft and at the same time it transmits at the bystender a feeling of relaxation. I want to define Aase as the true Queen of roses. She paints this flower through the purity of colors and the elegance of the form. With her painting, she takes us to Eden, in that garden where all of us can pick the most beautiful flowers.
Soffused visual colors legitimately invade the canvas. Aase Birkhaug takes us into a new dimension of the dream. A dream that has its creative essence in the artist’s magical brush strokes. The artist is one of the true interpreters of romantic pictorial hyperrealism. Her painting doesn’t just follow the academic rules, but takes inspiration from visual poetry, leaving the spectator in charge of emotion. Her painting is the representation of the real. Each brush stroke is actually an open window on the world. She decides to capture the most beautiful shades; real Heaven on earth. The observer, who sees her works, abandons to them and let them bring him to a world completely dominated by beauty and peace.
Aase is a painter free from external conditioning. Free from paradoxes of sign, paradoxes often used by artists who cannot express real emotions. She is a painter whose philosophy is based on sweetness and eternal beauty that will save us from distruction.
Light explosions characterize a visual path that has its interpretation in the concept of research. Birkhaug is an artist able to create her own alphabet. An alphabet whose language lies in the artist’s gesture, that introducing her emotions of light. Recreating light is not easy, and Aase always portraits it with high carefullness. The painter relies on color to express her moods, emotions picked in remote corners of earth, to gather thoughts of a contemporary world that is changing fast. The light rips the darkness and lightens the narrated. A narrate that explores the human mind and testifies its most intimate thoughts.
Chromatic thoughts with a strong emotional impact. A painting that starts from the heart of the artist and gets to the soul of who’s standing in front of her beautiful visual representations.
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A profusion of glass can be found in Buckinghamshire from February.
Buckinghamshire County Museum in Aylesbury hosts an exciting exhibition featuring work by over 30 members of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) from February 2 to March 23. There is an official launch from 1pm to 3pm on February 2.
“The CGS chose Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury as the venue to display glass art work from artists based in the Midlands, surroundings counties and Greater London,” explains Sue Purser Hope, Chair of the Contemporary Glass Society. “The exhibition features work by members at any stage of their career and is unselected. All work is for sale.
“The aim of the Glorious Glass exhibition is to demonstrate how utterly glorious and amazing contemporary glass is so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy its magical colours, textures, use of light and variety of techniques and also discover their own local glass artists. The work displayed will feature as wide a range of techniques as possible. Each artist will explain why glass is glorious to them and why they have chosen the pieces on display to express that passion for their chosen material.”
Artists taking part are: Askett Glass, Maggie Barton, Carolyn Basing, Gavin Caspersz, Teresa Chlapowski, Caroline Cousin, Estelle Dean, Juliette Derwent, Fiona Fawcett, Pam Fyvie, Adriana Garcia, Hannah Gibson, Aneta Glowacka, Adele Gowrie, Gay Hutchings, Tlws Johnson, Nicola Kantorowicz, Sharon Korek, Jan Langdale, Jessie Lee, Julie Light, Anne-Marie Lowe, Pat Marvell, Judith Menges, Linda Morley, Wendy Newhofer, Nathalie Ozouf, Jacque Pavlosky, Susan Purser Hope, Morag Reekie, Cathryn Shilling, Phillipa Stacey, Vikki Stacey, Joe Szabo, Geoff Thwaites, Mandy Treptow, Jane Vincent, Alison Vincent and Kathryn Webley.
There will also be a Forum Day from 10am to 4pm on March 16 and a Glass Makers Fair from 10.30am to 3pm on March 23.
The CGS was founded in 1997 and now has over 1,000 members, nationally and internationally.
Discover more www.buckscountymuseum.org