The most comprehensive retrospective to date in the UK on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opened today at the Barbican Centre in London. The opening was heralded by two brand-new pieces by street artist Banksy in celebration of Basquiat. Banksy’s tribute couldn’t be any more fitting as Basquiat didn’t only start his career as a graffiti artist, but his colourful and ‘freestyle’ drawings have clearly influenced so many graffiti writers and street artists ever since.
It’s been only 1.5 weeks since I returned home from my 6-week artist residency in Captiva, Florida, and here I am back on a plane again. I’ve swapped my bikini and sandals for chunky pullovers and thermal socks as winter temperatures in the Netherlands are about 20 degrees Celsius lower than in Florida. Rather than showing off my tan to friends and family, I’ll be wrapped up in thermals again from head to toe.
I am extremely fortunate and feel humbled to be writing this article from the 20-acre Florida estate of the late Robert Rauschenberg, a mercurial artist who bridged the worlds of painting, performance, sculpture, new and found media. For six decades he created wild and pioneering art up to his death in 2008. His Foundation has opened up his home and studio for artists from all over the world and from different backgrounds and I still can’t believe I am one of them.
“A long time ago, beyond seven mountains, beyond seven forests” there lay the English town of Corby. Just on the outskirts of the town one can find a little tranquil green haven made up from two little woods that used to be part of the ancient and bigger woods of Rockingham Forest, once the royal hunting grounds for King William I. From 1 August till 31 October, you can experience a magical moment whilst visiting the Fermynwoods Contemporary Art exhibition ‘Beyond Seven Mountains’ in these old Corby woodlands.
It’s time for my quarterly Arts & Culture review again! In this post I’m sharing with you some of the best exhibitions in London from the last months and my personal book tips.
With a slight delay I bring to you my Arts & Culture overview for the months July-September. I started writing these quarterly overviews after being voted as one of the UK top Arts & Culture blogs in 2015. In this part you find Art and Books reviews and recommendations.
One of the must see exhibitions right now is the Ai Weiwei retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (till 13 December). This exhibition shows a great selection of installations, videos, photographs, furniture and even wallpaper by this great Chinese contemporary artist and political activist. The show is definitely thought-provoking and will give you …
Until Sunday 13 September 2015 you can see the fantastic free exhibition of hyper-realistic sculptures by American artist Duane Hanson (1925-1996) at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. The retrospective showcases a selection of works from Hanson’s 40-year long career with pieces from 1979 till 1995. It’s a definite must-see!
Here’s part 2 of my arts & culture wrap-up for the months April-June. In this post I give you (a lot!) film & TV tips, food and travel.
Don’t despair, it’s the moment you’ve have all been eagerly waiting for: my arts & culture wrap-up of the last three months. Without further ado, I give thee an overview of all the art & cultural-related things I’ve done, seen and discovered between April and June 2015.