2017 was the Year of Women: it began with massive women’s marches in the US and ended with a series of high-profile resignations by powerful men over sexual harassment scandals. 🙎 👀
This groundswell of feminism may have erupted in response to current events, but it has also been slowly and steadily growing for decades. Over the past five years, female photographers have actively sought to redefine the manner and styles in which women are visually represented across advertising, film, and other media.
In response to this change, Getty Images has recruited a new generation of image makers and partnered with a number of organizations such as LeanIn.org, Refinery 29, and Muslim Girl to expand and evolve the photographic landscape.
The most exciting contemporary artists from around the world are shown in a new public exhibition hosted by global art platform Rise Art. Perfect for art lovers and culture hounds. 👨🎨 👩🎨
Showcasing the works of 25 finalists from the inaugural Rise Art Prize, a global competition seeking to unearth new and established talent from around the world. The exhibition allows the public to experience these artists first hand, with exclusive talks and tours by top industry figures and curators.
Spanning works from UK and international contemporary artists across the globe, the exhibition is a one-stop-shop to discover the latest innovators in art, including incredible sculptures, photography, street art, paint and much more.
Abstract painter Giorgio Griffa, closely linked to the Arte Povera movement, first became known in the 1960s as part of an Italian generation of artists who sought to radically redefine painting. 🎨
Believing in the ‘intelligence of painting’, Griffa allows the essential elements of his process, such as the type or width of the brush, the colour or dilution of the paint and the nature of the canvas, whether linen, cotton, hemp or jute, to influence and form the work. Griffa’s approach is performative and time-based – often working horizontally on the floor, his rhythmic, formal gestures soak into the unprimed and unstretched material. Griffa’s minimal and primordial marks extend from his fascination with quantum energy, time-space mathematics, the golden ratio and the memory of visual experience since time immemorial. Suggesting the ongoing and organic life of the painting, lines and brushstrokes are deliberately cut short and the canvas is never filled; never a finished or complete object, but a process viewed in the moment.
A photographic study of English plants. British photographer Kate Friend spent the spring and summer of 2017 touring a selection of England’s greatest gardens, gathering the subjects of her photographic study which makes up Botanical Portraits. 🌱 🌿 🍃
To select some of the best specimens of the season she worked with Head Gardeners at Chelsea Physic Garden, Great Dixter, Houghton Hall and Fern Verrow. For each photograph, a stem was isolated from its growing environment and photographed in a studio setting, inviting the viewer to focus on form and colour. With a nod both to the Japanese rikka (standing flowers) tradition and to Gertrude Jekyll’s still life photography of the 19th century, the aesthetic focusses as much on what is left out as on the little that is allowed in. Vases and vessels are of central importance to the final result, seen here are ceramics from Rachel Lucas-Craig, Laura Huston and Karen Downing.
Kate Friend’s selection criterion for the chosen plants was that they were native to England. On pursuing this path, she discovered that this was not a straightforward premise. Exploration, trade, colonialism and early globalisation have resulted in England’s rich and diverse international plant community. The eclectic nature of the final selection reflects England’s multicultural botanical heritage.
Visitors can see the ten photographs which make up ‘Botanical Portraits’, alongside a narrative wall, a separate display showing ‘behind the scenes’ photographs and location shots, both at the museum.
Exploring the appropriation of Italian designer brands in the underground music scenes of Jungle and UK Garage. Versace, Moschino, Iceberg and D&G are examples of labels that ruled the dance floor in the nineties. Moschino, in particular, became synonymous with the look associated with that era. This exhibition draws from an extensive archive amassed by DJ and producer Saul Milton, which also forms the core of the wider series of exhibitions RTRN II JUNGLE. 🎤 🔊
Recently, there has been a revival of interest in the music, style and culture of that time. Even though Jungle and UK Garage took place before the emergence of the Internet, their history is extensively documented online. However, the overlap between their style and the various times there was a revived interest in the music, has meant that a blurry nostalgic image of the time has emerged.
This exhibition attempts to address this by highlighting the voices of people who were actually there at the time, such as Goldie, Fabio & Grooverider, Bushkin, Skibadee, Navigator and PJ & Smiley, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and MC Nyke. Their personal memories shed light on why designer clothing was first embraced by Jungle ravers and then made famous by UK Garage. By combining the music, testimonials and the original garments, it reveals why high-end Italian labels were so important to the cultural and style history of both genres.