Berlin-born photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1969) was one of the most internationally sought-after portrait and fashion photographers in the 1940s and 1950s. America’s leading magazines, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar hired him for his imaginative and highly individual shots. The show focuses on the little-known history of his photography studio at 222 Central Park South in New York. Around 100 colour photographs and originals of Erwin Blumenfeld’s works in fashion magazines provide insights into this key artistic phase in his life.
Tony’s Gallery is exhibiting the debut UK solo exhibition by Polish-born, New York-based artist Olek; entitled: “I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone”.
Renowned for her use of crocheted yarn as a medium both indoors and on the street, the artist has created a major installation and sculptural environment: a distinctive Olek-esque living room filled with domestic objects of all kinds. These, along with the gallery walls and floor, have been entirely covered in crochet.
For this exhibition, Olek has drawn inspiration from her experiences of living in the UK over the past few months and assimilating into British culture, as reflected in recent works such as her crocheted London black cab, a piece produced outside of Tony’s in November. The show’s title is a direct quote from ‘I do not expect’, an appliquéd blanket produced by Tracey Emin in 2002.
Olek was recently listed in the Artinfo article ‘See the Women Who Shook Up the Art World in 2011’ alongside Anita Zabludowicz, Marina Abramovic and Mera Rubell and has also been listed in “The 25 most important artists of 2011”.
David Shillinglaw has a new show at the East Gallery on Brick Lane. Brought to you by Cement Gallery, the new show will include a mix of new and familiar works on canvas, paper and a whole host of other objects.
Fresh from a month long residency in Cape Town and just back after spreading the love in New York. David is full of creative energy – which can only fuel his new works.
The video below is a short preview of some work in progress in his studio alongside commentary from David.
NYC/LDN is back, bringing a little New York swag to London nightlife. After taking a three-year hiatus from the last session in 2008 – which saw the debut Theophilus London in the UK – this daring new club night emerges to reconnect the paces of both cities in the quest of finding “the next big talent”.
The most exciting discovery of 2011 so far has to be SE London’s Nu Brand Flexxx who are pioneering a new UK sound we’ve coined as chronic grime.
Brooklyn’s Dyme-A-Duzin refuses to follow anybody’s standards. This charismatic 18-year old mc is today’s 360 hip-hop artist – rapper, singer, songwriter, video producer, marketer, distributor and more. Dymez overall confidence, style and demeanor illuminate his talents where there is no dismissing his pop star potential.
New York will come to London in the form of the Kathy Grayson curated art exhibition POSTERMAT. The gallery space is going to be filled up with works by artists including Yoko Ono, Barry McGee, Bruce LaBruce, Harmony Korine, Aurel Schmidt and Assume Vivid Focus.
For those of you not familiar with the project – it was initially set up in the 104 Green Street space, the POSTERMAT show featured limited edition posters from artists both infamous and new to the scene – all curated by The Hole.
Just back from their showcase at the inescapable indie festival South by Southwest in Austin, USA, Grand Pianoramax feat. the charismatic Black Cracker (Cocorosie, Bunny Rabbit) are back on the road in Europe to perform music from their latest album “Smooth danger” for their unique blend of spoken pop, breakbeat, future funk and experimental hip-hop.
Grand Pianoramax’s music is a feast, poised between elegance and savagery, refined taste and a sharp kick. At the front, pianist Leo Tardin. At the back, drummer Dominik Burkhalter. They look innocent enough, but don’t get too close.
Featuring Mike Ladd – iconoclastic hip-hop artist, producer and MC.