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Art in London : Anselm Kiefer

While spending last autumn in London, I have visited a lot of art exhibitions displaying works from an influential generation of post-war German artists : Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter. Living in Thailand, I had no idea about how great German artists and their influences are until I learnt from those shows, leaving me an inspiration and growing interest. Also, a lot of my German friends whom we work together during the internship experience, had introduced me to their powerful world and culture, in both art and fashion. However, the Anselm Kiefer retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) was by far the most exciting one for me. The German artist has taken inspiration from poets, philosophers, scientists and writers throughout his 40 years career. Interestingly, In the beginning of his career, Kiefer was supported by two more of the country’s leading artists: Joseph Beuys and Georg Baselitz (who I also admire). It was alongside Baselitz that Kiefer represented Germany at the 1980 Venice Biennale, and again examined the iconography of Nazism head-on. Always large in scale, ambitious in scope, …

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Art in London : Gerhard Richter

My London diary has a lot to do with going to galleries and museums, contemplating at artworks that some of which I can only appreciate visually. However, one of the most exciting pieces of art showing in London right now is an exhibition of new and recent works by a 82-year-old German painter Gerhard Richter. Consisting of over 40 works, with important bodies of new ‘Strip’, ‘Flow’ and ‘Doppelgrau’ paintings, the show will also include a large glass sculpture and a selection of key earlier pieces.  ‘Flow’ paintings suggest the gestural currents of enamel paint that have been frozen in motion at the moment Richter fixed a pane of glass directly to the surface of a painting in process on the floor – arresting a once fluid image at a precise chosen instance. His technique of pouring and manipulating paint captures a tension between chance versus the decisive gesture of the artist’s hand. And, while the glass face of each work serves to magnify the materiality of the paint, it also removes the element of direct tactility and undermines how …

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Highlights from Renegade Craft Fair : London Holiday Market

Originally from the US, Renegade Craft Fair is an exposition of handmade quality, celebrating DIY makers community – from independent artisans to craft businesses. Their London event was held at the Old Truman Brewery event hall in Brick Lane on Nov 22-23.  I was there on Sunday, without the intention to buy anything but ended up with two packages in my backpack before I even realised. Because you can find everything you need for this gift-giving season, with more than 200 makers selling everything from holiday inspired stationeries and gift wrap, one-of-a-kind jewellery, ceramics, clothing, knits, to illustrated art prints and posters, housewares and much more.   Here I have selected my favourite fifteen makers to be a highlight of the fair. You can check out their online shops or blogs just by clicking the name. THE SILVER SHED typically pretty English artisan jewellery Little Wren Designs very nice scent soy candles, cross-stitch pins and pressed flower magnets = cute !   OH NO RACHIO! hand illustrated range of ceramics, stationery, cards with a strong focus on simplicity, typography …

London Diary no2 – Exhibit

ICA Off-site at Dover Street Market  Institute of Contemporary Arts has invaded Dover Street Market in an unconventional way, for the latest installation in the Off-Site series. Rarely seen material from the institution’s archives and collections were exhibited for introspection. Great visit if you’re in London ! 11 Feb – 6 Apr 2014 Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LT http://www.doverstreetmarket.com Next, is the Royal Academy of Arts (or RA) ‘Sensing Spaces : Architecture Reimagined’ exhibition. It sets out to evoke the experience and power of architecture within a traditional gallery environment. With the physical exploration into real spaces, visitors gain such experience that awaken our awareness of spaces beyond the gallery walls. Seven architects from around the world have been invited to use the RA’s galleries to test themselves and their discipline by creating unique spaces for visitors to experience. There installations all highlight different aspects of architecture – from the manipulation of light, movement, and interaction. Pezo von EllrichshausenKengo KumaDiébédo Francis KéréLi Xiaodong’s discipline became my most favorite one. Users and …