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Loren Nicole announces latest collection

HANDMADE jewellery designer Loren Nicole has launched her newest collection. Using ancient techniques and no electricity, Loren Nicole’s handmade jewellery collection celebrates ethnographic cultures from across the world and the craftsmanship of ancient goldsmiths.

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Each piece of jewellery is designed to highlight the beautiful colour of high karat yellow gold and is produced from gold grain to final finish by Loren’s hand.

Credit: Rodarte catwalk

Her collections are inspired by a different ancient civilisation’s techniques and aesthetic element, with her first entitled Hellenes highlighting the Etruscan style. Loren’s latest jewellery collection Babylon is inspired by the ancient Mesopotamia temple Ziggurat.

floralsHellenes collection

Loren began her career in archaeology and then specialised her skills at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through a position as a textile conservator.

by Alice Fiancet

Loren Nicole’s collections are available here


Miu Miu Releases Thirteenth Film in Women’s Tales Series

MIU MIU has released Carmen – the thirteenth short film in its Women’s Tales series, written and directed by Chloë Sevigny. The video, which premiered during NYFW in the city, is now available online and represents the next instalment in the Italian fashion house’s ongoing film project in partnership with the Venice Film Festival. The project exclusively employs female directors who thus far include some of the most prominent producers in the world – Agnès Varda, Ava DuVernay and Naomi Kawasee to name but a few – who are granted complete creative freedom in the making of their videos, the only stipulation being that the wardrobe comprises entirely Miu Miu designs.

Chloë Sevigny

by Hannah Bergin

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Cathy Wilkes Wins the Maria Lassnig Prize For 2017

THE Maria Lassnig Foundation in Vienna announces the Scottish artist, Cathy Wilkes as the first winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize for 2017. The inaugural award is named after Maria Lassnig, the Austrian portrait painter renowned for her pioneering theory on body awareness. As Lassnig received recognition only later in life, the Foundation’s inaugural art prize is awarded specifically for the achievements of mid-career artists.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerMaria Lassnig, Der Tod und das Madchen Der letzte Tango, 1999, Courtesy of Maria Lassnig Foundation

Cathy Wilkes is an installation artist and painter whose subject matter concerns everyday life and human experience such as motherhood, gender roles and sexuality. These assemblages recall the imagined lives of people connected with the Possil Pottery, a nineteenth century Glaswegian company that produced stoneware goods such as bottles for Tennents brewers. Poised between their time-worn household relics, the artists’ scantily clad folk cower under their tattered rags. Like treasured samplers, Wilkes’s evocative scenarios expose her frayed emotions woven falteringly within another time.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

Wilkes represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008. Since presenting at a survey exhibition at the Tate Liverpool in 2015, Wilkes has exhibited at several solo shows in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Munich. Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 chief curator explains, “Wilkes’ art enacts an exercise in empathy, exposing deeply felt subjective experiences to reach beyond herself while also insisting upon the fundamentally private nature of art making.”

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015.Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

As winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize, she receives 50,000 euros and the opportunity to mount a solo exhibition at the prestigious contemporary art institution, MoMA PS1 in New York. Members of this year’s inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize selection committee included Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 Chief Curator and Peter Pakesch, Chairman of the Foundation. Other members included the curators Matthias Mühling and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Gallery, Laura Hoptman, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art and Sheikha Hoor Al-Quasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation and New York-based artist, Zoe Leonard.

by Miranda Charalambous

Front Page image: Maria Lassnig, June 1983, Photograph Courtesy of Kurt-Michael Westermann, Maria Lassnig Foundation

Victoria and Albert Museum Remembers John Lockwood Kipling

THE designer and architectural sculptor, John Lockwood Kipling is the focus of a new show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London which opens early next year. An influential figure of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the Nineteenth Century, Lockwood Kipling is perhaps better known as the illustrator of Jungle Book and Kim, stories written by his son, Rudyard. Motivated as a young man by the fabulous displays of Indian craftwork at the Great Exhibition of 1851, Lockwood became a keen advocate of Indian craft which he later taught at the Mayo School of Industrial Arts in Lahore, India (now the National College of Art).

Overlooking the John Madejski garden at the Victoria and Albert Museum is an interesting mosaic plaque commemorating Godfrey Sykes’ decorative terracotta work for the South Kensington Museum, as it was formerly known. Lockwood, who took part in the project, is shown carrying a scroll followed by Henry Cole, the first director of the museum.

Mosaic panel after Godfrey Sykes, c.a. 1866, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Far from being an imperialist, Lockwood was concerned with the decline in traditional craft skills, a consequence of the cheap European imports infiltrating India during the Industrial Revolution. As an architectural sculptor, Lockwood inclined towards natural forms which inspired new designs for industrial art, in combination with the historical works at the Lahore Museum of which he was curator. Writing in 1880, he recorded, “I have observed that very little is popularly known of the fishes of the country; many are curious in form and beautiful in colour.”

Wood Carver from a collection depicting craftsmen of the North West provinces of
British India by John Lockwood. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The exhibition, Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab will show original displays first seen by Lockwood at the Great Exhibition of 1851, artefacts chosen by Lockwood for the Victoria and Albert Museum and furniture he designed for Queen Victoria’s homes at Bagshot Park and Osborne House. Lockwood’s fascinating collection of sketches depicting Indian wood-carvers, metallurgists, ceramists, jewellery and toy makers will also be on display. Other exhibits include a piano decorated by Edward Burne-Jones played by Lockwood’s wife, Alice Macdonald and her embroidery for the Red House, the home of William Morris.

Bracelet shown at the Great Exhibition made in Rajasthan, India, c.a. 1850, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Miranda Charalambous

The free exhibition, Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab, made in collaboration with the Bard Graduate Center, New York opens from January 14 until April 2, 2017 at The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Front page image: The Great Exhibition, India No.4 by Joseph Nash, c.a. 1851, Royal Collection Trust, Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2016

Angela Missoni Receives Visionaries Award at Annual MAD Gala

THE creative director of Missoni, Angela Missoni is one of the winners of The Museum of Arts and Design, New York 2016 Visionaries Award. The institution’s annual MAD ball recognises outstanding individuals in the art and design industries, each year awarding exceptional creatives from across a variety of disciplines.

Her accomplishments have recognised alongside those of design advocate, patron, and MAD Trustee Charles S Cohen, the late architect Zaha Hadid and conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare who also winners of the 2016 Award. The glamorous event, which was hosted by writer and fashion commentator Simon Doonan who welcomed 500 guests including other leading artists and designers, as well as corporate and civic leaders.

Angela Missoni

Angela Missoni next year celebrates 20 years in her role at the brand and has been accredited with having maintained the reputation one of Italy’s most iconic fashion houses, while continuously rejuvenating the brand that first popularised eye-catching prints made up of colourful zig-zags and geometric patterns, Angela’s contributions not only to her family’s business, but to the sartorial industry as a whole, has been rightfully rewarded at MAD’s 60th anniversary gala.

by Hannah Bergin

Magnum Photos Releases New Square Print Project

A NEW Square Print Project launched by Magnum Photos celebrates the legacy of Polish documentary photographer and Magnum co-founder, David “Chim” Seymour. The project, entitled Conditions of the Heart: on empathy and connection in photography is inspired by Seymour’s exceptional ability to convey human emotion in his work. This project explores the relationship between photographer and subject and the significance of Seymour’s work on the practice of documentary photography. Featuring over seventy artists, the project is part of a series which examines the influence of the Magnum co-founders which also include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and George Rodger.

Seymour, who began his career as a photojournalist in the 1930s is well known for his images of the Spanish Civil War. During the Second World War, he joined the United States Army as a photographic interpreter and afterwards, worked for UNICEF photographing the plight of orphaned children. Affected by wartime experiences, Seymour’s work became more socially conscious and acquired a greater sensitivity. Magnum photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Chim picked up his camera the way a doctor takes his stethoscope out of his bag, applying his diagnosis to the condition of the heart.

When Magnum photographer, Eve Arnold was seconded to Cuba to take magazine photographs, she encountered destitution on an unimaginable scale which affected her greatly. In desperation, a Cuban family, depicted here, implored her to adopt their daughter to save her from a life of prostitution and poverty.

CUBA. Bahia Honda. Fisherman and family. Island girl. 1954.Fisherman and family. Bahía Honda, Cuba. 1954. Courtesy of Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer, Paul Fusco took this photograph while travelling from New York to Washington, D.C. from a train carrying the dead body of Robert F. Kennedy. Fusco explained, “The people in this photograph had a meaningful connection with Kennedy and an appreciable reason to build a sign, stand in the heat and say goodbye to the man who had once offered them hope.”

USA. 1968. Robert KENNEDY funeral train.USA.USA. 1968. Robert Kennedy funeral train. Courtesy of Paul Frusco/Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer, Ian Berry was pleasantly surprised when he worked with the actor and singer Jane Birkin OBE and her partner, Serge Gainsbourg. Regarding most celebrities somewhat challenging, he found the pair ”warm, friendly and generally terrific” and, easy to photograph.

France. Paris. Jane Birkin OBE is an English actress and singer based in France. She is known for her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg and for having a Hermes bag named after her. In recent years she has written her own album, directed a film and become an outspoken proponent of democracy in Burma. Here she sits with Serge Gainsbourg in their Paris flat. 1970 Jane Birkin with Serge Gainsbourg, her husband at the time, in their Paris flat. 1970.
Courtesy of Ian Berry/Magnum Photos

The Magnum photographs on sale are museum quality prints and measure 6 x 6 inches. Each photograph is sighed and estate stamped and cost $100.

by Miranda Charalambous

The Magnum Square Print Sale, Conditions of the Heart: on empathy and connection in photography runs until November 4, 2016 at the Magnum Print Online Shop.

Front page image: Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits. Reno, Nevada, 1960, Courtesy of Inge Morath/Magnum Photos


Alice Neel Retrospective Opens at Gemeente Museum, The Hague

A MAJOR retrospective of the work of Alice Neel opens at the Gemeente Museum in the Netherlands next month. The exhibition, Alice Neel Collector of Souls brings to light the American portrait painter’s significant contribution to twentieth century art which to date, is little known in the Netherlands. Neel’s enlightened approach to portraiture influenced many contemporary artists, including Marlene Dumas and Elizabeth Peyton.

Neel painted the people she encountered during her early married life in Cuba, her subsequent moves to Greenwich Village, Spanish Harlem and eventually, uptown New York. The artist explained, “I paint my time using the people as evidence.”

art, Alice Neel, The Gemeente Museum, portrait, paintingAlice Neel, Jackie Curtis and Ritta Redd, 1970, Oil on canvas, 152.40 x 106.40 cm. The Cleveland
Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2009.345. Courtesy of The Estate of Alice Neel

Neel painted the moods of her sitters, often in unflattering poses. Impatient, awkward or disillusioned, her models appear unguarded like victims of an ill-timed snapshot. In the sagging flesh of a fellow artist, or the grumpy demeanour of a lover, Neel sought to expose their truthfulness. Her comic portrayals of Andy Warhol superstar, Jackie Curtis and their partner, Ritta Redd highlight the ambiguity of gender identity and equally, the artist’s liberated views at the time.

Neel was interested in the perception of motherhood within different societies. Throughout her life, she produced several mother- and child-themed works which included loving portraits of her own children but also those that appear macabre or unsettling. Having suffered the loss of her own daughter, she was less concerned with depicting an idealised image of motherhood. These more contentious works proved to be a great source of interest for feminists of the 1970s. Although supportive of women’s rights, Neel did not brand herself a feminist, “If they [feminists] had a little more brains … they should have given me credit for being able to see not the feminine world, but my own world,” she said.

art, Alice Neel, The Gemeente Museum, portrait, paintingAlice Neel, Mother and Child (Nancy and Olivia), 1967, Oil on canvas, 99.7 x 91.7 x 91.4 cm,
Diane and David Goldsmith Collection. Photograph by Lee Fatherree, Courtesy of Alice Neel

by Miranda Charalambous

Alice Neel Collector of Souls runs from November 5, 2016 to February 12, 2017 at The Gemeente Museum, Stadhoulderslaan 41, 2517 HV The Hague, Holland
Tel: 31 (0)70 3381111

Front page image: Neel in her Spanish Harlem apartment c. 1940, Photograph by Sam Brody, Estate of Alice Neel



Kenzo SS17 for PFW

ECLECTIC vibrant, thrilling and utterly captivating – for SS17, Japanese-French designer Kenzo presents an excited and exciting mash-up of different cultures and styles. Inspired by the legendary Studio 54 club – and where Kenzo once presented a collection nearly 40 years ago) – the kaleidoscopic new collection is as colourful and as fascinating as the various characters who influenced it – models such as Donna Jordan, or Pat Cleveland – both beautiful, confident, unique and unapologetically bold.

Kenzo SS17 © Kenzo

The frivolity that defined the disco era is reflected in Kenzo’s use of nylons, sequins and lamé which are juxtaposed against cotton or denim. Likewise is the palette playful – cherry reds clash with metallic pinks, silvers and blues, and the silhouette is voluminous. Accessories are no less eye-catching, featuring scintillating shoppers and bumbags, glittering chainmail bandanas worn as necklaces and oversized crystal earrings.

Kenzo SS17 © Kenzo

The designer also prints many of illustrator Antonio Lopez’s colourful works onto several of his garments – the beloved artist who made his name producing sketches illustrating the glamorous lives and extravagant styles of the celebrities with whom he socialised during the vibrant era upon which Kenzo looks back nostalgically.

Kenzo SS17 © Kenzo

by Hannah Bergin

The Guerrilla Girls Confront Diversity At Whitechapel Gallery

THE hackles of those anonymous  female activists from New York, the Guerrilla Girls are raised again. This time, the feisty culture-jammers have set up camp inside the walls of the Whitechapel Gallery in London with a new campaign, “Is it worse in Europe?” The group, who have not exhibited in Britain before, launch their new show with a deluge of witty posters and a bold-faced banner across the façade of the gallery.

The group has been raising awareness about racism and sexism for three decades using posters, stickers, billboards and banners which combine humour with punchy, data-driven slogans derived from their extensive research. Considering the British Prime Minister, Teresa May’s recent pledge to curb the sway of the rich and powerful, the Guerrilla Girls’ present demand seems timely, “Are museums today presenting a diverse history of contemporary art or the history of money and power?”

Guerrilla Girls, activism, art, Whitechapel GalleryGuerrilla Girls, Do women still have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? 2012. Courtesy the Guerrilla Girls

The Guerrilla Girls began campaigning for equality in the arts from 1985 following the onset of the Women’s Movement in the 1970s. They fervently maintain that, “You cannot tell the story of a culture without all the stories in it”.

This year, the group asked 383 European Museums to each fill out a questionnaire about diversity but only a fraction replied. At this exhibition, comments made from the participating institutions are incorporated in ten newly commissioned posters and the lists of those who didn’t are resigned to the gallery floor.

Guerrilla Girls, activism, art, Whitechapel GalleryGuerrilla Girls 2015. Photograph: Andrew Hindraker. Courtesy the Guerrilla Girls

by Miranda Charalambous

The free exhibition, Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? is on until March 2017 at the Whitechapel Gallery,  77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Tel: +44 (0)20 7522 7888

Front page image: Whitechapel Gallery Guerrilla Girls Commission: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016). Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Messein Lovers Feast On A Banquet of Forbidden Fruit at MAD, New York

THE talented ceramist, Chris Antemann has teamed up with famous porcelain manufacturer, Messein to produce a series of saucy limited editions that instil a little joie de vivre into figurative tradition. Her finely crafted profusions of fruit, flowers and lusty lovers are currently on display in a new show entitled Chris Antemann: Forbidden Fruit at the Museum of Modern Arts in New York (MAD).

The witty installation comprises an array of exquisite sculptural works including the amusing dinner piece, Lust and Gluttony and a spectacular porcelain chandelier decked with delicately crafted birds and lemons. The highlight of the show is Antemann’s intricate five foot centrepiece, Love Temple inspired by Messein’s master craftsman, Johann Joachim Chandler. Shannon R. Stratton, MAD’s curator explains,

“Throughout her career, Antemann has manipulated the purely white and technically challenging material of porcelain to create contemporary interpretations of the pursuits of eighteenth-century elites, such as fine dining and escapades in pleasure gardens.”

Messein, Chris Antemann, sculpture, porcelain
Chris Antemann in collabo­ration with Meissen, Lemon Chandelier (detail), 2014 © Meissen

This fabulous exhibition demonstrates Antemann’s ability to cleverly merge modern-day values with the sensibilities of eighteenth century society when a heightened interest in sexuality activity among the upper classes became apparent. Antemann’s elaborate and feisty narratives convey well how feasts, banquets and fine dining provided opportunities for amorous liaisons.

Messein, Chris Antemann, sculpture, porcelain
Chris Antemann in collabora­tion with Meissen, A Delicate Domain, 2014 © Meissen

by Miranda Charalambous

Chris Antemann: Forbidden Fruit opens from September 22 – February 5, 2017 at the Museum of Arts and Design,
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, USA
Tel: 212-299-7777

Front page image: Chris Antemann in collaboration with Meissen, Trifle (detail), 2013 © Meissen