Tuesday 25 September 2012
London Fashion week is always so frustrating for me because it has such a great vibe and great fashion designers, but very rarely does it tread confidently into the realm of art.
However Mary Katrantzou is an exception to the rule and we hung out with Gregor Muir from ICA and relished every minute.
The clothes were more than decorative as well as being sculptures. They were true art works. What a blessing we have Mary and what a future lies ahead for her!
Sothebys were once again amazing and generous. They hosted our wonderful Charity auction of bicycle helmets for the Legacy List. Heres the amazing Oli Barker wielding the hammer for Lot 15 by Daisuke Sakaguchi
The helmets were glittering and gleaming.
Alexandre da Cuhna and Jewellery designer Stephen Webster were my top bids.
Webster had made a spectacular creation with rhinestones, bells and car horns.
Keith Wilson's was almost edible.
Ed Vaizey gave a lovely speech and the crowds turned up in their hundreds as everyone was looking for a bargain. Our next event is November 22nd in Canary Wharf where Boris Johnson gives the first annual economic Mayors speech for London.
Talking of speeches I managed to make it in time to hear David Roberts speech which was warm and welcoming. We all were celebrating the opening of his new art space in Camden - at last the Zabludowicz Collection has a new neighbour! We are so happy to welcome David, Indre and Vincent to the area.
Friday 14 September 2012
We invited all our neighbours in Sarvisalo.
Some of the kids checking out the Eva Rothschild, they did take their shoes of.
Intrigued by Sarah Braman’s work.
Investigation of Toby Ziegler by the neighbours.
Tea and Coffee supplied
Kids munching away at the Finnish Bulla.
Shoes off again for Mathew Day Jackson.
Mesmerized by Laura Buckley's 'Shields'
Ossian Ward on Residency in Sarvisalo with his wife and lovely son Inigo and baby Iris fast asleep in pram.
All the babies were out and dressed to impress.
Then after a relaxing spell in Ibiza I head back to London. Straight back to Stratford for Legacy List. The Paralympics was a huge success and a new kind of brave hero was brought to the surface, something that this world needs at the moment. This was so morally uplifting and such a contrast to all the disarray happening around the world.
On my way home I dropped into Bermondsey and Daniela Gareh introduced me to the Teacher of Theaster Gates, Mitchell Squire who proudly showed me his work.
One of Theaster’s hoses in concrete works.
Then it was Chelsea School of Arts to judge the GAM prize, which was quite wonderful. Bruce Haines from Ancient and Modern and Hilary Lloyd investigating the work of Lucy Whitford.
I like the work of Nicholas Dedics.
New and vivacious
In the West End the most fabulous shows. Thomas Houseago’s work ‘Striding Figure II (Ghost)’ was breathtaking, I was totally in awe.
Ugo Rondinone’s Circle painting powerful and haunting. Especially this one 'Siebenundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundzwolf'.
Alexander De Cuhna’s wall works were hatful and humorous.
At David Gill, Fredrikson Stallard’s new furniture show ‘Crush’ was full of interesting pieces.
Thursday 02 August 2012
Now we have the biggest show in town.
Tracey making sure that everyone is greeted. There were no queues (where were all the people?!!!!)
...and beautiful wild flowers everywhere ...
A quick stop for a merry group photo including our Tracey and Kevin Spacey.
The quiet rural countryside with maypoles, sheep and sheep dogs.
Then during the opening ceremony they shoved this blue silk fabric over the whole audience. I felt like I was inside a weird humungous tent - or being caught with 70 thousand people in a giant fishing net!!!!
Once the blue thing disappeared and before us was a scene so breathtaking.
Then that all disappeared and all hell was let loose. Chimneys, ships, houses, fire.
Mary Poppins and a total mish-mash of everything. Being English and Northern there was a fair amount of familiarity but I do not know how this would pan out to the rest of the world.
Young Sasha Mandel one of the 8000 volunteers proudly carries the Finnish Flag.
Then it was home sweet home, Kevin Spacey gets a helping hand in the right direction.
The madness did not stop there ... over in Burlington Gardens Kate and Rob Hersov along with Silas Chou (with the help of Hamish Jenkinson) produced the most amazing glamorous and surreal party.
Woman eating the heart of her last victim.
Not sure what role he is playing.
Room after black room with 3D bodies swaying and performing in front of me.