Dali’s biopic to hit London Cinemas.

April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Art, Federico Garcia Lorca, Little Ashes, Little Ashes movie poster, Little Ashes trailer, London Cine Lumiere, London Film Premieres, Luis Bunuel, Robert Pattinson, Salvador Dali, Salvador Dali Biopic, Twilight Robert Pattinson, Uncategorized, Upcoming Films | Leave a comment
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LITTLE ASHES, SALVADOR DALI’S BIOPIC, WILL PREMIERE AT THE LONDON LUMIERE CINEMA MAY 8.

Love.Art.Betrayal.

Love.Art.Betrayal.

The film adaptation of the artist’s tempestuous life will hit the capital’s screens next month as it explores Dali’s personal relationship with fellow Spaniard and celebrated poet, Federico Garcia Lorca.

Little Ashes focuses on the early years of an unknown Salvador Dali who arrives to Madrid in the pursuit of fame and recognition as Spain’s greatest artist.

His  talent and eccentricities soon catch the attention of Madrid’s exclusive artistic elite- including that of poet Garcia Lorca and future film director Luis Buñuel-and the three bond in an usual friendship that is passionate and personal .

The formidable trio descend into a dangerous road as they challenge all traditional conventions of a conservative and extremely catholic Spain  ruled during the early 20’s by the right-wing dictator, Miguel Primo de Rivera.

Dali and Lorca portrayed by the Twilight star Robert Pattison and Javier Beltran.

Dali and Lorca portrayed by the Twilight star Robert Pattinson and Javier Beltran.

As Dali and Lorca  begin to grow fonder of each other, the young Buñuel sets off for Paris in search of his own personal success as film director. From there on, it’s just the two men seemingly convinced to possess an extraordinary connection that others can only dream of. 

Both share their deepest thoughts, aspirations and secrets until one night their unique friendship becomes something else that the sexually repressed Lorca tries and fails to consummate.

The film, a UK-Spanish production, is directed by Paul Morrison and the cast includes  Spanish actor Javier Beltran as Federico Garcia Lorca, the British Matthew McNulty as Luis Buñuel and Hollywood’s latest sensation,Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali.

The film will premiere May 8 in the London Cine Lumiere cinema in South Kensington.

View trailer here.

To attend London Cine Lumiere, click here.

Student Art Summer Shows in London.

April 24, 2009 at 10:31 am | Posted in 19574520, Art, Art Education in London, Art undergraduates, Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London Art, London Art Scene, London Art Schools, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Summer Art Shows, Undergraduate Art, Upcoming Exhibitions | Leave a comment
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LONDON’S UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS TO EXHIBIT STUDENTS’ WORK AT MAJOR SUMMER EVENTS.

The University of the Arts London has already announced the final dates for the Art Summer Shows 2008/09 that will celebrate another year of great work by their talented students.

This is a great opportunity to reach the front of the new art wave and discover the latest trends by today’s new talents that could become tomorrow’s greatest artists in the London art scene.

University of the Arts London, Europe's leader in art and design.

University of the Arts London, Europe's leader in art and design.

University of the Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design:

Graduate Exhibition – June 2009

This event showcases the work from graduates from the following undergraduate courses: BA (Hons) Fine Art, BA (Hons) Textile Design, BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication, BA (Hons) Interior & Spatial Design, FdA Interior Design, Graduate Diploma Interior Design..

Saturday 20th June 2009  10am – 4pm
Sunday 21st June 2009    10am – 4pm
Monday 22nd June 2009    10am – 8pm
Tuesday 23rd June 2009   10am – 8pm
Wednesday 24th June 2009 10am – 8pm

To contact Chelsea College of Art and Design, click here.

University of the Arts, Camberwell College of Arts:

BA Ceramics, BA Drawing, BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, BA Photography, BA Painting, BA Sculpture, BA 3D Design, FdA Design Practice, FdA Illustration for Sequence and Interaction.

Tuesday 23 June – Friday 26 June 10am – 8pm
Saturday 27 June 11am – 4pm

Further Enquires, click here.

University of the Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts:

Undergraduate BA Hons Fine Art (Painting),BA Hons Fine Art (Print and Digital Media), BA Hons Fine Art (Sculpture).

Wednesday 17 June – Friday 19 June 2009  10am – 4pm
Saturday 20 June 2009 11am – 5pm
Monday 22 June – Tuesday 23 June 2009  10am –  4pm

Contanct Wimbledon College of Arts, click here.

London Art Schools.

April 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Art, Art Education in London, Art Graduates, Art Master Degrees, Art undergraduates, Blake College, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Christie's Education, London Art Schools, Royal College of Art, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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A GUIDE TO THE VARIOUS ART SCHOOLS BASED IN THE CITY OF LONDON.

Prestigious Central Saint Martins in London.

Prestigious Central Saint Martins in London.

Blake College: Art, Design and Media.

Visit Blake College, Click here.

Contact Blake College, Click here.

How to Apply, click here.

http://www.blake.ac.uk/

Central Saint Martins: Art, Fashion, Textiles, Drama, Graphic and Industrial Design.

Visit CSM, Click here

Contact CSM, Click here.

How to Apply, Click here.

http://www.csm.arts.ac.uk/

Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Visit Chelsea College, Click here.

Contact Chelsea College, Click here.

How to Apply, Click here.

http://www.chelsea.arts.ac.uk/

Christie’s Education: Modern and Contemporary Art, Style and Design.

Visit Christie’s Education, Click here.

Contact Christie’s, Click here.

How to Apply, Click here.

http://www.christieseducation.com

Goldsmith College:  Fine Art, Textiles, History of Art,

Visit Goldsmith College, Click here.

Contact Goldsmith, Click here.

How to Apply, Click here.

http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/art/

Royal College of Art:

Visit RCA, Click here.

Contact RCA, Click here.

How to Apply, Click here.

http://www.rca.ac.uk/

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London: Contemporary Art, Fine and Decorative Art, Photography.

Visit Sotheby’s Institute, Click here.

Contact Sotheby’s, Click here.

How to Apply, Click here.

http://www.sothebysinstitutelondon.com/

Wimbledon School of Art: Arts, Drama, Performing Arts, Film and Video Broadcast.

Visit Wimbledon School of Art, Click here.

Contact Wimbledon, Click here.

How to Apply, Click here.

http://www.wimbledon.arts.ac.uk/

Reinvent Yourself or Die: the Tate gallery goes online!

April 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, Collecting Art, Contemporary Art, i-tunes U, Online art, Tate Modern | Leave a comment
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CONTEMPORARY ART LOVERS CAN NOW DOWNLOAD THE TATE GALLERIES ON I-TUNES.

i-tunes Tate application is now avaible online.

i-tunes Tate application is now available on-line.

Thousands of  art fans are now be able to download for free the more than 400 on-line galleries  that London’s iconic Tate Modern gallery has uploaded onto i-Tunes.

The Tate’s on-line application is part of i-Tunes U that is a space exclusively dedicated to education, culture and arts within Apple’s i-Tunes store where users can download music and videos.

This innovative application will count with multimedia galleries,shorts clips and  interviews with the world’s most prestigious contemporary artists and, of course, the Tate’s most recent exhibitions.

A fantastic example of how the Internet not only serves to promote the arts but it also democratises what was once considered the property of an élite.

For more information on the Tate Modern recent updates, click here.

i-Tunes U, click here.

Guernica by Picasso, 1936

April 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Posted in Art, Contemporary Art, Guernica, London Art, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Pablo Picasso, Picasso's art work, Upcoming Exhibitions | 1 Comment
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PICASSO’S MASTERPIECE, A TALE OF WAR AND HORROR RETURNS TO LONDON.
The tragedy of Guernica.

The tragedy of Guernica.

Pablo Picasso’s iconic mural denouncing the bombings of Guernika during the Spanish Civil War arrived last week to the city of London.

The Picasso-approved tapestry usually presides the United Nations building in New York but Londoners can now admire the Spaniard’s masterpiece at the Whitechapel Gallery.

The newly reopened East London gallery had already sheltered the celebrated Guernica in the year 1939 for two weeks. Back then, the price of entry had been, funnily enough, a pair of boots for the Republicans combatants in Spain.

Now, more than sixty years later, the Whitechapel gallery has secured a year loan of the life size Picasso replica that was first shown at the Spanish pavillon in the International Exposition dedicated to the Art and Technology in Modern Life held in Paris in 1937.

The original Guernica is now permanently exhibited at theMuseo Reina Sofía in Madrid considered to be too fragile to travel.

Picasso's life-size replica currently exhibited at the Whitechapel Galley

Picasso's life-size replica currently exhibited at the Whitechapel Galley

Guernica illustrates the cruelty of man and the horrors of war as well as being a personal tribute of the artist to the town of Gernika in Northern Spain after it was massacred by the Nazi Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

This small village located in the Basque Country became the first victim of German deathly blitz as the town burnt for more than three days killing more than 200 innocent civilians.

Guernica is an overt anti-war statement that not only reflects the tragedy and the pain caused by war and man but also the grieving of an entire nation brought to its knees by Francisco Franco´s fascist forces.

Guernika after the bombings.

Gernika after the bombings.

Picasso’s masterpiece is not only brilliantly crafted and highly perfected in its technique but it is also powerful and moving charged with symbolism behind every figure that is featured in the mural.

The Spaniard employed dark colours and different scales of greys to emphasise the tragic mood and the destructing of the town that was reduced to ashes.

Several elements come together in Guernica aiming to portray the reality of Picass0’s days that led to the destruction of Europe in the most brutal world the world had ever seen.

Guernica’s symbolism is further emphasised by Picasso’s use of key elements in the Spanish popular culture such bulls and horses. These animals, as they appear mutilated and in great pain, serve to illustrate the defeat of the people in the hands of their tormentors.

Guernica's mutilated horse-head.

Guernica's mutilated horse-head.

A mother mourning for her lost child, burning bodies riped apart, figures in pain and distress, they all serve to illustrate the dehumanising power of war that reduced Gernika to flames.

Grieving Mother.

Grieving Mother.

Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica, has effectively become the great anti-war manifesto destined to shake the apathy of people and the conscience of many who still regard war as a tool to seize power.

Visit Whitechapel Gallery, click here

Visit Museo Reina Sofía,click here.

Celebrated Guernica returns to London.

April 15, 2009 at 12:43 am | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Art Scene, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Pablo Picasso, Uncategorized, Whitechapel Gallery | Leave a comment
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PICASSO’S DENUNCIATION OF WAR TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE WHITECHAPEL GALLERY.

The Guardian’s journalist Jonathan Glancey talks to Iwona Blazwick, director of the recently reopened Whitechapel art gallery, about Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, its imminent return to London and the significance of the painting to the gallery.

Visit Whitechapel Gallery, click here.

Contact Whitechapel Gallery, click here.

Meet the new Whitechapel Gallery!

April 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Robbrecht& Daem, Upcoming Exhibitions, Whitechapel Gallery | Leave a comment
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THE ICONIC LONDON GALLERY EMERGES FROM ITS ASHES PRAISED BY THE CRITICS.

The Whitechapel Gallery, a place for modern art.

The Whitechapel Gallery, a place for modern art.

The new Whitechapel Gallery opened its doors for the first time after a temporary hiatus to the delight of critics and art lovers as they encountered a bright and exciting gallery.

The enthusiasm for the newly inaugurated gallery has led critics to consider it a modern-day masterpiece and the ultimate place for modern art in London.

The Whitechapel Gallery has undertaken a magnificent transformation as the small London gallery located between a tube station and a KFC restaurant became the ultimate work of art to shock the English capital.

Whitechapel Gallery located in East London.

Whitechapel Gallery located in East London.

The iconic gallery has doubled its total size by annexing a juxtaposed library building into the main Whitechapel headquarters. The project has been financed by The Heritage Lottery Fund with an approximate cost of £13.5m.

The new facade was designed by Robbrecht& Daem and the final results described as a ” complex [infrastructure] but utterly casual. Everything is focused towards the experience of looking at the art.”.

The new gallery counts with new main floor that feels larger and a more sophisticated entrance. The new library gallery provides extra space as the total size of the Whitechapel infrastructure has doubled under the £13.5 m programme.

“The curious, imperfect symmetry of the spaces somehow heigthens the sense of déjà-vu. But this only intensifies the odd state of mind you need when looking at art” says Kester Rattenbury, writer for The Architects Journal.

The new Whitechapel Gallery designed by Robbrecht& Daem

The new Whitechapel Gallery designed by Robbrecht& Daem

Whitechapel building by Robbrecht en Daem.

Whitechapel building by Robbrecht en Daem.

 

The Whitechapel Gallery, under the direction of Iwona Blazwick, celebrated its reopening during Sunday 5th April as the ultimate space for contemporary art in London.

Visit the new Whitechapel Gallery, click here.

Contact Whitechapel Gallery, click here.

For more information, click here.

Candid Art Trust.

March 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Art, Art Market, Art World, Collecting Art, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, Uncategorized, Upcoming Exhibitions | Leave a comment
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PROMOTING THE ARTS AND ARTS EDUCATION.

The Candid Art Trust, located in the heart of Islington , aims to enhance the arts and arts eduction with a special focus on promoting the work of young and talented graduates of Arts& Design during their first year out of college.

Candid Art Trust

Candid Art Trust

The converted 23,000 sq ft Victorian warehouses provide a fantastic exhibiting space that is used by young graduates and colleges for degrees shows.  The Candid Art Trust has welcomed exhibitions by the Liverpool School of Arts and Design, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth and Kingston University.

Ground Floor Gallery

Ground Floor Gallery

The venue is divided between the ground floor gallery, the first floor gallery and the basement gallery that are  available for a range of activities from exhibitions, to meetings or art classes.

Basement Gallery at Candid Art Trust, Islington.

Basement Gallery at Candid Art Trust, Islington.

The Candid Art Trust also counts with a banquet room, a cafe and several studios that provided space for artists of all kind to work on their creations.

Candid Studios.

Candid Studios.

The Candid Art Trust has also developed over the past an educational program including painting and drawing classes.

CANDID ART TRUST,

3 TORRENS STREET, EC1V 1NQ

More for information, email info@candidarts.com

Intimate Picasso.

March 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, Contemporary Art, Las Meninas, London Art, London Art Scene, London Exhibitions, London Galleries, National Gallery, Pablo Picasso, Picasso: Challenging the Past, Upcoming Exhibitions | 1 Comment
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PICASSO’S ARTWORK EXHIBITED AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

 

Picasso: Challenging the Past at The National Gallery.

Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the greatest artistic personalities of the 20th century and a master of the cubist movement that developed across Europe while revolutionising classical patterns. But where did the avant-garde genius discovered his source of inspiration?

Picasso: Challenging the Past explores Picasso’s work and his influeces drawing subtle comparisons between the Spaniard and several other artists including household names of their own such as Eugène Delacroix or Édouard Manet.  The exhibition illustrates Picasso’s admiration for European classical painting with a special mention to his fellow Spaniards, Diego de Velázquez and Francisco de Goya, to whom Picasso paid a tribute in various occasions including  his famous 58 versions of “Las Meninas”.

The exhibition held at London’s National Gallery is an outstanding way of understanding the man behind the artist; his vision and influences.

Velazquez seen by Picasso.

Las Meninas by Velázquez, 1656

Las Meninas by Velázquez, 1656

 

Picasso's vision of Velázquez masterpiece,1957

Picasso's vision of Velázquez masterpiece,1957

 Delacroix by Picasso.

Eugene Delacroix and his Women of Algiers,1834

Eugene Delacroix and his Women of Algiers,1834

Picasso's version of the same painting, 1995

Picasso's version of the same painting, 1995

 Picasso: Challenging the Past
25 February – 7 June 2009

The National Art Gallery.

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

information@ng-london.org.uk

Are you the next British Art Star?

March 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Posted in Art, Art World, BBC, Charles Saatchi, Contemporary Art, London Art, London Art Scene, Reality TV Shows, Saatchi's Best of British, Upcoming Exhibitions | Leave a comment
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SO, YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO IMPRESS SAATCHI!

Saatchi's search for Britain's Next Art Star continues...

Saatchi's search for Britain's Next Art Star continues...

My previous post “Saatchi’s Got the X Factor!” explained how the art guru Charles Saatchi will launch a new reality TV show on BBC2 illustrating his search for the Britain’s next art star.  Saatchi’s Best of British will give six unknown talents the chance to display their creativity on the small screen and win a place in Saatchi’s upcoming exhibition ” Newspeak: British Art Now” that will take place next autumn in Russia.

The auditions have already started and everyone is invited to submit their art work by print, post or online in http://submityourart.princesstv.com/saatchi/index.apply. The webpage includes a series of recommendations, a list of terms& conditions and a series of frequently ask questions (FAQ click here).

If you are over 18, a UK resident and you think you have a special talent in any artistic discipline from painting to sculpture or designing, submit your artwork before the final deadline Sunday 29th March.

Download application form here.

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