Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

The British legendary street artist Banksy just finished his new project. This time it is a nine room hotel called “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Palestine – very close from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists. “The Walled Off Hotel” includes several murals and installation by Banksy […]

via Banksy Opened His Own Hotel — STREET ART RAT

Thirsk Yarnbombers Poppies for the Fallen

thirsk-yarnbombers

The Thirsk Yarnbombers have organised the knitting of poppies to decorate their church for Armistice and Remembrance. They put the knitting pattern online and received enough to make a river of over 40,000 poppies: Click Here to see

One Day I’ll Fly Away & John Lewis spoofs

John Lewis ad 2016
John Lewis ad 2016

This year’s John Lewis ad Buster The Boxer features Randy Crawford’s  One Day I’ll Fly Away, which has been given an electronica twist by Vaults. You can view this HERE

Parady by Joe.uk featuring the US Presidential election 2016
Parody by Joe.co.uk featuring the US Presidential election 2016

In Britain everyone looks forward to the best television Christmas commercial. They are usually big-budget, clever, funny and sad, appealing to the whole family, and quite a topic of conversation. In the last 5 years the most popular title has gone to John Lewis department store, with the exception of Sainsbury’s supermarket’s moving WW2 themed ad in 2014.  As well as being stunningly visual, they often feature remixes of popular tunes that can get to the top of the charts.

Many have ‘sent-up’ this year’s commercial already with spoof remakes – one features House of Pain‘s Jump Up, Jump Up, Jump Around in the second half of the Dirty Fox Parody

But as the commercial came out the day after the USA Presidential election, the best spoof of the John Lewis 2016 Christmas ad has got to be this one by Joe.co.uk, featuring, Trump, Clinton and The Obamas! – Click HERE

Bowie’s Art Collection Auction

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So it appears that David Bowie’s poignant art collection is to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s. Part 1 takes place in London on the 10th of November, 2016 from 7pm.

Jean-Michel Basquiat - Air Power
Jean-Michel Basquiat – Air Power
Marcel Duchamp - Nude Descending a Staircase, No2
Marcel Duchamp – Nude Descending a Staircase, No2
Damien Hirst - Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking Sphincter Painting
Damien Hirst – Beautiful, Shattering, Slashing, Violent, Pinky, Hacking Sphincter Painting

This may be the last chance you get to see these amazing works of art – from Tintoretto to Damien Hirst. So do click HERE to view Sotherby’s online catalogue before that date, as it may be the last chance you will get to see images of them.

Here is my personal favourite:

Leon Kossoff - Dalston Junction
Leon Kossoff – Dalston Junction

Here’s what they say: On the evening of 10 November the most important pieces from the David Bowie Collection will go under the hammer, led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s magnificent Air Power. At the heart of the auction is Bowie’s collection of 20th-century British Art, which moves from Harold Gilman’s Interior (Mrs Mounter), painted during the First World War, to works by Damien Hirst from the 1990s by way of David Bomberg, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Caulfield, Frank Auerbach and Leon KossoffThe selection is embellished by keys works by Marcel Duchamp, who Bowie cited as a major influence, and Francis Picabia as well as a 16th-century Venetian altarpiece by Tintoretto.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2016/bowie-collector-part-i-modern-contemporary-art-evening-auction-l16142.html

Yan Pei-Ming at CAC Malaga

Last year I visited the CAC Málaga, a contemporary arts centre in the city of Málaga, in southern Spain, not far from the Málaga Centro subway station. I love Málaga for art galleries, from the Museo de Picasso to the new Pompidou Centre. This vibrant city has something for every type of art lover.

In homage to Picasso's self-portrait, Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Goya's The Third of May 1808 - Three large canvases by Yan Pei-Ming at CAC.
In homage to: Picasso’s self-portrait, Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Goya’s The Third of May 1808 – Three large canvases by Yan Pei-Ming at CAC.

 

The main exhibition was “No Comment” from Yan Pei-Ming.  He is a Chinese painter, born in 1960 in Shanghai, China. Since 1982 he has lived in Dijon, France. He paints epic-sized portraits, the most famous one being of Mao Tse Tung. His large mono-painted canvasses in No Comment had a theme of symbolic paintings by Spanish artists. But as the title suggests there were no word or titles to accompany them. One is left to form their own opinions. Here is a further selection of his work that I took snaps of, with my observations:

In homage to Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X. The portrait was also a muse for Picasso and Françis Bacon.
In homage to Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X. The portrait was also an obsession for Picasso and the English painter Françis Bacon.
Homage to Picasso as a young man, by Yan Pei-Ming
Homage to Picasso as a young man, by Yan Pei-Ming
Pei-Ming's mono-painted take on a section of The Third of May, 1808
Pei-Ming’s mono-painted take on a section of The Third of May, 1808, by Goya.

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CAC Malaga, a Contemporary Arts Centre near Malaga Centro subway in Spain, 2015 © Southampton Old Lady
CAC Malaga, a Contemporary Arts Centre near Malaga Centro subway in Spain, 2015 © Southampton Old Lady

 

For current exhibitions visit cacmalaga.eu

 

Poem from Found Print 5: SMA-CK

Fifth in my series of poems reworked from found trivial printed matter

From Virgin Media promotional magazine 2016 © Southampton Old Lady
From Virgin Media promotional magazine 2016 © Southampton Old Lady

 

SMA-CK

(View the big star. Get more than means. A-lister in hi-def!)

SLAP

Critical drama

man and Sars

with touch

Disciple is own

begin new

BBQ scene

escalates the nightmare

man slaps misbehaving

on lifetime

Poem reworked from Virgin Media 2016 pg 7

© Southampton Old Lady

Poetry from found print 3

Third in my series of poetry re-worked from found print trivia

Aute-Out from Metro January 2016 © Southampton Old Lady
Aute-Out from Metro January 2016 © Southampton Old Lady

In Sociation

choose self-adjusting bangles

future of hi-tech fashion

never comfortable

increasingly transformed into world trackers

tech-infused hook-ups

strutting Machina

smarts on your wrist,

innovative ways

sensors track your emotions

keep out

personal space fashion

never how?

re-worked from  Metro 4th March 2016, pg 35

7 Deadly Sins

7 Deadly Sins Intro: Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Guttony, Lust
7 Deadly Sins Intro: Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Guttony, Lust

Took a while to get these photos of number 7s together but here they are:

Pride
Pride

 

Envy
Envy

 

Wrath
Wrath

 

Sloth
Sloth

 

Greed
Greed

 

Gluttony
Gluttony

 

Lust
Lust