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

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

 

Salad with a taste of Kandinsky

In response to the weekly photo challenge: Life Imitates Art

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The Salad created by Chef Charles Michel
Photo of the Kandinsky painting that the Chef used as his inpiration
Photo of the Kandinsky painting that the Chef used as his inspiration

Chef Charles Michel creates art-inspired food such as this salad with a taste of Kandinsky. He was filmed wielding a paintbrush and a potato peeler in a laboratory at The University of Oxford which was later shown at The Science Museum in London.

Want to see more masterpieces click here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/life-imitates-art/

Tattooed porcelain dolls – Jessica Harrison

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Tattooed porcelain dolls by Jessica Harrison. 

British artist Jessica Harrison sources traditional ceramic figurines and gives them a new lease of life with delicate, hand-painted tattoos. I have been meaning to focus on a series of artists that exhibited at Dismaland Arts Festival in Weston-Super Mare in 2015 – Harrison is the first artist in this series.

See her facebook for more information.
PHOTO CREDITS: Southampton Old Lady

New Banksy Street Art In Knightsbridge

I’ve been meaning to write about various street artists, starting with Banksy for some time now. But last night he came up with this one. So without further ado go to the very excellent London Calling site and read all about it

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Well it’s been a while, but yesterday saw the arrival in London of Street Artist Banksy’s latest stencil work, and it has unsurprisingly caused quite the stir. The work which appeared at some point on Saturday night was placed up in Knightsbridge, somewhere you really don’t see any forms of Street Art, directly opposite the French Embassy. The work was created and placed in such a location to criticize and draw attention to the measures the French authorities are taking to deal with refugees in ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais, namely the use of deploying CS gas as a form of crowd control on the thousands of refugees currently residing there.

The work features the iconic image of Cosette from Victor Hugo’s historical novel Les Miserables, an image that despite many upgrades has continued to be the iconic symbol of the Les Miserables story through its many incarnations, most notably…

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Christmas Tardis

 

Here are the telephone boxes in Southampton normally...
Here are the telephone boxes in Southampton normally…
Then on Christmas Day strange words appeared on the outside like the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Then on Christmas Day strange words appeared on the outside like the Ghost of Christmas Past.
It became the K6 Gallery
It became the K6 Gallery
A statement on creativity
A statement on creativity
It knew that I would normally reverse the charges...
It knew that I would normally reverse the charges…
and would read the graffiti scratched by coins...
and would read the graffiti scratched by coins…
Then when I went inside the telephone box... A Tardis: A Christmas Grotto with Father Christmas and two visitors who had come in to use the telephone.
Then when I went inside the telephone box… A Tardis: A Christmas Grotto with Father Christmas and two visitors who had come in to use the telephone.
I chilled out with Father Christmas for a while. He told me there was no need to make any calls. I had been a good girl and he knew what I wanted. Merry Christmas
I chilled out with Father Christmas for a while. He told me there was no need to make any calls. I had been a good girl and he knew what I wanted.

Telephone boxes are icons of the establishment
Telephone boxes are icons of the establishment

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Victorian Dolls – Derren Brown

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These larger-than-life-sized Victorian doll twins have been seen walking about London and its Underground today, alarming commuters.

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It turns out that this is part of stunt to advertise ‘a new dark ride’ at the Thorpe Park resort opening in 2016. The psychological attraction is devised by English illusionist, mentalist artist and magician Derren Brown(Search wikipedia.org if you have not heard of him).

Following an accident last year at the Alton Towers attraction park, renowned for thrilling rides, traditional theme park numbers have declined. Yet there were record numbers for Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement park (see https://southamptonoldlady.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/dismaland-bemusement-park) and Harry Potter tours. Thorpe Park turning its emphasis to the macabre, just might be what people are looking for.

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The Daily Mirror explained today that: “The Derren Brown experience will be the world’s only fully immersive psychological attraction, designed to manipulate the human mind”.  These P.A photos are also from the article: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/derren-brown-behind-creepy-victorian-6947467  

For more details of this attraction at Thorpe Park visit : https://mindswanted.co.uk

Brandalism Adverts on Paris Billboards

Volkswagen are said to be one of the Talks' sponsors as are JC Delacroix who own these ad spaces
Volkswagen are said to be one of the CP21 sponsors, as are JC Decaux who own these ad spaces

The BBC have reported today, that in the run up to the CP21 UN Summit on climate change, more than 600 anti-corporation artworks have been installed in advertising spaces across Paris.

The Brandalism campaign “brand + vandalism” has claimed responsibility for the unauthorised art, stating that it was to: “highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change”.

Prominent corporate sponsors of the talks have been targeted by the posters, which say that they are “part of the problem” and placed in spaces owned by JC Decaux, one of the talks’ sponsors who owns most ad spaces throughout Europe. Many feature world leaders that are known to be attending the talks in Paris.

For the report and more Brandalised Ad photos visit the BBC UK website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34958282  – if this link does not work from your country please do a Google search.