LETTER FROM LONDON / JULY 2013

Apologies for missing the Blog for a whole YEAR!!  It’s a shame as last summer was great in London. It felt like it was sunny all the time (though I’m sure it wasn’t). London was in party mood as soon as we all realised that The Olympics wasn’t going to be the disaster that the cynical had expected.  Starting with the surprising, colourful, delightful and controversial opening ceremony, right through to the triumphant end.  The Olympic park produced some really great buildings which I will be revisiting (excepting of course the distinctly odd Olympic orbit tower by Anish Kapoor) and Thomas Heatherwick – I take it all back the Olympic Cauldron was fabulous.

Olympic park velodrome by Hopkins Architects &        Olympic Aquatic Centre by Zaha Hadid

Olympic park velodrome by Hopkins Architects & Olympic Aquatic Centre by Zaha Hadid

Next best of 2012 for me was Bronze at the Royal Academy in September a collection of 150 bronze sculptures, too many masterpieces to mention here. The earliest artefacts being dated around 3700BCE through to contemporary artists Louise Bourgeois and her spiders and of course Anish Kapoor again.

Damned soul by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi 1705-1707 &    Soider IV by Louise Bourgeios  Maiastra by Constantin Brancusi 1911

Damned soul by Massimiliano Soldani Benzi 1705-1707 & Soider IV by Louise Bourgeios & Maiastra by Constantin Brancusi 1911

I was a bit disappointed with September 2012 design shows– the buzz of 2011 seems to have dimmed a bit, though I was quite impressed by the free whisky bar at Design Junction.

In November I made my way to my old neighborhood Notting Hill for an exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art at Themes and variation. My companion wasn’t very impressed but I thought the objects were very good particularly the cape made with a rabble of butterflies.  Then again I am a fan, Themes and variations have been consistently showing and selling chic and unusual contemporary design for almost 30 years.

Venus i pad docking station & Chinese Art and Furniture at Themes and variations Tent London by Scott Eaton

Venus i pad docking station & Chinese Art and Furniture at Themes and variations
Tent London by Scott Eaton

In February I strolled along to Olympia to ART 13 which started this year. Maybe London is saturated with Art Fairs but I thought there was a good mix of very buy-able art and photography (often difficult to tell) and at least where the Art is ugly or controversial at least it is generally well executed. Good to see work from Asia Africa and the Middle East as well as the usual Western participants and the venue is not ominously huge so will definitely be going to ART14.

ART 13

ART 13

Finally joined the Tate so have been hanging out there fairly regularly both at Tate modern and Tate Britain. It doesn’t matter what time I am there it is always packed – who says we are all philistines in Britain? Best last year William Klein and Daido Moriyama photographs documenting the cities of New York and Tokyo as well as showing William Kleins Graphic paintings.

William Klein

William Klein

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