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“Georgia O’Keeffe” Exhibition Review by Ludovica Colacino

Georgia O’Keeffe. It’s part of the human nature to try and categorize a subject in order to understand it in depth. Though, there is an exception to this unwritten rule of human behavior: rationalization, however, it may increase the separation between a subject and its viewer – which will inevitably lead to only a projection of what we think it’s real. Georgia O’Keeffe was an artist that critics have struggled to put in a determined artistic movement – today we refer to her as the American icon of modernism, even if it covers over one hundred years from the 1850s to roughly the 1960s. O’Keeffe’s extensive archive and studies show how she kept herself distant from the majority of the artistic movements and groups, but only channeled her true self in company of her partner, the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Alfred and Georgia’s intimacy is reflected in the works of both of them: Stieglitz would often ask Georgia to pose for him and focused his attention on her hands, face, or her body as whole. …

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Exhibitions [London] – May Edit

Spending the summer in the City never sounds that exiting — nor that boring, just very ‘meh‘ — especially when all the people you know are counting the days away from their departures to jaw-dropping destinations. It would be a huge mistake, however, to undervalue London during summertime; the City is in full bloom with all kinds of events, music festivals, parties — you all know what I’m talking about — but sometimes it’s better to stop to strive for the mesmerizing and incredible summer experience and to enjoy the refreshing quietness of a museum. Any art lover knows that no, museums are not just for rainy days: they are also the perfect haven from the warm and lethargic summer days — and, most importantly, let’s not forget the knowledge you get from them. Here is a list of selected exhibitions in which art, photography, and fashion are explored in countless, various ways — for all the different tastes possible. These exhibitions are currently on, or will start and finish during the month of May, and are held …

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Exhibitions [London] – April Edit

Royal Academy of Arts * Painting the Modern Gardens — Monet to Matisse, 30th January — 20th April 2016. The representation of the modern garden is the conductor thread that connects all the paintings exhibited – starting from the early impressionism of Monet and – chronologically speaking – ending with Matisse. This major RA exhibition is recommended to those interested in the history of art and painting. Tate Modern * Performing for the Camera, 18th February – 12th June 2016. Photography and performance are studied under a very close look in this major exhibition at Tate Modern. Recommended to everybody, but especially to those interested in photography and advertising. To read more about the exhibition, visit one of our articles from last month >>. Tate Britain Artist and Empire, 25th November 2015 – 10th April 2016; Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979, 12th April – 29th August 2016. Somerset House Stables and Lucraft: Ulmus Londinium, 27th October 2015 – 7th April 2016; Out There: Our Post-War Public Art, 3rd February – 10th April 2016. Barbican Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed …

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“Performing for the Camera” Essay by Ludovica Colacino

The performance, usually, is thought as something with no aim apart from the reaction of the public to it. Tate Modern, however, changes our perspective upon the performance – as something that is staged purposefully to be recorded, in this case with photography, with the exhibition Performing for the Camera. The camera is the conducting thread through the all fourteen rooms of the exhibition, representing the only stable part of the performance itself. However, even if the look of the camera is ‘fixed’ upon reality we can see how, sometimes, photographers twisted the final result and its credibility by working in the darkroom; this concept is evident as soon as we walk in the first room. Yves Klein’s ‘Leap into the Void‘ is the final result of two images merged together. In the first one Yves, the performer, shot by Harry Shunk, leaps into a bed-sheet held by a group of men to soften his fall while in the second picture there’s the same environment, but empty, with only a cyclist in the distance. Shunk …

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Exhibitions [London] – March Edit

Royal Academy of Arts * Painting the Modern Gardens — Monet to Matisse, 30 January — 20 April 2016. The representation of the modern garden is the conductor thread that connects all the paintings exhibited – starting from the early impressionism of Monet and – chronologically speaking – ending with Matisse. This major RA exhibition is recommended to those interested in the history of art and painting. Tate Modern * Alexander Calder, 11 November 2015 – 3 April 2016. Abstract art acquires fluidity and movement with Alexander Calder’s sculptures – conveying a sense of lightness within the viewer. Recommended to those interested in sculpture, history of art, and modern art. * Performing for the Camera, 18 February – 12 June 2016. Photography and performance are studied under a very close look in this major exhibition at Tate Modern. Recommended to everybody, but especially to those interested in photography and adver-tising. Somerset House * Big Bang Data, 03 December 2015 – 20 March 2016. Big Bang Data unveils how internet data is created and stored, focusing, especially, …

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Exhibitions [London] – February Edit

New Exhibitions/What’s On, February in London. Royal Academy of Arts * Painting the Modern Gardens – Monet to Matisse, 30 January — 20 April 2016. The representation of the modern garden is the conductor thread that connects all the paintings exhibited – starting from the early impressionism of Monet and – chronologically speaking – ending with Matisse. This major RA exhibition is recommended to those interested in the history of art and painting. Thinking Through Drawing, 03 September 2015 — 14 February 2016. Premiums: Interim Projects 2016, 12 – 21 February 2016 (annual) [free admission]. Ai Weiwei 360, 20 January – 20 November 2016. Tate Modern * Alexander Calder, 11 November 2015 – 3 April 2016. Abstract art acquires fluidity and movement with Alexander Calder’s sculptures – conveying a sense of lightness within the viewer. Recommended to those interested in sculpture, history of art, and modern art. Performing for the Camera, 18 February – 12 June 2016. Somerset House * Big Bang Data, 03 December 2015 – 20 March 2016. Big Bang Data unveils how internet data is created …

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Chanel: Mademoiselle Privé

Written by Ludovica Colacino, photographed by Dominika Wojciechowska. Mademoiselle Privé. In case we needed another proof of Karl Lagerfeld’s incredible sense of aesthetic and understanding of Chanel – Saatchi Gallery hosted an exhibition about it – curated by the German designer himself. However, once we step into the first room, we do not intend it anymore as an exhibition alone, but rather a retrospective on Gabrielle Chanel and how her brand came to life. The first thing we see is Lagerfeld’s life-sized sketch of the woman behind the brand: it is almost as if she’s waiting for us at the door, welcoming to her home. The exhibition begins in the living room, giving us a sense of familiarity as we see the iconic mirror stairs, and books about Chanel on a few shelves; around them, a few camellias – the signature flower of the brand – are decorating the scene. We keep on walking through what was Gabrielle Chanel’s life as we enter the room designed to resemble her first boutique at the number 18 Place Vendôme. The sketched outlines of the dresses and …

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“Raf Simons x Dior” by Ludovica Colacino

Written by Ludovica Colacino, with accompanying photograph of Raf Simons sourced via Vogue UK. It’s 2012 and Raf Simons has just taken John Galliano’s place at Dior after his dismissal. The initial fear of representing la Maison has left its place to the dazzling creativity of the designer; since his first haute couture collection, Simons aimed for the modernization of the brand without losing sight of its traditions. His later designs, collections and shows will only underline how deep his understanding of Christian Dior is. It’s easy to see the legendary elegance of the lines even underneath Simons’ most edgy creations. After 20 years spent working for his own brand named after him – plus a seven year commitment to Jil Sanders as a creative director – Simons was looking for a much wider audience and for a challenge, especially towards himself and his talent. Dior is already one of the most luxurious brands existing today, and the perspective of writing a chapter of its story is an unbelievable opportunity. It was a risk for …