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Must Sees: July 11 – 17


Alasdair McLellan & Lev Tanju: The Palace | ICA
WEBOP16002_AM_Palace_Book_136London Southbank is their home, their palace. Alasdair McLellan has been documenting the PWBC (Palace Wayward Boys Choir) skate team since 2009, when they first came together. Through his photographs he shows not only their skills, but more importantly their friendship and lifestyle. There is a DIY feeling throughout the whole exhibition. A collection of old and new photographs, accompanied by a video of PWBC’s founder: Lev Tanju.

12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH | July 8 – 24, 2016 | https://www.ica.org.uk

Ragnar Kjartansson | Barbican Centre
ragnarRagnar Kjartansson is an Icelandic performance artist. There is happening a lot in this exhibition. Be prepared to see a mix of music, film, drawing, painting, sculpture and live performance. Every visit will be different, so choose wisely. Or visit the exhibition multiple times. On Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 4 pm a boat performance on the lake is planned. There will be Edwardian costumes and women. I that doesn’t convince you, maybe the ‘ten troubadours singing for eight hours a day’ will.


Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS | July 14 – September 4, 2016 | http://www.barbican.org.uk

Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity | The Photographer’s Gallery
800x450_02_PressImage-MUL-l-Hassan-Hajjaj,-Afrikan-Boy,-2012Have you already heard of the ‘black Dandy’, not to be misstaken with the Dandy. When Oscar Wilde and Salvador Dali were only showing their flamboyant sense of style, black Dandies are all about politics. Politics and fashion, two worlds apart one would think. Although more alike than expected, as proven by this exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Ekow Eshun.

6-18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW | July 15 – 25 September 25, 2016 | http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Reliquaries | Coates & Scarry
coatesHenry Hussey discovers a traditional way of art making versus the contemporary craft. All his works are textile based. Embroideries and digital prints on found (political) fabrics. Hussey has a lot of ideas, but only a few of them make it to the end of the time consuming process of embroidery.

8 DUKE STREET, ST JAMES, LONDON. SW1Y6BN | July 12 – 30, 2016 | http://www.coatesandscarry.com

Thrush Holmes & Jonathan Lux: Modernist Lunch | Beers London
beersArtists with both their own practices are now put together, their work is so similar that matching them could be a bizarre thing to do. Holmes and Lux make their paintings very colourful bold and big. Two works almost become one, their only border being the end of the canvas and the piece of wall in between, they even start to tell a story together. What is most prominent in both oeuvres is food, so a Modernist lunch it is.
The two artists have a totally different approach to art and the process, that could maybe make the difference.

1 Baldwin Street, London EC1V 9NU | July 15 – August 20, 2016 | http://beerslondon.com


A collection of voids, gaps and leftover spaces related to architecture, or “anarchitecture” is the best way to describe this exhibition. Gordon Matta-Clark’s work ‘nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed’ shows his idea of “anarchitecture”.
The Rumsey Street Church in Michigan is where it al begun. The project where objects are extracted from that particular church, or projects related to the church. The exhibition shows architectural artifacts and work by Paul Amenta, Lora Robertson and Nick Kline.

306 17th Street, Brooklyn | July 9 – 30, 2016 | http://open-source-gallery.org

En Foco Presents Mask: Photographs by Frank Gimpaya | Bronxmuseum

Frank Gimpaya, #7 Mask series, 2009. Archival pigment print.

Frank Gimpaya, #7 Mask series, 2009. Archival pigment print

Frank Gimpaya was inspired by painter Georges Seurat, more specific by his 1882 rendering of The Veil. The painting stuck into his mind, so he decided to use it as work material for the photography classes he was teaching. This resulted in a photographic interpretation of The Veil. Not just one photograph, no a series of photographs that questions identity and changing personas, with a half mask as an accessory. Or not? “A mask does not hide an identity. It is an identity”, according to A. Eric Arctander.

1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10456 | 13 Jul 2016 – 25 Sep 2016 | http://www.bronxmuseum.org


Amir Nikravan, Untitled (Trowel/Blue/Wall), 2016, Acrylic on fabric over aluminum, 48 x 36 in

Amir Nikravan, Untitled (Trowel/Blue/Wall), 2016, Acrylic on fabric over aluminum, 48 x 36 in

This group exhibition is put together by looking for parallels and differences in paintings and drawings. Where does a painting stop, where is the drawing taking over. I would say there is a vague overlapping middle. All artists ( Marina Adams, Joe Andoe, Peter Barrickman, Steve Dibenedetto, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Andrej Dubravsky, Andreas Fischer, Joe fyfe, Margrit Lewczuk, Erica Mahinay, Amir Nikravan, Joanna Pousette-Dart and Kristen Schiele) were asked to submit paintings and drawings on paper. The gallery brought together a good  variety of artistic styles, mostly part of a ‘minimalistic’ category.

291 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 | July 6 – August 26, 2016 | http://nathaliekarg.com

Paul Inglis: Chroma City | Turn Gallery
763d0a6788900140-Turn_Installation_June2016-2816Paul Inglis explores the process of building and printing with wood, resulting in geometric, abstract, colourful sculptures, ‘Urban Forms’ he calls them, and woodblock prints with the same visual features. His works are about repetition and recreating shapes from memory.

37 East 1st Street New York, NY 10003 | June 22 – August 14, 2016 | http://turngallerynyc.com

Group Exhibition, AIRspace 2015–2016, Abrons Arts Center

Daniel Bejar "Operation Guest (Pool #1)" site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print

Daniel Bejar
“Operation Guest (Pool #1)”
site-specific performance (La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX), archival pigment print

Another groupshow and a definite mus see is AIRspace, a project of Abrons Art Centre. As the final of the exhibition season 2015-2016, the Centre creates a residency for artists and curators. A mix of both emerging and mid career artists. Next to creating and displaying, they get the chance to teach certain school groups. Participating artists are Daniel Bejar, Doreen Garner, Maria Rapicavoli, George Terry, Jaimie Warren and Joshua Lubin-Levy.

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002 | June 29 – August 28, 2016 | http://www.abronsartscenter.org

Gorgeous Gowns Are Unconventional Canvases Covered in Classical Paintings

My Modern Met

A glamorous dress can act as an unconventional canvas for a gorgeous work of art. This idea is beautifully highlighted in Paint Me Over, a photography series by Marina Danilova that features a model donning extravagant gowns painted with stunning depictions of landscapes and architecture.

‘Gorgeous Gowns Are Unconventional Canvases Covered in Classical Paintings’
My Modern Met | June 22, 2016 | Sara Barnes

Vibrant Photos Pay Homage to Slavic Folklore through High-Fashion Portraits

My Modern Met

Vibrant images with a distinctive blend of stylistic influences are the modus operandi of Moscow-based photographer Andrey Yakovlev and art director Lili Aleeva (a duo known simply as Yakovlev and Aleeva).

‘Vibrant Photos Pay Homage to Slavic Folklore through High-Fashion Portraits’
My Modern Met | June 22, 2016 | Kristine Mitchell

The Mysterious Portraits of Hellen van Meene


Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene is one of the leading Dutch photographers of her generation. During the first part of the 1990s, her work involved intriguing portraits of adolescent girls and women taken in their hometown, her square format photographs stand out for their outstanding lighting, their painstaking, elegant compositions, and their palpable psychological tension.

Van Meene’s natural affinity with the world of puberty, combined with the intimate connection she achieves with her models, means that her powerful portraits leave a deep impression.
Her book ‘The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits’ brings together over 250 images, and is the most complete survey of Hellen van Meene’s photography. Buy on Amazon for $56

‘The Mysterious Portraits of Hellen van Meene’
Trendland | May 16, 2016 | CYRIL FOIRET

Explore a Century of Fashion Photography at Condé Nast


From his earliest days as a publisher at the turn of the 19th century, Condé Nast was an astute talent scout, quick to grasp the possibilities presented by photography at the forefront of the avantgarde. He launched the careers of top photographers like Franca Sozzanieager who was eager to capture the best of haute couture. He employed editors and art directors like Diana Vreeland and Alexander Liberman who made the Condé Nast studios in New York, Paris and London laboratories of creativity. And quickly, the pages of his magazines—predominantly his flagship, Vogue, and later Vanity Fair and Glamour—became a major force not only in fashion magazines but in the evolution of visual culture.

‘Explore a Century of Fashion Photography at Condé Nast’
TIME | May 9, 2016 | Rachel Lowry

At Frieze Art Fair, the Well-to-Do Meet the Truly Wealthy

NY Times

Taking a brief pause on their spring migration, a group of the rarest global highfliers alighted briefly last Wednesday on humble Randalls Island, where — not far from a homeless shelter, a State Police station, a fire academy and a psychiatric hospital — the contemporary art fair Frieze New York has thrown up its big top.

‘At Frieze Art Fair, the Well-to-Do Meet the Truly Wealthy’
NY Times | May 6, 2016 | GUY TREBAY

1940s Fashion Photography


Born in 1915, photographer Genevieve Naylor started in New York City where she moved at the age of 18. After the war, the photographer works for magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and builds her own visual identity that make her an artist with a very special aesthetics. Mashable paid tribute to her stunning portraits made in the 40s, showing women whose style and elegance remain timeless.

‘1940s Fashion Photography’
Fubiz | April 27, 2016



Fashion without photography is like a day without sunshine, and fashion photographers bring the sun to the gloomy day. The masters of their trade use photography as a means of depicting clothing and various other fashion items while still remaining in the realm of art, and not pure product placement.

Widewalls | January 15, 2016 | Ana Moriarty

Weekly Instagram Competition artcube x FASHION

With A R T C U B E’s personal ‘style-week’ coming to a close we’re ready to show you what we’ve got in our cubic store. Here are our Top Ten submissions of textural, photographic and anything that inspired you for our #artcubexfashion competition. To quote one of the most acclaimed fashion idols on-screen, Carrie Bradshow: ’I like to see my money right where I can see it: in my closet’. And we couldn’t help but add our own little spin; seeing our fashion where we can see it…up on our Instagram. Stay tuned for another competition to be featured on our blog this Monday!

1. mario_sorrenti_2

2. nick_knight

3. unskilledworker

4. jillkellett

5. missnuma

6. keinmagazine

7. meetcreativepeople

8. smashthemag

9. theartanlady

10. paris_sessions

Louis Your Head Over at the Louis Vuitton’s Series 3 Exhibition

1801The devil now wears Louis, and we are not judging because we would too. With ‘LV’, imprinted under the iridescent lighting exalted over multiple screens stacked together, we feel like we are at the coming of the digital age. And so begins, the initiation of Louis Vuitton’s Series 3 in the Strand. Lurking futuristic music, compiled of sounds rather than a catchy tune, transcends through the front desk, as you check in Nicholas Ghesquiere’s (Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director) world.
The exhibition is not celebrating a brand’s anniversary nor honoring its excellence – that would be too self-involved. Instead, CEO Michael Burke insists it is about interacting and evoking a feeling with their customers, exposing them to the creative process. It is a base to prolong the experience of a catwalk show and share the essence of the brand. Much like a romantic gesture to us, we casually accept our date with Nicholas Ghesquiere’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. It takes 15 rooms, filled with screens and mirrors, artisan craftsmanship, floating trunks and a virtual marching army of models, to make this exhibition possible.

Army of Model's

Army of Model’s

Immediately, we are plunged into a room that is being eaten up by a geodesic dome fixated on its ceiling, foreboding the unveiling of what is to follow. Rooms such as The Artist’s Hand do just that, in which you role-play in a sophisticated manner by interacting with a screen that mimics the artisan’s hand, as they create the pieces. Followed by a room filled with accessories, displayed in a blindingly white space on white mannequins-sunglasses are advised to be worn, feeling as if you are not able to handle looking over the prestigious bags directly as you gush over their eclectic structure. And finally, an arrival to a glass wardrobe with the new A/W 15′ collection hanging up-confused whether to be envious over the clothes or the set-up itself.

The Artist's Hand Room

The Artist’s Hand Room

What are you left with from this whole experience? You can never have too many mirrors in just one room, a poster to take with you, and that our wardrobe was not as great as we thought before entering the exhibition. Because that over-sized white coat from this year’s runway is not hanging in our closets (yet).