White Cube in Bermondsey is celebrating one of our favourite artists, Tracey Emin, with a major show spanning decades of her work. A Fortnight of Tears is a poignant collection of works by Emin ranging from sculpture to photography and it covers subjects that always are at the forefront of her work; love, the body, grief, pathos and anger. Open now until April 7th and defintely worth a visit.
A horror movie set in the the Contemporary art world? Definitely one to add to our Netflix list! Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, John Malkovich and Rene Russo star in this Netflix movie which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. A supernatural force wages bloody revenge on those who have let money get in the way of true art... On Netflix now.
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
We love a museum gift shop and Tate Modern has one of the best. This Olafur Eliasson Little Sun Lamp is solar powered and gives 5 hours of light when fully charged. The best thing about it though is that through buying it, you help to make it available to those who do not have affordable access to electricity. A wonderful iniative set up by artist Eliasson to help communities living off-grid.
If you're heading to Tate Modern, make the time to view the Dorothea Tanning exhibition currently on show. The first major exhibition of the American artist's work in almost 25 years, you can enjoy a range of over 100 of her works covering all seven decades of her career. Asked about her work in the mid-70's Tanning said, "I wanted to make a picture that you didn’t see all at once,' - many of her works need to be looked at again and again to truly appreciate their complexities. We highly recommend a visit.
If you are keen to discover new artists then Avant Arte is definitely an Instagram account to keep a close eye on. Founded in Amsterdam in 2015 by two friends with no background in the art world, they now have well over 1m followers and it is clear to see why. We love Artnet's description of them; "The world's most successful contemporary art Instagram account, run by veritable children. Ugh!" They have also made the Forbes 30 under 30 in the Arts and Culture sector.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the V&A has sold out of tickets for the entire run, just three weeks after opening and it's not hard to see why. Showcasing some of his most iconic pieces starting from the beginning in 1947, we see what it is that made this designer and fashion house stand the test of time. With a focus also on Dior's (somewhat unknown) love of all things English, this is a truly special show with a sprinkle of Dior magic in the air. Get hold of tickets if you possibly can. Now extended until September 1st.
We absolutely loved this Phaidon collector's edition of Freud's work, with chapters dedicated to each decade of his life. Written by biographer Martin Gayford and long-term assistant David Dawson, this is the most comprehensive collection of his works to date. It's a perfect holiday gift for any art lover, with limited stock available.
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
We are big fans of Grayson Perry and have recently discovered his book, "Playing to the Gallery" which provides a fun guide on how to navigate today's Contemporary art world. Packed full of his famous sense of humour and illustrated with wonderful drawings by Perry - it serves as an "everything you wanted to know about art but were afraid to ask". Definitely one to add to your collection.
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