Helmut Newton is one of my favorite artists and photographers and I would love to take a spring break in Paris March 24, when the first show of Newton’s work is displayed in Paris at the Grand Palais for the first time since his death. The show consists of more than 230 photos. Helmut Newton died at 83 in 2004 when a heart attack caused him to crash his car as he left the Chateau Marmont, in Hollywood.
Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987. In other words, 25 years ago, the famous man who had famously written his own script finally had it taken away. The creator of the Campell Soup Can and the famous silk screens is still some of the most sold pop art – so popular that today anyone can make their own Warhol-look-a-like with a Mac. We love Andy Warhol and his immortality.
“I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was, only you just wouldn’t be there” by Andy Warhol
I know, that I wrote in my last post that I would tell about the party I attended in the weekend. It was a fabulous party – that’s all you need to know! Besides I have found something that I think will be of much more interest than reading about how I got my hangovers!
Instagram is pretty new to me but it has already become my new time snatcher. I love watching the world through the eyes of another person – it is like a frozen second of time seen through a creative mind and space. I can spend a lot of time watching all the creative images, thinking about why the person behind the profile chose exactly that image with that combination of colors or props and accessories. Of course there is also a lot of crap at Instagram but since this page is all about fabulous things I will leave them out of this post.
However, it didn’t take long before some exquisite and absolutely fabulous drawings got my attention. The simple and yet distinctive lines in black and white telling a complex story of fantasies and real life, leaves me calm and in an almost zen-like-state-of-mind. I can watch these drawings for hours.
I don’t know much about the artist as there is very little information about the profiles on Instagram. The only information is a web address in which most of the information about the artist is in Portuguese. Unfortunately my Portuguese is a tad rusty….! So the information about the artist, I have been able to retrieve, is with a little help from Google translate. However most of the blog posts on the web address are also translated into English and they will give you an insight to Chico Baldini’s work process and studio. On the web page I also found that Chico does paintings with a magnificent color palette and composition, giving his paintings an amazing light and depth which will allow you to float into the many layers. Remember I have only seen Chico’s work on the web, so I can only imagine what thrill it must be to be standing in front of the real paintings.
Chico Baldini is born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1976. He has worked as an illustrator since 2000 and is also a typeface designer, multimedia designer as well as founding partner at W3Haus. Chico Baldini has studied at The Art Institute of UFRGS and at Parsons new School of Design, New York.
Chico Baldini describes his works as bubbly motions of his visual thoughts of the conscious and sub-conscious. As thoughts that have come to life when travelling, working or passing time, and then combined with the images that he recollects from his childhood and the repertoire of artists that have been an influence. Chico mentions among others Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Picasso and George Grosz as big influencers. To me some of Chico’s works also remind me of Walasse Ting and also a hint of the famous deceased Danish ceramist and painter Björn Wiinblad. But let me stress that I find Chico’s work much more interesting and my taste.
I hope that the world will see much more of this fabulous artist and personally, I can only hope that Chico someday will exhibit in Copenhagen or at least in Europe. Otherwise I will have to go to Brazil which of course also is a very fabulous thought! Right now I am awaiting Chico’s response on my request where to buy his work online. I will let you know when or if he gets back!
Go visit the webpage and I really hope you will enjoy these fabulous drawings and paintings and that you will feel like me – your time is well spent. Have a fabulous day!
In 2010 and 2011 the photographers Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz Farago collaborated with CHANEL in creating 45 fashion stories featuring 45 of the most sought-after top models from the Nordic and Baltic countries. The project has resulted in a fabulous coffee table book and a photography exhibition entitled NORTHERN WOMEN IN CHANEL and can be seen at Designmuseum Denmark from 1st feb until 8th April 2012.
Freja Beha Erichsen, Helena Christensen, Carmen Kass are just some of the women portrayed in the project. The models have been carefully chosen to represent an aestethic flair for fashion but also a desire to convey a sense of humanity. Profits from sales of the book are donated to the organisation Save The Children.
The images allow us to take an exclusive and intimate insight into the significant past and present Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter collections created by Karl Lagerfeld for CHANEL as well as the brand’s fine jewelry and beauty creations. The series of images are accompanied by a preface by Karl Lagerfeld in celebration of these Northern heroines.
For the exhibition at Designmuseum Denmark, Northern women in CHANEL has been enriched with a suite of black and white portraits of the participating models, delicate intimate moments captured by the photographers. These photographs will be published in a new exclusive edition entitled ‘Bare Moments’ and is limited to 100 individually hand numbered copies worldwide, each signed by Peter Farago & Ingela Klemetz Farago. ‘Bare Moments’ comes together with Northern Women in CHANEL as a 2 volume Exclusive Collector’s Edition, in a cloth slipcase.
Go see it at Designmuseum Denmark from 1st Feb until 8th April 2012.
WONDERCOOL FESTIVAL – food, fashion art, architeture, jazz, Frost Rock Festival – if you are in Copenhagen in February and you feel bored, it is your own fault!!! The city is bursting with events, special gastronomic treats at the restaurants, a fabulous exhibition at Danish Design Center showing Danish fashion through a decade. I could go on and on, but why don’t you check at the programme yourself and find out what you don’t want to miss this February in Copenhagen!!
The schools in Denmark are closing for the winter holiday today and many families are ready take off to winter wonderland and hit the slopes. But for those who spend their holiday in CPH and for those who plan on visiting CPH – not to worry. The city has so many cool things to offer in the next 10 days.
I’m going to spend most of the time here in CPH and later I’m off to Jutland to see my very beloved and fabulous friend who’s throwing her 40 years birthdays for 40 of her best friends. Luckily I’m one of them! But before I go I have to there are at least 3 events I have to attend:
1. The visual artwork of John Lennon is shown exclusively at the fabulous and sustainable hotel Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers. The exhibition is only open from 10th to 12th February – so this weekend, take your beloved under the arm and enjoy an afternoon in the company of one the greatest personalities of our time.
2. The winter edition of Copenhagen Cooking invites you to taste the very best of the season. From 8th until 28th Feb, you can enjoy gourmet food, a liquorice extravaganza, the Chinese New Year, and masses of other unique gastronomic adventures.
3. The British artist Shane Bradford is presented and displayed at V1 Gallery in the Meat packing district (Kødbyen). I have not seen his art before but after I saw a short commentary on TV and having done a litll research on the web – I can’t wait to go see the art of Shane Bradford!! The following is an extract I found on the web – but doesn’t that sound fab?
“Shane Bradford follows in a long tradition of 20th century painters enamoured with post-Pollock paint drips. But Bradford enacts his painterly fetish with one vital spelling difference: drip becomes dip.
He has been methodically and insistently dipping objects in sequences of technicolour emulsion. Lollypop stick, baby’s dummy, Paul Smith toothbrush, toy car and spoon. Each is subjected to a precision process which eventually renders the original object an ossified version of itself, seemingly appended by a thick drip of still, concentric paint.
The geometric, graphic compositions that the paint assumes upon the objects is literally only the surface of one’s desire towards them. As you may have noticed, the pre- and post- dip objects have connotations of oral usage. Add to this the shiny, gelatinous disposition of the juicy colours, and Bradford’s painted objects seem literally good enough to eat. ‘I like you so much…mmm…I want to eat you!’
Bradford’s luscious, sweet objects employ paint to remind us that desire is an index of mortality. Eat this, sate your desire, and be prepared to pay the price for your pleasure principle.”
Extract from ‘Eat My Desire’ by Shumon Basar, published in SexyMachinery (issue 09, 2003)
Go have fun in Copenhagen – so much to see and enjoy, have a fabulous weekeend!