Monthly Archives: October 2014

Frieze sculpture park 2014

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Toothpicker

Kaws - Small Lie (2013)
 
Contemporary art has become big business these days. You can tell by the increasing numbers of visitors to the Frieze art fair each year, but how many of them are buyers? Apparently, only 20%. But prestigious art fairs are places to see and be seen, whether you [...]

This post was posted in London, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Art fair, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art fairs, sculptures, outdoor art installations, Frieze sculpture park


BFI London Film Festival 2014

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

I am not sure how other film buffs pick their choices at the BFI London Film Festival, but usually by the time I finish 'studying' the brochure, all the films that I intend to see would sell out!
Like always, I would pick the less popular films or films that are less unlikely [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


Open House London 2014

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Toothpicker

A 'belate' entry on the Open House event last month...
I didn't have time to do much research before Open House weekend this year, and so I missed most of the pre-booked tours. And due to the London design festival (not sure why are these events all crammed within the same week), I [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary and was tagged with London, open house, contemporary architecture, modernist architecture


Sahara soul at the Barbican

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

I have always had a fascination with the Sahara. I think what appeals to me is its mystery, beauty, danger, scale, harshness, unpredictability and 'nothingness'. In my early 20s, I read Paul Bowles' novels, listened to his music and embarked on an adventure with a companion to the Sahara via Morocco. It [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Social issues and was tagged with London, music, Barbican


London's summer exhibitions highlights

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Toothpicker

Gilbert & George: Scapegoating pictures for London at White Cube Bermondsey
 
There were many excellent exhibitions that I visited in London this summer, and here are 10 of my favourites ( in no particular order):
1. Matisse: The Cut Outs at Tate Modern
2. Malevich: Revolution of Russian Art at Tate Modern
3. British [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Photography, Street art & graffiti, Art, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, photography


Sonic city: The art of sound

Posted on October 18, 2014 by Toothpicker

Recently I have been contemplating sounds and silence a lot.
My relationship with the sounds and silence changed when I started practising meditation; and as a consequence, my senses have been heightened significantly. Yet I had to go through a transitional period initially because I was overwhelmed by my increased sensory sensitivity. I [...]

This post was posted in London, Music & Sound, Art, Videos & animations, Sound art and was tagged with London, sound art, sonic city, John Cage


Henry Moore at Perry Green

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: Henry Moore's Large Reclining figure in bronze; Bottom left: Henry Moore's house, Hoglands
 
I love seeing sculptures outdoor, and one of my favourite sculpture parks is the Hakone open-air museum near Mount Fuji in Japan, where you would find over 100 sculptures by masters like Picasso, Rodin, Miro and Moore etc [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Britain, British art, British heritage, Sculptures and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, heritage, British art, sculptures, Henry Moore, sculpture park


SIRO-A in London

Posted on October 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
I remember seeing the promotional poster for the Japanese multimedia theatrical performance group SIRO-A in London last year, and it triggered my interest to see the show. But as always, with so much happening in this city, it is easy to miss events even if you made a mental note of it.
Thankfully, and [...]

This post was posted in London, Anything Japanese, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, theatre, SIRO-A


Serpentine gallery pavilion 2014

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

The Serpentine Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radić
 
I have a backlog of blog entries and this is one of them as I want to publish it before the pavilion gets dismantled after next week ( and apology for the rather dark photographs).
 
It took me a while to visit the new Serpentine gallery pavilion [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, Design, Contemporary and was tagged with London, serpentine pavilion, contemporary architecture


Design shopping at London design festival

Posted on October 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

My last entry on the London design festival is related to shopping... As someone who is involved in the retail business, shamefully, I don't think I am out and about enough, and so the design festival was gave me an opportunity to see what is happening in the design retail world.
 

The Saturday [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Shopping guide, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Design, Visual merchandising, Pop ups and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, shopping, pop up shop, Shopping guide, visual merchandising, London Design Festival


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