Many fashions come and go, yet what was so special about Cristobal Balenciaga was his ability to transcend the notion of the temporal, ultimately creating timeless shapes and designs that are still with us today.
‘The Great Wave off of the coast at Kanagawa’ (1830-1) is undoubtedly Katsushika Hokusai’s most famous work, followed by a legacy that has found its way into the works of western artists, emblazoned designs worn by models on catwalks, and even etched itself onto people’s skin as a lifelong appreciation of the masterpiece.
‘The American Dream: Pop to the Present’, held at the British Museum, displayed everything including and beyond this, effectively summarizing Pop Art as a significant vehicle within the artistic canon that continues to express matters dense with socio-political meaning.
‘From Selfie to Self-expression’ explores the history of the selfie, comprising of the gimmicky, the skilled, and works that would cause those to ponder the very activity itself.
Open Eye Gallery is delighted to launch its 40th birthday year with a brand new exhibition exploring the influence of the North of England on fashion and visual culture.
The exhibition comprised of five themes, those being ‘portraits’, ‘experiments’, ‘bodies’, ‘documents’, and ‘objects, perspectives, abstractions’.
In the impressive set-up with 10 room, there is 700 artworks and 120 artists, art group and related phenomena presented. The list includes artists from the ex-Yugoslav countries - Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Eastern-European countries - Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
The War Paint Project: something that is significantly instrumental in enabling an individual to feel comfortable with their sense of self. In collaboration with Illamasqua cosmetics, every model was provided with a range of makeup to apply on themselves in whatever manner they pleased, allowing them to become both model and creator of their photoshoot. In blurring the boundaries between the two tasks, all of the models were liberated from their typical routine and given the chance to visually express their personality and style before the lens. After the photoshoot, we had the privilege to catch up with all the models, and find out a little bit more about their personalities, interests, and their careers so far.
When Kim Kardashian’s nude selfies ‘broke the internet’ followed with lengthy debates on empowerment it became apparent that the notion of women and representation is still very much a contemporary issue. In ‘Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s’, an exhibition currently displayed at the Photographers Gallery, visitors can see many of the modern elementary contributors to issues of representing women, and that the values elicited still bear relevance to our current society.