As the art world elite concluded their annual Photo London gathering at Somerset House, Peckham was just warming up by presenting a festival of exhibitions that encompassed a network of Peckham-based artists, galleries and curators. Founded by Vivienne Gamble and Jo Dennis, Peckham 24, is a 24-hour celebration of contemporary photography. The festival is spread across a variety of locations in Peckham, including The Bussey Building, Copeland Park and other local galleries. Far from the exclusivity and structure of Somerset House, the non-ticketed festival instead welcomes a wide audience to see a diverse selection of photography.
Defined as the voice of a generation, the American photographer Nan Goldin is known for capturing the most intimate experiences of her friends and lovers across Boston and downtown New York. At the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a slideshow of her iconic collection of images The Ballad of Sexual Dependency compiles nearly 700 photographs. Much of it is shot with only available light between 1979 and 1986 amidst the hard-drug subculture of the Bowery neighbourhood.
Rochat’s cutting-edge work has completely overtaken the gallery. Transparencies hang from the ceiling and the windows have been pasted over with digital prints on transparent vinyl, which gives a slightly psychedelic, stained-glass effect. Although Rochat trained in photography her textured work could easily be mis-interpreted as a completely different medium such as painting. She explains that, "there are no rules in my process," and her work could definitely be described as experimental.
Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s brings together works by no less than 48 artists from the collection of Austrian renewable-energy giants Verbund - exhibited in Britain for the first time. It features film, performance, collage and photographic works arranged thematically across two floors of the expansive West-End space. Taking its title from the curator-coined term, the show offers what is then an extensive look at the work of these groundbreaking artists.
Metallic lips and outstretched tongues poised to lick. Acrylic nails, mouths crammed full of pearl necklaces and makeup-clad eyes – these are the images that come to mind when I think of Marilyn Minter, who I first discovered while absent-mindedly stalking Miley Cyrus’ Instagram. A blurred portrait showed Miley in all her usual glory - Hollywood white teeth, tongue out, licking a foggy window dripping in condensation.
‘He is sexy, yet completely sexless. As a model he is a natural.’ Indeed, when it came to Mick Jagger, English fashion photographer Cecil Beaton hit the nail on the head. In S|2’s latest exhibition in London. Performance by Cecil Beaton is a rare opportunity to view a selection of photographs taken on set of the sexually explicit gangster-crime film of the same name. Shot in 1970, the content of the film was so violent and controversial, Warner Brothers were forced to re-edit before it was suitable to be released to a British audience.
The exhibition Teller on Mapplethorpe poignantly coincides with what would have been Mapplethorpe’s 70th birthday. It also ties in nicely with the touring exhibition The Perfect Medium, which opened at the J.Paul Getty Museum and LAMAC, as well as the HBO documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, released earlier this year. Whether Mapplethorpe (b. 1946) was photographing flowers, nudes or celebrity portraits, the images that he took from the 1960's until his death in 1989 both followed and challenged classical aesthetic standards.
“Help me,” reads a cool, white neon sign on the fourth floor of the New Museum, adjacent to Pipilotti Rist’s installation, 4th Floor to Mildness. It is a portent, an augury. It is visual representation, almost an echo, of a sound bite from Rist’s Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless In The Bath of Lava) (Bastard Version), (1994), which is in the museum’s stairwell gallery. Whether you go top down (recommended) or bottom up, this exhibition is vexing and often discomforting.
Raised in California, the multifaceted photographer and painter Chase Hall now lives in the East Village, New York. Before moving to Manhattan to be surrounded by fellow artists, he worked in LA as an assistant on fashion shoots and did some commercial photography. Known for his work’s optimism and carefree aesthetic, Chase is all about the process, and believes we ought to see more of the effort behind even the most spontaneous works of art.
Last Friday saw the opening of photographer and multidisciplinary artist, Anouska Beckwith’s first London solo show, showcasing her own imagined Uni ~ Verse. Held at the Palm Tree Gallery on Portobello Road, the exhibition came after Beckwith’s 2015 New York solo debut Transcendence, in addition to recent group shows in London, Paris and Switzerland. Inside the gallery was an immersive organic installation of moss, shrubbery and branches set to ‘encourage gratitude and respect for the natural environment’ amongst the audience.
As a phrase, "In the Wake" means in the aftermath. Zoe Leonard’s exhibition is not just one thing, not one idea, not one emotion. It consists of single and sets of silver gelatin prints and sculptural installations. (Only the vibrant dye-transfer prints seen in "Analogue," which was last hung in 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art, are "absent" from this presentation.) While Leonard’s work is often called elegiac and nostalgic, "reflective" and “heartfelt” are more appropriate.
The photographer Raphael Albert (1935-2009) established himself as a cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in West London between the late 1960's and 1980's. His archive documenting popular community events as well as his collection of model portfolios has allowed for a both extensive and detailed exhibition, which celebrates a community often overlooked within mainstream fashion and culture.
The British photographer Kurtiss Lloyd and I first met at the Nomadic Community Garden off Brick Lane, London. There we spent an afternoon talking and taking photographs of the street art. Finding his way to photography through an interest in dance, Kurtiss grew up in an English mining town without any artistic training. But he soon found his way into the fashion world, collaborating with brands like Dior, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Philip Tracey.
Co-ordinated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and described by him as “unpredictable, stimulating and startling”, this year's Summer Exhibition focusses on the importance of artistic partnership. Throughout the galleries, Wilson presents the viewer with the pairing of single pieces of work in an attempt to demonstrate the connection formed through creative dialogue. He seeks to showcase the power of art and its ability to create empathy, as we are reminded that we often observe it from a perspective other than our own.
In the grand hall of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London sits a giant clam shell, occupied at any time by a tourist attempting to affect that pose: weight on one leg, hip pushed into an alluring curve, a hand raised over a breast, the other clutching an imaginary rope of salt-encrusted hair over their modesty. Such is the enduring popular appeal of Sandro Botticelli’s (1445-1510) most famous painting, Birth of Venus...
Photo London was only launched in 2015 but this year’s event, held at Somerset House, was a world-class gathering. Founders Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad brought together 85 of the world’s leading photography galleries, supplemented by special exhibitions by the likes of photo-journalist Don McCullin, Russian photographer Sergey Chilikov and Turner-nominated artist Craigie Horsfield.
Art16 brings together an exciting roster of over one hundred contemporary art galleries from thirty countries all over the world, creating a highly immersive cultural experience for its visitors. The programme caters to both established and emerging galleries, providing a useful platform to exhibit artistic talent from a cross-section of diverse art scenes. Hosted at Kensington Olympia, London...
When I think of Vogue, I simultaneously think of glamour, beauty, haute couture and a world of unaffordable luxury that I will never be a part of. As I turn page after page of the latest edition, sipping my almond milk latte in a Parisian café in the septième I am, however, momentarily convinced that I am indeed a part of this world.
Nick Danziger’s current exhibition Eleven Women Facing War at the Imperial War Museum, London is a testimony to commitment to telling the stories of women affected by conflict and its legacy. Danziger has spent the last twenty-five years visiting the world’s poorest and most desecrated areas, using his lens to give a voice to those forgotten by the global media.
Photography has been in use since the 19th-century as a means of documenting ephemeral forms of artistic expression that would otherwise be lost forever. The Tate Modern’s new major photographic exhibition Performing for the Camera shows how two separate mediums can be inextricably linked to one another. It includes an array of artists such as Yves Klein, Robert Mapplethore and Jeff Koons and brings together 500 images from the last 150 years which show how both mediums...
The British fashion photographer Will Milligan and I first met in the Lake District when we were visiting the painter Beatrice Hasell-McCosh who I was posing for. Since then we’ve collaborated on editorial shoots everywhere from art gallery basements to abandoned film sets. Since moving into fashion photography, Will has photographed Luke Waller, Hugo Hamper Potts and Hugh Harris from the Kooks as well as...
Anouska Beckwith is a British photographer living in Place des Vosges, Paris. We were first introduced by a fellow writer and I soon crossed the channel to interview her for Suitcase Magazine. As both a photographer and the founder of the all-female artists’ collective World Wide Women, she lives the bohemian dream surrounded by creatives in the City of Lights. Known especially for her nude photographs, and focus on the life, death and rebirth.
Bettina Rheims is a French photographer known for her iconic portraits of female models as well as those of transsexuals, acrobats and strippers. Her oeuvre spanning thirty years is currently being exhibited at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris with a queue around the corner. Despite the sexuality of her work, there’s a sense of trust between the photographer...
The Formationist artists Walter & Zoniel live, work, sleep, breathe and create together. We met at their East London studio amidst the ‘brutalist’ architecture of Hoxton after being introduced by Marine Tanguy at a talk I gave with Lina Iris Viktor. Whilst drinking green tea in their matching boiler suits they showed me how they...
London-based Diana Chire and I first met at her guerilla exhibition Take! Eat! which was launched in opposition to the Frieze Art Fair. Her provocative show of female artists addressed gender, sexuality and social inequalities and is dedicated to making gender disparity an important conversation in the art world. When we met later in her Hackney...
The opening of Ryan McGinley’s new show “Winter” at Team gallery, New York on November 5th should of been one in which the audience viewed his icy works just minutes after feeling the icy winter winds winding themselves into their bones. This was however, not the case. New York this November has not yet required the Michelin man like suits and woolen stockings of Prairie children.
This autumn is the 1:54 Contemporary African Art fair’s third edition, with a staggering 14 of the 38 galleries coming from Africa to celebrate the multiplicity and diversity of contemporary African art. Led by Touria El Glauoi, the fair has built provincial art scenes in African countries, promoting artistic production and cultural identity amongst those artists. Designed by the award-winning architectural...
The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street is home to the leading collection of contemporary and twentieth century art in the US. Designed by the architect Renzo Piano, its new building has been the talk of New York. It was first opened in Greenwich Village, before moving up to Museum Mile alongside the Metropolitan, Guggenheim and Frick.
Alice Springs was the pseudonym used by June Newton, the wife of the illustrious Helmut, and was previously known for her black and white photographs. However, within the setting of an 18th century mansion in the depths of Le Marais, we are shown a different side to the photographer. More intimate nudes...
The photographer Spela Kasal and I met this summer in Paris on the lawns of the British Embassy, where we flicked through art magazines. An award-winning photographer, she's worked for Vogue, Interview Magazine, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton amongst others. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Spela modelled between Paris and New York, where she gained insight into the inner workings of the fashion industry