Some blues are so blue that they’re hard to unsee. “That this blue exists makes my life a remarkable one, just to have seen it. To have seen such beautiful things.
Paris’ majestic Grand Palais – site of Chanel space stations, Hermès horse shows and many a headline-making exhibition – is a thing to behold when full to the brim with the finest photography from around the world, for the 2018 edition of Paris Photo . Naturally, to every art aficionado happy just to absorb the work on display, there was also a keen collector ready to acquire pieces by the likes of Cindy Sherman and Barbara Probst – and, not wanting to miss out, it seemed an… read more »
In new book Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the Trip , Phaidon editors confront readers with the question: ‘Why do we travel for art?’ Inspired by the success of 2017’s Destination Architecture , this new guide to the wonders of the art world divides the planet into seven regions: Australasia, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and South America. Featured artworks are grouped geographically, and the message championed throughout is one… read more »
For fearless fun in the English winter sun, Johnny Dufort and Lotta Volkova took to the promenades of Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach in Norfolk. Taken with the dining halls of the town’s finest seaside hotels, its world-famous model village and Wobbly World inflatables as backdrop, the pair took to the Autumn/Winter 2018 collections to find the perfect disguise. read more »
With more than 100 published photobooks and 80 exhibitions under his belt – a vast number of which document the domestic and social pastimes of Britons – photographer Martin Parr is a fully fledged national treasure. His saturated and saccharine images record the minutiae of daily life in all its gory glory. From the exact sheen of lime green taffeta worn to the races by a bouffant-haired lady, to the burnished red knees of a sun-lounging vacationer, to the undying glow of a… read more » View Gallery (10 images)
Pagan winter rituals have long revolved around light. There’s the burning of a yule log – an oak log, partially burnt and often decorated with herbs or dried winter greenery, the charred remnants of which are reserved to start the same ritualistic fire the following year.
I meet Chris Kraus on a Tuesday afternoon with the first cold snap of winter, in the ICA bookshop. This feels apt for two reasons. One, because many of the novels poking out of the shelves are her own, or the product of the Semiotext(e) publishing house she co-edits, and its jazzily designed imprint she founded in 1990, Native Agents.
The first photograph Marilyn Stafford took was of Albert Einstein in 1948. The then-23-year-old had owned cameras in her youth in Depression-era Cleveland, Ohio – a Brownie box and later a Rolleiflex – and recalls being impressed with Dorothea Lange’s photographs of migrants that she saw in LIFE magazine. But when Stafford was handed a 35 millimetre camera by friends who were making a documentary on Einstein… read more » View Gallery (24 images)
“At one point I was like, you know what, I’ll just do whatever I do and if people don’t take me seriously it doesn’t matter,” says Serbia-born, New York-based artist Ana Kraš of her polymathic practice, which encompasses photography, painting, drawing, furniture and clothing at once. “I am doing it for myself.” Chief of her many collaborators is GANNI , the Danish clothing label begun by wife-and-husband Ditte and… read more » View Gallery (18 images)
The exhibition De l ’ autre c ôt é ( The Other Side) spotlights three little-known 20th-century female photographers with similar trajectories. Each born in Germany, they respectively fled to South America at the end of the 1930s to escape Europe’s menacing sociopolitical reality. Although shown together at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris, Jeanne Mandello, Hildegard Rosenthal and Grete Stern had no aesthetic overlap,… read more » View Gallery (23 images)