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saul leiter – paintings.

Saul Leiter has documented the world around him, capturing New York mid-century, with his beautiful colour and black-and-white photographs (see my previous post, here). But throughout his life he painted, too, and both media are on show at Hackelbury Fine Art in London (now until 27 July 2013).

His paintings are vibrant and full of life, with vivacious, playful brush strokes and pools of  intense colour. As with his photographs, the asymmetrical composition is exquisite. In both media, his influences are evident: the paintings of Renoir, Matisse and Bonnard. There is a lovely quotation in Nigel Warburton’s interview (more, here), which gives a clear indication of his regard for Bonnard:

‘Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I reach over to one of my 30 books on Bonnard… if I can’t find the one I want, I go out and buy another copy’.

SL 12310 © Saul Leiter HackelBury Fine Art courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

© Saul Leiter HackelBury Fine Art courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

SL 12298 © Saul Leiter HackelBury Fine Art courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

© Saul Leiter HackelBury Fine Art courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

SL 12306 © Saul Leiter HackelBury Fine Art courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

© Saul Leiter HackelBury Fine Art courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

The documentary ‘In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter’ is being shown at Open City Docs Fest in London on 21st June, and at the ICA on the 27th June. The film is an absolute delight, with Saul Leiter as the reluctant, but utterly beguiling, protagonist.

More in the gallery, here.

All images © Saul Leiter HackelBury Fine Art courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

fab four: limited edition prints.

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1. Judith Hopf, Nose (a collaboration with Martin Ebner), 2008

Silkscreen on paper
40 x 50cm

They say: Hopf has worked in a wide range of media, offering an absurdist-and ultimately utopian-exploration of artistic forms and everyday conventions. This silkscreen print was inspired by the work of Bridget Riley, whose style is here unexpectedly used to depict a nose. I say: what fun!

Available from The ICA 

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2. Typeseat print, designed and manufactured by Tim Fishlock.

Edition of 300 prints. 50 x 70cm.

Screen print by Tim Fishlock using classic chairs to depict the letters of the alphabet.

Available from Twentytwentyone.

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3. The Chairs, limited edition print by Konstantin Grcic.

Screen print on 280gsm paper, A2 size.

Konstantin Grcic is an industrial designer who has designed products and furniture for manufacturers such as Authentics, Flos, Krups and Magis. The subject of this print, his MYTO chair was selected for the Design Museum’s Designs of The Year award and exhibition in 2009. The Chairs is screen-printed in seven colours, including three fabulous fluros…

Available from the Design Museum shop.

fab four44. L03, 2012, designed by Ronan Bouroullec, manufactured by Wrong Shop.

Digital print using mineral-based Ultrachrome K3 pigmented inks with resin. Hahnemuhle certified 310g Museum Etching paper.

Unframed: 158.6 x 111.8cm.

Hand-drawn sketches from the individual collections of industrial design brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec produced in series as prints. The original works formed part of recent exhibitions at the Vitra Design Museum and Centre Pompidou Metz.

Available from Twentytwentyone.

Fab four limited edition prints. Which, if any, do you like?
More fab four, here.

the list: what to see in 2013.

A look forward to some exciting exhibitions and talks coming up in London in the first half of 2013:

jeurgen teller

1. Juergen Teller: Woo

23 January – 17 March 2013

A journey through his landmark fashion and commercial photography from the 90s, presenting classic images of celebrities such as Lily Cole, Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood, as well as more recent landscapes. Juergen Teller is one of few photographers to operate in both the art world and at the centre of the commercial sphere, working with Marc Jacobs and Celine, among others.

Institute of Contemporary Arts

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2. Tim Walker: Story Teller

Until 27 January 2013

Extravagant in scale and ambition and instantly recognisable, Tim Walker’s photographs are full of life, colour and humour.

3. Valentino: Master of Couture

Until 3 March 2013

Celebrating the life and work of one of fashion’s most inspirational and influential designers. A lovely review on A Nomadic Abode, here

both, Somerset House 

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4. Santiago Calatrava, RIBA lecture series, Tuesday 29 January, 7pm

5. Peter Zumthor, RIBA lecture series, Tuesday 05 February, 6:30pm

6. Emerging Architecture

Until 21 February 2013

The exhibition features award winning projects covering buildings, interiors, product design, engineering structures, urbanism and landscape – architecture’s emerging generation from 2012.


7. Mariko Mori: Rebirth

Until 17 February 2013

Japanese artist Mariko Mori’s first major exhibition in London for 14 years, including some of Mori’s most acclaimed works from the last 11 years, alongside new works created especially for the exhibition. Read the Guardian review, here

Royal Academy of Arts


8. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

21 February – 27 May 2013

The first full-scale retrospective of this artist in over twenty years.

Tate Modern

9. David Bowie Retrospective

23 March – 28 July 2013

Guardian review, here

Victoria & Albert Museum

10. Chromazone: Colour in Contemporary Architecture

Until 19 May 2013

Featuring key projects by major UK and international architects who use colour to create identity and define space in an attenpt to heighten the user experience of a building.

Victoria & Albert Museum

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11. Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume

5 June – 1 September 2013

A focused selection of work by Gary Hume (born 1962), in parallel with British painter Patrick Caulfield (1935–2005), illuminating the comparable work of these two artists from different generations.

Tate Britain

This is my pick of exhibitions and talks to look forward to; I’d love to know your thoughts!