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1994 Kate Moss photos to be sold in an auction by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury. Unique!

1994 Kate Moss photos to be sold in an auction by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury. Unique!

Kate Moss is the ultimate icon for top modeling. She was and still is the face for hundreds of luxury brands. From Calvin Klein in her beginnings to Burberry  nowadays, Kate Moss, the “Brindille” has established the job of top-modelling to the rank of superstar. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury is proceeding to an auction called Photographs & Photobooks. In this auction, there are several fashion photos and the highlight of the day will be 3 Polacorlor print of a young Kate Moss, photo shot by Paolo Roversi. The series was published in the French March 1994 edition of Vogue. Here are the 3 photos in which we can see a young and promising Kate Moss, who already had a lot of allure. She was 20 years old and her entire career in front of her. The series was shot by Paolo Roversi. His photography style is known for getting to the purity of things….

Opera Gallery, new space, new exhibition: Monochromaniac

Opera Gallery, new space, new exhibition: Monochromaniac

This month, Opera Gallery in Geneva is revealing a new exhibition called Monochromaniac. This new art exhibition opens the new space. Opera Gallery Geneva renovated its space in the summer, making it more clear, bright, airy and perfectly sober to put artwork in value. Opera Gallery is an international group of art founded in 1994 by Gilles Dyan, an expert in modern and contemporary art and a member of the European Chamber of Chartered Consulting Works of Art galleries. There are now 11 Opera Gallery in the world: Geneva, Paris, Monaco, London, New York, Miami, Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and Seoul. Offering artworks of exceedingly high quality the gallery has a reputation for excellence, integrity and discretion that it continues to earn by providing a high level of service to understandably demanding clients. Opera Gallery will assess quality and authenticity, evaluate, exhibit, care for, buy and sell art principally for the benefit…

Turner at the Tate Britain, finally!

Turner at the Tate Britain, finally!

For the first time, the astonishing creative work of J.M.W. Turner was gathered to create an amazing exhibition. The Tate Britain is proud to present Turner late works from 1835 to his death in 1851. These late years were probably the ones in which the artist produced some of the best artwork of his career. So if you are in London, you should definitely go and check this exhibition. J.M.W. Turner, master of Romantism Joseph Mallord William Turner was an English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker. He lived in the 18th century and many considered him as the painter of light and to preface all the Impressionism period that followed. Nobody know for sure when exactly Turner was born. The only written document found was his baptism certificate in which says he was baptized on May 14th 1775.  After several years of self-learning, Turner entered the Royal Academy of Art schools in 1789,…

Friday Chronicle #8: Mona Lisa Smile – WTF!

Friday Chronicle #8: Mona Lisa Smile – WTF!

Politicians will always surprise us in how creative they can be to solve economic crisis. Some of them tried to raise taxes. It works up to a certain stage. Others tried to make taxes lower. Again, it has its own restrictions. And others, well, decided to sell their treasures in terms of Art collection. Like the French government who dares thinking ti sell Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa. Really??? What would Katherine Watson think about it? Art should not be for sale, like the human spirit The on going increase of private art collections are bringing a game change in the art museums landscape. This year, art donation from private owners to public museums dropped by almost 6% while art auctions are amazingly increasing. Today, museums cannot fight anymore against private collectors. The Fine art auction market is not new. It all started in the 17th century and for centuries…

The landscape in painting, an art genre.

The landscape in painting, an art genre.

For centuries, landscapes were considered as a minor genre in western art. Portrait was something more noble, or “nature-morte” as well. There was always something more important to pay attention to than Landscape. Yet, in history certain nations like Ancient China or Rome as well as Russia in the 19th century, have developed an extraordinary know how in painting landscapes. It all started with a wise man on top of a mountain Landscape art is the depiction in art of landscapes, natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition (source: wikipedia). If we had to wait until the 19th century romantism to see landscape art burst in Europe, in China it was already a major art in the year 600. Like this Sui Dynasty Chinese landscape painting by Zhan…

Henri Matisse, the Cut-Outs extraordinary auction in London.

Henri Matisse, the Cut-Outs extraordinary auction in London.

Early this year, visitors of Tate Modern in London were able to discover another facet of Matisse’s work. The master of colour, spent his last 14 years explorint paper-cutting. Or as he would explain himself, the art of painting with scissors. Now that the exhibition is over, there will be an exclusive auction taking place in London, at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions. Henri Matisse and the art of painting with scissors By the end of his life, Henri Matisse was diagnostic with Cancer. He became very weak and started using a wheel chair. After an operation he got some strength back and his aim of creation was stronger than the disease. With the help of Lydia Delectorskaya and assistants he set about creating cut paper collages, often on a enormous scale, called gouaches découpés. By maneuvering scissors through prepared sheets of paper, he inaugurated a new phase of his career….

Matthieu Gafsou at l’Elysee Lausanne. Only God can Judge me.

Matthieu Gafsou at l’Elysee Lausanne. Only God can Judge me.

Lausanne is definitely the place to be for modern and contemporary photography. This summer, l’Elysee Museum for photography is holding a very interesting photo exhibition called “Only God can Judge me” by Swiss photographer Matthieu Gafsou. Matthieu Gafsou, Swiss, Artist, invested. By choosing Matthieu Gafsou to perform an exhibition at l’Elysée, the Swiss institution in Lausanne took a position in terms of artistic engagement torwards some “bites”. In deed, Matthieu Gafsou always brought and edgy look in every theme he has chosen in the past to explore. With “Alps” in 2008-2012, it was a closer look into the Swiss natural landscape and the changes brought by tourism. Then, with “Sacré” in 2011-2012, it was a full thinking about the role of religion, its symbols and its presence in today’s society. Matthieu Gafsou lives and works in Lausanne – Switzerland. He studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey….

2014 St. Moritz Art Masters. Swiss Art festival.

2014 St. Moritz Art Masters. Swiss Art festival.

The St. Moritz Art Masters Foundation (SAM Foundation) was established in 2009 by the founders of St. Moritz Art Masters. The Foundation supports and shows projects of exceptional, national and international rising artists focusing on the global “language” of culture. Artists and selected projects shall be given the opportunity to present themselves during St. Moritz Art Masters and to use the network of the platform. Every year, in one of the most prestigious and beautiful natural spots in the heart of Swiss Alps, visitors can discover amazing artists from all over the world. That’s St Moritz Art Masters. You can see here the highlights of last year in which China was celebrated. This year it is time for another giant country to express its artistic specificity: INDIA.   From August 22nd to August 31st, St Moritz celebrates the end of the summer with one of the most prestigious Art festival…

La nuit des images in Lausanne, let’s celebrate.

La nuit des images in Lausanne, let’s celebrate.

Lausanne is definitely a city of arts and photography. End of June, the city will celebrate the 4th edition of its NUIT DES IMAGES. For this 4th edition, the Nuit des images will pay a visit to Théâtre de Vidy on Friday June 27th, with a concert by Rodolphe Burger and Rachid Taha. On Saturday June 28th beginning at 3pm, it will spread through the Elysée gardens for a free, friendly, festive Garden Party. On this year program, a rich and interesting artistic references. On Friday June 27th everything starts with a great concert at Théâtre de Vidy. Singer and Guitarist Rodolphe Burger will perform an exclusive collaboration with Singer Rachid Taha. Together they form the Couscous Clan performing fun covers of rock standards. From Raï to post-punk, you will be able to discover different music influences thanks to this outdoor concert. It will be located in the outside terrasse of Théâtre…

David Bailey and Richard Hamilton. London is Calling.

David Bailey and Richard Hamilton. London is Calling.

London will always be London. The European capital has always something going on and if you are lucky enough to be there in the incoming weeks, here are 2 photo exhibitions you do not want to miss. David Bailey at the National Portrait Gallery and Richard Hamilton at the Tate Modern. David Bailey, fashion Portraitist It is mot the first time we talk about David Bailey. The British photographer ruled the fashion scene for more than 60 years. With his first Vogue cover in 1960, David Bailey was the leader artist of “Swinging London”, a cultural movement in the 60’s about modernism and youth. This year the prestigious National Portrait Gallery dedicates one of the biggest photography exhibition in the honor of David Bailey with 250 portraits. It is called Bailey’s Stardust. In this exhibition, visitors will be able to get a broad snapshot of the photographer work. From worldwide…

Prix Elysee with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier

Prix Elysee with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier

This month, the prestigious Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne – Switzerland is launching “Le Prix Elysée” with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier. It is a professional competition dedicated to the highlight of promising photographers. Once again, the Musée de l’Elysée places itself as one of the European reference for Photography and photography curation. By scouting the talents of tomorrow, it brings a strong visibility to these promising artists. Here is what the museum explains: The prize is open to promising photographers or artists using photography, of all nationalities, who have already enjoyed their first exhibitions and publications. There is no imposed theme or preference for any particular photographic genre or technique. Applications are open from February 3 to April 25, 2014. The winner is invited to produce an original and new project as well as its related book. Both the project and book will be presented at one of the…

Tom Sargent, Art and Antiques Insurance has no secret for him.

Tom Sargent, Art and Antiques Insurance has no secret for him.

Luxury Activist got the opportunity to exclusively  interview Tom Sargent, Art and Antiques auction expert. Tom Sargent works as Client Manager of Artscope at Aon Private Clients, he specialises in high net worth items in auction, antiques and art. Previously worked in the auction industry for 6 years at Bonhams & Butterfields and Christies auctioneers where he valued antique furniture and Works of Art. Here he gained useful knowledge on how the art and high net worth industries operate working with dealers and collectors as well as sellers. Here is the interview: LuxuryActivist (LA): The Art Market evolved a lot in the past years. Can you describe the major changes in Art Insurance you have observed in the past 10 years? Tom Sargent (TS): I’ve worked in the art industry for over 10 years and of that 6 years in insurance. In that time we have seen the top end art…

Andy Gott Behind the scenes – Hollywood portraits

Andy Gott Behind the scenes – Hollywood portraits

Andy Gott, one of the most talented photographers of his generation is presenting a new exhibition called “Behind the scenes”. It is taking place at Hollywood land of stars Hollywood was always full of stars. From Glamour to drama, every decade held its legends. Some of them were a star for one film, others last … For ever. Most of them were iconized thanks to the talent of more or less known photographers. We all have in mind iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, or more recently Sharon Stone, Robert de Niro or Nicole Kidman. Some of those photographies contributed to starrify those people, and some of these portraits became even pieces of Art. And I would not even talk about the work of certain artists like Warhol. But after a while, those portraits are delivered with no surprises. It means that nothing really different pops up and then…

Bunkamura Shibuya Tokyo 25th anniversary in 2014

Bunkamura Shibuya Tokyo 25th anniversary in 2014

Tokyo is probably one of the most inspiring cities for art and design in the world. One of the main players is Bunkamura, established in Shibuya since 1989. And in 2014 it will be their 25th anniversary. A quarter of a century being a cultural ambassador in Japan. In the 80’s, the Tokyo Corporation, one of the biggest companies in Japan, started different projects with the idea to integrate their services into people’s lifestyle. From public transports, to banks and credit cards up to cultural events. In 1989, they open Bunkamura center, a true cultural village in the center of Tokyo. Bunkamura is located in Shibuya, one of the most dynamic and young areas of Tokyo. 25 years ago, it was still a non interesting place and Bunkamura center contributed in the development of this area. The Bunkamura center is a high-place for culture. Several services and installations are available Bunkamura…

2014 incoming art exhibitions in Switzerland

2014 incoming art exhibitions in Switzerland

Here is our selection of the most incoming Art exhibitions in Switzerland for 2014. It will be another great year for Art in Switzerland. 2013 is not yet over and we are looking forward visiting the incoming ones. 2014 Zürich Kunsthaus 2 main exhibitions to note at the Art Museum of Zürich, one dedicated to Expressionism, as you never saw before, and the second one about Alberto Giacometti, under a different facet. From Matisse to “Der Blaue Reiter” Expressionism in Germany and France From 7th of February to 11th of May 2014 Expressionism is an interesting art trend. Most of people think that it is a independent German movement. In fact, it was more a global reaction to an interesting period of history in which artists would travel, meet and exchange their point of view. So this begining of 20th century attended to a ping pong game between neo-impressionism in…

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