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Photos by G. Art by Bortusk Lear.
I’m back baby! I’m just back from London and Amsterdam and had an absolute blast! In lieu of physical gifts (since According2G has proudly gone digital and is kind to trees), you’ll be seeing a wealth of photos from this trip over the coming days, weeks and months!
Let me just say now that London and Amsterdam are filled with great street art (some in obvious places and some in out of the way spots). [Read: New York City, you need to step it up!] It was beyond inspiring to see clever messages of social and political frustration as well as colorful art for art’s sake!
We’ll start the series of London street art (which over the coming days and weeks will be interspersed with photos from the best of the scene in New York, Amsterdam and Los Angeles). I may be a one man operation, but I know how to work it in cities across the world, as you will see!
Up first, the art of Bortusk Lear, whose work I’ve seen in New York. I was never able to put a name with the art. Until now…
Photos by G. Art by Damien Hirst.
2012 is the year of Damien Hirst! I was fortunate enough to meet one of the most successful and controversial artists in the world earlier in 2012 and as my great luck would have it, I happened to be on holiday in London on the day that the retrospective of his art opened at the Tate Modern! If you are unfamiliar with his works, if you are already a fan or if you just shrug your shoulders when you hear his name, you should check out this exhibit. So many works you only read about in books are all on display in the same place at the same time.
While perusing the exhibit, many of the following thoughts will enter your head – “do people dislike Hirst because he is so rich and blame it on his art?” “It’s well known a staff of assistants helps him carry out his projects. How many people are employed and what types of schedules do they keep?” “How on earth do they transport these works of art across the world?”
At the retrospective, you’ll see the infamous spot paintings (and before you dismiss them, you should research the reasoning behind the color schemes as well as the fact that though these paintings look like they are done by machines, they are actually done by Hirst’s assistants); Medicine Cabinets, the glass cases filled with diamonds, cigarette butts and pills; spin paintings, skulls, butterflies; the animals in formaldehyde; the flies attacking a rotting carcass and more!
Whether or not Damien Hirst’s art is “your thing,” it will certainly give you lots of food for thought. I think that’s one of the greatest things about his work – it will certainly force you into making a decision about your opinion of his art. Like it or not, I can’t imagine a single person that sees this exhibit will walk away and have no opinion of it. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing museum patrons expressing extreme views of his art as I walked around the galleries.
If you will not be able to make it to London to see this exhibit, you should definitely check out The Happy Famous Artists’ Flickr page that is chock full of great snaps from the press preview of the Hirst retrospective.
If you go see the exhibit in person, make sure you exit through the gift shop!
“Damien Hirst” runs at the Tate Modern in London, England through September 9, 2012. Don’t miss it!
The Banksy Vs. Bristol Museum exhibit runs until August 31, 2009 in Bristol, England. Book your trip now! Time is running out. This exhibit is not to be missed. See photos from part one and two here.
All art by Banksy, all photos by G.
I was so fortunate to visit Bristol, England last week to see the Banksy Vs. Bristol exhibit. Words cannot even express how much I love Banksy, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Keep checking back for more photos from this exhibit. This series focuses on the statues. Please wash your hands. The exhibit runs until August 31 and admission is free, so if you can make it, your life will be enriched… or admission price to the museum will be returned to you.
Wanna see more? Read on…