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Weekly Post Review

Posted by Alex Bec,

The days just fly past don’t they? To cap of the week and to give you a little bit extra reading material over the weekend, here’s a round-up of the best bits that made their way to our studio. Have a good couple of days off, you deserve them.

Jeff Koons

Edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth, Published by Taschen
This book is understandably huge. Trying to collate the prolificacy of Koons from his basketball sculptures, to the Michael Jackson ornament, through his photographs of him and his wife all the way up to his current Popeye Series is understandably going to need a lot of paper and ink.
www.taschen.com
www.jeffkoons.com

Ballet Russes

Main Author Erik Näsland, Art Direction by Anton Grahnström, Production by Frankenstein
You can’t judge a book by it’s cover but I’d be lying if I wasn’t taken by this one. An abstract pastel colour pattern printed onto cloth made me a bit weak at the knees before I’d even broken the spine. The book’s subject is the legendary Ballet Russes_, a season of Russian Opera and Ballet in Paris, presented by Serge DiaghilevDiaghilev, which is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary. The style and fashion attached to the production was staggering and has acted as inspiration for some of the major fashion designers of our time, so needless to say the meat of the book is filled with lots of great images and information. All well put together and presented making it an item we definitely want to hold on to.
www.bookus.com
www.frankenstein.se

Varoom!

The Association of Illustrators
The relaunch of this already very popular illustration magazine sees it re-jig it’s remit. Now covering culture and society as well as illustration, helping give their content that little bit more context – and they’ve done it beautifully. Enough content to make you want to sit down and read it cover to cover, and with article titles as bold as Illustrations That Define A Decade, how can you not be intrigued?
www.varoom-mag.com

Stages Catalogue

Nike Inc.
We’ve covered Stages pretty extensively this week and needless to say we we’re impressed with the show. As the icing on the cake, this hard-back, limited edition catalogue sums up and presents the show with the minimum of fuss, but the upmost quality.
www.stages09.com

In A New Place

Anthony Burrill
To coincide with Anthony’s new show at Kemistry gallery he’s put together a set of screen printed cards to be taken away from the gallery. The work is as good as we’ve come to expect from one of the industry’s leading lights, and the smell of them is something that lingers long after they’re back on the bookcase.
www.anthonyburrill.com
www.kemistrygallery.co.uk

Audible Visions

Hosted by Ill Studio & Alex Le-Tan
Audible Visions is more than just your average mixtape. The guys over at Ill Studio have a way of putting together beautifully packaged and considered objects, and this is no different. Inside the faux-futuristic jiffy bag lies a a poster and CD spanning “electro, new beat, space disco, minimal-synth, afro and new-wave grooves”. Out of this world.
www.ill-studio.com

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Posted by Alex Bec

Alex is one of the directors of It’s Nice That who now oversees our sister creative agency INT Works. For several years he oversaw the Monday Morning Music Video feature until it came to an end in 2014.

Most Recent: Art View Archive

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    You know what we’re like, always going all gaga over pretty colours and GIFS like little typing magpies. But we’re not all about a pretty picture over here at It’s Nice That; and neither is designer Evan Grothjan. While we admit we were initially drawn in by his vivid tones and abstract compositions, it turns out there’s a lot more to his Spaces series than crowd-pleasing aesthetics. Instead, the images form an ongoing investigation into the relationship between space and emotion; something Evan’s been interested in since studying animation as part of his Rhode Island School of Design course.

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    The current director of the Nottingham Contemporary gallery, Alex Farquharson, has been announced as the new director of Tate Britain. The 45-year-old founded the Nottingham Contemporary in 2009, launching the site with a show of David Hockney’s work from the 1960s. Alex says: “I am delighted to be joining Tate as director of Tate Britain. As the home of 500 years of British art, Tate Britain has a unique and fascinating position in the cultural life of the nation. I look forward to working with a highly skilled and experienced team of curators to share these histories with audiences of all kinds.”
      
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    It’s the surreal quality and ambiguity in Los Angeles-based Alex G’s paintings that makes them so interesting. Contorted bodies climb, lounge and bend over pastel-coloured boxes, as though they’ve slipped mysteriously out of reality and into a limbo-like world. The uniformity of the figures adds to the peculiarity of the work, all of them with silhouetted hair and features and dressed in white T-shirts and shorts. Looking back through Alex’s work, it’s his current set of paintings, where he’s drifted away from the fantasy-like details and focused more on the on the abstract and obscure, that are strongest.

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    Artist Charlie Roberts is based in Oslo, but the energy and dynamism of his work belies the tranquility that I can’t help but associate with Norway’s serene landscapes. His past work dealt almost obsessively with collecting remnants of pop culture and laying them out in orderly lines to be documented, but more recently Charlie has shifted towards cool canvases depicting adolescents lazing about, smoking joints on car bonnets, wrapping their long arms around their friends and watching the world go by. It’s a relaxed portrait of young adulthood – all seductive almond eyes, tangled limbs, Nike sportswear and ripped jeans, and it feels like a sweet love letter to this universal but transitory time.

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    After four years of soft detention for Ai Weiwei’s social and political activism, the Chinese authorities have returned the artist’s passport. Ai Weiwei broke the news on Instagram today with a selfie brandishing the travel document. “Today, I picked up my passport,” he wrote in a caption.

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