A Century Ago Today – Lest we Forget

 Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10, until November 2018

Model of HMS Queen Mary (1912) © National Maritime Museum, London

Model of HMS Queen Mary (1912)
© National Maritime Museum, London

 Today marks the centenary of the only major naval battle of World War One – ‘Der Tag’.  Some two hundred and seventy nine ships were involved in the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 and it was a fight that resulted in no clear victory but saw serious losses of ships and the loss of more than eight thousand five hundred lives.

Admiral Sir John Jellicoe (1859-1936) © National Maritime Museum, London

Admiral Sir John Jellicoe (1859-1936)
© National Maritime Museum, London

This fascinating, but sobering, exhibition has been brought together with the help of the grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, the commander of the British Grand Fleet.  Through photographs, ship models, paintings, medals and film the visitor sees the battle in context and the impact of its aftermath.

Imperial German Naval Ensign from SMS 'Moltke' 1912 that was present at Jutland. © National Maritime Museum, London

Imperial German Naval Ensign from SMS ‘Moltke’ 1912 that was present at Jutland.
© National Maritime Museum, London

For example the 14ft long shipbuilder’s model of HMS Queen Mary, which was one of the largest British battle cruisers in the fight was destroyed by enemy fire and out of its 1,266 strong crew only 18 survived.

British Naval Ensign used as a battle ensign by HMS 'Chester' 1915 at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. © National Maritime Museum, London

British Naval Ensign used as a battle ensign by HMS ‘Chester’ 1915 at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916.
© National Maritime Museum, London

On a more cheerful note I met the grandson of Marcus Bailey, a West Indian, who had served on HMS Chester, and despite the ship being hit by 17 shells, wounding and killing 78 men, he survived. Visitors will see Bailey’s image thanks to the photograph his grandson loaned to the exhibition.

 

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60s Pop Recalled – a very special exhibition coming soon

Stanley Bielecki – For The Record: 60s Pop Through The Lens, 5 Addison Avenue, London W11 4QS, 3rd – 8th June, 9am – 8pm

Françoise Hardy taken backstage at Top of the Pops, London 1965. ©Stanley Bielecki/ASP

Françoise Hardy taken backstage at Top of the Pops, London 1965.
©Stanley Bielecki/ASP

This very special selling exhibition allows purchasers not only to support the Alzheimer’s Society but also to possess photographs of some of the most iconic pop stars from the 1960s.  The man responsible for these images is photographer Stanley Bielecki.

A Polish refugee, he came to Britain after the War and set up his own studio and lab (Avenue Studio Photographic (ASP)) in the Holland Park area of London.  His photos appeared in magazines such as Pop Weekly, Teen Beat and Melody Maker and totally recall the world of Ready Steady Go and Top of the Pops. Among those he captured through the lens are Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Ginger Baker, Helen Shapiro, Dave Clark, Cilla Black, The Zombies and The Supremes.

The Four Tops at the Mount Royal Hotel, London 1965 ©Stanley Bielecki/ASP

The Four Tops at the Mount Royal Hotel, London 1965
©Stanley Bielecki/ASP

By the 70s the studio became SB International specialising in on-set photography of 70s and 80s Hollywood films such as AlienStar Wars and Superman.  The large archive of these images – The Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection – is held by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles.

These photographs are being exhibited for the very first time and some have not been published, and so it is a unique opportunity to acquire these special images of stars at the beginning of their careers and also to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Society for the 850,000 sufferers in this country, one of which is Stanley Bielecki himself.

The Rolling Stones pose during rehearsals for a London concert, 1965. ©Stanley Bielecki/ASP

The Rolling Stones pose during rehearsals for a London concert, 1965.
©Stanley Bielecki/ASP

http://www.stanleybielecki.com

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

A New Gallery

Jeff Robb – Nightfall, Pontone Gallery, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3, until 26th June 2016

Nightfall 1. 2016. Lenticular Photograph. Edition of 9 + AP 2: 116 x 86 cm (46 x 34 in)

Nightfall 1. 2016.
Lenticular Photograph. Edition of 9 + AP 2:
116 x 86 cm (46 x 34 in)

This exciting new spacious gallery has opened just off the Kings Road, a stone’s throw away from the Saatchi Gallery.

Jeff Robb, a talented artist who works in various media, has been focusing his attention on lenticular photography in recent times, reflecting his fascination with three-dimensional imagery.

The results are quite remarkable as I am sure you will agree.

 

pontonegallery.com

‘just go away and paint’

Paul Sonabend – Moon and Sun, 12 Star Gallery, European Commission, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1, until 3rd June 2016

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Of Polish/German heritage the artist Paul Sonabend was born in Liverpool in 1957 but now lives and works in Bath.  He briefly studied at Bristol Art College but his course tutor gave him the wise advice to ‘just go away and paint’.

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This exhibition amply reveals how good that advice was and despite discerning the influences of German Expressionists and the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in his works they remain truly his own.

 

http://www.paulsonabend.com/

Natural Abstraction

“Abstracting From Nature”, Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, London W1, until 2nd July 2016

Maurice Estève’ ‘Farfu charpentier’ (1978)  signed and dated 'Estève 78' lower left; signed, titled and dated verso Oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 19 3/4 in, 61 x 50 cm

Maurice Estève’
‘Farfu charpentier’ (1978)
signed and dated ‘Estève 78’ lower left; signed, titled and dated verso
Oil on canvas
24 1/8 x 19 3/4 in, 61 x 50 cm

In post-war Paris there was a move away from the figurative and geometric abstraction to a different form of abstraction that embraced nature and this imposing show features fine examples  by artists, including : Afro; Jean Arp; Jean Bazaine; Étienne Beothy; Roger Bissière; Camille Bryen; Maurice Estève; Emile Gilioli; Étienne Hajdu; Barbara Hepworth; Roger Hilton; William Johnstone; Wassily Kandinsky; André Lanskoy; Peter Lanyon; Baltasar Lobo; Alfred Manessier; Henry Moore; Antoine Poncet; Serge Poliakoff; Gérard Ernest Schneider; Mark Tobey and Maria Vieira da Silva.

http://www.connaughtbrown.co.uk

Design Celebrated!

Clerkenwell Design Week, 24th – 26th May 2016

 

Brewhouse Yard

Brewhouse Yard

For this its seventh edition Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) will be an even more exciting showcase as they have asked the architecture practice OMMX to create a cohesive master plan. It is designed to provide an easier approach to the temporary and established showrooms and an installation trail.  OMMX’s directors – Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez sum it up saying: ‘We have worked collaboratively to realise an ambitious and exciting new chapter in CDW’s history. We are grateful for the organiser’s enlightened approach in continuing to commission young practitioners, their desire to make a lasting contribution and to make design more accessible in this critical part of creative London.’

Carl Hansen & Son

Carl Hansen & Son

Brewhouse Yard will provide the entranceway to the showrooms of Clerkenwell’s new look with a central spine running northwards from Smithfield to Exmouth Market so that visitors can easily find the eight temporary exhibition spaces as well the showrooms.  The show’s sponsors Renault will have environment focused display on Design Fields at the northern end.

Clerkenwell Design Week Map

Clerkenwell Design Week Map

 

Access to the various locations across Clerkenwell is free but it is advisable to register first online at www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com .

 

Camira Fabrics

Camira Fabrics

 

Poltrona Frau Group

Poltrona Frau Group

 

Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerkenwell London

Clerkenwell London

 

BOLON

BOLON

AUCTION ALERT – MEISSEN FIGURE, 25th May 2016

Matthew Barton – EUROPEAN & ASIAN WORKS OF ART, 25 Blythe Road, London, W14, 25 May 2016

I know that many of my readers have an interest in ceramics and I thought I would bring this rather unusual Meissen figure to your attention:

 

“Lot 6

6

A MEISSEN MINIATURE FIGURE OF A FRIESIAN SAILOR, CIRCA 1755

probably modelled by J.J. Kändler or J.F. Eberlein, the mustachioed figure with arms akimbo and wearing a grey knitted conical hat, pink doublet, pale green full breeches and black shoes, on a shaped circular flower encrusted naturalistic base, underglaze blue crossed swords mark to rear base

8.4cm high

 

This apparently unrecorded figure seems likely to be from the Meissen series of ‘Nations of the Levant’, modelled by J.J. Kaendler and J.F. Eberlein between 1748 and 1760, after prints taken from Le Hay and Ferriol’s Receuil de Cent Estampes representant Differentes Nations du Levant, published in 1712-13.  Confusingly this series includes non-Levantine Bulgarian and Hungarian figures, so may have included a sailor from Friesland.  See the British Museum No. 1871, 1209.2663 for a print of a ‘Matelot de Frise’, after Bernard Picart (Le Romain; 1673-1733), Amsterdam, 1728.  Variant costume plates of this mustachioed Friesian sailor figure, but always in the same akimbo pose, were widely circulated in Europe right through the 18th century.

£1000-1800”

 

 

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