BOOK REVIEW: Beautiful People of the Café Society

Beautiful People of the Café Society

Scrapbooks by the Baron de Cabrol

Written by Baron de Cabrol, Text by Thierry Coudert

Publisher: Flammarion
ISBN: 978-2-08-020271-0
£75

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The Baron de Cabrol’s legendary scrapbooks take us into an exciting era of glamour and style combined with extravagance and decadence.  It is the world of cosmopolitan café society from 1938 to the 60s amusingly brought to life by through collages, watercolours and archival documents, Daisy and Fred de Cabrol were one of the leading society couples of their era and knew everybody worth knowing.

Bal de Têtes” at the Cabrols, March 25, 1949. © Fred de Cabrol, from Beautiful People of the Café Society (Flammarion, 2016)

Bal de Têtes” at the Cabrols, March 25, 1949.
© Fred de Cabrol, from Beautiful People of the Café Society (Flammarion, 2016)

In this riveting social history we encounter the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Arturo Lopez-Willshaw and his wife Patricia, Pamela Harriman, Charles de Beistegui, Cecil Beaton, Diana and Duff Cooper, Mona Bismarck and many, many others. This is a wonderful trip into a vanished world – those were the days!

Bobsy Carvalho’s Venetian ball, given in 1948 at the Deligny swimming pool. To the left is Daisy de Cabrol, to the right, Fred de Cabrol and the Baroness de l’Espée, and in the center, Bobsy Carvalho. © Fred de Cabrol, from Beautiful People of the Café Society (Flammarion, 2016).

Bobsy Carvalho’s Venetian ball, given in 1948 at the Deligny swimming pool. To the left is Daisy de Cabrol, to the right, Fred de Cabrol and the Baroness de l’Espée, and in the center, Bobsy Carvalho.
© Fred de Cabrol, from Beautiful People of the Café Society (Flammarion, 2016).

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WWII WAR PICTURES

WWII War Pictures by British Artists, Morley Gallery, Morley College, 62 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1, until 23rd November 2016

James Hammond Harwood (1904-1980) Barrage Balloon, 1940 Framed (ref: 7674) Signed and dated Watercolour 14 ¼ x 17 ¼ in. (36 x 44 cm)

James Hammond Harwood (1904-1980)
Barrage Balloon, 1940
Framed (ref: 7674)
Signed and dated
Watercolour
14 ¼ x 17 ¼ in. (36 x 44 cm)

It is appropriate that Liss Llewellyn Fine Art should hold this exhibition at the Morley Gallery for the College had some very beautiful British murals which were destroyed in the Blitz during the Second World War.

Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995) Farmers ploughing, Study for The World's Food mural, c. 1942 Framed (ref: 5282) Signed, squared in pencil Watercolour over pencil 4 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (12.2 x 19 cm)

Mary Adshead (1904 – 1995)
Farmers ploughing, Study for The World’s Food mural, c. 1942
Framed (ref: 5282)
Signed, squared in pencil
Watercolour over pencil
4 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (12.2 x 19 cm)

In 1939 the Ministry of Information set up the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC) under the chairmanship of Kenneth Clark who was the National Gallery’s Director and the WAAC were asked to ‘draw up a list of artists qualified to record the war at home and abroad’. In the end some four hundred and three artists were commissioned to record all aspects of the War.

Hubert Arthur Finney (1905-1991) Self portrait, 1945 Framed (ref: 7654) Pastel, 17 5/8 x 14 1/8 in. (45 x 36 cm)

Hubert Arthur Finney (1905-1991)
Self portrait, 1945
Framed (ref: 7654)
Pastel,
17 5/8 x 14 1/8 in. (45 x 36 cm)

An eight volume series of pocket-sized pamphlets – War Pictures by British Artists – was published in two sets of four in 1942 (War at Sea, RAF, Army, and Blitz ) and 1943 (Soldiers, Production, Air Raids and Women) to great success despite the poor quality of the printing.  This exhibition includes many of these WAAC artworks as well as those produced by other artists and illustrators who were working privately.

Ethel Leontine Gabain (1883-1950) Captain Pauline Gower of the Women’s Air Transport Auxiliary Framed (ref: 7607) Lithographic print from the series Women’s Work in the War (Other than the Services), published by The Ministry of Information: His Majesty’s Stationery Office 14 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. (37.8 x 50.2 cm.) Reference: Wright supplement 314

Ethel Leontine Gabain (1883-1950)
Captain Pauline Gower of the Women’s Air Transport Auxiliary
Framed (ref: 7607)
Lithographic print from the series Women’s Work in the War (Other than the Services), published by The Ministry of Information: His Majesty’s Stationery Office
14 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. (37.8 x 50.2 cm.)
Reference: Wright supplement 314

The combination of these works provides us with an exhibition that embraces all aspects of the War and brings the period to life before our eyes.  It reminds us of the debt we owe those people in the forces and at home who did their bit unflinchingly. The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue.

James Walker Tucker ((1898-1972)) Letters from Home Framed (ref: 7671) Signed Watercolour on paper 14 ¼ x 20 ½ in. (36 x 52 cm)

James Walker Tucker ((1898-1972))
Letters from Home
Framed (ref: 7671)
Signed
Watercolour on paper
14 ¼ x 20 ½ in. (36 x 52 cm)

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James Woodford (1893–1976) Dawn Chorus, 1946-7 Unframed (ref: 7581) Original plaster maquette, with a dark green finish, signed and dated 1946-7, and (titled on a label) 17 x 16 ins. (43 x 40.5 cm)

James Woodford (1893–1976)
Dawn Chorus, 1946-7
Unframed (ref: 7581)
Original plaster maquette, with a dark green finish, signed and dated 1946-7, and (titled on a label)
17 x 16 ins. (43 x 40.5 cm)

Frieze London 2016

Frieze London, The Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR, (the entrance is off Park Square West), 6th-9th October 2016

Pilar Corrias Gallery Shahzia Sikander Singing Suns, 2016 HD-Video Animation music by Du Yun 3'24"

Pilar Corrias Gallery
Shahzia Sikander
Singing Suns, 2016
HD-Video Animation music by Du Yun
3’24”

This year’s Frieze is a week earlier than usual and it and the accompanying Frieze Masters as well as the other Fairs taking place will make London an art lovers dream destination. Over a hundred and sixty specialist contemporary galleries from around the world are taking part and there will be a new section The Nineties where major, influential exhibitions from that era will be recalled.  The popular Focus and Live sections will also be making a welcome return.

Marian Goodman Gallery William Kentridge Sister Box, part of the Three Sisters series. Bronze Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London

Marian Goodman Gallery
William Kentridge
Sister Box, part of the Three Sisters series.
Bronze
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London

The Director of Frieze Fairs, Victoria Siddall, sums it up saying: ‘Frieze has become known for its strong curated sections and this year I am particularly excited to see Nicolas Trembley’s selection of artists who changed the conversation in the 1990s. This adds to the great range and diversity of work shown throughout the fair by the world’s leading galleries. I am also thrilled that we will have two official museum acquisition funds at the fair this year, including the Frieze Tate Fund – this was used to purchase Tate’s first-ever performance work at Frieze Art Fair 2004, Roman Ondák’s Queue, which was shown for the recent opening of the new extension. In the fair’s non-profit programme, Raphael Gygax will give a new perspective on Frieze Projects, contributing to the many elements which will make this an unmissable week.’

Stephen Friedman Gallery Juan Araujo ‘Goethe’s Triangle’ 2016 Oil on canvas 40 x 30cm (15 3/4 x 11 7/8in) Copyright the artist. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Bruno Lopes

Stephen Friedman Gallery
Juan Araujo
‘Goethe’s Triangle’ 2016
Oil on canvas
40 x 30cm
(15 3/4 x 11 7/8in)
Copyright the artist. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photography: Bruno Lopes

The popular Sculpture Park in The Regent Park’s English Gardens will have eighteen works on display (this year they will be on view until 8th January 2017). Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) who has both chosen and placed the works said: ‘From the contemplative and ephemeral to the robust and monumental, the exhibition includes the park’s first-ever conceptual work – a remaking of a rare 1969 piece by Ed Herring – and classic painted sculptures by Claes Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet alongside a newly created work by Eddie Martinez.

Frieze Sculpture Park Claes Oldenburg, 'Fagend Study' (1975). Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

Frieze Sculpture Park
Claes Oldenburg, ‘Fagend Study’ (1975).
Courtesy Luxembourg & Dayan

 British post-war artists are represented by Eduardo Paolozzi, Barry Flanagan and Lynn Chadwick, whilst young and established international artists Nairy Baghramian, Zeng Fanzhi, Claude Lalanne, Huang Rui, Jose Dávila, Matthew Monahan and Goshka Macuga amplify the selection.

Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Renato Nicolodi, and Fernando Casasempere each offer newly made works, as does Conrad Shawcross, whose six-metre-high steel sculpture is a study for his major 2016 commission for the Greenwich Peninsula, while Henry Krokatsis’s imaginary sauna-shed reflects the traditional bandstands and shelters found in London’s parks.’

 The exhibition will captivate and energise both Frieze and Park visitors and I’m gratified that Camden Council has again agreed to extend the end date until January 2017, giving Londoners a wonderful cultural resource over the winter months.’

Lisson Gallery SIER160001-2 Santiago Sierra Línea de 30 cm Tatuada Sobre Una Persona Remunerada, Calle Regina # 51, Mexico D.F., Mayo 1998 / Person paid to have a 30 cm line tattoed on them, Regina Street # 51, Mexico City,May 1998, 2016 Black and White print 211 x 150 cm, 83 x 59 in © Santiago Sierra; Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Lisson Gallery
SIER160001-2
Santiago Sierra
Línea de 30 cm Tatuada Sobre Una Persona Remunerada, Calle Regina # 51, Mexico D.F., Mayo 1998 / Person paid to have a 30 cm line tattoed on them, Regina Street # 51, Mexico City,May 1998, 2016
Black and White print
211 x 150 cm, 83 x 59 in
© Santiago Sierra; Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

 

Timothy Taylor Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2013 Oil paint and enamel on bronze 16.5 x 16.5 x 7.6 cm ©Eddie Martinez, courtesy Timothy Taylor, London Photo: Kristy Leibowitz

Timothy Taylor
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2013
Oil paint and enamel on bronze 16.5 x 16.5 x 7.6 cm
©Eddie Martinez, courtesy Timothy Taylor, London
Photo: Kristy Leibowitz

 

303 Gallery The Nineties: Karen Kilimnik My blue pinafore sundress

303 Gallery
The Nineties: Karen Kilimnik
My blue pinafore sundress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHEWDAY'S Female figure Marble 4500 - 4000 BC. H. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm) Courtesy CHEWDAY'S, London

CHEWDAY’S
Female figure
Marble
4500 – 4000 BC.
H. 8 7/16 in. (21.4 cm)
Courtesy CHEWDAY’S, London

 

Hauser & Wirth Louise Bourgeois Echo IV 2007 Bronze painted white, and steel 91.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm / 36 x 12 x 12 in © The Easton Foundation / DACS, London Courtesy the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Christopher Burke

Hauser & Wirth
Louise Bourgeois
Echo IV
2007
Bronze painted white, and steel
91.4 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm / 36 x 12 x 12 in
© The Easton Foundation / DACS, London
Courtesy the Foundation and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Christopher Burke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chi-Wen Gallery 《超距作用》Action at a Distance Three Channel Video Installation | Color, B&W | Stereo | 9min 16sec | 2015 Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Chi-Wen Gallery

Chi-Wen Gallery
《超距作用》Action at a Distance
Three Channel Video Installation | Color, B&W | Stereo | 9min 16sec | 2015
Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Chi-Wen Gallery

 

Proyectos Ultravioleta Vivian Suter Untitled Mixed media on canvas, n.d. 171 x 121 cm Installation view of Monstera Deliciosa Proyectos Ultravioleta, June 2016 Courtesy of the Artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta

Proyectos Ultravioleta
Vivian Suter
Untitled
Mixed media on canvas, n.d.
171 x 121 cm
Installation view of Monstera Deliciosa
Proyectos Ultravioleta, June 2016
Courtesy of the Artist and Proyectos Ultravioleta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Bartlett Gallery, Sol Calero Solo Pintura, 2016 Acrylic and mosaic on canvas 152 x 122.5 x 3 cm 59 7/8 x 48 1/4 x 1 1/8 in Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Laura Bartlett Gallery,
Sol Calero
Solo Pintura, 2016
Acrylic and mosaic on canvas
152 x 122.5 x 3 cm
59 7/8 x 48 1/4 x 1 1/8 in
Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

 

 

 

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair & Malick Sidibé

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London WC2, 6th–9th October 2016

Dansez le Twist, 1965 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Dansez le Twist, 1965
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

This year’s fair features some forty leading specialist galleries drawn from eighteen counties with a total of over a hundred and thirty artists of African origin. One special feature is an exhibition of late Malian photographer Malick Sidibé (1935/6 – 2016) – he was not sure which year he was born in.

This is the first solo exhibition of his work and although being launched at the Fair it will continue as part of the Somerset House Winter Season.

Les Retrouvailles au bord du fleuve Niger, 1974 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Les Retrouvailles au bord du fleuve Niger, 1974
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Sidibé was the right man in the right place as he was in Mali’s capital Bamako at the time of the country’s independence and he very much caught the spirit of the place though his black -and-white imagery. There are forty-five original prints from the 60s and 70s on display and they are divided into three themed areas: ‘Au Fleuve Niger / Beside the Niger River’, ‘Tiep à Bamako / Nightlife in Bamako’, and ‘Le Studio / The Studio’.

Nuit du 31 Décembre, 1969 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Nuit du 31 Décembre, 1969
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Acknowledging Sidibé’s remark that “music freed us” the exhibition will have its own soundtrack which will recall not only the nightclubs where he took many of the images but also his own studio (Studio Malick) where “often it was like a party”. He was significantly the first African artist and photographer to be awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

Les jeunes bergers peulhs, 1972 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

Les jeunes bergers peulhs, 1972
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

The exhibition Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali continues until 15th January 2017.

 

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A moi seul, 1978 (c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

A moi seul, 1978
(c) Malick Sidibé. Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

BOOK REVIEW: Edward Bawden Scrapbooks

Edward Bawden Scrapbooks

Peyton Skipwith and Brian Webb

Lund Humphries
Hardback: 978-1-84822-184-0
£35.00 $70

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This is a fascinating glimpse into the life and interests of Edward Bawden, artist, illustrator and designer. The scrapbooks were put together over a fifty-five year period and as the two hundred and fifty images in this volume reveal the items selected represent a wide variety, including photographs, cigarette cards, stamps, letters, newspaper cuttings, drawings, linocuts and Christmas cards.

It is a glimpse not only into Bawden’s thought process but also highlights his interest in what other artists, designers and typographers were doing, even including Surrealism.  It is a book that one can return to time and again and find something to delight the eye and intrigue the brain.

 

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FOUND – a re-interpretation of the past

FOUND: An exhibition curated by Cornelia Parker, The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1, until 4th September 2016
“In order for something to be found, it has to at some point in its history to have been lost”

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Found), 2016 © Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread,
Untitled (Found), 2016
© Rachel Whiteread

This is a hugely engaging exhibition which has been curated by Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker RA. The idea for it comes from the Museum’s 18th century tokens, a variety of small objects left by mothers as a means of identifying their offspring should they ever be in a position to return to the Foundling Hospital to claim their child.

Bob and Roberta Smith, I Found Love, 2016 © Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob and Roberta Smith,
I Found Love, 2016
© Bob and Roberta Smith

Cornelia and more than sixty invited artists have explored the theme of “found” either through new works or found objects which are displayed alongside the Museum’s historic collections. The involvement of artists recalls the support of William Hogarth and the composer Handel in the Foundling Hospital’s early days.

Thomas Heatherwick, Seventy Years of Stirring, 2015 © Thomas Heatherwick. Photograph by Ed Lyon

Thomas Heatherwick,
Seventy Years of Stirring, 2015
© Thomas Heatherwick.
Photograph by Ed Lyon

Among the artists taking part in this exciting show are:Ron Arad RA, Phyllida Barlow RA, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Deacon RA, Tacita Dean RA, Jeremy Deller, Edmund de Waal, Brian Eno, Antony Gormley RA, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Heatherwick RA, Christian Marclay, Mike Nelson, Laure Prouvost, David Shrigley, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Wolfgang Tillmans RA, Marina Warner, Gillian Wearing RA and Rachel Whiteread.

Alison Wilding, Cellar Frog,2016 © Alison Wilding. Photograph by Ed Lyon

Alison Wilding,
Cellar Frog,2016
© Alison Wilding.
Photograph by Ed Lyon

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The 248th!

Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Art, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1, until 21st August 2016

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White

This year’s exhibition is the 248th one and it has been co-ordinated by the well-known sculptor Richard Wilson RA. Noted artistic duos have been the inspiration for this years show and as you move around the galleries you will find works by more than twenty of them.

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White

Among those invited are Heather & Ivan Morison, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Boyd & Evans, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Langlands & Bell and Pierre et Gilles. Their works are among the twelve hundred works garnered from this year’s twelve thousand entries. Did I like it? Slightly more so on my second visit.

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White

On arrival and departure do look at the screen on the Academy’s facade because you may have been caught on the camera that is part of Ron Arad’s wonderful 16 metre kinetic sculpture Spyre.

Pierre et Gilles Marie Antoinette, le hameau de la reine (Marie Antoinette, The Queen's Hamlet), 2014 Hand-painted photograph on canvas 154 x 139 cm Photo courtesy of the artists and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris â Brussels

Pierre et Gilles
Marie Antoinette, le hameau de la reine (Marie Antoinette, The Queen’s Hamlet), 2014
Hand-painted photograph on canvas
154 x 139 cm
Photo courtesy of the artists and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris â Brussels

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Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016
(c) Stephen White