Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge. Oil on canvas. 1892
Feeling like your hit of Paris but can’t get there? Don’t worry, the National Galley of Australia is hosting the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and Moulin Rouge exhibition. The Australian public have never before had the opportunity to see a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the art of French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in painting, drawing, posters and prints. Toulouse-Lautrec will examine the artist’s abilities as an acute observer of Parisian life, his skill as a draughtsman, his experimentation in composition and the brilliance of his technical execution in all media. For more information visit the NGA website at www.nga.gov.au
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Woman with Black Boa. Oil on Card. 1892
The Helmut Newton exhibition at the Grand Palais Paris has been extended until 30 July 2012. Provocative, sometimes shocking, Newton’s work tried to capture the beauty, eroticism, humour – and sometimes violence – that he sensed in the social interaction within the familiar worlds of fashion, luxury, money and power.
Read more about this amazing exhibition here
This is my favourite Helmut Newton Image. What is yours?
Established in 2007, the Monumenta series challenges an artist to occupy the vast open space of the Grand Palais of Paris. French artist Daniel Buren has a colorful response. The exhibition is currently on to 21 June 2012. To read more, click here
The Damien Hirst exhibition is showing at the Tate Modern, London. It opened on the 4th April and will close on 9 September, 2012. For visitor detail the Tate. To complement the exhibition, Damien Hirst’s diamond-covered skull, For the Love of God 2007, is on show in a purpose-built room in the Turbine Hall.
For the love of God, Damien Hirst 2007.
Artwork Title: For the Love of God, 2007
Diamond covered platinum skull
About the For the Love of God Skull
The Diamond covered skull by Damien Hirst is a continuation of the artist’s exploration of death and the way we react to it.
“For the Love of God” is covered with 8,601 real diamonds and has been valued as the most expensive contemporary work of art. Hirst spent about $20 million USD to create the diamond covered work and put a price tag of $100 million USD on it.
Damien Hirst was quoted as saying “It works much better than I imagined. I was slightly worried that we’d end up with an Ali G ring.” He also said “I wouldn’t mind if it happened to my skull after my death“.
Photo Mark Cantrill 2011
This stunning mural featured on a rear wall of the apartments next to where I stayed in East Berlin. Every space is an art space in Berlin. Amazing!
Photo by Mark Cantrill
This picture was hidden away in a small park in Friedrichshain. We had tried to find the famous artwork ‘Freya on the Wall’ at the EastSide Gallery, Berlin, but to our disappointment its not there anymore. So we found this. What do you think would be a good name?
Photo Mark Cantrill
On a recent visit to Berlin, I was immersed in the street art that is everywhere in this ever changing city. This image was captured in the area of Friedrichshain in East Berlin. Stunning.