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Laurence King recently published a new book by Francesca Gavin (Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused and Editor at Artsy and Harper’s Bazaar) entitled The Book Of Hearts. This collection of heart imagery captures the breath of art and design imagery exploring the meaning and representation of hearts from the Sacred Heart cult to the invention of the Valentine, from heart tattoos to pictograms. The Book of Hearts is an exploration of the meaning and representation of love and emotion through one of the most recognisable signs in the world.
Alayna Van Dervort is a Multimedia and Performance Artist focusing on existentialism. Born in Auckland, New Zealand and currently residing in New York City, which she usually escapes to work in her studio in Garrison, NY. She has been collaborating with Dutch fashion photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and artist Doug Aitken. Alayna ahas also been shooting musicians like Cat Power and Patty SmithKnown for her extraordinary sense of visual perception, her works appeared on Purple, AnOther, Dazed and Confused, The New Yorker, Art Forum and L’Officiel among others. She’s been part of the LUMA Foundation/ Maja Hoffmann for eight years now. Discover more after the break!
A bit late on the uptake on this one, anyway here’s a touching episode of Irish photographer-turned-filmmaker Linda Brownlee’s Limber Notes series. We are invited into the home of Isabelle Matthews who lives in Twickenham with her husband Douglas who narrates this tender little short, talking about his wife’s incurable love for dancing. Limber Notes sees Linda journey into the homes of dance-lovers all over the country and film them dancing in their natural habitat at home. Check out the first episode here.
On February 14th, New York’s Cibo Matto will release their first album in 15 years. The follow-up to 1999′s “Stereo Type A” was self-produced and recorded over the last two years by frontwomen Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda. Here’s the first video for “MFN” off their forthcoming album “Hotel Valentine” relased by Chimera Music.
Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm will be hosting the first presentation of Julia Fullerton-Batten’s work in Sweden. Many will probably recognise themselves in Julia Fullerton-Batten’s well-produced works. Perhaps particularly in one of her most talked-about series, which portrays the relationship between mother and daughter. Or in her breakthrough work, where, from a female perspective, she depicts a teenager’s journey into adulthood, characterised by expectation and apprehension. Her images have been displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the world’s perhaps most influential photo fair, Paris Photo and the annual Arles Photography Festival. She lives and works in London where she combines artistic projects with advertising commissions.
Taschen recently published Jane & Serge. A Family Album. From the earliest days of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin romance, until their split in 1980, Jane’s brother Andrew Birkin was a frequent presence in their lives; an avid photographer, he snapped thousands of candid family photos during those years. Birkin’s pictures offer a rare view of daily life for the couple, bringing us back to a place and time we have long idolized. Edited by Alison Castle and designed by M/M (Paris), the photo album comes in a clear plastic cover with a heap of extra goodies inside!
Jenny Dyson is the creative director of Pencil agency and the founding publisher of The London Fashion Week Daily. At the age of 15, Jenny was spotted by Mario Testino and subsequently embarked on part time modelling. This was to be her introduction to the fashion industry. Following a decade and a half working for Tatler, Vogue, ELLE and then Teen Vogue where she was European editor for five years, Jenny launched the cult, award-winning fashion zine RUBBISH. She has subsequently ghost written a book for Twiggy, been immortalised as Jenny the Jinx in the Beano comic, makes fashionable fingerpuppets on the side and has helped brands such as Agent Provocateur, Chanel and Mercedes to tell a good story. Specialising in creative ideas and couture content in all its forms, she rules Pencil while juggling life as a mum to her two children Charlie and Dot. They help her with special projects, including annual fun and games at the Port Eliot Festival as part of Sarah Mower’s exceedingly fashionable Wardrobe Department.
Galerie Rosa Turetsky in Genève is hosting Masculine Moon, a new exhibition by Swiss visual artist Sandrine Pelletier (remember our interview?). In these works spanning from 2009 to the present, she expresses her interests such as youth, strange decay of things and beings, and mystical. Her favorite themes are both divergent and complementary, often in a subversive and melancholic way. Using imaginary codes of popular culture mixed with my her own story narratives and the practice of storytelling through sculpture, installation and drawing Pelletier entangles the viewer in a circular process with a constant return.