Michael Hoppen Gallery presents an exclusive, new body of work from Ellen von Unwerth entitled “Do Not Disturb!”. This latest series of photographs has all the sexy motifs of Ellen’s style. The Madonna Inn, LA, sets the scene for these highly stylised and richly coloured images of women, who range from the delicate coquette to robust dominatrix. Each of the rooms in this renowned LA hotel features imaginative and fantastical interior design, as individual as the characters that occupy them. Ellen von Unwerth is one of the world’s most notable fashion photographers and is listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Fashion Icons and has photographed major campaigns for designers such as Guess, Dior, Lacoste, Alberta Ferretti; as well as album covers for Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Janet Jackson; and fashion spreads for major publications such as Vogue, ID and Vanity Fair.
In this fantastical and wildly educational short film created by Isabella Rossellini, Burt (or someone impersonating him) of Burt’s Bees talks to the Bees for an extraordinary look inside the hive. Bees need our help as they face Colony Collapse Disorder and other threats. Once you meet them, you’ll want to help save them. Visit www.wildforbees.com to see how.
Coralie Bickford-Smith graduated from Reading University in 1998 after studying Typography and Graphic Communication and has worked in-house at Penguin Books since 2002. Coralie’s book covers have been recognised by the AIGA (NY) and D&AD (UK) and have featured in a numerous international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue and The Guardian. She was also selected as one of the rising stars in British Publishing by The Bookseller, 2011. Her work with Penguin Classics on the clothbound series attracted worldwide attention and harks back to the world of Victorian bindings and a golden age of book binding.
Following the successful launch of SHE-BOP-A-LULA at the Strand Gallery anoter fundraiser for Breakthrough, the UK’s leading Breast Cancer Charity, will take place at the George Tavern. This exhibition will feature over 40 fabulous pictures of some of the most successful and creative women singers from the last six decades. Now you have the opportunity to own one of these fantastic pictures as the prints are available to purchase at £200. All the photographers have generously donated their work for free and 100% of sales will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity. You will also have the opportunity to bid for exclusive prints – signed by some of the artists including the late Amy Winehouse, and a stunning piece of original artwork designed by Poly Styrene, who we sadly lost to breast cancer last year. The Exhibition will be situated in the 600 year old first floor theatre, with live entertainment running in the ground floor bar, with female fronted bands and DJs. Check the links below to know more about timings and featured artists.
Liesbeth is a a visual artist working in still-life Photography, living in Amsterdam since she was 17 years old. She started working professionally after her art education in 1996. In 2009, having worked together on various projects (and being a couple), she teamed up with photographer Maurice Scheltens consolidating their professional collaboration and creating Scheltens&Abbenes. They recently had an overview show of our work at Museum Jan Cunen in The Netherlands, published their latest book “Unfolded”, shooting archive collections of Balenciaga for Musée Galliera in Paris. At the moment they’re shooting for COS magazine followed by Fantastic Man, The Gentle Woman and Plant Magazine. And they’re even not done yet!
Natalia Almada’s astonishing new film takes us to a vast cemetery where notorious drug lords sleep. From dusk to dawn, Martin, the night watchman, guards this labyrinthine graveyard on the Mexican border. Premiere will take place on June 14th at 7 p.m. On Monday June 18th the screening will be followed by a discussion with director Natalia Almada. Check MoMA’s website for further informations.
Amy Ng the founder and editor of Pikaland blog also manages Camp Pikaland, a collaborative effort in bringing together the best of art, craft, illustration and small-business based online classes to people all over the world. Armed with a computer and an internet connection, you’ll be able to connect with students and teachers while turning your workspace into a classroom, becoming part of the idea of art education beyond borders.
Libby Sellers is a Design historian/curator and Gallery Director. She moved to London from Australia 24 years ago. Five years ago Libby started her own gallery with the remit to support critical and progressive designs. Since then she has established her eponymous gallery as a serious contributor to the design world and the careers of the designers in her stable. The gallery is working towards an exciting collaboration with Royal Tichelaar Makkum, a presentation for Design Miami/Basel in June and a very special exhibition and series of events that takes a wry interpretation on the notion of Games to coincide with the Olympics. The last project also involves a special musical commission from rising composer Hannah Kendall in collaboration with the Richard Thomas Music Foundation, which will compliment the exhibition and debut in the gallery in the summer.