Here are some selection of photographs taken by Lord Snowdon in the 1960s of British Artists. You can see more photographs taken by Snowdon between 1962 and 2005 here on the Snowdon Review – a beautifully curated new website which catalogues his photographs, designs, objects, books and ephemera.
Lucian Freud by Lord Snowdon, 1963
Ivon Hitchens by Lord Snowdon, 1963
I also came across this page on Pinterest with more photographs of artists in their studios including De Kooning, Francis Bacon and Monet.
Marilyn Monroe, The Misfits, Nevada 1960. Estate of Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
An exhition celebrating the life and work of photographer Eve Arnold is on display at Art Sensus, London The retrospective includes photographes chosen by her close friends the curator Zelda Cheatle and the academic Brigitte Lardinois, who worked closely with Arnold at the Magnum Photos agency in the 1990s. Above and below are couple of examples including one of Marilyn Monroe (who Arnold photographed many times throughout her career). The exhibition ‘All About Eve – The Photography of Eve Arnold’ continues until the 27th April, 2012.
Silvana Mangano at the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1956. Estate of Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
Audition, Royal College of Music 1963. Estate of Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos
Alex Hartley’s exhibition ‘The World is Still Big’ opened at Victoria Miro back in November (I have only just managed to see it before it closes next week). The show consists of a number of large scale mixed media works. On first sight these look like like photographs, but they are in fact sculptures.
Hartley has incorporated architectural models into each work – for example the huts in the two images above and below are actually constructed out of wood and potrude out of the photograph towards the viewer. Unfortunately seeing these works as 2D images really don’t do them justice. When you view them in the flesh you can see all the intricate and painstaking detail which has gone into each piece. He describes these scenes as representing …”one moment and what I end up building into them is a back-story to that moment usually about failure: a man trying to inhabit wildernesses, a man trying to inhabit these Utopian dreams gone wrong.”
Alex Hartley; Clearing, 2011
In the courtyard of the gallery the artist has constructed a dome (complete with wood burner and pet chickens) which he has been living in for the duration of the show. (This dome was inspired by the 1960s Colorado hippie commune ‘Drop City’ – hence the name of the work ‘Dropper’) The exhibition raises a number of issues such as community, belonging and isolation, and counter culture versus establishment.
Alex Hartley: Dropper, 2011 (installed in the courtyard of Victoria Miro Gallery)
The World is Still Big at the Victoria Miro Gallery runs until 21st January, 2012
PM Gallery in Ealing opens tomorrow with a new exhibition of works from the late Swedish artist Sune Jonsson Sune Jonsson (1930-2009). This collection of works taken in the 1950s and 60s documents the journey of agricultural Sweden to a more industrialised society. Although Jonsson worked mostly in Västerbotten in Sweden, he travelled to Europe and America and some of the works (including the one above) are taken in New York where he was inspired by the American photographer Walker Evans. This is a small retrospective of Sune Jonsson’s work and includes some familiar and lesser known photographs; all of which are beautiful and poignant.
The exhibition continues until the 7th January, 2012. There is a gallery tour given by the curator of the exhibition, Kerstin Ullström Harris , on Saturday 7th January at 2pm. Pitzhanger Manor-House was designed by the architect John Soane in 1800 and is worth a look if you are visiting the gallery.
The V&A is a must if you are interested in fashion, decorative arts and sculpture. They have recently re-opened their photographs gallery which includes key works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Afred Stieglitz. The V & A is also the home of the beautiful National Art Library which houses a huge selections of fine and decorative arts reference books. Look out for their Friday Lates events and the shop is a must (one of the best places to pick up interesting gifts!)
Camden Arts Centre is a contemporary arts space with an exciting international arts programme. The shows are often thoughtful and intelligent within a relaxed atmosphere. There is a good little bookshop and a café that holds barbecues in the Summertime and various art eduation courses. Despite its name, Camden Arts Centre is actually closer to Hampstead than Camden so can be combined with a walk on the heath
Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG. tel – 020 7472 5500
The Hayward Gallery is one of London’s largest contemporary exhibition spaces. Recent and future exhibitions include Pipilotti Rist, David Shrigley and Jeremy Deller. Located within the ‘Brutalist’ Southbankcentre it is worth stopping off at the Concrete café/bar which serves coffee, seasonal stews and soups and freshly made cocktails (happy hour is from 5-7pm)
Hayward Gallery, South Bank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. tel – 020 7928 4123
The Serpentine Gallery is located in the attractive Kensignton Gardens in Hyde Park. There is an exciting rolling programme of contemporary exhibitions with the addition of a Summer Pavillion (where every year a different architect is commissioned to deisgn a pavillion in the adjacent gardens) The bookshop, Koenig Books , is small but brilliant.
Serpentine – Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London W2 3XA. tel – 0207 402 6075