Art in Print

David Hockney to design Queen’s Westminster Abbey window after being ‘too busy’ to paint her

David Hockney, who once turned down the chance to paint the monarch because he was too busy, is to design a stained glass window in Westminster Abbey to celebrate the Queen’s reign.
The renowned painter said he has  “planned a landscape full of blossom that’s a celebration every year”. The 20ft (6.1m) x 6ft (1.8m) window in the abbey’s north transept will be known as The Queen’s Window. The cost being covered by two anonymous benefactors.


Via: The Telegraph 


Louisa Guinness, a Life in Art Jewelry  

For Louisa Guinness, jewelry made by artist is more than just adornment. Her gallery in the Mayfair district of London is a mecca for those who love such style. Collecting commission pieces from contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor, Claude LaLanne, Marc Quinn and Alexander Calder. Guinness has also curated art jewelry exhibitions for Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery in London and is curating another for Jacob Rothschild, to open at his Waddesdon Manor museum, in Buckinghamshire, in March.
Born in Ireland, and nearly spending 20 years in the finance world, first in London then in Hong Kong and New York, and finally returned to Britain in 2000. Guinness did not exactly knowing what she wanted to do, however, she knew for certain that it would be related to “art, or jewelry and art”. By 2003, she and her husband, art dealer Ben Brown, came up with the idea to organize an exhibition of artist-designed outdoor furniture. Soon after, inspired by her mother-in-law’s Calder necklace, Ms. Guinness organized a Christmas-season sales exhibition of jewelry by artists.
Her first exhibition focused on Picasso and Max Ernst and included a gold Picasso pendant with carved bulls’ heads, as well as several pendants by Niki de Saint Phalle — all art jewelry classics. In addition, she approached Mr. Kapoor, who produced a special Water Ring for the occasion. From there, she quickly expanded to include well-known artists like Lucio Fontana and contemporary names such as Damien Hirst, both for her exhibitions and her personal collection. And she bought her own Calder necklace, which she still considers among her favorites in her own collection, now totaling about 100 pieces.
Although she is sentimental about some pieces, Ms. Guinness curates her collection much as art collectors do, “finding what I like and what I think is important and will sit well with the rest of the collection. “And it isn’t only artist jewelry that attracts her. She has a penchant for fine detail, and anything that shows “the skill of a worker,” like the paper jewelry she picked up in Japan. “I also love lapis and gold,” she said. “I have a beautiful pair of ’60s earrings — not important, but whenever I wear them I get so many compliments. ”
Despite all the collecting, selling, designing and curating, Ms. Guinness still is thrilled by art jewelry. “Really, I’ve found that the more you get to know about something, the more you become passionate about it,” she said. “I’ve become passionate about the whole thing. It’s not that I stood up and said I’m going to enter the jewelry world. I entered the jewelry world and now I love it.”And while that love came to her later in life, she observed, she always had an interest in art: “Jewelry is more a medium. It’s the way we tell the story. Through the jewelry.”
Via: The New York Times

On Kawara’s One Million Years to be performed at the Venice Biennale  

The Japanese-born American conceptual artist On Kawara’s performance piece, One Million Years, is heading to the Venice Biennale next year. The ongoing project will be performed for the first three months of the Biennale (13 May until 1 August) in the Oratorio di San Ludovico Dorsoduro, a 16-century ecclesiastic building dedicated, fittingly, to the spoken word. Kawara’s part sculpture, part performance, consists of two sets of volumes listing dates one millions years into the future and one millions years into the past. In 1969, Kawara began the past volumes which took two years to complete, while the future years, begun in 1980, and were written over 18 years. The texts are dedicated respectively to “all who have lived and died” and  to “the last one”. Kawara passed away at the age of 81 in 2014.
Via: The Art Newspaper

Jeff Koons unveils plans for a memorial to the victims of the Paris terror attacks

The US artist Jeff Koons unveiled plans for the commemorative sculpture in Paris mo9delled on the Statue of Liberty, honouring the victims of the terrorist attacks in the city in November last year when Islamic extremists killed 130 people.
The 11- metre high bronze and stainless steel work, featuring a hand holding a bunch of flowers (Bouquet of Tulips), is due to be installed don the Place de Tokyo outside the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Palais de Tokyo next year.
Proposed by the US ambassador to France and Monaco, Koons has stated that the Tulips created a symbol of “remembrance, optimism, and healing in moving forward”. The statue references the hand of the Statue of Liberty holding the torch and also inspired by Picasso’s 1958 lithograph Bouquet of Peace.
Via: The Art Newspaper