Diary of a Somebody – Day 2

It’s another early morning which seems to be a reoccurring theme for this week. One of the best things in life is getting to sleep a full 10 hrs and waking up to sunshine but that seems like forever ago. Luckily, my schedule for next week should be a little slower unless I book it up at the last minute as is often the case when emails and event invites fall into my inbox. What’s life without a bit of spontaneity right? Today I’m up for an early meeting with my team in order to get some last minute face time so that we can make any small last minute changes and discuss final details before tomorrow when it’s presentation time. We have been working intensively for about two weeks sorting out an exhibition proposal for a gallery (which shall remain anonymous for the time being) from start to finish. It will be exciting to see what the panel thinks and has to say about the final pitch.

Afterwards I´lI stop by the gym to get my fitness on (urgh) but also to blow off some steam before tomorrow. Even though the meeting is over, the team and I continue to coordinate as perfectionists never rest.

I take time to watch the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, which is one of the most intense F1 races, due not only to its spectacular location but because of the narrow and unforgiving streets in which it is set. Intense! Granted, I didn’t watch it live, which would probably have made it even more so but I simply didn’t have time during the weekend (May 26th) when it took place.

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It’s now almost midnight which forces me to wonder where has the time gone!?Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

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Diary of a Somebody- Day 1

Today my day begins earlier than I would like (8:00 am) but I have a very exciting day ahead, which is the only reason I manage to drag myself out of bed. The weather is bleak and it’s just a matter of time before it starts to rain. Over breakfast I catch up on any emails that have arrived over night, make a few adjustments to my calendar to accommodate for a last minute meeting before final project presentations on Friday and get my daily dose of celebrity gossip through usmagazine.com. I then hop onto the tube and head over to Bond Street where I have been invited  to a guided tour of Sotheby’s auction house. Currently, they are in the process of setting up their latest exhibition and preparing for their upcoming Important Russian Art auction which will be exhibited on:

  • Fri, 31 May 13 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sun, 02 Jun 13 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Mon, 03 Jun 13 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

before the actual auction takes place on June 3rd, at 6:00 pm. It’s an exciting opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes as long rows of art sit on the floor awaiting to be hung by technicians. I got more than I bargained for as some quite cheeky, scandalous anecdotes were revealed as were stories about the history of the house.

Since I’m in the neighborhood of Mayfair, I figure why not visit a few galleries while I’m at it. So, my journey begins by stopping by the 147 Richard Green Gallery where I manage to spot a portrait that I instantly recognize as a large Johan Zoffany painting. What a thrill! The last time I was up close and personal with a Zoffany was last year during the (link-) Royal Academy Society Observed exhibition. Afterwards, I head on over to the Bvlgari boutique on New Bond Street, which is currently (until June 29th) showing their stunning Masterpieces exhibition. After catching it on display in their (link-) Ginza boutique in Tokyo during winter break, I figured I had to see this one in order to compare. The London exhibition proved much smaller and more intimate, featuring a range of glittering archived jewelry that I had yet to befriend.

By 2:00 pm, I’m at King’s Cross being given an introduction to the art market. So far it’s proven to be absolutely fascinating and at 3:00 pm there’s a guest in attendance, fine art consultant Matthew Hockley Smith who gives an invigorating talk on his experience in the art world. After, I feel just about ready to take on the world! I receive an email message filling me in that sales from Tokyo are up and my jewelry line is doing well.

I’m not sure if it was the rain or a looming cold but afterwards I decided to head directly home in order to spend my evening indoors relaxing in hopes of avoiding the bug from hell. My go to cure: delicious hot Marie Antoinette Ladurée tea, lots of fruit, Chopin music tinkering in the background with the scent of my new Cire Trudon La Marquise candle flickering in the distance, a long hot shower and then plenty of sleep.

Blackadder

Picture 1Now I realize that I may be little late to the party (just a couple of decades) in my new found interest towards the British BBC television series Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson but I simply couldn’t contain my excitement in sharing this absolute gem of a show. It reminds me of the 1999 tv-series Let Them Eat Cake! which was set in the Palace of Versailles in 1782 with the hilarious duo Jennifer Saunders playing a comtesse and Dawn French acting as her faithful maid at court.

Picture 3The character Blackadder, played by funnyman Rowan Atkinson serves as personal butler to actor Hugh Laurie playing the part of a foppish numskull Prince George during the 19th century regency era and the third installment of the series which I have just completed a mini marathon of. The show is full of dark humor, slightly ridiculous plots, quite fabulous costumes and simple, effective mise en scène. I’d love to be Hugh Laurie’s character in this still reclining on the day bed, preferably as well dressed and with the addition of some macaroons and bubbly on a silver tray next to me!

Picture 2If you’ve yet to see it, I’d strongly suggest that you take a moment and give it a try. It may be from the late 80s but that doesn’t diminish the fact that it’s still absolutely hilarious! Enjoy!

A Rendez-vous with Hermès

DSCN5943The London Saatchi Gallery is currently playing host to Festival des Métiers, a rendez-vous with the Hermès craftspeople in an event that invites the public to learn more about the intricate skills behind the brand’s luxurious leather handbags, watches, silk scarves, garments and ceramics.

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Hermes ManufacturingLots of curious and often very feisty spectators pushed and crowded to see the craftspeople at their stations/booths working away. Next to the artisan stood an interpreter to whom you could pose questions about what you were witnessing and sometimes they even narrated step-by-step the process.

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Saatchi Gallery Rendez-vous with the Hermes CraftspeopleThe rendez-vous proved very popular and therefore also wildly busy. If you’re planning on attending, you should try to go during off peak hours if you want to fully enjoy the experience and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions.

Modern and Conceptual Art

DSCN5796Stack by Tony Cragg, 1975, wood, concrete, brick, metal, plastic, textile, cardboard and paper. This inspired me to pose the age old question of what is art and if this “sculpture” qualifies. What do you think? There’s no right or wrong answer as it’s much more a matter of opinion. I certainly know what I think but, the problem is that arguments can be made both for and against the argument of whether or not it qualifies. Considering the fact that it is prominently displayed in Tate Britain means that someone sure thought so.

Nowadays it almost feels like anything can be passed off as art or design without any requirement for skill, creativity or true imagination. A prestigious name is no longer a requirement either as this can be built up with the help of marketing, branding and deep pockets. For me, the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes often comes to mind when dealing with modern and conceptual art.

DSCN5818Here is some hilarious art related dialogue from the ridiculous but very entertaining Parks and Recreations TV-series season 2, episode 9 that I’m sure we can all relate to having felt at some point or another.

Tom: “Dude, what the hell kinda art is this? Looks like a lizard puking up skittles!”

Artist: “I’m an abstract expressionist.”

Tom: “No you’re a con artist.”

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April: “Ok so this is a multimedia project. First a bunch of rat snag garbage and this is a tv screen it’ll be like a big flat screen tv and it’ll play looped video of knee surgeries and then this is a human sized hamster wheel that will be next to the mural if we can get one and it’ll be spinning and there will be like a fat guy in it all the time screaming and eating raw beef and bleeding, blood will like come out of his mouth and stuff and that will be like right next to the mural.”

Leslie: “I have one question, WHY…?”

Swamped with Research

DSCN5916New projects, essays and assignments usually means that the cycle of research and background reading is about to begin anew. Here’s just a glimpse of what I’m currently reading.

Curating Subjects, Curating and the Educational Turn Books

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