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Mondrian exhibition showcases the London years | Art and design | The Guardian

Mondrian exhibition showcases the London years | Art and design | The Guardian.

A new exhibition of Piet Mondrian‘s work at the Courtauld Gallery in London, note sometimes spelt Mondriaan.

Composition Red Blue Yellow - Piet Mondrian

Mondrian has been one of the most influential artists in modern times, reaching  into areas such as design, architecture, Mondrian themed hotels and houses, and of course fashion.  His paintings are in the three primary colours of red, blue, yellow, with black vertical and horizontal lines and white.

“In past times when one lived in contact with nature, abstraction was easy; it was done unconsciously. Now in our denaturalized age abstraction becomes an effort.” – Piet Mondrian

“Reality manifests itself as constant and objective – independent of us, but as changeable in space and time. Consequently, its reflection in us contains both properties. Mixed up in our mind, these properties are confused and we do not have a proper image of reality. ” – Piet Mondrian

“To approach the spiritual in art, one will make as little use as possible of reality, because reality is opposed to the spiritual.” – Piet Mondrian

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel”.  – Piet Mondrian

Mondrian Inspired House in San Francisco

Mondrian inspired bikini

Mondrian inspired bathroom

Mondrian Inspired Nike Trainers

Mondrian inspired L'Oreal products

Mill under the SunMondrian inspired Nike Trainers

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Babylon – an Exhibition at the British Museum

Babylon was one of the greatest cities in the ancient world, widely regarded as ‘the cradle of civilisation‘. The exhibition at the British Museum explored the treasures of this city during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar II. The strong, bold and unique art of the ancient Sumerian / Babylonian culture never fails to impress me. I have some photos somewhere of the exhibition but they are on my Blackberry but the connection thingy isn’t working – when I get around to sorting it out, I’ll add them to this post.

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Yayoi Kusama arrives at Tate Modern | Art and design | The Guardian

Yayoi Kusama arrives at Tate Modern with a polka at Damien Hirst | Art and design | The Guardian.

Am really looking forward to seeing this exhibition, her work is inspirational. 

UPDATE: I Visited the exhibition (totally breathtaking!). See my post about that;

Abstract from the Tate Modern;

Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern – 9 February  –  5 June 2012

The nine decades of Yayoi Kusama’s life have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo, in a career in which she has continuously innovated and re-invented her style. Well-known for her repeating dot patterns, her art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation. It ranges from works on paper featuring intense semi-abstract imagery, to soft sculpture known as “Accumulations”, to her “Infinity Net” paintings, made up of carefully repeated arcs of paint built up into large patterns. Since 1977 Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution, and much of her work has been marked with obsessiveness and a desire to escape from psychological trauma. In an attempt to share her experiences, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in her obsessively charged vision of endless dots and nets or infinitely mirrored space.

At the centre of the art world in the 1960s, she came into contact with artists including Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell and Claes Oldenburg, influencing many along the way. She has traded on her identity as an “outsider” in many contexts – as a female artist in a male-dominated society, as a Japanese person in the Western art world, and as a victim of her own neurotic and obsessional symptoms. After achieving fame and notoriety with groundbreaking art happenings and events, she returned to her country of birth and is now Japan’s most prominent contemporary artist.

This is a varied, spectacular exhibition of a truly unique artist. There has never been an exhibition of this size of her work in the UK and this is an unmissable opportunity for both Kusama fans and those new to her work.

'Repetitive-Vision' by Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery

'Pumpkin' by Yayoi Kusama - Courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery

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