Pablo Picasso, Le Moulin de la Galette, 1900, oil on canvas, 88.2 x 115.5 cm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Source
Le Moulin de la Galette was the 19-year-old Picasso’s first Parisian painting. The artist came to the city in 1900 to experience the famous Exposition Universelle, and he became enamoured with the glamorous nightlife during this two-month stay.
Photo London is one of the biggest international photography fairs in the country, and I was lucky enough to attend last night’s preview as a VIP with TASCHEN. After Boris Johnson - yes, the Boris Johnson - opened the evening event, I spent a couple of hours navigating the labyrinth of rooms at Somerset House, where major photography galleries from around the world were exhibiting their collections. I’ve included a selection of my favourite works here, though my highlight was seeing Sebastião Salgado, the Brazilian photographer and subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary ‘The Salt of the Earth’ , standing near his sumo-sized TASCHEN publication at the Peter Fetterman Gallery stall (above). Talk about being starstruck!
I made the most of my pass by returning today to explore all the spaces I’d missed, as well as checking out the special exhibitions down in the Embankment Galleries: ‘Beneath the Surface’, photographs from the V&A Collection; ‘Prostitute’ by Kaveh Golestan; and Salgado’s ‘Genesis in Platinum’, which featured a number of unseen prints from the master’s oeuvre. There’s also a whole host of talks, performances and signings throughout the weekend, so if you’re heading to Somerset House, be sure to take a look at the Public Programme for further information.
The Waterlicht project of studio Roosegaarde continues and takes place this time at the Amsterdam Museumplein. Still on the concept of waving and artificial aurora borealis creations, this installation of blue lights shows the DNA of this city : the power and poetry of water.
Italian artist Vesod composes stunning three-dimensional paintings infused with geometrical and transparent effects. Inspired by classical renaissance masterpieces, such as The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Vesod’s three-dimensional style creates a futuristic, stunning effect.