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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I hope you’re all looking forward to a lovely, happy, romantic weekend. Of course, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow but whether you’re all-for-it or anti-it, here’s three things to enjoy this weekend, a great new exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery – a chance to sneak a look at the collections of artists – a flower workshop in east London and a fab sample sale if you have any pennies left! STOP What: Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Where: Barbican Art Gallery, London When: Until May 25 While may exhibitions have focused on the work of artists, this is one of the first exhibitions in the UK to look behind-the-scenes at the fascinating collections of artists themselves. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists, from Peter Blake and Edmund de Waal (you can the hare with the amber eyes) to Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. Image: © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images LOOK What: Columbia Creative Valentine’s Pop-up Where: Boxpark, London When: 11-15 February Learn how …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I can’t believe there are only two more weekends in November. Things are definitely starting to feel festive, with plenty of Christmassy, crafty fairs and food markets. It’s also time to fit in all the art exhibitions you haven’t got round to seeing, before they switch up in December and January. So here’s my pick of three things to do this week- get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane, an immersive fashion expo at The Photographers’ Gallery and foodie heaven at a unique Supper Club in Farringdon. STOP What: Renegade Craft Fair Where: Old Truman Brewery, London When: 22 + 23 November The Renegade Craft Fair heads across the pond and returns to London. Shoppers will find an array of handmade goods at the fair, ranging from stationery and gift wrap to one-of-a-kind jewellery, illustrated prints and homeware. There will also be workshops such as Prickle Press’ DIY letterpress postcards, a pom pom bauble workshop with Pom Pom Quarterly, plus other crafts hosted by Mollie Makes magazine.  LOOK What: Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week in London. It may be Halloween, but I have three fab, non-ghoulish events for you. First up, two exhibitions, one focusing on the nude and the other on pets, and secondly a new cinema experience in Shoreditch (hint: pillow). ps. I’ve already carved my pumpkin, but if you fancy checking out some more artistically inspired designs, check out the pumpkins at Granary Square in King’s Cross. You can even take one home with you, or try your hand at some Halloween-inspired recipes from nearby restaurants including Benugo and The Grain Store, to name a few. STOP What: Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude Where: The Courtauld Gallery, London When: Until January 18 This exhibition of Egon Schiele, a central figure of Austrian Expressionism, brings together a group of the artist’s nudes assembled from a variety of international public and private collections (none of his major drawings are held in a UK public collection). They chart his short but prolific career (he died at the age of just 28) plus it’s also the …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Now that we’re getting well into autumn and winter, sunny days in the park and slow dinners outside have now been replaced by cosy nights in with a hot chocolate and warm socks. But there’s still some exciting events happening this weekend, which are well worth getting out of bed for. Get your design fix at Midcentury’s show in Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston school, be amazed by architectural photography at the Barbican and prepare to be wowed by an installation in Covent Garden. STOP What: Midcentury Show East Where: Erno Goldfinger’s Haggerston School, London When: Sunday 12 October, 10am-4pm If you’re mad about design like me – think Eames, Jacobsen, Wegner, Nelson and The Days – then head along to the recently refurbished Erno Goldfinger-designed school in Haggerston, East London for your design fix this weekend. Here you’ll find some of the best midcentury dealers in furniture, ceramics, glass, wallpaper, posters and more, while the space alone is worth the trip. LOOK What: Constructing Worlds: photography and architecture in the modern age Where: Barbican, London When: Until January 11, 2015 The Barbican’s …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, the beautiful textiles of Picasso and Warhol, an immersive installation at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery and the long awaited Nymphomaniac from Lars von Trier. STOP What: Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol  Where: Fashion and Textiles Museum, London When: Until May 17 This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles, from the work of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to Barbara Hepworth, Sonia Delaunay and Andy Warhol. It begins in the 1910s with designs by painter Wyndham Lewis and the artists of Bloomsbury’s Omega Workshops – Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry – who wanted to change ‘the erroneous distinction between fine and applied art’. Above: Marcel Vertes for Wesley Simpson Custom Fabrics Inc., circa 1944; ‘Number, Please?’, 1947, Salvador Dali. LOOK What: United Visual Artist: Momentum Where: The Curve Gallery, Barbican, London When: Until June 1 Experimental young practice United Visual Artists has transformed the Curve Gallery in the Barbican into a light and sound installation. Momentum consists of twelve pendulums which …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- the Pop Art exhibition at the Barbican, Sarah Lucas at the Whitechapel Gallery and a film about Harpers Bazaar and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Diana Vreeland. Enjoy! STOP What: Pop Art Design Where: Barbican, London When: Until February 9 Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art burst onto the scene in the 1950s, shaping a new sense of cultural identity, with a focus on celebrity, mass production and advertising. The Barbican’s latest exhibition brings together around 200 works by over 70 artists and designers, including Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, as well as objects by Charles and Ray Eames and Ettore Sottsass. All images © Gar Powell-Evans. LOOK What: Sarah Lucas: Situation Absolute Beach Man Rubble Where: Whitechapel Gallery, London When: Until December 15 The bawdy euphemisms, repressed truths, erotic delights and sculptural possibilities of the sexual body lie at the heart of Sarah Lucas’s work. She first came to prominence in the 1990s with a show at London’s City Racing memorably titled, Penis Nailed to a Board. Her work consists of stained mattresses, …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, the must-see Bowie exhibition, Designs of the Year at the Design Museum, and some Dorothy Bohm photos STOP What: David Bowie is Where: V&A, London When: Until August 11 This major exhibition- the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie- features more than 300 objects brought together for the first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. (image: © Sukita The David Bowie Archive 2012) LOOK What: Designs of the Year 2013 Where: Design Museum, London When: Until July 7 The Design of the Year awards span architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics and product, design from the past year. The 17-strong architecture shortlist includes Renzo Piano’s Shard and David Kohn’s Room for London. Winners will be announced on April 17. (image: It’s Nice That) LISTEN What: Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London Where: Proud Chelsea, London When: Until April 28 This exhibition presents a series of black and white photographs of 1960s London by …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- some French delights at Balthazar, a Bridget Bardot season at the Institut Francais, or grab a bargain at the Affordable Art Fair! STOP What: Balthazar Where: Covent Garden, London Head to the newly opened Balthazar in Covent Garden and sample some French pastries (I tried the almond cake with jam and pistachios) or book into the restaurant for traditional French cuisine. Keith McNally’s restaurant has been hotly anticipated and carries with it much hype from its following in New York, but from what I saw and tasted, it’s well worth it. LOOK What: The Affordable Art Fair Where: Battersea, London When: March 7-10 Grab a bargain! The Affordable Art Fair is back in Battersea Park, with everything for sale between £40 and £4,000. Art from more than 100 galleries is on show under one roof, from paintings and prints to sculpture and photography. The work show is by Mo Tan and is £3,950. LISTEN What: Et Dieu.. crea la femme Where: Institut Francais, London When: March 14 It’s Bridget …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- an exhibition on Eileen Gray in Paris, an exhibition all about light at the Hayward Gallery, and a hot and steamy cinema experience in Shoreditch (and I’m not talking about the back row seats..). STOP What: Eileen Gray Where: Pompidou Centre, Paris When: Until May 20 This exhibition shows Eileen Gray’s multi-faceted talents, from drawing and painting, to lacquering and interior decorating, to architecture and photography. The Centre Pompidou has concentrated on Eileen Gray’s works for the Monte-Carlo Boudoir, the Rue Bonaparte bedroom, E 1027 and the artist’s own villa, Tempe a Pailla. Slides, maquettes and photos of interiors are reproduced as an exhibition wallpaper, so visitors can see the furniture in its original context. A must see. LOOK What: Light Show Where: Hayward Gallery, London When: Until April 28 Light Show brings together sculptures and artworks that use light in different ways, creating environments and sensory works that play tricks with the viewer’s perception. On show is work from Dan Flavin, James Turrell, Nancy Holt, Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer. LISTEN …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, a lovely Picasso exhibition exploring his early work, a major Lichtenstein retrospective at the Tate, and a Venice Biennale exhibition that’s coming to London. STOP What: Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 Where: Courtauld, London When: Until May 26 Discover how Picasso came to be such as renowned and famous artist, with an exhibition documenting the story of his breakthrough year in Paris in 1901. The nineteen-year-old painter launched his career with an exhibition in Paris that set him on course to become the artist as we know him today. He tried copying major modern artists of the age, such as Van Gogh, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, before settling on his own unique style. LOOK What: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Where: Tate Modern, London When: Until May 27 This exhibition is the first full-scale retrospective of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, showcasing over 125 of his paintings and sculptures. Tate Modern has teamed up with The Art Institute of Chicago to bring together his signature works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, …