Looking forward to seeing Grayson Perry: Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum

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Malasaña, the best agreement between street artists and merchants

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Hi, Adrian Tomine!

On Wednesday night, Comic superstar Adrian Tomine had a signing at (the awesome) Desert Island in Williamsburg to launch Optic Nerve 12. I won’t pretend to be any kind of expert in the graphic novel realm, but in the case of Optic Nerve, I’m a major fangirl.

I distinctly remember the first time I came across it – a friend was having a big sale/clear-out of his record store, and there was a copy of an early issue on the coffee table (not for sale). I opened it to a random page, and then had to sit down to read the next page, and the next… I spent the next hour ignoring everyone and everything around me. I couldn’t put it down.

There’s something so captivating and honest about his characters, and you end up reading the spaces around them as much as their expressions or words. So it was amazing to meet him in person and have a chat to him while he drew this for me, and customised another book for a friend. It’s awesome to meet your heroes and discover they’re just as approachable, sincere and funny as you imagined they’d be.

I need this above my desk.

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Also, get well soon Timba Smits. You are one of those real Aussie legends.

Sneaky pics from the Alexander McQueen show at the Met

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Yes, I know it’s bad and wrong to take photos in an exhibition, but I couldn’t help myself. Such an incredible exhibition, a fitting celebration of a brilliant artist and designer. I couldn’t handle the 2.5 hr line so I became a member of the Met and jumped the queue.







Juliana Santacruz Herrera’s knitted fixes to cracks in the footpath

Juliana Santacruz Herrera’s knitted fixes to cracks in the footpath

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Timelapse video, the making of Nicolas Pol’s “Sick Atavus of the New Blood”

Anish Kapoor: Monumenta 2011 – Leviathan

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Genius of the day: Charlotte Perriand

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“The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living – living in harmony with man’s deepest drives and with his adopted or fabricated environment.”

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Awesome animation by Mark Whalen, “White Out”.

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It is in that golden stain of time that we are to look for the real light

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Antwerp Cathedral. Belgium.

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Call me old fashioned, but I love visiting a cathedral. 

However secular a culture may be, their religious institutions contain traces of the fundamental values that colour a society. In the case of the Antwerp Cathedral, it spoke to me of a hertiage rich with experimentation and adoption, open-minded, acquistive, and inquisitive. 

There’s a richness of colour, and playfulness with pattern and design that is unique among the many I’ve visited in Europe. There’s a lovely record of the layers of occupations and style. Heraldic identity is strong, and somehow there is a sense of independence from Catholic dogma.  

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Antwerp Cathedral. Belgium.

Louie Cordero

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The explosive insanity of Conrad Ruiz

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My Meds by Natalie Bookchin

My Meds – Natalie Bookchin from natalieb on Vimeo.

from the marcel duchamp prize: ‘blankludermilq 01′ by nicolas moulin

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from the marcel duchamp prize: ‘blankludermilq 01′ by nicolas moulin

Your Move by Radya – Seen On The Streets Of Ekaterinburg

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Katharina Grosse’s constructed geology at MASS MoCA

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I watched Gasland today (more on that to come) and then came across this work by Katharina Grosse, which triggered all kinds of thoughts about how humankinds shapes and colours our landscape, transforming ecosystems and even our geology… I understand Grosse is more focused on transforming the gallery space and working directly onto the surfaces of galleries, but to me it speaks about the human need to leave a mark on the environment… for better or for worse.

Exhibition of work by Oz art director Jim Anderson Lampoon – An Historical Art Trajectory (1970-2010) – on now at tinsheds gallery

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Oz is one of the few things that makes me wish I had been born 30 years earlier. One of the most controversial, funny and truly cool things to come out of Australia, it broke all the rules and launched the careers of some of our most brilliant artists, critics and writers (including one Bob Ellis – I will have to quiz him on that point).

This exhibition at Sydney University’s tin sheds gallery brings together collages by Oz art director Jim Anderson Lampoon. I’m definitely going, hoping that some of the genius and damn-it-all recklessness rubs off on me.

Roa in Mexico #streetart #graf

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Google street art view: great idea, not quite there yet (mostly because Street View pics are so out-of-date)

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