Tony Cragg, the remarkable British artist and sculptor has presented his most recent work at the Lisson Gallery in Bell Street, NW1. This newly expanded gallery provides a vast space, well suited to Cragg’s huge sculptures. He has used a variety of materials: wood, fiberglass, constructed steel to create smooth, fluid, organic, monumental shapes which you just want to touch and sense (when no one is looking!)
Parisian concept store Merci launched its month-long collaboration last week with Liberty, London’s favourite emporium of fashion and design. The doors opened on Carnaby Street to reveal a riot of delightful products, all designed by Merci’s founder, Marie France Cohen. Journalists enjoyed Croque Monsieur and chocolat chaud on a cold March morning and left with bags of merchandise – ranging from the wildly popular flowery suitcases to itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis – happy in the knowledge that much of Merci’s profits will be donated to Marie France’s Charitable Foundation in Madagascar.
Just before the notorious and crime-ridden 1960s-built Market Estate near King’s Cross was bulldozed, the place bloomed with creativity as 75 artists got together to produce a range of intriguing site-specific work which was open to the public for just one day: Saturday 6th March. Visitors had the run of the empty estate where flats showed installations in sound, light, colour and sculpture, reflecting the lives and experiences of the people who once lived in the spaces. It was an inspired show, supported by the Arts Council and the developers.
The Ultra Lounge at Selfridges has been transformed into a maze of exhibits that challenges you to look closer at the world and at all things small and beautiful. The pop-up museum celebrates the collaboration between Selfridges, creative boutique Pocko and artist/designer Kit Grover. Within this magical space, the viewer must search high and low, through key holes and hidden doors, to discover the works of over twenty artists. I particularly liked Gonkar Gyatso’s Tibetan Idol, which he has meticulously crafted from hundreds of metallic stickers.
Whilst in Yorkshire over the weekend I visited the amazing Salts Mill near Bradford. The factory was built to manufacture expensive fabrics for style-conscious Victorians and a ‘model village’ for the workers is nearby. Now the vast building is filled with retail enterprise and an extensive collection of David Hockney’s work. The Home, is a vast shop full of retro, vintage and iconic designs, from the last 70 years as well as a wonderful array of contemporary objects. I found the pepper grinder of my dreams there!