Hype Around Hirst’s New Exhibition – But to What End?

Art produced by YBA heavyweight, Damien Hirst, always seems to make the headlines. Whether it is stories about astronomical prices for pieces or tales from the artist’s own life, the newspapers and magazines are always interested in what Damien Hirst is up to.

The current feature for many is Hirst’s newest exhibition, held across two venues, the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in art hotspot, Venice, for this year’s Biennale.

Entitling the show, “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” Hirst has certainly sought to capture media attention it would seem. In an article on the show, the Guardian’s Sarah Hughes, has termed it “one of the most tightly guarded art exhibitions of recent years,”…but how has it been received?

In a fascinating short interview on the BBC’s Arts and Entertainment website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39534654 ) Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, quizzes Hirst on the exhibition’s main exhibits and themes.

Hirst confirms that the 180 or more artefacts and objects on show are those from an imaginary ship which took place over 2000 years ago.

The items are supposed to have been part of an historic and extensive collection amassed by a great individual. On their website, the Palazzo Grassi confirm that the collector is called “Aulus Calidius Amotan – a freed slave better known as Cif Amotan II”.

Included alongside the objects are photographs showing their underwater discovery. By including these photographs, Hirst really taps into the theme of belief as we really feel we are part of a major, historic discovery of an extraordinary body of work. The exhibition itself covers the whole process from the finding of the artefacts through to displaying of them.

Hirst tells Gompertz in the BBC video that “for me the show is about belief, and you can believe whatever you want to believe.” He continues, “I’ve spent so much time on it that it’s not a lie…I just believe it.”

Back on dry land, Hirst purports of have spent over £50million on this exhibition and when we consider the materials used to create these artworks – gold, crystal and bronze are among those listed – this figure makes more sense.

Not everyone, however, is pleased to see it’s unveiling. Activist group, Animalisti, the Guardian article confirms, have been responsible for depositing over 40 kilos of animal manure outside one of the two exhibition venues, the Palazzo Grassi. Their motivation is believed to stem from Hirst’s use of animal carcasses in a number of his previous works of art.

“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” runs between 9 April 2017 and 3 December 2017 alongside Venice Biennale’s extensive programme of events and exhibitions.

To see images either visit Hirst’s own website or take a look at the official Palazzo Grassi’s website.
It is one of the most reviewed exhibitions and is nothing short of sensational. Our VEDO art consultants will be paying a visit to see whether we too are captivated by the make believe world of Hirst. Watch this space for more details.

The Art and Politics of Eating – an art exhibition & event that celebrates food

VEDO Corporate Art Service is proud to support Gallery DIFFERENT’S forthcoming exhibition: ‘The Art and Politics of Eating’.

(c) Artist Zev Robinson

Zev Robinson, a Canadian and British artist and film-maker is showcasing his large beautiful dream-like pastel paintings at the Gallery, 14 Percy Street, London W1 this week.

Zev an experienced artist has coordinated this exhibition of his pastels with the release of his film ‘The Art of Politics of Eating’ – Pied à Terre documentary, shown this evening at the Gallery.

His film examines the restaurant’s passionate interest in supporting the sustainable food system and how their relationship with their forty suppliers makes an important contribution to the small independent British food sector.

There will also be a moderated discussion about quality food producers and the role of quality restaurants in sustaining those producers and the rural environment.

From the Corporate Art perspective, Pied à Terre restaurant is well known and highly regarded as an amazing champion of the arts.

Apart from hanging artworks by emerging and established artists in this elegant and very fashionable restaurant and allowing an important showcasing venue for artists to be enjoyed by their clientele, they are true patrons of the arts and this echoes through a film like this, made by a visual artist who has turned the spotlight on their core passion, supporting sustainable food systems and making sure the best of British food is served in their restaurant.

Zev’s work is elegant, accessible and blends the boundaries between art and food and the point at which these two creative endeavours meet.

(c) Artist Zev Robinson

The pastel medium creates a haze to the subject-matter that feels dream-like and surreal and with his closely studied blue camphor jugs and succulent Queen olives in terracotta dishes you are instantly transported to the Mediterranean.

To see the film, the screening is tonight 6th June 2017, please book tickets through the Gallery.

To read a further review about Zev’s work please see the Artlyst article here.

VEDO Ceramicists at Gallery Different

VEDO Corporate Art looks for the best independent artists for the commercial sectors, such as interior design and hotel design.

Also showing this week at Gallery DIFFERENT, 14 Percy Street, W1, VEDO is very proud to announce that two exceptional ceramicists are showing their works too.

French ceramic artist Isabelle Poupinel will be showcasing three of her stunning works, all quite different and show the unique range of styles in her repertoire.

From her stunning North African inspired earthen dish, with a beautiful turquoise glaze, perfect as a central piece for a kitchen table or dining al fresco and serving delicious nibbles, such as pistachio nuts, to her beautiful woven looking ceramic basket – an object that is both minimalist and in our view seems to echo great tribal art, namely Tutsi or Hutu woven baskets.

(c) Artist Isabelle Poupinel

Lastly Isabelle is showing a chic pinched white porcelain vase with a gold tie that would look elegant in any luxurious room and reminds us of the great finesse you find in gorgeous homes in the South of France.

German born Desa Philippi, who works from her studio in Camden in London, will be showing her impressive and elegant pots. Her vessels look fabulous in a group and make an effortless and chic artistic display.

These works are artistic too and are for display rather than use. Desa produces clean lines and her works have an extremely pleasing symmetry, often combined with interesting decoration such as her sophisticated on-glaze patterns that use steel or tungsten to create fine lines. In Desa’s work there are gorgeous industrial matt grey or sensitive cream tones or a flat pure white that demands attention and echoes Bauhaus and great design.

(c) Artist Desa Philippi

Desa, like Isabelle, has a diverse repertoire but is consistently elegant in her style and approach and works by either of these artists would look fabulous in any home.

For more details about these three artists please contact VEDO.

The exhibition is on until Wednesday 14th June 2017, Gallery Different 14 Percy Street, London W1.

BP Portrait’s Best Announced

The BP Portrait prize has built itself a reputation for honouring some of the very best contemporary portrait artists around. Every year, we are shown works employing a wide variety of styles, mediums and materials. The exhibition is almost like an assorted chocolate box.

The names of this year’s finalists have now been released. These are individuals who have been, according to The National Portrait Gallery’s (NPG) website, “selected from 2,580 entries by artists from 87 countries”.

Shortlisted portraitists Thomas Ehretsmann, Benjamin Sullivan and Antony Williams have each chosen female subject matters, yet the effects and styles of works are completely different.

Ehretsmann’s work, ‘Double Portrait’ includes an image of his wife, Caroline, as they are out walking through the park on an evening stroll. The side-on view lends the work an intimate aspect, as though the sitter has not seen the artist. On their website, the NPG confirms “The title, Double Portrait, suggest the passage from one state of being to another as Caroline was eight months pregnant at the time.”

Sullivan and Williams also capture images of women and in positions which do not directly engage with the artist or viewer. ‘Emma’, the contribution by artist Antony Williams, shows a three quarter view of a nude woman covering her breasts. She gazes out beyond the canvas giving the impression of pensive reflection. Benjamin Sullivan’s ‘Breech!’ shows the painter’s wife and child in a naturalistic, living room setting. Sullivan chooses an unusual, elevated angel which gives this work an extra, intriguing dimension.

Last year the crown went to a portrait artist who was by no means unfamiliar with the competition. Clara Drummond took first prize for her enigmatic portrayal of fellow artist and friend, Kirsty Buchanan. Drummond entered the competition in 2013 and then again in 2014, however it was to be another few years before she was able to claim this prestigious title in 2016.

The exhibition itself will run from 22nd June 2017 to 24th September 2017.

At VEDO we help our clients commission contemporary artists and work with several extremely talented British and international portrait artists. Our artists work in the medium of painting, sculpture and photography. For more details please contact us.

Photographic Award Honours Haunting Landscape Photographer

The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr Exhibition brings together a spectacular array of photographic masterpieces from rarely seen African wildlife, to areas of untouched natural beauty to poignant political scenes, and infinitely more.

This annual exhibition, now in it’s tenth year, has come to be a regular must see in any keen photographer or enthusiast’s exhibition calendar.

The 2017 show opened its doors to the public on Friday 28 April 2017 and has proven to be among the best exhibitions yet, with a huge variety of works contributed by individuals from across the globe. This year, as attested on the official World Photographic Organisation (WPO) website, categories included “a variety of genres from Architecture, Daily life, Documentary, Landscape, Portraiture, Sports, Street Photography, Wildlife and many more …” With such an array, there really is something to catch the eye of every viewer.

It was Belgian freelance photographer, Frederick Buyckx, who was crowned winner of the competition, reports the British Journal of Photography (BJP). His emblematic and haunting collection of images of wintery settings, often deeply clad in snow, was selected by a panel of preeminent judges from a pool of over “227,00 entries by photographers from 183 countries”.

Buyckx takes as his subject very secluded landscapes, mostly untouched by human activity. According to the BJP, the “remote areas of the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia, where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature” make up the core focus of Buyckx’s winning wintery series, entitled ‘Whiteout’. There is something remarkably haunting about these works and for any lover of landscape photography, they are a real must see.

In their article on the competition and its various awards, finalists and photographs, the BJP highlight the pertinence of this year’s exhibition and how, after 10 years, it continues to be an important landmark for the medium.

Part of this is the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, a huge honour for any practitioner. This year it awarded to British photographer Martin Parr. Parr, the BJP confirms “was recognised for his unique visual language and for pushing the boundaries of the medium”. In accepting the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize, the BJP confirm, Parr “joins a roster of previous winners that includes Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson, Marc Riboud, William Klein, and Elliott Erwitt.”

On Parr’s professional website are a list of the numerous important accolades which he has received throughout his long career. Included is the recent 2016 Royal Academy Award, which he received on account of his prolific and vital “Contribution to the Arts”. Parr received the award following a nomination by prominent contemporary British artist, Grayson Perry, his website indicates.

The exhibition is staged at London’s Somerset House and closed on 7th May 2017.

Why don’t you take in the view?

We are very proud to announce that 6 Artists working with VEDO Corporate Art Service are showing stunning new artworks in the exhibition ‘Taking in the View’ at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London W1, on until the 8th April 2017.

Come and see the fascinating array of artworks inspired by the landscape genre from artists Nigel Bird, Mick Dean, Jacques Godard, Christopher Hauser, Pandora Mond and Richard Wincer.

There are 14 different Artists showing works in this wonderful landscape exhibition and what you will see is a wonderfully diverse approach to the landscape genre.

From nostalgic views of London’s lost urban dockside rendered in Oil by artist Mick Dean,

(c) Artist Mick Dean

to stunning shots of Antarctica’s majestic mountains and icebergs by Munich based photographer Christopher Hauser,

(c) Photographer Christopher Hauser

to dramatic textured seascapes in oil by Pandora Mond,

(c) Artist Pandora Mond

to delicate drawings of natural formations in ink by Nigel Bird,

(c) Artist Nigel Bird

to serene water inspired abstracts by Richard Wincer

(c) Artist Richard Wincer

and apocalyptic crashing waves by French photographer Jacques Godard.

(c) Photographer Jacques Godard

Each year we showcase artworks by artists who are working with us at exhibitions and events to bring to the commercial sector talented emerging artists and artworks with artistic merit and integrity.

All of the artists working with VEDO in this show work independently and their work is eminently suitable for the Corporate, Property and Design sectors.

What we look for from the artists we select for promotion and for projects and is applicable to the Artists in the current show is as follows:

• All of the artists are very experienced and are accomplished
• have mastered their technique and have a distinctive style;
• have a good exhibition history and their talent is noted by prizes, gallerists and peer-review;
• are commercially successful and stand up in an art fair or art gallery environment;
• sell commercially desirable work, so resale is an option and the artworks have commercial integrity;
• are gaining increasing international recognition;
• have a growing number of collectors buying their works;
• can work on a large scale if needed;
• produce high quality bespoke commission work;
• have a very good quality finish to their work.

About VEDO:
At VEDO we provide artworks that match the brand and vision of the company looking to acquire the art to ensure that projects hit the highest note.

Whether you are a Company looking to decorate your office or whether you are a property company looking to sell luxury properties, or an architect or interior designer looking for artworks to compliment your designs, we work hard to ensure the artworks we source or the bespoke commissions we arrange accord with the aesthetic brief and compliments the overall design and intrinsic brand message the Company wishes to convey.

We work with artists and support artists and understand fully the demands of producing saleable artwork and good quality bespoke commission work in a highly competitive market-place.

Our art consultancy service (value of over £5,000) is free for any purchases made above £20,000. For more details about our services see here: http://www.vedocorporateart.com/our-services/

We have a very wide resource pool over 100 different artists, work with leading galleries and our highly experienced art consultants are specialists in different art fields and therefore we are able to source and provide exceptional works across a wide spectrum of the arts and also culturally specific art.

Special Events we are hosting:

If you work for a Corporate and are looking to build an art collection or dress your offices or a Property developer and are looking to use beautiful art to dress your properties to boost sales then please do register for our Corporate Art evening event 6pm-8pm on 22nd March at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London W1. Please register here.

If you are an architect or interior designer and would like to join us at our Open House Day from 10.00am until 4pm on 22nd March 2017 in which we will look at how art can be used to raise your business profile and also how we can source art and artists that are relevant to your projects and house style. Please register your place here.

The exhibition is on until 8th April 2017, anyone who wishes to have a private tour or to discuss the purchasing of works or bespoke commissioning of works please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more details contact us at Jessica@vedocorporateart.com.

Photographer Showcasing – Jacques Godard’s work in ‘Taking in the View’ Exhibition

(c) Artist Jacques Godard

Jacques Godard is a prolific photographer whose works include a variety of subjects, including natural still lives, nudes and studies of bull fighting. He has exhibited at many galleries and institutions globally.

VEDO Corporate Art Service is proud to be showing a stunning work entitled ‘Genesis’ in the forthcoming landscape exhibition ‘Taking in the View’ that runs at the gallery from 10th March until 8th April 2017.

Quite often, Godard creates pieces in large format which helps make these photographic works very engaging. Some of our favourite of Godard’s works are part of the enigmatic series entitled Genesis.

In this series, Godard uses a specific photographic process known as pixoplasty to generate the very recognisable look this body of works possesses. These pieces are highly creative with a real painterly quality, muted palette and natural subject matter.

Describing the process, Godard asserts that “The original photographic image serves as a matrix for a study of its evocations. The scanned image is unstructured: its original constituents, pixels, provide me a material as malleable as clay.”

In his Genesis series, Godard captures images of the natural world from La Plaine des Maures, in Var-France, from which he generates both coloured and black and white prints. Both sets focus on the themes of the creation of nature and apocalypse. These themes are really emphasised by Godard’s painterly effect.

For Godard, the coloured works are more akin to creation of new worlds and the black and white more relevant to the theme of apocalypse. Equally, both groups within this series are quite serene and show a world that seems to be separate from any human intervention or interference.

Godard works in other methods and has both historically and more recently experimented with the process of gum bichromate. The effects are quite different from the delicacy he achieves using the pixoplasty method, but they are equally as engaging.

He reports, “During 1982, through the works of Edward Steichen, I discovered the existence of the printing process with “gum bichromate”. I felt that it can give me the opportunity to obtain the images I was looking for.”

Godard employed this technique to capture images of the natural world, exotic plant life and sand dunes. His works depicting the dunes are totally captivating and show an almost alien environment. The layers of sand and details of small plants show an environment that is at once recognisable but also quite distinct. The subject matter and close frame compositions work very well with the image’s use of black and white.

Godard’s works are highly collectible and are found in museum collections. His works have featured in several noted exhibitions across France and most recently in Nice.

Godard was recently invited to participate in a prestigious exhibition celebrating the 70 years of the Mediterranean Union for Modern Art, founded in 1946 under the presidency of Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, in a large group exhibition in Menton (France) at the Palais de L’europe.

He is currently showing work in “Vision Future”, an exhibition organized by UMAM (Mediterranean Union for Modern Art) and city of Menton. Held in the centre of Nice in a large renowned specialised ophthalmological complex, Godard is showing works with 3 other artists, who have been selected through a competition organised by the City of Menton. It is running until 31 March 2017 in Nice.

Godard’s photographs are very unique in style, are elegant and evocative. Often focusing on the land or natural subjects, they would fit in a variety of settings, from luxury properties to Corporate office spaces.

If you would like to see artworks by this artist, please contact VEDO or attend Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street where pieces from both the Genesis series and others using the gum bichromate technique can be viewed.