From Irving Penn’s Beyond Beauty exhibition to Scorsese à la Cinémathèque and Frieze London 2015, here is a roundup of some of the best cultural highlights this autumn.
Frieze London 2015: October 14 – 17
Lawrence Matjee after his assault and detention by the Security Police. Khotso House, de Villiers Street (1985) by David Goldblatt at Goodman Gallery
The biggest contemporary art fair returns to London for another year marking its thirteenth anniversary. After last years rebranding (now Frieze London), the three-day exhibition will see a host of exceptional new art, leading curators and contemporary galleries. With the crisp October weather and its autumn hues, Regent’s park is transformed once again into a venue like space, accommodating works that were especially made for the art fair. Not to forget, Frieze Masters, Frieze Film and a variety of delicious food and drinks are there on offer.
For more information of the event, visit friezeLondon.com
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty: October 23 – March 20, 2016
Irving Penn, Bee, New York, 1995, printed 2001, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation
Known for his iconic photographs in fashion, portraiture and still life, Irving Penn’s (1917-2009) images have appeared in magazines such as Vogue. He has been ranked as an important figure in twentieth century photography and has refined his creative endeavours throughout his career; in the studio or making ethnographic studies in far-reached parts of the world in places like New Guinea and Peru. Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, is an exhibition held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington where we will be given a new outlook of his work, the first time in nearly twenty years. The exhibition will celebrate his legacy as a modern master, showcasing 140 previously unseen photographs from his street scenes in the 1930s, his Super-8 films, the American South during the 1940s, still lifes, fashion and celebrity portraits to his intimate studio scenes.
For more information of the exhibition, visit americanart.si.edu
Liberty in Fashion: October 9 2015 Until February 28, 2016
Image 1: Art Nouveau fashion using ‘Constantia’, 1961 ©Liberty London. From the book Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties, published by Antique Collectors Club
Image 2: ‘Eustacia’ print impression, printed at Liberty and Co.Ltd Merton print works, 1960. ©Liberty Fabric Limited. Image courtesy of liberty.co.uk
The beautiful and iconic store Liberty is celebrating its 140th anniversary this October. Liberty in Fashion will be the first major exhibition since the history of Liberty from growing as an orientalist dream of Arthur Lazenby Liberty to the proud owners of the British high street brand. To celebrate, the Fashion and Textile Museum will hold a brilliant retrospective of Liberty’s rich history. There will be a copious amounts of accessories and extravagant ensembles, representing the department store known for its cutting-edge textile prints.
For more information of the exhibition, visit liberty.co.uk
Scorsese à la Cinémathèque: October 12 – February 14, 2016
Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese during the filming of “Taxi Driver” in 1976. Image courtesy of bloomberg.com
Film fans and industry professionals alike can all visit the classic cinematic building that is the La Cinémathèque Française in Paris throughout the month of October right until mid February next year. The cinema will host an exhibition of Martin Scorsese’s career in in the film industry. Photographs, posters, religious artefacts, costumes and storyboards will be featured in the installation, including various screens showing some of his iconic films like Taxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980). We are not only lucky to witness the director’s own private collection spanning more than 60 of his favourite films but also have a view of his friends Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader’s collection. This brilliant exhibition sheds a light to Scorsese’s sources of inspiration, his creative approach to working and his imaginative ways to narrative which paved a way in modern American cinema.
For more information of the exhibition, visit cinematheque.fr
Chanel Mademoiselle Privé: October 13- November 1 2015
Image courtesy of Chanel
Fashion fans everywhere are in for a treat over the next month as the Saatchi Gallery are presenting an exhibition titled Mademoiselle Privé. Open now until November 1, the show will highlight the relationship between Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld’s contributions to the fashion house. The exhibition promises to be a spectacular one (see Karl Lagerfeld’s catwalk shows for evidence), as we are taken through the brand’s haute couture history. It will also give us the chance to witness the Bijoux de Diamants, the first and only exquisite jewellery collection designed by Coco Chanel herself.
For more information of the exhibition, visit saatchigallery.com