Posted: May 20th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Art News, Kick Gallery, Love + Other Drugs!, Melbourne, REBLOG | Tags: Collingwood Arts Precinct, Domaine Chandon, Jacob Hoerner, Jewels Stevens, Kick Gallery, Ms Keryn Robinson | No Comments »
Better Late Than Never! Stumbled across this via Jacob Hoerner – proprietor and living scuplture at the above named gallery. Simply wasn’t able to resist. Ms Keryn Robinson, artist and blogger writes: Last week I went to the Collingwood Arts Precinct open night, a fun gallery crawl where you can visit several Collingwood galleries within walking distance of each other.
My favourite was Kick Gallery, which was showing beautiful abstract colourful paintings by Jewels Stevens.
But the best part was, Kick was serving Domaine Chandon. Now in my intensive research of the Melbourne art scene over the past 2 and a half years, Chandon is the best quality wine I have experienced, so of course I had to make the most of free Chandon :: Read Ms Robinson’s full article »»»»
Posted: April 13th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Gallery Opening, Jewels Stevens, Kick Gallery, Melbourne | Tags: Between Two Worlds, Jewels Stevens | No Comments »
Between Two Worlds is Jewels Stevens latest showing at Collingwood’s Kick Gallery. As always Stevens has splashed out on colour, with works that are vibrant, sensational, and once again, she’s created works that lend a view of audacious colour that one might imagine lives some place between the horizon and a vivid imagination filled sky. At times explosive, this latest hanging sits against Kicks walls mid-eruption.
“It is no trick to make a simple thing complex” great jazz bassist Charles Mingus once said. “The real accomplishment is making something complex simple”
Stevens – in her 4th solo exhibition with Kick – has taken her now signature use of colour to an absolutely emotive level. Her clever use of perspective leaves the viewer wondering if we have perhaps fallen into a world too small or large to visualise. This latest wonder from Stevens runs until April 28, 2012. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 25th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Gallery Opening, Pablo Picasso, Sydney | Tags: Art Gallery of NSW, Pablo Picasso | No Comments »
Pablo Picasso’s masterpieces have drawn more people to the Art Gallery of New South Wales – AGNSW – than ever before, breaking a record set in 1988. More than 339,000 tickets have been sold for the exhibition. The number of visitors is rivalled only by the Gold Of The Pharaohs exhibition which attracted 323,300 people in 1988.
The AGNSW has introduced timed ticketing to avoid queues. Bookings are essential and you must pre-purchase a timed-entry ticket through Ticketek as many times and dates are now sold out.
“With an average daily attendance of 2,700 people, it means Picasso is now well and truly the highest attended exhibition in our history,” gallery acting director Anne Flanagan said in a statement. Picasso: Masterpieces From The Musee National Picasso, Paris, closes today, March 25 2012. The gallery stayed open until midnight last night so that Sydneysiders could farewell the master’s 150 works today. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 10th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: ART, MoMA | Tags: Foreclosed, FORECLOSED: REHOUSING THE AMERICAN DREAM, MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Buell Hypothesis | No Comments »
In the summer of 2011, New York’s Museum of Modern Art invited five teams of architects, planners, ecologists, engineers, landscape designers, and other specialists in the urban and suburban condition to develop proposals for housing that would open new routes through the mortgage-foreclosure crisis that continues to afflict the United States.
There surely is no easy fix to the housing/foreclosure crisis facing the U.S., but the art world is offering one possible remedy. A new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York – MoMa – looks at five U.S. towns hit hard by foreclosures and asked a group of the nation’s best architects, urban planners, ecologists, engineers and landscape designers to come up with ideas for reimagining the way towns might look in the future and the way people might live in them.
Working with the findings of The Buell Hypothesis, a research report prepared by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, each team focused on a specific town in one of five regions—the Northeast, the Southeast, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, and the Southwest—and each developed an inventive proposal that reimagined existing patterns of living, working, and home ownership. Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream lays out their ideas, through detailed illustrations of their projects and through essays by Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, and Reinhold Martin, Director of the Buell Center. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Sydney | Tags: Artist Retreat, Australia, Cattai, Exclusive Retreat, Hawkesbury River, Holiday, Kate Thompson, Luxury Holiday Home, Luxury Holiday House, Luxury Vacation Home, Luxury Vacation House, Retreat, Short Term Luxury Rental, SWEVEN, Vacation | No Comments »
It has to be close to holiday time - please, please, please – that in mind, 2 of my most favourite things – architect Timothy Moon and the Hawkesbury River – have banded together to create the ultimate River House. This bespoke home is even kitted with it’s own treehouse.
Set on the idyllic Hawkesbury River, just 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD – SWEVEN – a hand crafted, contemporary family river house, with spacious open plan living areas, an abundance of window and decking allowing you to take in the amazing Australian bush setting. The house has a relaxed indoor outdoor feel, complimented by lush, original furnishings. SWEVEN has a decadence you’d expect to find in a city house.
The Hawkesbury River - seriously one of my favourite places on the planet – winds it’s way around the 100 acres that SWEVEN is sat upon, the property has it’s own private beach and an abundance of vista, infact almost every place you stand on this property is a photo-op.
Being surrounded by such opulence, with nature added in for balance, gives SWEVEN an instant-calming feel. Floating in the pool has to be the most mesmerizing, calming notion I’ve had in years. Perhaps it was the cocktails they kept handing me, I’d like to think that it was the meditative gaze the sky and I had going on. Read the full article »»»»