Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

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The work and legacy of Stanley Kubrick, one of celluloid’s greatest film directors, is celebrated at London’s Design Museum. The Fizz takes a sneak peek…

BY DEE IVA

With its futuristic sets and intelligent technology, epic 1968 sci-fi movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, by legendary US film director Stanley Kubrick, has always been a firm Fizz fave. Rotating stairwells, pre-iPad tablets and spaceports with distinctive ‘Djinn’ chairs by Olivier Mourgue are just a few details which have become iconic design moments on the silver screen, while the HAL 9000 computer (arguably the movie’s biggest star) is a precursor to Alexa and Siri.

Now ’Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’, proving a hot ticket at London’s Design Museum, goes behind the scenes to show how Kubrick created his masterpiece along with other classic movies including ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘The Shining’. Running until 15 September, the must-see exhibition dedicates a room to each film displaying handwritten notes, early scripts, costumes, props and models. Rejected designs by US graphic designer Saul Bass for promotional posters for 1980 horror flick ‘The Shining’ are on show, as is a recreation of Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room from ‘A Space Odyssey’. The droog (gang mate) costume from 1971’s dystopian crime film ‘A Clockwork Orange’ still has a certain frisson today from its associations with ‘a little of the old ultraviolence’.

ABOVE: The gravity-defying rotating stairwell from Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
ABOVE RIGHT: Artificial intelligence in the form of the HAL 9000 computer from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
BELOW FROM LEFT: English actor Malcolm McDowell as chief droog Alex in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘; A droog costume in the exhibition

Kubrick liked to exercise total control over each of his projects, which almost always drove him to recreate places and spaces on a sound studio rather than go on location. Many of ‘The Shining’’s Rocky Mountains-set scenes in The Overlook Hotel were shot at the UK’s Elstree Studios as were the infamous Dawn of Man ape scenes from ‘A Space Odyssey’. An ingenious projection method was devised to create the illusion that the ape footage was shot outside, just one example of Kubrick’s many experimental processes explored here.

BELOW: The entry to the Design Museum exhibition features a montage of scenes from Kubrick’s films demonstrating his signature ‘one-point perspective’ technique

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ABOVE: Stanley Kubrick directs Jack Nicholson on the set of cult classic ‘The Shining’

Kubrick’s ground-breaking design collaborations, including his work with acclaimed German-British talent Ken Adam on set designs for 1964 black comedy/political satire ‘Dr. Strangelove’, are also celebrated in the exhibition. Since Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999 few film directors have made as big a mark as the great auteur. We highly recommend heading over to the Design Museum to discover why.
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‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’ is on now until 15 September 2019 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8. Book in advance online to avoid disappointment as select dates are selling out fast.

Pictures: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc; Ed Reeve


William Eggleston Portraits

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Take inspiration from the colourful world of iconic US photographer William Eggleston

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

If you loved the vibrant palette of dreamy primary hues in movie 'La La Land' – which recently garnered directing, cinematography and production design Oscars – you'll be seduced by new exhibition 'William Eggleston Portraits' at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria. A pioneer of colour photography, acclaimed mid-century US photographer Eggleston's suburban Americana images from the Sixties and Seventies are peppered with cars, diners, petrol stations, supermarkets and street life, inspiring filmmakers David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant and especially Sofia Coppola, as well as contemporary snappers Martin Parr and Juergen Teller.

ABOVE: 'Untitled (Memphis, Tennessee)', c. 1969-71, dye-transfer print, by 'the godfather of colour photography' William Eggleston

ABOVE: 'Untitled', c.1965-8, dye-transfer print, printed 2004

The moment I first set eyes on Eggleston's arresting images, I was blown away by his rare talent for capturing standout colour, even in casual, momentary snaps (he was famous for only ever taking one shot). From a cobalt blue dress to a ruby red car, patterned orange woman's blouse or girl's long auburn hair, Eggleston sees colour like a painter, giving his documentary images a stylised, choreographed air. But these photos of family, friends, acquaintances and strangers are drawn from everyday life, not an art directed shoot or stage-managed ad campaign, finding beauty in the banal. At a time when black-and-white photography was considered more highbrow, groundbreaking Eggleston also experimented with dye-transfer printing, a commercial technique that produces highly colour-saturated imagery.

ABOVE: 'Untitled', c.1965-9, pigment print, printed 2016
BELOW: Installation views of 'William Eggleston Portraits' at the National Gallery of Victoria, including 'Untitled', 1974 (Biloxi, Mississippi); 'Untitled', c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis, Tennessee)

Direct from London's National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition is on show until 18 June as part of the NGV Festival of Photography, featuring more than 100 works by Memphis-born Eggleston (1939-), including evocative images of the American South and never-before-seen shots of actor Dennis Hopper and The Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The head-turning colour combinations, such as Yves Klein blue and lemon yellow, or retro red and white stripes, could even give you fresh ideas for revving up your home...

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'William Eggleston Portraits' is free at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, until 18 June 2017

Pictures: All William Eggleston images copyright Eggleston Artistic Trust; Sean Fennessy (installation views)

Knoll UK Annual Sample Sale

There are some serious discounts to be had at Knoll's annual one-day sample sale in London this weekend. Your home will thank you...

BY DEE IVA

If you’re mad for Mies van der Rohe, swooning over Saarinen or bonkers for Breuer then Knoll’s annual London furniture sale on 19 November is where you need to be. Up to 70% has been slashed off the recommended retail price of iconic designs such as Eero Saarinen’s ‘Tulip’ chairs and tables, Marcel Breuer’s slinky ‘Wassily’ chair and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Barcelona’ chair as well as more contemporary pieces including Barber & Osgerby’s 2014 ‘Compact Armchair’.

ABOVE: 'Compact Armchair' by Barber & Osgerby, £6,283 RRP, now £999; 'Bertoia Plastic Side Chair' by Harry Bertoia, £251 RRP, now £59; 'Barcelona' leather chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, RRP £5,755, now £1,999 (for red leather version); 'Tulip' side tables by Eero Saarinen, £647 RRP, now from £247 (for white laminate version with white base)
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Wassily' chair by Marcel Breuer, £1,333 RRP, now £399 (for canvas version)

US brand Knoll holds the licence for these classic designs that never go out of style so if you’re in the market for the real thing at a knockdown price this is the one sale you can't afford to miss. With Christmas on the way, make sure you get something you really really want...
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Knoll Annual Sample Sale, Knoll International, 91 Goswell Road, London EC1. Saturday 19 November 2016, 10am-4pm. All items subject to availability on the day. #KnollUKSale

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

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It’s the last chance to catch two modern art greats at Melbourne’s 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' show

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Pop Art provocateur Andy Warhol and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei come together in a celebration of two of contemporary art’s most radical talents. There’s still time to catch ‘Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei’ at Melbourne’s NGV International, with extended hours this weekend before the hit show wraps up Monday on ANZAC Day.

Tickets have been selling like hot bagels/dumplings for this compelling doubleheader, which takes two of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most controversial artists and explores the parallels and contrasts in their work. Developed exclusively by Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria and Pittsburgh’s The Andy Warhol Museum, the exhibition follows on from Weiwei’s recent headline-grabbing shows at London's Royal Academy and Copenhagen's Faurschou Foundation. Over 300 works are on display, spanning painting, sculpture, photography, film, publishing and social media.

ABOVE: A young Ai Weiwei imitates Warhol's pose: 'At the Museum of Modern Art', 1987, silver gelatin photo from the 'New York Photographs' series 1983-93, Ai Weiwei Studio
ABOVE RIGHT: Ai Weiwei at the current National Gallery of Victoria exhibition 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei', with his room installation featuring Australian advocates of human rights, photo by John Gollings
BELOW FROM LEFT: Andy Warhol's 'Mao', 1972, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen; 'Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square', 1982, photo by Christopher Makos, makostudio.com

Pop Art protagonist Warhol, who died in 1987, represents the ‘American century’, with his bold explorations of consumer culture, capitalism and celebrity (including its dark side, from car crashes to state executions). Artist and social activist Weiwei, born in 1957, is one of the most visible faces of the current ‘Chinese century’, with Asia’s superpower dominating global commerce. There are many crossovers between the pair though, with Weiwei living in the States from 1981 to 1993 where he was inspired by Warhol’s conceptual approach. Weiwei’s interdisciplinary practice also mirrors The Factory, Warhol’s famously bohemian studio, using collaboration and social media to broaden the reach of his art. The exhibition presents more than 200 of Warhol’s iconic works, including his famous ‘Mao’ portrait; Warhol visited China and was intrigued by its iconography and politics. Up for grabs are more than 120 works by Weiwei, making this Australia's most comprehensive retrospective of his output to date.

BELOW: Ai Weiwei goes potty!: 'Coloured Vases', 2006, Neolithic vases (5000-3000 BC) and industrial paint; 'Neolithic Pottery with Coca Cola Logo', 2007, paint, Neolithic ceramic urn; two installation views of the Melbourne 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' exhibition showing Andy Warhol artworks and Ai Weiwei pots, photos by Brooke Holm

ABOVE: 'Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn', 1995, three silver gelatin photographs, Ai Weiwei Studio

We love Weiwei’s jaw-dropping pot pieces, including his vibrant ‘Coloured Vases’ cluster, splattering ancient vases with industrial paint, and culture-clash work ‘Neolithic Pottery with Coca Cola Logo’. Both take an ancient art form and reinvent it for the modern era, offering similar shock tactics to that of British potter Grayson Perry

New commissions include a bespoke installation from Weiwei’s ongoing ‘Forever Bicycles’ series forming an arch at the exhibition entrance. It incorporates 1,400 readymade bicycles, a recurring motif in Weiwei's photos, but here detached from their function in a blur of mesmerising repetition; the individual melds into the multitude. Also new is a major five-metre-tall work from his crystal ‘Chandelier’ series, shaped like an antique Han Dynasty tomb lamp, ‘Blossom 2015’ featuring a bed of delicate porcelain flowers, and the playful 'Caonima (Grass Mud Horse) Balloons and Bird Balloons', a floating inflatable work influenced by Warhol's 'Silver Clouds' 1966.

ABOVE: Installation view of 'Forever Bicycles' by Ai Weiwei at Melbourne's 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' exhibition, photo by Brooke Holm; Ai Weiwei at the show snapping his 2015 'Caonima Balloons and Bird Balloons' kinetic installation, photo by John Gollings

Don’t miss 'Studio Cats' in the NGV Kids section, which celebrates both artists’ love affair with cats, depicted on wallpaper, film, photos and paper works. In the Fifties Warhol lived with a herd of Siamese cats, and created ink-blot drawings, photos and pictures of them in his early career. More than 30 cats enjoy free reign in Weiwei’s studio, popping up in cameo roles in his social media posts. Weiwei rates felines for their independence, freedom and aloofness, embracing their 21st-century Instagram status. It seems these two cool art cats had a lot in common...
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BELOW FROM TOP: 'Ai Weiwei with cat, @aiww, Instagram', 2006, Ai Weiwei Studio; 'Andy Warhol with Siamese Cat', c. 1957, gelatin silver photograph, by Edward Wallowitch

'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' is at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, until 5pm Monday 25 April 2016; extended hours apply including 24-hour opening from 10pm Saturday 23-10pm Sunday 24 April, and a special performance by Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens). It transfers to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA, from 4 June to 28 August 2016.

NYCxDesign 2015

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It’s New York City’s turn to get its design freak on as the NYCxDesign festival takes over town once more. But look around because it seems there’s a Euro invasion underway…

BY DEE IVA

If you’re heading to New York this week for the Big Apple’s annual design extravaganza NYCxDesign (8-19 May 2015), you might notice a distinctly European vibe in the air. Having only just recovered from painting Milan red, white and blue, certain members of the Brit design posse will be rocking up stateside to do it all over again.

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London-based show designjunction will present designjunction edit New York in the Art Beam Building in Chelsea. An international mix of talent will be on display from countries as far afield as Turkey and Japan. Check out colourful accessories from Korridor Design (Denmark), eco-friendly shoelaces from Undo (Istanbul), vibrant carbon-fibre furniture from Hypetex (UK) and marble iPhone cases from Native Union (Hong Kong). Dwell magazine is chairing talks with Brit design stars Tom Dixon and Lee Broom while one-off pieces from 25 newly established artisans and designer-makers can be seen at show-within-show Studio North & Prototype.

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Tom Dixon is also getting busy over at ICFF, the giant contemporary design fair which anchors NYCxDesign. His new collection of lighting, furniture and accessories, which premiered in April in Milan, will touch down at the Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen. He’ll be among a clutch of fellow Brits including Timorous Beasties, Anglepoise and DesignFizz faves Chisel & Mouse (see our previous Launchpad feature).

ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: 'Clic' marble iPhone cases by Native Union; 'Halo' carbon chair by Hypetex; 'Pyramidboxes' by Korridor Design; 'Undo' laces by Undo
RIGHT, FROM TOP: Tom Dixon takes a seat; Lee Broom, recent winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise

Our US cousins have got some moves of their own, of course. Expect to see structural coffee tables from Iacoli & McAllister and glamorous lighting from Bec Brittain, two New York companies which have been on our radar for a while. You’re also bound to be tickled by Californian designer Zia Priven’s witty skeleton lamp! Not sure we'd get that one through customs...

ABOVE: 'Original Brass Wall and Pendant Lights' by Anglepoise; 'Graffiti Stripe Velvet' and 'Topical Tropical Linen' by Timorous Beasties
RIGHT: 'Vise' lamp by Bec Brittain; 'Philippe' skeleton lamps by Zia Priven
 

MOOOI
The other big news is that avant-garde Dutch company Moooi is launching its first flagship US store over on East 31st Street. New Yorkers will be able to experience Marcel Wanders' irreverent and often surreal designs in his new showroom in midtown Manhattan. The new 2015 collection of furniture, lighting, accessories and pattern-tastic carpets will be unveiled in a 3,785 sq ft concrete interior featuring powerful imagery by Moooi photographer and collaborator Rahi Rezvani.

So get your sneakers on and hit the sidewalk. There's so much to see there's no time to lie in. This is the city that never sleeps so you've really got no excuse...  

nycxdesign.com Citywide NYCxDesign festival is on now until 19 May 2015.
thedesignjunction.co.uk/new-york designjunction edit New York is at 540 W 21st Street, NYC, from 15 to 18 May 2015.
icff.com ICFF is at Javits Center, 655 W 24th Street, NYC, from 16 to 19 May 2015.

Image of New York by Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images