Winter’s not quite over yet, which means there’s still time to snuggle down on the sofa with a film or box set. Art-themed films and TV shows are on trend, with the gripping new drama ‘Phantom Thread’ currently in cinemas, and ‘The Miniaturist’ recently turned into a two-part series by the BBC. If you’re in need of inspiration, here are 6 of the best TV shows and films for art lovers.
1. The Square (2017)
This award-winning film is an audacious and satirical drama of the art world. When the curator of Stockholm’s contemporary art museum hires a public relations team to build some buzz for a new installation, ‘The Square’, they attract attention for all the wrong reasons. Their unexpected campaign sends both the museum, and its curator, into an existential crisis.
2. Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film (2010)
Banksy fiercely guards his anonymity. This documentary tells the true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.
3. Phantom Thread (2018)
Set in London's glamorous couture world of the 1950s, celebrated dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is at the centre of British fashion, dressing royalty, film stars and socialites. He appears to be an eternal bachelor, until he meets Alma (Vicky Krieps). Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
4. The Miniaturist (2017)
In the BBC’s adaptation of Jessie Burton’s book, Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor-Joy) has been married to a rich merchant, hoping for love and prosperity in 17th Century Amsterdam. Instead, she enters a world of secrets and mystery, which resolve around her wedding gift: a doll’s house. Nella starts to notice a mysterious connection between the miniature figures and their real-life counterparts.
5. Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)
Based on Tracy Chevalier’s beautiful novel, this film follows a 16-year-old Dutch girl called Griet (Scarlett Johansson) who becomes a maid in the house of the 17th Century painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). Her perceptive manner attracts the painter’s attention, and Griet becomes his muse. However, their intimacy spreads jealousy within the household, as well as the world beyond.
6. Riviera (2017)
This intriguing TV series follows newlywed art dealer Georgina (Julia Stiles), whose billionaire husband Constantine is killed in a yacht explosion. In the aftermath she untangles a web of secrets and lies to reveal that their lifestyle was connected to violence, the art underworld and even murder. She must decide where her loyalties lie.
Inspired by the glow of pure energy, Lauren uses meditation, chakras and interpreting energy to choose the colour fields and shapes that appear in her sculptures, installations and prints. Coupling holistic materials like crystals and bones with colour therapy, her energy-focused works have made her an artist to watch across the globe.
How did energy, auras and vibrations come to find a place in your artwork?
I’ve dedicated the last 7 years in a quest searching for meaning. This journey led me to travel the world, dabbling with spiritual concepts and engaging with a number of gurus and sacred ceremonies. The quest instantly led me to art.
I noticed as a young girl that I can read people’s energy and the energy of a space. Light is the only energy we see, yet we have a feeling of so many types of energy. My recent work focuses on interpreting these unseen energies.
In The White Light, you tackle the universal trifecta of life, death and afterlife. Can you tell us why you decided to be quite literal with the coffin shape?
The coffin shape is a fierce and unapologetic confrontation with mortality. I think we should be reminded of our mortality often, even daily, in order to live our lives to the fullest in each moment.
The White Light, when you look head-on, shows a seemingly never-ending light representing the doorway for energy to pass through to the other side. However, when you look to the side, the criss-cross patterns represent a multitude of possible other dimensions.
Can you tell us a bit about your neon practice and process?
My neons are made in two neon factories – one in London and one in LA. I learnt the basics of glass bending at The Neon Workshop about 6 years ago and my vision for neon creations grew from there.
I use the medium of neon to express uplifting and passionate messages of love and unity e,g ‘We Are One’ and ‘Everything Is Going To Be Fucking Amazing’. Recently I’m most obsessed with the mesmerizing effect of combining infinity mirror with neon.
You've had quite an impressive past few years, from exhibiting at The Tate and the V&A to opening your own gallery in Covent Garden. What's next for us to look out for?
Thanks! Honestly, it’s been non-stop for a seven years. Next up I’m exhibiting with Gas Gallery at AAF NYC at the end of March and I’m at Scope Art Fair during Art Basel in Switzerland via Laurent Malther Gallery in June. I’m also working on exciting projects with Kinetica Museum and can’t wait to release the new work.
2018 is proving to be a milestone year for women around the world. The #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns have brought female empowerment to the fore on a scale greater than ever before. We celebrate the power of women with five artworks that show just how kick-ass and inspirational they can be.
1. Wonder Woman by Ellannah Sadkin
A bad-ass woman to look up to since the comic book’s inception in 1942, Wonder Woman has continued to inspire young women on television and film. Ellannah’s rendition takes a modern twist with a lens of abstraction, combining the energy of early comics while depicting her male cohorts as details in her famous mane. The hero-packed hair frames a blank face, giving the perception that the Wonder Woman character is a costume than any of us may adorn.
2. Motherhood by Mikela Henry-Lowe
The colorful painting captures our attention with its vibrant patterns and tones. But it’s the undeniable bond between mother and child that really gives us all the feels. Jamaican-born, London-based Henry-Lowe shows the beauty of black women, in a scenario we can all relate to.
3. Wonderwall by Naomi Vona
Naomi’s colorful collage truly shows our #SQUADGOALS. There’s nothing stronger than sisterhood- whether with family or friends. Having your crew to rely on keeps us strong, and Naomi’s Wonderwall celebrates the sisterly bond!
Àsìkò‘s models, hailing from Nigeria and Lagos, are strong women both in physique and character. Long and lean, this model exudes confidence, while also embracing heritage with her traditional costume.
Fabrizzi’s female form, which looks remarkably like the femme fatale Dita Von Teese, feels both sensual and strong. Flowers seems to drip from her body, tying her to the mystique and magic of nature. But it’s her stance that gets me- she’s in total control of her sexuality, commanding the viewer to submit.
David Wightman uses acrylic paint and wallpaper to create imaginary landscapes that are flooded with colour. Find out more about David's process in this Q&A.
What a month February has been. We're wrapping up the Rise Art Prize and looking towards the next activities of 2018.
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Introducing 9 acclaimed artists who are on the final judging panel for the Rise Art Prize 2018. Who will they name the Global Artist of the Year? We'll find out on the evening of Thursday 8th February.