The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Every summer one of the great London events, is the unveiling of the The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. This year it was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, the reknowned team responsible for designing the Beijing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Part of the London 2012 Festival, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is like a huge floating lily pad filled with water sheltering the underbelly of the structure, which houses a seating area clad in cork.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

The whole structure takes you below the lawn and in to an underground world. It’s a cool place to sit and enjoy a lemonade on a hot day.

It’s open until the 14 October 2012.

aMAZEme at the Southbank Centre, London

This weekend is the last chance to see aMAZEme at the Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom. So if you are passing by check it out.

aMAZEme, Southbank Centre, London

The maze created by books donated by Oxfam Books was created by Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo and is part of the London 2012 Festival.

aMAZEme, Southbank Centre, London

You can walk through, pick a book from the top and read it or simply admire from afar. Enjoy!

aMAZEme, Southbank Centre, London

Frieze New York Opening Party at MoMA PS1

Mark Ronson at Frieze Kick Off Party, MoMA PS1, New YorkLast Wednesday was the opening party for Frieze at MoMA PS1 with music by Martha Wainwright and DJ Mark Ronson amidst the Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 installation.

The party rocked out in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome as the arty crowd listened to Martha sing tribute to the German Electro-Pioneers and then we all jumped around to Mark Ronson.

Delicious cocktails were served by Bombay Sapphire East. One thing for sure MoMA PS1 throw one great party.

For more events visit MoMA PS1.

Weekend Plans – Frieze Art Fair Arrives in New York

Frieze Art Fair, New YorkThis weekend marks an exciting time for the art world, as New York sees the first Frieze Art Fair taking place at Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan from 4-7 May 2o12. The event will be housed in a bespoke structure designed by New York-based SO – IL Architects overlooking the East River.

The fair will feature 180 of the most exciting international contemporary galleries working today including the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Sadie Coles HQ, Gagosian Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Lehmann Maupin Gallery and David Zwirner. Plus there is also the Frame section of the show which includes galleries established less than six years ago.

Frieze are also bringing stateside the successful Sculpture Park which will include work by international sculptors such as Ernesto Neto, Tomás Saraceno, Cerith Wyn Evans, Louise Bourgeois, Subodh Gupta and Jaume Plensa.

Inspired by Frieze there will be events hosted across the city. The fun begins with the MoMA PS1 Frieze New York Kick Off Party on 2 May 2012, with music by Martha Wainwright and a DJ set by Mark Ronson. Tickets are on sale at MoMA PS1.

On Saturday 5th May there will be the Party on 26th Street where selected Chelsea galleries will open their doors until 8pm and there will be music from DJ Hannah Bronfman and the Brooklyn band Dreamshow until 9pm. Plus food trucks will be there to feed you!

And on Sunday Frieze Downtown will conclude the weekend with galleries opening late, events and talks.

For more information on the fair visit Frieze Art Fair.

Photograph by Graham Carlow
Courtesy of Graham Carlow/ Frieze

Damien Hirst and the Level 7 Restaurant, Tate Modern

* Art / Bar – A gallery visit with a friend i.e. lets see some art, inspire ourselves, feel proud we did something and then get a glass of wine and gossip.

Damien Hirst, Tate Modern

Art: Damien Hirst, Tate Modern
He is the man who shocked us all in 1999 at the Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy. It made him a household name, as the papers screamed about his sensational art including pickled cows, sheep and sharks.

His story began at the Freeze show in 1988 where Damien Hirst exhibited and curated his work with his friends from Goldsmiths College. He caught the eye of Charles Saatchi and well the rest is history. Then in 2008, he sold it all at Sotheby’s for over £111 million.

This show is the biggest survey of his work in the UK ever. Spanning almost the last 25 years, the exhibition focuses on Damien Hirst’s journey from an unknown artist to one of the most influential artists of his generation.

This exhibition is though provoking and visually intensive on such a massive scale. Go to see his real moment-changing works – like the sharks in the formaldehyde. Their scale is so big and they emit a strange eerie calmness which envelops you as you observe them. It’s exactly what good art does – it makes you think and react to what you see.

This show will be one we talk about for years to come.

Level 7 Restaurant, Tate Modern
Bar: Tate Modern, Level 7 Restaurant
As this is the first Art/Bar post lets keep it simple and close by. And it’s can’t get closer that the same building. The view from this bar is fantastic across the river to St Paul’s. The bar is part of the Level 7 restaurant so is more a hang out for a few hours, rather than an all night destination. But it’s perfect for the art/bar needs.

Top tip: If you buy a Tate membership, you gain access to the members room which also sells wine and has a terrace overlooking the river. The views are also stunning. Oh and don’t forget the Tate Modern summer opening hours to 10pm on a Friday and Saturday.

So get your wine, discuss the merits of Damien Hirst and then get on with some good old-fashioned gossiping.

For more information visit Tate Modern.

Top picture: Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living  1991
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved. DACS 2011
Photo: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

Ernesto Neto at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Ernesto Neto at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

The new Ernesto Neto show ‘Slow iss good’ opened tonight at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York.

Brazilian born, Neto is well-known for his ability to transform sculpture in to an interactive and moving experience for the viewer. This show focuses on his new material obsession – crochet. Yes that’s right it’s not about old ladies anymore, as Neto takes this form and blows it up to a monumental scale.

Ernesto Neto at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

His colourful crochet circles are attached together to create these amazing gallery specific pieces with bouncy ball filled walkways, which hang beautifully from the ceilings. As with many Neto exhibitions, these works are meant to be experienced, so take your shoes off, pull yourself up, balance yourself on the crochet covered balls and view the world from a different perspective.

Once there, experience the calmness as you float above the gallery floor. It’s an incredible reminder that the simple things in life are the best.

Ernesto Neto at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

It’s an amazing show, so get there soon to see it. It closes on 25 May 2012.

For more information visit the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

The Trafalgar Sun in London

What an incredible idea. Take a sun and hang it in Trafalgar Square, London and watch the smiles on people’s faces. It sets tonight at 7.30pm so head down to see it in its full glory. The work was created by Greyworld, a group of artists who create public art in urban spaces and commissioned by Tropicana.

Magical and inspiring.

For more information visit Greyworld.