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‘Beautiful objects but don’t try to read a book by them!’ Rad Light: The Radical Lighting Collection Of Jim Walrod

Apr 14th, 2015

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“These lamps were in no way meant to be utilitarian. They were mass produced as expressions of art by the most innovative designers working at the time and are beautiful objects. Just don’t try to read a book by them!”

The pick of design authority and interiors practitioner Jim Walrod’s extraordinary lighting collection is on display at New York’s Patrick Parrish Gallery until Sunday (April 19).

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‘Our assumptions of Pop have become narrow. That word needs to be shaken open a little bit’ Derek Boshier in International Pop at Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis

Apr 12th, 2015

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Over time our assumptions of Pop have become more narrow. That word needs to be shook open a little bit. That history needs to be displaced a little bit. To allow for the diversity you have to go back to a more open idea of what Pop could be.
Darsie Alexander and Ryan Bartholomew, curators, International Pop

Today’s New York Times features Derek Boshier’s 1961 painting Special K as part of the newspaper’s coverage of International Pop, the new exhibition which addresses the fallacy that the movement was the preserve of the US and Britain.

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‘Designers + Customisers in 3D': Electric Colour Company in new issue of GQ Style

Apr 9th, 2015

Too little, too late? NY Met finally ‘de-accessions’ two bogus Seditionaries designs from Costume Institute collection

Apr 8th, 2015

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//One of the two bondage suits which have been removed from the Met collection. They were previously granted prominence in the museum’s 2006 exhibition Anglomania. This image is from the frontispiece of the show’s lavish catalogue//

Years after concerns were raised about the authenticity of around half of the punk fashion pieces in the Metropolitan Museum Of Art Costume Institute collection, cleaning house has finally begun at the New York institution with the expulsion of two bondage suits purporting to have been original 70s designs by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.

A museum spokesperson has confirmed that the suits have been “formally de-accessioned”. A relatively rare process in international-standard curatorial circles, de-accessioning occurs when information undermining the provenance and authenticity of a museum object comes to light.

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‘Ultimate internationalist, cultural provocateur…’ Constable to publish my book Malcolm McLaren: The Biography

Mar 24th, 2015

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The Bookseller has announced that British imprint Constable is to publish my book Malcolm McLaren: The Biography.

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Five extraordinary pieces: Barney Bubbles furniture designs come to light

Mar 24th, 2015

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// 5 x Barney Bubbles designs, 1981/2. Photo above: Nina Sologubenko//

Last week I had an exciting encounter with the rare and adventurous furniture designs produced by the late graphics master Barney Bubbles in the early 80s.

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Derek Boshier: Inside The Mind Of A Pop Artist at Charing X Hospital

Mar 22nd, 2015
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//New York #1, 1979. Ink and wax on photographs, 37 x 26 cm//

A selection of works by Derek Boshier in the collection of the Imperial College Healthcare Charity go on display this week.

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That’ll Be The Day: How Ringo ended up in a Teddy Girl’s drape jacket from Let It Rock

Mar 18th, 2015

Ben Kelly aka The Photo Kid outside Sex, 430 King’s Road, World’s End, 1975

Mar 14th, 2015
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//Ben Kelly underneath the Sex sign, 1975. Photo courtesy Ben Kelly//

I’m featuring this image of designer Ben Kelly in his persona of The Photo Kid in my presentation about the design history of 430 at the symposium Dead Or Alive: Popular Culture & The Interior, which takes place today at London’s ICA.

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Granny Takes A Trip + Mr Freedom boots: Were they originally owned by Elton?

Mar 12th, 2015