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Women Look At Women at Richard Saltoun

Feb 14th, 2018

// Ego Geometria Sum V: Wigwam – 5 years, Helen Chadwick, 1982-83. Courtesy Richard Saltoun//

//Jo and Tail 1, Rose English, 1974. Courtesy Richard Saltoun//

I’m very much looking forward to Women Look At Women, the new exhibition which explores feminine identity through the work of 13 internationally renowned women artists opening at London’s Richard Saltoun tonight.

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Stories Of The Face at Sonos Greene Street on Thursday February 8

Feb 2nd, 2018

Exhibition: The Story Of The Face x London at Sonos Seven Dials until April

Jan 27th, 2018

//The cover of the February 1982 issue of The Face featuring Sheila Rock’s striking image of Siouxsie Sioux at the Sonos store in Earlham Street. Photo: Lawrence Ajayi//

//Photo: Lawrence Ajayi//

//Photo: Lawrence Ajayi//

The Face magazine was firmly rooted in central London and like its host city it was inclusive, outward-looking, multi-cultural and diverse. While it expressed all the best aspects of creative London it was never parochial but simultaneously intent on making the connections to cities and sub cultures around the country and around the world.

Based throughout the 1980s and 90s in the enclaves around Carnaby Street, Mortimer Street, Marylebone and Clerkenwell, the magazine and its writers, designers, photographers and stylists became fundamental to the scenes they documented.

From Soho’s “The Cult With No Name” through rare groove, rave and British soul to Britpop, Brit Art and beyond, The Face was at the epicentre of the capital’s youth, music, fashion, art, design and club cultures.

At a time when the area’s venues and nightlife are being challenged by regulation, regeneration and urban development, this exhibition and companion events aim not only to shine a light on central London’s cultural significance but also highlight a time when a magazine could change the world.

Perhaps the greatest exemplars of The Face’s disruptive London attitude were cover stars such as John Lydon, Malcolm McLaren, George Michael and Suede as well as Kate from Croydon and Naomi from Streatham, who toppled the glamazons ruling fashion and endure as emblems of London street style and suss.

The Face: It was a London thing.

My exhibition about The Face magazine’s roots in, and relationship to, London is currently being staged at home leisure specialist Sonos’ newest store, in Earlham Street, Seven Dials.

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My Design London in the Evening Standard

Jan 24th, 2018

I am the subject of the My Design London page in today’s edition of the capital’s Evening Standard newspaper.

In Liz Hoggard’s piece, I talk about some of the places which help make this the greatest city in the world, from our local patisserie WA Cafe and picture framers For Art’s Sake to Mayfair jewellers/art space Belmacz, Hackney Road’s Two Columbia Road and M. Goldstein and the galleries Richard Saltoun and Chelsea Space.

Copies of the Standard are available free to commuters on Greater London’s transport system. The piece will be posted on the Standard’s site soon.

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Little wonder: Frédéric Sanchez’s composition for Prada A/W 2018 men’s and women’s show

Jan 19th, 2018

Frédéric Sanchez’s composition for Prada’s A/W 2018 collections is a little wonder.

Enjoy it here:

Keep up with Sanchez here.

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DJ = Don’t Join! The Barney Bubbles x Jake Riviera influence in The Last Jedi

Jan 10th, 2018

//Left: DJ figure; right: Music press ad, January 1979. Image: Brooklyn Vegan//

Thanks to my FB friend Vadim Kosmos for alerting me to this (I am not keen on Star Wars so avoid media coverage): a reference in the latest film in the franchise, The Last Jedi, to the Barney Bubbles/Jake Riviera advertising campaign for Elvis Costello And The Attractions’ 1979 LP Armed Forces.

In The Last Jedi Benicio del Toro plays an opportunistic hacker referred to as “DJ”; for some time there has been speculation as to what the initials stand for.

Now director Rian Johnson has revealed they represent “Don’t Join!”, the slogan used in British music press ads for Armed Forces which featured in my Bubbles’ monograph Reasons To Be Cheerful.

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The Story Of The Face x NYC at Sonos in SoHo

Jan 9th, 2018

I am again partnering with Sonos for a fresh brace of exhibitions at the home audio specialist’s London and New York stores.

Following the successful Song Stories: David Bowie displays in each outlet, I have organised two shows to mark the recent publication of my book The Story Of The Face. Each has site-tailored exhibits, including original articles and covers from my magazine library, scaled-up enlargements and precious archival material provided by The Face founder, editor and publisher Nick Logan.

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Song Stories: Bowie at Sonos NYC until January 7

Dec 18th, 2017

//Song Stories: Bowie at Sonos New York City. Photo: Mary Kang//

//Song Stories: Bowie at Sonos New York City. Photo: Mary Kang//

Song Stories: Bowie, the display of photographs I selected to track the late superstar’s relationship with the city of his adoption, is at the Sonos store in New York’s Soho until January 7.

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The Story Of The Face in Amsterdam

Dec 12th, 2017

//Athenaeum has done the book proud with this splendid window display. Photo: Athenaeum//

The Story Of The Face is coming to Amsterdam on Friday (December 15).

In an event at the city’s NewWerktheater organised by leading Netherlands bookshop Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, I’ll be making a visual presentation about the magazine that changed culture.

Afterwards I’ll talk about the enduring influence of The Face and my new book The Story Of The Face with Gert Jonkers, founder of Butt and Fantastic Man and publisher of The Gentlewoman and COS Magazine.

If you’re in town please come along. Tickets from aanmelden@athenaeum.nl

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“As if Vogue was being put together above a kebab shop in the Ball’s Pond Road’: My piece on The Face in Vanity Fair’s The A-List

Nov 24th, 2017

I have written a piece about The Face magazine and Britain in the early 1990s for Vanity Fair’s The A-List.

Read it here.

Copies of my book The Story Of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture are available here.

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