Category Archives: Painting

Some work by Etel Adnan

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McCartney & Hume

A collaboration with Gary Hume from Stella McCartney's latest collection

Drawings by Gary Hume feature in Stella McCartney’s latest collection

Stella McCartney’s latest pre-Fall range includes a collaboration with English painter Gary Hume, who created a series of graphic drawings that were then embroidered onto sweaters and the coat above, amongst other things. You can view more from the range here.

Balthus³

Balthus, 'The Room', c.1953

Balthus, ‘The Room’, c.1953

Hisaji Hara, from the series 'A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus', 2009

Hisaji Hara, from the series ‘A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus’, 2009

Promotional still from Lars von Trier's forthcoming film, 'Nymphomaniac'

Promotional still from Lars von Trier’s forthcoming film, ‘Nymphomaniac’, 2014

Condo for Chrissie

One-off Birkin bag modified by painter George Condo

One-off Birkin bag modified by painter George Condo

Did you get a Hermès Birkin bag customised by George Condo for Christmas?  No?  Well Kim Kardashian did.  The bag, which retails from anywhere between $7,400 to $150,000  was a gift from her beau Kanye West, who has a longstanding relationship with the painter. In fact, Condo created the cover art for West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  Whether the bag is to Kardashian’s gaudy taste is hard to say, but her fans certainly disapprove, proclaiming on her Instagram feed that it’s ‘ugly as f*ck’ – tsk!

Happy Birthday Mark Rothko


Mark Rothko was born 110 years ago today.  To mark the occasion, here’s Simon Schama’s episode on the painter from his 2006 documentary series, The Power of Art.

Now in Sydney

John Spiteri's 'Mascara Memories', from an exhibition of the same name. On now at Sarah Cottier, Sydney.

John Spiteri’s ‘Mascara Memories’, from an exhibition of the same name. On now at Sarah Cottier, Sydney.

LOL’s in Sydney now, so no posts til next week. Tweeting and Instagramming in the mean time though…

Gary Hume at the Tate


“There’s no cathartic process in painting.  I only get pleasure while there’s a problem, and when I solve that problem I need to make another one”; so says Gary Hume, the subject of a major exhibition on now at the Tate.  The show contains 24 paintings spanning the artist’s career, all flirting with abstraction and rendered in his seductive, signature high gloss finish.  The exhibition runs until September 1st.

So long, Otto Muehl


Controversial Austrian painter Otto Muehl has died in Portugal, aged 87.  Muehl was co-founder of the Viennese Actionist movement, notorious for bloody and violent work – often incorporating viscera and the human body – that intended to shock audiences out of a state of complacency.  The Actionists’s work was so extreme in fact, that during the 1960s Muehl and his counterparts (including Guenter Brus, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler) all spent time in prison for violating decency laws.  Muehl’s personal life was equally excessive.  In the 1970s he established the Friedrichshof Commune just outside of Vienna, attracting 600 residents at its height.  In 1991 Muehl was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for drug possession and sex with minors while living there.  The commune disbanded soon after.

Above: ‘Mama und Papa’ (1964), by Otto Muehl and Kurt Kren.

Some work by Julian Hoeber

Execution Changes #16 (VS Q1 LMJ DC Q2 RMJ DC), 2011

‘Execution Changes #16 (VS Q1 LMJ DC Q2 RMJ DC)’, 2011

'Execution Changes #21 (NS Q1 CJ LC)', 2011

‘Execution Changes #21 (NS Q1 CJ LC)’, 2011

Execution Changes #7 (VS Q1 CJ DC Q2 BCJ DC), 2011

‘Execution Changes #7 (VS Q1 CJ DC Q2 BCJ DC)’, 2011

Something Beautiful

Tony Fomison, 'Beethoven', 1981

Tony Fomison, ‘Beethoven’, 1981, Auckland Art Gallery Chartwell Gift Collection

Amidst the flurry of Triennial activities in Auckland last week, LOL encountered a work at Auckland Art Gallery that was, simply, beautiful. It was included in a modest exhibition of paintings by the late NZ artist, Tony Fomison. All too easily pigeonholed into the ‘New Zealand Gothic’ category, it is fair to say that Fomison’s work is often sombre, sometimes tortured – inhabited by distorted figures that variously recall Polynesian folklore, religious iconography and even the torment of the dead and dying.  This is what makes ‘Beethoven’ (above) so arresting.  Unlike Fomison’s typically dark terrain, the solitary figure here inhabits a domain of light, and one can’t help but entertain all of the symbolic associations that go with it; warmth; enlightenment, hope.  A strange McCahon/Friedrich fusion, Fomison’s ‘Beethoven’ – painted over 30 years ago – is still radiant.