latest news – Few And Far Sun, 27 Mar 2022 15:25:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 latest news – Few And Far 32 32 A trip on Spain’s to-do list turned into a clothing label for a Preston man Sun, 13 Mar 2022 11:00:03 +0000

When Jonathan graduated from college in 2013, he wasn’t sure what the future held for him, but he wanted to pursue his passion for travel. So he moved to Malaga and started working in hostels, but it was when he was told about a famous walk that his life changed forever.

In March 2014, Jonathan Simpson from Penwortham decided to hike the Camino De Santiago after being recommended by several hostel locals during his stay in Malaga. He was intrigued from the start and after saving several hundred euros, he decided to try it for himself.

It was from this walk that the idea for her clothing brand, That Life, was born.

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The Camino De Santiago is an extensive network of ancient pilgrimage routes, stretching across Europe and meeting at the tomb of Saint James, or Santiago, in northwestern Spain. “The first day in France was by far the hardest – our hostel owner told us not to cross the Pyrenees because of the amount of snow, but we ended up taking the wrong path,” explained Jonathan .

“My friend and I were waist deep in the snow and I actually thought we were going to die up there. We were also on the sides of a cliff and ran out of food and water around noon, so we had to eat snow to hydrate – it was gnarly.

Jonathan at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela after completing the walk

“The rest of the walk was amazing, we walked pretty much all over northern Spain, we stayed in churches and met some amazing people. It took 32 days in total and there was no not many people, so there was a lot of thinking time to be had and that’s when I wondered what I should do with my life and whether or not I should use my degree.

“Ultimately I decided I was happiest when I was traveling and my ultimate dream would be to own my own clothing brand, I’ve always loved Ed Harvey style clothing and wanted my own range which reflects that kind of style. So a few months later I wrote a business plan and chose the name ‘This Life’ because that’s the life I want to live.”

Jonathan and his friend Ed during a peak at one of the peaks of the Pyrenees mountains
Jonathan and his friend Ed during a peak at one of the peaks of the Pyrenees mountains

A year later, after his life-changing walk, Jonathan decided to move to Australia and New Zealand, pursuing his love for travel and experiencing new cultures. However, that meant her clothing brand had to take a step back.

He continued: “I did all the farm work in Australia and worked on an awful farm in New Zealand – I literally had cows peeing on me, it was disgusting. However, after that, I worked for a company and had the opportunity to learn screen printing and jump at the chance.

“So I printed a few t-shirts and started selling them at a local store – it was really fun to watch my little brand grow and work on my hobby a bit more. In March 2020 , I went back to the UK for a bachelor party but then the pandemic started and the borders closed so I was stuck and couldn’t get back to Australia.

“That’s when I decided to really work on my brand and take the opportunity to live with my parents and save some money to give it a real boost. J started printing on demand and launched properly in August of that year.”

Jonathan then saw his business grow more and more and moved his printing equipment to a friend who offered his space. This allowed her to have more creative autonomy over her clothes, giving her brand a personal touch.

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That Life is based on Jonathan’s love of tattoo culture and uses world-class artists to create the clothing brand’s designs. To date, Jonathan is the company’s only employee, but he is preparing to pitch to any investors who might be interested in helping That Life grow into a bigger business.

Some of the Fishergate Mall products
Some of the Fishergate Mall products

He continued: “I do a few pop-ups – I sell some of my clothes at the Fishergate shopping center in Preston for three or four days a month. My mum comes and helps me when I do that because she loves talking to people and she’s so proud of what I do.

“I believe everything happens for a reason and I really appreciate that I can live my dream working on my brand. It definitely lives up to expectations and I really believe it will go worldwide.

“I just want to promote good vibes and success by creating the best possible product. I’m a big believer in good customer service and if anything goes wrong I blame myself so there’s no never make excuses.”

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]]> ‘Building community’: Menswear brand Co Tyrone goes global Fri, 04 Mar 2022 14:59:44 +0000

A proud man from Co Tyrone has opened up about how he turned a vision into reality when launching a new business.

Seán Murphy, from Galbally, was working as a trainer at a gym outside his home when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, putting work for the fitness industry on hold.

The 28-year-old has used the lockdown to “hone his skills” in the business world, reading books and listening to podcasts for inspiration.

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Fast forward two years, Seán is now the owner of MOVE Clothing, which has grown from a collection of branded sweatshirts to an attractive range of adaptive and versatile sports and leisure clothing and accessories to be worn on the go. anywhere.

“What started with just a few sweatshirts in our initial iconic range, has blossomed into something beyond what we could have imagined when we started the journey,” Seán told Belfast Live.

“I was working my way up the fitness industry. Strength and conditioning was the profession I was heavily invested in and I was working from my gym outside my home. Covid-19 then came in March 2020 and with all the restrictions I had to close the gym for the foreseeable future as all businesses especially gyms had no clear future as the virus was completely unknown.

Sean Murphy

“I’ve always been into fashion and sports and one night during lockdown I watched a documentary about the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers on ESPN. When I saw the retro vibe of their tracksuits, I had a light bulb moment – which I would love to design my own concepts, not to sell but just for a personal task.

“I literally drew sketches on an A4 page, colored them and sent them off to vendors to recreate. When I received them and they went well, I had to decide if I really wanted make it a reality.”

Seán says his vision for MOVE was to have gym products to complement his own gym brand.

Using the same logo as his gym, because it was a standout design, he saw that it worked well in the apparel world. Not knowing if it would be a success, as soon as he launched MOVE, sales began – by the hundreds.

“I never looked back,” he said.

“MOVE launched on a Friday night in the middle of May 2020. It was when restrictions eased and you could meet other households but only outside. I hadn’t seen my friends since the start of the lockdown and we agreed to meet that evening, I remember posting it on social media from my car literally before we met them outside.

“All night my phone vibrated in my pocket with notifications and I had no idea what people were saying. I hadn’t seen the boys in months so I didn’t want to be on my phone all night to check.remember coming home and can’t wait to see the answer – i couldn’t believe it.

“There were thousands of interactions on all the posts combined. It was a surreal moment. I didn’t sleep that night with the buzz. It was a huge step in the journey and a moment that I’ll never forget.

“Things have been going really well. We now have an office with four full-time employees, including myself. We also have a warehouse that we erected last year. It’s crazy how it’s become a work not only for me but also for others in the office. We’re in the top 1% of Shopify stores globally based on traffic. That’s a crazy statistic and one that highlights strong growth since we started start

“When I saw people wearing MOVE at first I was really shy and shy. I still do it to some degree but not that much, I’m just a shy guy anyway so it’s just in my nature.

“I love seeing it outside my home now and really appreciate anyone who buys a product. People will send me pictures if they’re on holiday all over Ireland and see a MOVE top. I love seeing how far we go and hope it becomes more and more popular all over the island.”

Following in the footsteps of his brother, owner of Murphy’s Gaelic Gloves, Seán saluted his parents, family, friends and community for their continued support on this journey – which has only just begun.

Admitting that building a new brand isn’t the norm in a rural area like his, he said being around his friends, who also own businesses, is a great atmosphere in which to thrive.

Seán continued: “We are currently enjoying the process. We certainly don’t get carried away with massive plans. We hope to continue our ranges steadily – we like to plan each one carefully to keep up to date, but also produce quality garments .

“We are due to launch our MOVE Golf gear in April and that is something I am looking forward to. We just want to continue the progression of the brand until it is known throughout Ireland and the UK. United.

“Recently, I have been planning to start my strength and conditioning profession all over again and be able to run TWO successful businesses working simultaneously. I haven’t had time to do this due to the workload of setting up the MOVE brand, but now I have systems in place and a fully functional office, I hope to work at both.

“For every person who has ever purchased an item, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Every sale means a lot to me and you are the ones who make the brand grow – not me. Without sales, this wouldn’t be possible and I hope you can continue to do so as we grow this brand together. One of my visions for this brand is to create a community and I treasure every sale as it means the community grows and strengthens day by day. in days.

“Lots of people have started businesses like me and their success stories inspire me. I’m just a normal guy and always will be – if anyone wants to contact me to ask me anything or even give me advice on whatever it is, then they can do it, I’d love to hear from them.”

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]]> “I made an outfit out of £25 worth of clothes all from Lidl’s mid-aisle and walked away dressed in Harry Potter pajamas and old man’s slippers” – Finn Byrne Wed, 23 Feb 2022 07:00:00 +0000

Lidl is the home of bargains and there’s a place in the store where you never know what you’re going to find. The middle aisle contains a random selection of products that you often don’t know you want until you see them. One of them is clothing.

I headed to my local Lidl to find a selection of clothes I wouldn’t hesitate to wear. Unfortunately, I ended up with an outfit that I wasn’t very proud of. I was only able to get a pair of overpriced Harry Potter pajamas, a black jumper and a pair of old man’s slippers. Luckily, I didn’t have to wear them outside the house.

My local Lidl is in Greenford, a short distance from my home. I wouldn’t classify myself as lacking in fashion sense and because of that I usually didn’t get my clothes from the German supermarket. The clothes I found weren’t the best but I’m sure they could come in handy, preferably not by me.

Upon entering the West London store, I headed straight for the mystery aisle. I was surprised by the amount of clothing on offer. However, there was a problem. The majority of clothing available was child sized. I’m a small man but that pushed him. Toddler shoes and little jackets weren’t going to fit my body, let alone my style.

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The slippers were comfortable and I think I styled them well

Clothing for adults was scarce. There were plenty of onesies available but I didn’t want to leave the store with the woman on the counter thinking I liked dressing up as a dog in my free time. I went with her though, thinking I liked portraying myself as an imaginary wizard.

Indeed, the only pants and tops available in adult sizes were an overpriced pair of Harry Potter pajamas. It was £9.99 and scanning the pajamas I felt sad and childish. I was getting stares from other buyers. I hope they thought I had a kid I was buying them for – even though they were tall.

I picked up a pair of old man’s slippers (£4.99) – again the only shoes that fit me in the middle aisles. A black sweater was also available for a ten. I was apprehensive about buying the sweater but I quickly realized that it could be used to hide the catastrophic insult to fashion that I was about to try on (at home).

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I paid the sum of £24.97 for the items and left the store with an imminent sense of dread that I would have to try on these adult sized children’s clothes. I went home and put on the cheap pajamas, slippers and sweater.

I looked like an idiot. I felt like a weirdo. My family and friends laughed at me. I’m sure anyone who sees me in my magical wizarding world pajamas will laugh at me. I couldn’t wait to take them off and never be seen in the clothes again.

However, there were some silver linings. Pajamas would mostly be seen at night, so not many people would see me in them. The slippers were actually quite warm and the black sweater was surprisingly comfortable.

I don’t want to put anyone out of the middle aisle. There are absolute steals to be found, but unless you’re looking for baby outfits, I wouldn’t recommend Aldi for their clothes. It was overpriced and embarrassing. You better look for a toaster, trash can, or American candy – which they had plenty of.

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]]> BBC Antiques Roadshow’s Fiona Bruce floored by medallion with royal connection inside Mon, 31 Jan 2022 16:24:50 +0000

BBC Antiques Roadshow host Fiona Bruce was surprised by a locket with a secret royal connection inside.

Fans saw Fiona stunned to be presented with a locket containing the HAIR of Charles I.

“Not a lock, not a lock, but a small fragment of Charles I’s lock of hair,” explained the presenter.

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She said: “It is accompanied by a letter which suggests it was passed from Charles I to his son Charles II.”

Fiona said: “Among all the ceramics, silverware and jewelry we see on the roadshow, we often see a lot of hair.

“We’ve had Nelson’s hair, Wellington’s hair and here we have what claims to be Charles I’s hair.”

She added: “It is impossible to verify whether it is indeed Charles I or not.

“But, I can only assume that if it’s his, it was taken out of his head before he met his grizzly end.”

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“Otherwise instead of saying ‘Off with his head’ they would say ‘Off with his hair’,” joked Fiona, the BBC’s Question Time star and host of Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Roadshow is now available on BBC iPlayer, with episodes also on the on-demand platform and a catch-up service once they’ve been aired and broadcast by the channel.

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]]> BBC’s Antiques Road Trip hits Norfolk towns in search of bargains Wed, 26 Jan 2022 12:09:35 +0000

A popular BBC program scoured Norfolk this week as it hunted for the best antique bargains the county has to offer.

More than a decade-long Antiques Road Trip followed Irita and Phil Serrell as they traveled in a vintage 1976 Aston Martin.

The search led them to the All Saints Antiques Center in Norwich, the Shirehall Plain Antiques Center in Holt and Timeless Antiques in North Walsham.

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They also visited one of Great Yarmouth’s most famous attractions, the Hippodrome Circus, where the spotlight was shone on Norwich-born Victorian showman Pablo Fanque and they spoke to impresario Peter Jay about his ties to the Beatles.

Holt is one of the prettiest towns in all of Norfolk

The program was about the rags to riches story which saw Fanque leave the Norwich workshop to become a circus icon performing daring stunts on horseback.

But the circus’s popularity declined due to the advent of the music hall and he died penniless, despite being “as big as the Beatles” and mingling with the royal family.

Program researchers found a poster advertising a benefit concert organized by Fanque for a Mr Kite, with the text taken verbatim by John Lennon for the track of the same name.

Mr Jay had a copy of the poster and toured with the Beatles in 1963.

He said: “His legacy lives on in diversity.

“The circus has never been a place of discrimination. It is the only art form where everyone is accepted for who they are. It has always been equal and it is the same now.”

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High import duties hamper the export of furniture Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:55:10 +0000

High import duties on raw materials hamper the price competitiveness of Bangladesh’s furniture industry, a major barrier to accessing international markets.

Although manufacturers have been exporting furniture for a decade, the annual turnover has yet to exceed $100 million, a scenario worth considering since the government is already trying to diversify the product basket. ‘export.

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Bangladesh earned $79.47 million from furniture exports in the previous fiscal year and $90 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year, according to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

According to the EPB, furniture exports from Bangladesh have increased by around 267% over the past decade.

“Import duties are the main impediment to increased furniture exports from Bangladesh, as the sector is highly dependent on imported raw materials,” said Selim H Rahman, Chairman and Managing Director of Hatil Furniture, one major exporters.

“We furniture makers have to import most raw materials, including wood, lacquer and all hardware,” he said.

“Import duties on raw materials, including value added tax and advance income tax, range between 37 percent and 89.32 percent,” he noted.

According to him, there was no possibility to avail of a bonded warehouse because the sector was not 100% export oriented.

The government offers a 15% cash incentive on the export of furniture, but unless export duty reductions and bonded warehouse facilities are put in place, this may have little effect on increased shipments.

Rahman said Hatil was able to enter the markets of the United States, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Egypt, Russia, from Bhutan and India.

The company has 22 outlets in neighboring India and two in Bhutan.

According to Rahman, the local furniture industry has grown significantly over the past 10 years.

He attributes this to the growing reliability offered by furniture brands or the organized segment of online manufacturing with the increasing spending capacity of consumers.

Most of the furniture makers in Bangladesh belong to the unorganized category, running small-scale operations and offering skilled craftsmanship of custom designs and fits, he said.

Industry insiders believe that the combined annual sale of home and office furniture by the organized and unorganized sectors currently stood at around Tk 25,000 crore.

In contrast, it was only Tk 6,700 crore in 2012 according to a European Union report.

AHM Ahsan, Vice President and General Manager of EPB, said that according to the export policy, there is no possibility to provide bonded warehouse for the furniture industry as there is no was not an export-oriented industry.

However, he said the government provides cash incentive and holds overseas trade shows to establish brands and build image.

Recognizing the furniture industry’s challenges in improving exports, he said manufacturers were also less inclined to do so because the domestic market was huge.

For this reason, manufacturers are focusing on growing their shares in the domestic market rather than the international market.

Kamruzzaman Kamal, Marketing Director of Pran-RFL Group, which exports products under its Regal Furniture brand, said Bangladesh has the potential to increase furniture exports, especially to India, through innovative designs and to product quality.

However, he said, furniture brands in Bangladesh depend on imported raw materials, including wood and all fittings.

According to him, high customs duties drive up the prices of finished products.

For this reason, companies face fierce competition in the export market, Kamal said.

Besides, furniture is a bulk item requiring high transportation costs, which was a hindrance to increasing exports to the global market, he said.

Kamal also said that Bangladeshi brands have not yet become familiar in the global market leading to slow export growth.

Antiques expert urges treasure seekers to seek out old game consoles that can sell for thousands Sun, 16 Jan 2022 04:30:00 +0000

New TV antiques expert Angus Ashworth has urged treasure seekers to look for old games consoles in the attic rather than family china.

Auctioneer Angus, 37, said early gaming computers, including Nintendos, can sell for £1,000 and ZX Spectrums up to £500 among middle-aged buyers with money money to resell.

Surprisingly, a vintage Super Mario Bros video game sold for $2 million, a collectibles company announced on Friday, breaking the record for the most expensive video game sale.

The 1985 game, made for Nintendo’s original console, has never been opened – a rarity for older video games, said Rob Petrozzo, one of the founders of collectibles site Rally.

Angus, a former soldier, who hosts the new STV series Clear Out, Cash In, said: “One of the big emerging markets – that the real antique enthusiasts will go ‘Oh no’ – is early technology. That’s the big thing now – so old games consoles, early Nintendos and ZX Spectrums.

“The reason for that is that a lot of collectibles are driven by nostalgia.

“When people get to that age range of 40 or 50 – a time in your life where your kids have stolen the nest and all of a sudden you have some money – then they start buying things. that they really wanted or loved when they were young.

“You go back to what you thought was great when you were a kid. It could be a Chopper bike – or your favorite games console.

Vintage ZX Spectrum computers are currently listed on eBay for anywhere from £20 to £500 depending on their condition and whether they are sold as working or for parts.

Rare vintage Nintendos are listed for over £1000.

Angus is a former soldier

Angus’ show, Wednesdays at 8pm, sees him traveling around Scotland helping families earn money by selling treasures or cleaning up the homes of deceased loved ones.

Angus, who runs his own auction house in Yorkshire, said: “Antiques have always been my passion. The main thing that hooked me was the Sharpe TV show with Sean Bean. It got me interested in military history. I started collecting pieces of militaria, using the money I made selling chicken and duck eggs in a pub.

“At school I did an experience working in an auction house and they offered me a job, so literally a week after my 16th birthday I left home and school and I became an auctioneer.”

Angus started his own auction house after joining the military as a reserve and serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said: “I went to Iraq in 2004 as part of the Parachute Regiment, but we were attached to the Royal Scottish Regiment.

“In 2009, I toured Afghanistan. Even there, antiques were still my passion and I was still looking for things. The following year, I started my own business.

Angus, who filmed an episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with Judy Murray, is now scouring the country for valuables.

He said: “One of my first jobs was a house clearer and when we walked in we thought there was maybe £1,000 worth of stuff in the house – a nice piece or two. Then someone lifted the bed and there was £25,000 worth of stuff underneath.

“It turned out the family had been master cutlers in Sheffield and it was all their show pieces – all Victorian – under the bed. Another time, I was giving a talk for the Women’s Institute and they had all brought things to evaluate.

“There was the usual, ‘That’s a nice little teapot.’ Next, one of the ladies showed us small postcard-sized sketches she had of the artist LS Lowry, who was famous for painting matchstick men.

“It turned out the woman had been an art student and had written to Lowry, and he had replied and sent these little sketches. They sold for £11,000.

Angus filmed with Judy Murray in an episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
Angus filmed with Judy Murray in an episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip

The father-of-three advised anyone to seek advice from an antique dealer before removing collectibles, furniture or other items.

He said: “Quite often when I go to a job the things that people think are valuable are all on display and then I spot something interesting somewhere else and they say, ‘Oh, that’s the pile of things that we are getting rid of.’ I have to tell them, ‘No, it’s really good.’ Just because something is old doesn’t mean it’s valuable.

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]]> artnet: 13 Must-See Exhibits at the Museum of American Art in 2022, From Philip Guston’s Long-awaited Investigation to Faith Ringgold’s New York Moment Thu, 13 Jan 2022 06:21:06 +0000

So here we are. It’s 2022 and you’re looking for a list of the most important art museum exhibitions of the year. You are in the right place! Here’s a rundown of the shows you’ll want to watch through June.


Noah Davis“at the Los Angeles underground museum
Opening January 12, 2022

Noah Davis, The last barbecue (2008). © The Estate of Noah Davis. Courtesy of the Underground Museum.

The late Noah Davis (1983-2015), who co-founded the Underground Museum in Los Angeles with his wife, sculptor Karon Davis, before his untimely death at age 32, is the subject of this exhibition as the museum reopens. to the public after a closure of almost two years. The exhibit, curated by Helen Molesworth and Justen Leroy, examines the seemingly calm everyday scenes Davis painted, as well as other images the museum describes as exercises in “magical realism.”

Charles Ray: Figure Ground“at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
January 31, 2022 – June 5, 2022

Charles Ray, Huck and Jim. Photo: Josh White. Courtesy of Charles Ray and the Matthew Marks Gallery.

For more than 50 years, Charles Ray, one of the greatest living Old Masters, has played with our perceptions, prejudices and ideas about abstraction, although in the latter part of his career he seems to have sided. to be focused on an infallible and sometimes disconcerting realism. This exhibition, which will include 19 works from throughout his career, as well as photographs by the artist, is his first exhibition in a New York museum in 25 years and the first in the world to bring together sculptures from each decade of his professional life. Importantly, this one can also generate some controversy: the exhibition marks the New York City debut of Ray’s sculpture. Huck and Jim, which the Whitney Museum commissioned for its place then rejected, apparently out of fear that his racist and sexual images would offend viewers.


Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation“at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
February 6, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Ulysses Jenkins, Transfer to two zones (1979), still video. Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix.

Pioneering videographer Ulysses Jenkins gets a major retrospective resulting from three years of research, during which curators digitized his massive 50-year-old archive and conducted interviews with the artist and his many collaborators. Among his many friends, teachers and acquaintances were Charles White, Chris Burden, Betye Saar and Kerry James Marshall, who starred in Jenkins’ video. Transfer to two zones (1979). This is the one you won’t want to miss.

Faith Ringgold: American People“at the New Museum, New York
February 17, 2022 – June 5, 2022

Faith Ringgold, American People Series # 18: The Flag Bleeds (1967). © Faith Ringgold / ARS, NY and DACS, London, courtesy ACA Galleries, New York 2021.

Speaking of masters, Faith Ringgold, whose astonishing and sometimes startling visions of life in America have passed under the mainstream radar for too long, receives the retrospective treatment at the New Museum in February. The exhibition will feature his works on fabric, paintings and flexible sculptures to set in the long line leading from the “Harlem Renaissance to the political art of young black artists working today,” according to the museum.

Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art“at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
February 19, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Agatha Wojciechowsky, Untitled (detail), (1963). Courtesy of the Steven Day Collection, New York, NY.

The Ghosts That Haunt America are the focus of this traveling group exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which will examine how paranormal interests have guided more than 100 artists, including Betye Saar and Grant Wood, from the 18th century to the present day. “You might expect to see ghost images in an exhibit exploring the supernatural, and you will,” said curator Robert Cozzolino. wrote from the show. “But the common thread that connects these diverse artists across generations leads to contact.”


Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe“at the National Museum of the American Indian, New York
March 11, 2022 – September 11, 2022

Oscar Howe, Umine dance (1958). Courtesy of Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.

Oscar Howe (1915-1983) spent the early years of his career exploring how modernism could coexist with the aesthetics of his native Yanktonai Dakota culture, creating vibrant works that challenged both the contemporary art world and the Sioux traditions in which he developed his craft. The exhibition will retrace his first works, made in the 1930s, when he was still a high school student, until the 1950s and 1960s, when he realized that there was no contradiction between tradition and innovation.

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: the world untied“at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
March 13, 2022 – August 13, 2022

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, GBRÉ = GBLÉ Alphabet Bété n ° 118. 1991. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Jean Pigozzi Collection of African Art.

Ivorian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (1923-2014), according to MoMA, “had one goal: to record and transmit information about the known universe”. The artist, who began his professional life as a clerk for the French colonial administrators of Senegal, had a prophetic experience in 1948, after which he began to document and record the world around him. And not only: he also invented a writing system for the Bété people of West Africa, a group to which he belonged. This show is the first glimpse of his prodigious production.


Guo Pei: Couture fantasy“to the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
April 16, 2022 – September 5, 2022

Guo Pei, Fashion week in Paris, 2018. Photo courtesy of FAMSF.

Featured by the Legion of Honor as “China’s premier fashion designer,” Guo Pei is perhaps best known in the United States as the designer of Rihanna’s 2015 Met Gala Dress. This show, which features around 80 works from the past 20 years, includes examples of parades from Beijing and Paris, and illustrates how the designer blends ideas drawn from European architecture, Chinese imperial arts, and the botanical world to create grandiose new designs. “Through his extraordinary fashions,” says the museum, “the exhibit reveals Guo Pei’s career trajectory as remarkable but emblematic of China’s emergence as a leader in the fashion world in the early 21st century. century.

Lee Alexander McQueen: spirit, myth, muse“at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
April 24, 2022 – October 9, 2022

Left: Alexander McQueen, Woman Set (Dress and Leggings), (Spring / Summer 2010). Right: Manuel Cipriano Gomes Mafra, Urn, (around 1865-1887). Both images © Museum Associates / LACMA.

In Southern California, the short but hugely influential career of English fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) will be the subject of the first exhibition of his work on the West Coast. The exhibition, which draws on Regina J. Drucker’s fashion collection and LACMA’s permanent collections, will examine McQueen’s craftsmanship and ability to infuse couture looks with whimsical ideas, his vivid imagination and its bold references to the outside world.


Philip Guston Now“at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
May 1, 2022 – September 1, 2022

Philippe Guston, Paint, smoke, eat (1973). Courtesy of the Stedelijk Museum / © Estate of Philip Guston.

This long-awaited (and already controversial) The exhibition of the work of Philip Guston, delayed by the directors of the museums supposed to welcome it, finally opens at the MFA in Boston. Covering more than 50 years of the artist’s career, it includes around 90 paintings and 30 drawings. But the big question is, how will it be received, and how has it been recontextualized by its conservatives to account for the turmoil that forced its postponement in the first place?

Cezanne“at the Art Institute of Chicago
May 15, 2022 – September 5, 2022

Paul Cézanne, Madame Cézanne on a yellow chair, (1888-90). Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Few artists continue to fascinate museologists as much as scholars as much as Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). This life-size retrospective, the first to watch the artist in the United States in over 25 years, is also the first of his work at the Art Institute in over 70 years. Through 90 paintings and 40 watercolors and drawings, the curators hope to reintroduce the artist to a new generation of art lovers, and to present new perspectives on his work from technical analyzes made possible in recent years.

The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900“at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
May 15, 2022 – September 5, 2022

Rachid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Emmett), (2008). Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Image: © Rashid Johnson, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

This major exhibition of 120 works, curated by longtime NGA curator James Meyer, is the first to offer a broad insight into repetition, difference and identity in art from the past century and beyond. . With works by 90 artists including Glenn Ligon, Roni Horn, Yinka Shonibare, Nam June Paik, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper and Robert Rauschenberg, the exhibition explores how formal repetitions reflect – even create – senses of identity that are multiplying. instead of being singular. .


Canova: Clay sketch“at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
June 11, 2022 – October 9, 2023

Antonio Canova, Adam and Eve mourning the dead Abel (ca. 1818-1822) Gypsotheca Antonio Canova Museum, Possagno, Italy. Photography © Tony Sigel.

The NGA marks the 200th anniversary of the death of neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova (1757-1822) with an exhibition featuring 40 of his existing sketches in clay, revealing how the artist modeled his works before executing them in marble. Perhaps most impressive, Canova executed several of her sketches within minutes and used them as marketing tools to find new clients.

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BBC Antiques Road Trip: Izzie Balmer’s Off-Camera Life of Very Private Love Life, Amazing Hidden Talent, and Most Expensive Sale Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000

Any daytime TV fan will know the name of Izzie Balmer – Izzie has been a regular expert on the iconic BBC show Antiques Road Trip for several years.

The 32-year-old antique expert and auctioneer has put his skills and expertise to good use on our screens, and has also made appearances on Bargain Hunt.

Considering Izzie’s success and popularity, it might come as no surprise that she’s amassed a dedicated fan base who enjoys learning the details of her life behind the scenes.

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Izzie is said to have grown up in Quarndon, Derby, with his parents Sheila and Toby and his younger brother Hugh.

Izzie admitted that it was her mother who ignited her love for antiques. Open to Stylist , she said: “After I graduated I had no money, no job and nowhere to live. So I had a work experience at the local auction house. [and went from there]. ”

She also studied at the Birmingham School of Jewelery, where she obtained a diploma in gemology and a diploma in diamond.

“I kind of fell into this job but I love it,” she said. BristolLive in 2019.

“I’ve always loved jewelry and been a fan of sparkly things like most girls. I can’t think of anything I would rather do.”

The antiques expert also revealed the most expensive item she has ever sold: “An oil painting by a painter from Derbyshire called George Turner. These typically sell for between £ 3,000 and £ 7,000, but this one sold for £ 22,000.

Although Izzie has an obvious passion for her job, she admitted there were downsides to the industry, especially with its “male dominance”.

She told Stylist: “I get older men sometimes assuming I don’t know anything.

“It’s just about going beyond their preconceptions, convincing them and gaining their trust. “

When it comes to matters of the heart, Izzie likes to keep his cards close to his chest. Right now, there is nothing on her social media to reveal her relationship status.

What we do know is that Izzie is said to be living and working in Bristol and can often be found in auction houses in Wessex where she is the chief appraiser.

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Another fun fact about Antiquities Road Trip star Izzie is that she has a surprising hidden talent – she’s a classical musician.

Izzie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – with an 8th year in viola, Izzie joined the exclusive orchestra when she was just 16 years old.

Talk to Great british life in 2017, she said: “I intended to be a professional musician, but I didn’t like music college. It wasn’t for me.

Izzie Balmer will appear on Antiques Road Trip on BBC One today (January 10) at 4:30 p.m.

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]]> BBC Antiques Road Trip: Natasha Raskin Sharp’s Husband She Met On Set, The One Thing They “Are Guilty” Of And How She Broke The Rules Of The BBC Show Mon, 03 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000

When it comes to antiques, no one knows what TV presenter and antiques expert Natasha Raskin Sharp is.

Natasha, 35, will be a familiar face to anyone who has enjoyed programs such as Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt or Flog it! and she has many years of experience under her belt.

Given Natasha’s popularity, she has built up a dedicated fan base who enjoy learning intimate details about her life away from our screens.

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An interesting fact about the expert in antiques and art is that his father is also a famous name.

Natasha’s father is Philip Raskin, a well-known Scottish artist who has gained enormous popularity on the contemporary art scene.

In terms of love life, Natasha has been married to her husband Joe Sharp for five years.

The romance blossomed between the two backstage at the BBC where Joe is reportedly working as a producer and director.

Opening to the BBC about her relationship, Natasha said: “My partner and I are guilty of overeating in restaurants – Glasgow has so many great restaurants, too much of my free time is spent eating delicious food and not enough time to work out in the gym. “

Another behind-the-scenes detail about Natasha is that she admitted to breaking the rules while working on Bargain Hunt.

While filming the popular daytime show, Natasha admitted that she bought a painting that the show’s contributors didn’t want.

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While chatting with Gethin Jones and Kym Marsh on Morning Live in November, she explained, “Well, [that moment] certainly stands out because what I did was broke a very basic rule.

“I brought something the team didn’t want on his back!

She continued: “I don’t know why I did this – it was a very busy day on Portobello Road. But luckily it brought in some profit. James in the studio would be very happy as the two guests were vets. and the painting was of a veterinary subject. “

Natasha Raskin Sharpwill appear on Antiques Road Trip today (Monday January 3) on BBC One at 4 p.m. ET.

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