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Jean-Michel Basquiat Reclining Nude, NYC

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude, is an exhibition of rare candid photographs of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by Paige Powell. This is the first presentation of photographs from Powell’s comprehensive archive, a significant chronicle of 1980’s art and culture in America. Her work offers uncommon glimpses into the lives of artists and friends who participated in the cultural transformations of the era. A must see exhibition, click image for more details.

Wild Colonial Boys, Paul Ryan

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We featured Artist Paul Ryan in our one of our very first articles. Paul currently has a major exhibition called ‘Wild Colonial Boys’ at the Olsen Irwin Gallery in Woollahra, Sydney. Go take a look before it closes on the 4th of August.

More Israeli Delights – Shuk HaCarmel

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Walking through The Shuk HaCarmel (a marketplace in Tel Aviv) I was overwhelmed by the colours, smells, loud voices, hands popping out of nowhere offering nuts, dried fruits, spices, falafels and the seriously dangerous 1 shekel desserts. The first few times I got sucked into ‘The 7 Shekel Falafel Man’ who would fill a pita with ‘the lot’ and give you a few freebies while you wait. However after a few more visits I found the ‘Ha’Shuka’. A little open restaurant in the middle of the market serving unbelievable salads and sandwiches and homemade lemonade. A sign hangs from the steel frame saying ‘Gourmet Food’ and it is truly gourmet. In my photo, the dish to left is the meatball salad with pesto and tahini on the side, and on the right is the falafel salad. SO GOOD and cheap – each salad was 12 shekel which is $3.50 AUD.
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Sebastião Salgado, Genesis, Rome.

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An amazing exhibition to see in Rome – and somewhat poignant for me given we were heading to Africa – was Sebastião Salgado’s photographic exhibit of 200 black and white photographs of his many travels throughout Africa, South America and the Amazon forest, the Galapagos islands and the Arctic. The images are both beautiful and haunting and as you leave the exhibition you feel as if these are the last bastion of an unspoilt world – a world that will soon be gone if we don’t all try and save the delicate ecosystem of our planet. The exhibition is at the “Ara Pacis” museum in Rome – one of the few modern buildings in Rome – designed by international architect Richard Meier. If you do make it to the exhibition (that is on until the 23rd of September) – head around the corner afterwards for a lunch or a drink at the fantastic Gusto… more to come on that in A Magazine. Posted By Susan. (Click on the title for more images).

Our Creative Director Bec Explores Israel

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Israel – what an amazing place! Full of warm and welcoming people. I spent the first ten days seeing the great sites all around Israel: The Dead Sea, Masada, Old City of Jerusalem, Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum), The Western Wall and of course, the commercial heart of Israel, Tel Aviv. I spent the majority of my time in Tel Aviv, a city full of THE MOST beautiful people, unbelievable food (everything was so fresh and healthy), a wild night life (they actually do not sleep in Tel Aviv) and gorgeous beaches full of locals playing guitar, volleyball and on every beach the shores are lined with people playing ‘Matkot’ their beach tennis. I have so many incredible recommendations to share with you so keep an eye out for content on Tel Aviv over the next few weeks.

‘Baitogogo’ at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

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One of our loyal readers, Billi Hayes (the sustainability manager at Kezu, Sydney), came across this impressive organic sculptural installation titled ‘Baitogogo’. This invasive yet bewildering knot is created by Brazilian artist, Henrique Oliveira, whose focus is on transforming interior and exterior spaces with organic materials. Oliveira boldly morphs the building’s structure of grids and beams into a disordered yet dreamlike entanglement with branches and roots… If you are in Paris, this is a must see sculptural exhibition, at the Palais de Tokyo until the 9th of September 2013. Click title for more images. Photos by André Morin.

Juniper Ridge – Natures Balm

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Juniper Ridge is a natural fragrance company creating incense, fragrances, soaps and other products from plants, trees, moss and wild herbs… ‘It rearranges your insides and takes you away to the quietness of wilderness – clearing a trail in the mountains above Big Sur, a campfire in the Mojave desert, hiking in the Sierra with the smell of winter right around the corner…” If you are in Sydney check out the products at the Standard Store from the 9th of August. 503 Crown Street, Surry Hills or have a look at their site: http://juniperridge.com.

The Future is Ours from Michael Marantz on Vimeo.

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We have picked a few of the winning photographs from the 2013 National Geographic Traveller Competition… Romantic and enchanting images from Japan, Myanmar, and Queenstown. We love this extraordinary portrait of an eastern screech owl by photographer Graham McGeorge. Click the image for more.

Michael Marantz, Director, New York

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Michael Marantz from New York recently spoke at the Wired for Wonder event in Sydney… Michael is the master of story telling through his inspirational short movies. Watch Michael’s ‘The Future is Ours’… Click image and be inspired.

Outsider art at London’s Southbank

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Our London contributor Dominique Jackson wrote a short review of this new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.
“Art brut or work by untrained artists is the subject of two big exhibitions at the moment – this year’s Venice Biennale and a major exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery. The unifying concept of the Hayward show is the utopian ideas of the artists featured. Though it’s doubtful any of the artists would have regarded themselves as such. Instead, they saw themselves as planners and visionaries, inventing a better version of the world in which they found themselves. The result is an eclectic collection of intriguing artworks like street sweeper Marcel Storr’s beautifully gothic drawings of a post-apocalyptic Paris or the photographs of Lee Godie, a homeless woman who pre-empts Cindy Sherman with alternative versions of herself taken in photo booths. Emery Blagdon’s healing machine, an intricate hanging sculpture composed of found objects, may not conduct positive electricity as he hoped but it should elicit a positive reaction to its delicacy and off-kilter intent. Others are more disquieting. Morton Bartlett’s photographs of ideal child models he created, not seen until after his death, are, especially today, undeniably ambivalent. Or if you came across one of Canadian artist Richard Greave’s intentionally chaotic house-sculptures in the woods, you might feel as though you had stumbled on a horror film set. Come to marvel at the unfettered creativity.”

The Making of ‘Baitogogo’, Paris

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A few weeks ago we posted photographs on the sculptural installation ‘Baitogogo’ by Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveir. Our arts writers Julia Chamtaloup came across this short video on ‘The Making of Baitogogo’. Watch the artist install his impressive sculpture inside the Palais De Tokyo, Paris. Click the image to watch the video.

Southland by Adrian Brown

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The New Zealander in me loves the landscape of the South Island. New Zealander, Adrian Brown has photographed it using large format Polaroid film and is exhibiting his work at the Black Eye Gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Click the image for a preview of his work. Susan.