Hassan Hajjaj.

Born in Larache, Morocco, in 1961, Hassan Hajjaj left Morocco for London at an early age. Heavily influence by the club, hip-hop, and reggae scenes of London as well as by his North African heritage, Hajjaj is a self-taught and thoroughly versatile artist whose work includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion, and interior design, including furniture made from recycled utilitarian objects from North Africa, such as upturned Coca-Cola crates as stools and aluminum cans turned into lamps. Today he plays a big part in the contemporary culture of Morocco where he’s sometimes called the country’s answer to Andy Warhol.

Hassan Hajjaj

Hassan Hajjaj

I was lucky enough to see his exhibit at the Third Line Gallery in Dubai a couple of years back and I fell in love with his visually strong images at once ! His images are bright, bold and assertive, but most importantly vital. Over New Year I was in Marrakech and I of course visited his ‘Suite 208’ exhibit at the gorgeous Mamounia Hotel. Suite 208 was taken on the hotel’s patio and in the legendary Al Mamoun suite. Here, he captures intimate moments with his friends, my friend, the Moroccan stylist Amine Bendriouich was one of them ! In these photos we find a touch of fantasy, that are nourished by numerous details that are so close to Hajjaj.

Hassan Hajaj

Exhibition Suite 208 Hotel La Mamounia

Also, if in Marrakech,don’t miss the Riad Yima. Hajjaj has turned his childhood home into a shop, tearoom and gallery for his work. There is nothing like it in Marrakech ! The Riad features his artwork, furniture design and products. Fusing East and West, his works range from witty photos of Arab life to recycled furniture made from African advertising signs. And the big secret is that apart from the very original designs, if you contact them in advance, they will make you the best couscous you will ever eat, though it’s only available on Fridays…

If in NYC, Hajjaj is also represented by on of my favorite NY galleries Taymour Granhe !

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Where to get the best affordable art online.

Here are some of my favourite online sources for original artworks, photography and prints.  We can all agree that no room is complete without art, so wheather you’re buying for yourself  or just out for an original gift, it’s about to get exciting !

 

Society6 : Everything from cheeky sayings to watercolor florals, nature scenes, and abstracts can be had for as little as 20eur.

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‘A certain kind of magic’ by LouiJouverArt

 

SaatchiArt : Original works, which include photography, collage, painting, and sculpture, start at 200eur, and limited-edition prints at 90eur.

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‘Ink on Paper 289’ by Frederic Belaubre

 

Artfinder : The site sorts its offerings by both style and medium, making it easy to browse the more than 200,000 pieces (including abstract paintings, sculpture, photography, collage, and digital art), all of which are signed by the artist. Prices start at 30eur.

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‘Sharp’ by Ann Zhuleva

 

Paper Collective : The company collaborates with artists, designers, and illustrators to create prints, posters, cards, and accessories that are certified eco-friendly with a seal from the Danish government. On top of that, 10 percent of the sale proceeds for each work goes to a charity of the artist’s choosing.

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‘Resting Feet’ by Julie Pilke

 

20×200 : Their goal is to provide art for everyone. The 1,000 editions the site has produced so far range from 30eur to 10,000eur and each is produced exclusively for 20×200.

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‘Ablution, from The Barking Wall’ by Brendan George Ko

 

DARK MATTER | 2ND EDITION 

Dark Matter is a joint exhibit, a collaboration between the artists Firouz Farman Farmaian and Daniel Jameson Saffe.

It is a non political answer to the dark side of society, the discovery of a hidden dark side of the masses. This is their reactions to the imperfect society we are living in today !

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Firouz Farman Farmaian

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Firouz Farman Farmaian

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Daniel Jameson Saffe

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Daniel Jameson Saffe

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The Artist + Friend

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The Artists

Espacio Lonja Vieja, Barbate Spain – With the support of  the Ayuntamiento de Barbate

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Through the lense of Jean-Daniel Lorieux

I wanted to share with you some photos of the very talanted fashion photographer that I love ! What touches me the most is the tremendous sensuality in his images !

Born and bred in Paris, Lorieux embarked on a career in fashion photography at the city’s progressive Studio Harcourt, before swiftly ascending the ranks of glossy style titles such as Vogue Paris and L’Official during the 1970s, where his alluring, high-contrast view on life and style defined the era.

‘The visual aesthetic of Lorieux’s work bridges the optimistic exuberance of the 1970s and the cultures of new consumerism in the 1980s and 90s. Inspired by pop art, his signature photographs combine high contrast colors with graphic shapes. Working with some of the top names of his time, including Claudia Schiffer, Stephanie Seymour, Karen Mulder, Milla Jovovich and Linda Evangelista, his models bear feminine physiques that radiating a confidently overt sexuality.’ Alicia Reuter

 

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The exhibition “True Blue” just finished in Berlin, his the first solo exhibition in Berlin. Keep your eyes open for more exhibitions on Artsy, where you can alsoo acquire his art if interested !

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Masterclass with Dietlind Wolf

You now have the chance to take a masterclass with the incredible creative director and stylist Dietlind Wolf ! It’s a fantastic opportunity !

For those of you that don’t now Dietlind yet, she’s the leading stylist in Germany, represented by Taverene agency. Her stories and her exeptional styling is seen in magazines throughout the world. She also designs a line of heartbreakingly poetic and beautiful ceramics, all produced by herself in Hamburg.

‘Dietlind has got an eye for the unintentional and an awareness for the moment. It is the things happening at the corner of your eyes that make her work so authentic’

 

Masterclass with Dietlind Wolf

To apply for this masterclass : dietlindwolf.com

2 workshops Gotland / Sweden

15. – 20. of june 2016

21. – 26. of june 2016

Rebecca Louise Law’s celebration of spring

I personally know the floral artist Rebecca Louise Law from her artistic floral collaborations with fashion houses such as Hermès and Mulberry.

This week, the artist presented her first outdoor installation for the West End shopping district St Christopher’s Place.  With the simple idea of ‘the arrival of spring’ at its core, her artwork will feature Peony Roses – a prevalent symbol of the season – alongside complementary blooms, rigged above the pedestrianised street. Around 1,200 flowers will be suspended and will dangle over visitors like a cascading Spring veil….

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Rebecca Louise Law

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It looks just fabulous ! You can almost smell the flowers..Wish I could be in London to see and experience this incredible spring spectacle !

 

Rebecca Louise Law’s ‘Celebration of Spring’ installation is on display from March 16-21, 216, in St Christopher’s Place, London. 

Ai Weiwei takes over Le Bon Marché in Paris

The controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei turns the historic retail space into his playground with an expansive exhibition titled “Er Xi, Air de Jeux” (or Child’s Play). The whimsical exhibition features kites rendered in bamboo, an item that harks back to the artist’s own childhood. In addition to the bamboo kites, the store’s windows will feature two-dimensional bamboo frames, while a dragon rendered in woven bamboo will snake through the store’s gallery space.

Photos by Gabriel de la chapelle

“Introducing the fantastic within a retail space strikes the imagination of customers, visitors, passersby. We all lead parallel lives in this other world of dreams, fantasies and feats. We must learn to coexist with them as they are an integral part of our humanity; to embrace our mythology. Children know how to do this naturally. This exhibition speaks to our inner child,” Ai Weiwei

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Let me introduce Maiko Takeada

Maiko Takeda is a milliner and jewellery designer currently based in Tokyo. She’s a surprising artist and her designs succinctly combine material clarity with a surreal sense of transformation.  Trained in jewellery design and millinery, her pieces combine aspects of both trades and are made with finely-cut strips of acetate affixed to a contemporary chainmail base. Her designs are almost from another world ; poetic, exotic and surreal …

“I believe my work lives its moments once they’re worn on the body, rather than being displayed static in a museum.”

You might have seen Björk wearing Maiko Takeda’s surreal jewellery pieces in the past and more lately for the digital release of Björk’s new Vulnicura album.

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In the name of PINK

The restaurant Sketch in London was redecorated by the Iranian architect and interior designer India Mahdavi in June 2014 and it’s all about Pink !

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I know it’s not exactly new, but Sketch is such a surprising place that I wanted to share it with you anyway. It it is the paradise for design and art lovers as well as foodies and India Mahdavi has the ability to sprinkle magic where ever she goes…

It is a monochromatic interior, strikingly simple, with powder pink walls and velvet-covered custom-made furniture and an art installation (a backdrop of 239 works) with new works by British artist  David Shrigley. It is a playful contrast between his works and the classical bourgeois side of the restaurant. There is a definite feeling of drama and elegance.

Restaurant Sketch London

Restaurant Sketch London

The work will comprise new ceramic tableware, manufactured by British heritage brand Caverswall featuring Shrigley’s distinctive mordant drawings and texts. Shrigley’s plate design reflects the restaurant’s location in the West End of London.

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Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG