Jardim Botânico

This April month I had the incredible luck to travel a lot! It was wonderful to see again old friends, family, and meet new people and new places. It was just so great! Now I am back in Rio to stay and install myself in the city. So to celebrate my return to this incredible city I wanted to share some photos I took earlier this month of the famous Botanical Garden.
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Inhotim

So after an almost overdose of fashion shows, I wanted to share something different. This is an way overdue post on this fantastic exhibition I saw few months ago, at this incredible place called Inhotim.

If you have the weird good fortune to be in Belo Horizonte please see this museum, well they call it a centre of contemporary art bla bla…. Regardless it’s a magical place and so inspiring!

I was lucky to be invited to see this new pavilion and it was hosting a photographic exhibition from this photographer called Claudia Andujar, and her work followed for many years the indigenous tribe called the Yanomami. 

One room was particularly spectacular, it was full of drawings that were made in the 70’s by the tribe when they were given paper and pens. I mean it was so beautiful and I spent hours in this room!

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PS1

So to continue on this exhibition streak, I went to see this very high talked about PS1, which a newish annexe of Moma. I ended up being neighbour to them without realising, they are located near Long Island City which is very close to Queens. I heard they sometime have wonderful exhibits, however when I went I didn’t find it all mesmerising. Anyhow there were some interesting bits that I photographed and wanted to share with you.

IMG_5913Again another of the incredible skyline that I never seem to get tired of… Sorry for the million of the same picture on different light and time of the day, can’t help myself!IMG_5893 IMG_5892 IMG_5885 IMG_5894 IMG_5895 IMG_5897 IMG_5899 IMG_5904William Kentridge Stair Procession 2000

Those stairs were just so unexpected and wonderful spent ages photographing every angle and was just loving it! Such a great place for it, I love the grid mixed with figure holding things up and down the stairs.  IMG_5909 IMG_5908Wael Shawky Cabaret Crusades

Those two works I just found them so wonderfully in their composition and colours but so effective and beautiful.

Ruben Museum

This is an interesting museum and not as well known as other more mainstream I suppose. The Rubin Museum is a dedicated collection on the culture of India, Himalayas, and neighbouring regions. It is particularly focused on Tibetan art. There is basically a lot of buddhist and hindouiste representations. It was so unusual and refreshing to visit.

I loved to see such vibrant compositions with wonderful colour combination and these representations are so old, and so modern I felt. You can really take so much inspiration from just a few of those. I really enjoyed going to this museum and I definitely recommend everyone who goes to New York to check it out.

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Museum Follow up

So continuing on my New York exhibitions that I didn’t get share yet, here are a few places I went. So again I couldn’t resist showing another view of the skyline with this amazing blue sky.

IMG_5596Here again I saw the famous Guggenheim museum but you weren’t allowed to take photos of the art pieces so I can’t show you any pieces, but at least a bit of it’s architecture. IMG_5586 I found it too crowded to my liking probably because of being so famous and all and the collection wasn’t all that phenomenal… But I must say the building is always a delight. IMG_5621IMG_5625Those pieces below are from the New Whitney Museum, that I also saw (not on the same day!) but I forgot to take a photo of the actual building. So I took this picture below from their website. It’s the new building that gives into the High Line which is wonderful to visit with any sunshine.

schenck_whitney_2014_06_24_dsc_7809_740I really enjoyed the new building it’s very New York smart, and the collection is interesting. When I got there it just opened so there was a real hype and that meant queues for hours and hours. However I went to visit it late on a friday and that was just marvellous as there was hardly any queue and the entry was donation only. That’s a New York way to say you can give 1$ and that’s acceptable. I really enjoyed it! (not just the 1$ part but the actual visit of the place…)IMG_5646Morgan Russell Four Part Synchromy, Number 7, 1914-15 Oil on cardboard and canvas mounted on cardboard. IMG_5649Chiura Obata Mono Crater 1930, from the portofolio World Landscape Series “America” 1928-30
IMG_5653Willem de Kooning Door to the River 1960 Oil on Linen IMG_5655IMG_5659Jackson Pollock Number 27, 1950 Oil, enamel, Aluminium paint on canvas
IMG_5670IMG_5672IMG_5674Jean-Michel Basquiat Hollywood Africans 1983, Acrylic and oil stick on canvasIMG_5665Alma Thomas Mars Dust 1972 Acrylic on canvasIMG_5668IMG_5663Elizabeth Murray Children Meeting 1978 Oil on canvas

Brooklyn & Basquiat

New York seems like a dream to me now, and I am enjoying the rainy Paris weather. I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you an exhibitions I had seen while in NYC. The last few weeks I was in New York, I was franticly  trying to see all the exhibitions I could before leaving. So today it’s Jean Michel Basquiat, that I love so so much!! IMG_5698IMG_5678 IMG_5680Famous 1982 Acrylic and Xerox on canvas mounted on wood.

IMG_5683The exhibit was centred on his note books/sketch books and I just loved seeing how graphic and visual his writings were. He was such a poet, we assimilated everything around him and recreated in his own language, his own expressive way to communicate.

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His images are so strong in their simplicity. He had such a natural fluidity that really comes across in his work. I loved his texts, they become part of the painting as they are so graphic, and that ultimately also became his stamp, to recognise his work.

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Nyc places I love

IMG_5779New York feels likes long ago now, and those images are full of memories of this wonderful city. So I wanted to share a few snapshot I took while I was out there where I couldn’t just not resist taking those photo a bit like a tourist I know…

IMG_5736 IMG_5732 There is a place in New York I used to love to walk around and it felt like home to me, it is a bit posh area of New York obviously it’s by Central Park, by the Plaza (for me reminds me of Home Alone that watched countless times since little) and the wonderful department store that is Bergdof Goodman’s, and their truly amazing window display. You have the Cube of the Apple store, opposite the Plaza. I mean to New Yorker that sounds a bit all silly but to me I was just so happy being there soaking up all the magic of this like square.
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Paris, rain & back to reality

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So that’s it, New York is over… can’t believe how quickly it went by.. And still quite jet lagged, and unpacking all my New York finds, especially my new make up.

I had a mini revolution thanks to my cousin who knows so much about make up! I feel I graduated into a woman now and I can proudly say that I am 30 years old (although most people think I’m still 22! which is good!) and I know what works for me. It’s wonderful.

It’s raining and cold compared to New York, so I am in my pijama, re-reading my US magazines and getting new ideas for my print collection that I am working on. Lots of projects, ideas for the future it’s all very exciting!

Bronx & Frida

I went to see this exhibition of Frida Kahlo at the New York Botanical garden in the Bronx a few weeks ago, and hadn’t shared with you yet. I took me ages to get there, and the actual painting exhibit is on the small side (one room..) but the most interesting part is the garden being the New York Botanical garden.

The garden itself is worth going to see, such beautiful variety of flowers and plants very magical place indeed. I really loved the ponds, they had the most wonderful lotus flowers from different species all so stunning and lot of flowers were in bloom!

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Hampton’s galore

So as you know I have been enjoying a weekend away to the Hampton’s and enjoyed it so much! I wanted to share with you some photos I took of my cousin’s garden and of her wonderful store in Amagansett.IMG_5417

I love her house! It was full of charm but my favourite part is her glorious garden! (you know by now I have a weakness for gardens… and I painted there a lot! As you could see in my video…)

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It was my first time to see her store in Amagansett. My scarves are sold there. I loved the eclectic mix of the store and her approach of ” a bit of everything”. It’s very rich and a special place full of treasures that she collected during her travels in India, Brazil and lots of other exotic places.

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