Category Index
Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

All content by Karla Thompson, an ex-pat Aussie living in East London. When not working on Join the Big Picture she is part of the backbone to the Leonhard Pfeifer brand.

Read an interview about Join the Big Picture here.

 

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www.leonhardpfeifer.com
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Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Entries in Frieze London (6)

Thursday
Oct312013

Frieze London 2013 - Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas & Jeff Koons

The Good, the Beautiful and the Baffling.

Big names in art and some big bold work - Sarah Lucas, always good. Damien Hirst with an array of spectacularly beautiful exotic insects and the baffling collection of cast ‘inflatable’ toys from Jeff Koons. There is no place like Frieze.

The Good (my favourite) Sarah Lucas


The Beautiful - Damien Hirst and his insects

and the Baffling - Jeff Koons

 

Tuesday
Oct302012

Frieze London Roundup - Teresita Fernandez

Teresita Fernandez Night Writing (Hero and Leander), 2011

Colored and shaped paper pulp with ink jet assembled with mirror

125 x 168 cm

Detail - Night Writing (Hero and Leander), 2011

Detail - Night Writing (Hero and Leander), 2011

I had a thing for the ladies at Freize it seems, drawn to wonderful work by exceptional ladies - Sarah Lucas, Teresita Fernandez, Shirazeh Houshiary, Yayoi Kusama, and I guess in terms of style and sensibility, Grayson Perry himself.

Often inspired by landscape and natural phenomena American artist Teresita Fernandez experiential, large-scale works are dramatic and ethereal, as well as portraying diverse historical and cultural references.

Her piece, Night Writing (Hero and Leander) was a wonderful mass of pink and black coloured pulp, evoking images of a night time sky Aurora Borealis style. Punctured with a series of holes, meticulously arranged in clusters, these holes let natural light shine into the work, or from behind the work perhaps, making the whole work seem stellar.

Standing in front of the work, for a brief moment when the crowds were clear, I glimpsed myself, alone in her swirling pink universe amongst the twinkling stars.

Nice.

Monday
Oct292012

Frieze London Roundup - Yayoi Kusama

One of Kusama’s many polka dot paintings. Frieze London, 2012.

Yayoi Kusama is Japans most interesting living artist; now in her 80’s she has not been out of Japan for the last 10 years.

Consistently dotty in her look and her artist expression, her working life has been a continual outpouring of creativity, which her last 185 painting are a testament to. Some of which were featured at her Tate Modern show this summer in London 2012 and in Australia in 2011.

My earliest memories of Kusama stem from a single photo in a book on New York artists from the 60’s. Featuring an array of new artists of the time there she was, immersed in a mirrored room full of spotty soft sculptures. I doubted if I had any idea of what her work meant, but I remember liking the work instantly, and loving the idea of this passionate, slightly odd Japanese woman.

Yayoi Kusama The Cosmos NHHN, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
194 x 194cm

Years on, I still love the idea of her, she is still slightly odd, I still enjoy her art and her unwavering dot obsession. I have nothing but admiration for her conviction and ability to create works of great scale at great volume.

Yayoi Kusama, Flowers That Bloom Tomorrow, 2011
Frieze London Sculpture Park exhibition in Regents Park.



Wednesday
Oct242012

Frieze London Roundup - Shirazeh Houshiary

Fray, 2012

Pencil, pigment, black and white aquacryl on canvas and aluminium
120 x 120 cm

On show at Frieze London, Shirazeh Houshiary’s work whispered ‘I love you’ from behind the glass. Soft, delicate, ethereal swirls etched into delicate hues in shades of pinks and blues, Houshiary’s work exuded sultry whispers.

Right of Spring 2012

Pencil, pigment and black aquacryl on canvas and aluminium
190 x 190 cm

Detail - Right of Spring 2012

Pencil, pigment and black aquacryl on canvas and aluminium
190 x 190 cm

As well as two paintings, Houshiary has created a stunning spiral sculpture in various hues of pink, slowly growing towards the ceiling. The strong, sharp little corners of each aluminium block in this sculpture blended beautifully with each other creating a delicately balanced, gently entwined sculpture.

Sheer

Anodized aluminium
122 x 83 cm

Researching her work I also discovered that Houshiary collaborated on the Altar glass window insallation at St Martins-in-the-field in 2101. I noticed the beautifully strong and curving stain glass ‘eye’ last weekend when we were at the church for a childrens 'mini maestro' music performance.

Altar window at London's St Martins-in-the-field

Monday
Oct222012

Frieze London Roundup - Grayson Perry


Grayson Perry The Adoration of the Cage Fighters, 2012

Wool, cotton, acrylic, polyester and silk tapestry
200 x 400 cm

Slightly unconventional Brit artist, Grayson Perry is best known for his ceramic works. However his new piece at Frieze London this year was a gorgeously vivid tapestry that reached out on many levels to the viewer. The size, the craftsmanship and the strong socially provocative content showed a new complexity in his work.

Detail of Grayson Perry The Adoration of the Cage Fighters, 2012


Detail of Grayson Perry The Adoration of the Cage Fighters, 2012

The first in a series of six tapestries from the collection The Vanity of Small Differences, the tapestries focus on the life of ‘Tim’, illustrating his journey from birth through to death. The first in the series, The Adoration of the Cage Fighters is a comment on the trappings of affluent lifestyle and society’s obsession with media.

 “…the infant Tim reaches for his mother’s smart phone, his rival for her attention”

For an insight into the Tapestries, and Grayson himself, check out Channel 4’s programme In the Best Possible Taste - Grayson Perry.