Tokyo Bike; Tabernacle, Street Shoreditch. Opened in Easter 2012 this is one of the only European shops of the suburban Tokyo bicycle company founded in 2002.
Getty Images Gallery, Eastcastle Street, London; Londoners at Play (6th June- 25th August)
Curated to coincide with the patriotic summer- Jubilee, Olympics etc etc etc. This is an amazing collection of black and white memories from the 19th and 20th centuries. A true retrospective. But these are also scenes we all recognise- builders with St. Pauls in the background, community events and open air concerts.
Salute; captivating documentary film recounting the 1968 olympics and the renowned Black Power Salute. The film discusses the aftermath- the death threats and abuse following the athletes return. Director, Matt Norman.
(Released 13th July, 2012, review to come)
A celebration of Sir Gilbert-Scott’s 1920s iconic design, this is BTs means of celebrating Britain, in perfect timing for the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. Following the campaign, they will be auctioned publically for Childline’s 25th Anniversary.
With 82 boxes in total, consisting of designs by leading artists, designers and creatives including Ted Baker, Giles Deacon and Zandra Rhodes.
These are set to fetch a fortune, as well as adding character to the streets of London and bringing to the capital the nations artistic talen.
Whilst London becomes the centre of the universe for the summer as a result of the Olympics, the London galleries have to do something to keep our visitors entertained.
The Royal Academy started the show with their much acclaimed David Hockney exhibition and the rest of the galleries will continue the show.
Tate Britain has Picasso and ‘Migrations: Journeys into British Art’, Tate Modern has a long awaited Damien Hirst retrospective where the leader of the YBAs is represented in all his glory with an outlining of his entire artistic career, Jay Joplin’s White Cube represents fellow London rebels Gilbert and George and the Victoria and Albert Museum has a look back at half a century of British design.
There is plenty to see, so don’t waste all your energy watching meaningless sports on the television, but take advantage of this sound representation of British artisitic culture.
Migrations- 31st January-12th August 2012
Picasso and Modern British Art- 15th February-15th July 2012
Damien Hirst- 4th April-9th September 2012
Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye- 28th June-14th October 2012
The Queens Gallery:
Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy- 4th May-7th October 2012
Victoria and Albert Museum:
British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age- 31st March-12th August
White Cube, Hoxton:
Gilbert and George- 9th March-12th May 2012
(gallery and exhibition reviews to come)