Art – Chewing Gum Artist – Ben Wilson – London

Ben Wilson made his name by applying artistic designs to that most unlikely of canvases, squashed pavement gum. An exhibition and trail of his work opens at Trinity Buoy Wharf on 2 February. The masticatory maestro is the first visiting artist in a new arts programme funded by Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust. Each artist will leave a permanent work of art at the site, which is famous for its lighthouse and container city, and as home of the Longplayer 1000-year piece of music. As part of the show, Wilson has created a trail of illustrated chewing gum from East India DLR down to the Wharf, where you’ll find a photographic exhibition of his previous work. Ben Wilson’s exhibition is at The Boiler House, Trinity Buoy Wharf, E14 0JW on 3-5 February 2012, 12-5pm, with an opening night on 2 February (5-9pm). Entrance is free. The gum trail is visible at any time.

Art – The London Art Fair 2012 – Islington

Location: Business Design Centre, Islington Date: 18th – 22nd January 2012 If you are keen for some culture this weekend, the events taking place at The London Art Fair 2012 taking place in the Business Design Centre, Islington from 18th-22nd January 2012 are worth a trip. Now in its 24th year it is the largest modern and contemporary art fair in the UK. With 12O galleries exhibiting artworks from around the world and a programme of talks, discussions and tours it is a haven for collectors, or those looking for a one-off art purchase. So much to do, so little time! Let us know what you thought…  

Design – First Ever Time Out Issue

Vintage is cool. Vintage clothes, fairs, homewares. You name it, old stuff is hot and we want a piece of the action. What about a vintage version of your favorite London magazine? Yes, that is right. Time Out’s first ever issue was just a double sided A2 sheet folded into A5 when it hit the streets in the summer of 1968 and it has never looked back, until now. Download it to see what was hot in the late 60s….

Pop Up Shop – RVCA X The Shop Next Door – Australia

The RVCA Pop Up launch party was held on Thursday the 27th of October, the following video shows the opening night in action. The store is to Open on the 22nd of November and will wave bye bye on the 30th of November 2011. Based in Narrabeen, Sydney, the store will sell one- off’s, samples, discontinued stock and other assorted RVCA branded delights. ‘The Shop Next Door’ party was a great success, with Little Creatures and Pipsqueak quenching visitor’s thirsts, art was admired, and delicious food and fun was had by all. [vimeo w=400&h=225]

RVCA X The Shop Next Door POP UP STORE: opening night wrap up from RVCA Australia on Vimeo.

Event – Shoes For Show Exhibition – London

Location: The Old Truman Brewery, The Loading Bay, Brick Lane, LONDON Date: 4th-8th November 2011 (ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT) Prepare for high (heeled) art at Shoes for Show. To those for whom shoes are just an intermediary between your foot and the ground, this free exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery will offer little in the way of cultural insight. But for anyone with even a glancing pedal interest, ‘Javari Presents The Sculptural Art of High Heels’ is well worth dipping a toe into. Curated by Shonagh Marshall, who has archived the collections of Christian Louboutin and Isabella Blow, it features stunning photography and many iconic shoes – including the Vivienne Westwood numbers that famously floored Naomi on the catwalk in 1993.

Christian Louboutin for the English National Ballet

Certain to create a buzz, the exhibition of couture shoes features a plethora of big name designers and owners. From the Gareth Pugh designed cuboid shoes for Beyonce’s Run the World music vid to the Swarovski embellished Christian Louboutin heeled ballet shoes, designed for the English National Ballet, there are some absolutely stunning examples of art meeting footwear featured in the exhibition.  

Art – Boetti – Bonham’s – New Bond St – London

Go and see the Boetti on sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street. It’s amazing and beautifully lit and displayed. It’ll be in a private collection this week… Bonham’s Contemporary Art Department is delighted to announce the sale of a highly important work by one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th century, Alighiero E Boetti (1940-1994), in the Department’s inaugural sale on 13 October 2011. Attracting a pre-sale estimate of £1,200,000 – 1,800,000 and entitled 1984, this monumental piece comprises 192 intricate pencil drawings of magazine covers which were published in 1984. Composed of 12 panels, one documenting each month of the year, it is the first time that this work has appeared at auction. All yours for just £1.5 million.    

Event – Damien Hirst Exhibition -The Complete Spot Paintings 1986 – 2011

Location: Gagosian Gallery, London Date: 12 January, 2012 – 18 February, 2012 To all you Damien Hirst Lovers “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986 – 2011” – a new solo show from the acclaimed British artist Damien Hirst. The exhibition is planned to take place simultaneously across all of the eleven Gagosian Gallery locations Worldwide. The gallery will even be borrowing pieces from both public institutions and private collections, as well as from the artist himself. This is the first time Gagosian Gallery has dedicated all locations to a body of work by one artist.

Art – Vogue Covers from 2010 – Shrubrub

A LiveJournal user called Shrubrub has created some collages by stacking up every single 2010 Vogue cover from all over the world to arrive to the image below, where she’s pretending to see what would appear as Virgin Mary (I guess I could see that too). She also stacked up the covers country by country, creating more interesting results and as you can see the logo does not move a hair. Clever stuff!