Prince Philip – The Queen at Breakfast Windsor Castle – 1965
The Duke of Edinburgh is known for his appreciation of fine art, but less well known is his own talent for applying oils to canvas.
The table is covered with a crisp white tablecloth, the plates, cups and saucers are white china, and there is a whole loaf of fresh bread with a jar of what appears to be marmalade, the spoon standing poised for use inside.
Superimpose Studio – Swindled campaign 2018 – United Kingdom
Swindled. It’s one simple word, but one which sparked an entire movement for Services Unknown, a platform run by London’s Superimpose Studio that explores issues facing the creative industries. It’s latest campaign – #Swindled – aims to facilitate a new discussion around Brexit, seeking an outcome that works for everyone. Having originally conceived the campaign for anti-Brexit group Best for Britain, Superimpose Studio decided to produce #Swindled itself after momentum stalled.
Lai-I-Chern – Transaction / Translation 10th Taipei Biennial “Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future” Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, 2016
“The two-year-long project Transaction / Translation is an attempt to preserve myself within society. Trying to leave a trace of me on the planet, trying to keep myself existing as long as possible, trying to prove that I ever existed, trying to make myself a reference of the present.[…] I develop my work in the context of monetary circulation in Taiwan, using one-hundred NTD (New Taiwan Dollar) notes as a medium for self-preservation. I always start with baking 24 breads conserving my labour, translating the breads into money by selling them for 100 NTD each and using the notes for further exchanges.”
Partnering with the London-based Skip Gallery, an improvised gallery space inside a huge waste container you usually see on the side of the street filled with construction rubble and whatnot, Turk has created a tongue-in-cheek piece that is, among all things, very meta.
Inside the skip – a place to dispose of rubbish – we see a packet of Skips prawn cocktail, a popular snack in the UK. According to the artist, the chips reminded him of the sacramental bread used in the ritual of Eucharist by Roman Catholics.
Keith Haring was an unusual character among the many street art legends that emerged from the New York graffiti scene, more of which you can read about in 20th Century & the Rise of Graffiti. While many graffiti and artists took to leaving their distinctive graffiti on trains and walls with spray cans, Keith Haring could be found merging experimental performance art with his graffiti street art, usually created in white chalk on black backgrounds.