Chris Osburn

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A Couple of Suggestions   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 8/23/09
Tate Modern-- FuturismJune 12 - Sept 20th 2009BanksideLondon SE1 9TG 020 7887 8888 Entry is free except for major exhibitions Open Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00 Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00 Last admission into exhibitions 17.15 (Friday and Saturday 21.15) Despite being anti-women and pro-war, Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and his merry band of Futurists made some compelling art. Taking the best of Cubism and other early 20th century movements,... [more]
Tsuru   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 8/21/09
TSURU 4 Canvey Street, London SE1 9AN Tel: 020 7928 2228 Opening time: Mon-Fri 10:00am - 21:00 Sat 12:00 - 19:00 My list of preferred Japanese restaurants in London isn’t very long. But with rockin’ restos like Tsuru, I suppose quality over quantity isn’t such a bad thing all.  Conveniently locateded in the shadow of Tate Modern’s south side on quaint and pedestrian Canvey Street, Tsuru is an authentic Japanese eatery with a contemporary and casual... [more]
Abstract America   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kristin Baker John Bauer, Mark Bradford, Joe Bradley, Tom Burr, Jedediah Caesar, Carter, Eric Chanschatz, Heather Chanschatz, Peter Coffin, Dan Colen, Guerra de la Paz, Francesca DiMattio, Bart Exposito, Mark Grotjahn, Rachel Harrison, Jacob Hashimoto, Patrick Hill, Matt Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Paul Lee, Chris Martin, Elizabeth Neel, Baker Overstreet, Stephen G. Rhodes, Halsey Rodman, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Gedi Sibony, Amy Sillman, Agathe Snow, Kirsten Stoltmann, Dan Walsh, Garth Weiser, Jonas Wood, Aaron Young at Saatchi Gallery May 29th, 2009 - January 17th, 2010
Posted 8/2/09
    Abstract America: New Paintings and Sculpture is not for me, but I have to admit that the Saatchi Gallery’s done a phenomenal job gathering up artwork by the biggest and brightest in contemporary American abstract artists.  As this was my first visit to Saatchi’s swanky digs in Chelsea, I must also mention that the gallery is phenomenal – perhaps even the best venue for viewing art that I’ve ever come across.  Many of the works in the exhibition seemed too clever for my taste, but the... [more]
Ortigia   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 7/31/09
ORTIGIA SLOANE SQUARE SHOP ADDRESS55 Sloane SquareLondon SW1W 8AXTel. + 44 207 730 2826Fax + 44 207 730 5175 I had no idea that I was a fragrance freak until I happened upon Ortigia’s Corallo (coral shell) cologne.  Part of this Sicilian toiletry brand’s line of fragrances comprised of dry aromatic Mediterranean plants (helichrysum, cistus, wild fennel, rosemary, oregano, mint, thyme, nutmeg, pine, balsamic herbs, cypress tree musk and estragon), this cologne... [more]
Shinganist (Curated by Usugrow)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
BENE & JUN KANEKO, Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, Usugrow at StolenSpace Gallery July 23rd, 2009 - August 9th, 2009
Posted 7/31/09
      Shinganist is a group show of young Japanese artists influenced by elements of underground western culture such as graffiti, skating, punk and hip hop.  Not content merely to copy the art associated with American and European subcultures, the Shinganists interprete them through traditional Japanese art techniques.  The result? Brilliant works of art that are both edgy and thoughtful.   The show is curated by Japanese artist Usugrow, who not only handpicked the artists and pieces... [more]
Old Shoreditch Station   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/29/09
OLD SHOREDITCH STATION 1 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA Phone: N/A Web:       Located at the corner of Old Street and Shoreditch High Street, Old Shoreditch Station is a super convenient spot for meeting up in East London. Hip but unpretentious, there's nothing really phenomenal about this café/bar. To be honest, it's just a good place to keep in mind when in need of an impromptu HQ or a bit of offsite work.  The coffee is more than decent,... [more]
Grow Up with the Shiny New Lazarides Rathbone   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mode 2, Bast, Blu, Boogie, David Choe, Miranda Donovan, Faile, Conor Harrington, Invader, Charlie Isoe, Todd James, JR, Nicole Mackinlay Hahn, Lucy McLauchlan, Antony Micallef, Polly Morgan, Vhils, Jonathan Yeo, Zevs at Lazarides Rathbone Place May 15th, 2009 - June 25th, 2009
Posted 5/29/09
        Grow Up group show at the newly opened Lazarides Rathbone features a stunning list of some of today's hottest names in urban art: Lucy McLauchlan, Invader, Jonathan Yeo, Todd James, David Choe, Antony Micallef, Bast, Charlie Isoe, Vhils, JR, Boogie, Faile, Nicole Mackinlay Hahn, Blu, Polly Morgan, Conor Harrington, Zevs, Mode 2 and Miranda Donovan.  Aside from the fact that Grow Up is a kick ass exhibition chocked full of invigorating works; the show is also an awesome excuse to go... [more]
Past Future Perfect   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Alexander Brodsky, Pavel Pepperstein, Haim Sokol, Leonid Tishkov and Stanislav Volyazlovsky. at Calvert 22 May 13th, 2009 - June 16th, 2009
Posted 5/29/09
          Calvert 22, London's first not-for-profit foundation specializing in Russian and Eastern European art, recently opened with , an exhibition which brings together selected works by five of Russia's leading contemporary artists: Alexander Brodsky, Pavel Pepperstein, Haim Sokol, Leonid Tishkov, and Stanislav Volyaslovsky.  Despite differences in style and media, the artists represented in this inaugural exhibition appear to draw inspiration from a common desire to excavate all... [more]
Kutlug Ataman’s fff at Thomas Dane Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kutlug Ataman at Thomas Dane Gallery March 13th, 2009 - April 18th, 2009
Posted 3/15/09
        The first major exhibition in London since 2005 by Turkish contemporary artist Kutlug Ataman, consists of a ten screen video installation with original music by famed British minimalist composer Michael Nyman. Drawn from home movies from the fifties and sixties, fff (an abbreviation of "found family footage") presents a "complex montage" of constantly overlapping sequences of film.  For the installation, Ataman borrowed archived footage from two British families, the Fryers and... [more]
Trader Vic’s   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 3/14/09
The London Hilton 22 Park Lane London W1Y 1BE 0)7208 4113     Situated in the basement of the Park Lane Hilton across from Hyde Park, Trader Vic's is one of my favourite places for a cocktail in London! And one of the last of the world's greatest tiki bars. Since the closure of the original Trader Vic's in Beverly Hills, the London location is now the oldest in world. Opened in 1963, this swank tropical-themed restaurant/bar has much of the same decor... [more]
Liminal: A Question of Position at Rivington Place   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) March 11th, 2009 - April 25th, 2009
Posted 3/14/09
        brings together more than twenty artists to examine contemporary life in cities.  Through their collection of large scale, interactive installations, the artists make use of digital media to delve into the contemporary urban experience, questioning the physical and cultural positioning of city dwellers. For example, the Che-Guevara John and Philippe Chollet piece Frictions of Distance links Liminal with the French Cultural Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to "explore the issues of... [more]
What a Wonderful Exhibition   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kai & Sunny at StolenSpace Gallery January 22nd, 2009 - February 15th, 2009
Posted 1/27/09
        What a wonderful world? What a wonderful exhibition! Featuring a complementary soundtrack by Pablo Clements from Unkle (two hundred free limited edition mix CDs were given away at this exhibition's private view on January 22nd), "What a Wonderful World" is the largest exhibition to date by design dream team, Kai & Sunny. This inexhaustible and multidisciplinary duo is renowned for their work on global brand campaigns for the likes of heavyweight clients such as Apple, Microsoft,... [more]
Massive Toof-y Smiles   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sweet Toof at Sartorial Contemporary Art January 13th, 2009 - February 4th, 2009
Posted 1/27/09
        Known throughout London and beyond for adorning even the most seemingly inaccessible of buildings, billboards and whatever other urban spaces that use a lick of paint with his vibrant and massive toothy smiles, it's about time super-prolific street artist Sweet Toof got his own solo show in this town! The self-titled Sweet Toof exhibition at Sartorial Contemporary Art's new (and expansive) King's Cross location offers viewers an excellent opportunity to examine this notorious... [more]
Lounge Lover   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 1/26/09
Lounge Lover 1 Whitby St London E2 7DP 0207 012 1234     Worked up a thirst while gallery hopping about London's East End?  Consider stopping in at Lounge Lover (right off Bethnal Green Road and just up from Brick Lane and only a short walk from Shoreditch High Street) for some of London's most eye-candy-rific décor as well as one of the tastiest of most inventive cocktail menus you'll ever peruse in this town! Lounge Lover (a sister establishment to the nearby and... [more]
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