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Dale Chihuly, Kew Gardens, August 2019

Throwing Shapes@Kew

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 8th August 2019

Let’s be honest, Kew in Summer is a delight. Now, there’s even more to marvel at. Immense glass sculptures rise out of the gardens like they’ve been planted there. American artist, Dale Chihuly, has taken over the gardens on an epic scale.

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The Future is…

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 31st August 2018

The subtitle to “The Future starts here” at the V & A is “100 projects shaping the world of tomorrow”. That’s everything you need to know. It challenges you right from the start as it’s peppered with killer questions, that we’ve all thought about but aren’t sure how to answer.

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Seeing Montalbano’s Sicily

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 21st June 2018

Okay, I admit our trip was inspired by the adventures of Inspector Montalbano. In case you didn’t know, he’s the inimitable Sicilian policeman who has made south east Sicily famous. He’s known for his quirky wit, devotion to Sicilian cooking and swimming off into the sunset.

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LOVE. FAME. TRAGEDY. IN A YEAR.

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: April 2018

Picasso once said, “The work that one does is a way of keeping a diary.” 1932 was quite a year for that diary. He had just turned 50 and was constantly being invited to exhibit his work. Read more .....

Boom for Basquiat

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 6th December 2017

Truth be told, I hadn’t been to the Barbican in a long time. I’m not sure what I was expecting from the Basquiat exhibition, entitled “Boom for Real”but it was a cool idea to take our 6-year-old. He spent the entire time drawing what he saw. Basquiat’s big bold lines clearly inspired him! 

 

Basquiat worked across such a breadth of media, it’s quite staggering to see it all curated so meticulously. Seeing his vast range of sources offered a major insight into his street-styled take on the pop culture of his times. Read more .....

If you can’t stand the heat…

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 28th August 2017

…stay out of Spain in August! It was so hot, the locals where only out in the early hours of the morning. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration. A siesta became a matter of survival.

 

Why were we there? Well, a wedding, a bit of flamenco and a family chill out. By that I mean, playing golf and tennis in the heat of the day. Not surprisingly, we didn’t get around to trying padel! Read more .....

Fashion forward fast & furious

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 15th June 2017

Every year, I head to the Central Saint Martins grad fashion show with sky-high expectations. You have to go ready to be blown away by pure catwalk creativity. This year was no exception. The look and feel was more political and bleak than usual but powerful and relevant. That counts for a lot. 

 

Menswear really stood out this time. There was more attitude and flesh on show than usual. An African tour de force of body hugging men’s fashion certainly got my heart racing to the hip hop soundtrack. Read more .....

Super hero lego

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 25th April 2017

I love the South Bank. Big time. It’s got it all. River views, drinks on tap, live music, books to browse, fabulous films and a dance floor. I kid you not.

 

A large marquee covered in comic illustration has sprung up for Nathan Sawaya’s “Art of the Brick” behind the Royal Festival Hall. I confess this exhibition has been on my “must do” list for a while. Finally the pester power of little brick lovers won out. Obviously, there was a long queue of superheroes in the making and their parents for a play date with a difference. Read more .....

Country of contradictions

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 28th February 2017

We enter the British Museum to find Esther Mahlangu’s Ndebele patterned BMW parked at the foot of the stairs, priming us for the creative chaos that is South African art. For me, it’s a trip back to my motherland. The place that has formed me. The colours that still excite me.

 

The energy and beauty that shape my aesthetic.

Stretching from the dawn of mankind to life after apartheid, the exhibition takes us from San cave art dating back to 100 000 years ago to present day soap operas. Read more .....

#VAVAVIVID @ London Fashion Weekend

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 8th October 2016

Which is the must have matte of the moment you ask? Word is Maybelline New York has just launched Vivid Matte Liquid. It’s the soft matte that makes vivid impact. I kid you not. Our idea for the launch was centred around #VAVAVIVID. I made up this word to capture the intensity of the colour and the feeling you get when you wear it. In other words - pouts go kapow! Read more .....

Exhibitionism at the Saatchi Gallery

 

Author: Trusha Naidoo

Date: 3rd August 2016

Yes, I did check out Exhibitionism at the Saatchi Gallery. It’s true: I’m not a massive fan. But I went with a fan. That counts. Right?

 

Elevator pitch? Think multi-media, deep dive into the slinky world of the Stones. With over 50 years of shared history, it must have been a challenge to curate! Their story features works by Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Ossie Clark, David Bailey, Jeff Koons and Martin Scorsese, amongst others. Read more .....