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Lucy Rie by Sam Haskins

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Lucy Rie was one of the visual creative giants working in the United Kingdom contemporaneously with Sam.

Although honoured by being made a dame in 1991, in recent years the most spectacular exhibition honouring her work was in 2009 at the Issey Miyake Foundation's 21_21 pavilion in Tokyo, the second time that the legendary Japanese fashion designer has shown Rie's work in Japan.

The design of the exhibition was sublime with the pots shown as though floating on a large pool of water. Unfortunately the catalogue was a let down including the absence of good portraits of the three artists showing in the 'U-Tsu-Wa' (Vessesl) show.

Find out more about Lucy Rie from these sites: Wallpaper, Wikipedia, Crafts Study Centre. The latter link contains a very thorough biography and some charming historical images of Lucy at work in London and playing as a youngster in Austria.

Here are Sam's pictures of Lucy and her work, taken around 1990.

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The spread above is from Sam's show at the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra) in 2006.

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Jean Michel Folon by Sam Haskins

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Sam embarked on a multi-year slow cooking project of photographing artists from around the world. They were all personal favourites, colleagues that he had admired for years. Sadly the project came to a premature end because getting artists to commit to a day or two of shooting is like herding cats. Sam was not the type to spend ages persuading people to pose for him so, when the logistics became too much of a stress the project was abandoned.

However, along the way Sam was able to pay homage to creative minds and personalities that had provided him with much joy and inspiration through their work. One of the happiest of these encounters was with the brilliant Belgian illustrator and graphic artist Jean Michel Folon. From the late sixties Sam always had at least one giant Folon poster (which Sam framed himself), hanging prominently in his studio.

The photographs below were taken in the early eighties at Folon's studio outside Paris before he moved to Monaco.


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The black 'T' shape in the two image layout above was a graphic mechanism that Sam used for his exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra in 2006.

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Below is a selection of Folon's incredible work. Always, deeply thoughtful, tender hearted, delicately executed, highly graphic minimal line, super saturated colours and emotionally taught with a signature mix of humour and haunting sadness.

Further examples of Folon's work can be found here: Official Site, Folon Foundation, Wikipedia Entry.


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Chatting with Horacio Silva

Monday, October 26th, 2009

On October 7, 2009, Le Book and the School of Visual Arts in New York sponsored an evening at Milk Gallery with Horacio Silva of the New York Times interviewing me in front of an invited audience of approximately 250 people.

Just ten days after I was discharged from hospital this was just what the doctored ordered. An evening with a room full of colleagues who could not have been more generous and warm in their response to my work and the stories that Horacio prompted.

Milk are very slick with their organisation of these events and after the interview the drinks flowed as the gallery counter worked furiously to sell books while I stood in the corner signing and inscribing. The feedback from photographers, art directors, stylists and lovers of photography could not have been warmer or more genuine. An evening of meeting and chatting with top level colleagues that left one old man with a lot of good memories.

Thanks to Kyle Dean Reinford for the following six images.

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FASHION ETECETERA was launched in September with an exhibition at Milk Gallery in New York. The project is a partnership with the Tommy Hilfiger group who have exclusive 3rd party rights to market, distribute and sell a special edition of the book and are sole sponsors of the exhibition.

A PDF of the standard edition French Fold jacket can be viewed here. A PDF of the special edition cover to be sold in Tommy Hilfiger stores can be viewed here

For clarification of the two editions of FASHION ETCETERA please see the 'Two Editions' post on this blog.

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Milton Glaser

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Milton Glaser is without doubt one of the most impressive artists I ever met.

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Photos: Sam Haskins

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His recent book 'Drawing is Thinking' (published by Overlook Press) is a view into an extraordinary and highly intelligent mind at work and play. Glaser is also acutely articulate and charming when talking about design and illustration in general as well as his own work. The interview with Peter Mayer in the book is an important complement to the drawings.

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