Hard to believe and yet it’s already half a century ago that these images were taken by renown documentary photographer Harold Chapman from England. They are intriguing visual snippets of a time history.uk.co describes like:
“For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool. When Time magazine dedicated its 15 April 1966 issue to London: the Swinging City, it cemented the association between London and all things hip and fashionable that had been growing in the popular imagination throughout the decade.
London’s remarkable metamorphosis from a gloomy, grimy post-War capital into a bright, shining epicenter of style was largely down to two factors: youth and money. The baby boom of the 1950s meant that the urban population was younger than it had been since Roman times. By the mid-60s, 40% of the population at large was under 25. With the abolition of National Service for men in 1960, these young people had more freedom and fewer responsibilities than their parents’ generation. They rebelled against the limitations and restrictions of post-War society. In short, they wanted to shake things up…
Added to this, Londoners had more disposable income than ever before – and were looking for ways to spend it. Nationally, weekly earnings in the ‘60s outstripped the cost of living by a staggering 183%: in London, where earnings were generally higher than the national average, the figure was probably even greater.
This heady combination of affluence and youth led to a flourishing of music, fashion, design and anything else that would banish the post-War gloom. Fashion boutiques sprang up willy-nilly. Men flocked to Carnaby St, near Soho, for the latest ‘Mod’ fashions. While women were lured to the King’s Rd, where Mary Quant’s radical mini skirts flew off the rails of her iconic store, Bazaar.
Even the most shocking or downright barmy fashions were popularised by models who, for the first time, became superstars. Jean Shrimpton was considered the symbol of Swinging London, while Twiggy was named The Face of 1966. Mary Quant herself was the undisputed queen of the group known as The Chelsea Set, a hard-partying, socially eclectic mix of largely idle ‘toffs’ and talented working-class movers and shakers.”
The images ( Signed B/W Prints, mostly period prints, Silver Gelatin on PE, sizes vary, are available at The OMC Gallery) If you’re interested, contact us for details, please!
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Anybody, who reads about those Multimillion Dollar deals, realized mainly at auctions, held by Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, must get the impression that any art of any artist by most means is not affordable. Fact is the opposite and I like to quote in this context from the latest Contemporary Art Market Report published by Artprice.com (CEO Thierry Ehrmann):
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An exhibition by International Artists
Curated by Rolf Goellnitz
Blue is the overwhelming “favorite color” of most people around the world. It’s also said that it is the least gender specific color and equally appeals to both women and men.
In color psychology ‘Blue” is associated with “Intellectual, intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
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The Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) in cooperation with paddle8 presents a benefit auction by emerging and established artists. All proceeds will benefit LAAA, a charitable organization with the mission to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for Los Angeles artists.
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- Beach Scene - Advertising Studio Shot by Underwood& Underwood New York for Jacob Ruppert Knickerbocker Beer…
Why instagram and twitter seem to be more interesting than art (at least to the masses). Check out the links below and let us know, what YOU think.
Wake UP America! Photograph by ACME NEWS PICTURES Inc. Feb 15, 1937.Quote on verso: “The picture shows McClelland Barclay, a noted illustrator, working on a poster with Virginia Moore as model. Barcley liked to work with Miss Moore so much that he decided to make it a permanent combination, and they will be married soon. It is his third matrimonial venture and his wifie’s first. ” The photograph…