The National Theatre…
Designed by architects Denys Lasdun and Peter Softley and structural engineers Flint & Neill, it expands in three auditoria that opened gradually between 1976 and 1977.
The smallest one, the Cottesloe, was recently closed for refurbishment.
In its place, a bright red woody pop-up structure, in full contrast to the neutral Béton brut concrete building.
It’s The Shed and it lightens up the riverfront.
The building was bound to create controversy with its Brutalist architecture, with concrete being predominant inside and out. Some feel it’s overbearing, cold, alienating… I love it!
April 2013 marked the centenary of the birth of Norman Parkinson and the National hosts a free retrospective exhibition honouring the career of this eccentric figure, the ”father of photography” as he is widely regarded, the artist that influenced British fashion photography like no other.
Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style
Model wearing a Legroux Soeurs Hat, Vogue 1952
Harrod’s Hatshop advertisment, 1938
More taste than money, Vogue 1951
New York City, 1955
Young Velvets, Young Prices, New York, Vogue 1949
Traffic Ivy Nicholson by Norman Parkinson for US Vogue 1957
Life magazine, 1963
David Bowie, 1982
Wenda andOstriches, South Africa, Vogue 1951
Iman, Lucas Samaras
Arianna Huffington & Psarantonis, 1983
Pamela Minchin wearing a Fortnum and Mason bathing suit, Harpers Bazaar, 1939
Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style, until 27 May 2013
As we wandered about, this projection caught our eye. It turned out there was a second exhibition, Vanishing Act, by Lalla Ward. Whom, of course, we knew as Romana II in (Tom Baker’s) Doctor Who. She gave up acting very early but continued cultivating her artistic skills. Here she presented some exquisitely stitched pieces, reshaping textile into some brilliant works of art, inspired by the ability of insects and reptiles to metamorphose and blend into their environment. She even showcased the tools of her craft:
Photos by Konstantinos Implikian and Google.
London 24-29 April 2013
To be continued…