The American contemporary artist Richard Jackson knows how to push things to the limit – with the help of colourful paint being pumped through his installations, funnels, tubes, mouths ears and all sorts of other body parts, for his exhibition UNEXPECTED-UNACCEPTED-
Richard Jackson’s Latest Showing at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Originally born in Sacramento in 1939, Richard Jackson has since become an iconic name in
the world of art and painting. Jackson is not just any old artist due to focusing his skills on
the radical expansion of painting – he expands the activities of painting and instead of using
generic instruments to create his art, he favours the use of vehicles, machines and everyday
objects. This has given him the reputation of a Neo–Dadaist!
Jackson has innovatively made the radical expansion of painting his primary focus, much
more so than any other artist of his time! The infamous artist uses the formal picturesque
boundaries and pushes them as far as he possibly can! This allows him to create bizarre
situations which connect the usage of his paint and the actual use of the machines to its
Now notorious for his use of the grotesque, Jackson’s rooms have developed a reputation of
being absolutely hilarious – but they also serve as a provocative critique of both society and
art! When you delve into the inside of Jackson’s rooms, it isn’t quite like anything you have
seen before! Animals, comic figures and objects are used to create the central protagonists
in the rooms. This is helped via the use of pumps and air compressors as they allow an array
of rich, vibrant colours to flow through tubes that travel through a plethora of things:
mouths, ears, furnishings, walls and even the characters themselves! It really is such a
unique, creative use of paint to tell a wacky story!
And now you can see Jackson’s brilliant talent come to life in the flesh with the new
exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt! The exhibition will display many of his
world-renowned Rooms. Some of these quirky yet fascinating rooms include:
- The Bed Room (2002)
- The Delivery Room (2006-07)
- The Dining Room (2006-07)
- The Maid’s Room (2006-07)
- The War Room (2006-07)
Throughout all of these rooms, one element is ever-present – they combine a critical
commentary of painting alongside their social contexts. So, if you’re like us and you not only
like looking at art but also examining it and delving further into what it could be reflecting
from society, you are in for a treat with this exhibition!
Richard Jackson’s ‘Unexpected Unexplained Unaccepted ‘exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle
Frankfurt has been extended until the 5th of July 2020.
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and art fairs, visit TA-DAH.TV today!
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- 11 Oct: 20.00h CET: Men’s & Women’s Finals
- 10 – 14 Nov: Fortaleza/ Brazil (TBC)
- 17 – 21 Nov: Cumbuco/ Brazil (TBC)
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Duke + Dexter
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Fashion attitude in multitude – collaborations
This is definitely a trend of modern times, and never has it been as important as now to be original and use a bit of street cred by a third party for whatever cudos that celebrity name brings. And Duke + Dexter is a master at that! For younger generations to relate, having their idol wear cool kit is a master stroke in branding, and Archie Hewlett know this. Having teamed up with the American actor and comedian Jonah Hill in 2017 opened up the American Markte to all those who love a ‘bit of British’ across the pond. 2019 saw D + D get into bed with Snoop Dogg. Many saw that as a proper coup, as the label produced a limited edition collection exclusively for Selfridges.
They had already partnered up with Harrods the year before in 2018, so building on that, they went one further by striking a deal with Snoop Dogg and Selfridges – a dream team scenario between celebrity – retailer – brand, we reckon! Working with the KaDeWe in Berlin was another ace move to gain international recognition, so it wasn’t a surprise at all for the world to see the D + D open their own retail outlet, and their flagship store in Earlham Street in Covent Garden opened its doors in 2016.
London’s Covent Garden
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Shop ’til you drop is an understatement in Covent Garden, as there’s no room to drop: countless shows award-winning shows await as there are theatres strewn all over the place, famously including the Royal Opera House, the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, the Noël Coward Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse, amongst many other leading production houses. Covent Garden is buzzing 24 hours a day, so we suggest you just dive in and experience the best that London has to offer.
- 09 July: Exeter, Powderham Castle, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 13 July: Leeds, Harewood House, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 15 July: Norwich, Blickling Estate, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 16/17 July: Bath, Royal Crescent, Michael Bublé – Live at The Royal Crescent
- 19 July: Brighton/Hove, The 1st central County Ground, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 20 July: Derby, Incora County Ground, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 22 July: Cardiff, Cardiff Castle, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 23 July: Warwick, Warwick Castle, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 25 July: Hatfield/London, Hatfield House, An Evening with Michael Bublé
- 27 July: Durham, Emirates Riverside, An Evening with Michael Bublé
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Richy Ahmed literally ‘worked his way up’ on the scene from raver to music fan, promoter, DJ and finally to producer. Uniquely, he knows every aspect of the industry, giving him such a clever advantage. Mates with all the boys on the circuit, he literally has EDM running through his veins. He knows how the dance floor ticks or how to get the crowd going at a festival, which has him regularly turn up at the best dance events all over the world. Yet sitting down on the floor with him, sharing a bit of carpet at London’s Eastern Electrics Festival, was not an issue.
He’s completely down to earth and totally honest with it. That afternoon, he was part of a dream-team line-up at the main stage, playing alongside Eats Everything, Hot Since 82, The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler. Woaahhhh, what a day that was: hot sunshine, 25 thousand ravers, the DJ booth was ‘on fire’ and a crowd, that never stopped dancing! After his set, Claudia Peifer grabbed him in the Green Room to find out how he ticks, why he loves house and what makes him such a much-loved act. We’re talking fave clubs, like Watergate in Berlin, playing Paradise at DC-10 on Ibiza and other iconic venues, and discover how he actually ended up spinning decks. He regularly features in the line-up of those legendary Elrow parties and plays huge festivals like Space Miami, Glastonbury and Tomorrowland, so hit that start button now to learn more about the boy from South Shields…
Hailing from South Shield in North East England, Richy Ahmed is a British producer and DJ who has made a name for himself in the electronic music scene by dabbling in nearly every aspect of it from raving to eventually making a name for himself as a DJ and a producer.
Taking inspiration from a wide range of genres that includes electro, funk, hip-hop and even disco, Richy has been a driving force behind the ongoing popularity of UK house music. Making sure his home territory was covered first, he soon set his sight on sunnier destinations, racking up appearances and residences at cult Ibiza venues like Paradise and DC-10, and that was just the start! Not content with simply conquering the mecca of electronic music and club culture that is Ibiza, Richy has set his sights on global domination with appearances at famous (and sometimes infamous) venues such as Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Blue Marlin Dubai, Rome’s Room21 and BPM Mexico, amongst countless parties organised by Spain’s biggest party host elrow. Not content with playing legendary venues alone, Richy has also made appearances at world-famous festivals like Tomorrowland, Glastonbury, Burning Man, and Hideout Festival in Croatia.
TA-DAH.TV’s Claudia Peifer grabbed him for a legendary interview during the Eastern Electrics festival staged at Hatfield House, just outside London. Clearing the Green Room for a full half an hour, Richy revealed all from his calling to step into the DJ booth to his favourite clubs to play at.
Having established himself firmly on the DJ map the world over, Richy has added yet another feather to his cap by launching his own label and event imprint, FOUR THIRTY TWO – talk about a man of many talents!
The label has so far served as a way for Richy to continue his musical growth, released UK house music that stays true to the genre’s core. Alongside this, Richy has also ventured into the world of A&R, championing the music and artists he truly believes in.
To get a taste of Richy’s DJ skills, check out his most popular releases and remixes including his breakthrough hit “The Drums” or remixes of legendary artists like London Grammar and New Order.
Can’t wait to experience one of his legendary live sets? Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming appearances by Richy below.
His staying power is second to none, considering he brought out his first album ’Born To Do It’ in 2000 (yes, three zeros)! See him live and you understand why this singer-songwriter, DJ, rapper, record producer is still at the top of his A-game decades later! At the Gibraltar Music Festival he first played his set as a singer, and then delivered his TS5 DJset, which left us all with our jaws on the floor.
The hits kept on coming, whether young or old, they still sounded fresh, and the audience knew all the words, right across the generations. His all-round talent is just awesome, and you couldn’t meet a nicer guy – hence, you could really feel the love out there for him. ‘7 Days’ is one of the most iconic pop songs of the 90s, and his live performance didn’t stop short. What a treat it was to have him perform in Gibraltar – watch the video now to relive the moment…(craigdavid.com)
Craig David – Live Shows
- 23 March: London, TS5 at Drumheads Festival
- 03 May: Brighton, Land Beyond Festival
- 18 May: Cornwall, Tunes in the Dunes
- 21 May: Ibiza, Ibiza Rocks at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
- 24 May: Port Talbot/UK, In It Together Festival
- 28 May: Ibiza,Ibiza, Ibiza Rocks at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
- 08 June: Dublin, Pints in a Field
- 21 June: Margate, Dreamland
- 22 June, Bristol, Ashton Gate pres BS3
- 06 July: Warwick, Warwick Castle
- 31 Aug: Hitchin/UK, Hitchin Priory
- 03 Sept: Ibiza, Ibiza Rocks at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
- 10 Sept: Ibiza, Ibiza Rocks at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
- 17 Sept: Ibiza, Ibiza Rocks at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
- 24 Sept: Ibiza, Ibiza Rocks at Ibiza Rocks Hotel
The Man Himself
Originally from Southampton, Craig David has got an Afro-Grenadian dad and an Anglo-Jewish mum – wow – which probably also makes him the cosmopolitan character he is! He is one of the nicest acts in the biz, and we think, this is one of his greatest secrets…and greatest assets: that he is such a likeable guy, quite apart from the massive talent he has shown to have. An all-rounder in so many ways, he sings, raps, writes songs, has big roots in R&B, yet churns out pop, dance, hip-hop & garage tracks, having sold over 15m albums, of which many went multi-platinum, paving the way for him as a highly successful solo artist.
Apart from 5 super successful, and by now iconic, studio albums, he’s collaborated with artists like Sting, Tinchy Strider, Big Narsty, Rita Ora and many more big names in the music industry. He’s been nominated for the Brit Awards more often than you’ve had hot dinners (well, fourteen times, actually), has been nominated for a Grammy, has won MTV Europe Music Awards, as well as three prestigious MOBOs, and has been nominated for Urban Music Awards as well. For his contribution to the music industry, David has received an honorary Doctor of Music from Southampton Solent University.
Talking Southampton and football, he supports Southampton FC, of course, and loved taking part in Soccer Aid at Wembley Stadium, where he picked up the ‘Man Of The Match’ Award, playing alongside English soccer stars and absolute heroes like Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham and David Seaman.
When it comes to social conscience, he has a big heart too: becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organisation against tuberculosis. For this, he travelled to South Africa, and returned to Kenya years later to trek 100miles across the Kenyan desert for Comic Relief as part of Red Nose Day, alongside TV presenters Dermot O’Leary and Lorraine Kelly, as well as singer-songwriter Olly Murs.
After all these years, he still puts on huge tours and parties the nights in Ibiza, where he has regular residencies during summer, literally being part of the furniture at Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Taking the batteries out is just not an option…
Craig David’s life took a turn for the worse, when his nice-guy image was under attack, having been caricatured in the British TV comedy sketch show Bo’ Selecta!, in reference to David’s first big hit. Over night, his reputation took a nose-dive and his fortunes changed. He suddenly lost direction and this was evident in his work too, having produced an uninspiring cover album of Motown songs. He wasn’t happy at all about this kind of karaoke album, and felt he was losing touch, turning out his own authentic dance tracks no longer.
That’s when a move to Miami seemed a good idea, however, hanging out in VIP-areas of local clubs and doing parties for the sake of it, didn’t make him happy. Pumping iron, meaning concentrating on weightlifting, didn’t fulfil him either, so he realised he had to hit the studio and get back into writing, or else…
That’s when he began to develop a new musical project, after starting to host house parties in 2012, just for his friends hanging out at his apartment. The apartment number was TS5, and the rest is history! The TS5 concept gave Craig David a new lease of life, returning to the music industry as a solo artist once again, starting second time around.
Chart Toppers & TS5 pool parties
Enjoying gigantic success with his debut album Born To Do It, featuring massive hits like Fill Me In, Last Night and the iconic track 7 Days, the follow-up album Slicker Than Your Average also boasted huge hits like Rise & Fall, in which he duetted with the multi-award winning Sting, as well as What’s Your Flava. His then produced his 3rd album under a new contract with Warner Music, churning out hits like All The Way and Trust Me. For the mega track Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance), he actually managed to get David Bowie’s permission to sample his number-1 single Let’s Dance (from 1983 – OMG) and produced yet another dance floor filler. This clearly portrayed his talent to mix and mash, put his own twist onto riffs and reproduce proper bangers from samples of other artists. Was this leading the way to his TS5 concept, which was to mature many years later? We think so…
A new deal with Universal Publishing Group in 2013 gave TS5 the platform it deserved, seeing David off to do a world tour, whilst London’s Capital Radio announced that it would air David’s DJ set on a weekly basis, giving it a prime time slot on Fridays at 22.00h. TS5 is an inspired concept: first it allows David to be DJ, putting together awesome playlists of tracks, he then actually sings to. How he remembers all these lyrics remains to be a mystery, but spinning the decks and then move into a live performance, effortlessly, is a talent not many solo artists claim to have. The DJ – live act aspect of this concept is so appealing, that when the Ibiza Rocks Hotel came knocking on the door to get him to play for the summer season, his residency contract was sealed. The pool parties seriously took off and are presenting an integral part of the summer schedule on party-island – his TS5 pool parties at the Ibiza Rocks hotel are legendary by now. He tours festivals and the rest of the world with this concept to great acclaim, as it is so uniquely HIM. Check our TOUR DATES section for the latest updates…