Mario Testino auctions his art collection at Sotheby’s London

On September 13, Mario Testino will auction 41 items from his personal art collection with Sotheby’s to benefit Museo MATE, the nonprofit cultural centre he founded in Lima, Peru. 

Testino is a voracious admirer and friend of many of the artists represented in the sale — from Richard Prince to Cindy Sherman to Wolfgang Tillmans —making this a rare auction that represents more than acquisitions. No wonder the title of the sale is “Shake It Up”. 

According to Testino, “it’s a big exercise to detach yourself from your belongings in order to satisfy greater ambitions. I’ve been collecting for over 25 years and I’ve never ever sold anything. Today is the first time that I’ve decided to sell something because I can see a reason to sell. It’s allowing me to give back to the community that gave me everything.”

Testino explains he came to know and love some of the works with which he’s parting: “in the art world, sometimes it’s not enough to like something; you have to be puzzled by it. You hang it on a wall and every time you see [it], you discover something new. Sometimes I would find a work and I felt it was difficult, but then I’d come back to it after some time and I’d understand it and love it. I think that culture has a particularly important role in society: we learn how to look at things differently, and it pushes our boundaries—that’s what art does.”

Renowned artists from 45 different nationalities will be represented across the auction, including Richard Prince, Georg Baselitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rudolf Stingel, Sterling Ruby, Gilbert & George, Adriana Varejão and Cindy Sherman.

The exhibition is on view from September 8 through September 13, 2017 at Sotheby’sGallery, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA.

Tagsmart weekly discovery: Arteh Odjidja’s photographic narratives

Born and bred in London and influenced by his father who worked in filmmaking, Arteh Odjidja realised at a young age he was destined for a career in the arts. In 2004, Odjidja completed a degree in Graphic Design at the LCC University of the Arts but soon discovered his love for photography and storytelling.


His keen eye for composition and passion for bespoke couture naturally led him to specialise in fashion, portrait and documentary photography. Having worked with some of the world’s most recognised brands, including Paul Smith and Montblanc, his innate bond to the arts however eventually led him to take up personal projects as well.

His first exhibition, Stranger in Moscow, was on display at Ozwald Boateng’s Saville Row store in 2013. The series shines a light on a young man’s story, and highlights the feelings of displacement and vulnerability felt by so many living in foreign environments. The social struggles faced by such people have defined the modern world we live in.


He has since exhibited his work extensively in America and the UK, been featured in numerous industry publications such as Black+White Photography, The British Journal of Photography and The Photoworks annual.

Most recently, Odjidja’s Art of Monochrome series was featured in the Dandy Lion, The Black Dandy and Street Style book by Shantrelle P. Lewis, Leica UK and Aperture Foundation, alongside Hassan Hajjaj, Joshua Kissi, Travis Gumbs and Omar Victor Diop.


On September 30, the photographer will present the Monochrome Street Portraits – Black and White Portrait Photography workshop at the Imago Fotokunst, Berlin. Teaching participants how to create a portrait narrative and achieve dynamic black and white portraits on location, the masterclass draws inspiration from his successful ongoing STRANGER series, which profiles young migrants in cities around the world.


Mario Testino’s art collection goes up for auction at Sotheby’s in Los Angeles

One of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of our time, Mario Testino kick-started his photographer career as a freelancer for Vogue and Vanity Fair after a chance encounter.

In his 40-year practice as a photographer, he gained worldwide attention with his unique talent in capturing his subjects candidly and effortlessly. Testino has documented A-list celebrities, supermodels and artists, as well as many royals, including his most memorable sitting with Diana, Princess of Wales, commissioned for Vanity Fair in 1997.


In 2012 Mario Testino established the not-for-profit MUSEO MATE in Lima to promote and support local and global culture in Peru. 

His impressive contemporary art collection is now at auction at Sotheby’s revealing the artist as collector, patron and collaborator. All proceeds will go toward the expansion of the centre’s programme of exhibitions, residencies and education initiatives, ensuring its success in the future.

Some of the artists include Adriana VarejãoRichard Prince, Georg Baselitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cindy Sherman, and Gilbert & George.


The Shake It Up: Works from the Mario Testino Collection auction will be taking place in Los Angeles from August 15 to 17.

Tommy Clarke at the Bosham Gallery from August 5th

Tommy Clarke has taken some of the most extraordinary aerial photographs around the world, and he is now firmly established as one of Britain’s most collectable photographers.


By hanging out of helicopters to capture mesmerising shapes and colours from the air, Clarke gives his images a very distinct and recognisable style. His vivid aerial photographs of beaches, salt lakes and bubbling geysers make earth look like abstract art.


Following his successful solo exhibition Up In The Air last autumn, he will be now showcasing his work at the Bosham Gallery from August 5th until October 1st. 

He has recently launched a collection of beachwear based on his photographs with M&S Menswear and will be opening his own gallery in South London soon.


In the meanwhile, check out his most recent interview with Aerial Cornwall here.

Tagsmart weekly discovery: the art of Dave White


Born in 1971 in Liverpool, Dave White brings a fresh take to the traditional paint-to-canvas medium. He uses oil and watercolour to create works that are filled with expression, emotion and dynamism. Known for his animal series’, White captures creatures from the natural world with astonishing vividness, exploiting colour, texture and tonality to generate a unique aesthetic. His works are characterised by an energy of movement, achieved through the sharp splashes, drips and strokes of paint that fill the canvas.

Opening tonight, White is exhibiting his Apex series in the MIX: Summer Group Show 2017 at Lawrence Alkin Gallery


The artist has also recently donated the edition number 30/30 of his Gold Leaf Tiger for Artsy’s online auction to raise funds for the Grenfell Tower victims. The auction runs until 1 August and the grant goes to The London Community Foundation


White has also taken part in the largest installation of public art ever to appear in London BT ArtBox, designed the trainers for the American Olympic basketball team and worked alongside Nike, a collaboration which continues until today. His work has been exhibited at international art fairs and in New York, London, Shanghai, Miami, Rotterdam and Dallas, to name a few. 


As his career continues to reach new heights, and his work attracts more and more attention, Dave White remains fundamentally a brilliant painter.