Walton Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition of American artist Robert Indiana (1928-present) from September 19 until October 31. Indiana was a prominent figure during the 1960s Pop Art movement, alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. In his work he explores the concept of American identity, using the power of language and abstract techniques. His most well-known work is the iconic LOVE series, sculptures of which can be found in cities across the world including Tokyo and Israel. The exhibition at the gallery will run alongside the world’s first retrospective of Indiana’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and will offer London art lovers and collectors the chance to view and purchase a selection of his works.
Marc Boyan began his career in hospitality & marketing with the Goldsmith family, creating and selling events such as World Wrestling Federation, Net Aid, Smash Hits & Route of Kings. Whilst working on a television event he came across a highly effective barter system that was generating momentum in the US and had just hit the shores of the UK. Realising barter could be used in all areas of modern commerce he approached an established US barter firm, now owned by Omnicom, setting up their Global Event/Marketing division.
In 2000 Marc setup City Tour TV a tourist information channel with Nigel Havers as the first presenter. The pilot was sold 8 months later and the concept can now be found in various airlines, black taxis and hotels in the UK. In 2002 Marc Boyan helped create the marketing procurement function of Consensus Business Group, working closely with property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz. He managed over $200m of procurement spend for companies such as Levis, Sky, Whyte & Mckay and Le Meridien Hotels. In 2003 Marc set up Miroma, a corporate barter company. A careful eye and flare enabled him to grow Miroma into one of the top corporate barter companies in Europe. He is now the majority shareholder in Miroma and the driving force behind its incredible growth.
Marc now splits his time between London, New York, Singapore and Sydney, focusing on expanding and diversifying Miroma Ventures.
Q: What was your first job?
Q: What was the first business you owned?
MB:City Tour TV, a tourist information channel.
Q: What drives you to strive harder in your business?
MB: People telling me I can’t do this.
Q: What was the first artwork you owned?
MB: An Allen Jones.
Q: How did you go about buying it?
MB: At Auction, I had seen his work before and knew it was something I wanted to have for myself.
Q: What kind of art selection do you visage having in ten years?
MB: A combination. I would love some more abstract pieces; I’m a big fan of Allen Jones. I find him a less severe version of Francis Bacon and his subject matter is diverse. I would like to hold a few signature pieces by young developing artists like Bambi. I think Street Art is an emerging culture and we will see a lot of artistic talent making its way into the media, as demonstrated by Banksy! I’m also a big fan of Maya Arulpragsam (M.I.A), it might not be my style but I find her work really interesting.
There is a lot of growth in art within India. They just had their first Biennale and the diversity of artists is amazing, a lot of conceptual art that contains social and political tensions that dominate contemporary society. Its today’s history recorded and with more and more active involvement, that is something worth holding onto.
Q: You are an extremely successful entrepreneur, do you see similarities between the businesses that you acquire and the way buy art?
MB: I’ve got to like what I do and like what I buy.
Q: What advice would you give to our collectors when it comes to buying collectible art?
MB: Buy something you understand. I wouldn’t go and buy an Old Master painting simply because I don’t relate to the context.
Marc’s company’s website: WWW.MIROMA.COM
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Breathtaking news: Lawrence Schiller’s “Marilyn & Me”
Marilyn for ever! – On occasion of its 65th birthday, the Cannes film festival pays tribute de Marilyn Monroe by choosing her as effigy of its edition 2012. As one of the greatest of Hollywood’s icons, sexy, sparkling and moving, she is featured in every magazine and newspaper across the globe fifty years after her premature death and “reincarnated” in the recent movie My Week with Marilyn. You think you have heard, read and seen all about her. But the worldwide launch in May of TASCHEN’s Limited Edition Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller is a true editorial event. Lawrence Schiller’s story has never been told before. He tells it with tact, humour and compassion. Step into Marilyn Monroe’s intimacy at the time when the movie Something’s Got to Give was being shot. More than a hundred extraordinary photographs from two of her final films, most of them never seen before, contribute to this unexpected, poignant portrait of Marilyn Monroe that you will read straight through to the end without stopping.
Lawrence Schiller is one of the four photographers still alive having immortalized Marilyn Monroe. Since his book about Marilyn with Norman Mailer was released in 1973 and sold world wide in 16 languages and 6,000,000 copies, he had never published another story about the star. Lawrence Schiller will be touring in Europe from May 16 for the opening of his exhibitions and the launch of Marilyn & Me to meet the press and the public in Cannes, through to the London premiere solo exhibition. This trip crowns his emblematic career as a photojournalist, film director and bestselling author. I will be happy to organize interviews with Lawrence Schiller in London.
Almost 30 different rare, collectible Marilyn Monroe photographs and portfolios sets available, subject to availability!
Vanity Fair publishes 16 pages on Lawrence Schiller’s Marilyn & Me in May.
1st UK Solo Exhibition alongside book launch:
Marilyn & Me in London on
Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 10.30am
Walton Fine Arts
154 Walton Street
London SW3 2JJ UK
Tel: +44 207 581 2332
Fax: +44 2-7 589 0760
Photo’s available: http://www.waltonfinearts.com/exhibitionworks/schiller