Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, new artistic director at Hermès

A look from The Row's fall/winter 2014 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski will be taking over Christophe Lemaire's artistic direction at Hermès, it was announced yesterday. 
Vanhee-Cybulski joins Hermès from The Row, where she was women's design director, senior designer at Céline under Phoebe Philo's supervision, and at Maison Martin Margiela before that.

Good luck!

Chanel Fall-Winter 2014 / 2015

James Balmforth

Imperfect Detachment 
Oxy-fuel severed 24k gold electroplated steel
2 pieces, 92 x 60 x 1.5 cm & 92 x 100 x 1.5 cm

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park named Museum of the Year 2014 out of six remarkable finalists

Congratulations to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park ! Stephen Deuchar, chair of the judges, said: ‘A perfect fusion of art and landscape, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has gone from modest beginnings to one of the finest outdoor museums one might ever imagine. In 2013 it really came of age – with art projects such as Yinka Shonibare’s extraordinary exhibition; the fruits of the expansion and consolidation of the landscape on both sides of the lake; and with the conversion of the chapel to house (as its inaugural exhibition) a major new work by Ai Weiwei.’ 

Announcing the winner, Sam Mendes said: ‘I'm genuinely honoured to have been asked to be a part of announcing this award. The dedication, love and unbelievable creativity of the six candidates for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year are clear for all to see, as is the creative health of the UK Museum community as a whole. Financial health is a different matter, however – and in that respect this award is a crucially important boost to one deserving organisation.’ 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Ad Campaign features Charlotte Gainsbourg

Alberto Garutti at Buchmann Galerie, Lugano and Agra

Senza Titolo, 2014 (Untitled, 2014),  Alberto Garutti presented at Buchmann Lugano

La Roux returns with a second album

La Roux, who looks even more like David Bowie / Tilda Swinton returns with Trouble in Paradise, her second studio album which will be released on 7 July. So far, I like Tropical chancer but I look forward to listening to the whole album. 

Serpentine Pavilion 2014 designed by Smiljan Radić

Radić is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation by the Serpentine to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. His design follows Sou Fujimoto’s cloud-like structure which was visited by almost 200,000 people in 2013 and was one of the most visited Pavilions to-date.

Occupying a footprint of some 514 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell, which rests on large quarry stones. This work has its roots in the architect’s earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo - part of which is supported by large boulders

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The MoMA announces the first ever retrospective devoted to Björk

Following the footsteps of the V&A in London, which hold a retrospective of David Bowie's work last year,  the MoMA in New York has announced that it will present a retrospective devoted to Björk in March 2015. The museum recently acquired the Biophilia app for its permanent collection.

“Björk is an extraordinarily innovative artist whose contributions to contemporary music, video, film, fashion, and art have had a major impact on her generation worldwide,” said Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA's chief curator at large. “This highly experimental exhibition offers visitors a direct experience of her hugely collaborative body of work.”

The exhibition promises to span 20 years of Björk's work, including everything from her groundbreaking visuals, music videos and films to her instruments and costumes (from Alexander McQueen's costume for Homogenic to Stefano Pilati for Biophilia).

Björk will co-write the retrospective with acclaimed Icelandic writer and ex-Sugarcubes member Sjón Sigurdsson, and the whole experience will culminate in a specially commissioned immersive film and music exhibit by 3D design company Autodesk and Andrew Huang, who conceived the mind-melting video for "Mutual Core".  

Björk is one of the few musicians to land their own MoMA retrospective – Kraftwerk were recently the subject of a retrospective of that scale. Björk at MoMA will open 7 March and run until 7 June 2015.
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