Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Last days to see Ed Ruscha at the Hayward Gallery in London

You've got until 10th January to see the first major Ed Ruscha's UK retrospective. The show focus exclusively on the paintings of the American artist. Spanning Ed Ruscha’s entire career, the exhibition features 78 paintings, many on public display for the first time, and reveals the depth and breadth of Ruscha’s achievement as a painter whose interests in printed matter, graphic design, cinema, photography and the cultural landscape of the American West make his elegant and provocative work both playful and subversive.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Vivienne Westwood's wallpapers

Vivienne Westwood has created a wallpaper collection with Cole & Son. The bold prints are pulled from Vivienne's collections across the years, going as far back as her 1981/1982 Pirate collection that featured the Squiggle pattern.

Westwood commented on her exploration of interior design:"It is good when my ideas get carried over into other artistic media. This collection is a perfect opportunity to be able to work with a heritage company like Cole & Son and to see my ideas from fashion translated into the world of interiors and wallpaper."

More info on: http://www.viviennewestwood.com/

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tutto Fellini at the Museum Jeu de Paume in Paris

Anita Ekberg et Marcello Mastroianni, La Dolce Vita, 1960.

We had to create the word "Fellinian" to be able to describe the extravagant universe of the Italian movie Director made of childhood memories, dreams, women and circus. The Paris Museum Le Jeu de Paume tries to analyze this incredible personnality through a vibrant exhibition which will run until 17 January. Run it's beautiful and deep !

Irving Penn at the Getty Centre in L.A

"Commis-Larue," Paris, 1950 - Photograph © Irving Penn.

Irving Penn was one of the most respected photographers of the 20th century. In a career that began at the premiere fashion magazine Vogue in 1943 and spans more than six decades, he created innovative fashion, still life, and portrait studies. His photographs are defined by the elegant simplicity and meticulous rigor that became the trademarks of his style.

This exhibition running until 10th January 2010 presents masterful presentations of skilled tradespeople dressed in work clothes and carrying the tools of their occupations. The show reveals another side of Penn, who is commonly known for his portrait shots.

More info on: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/penn/

Monday, December 21, 2009

Prada is the edgiest brand: the Epicenter project

Miuccia Prada is more than a trend-setter, she's a cultural forecaster and an honest and knowledgeable art lover. Hence the fact that Prada launched this series of amazing t-shirts earlier this year. I think they're fantastic !

The Jersey White Prada Obvious Classic t-shirts (understandably abbreviated to JWP for the project) come in different 'Prada' shades for the different stores: white for Tokyo, LA and Montenapoleone Donna; red for NYC; sky blue for Montenapoleone Uomo; light green for London and black or white for Galleria.

More info on: www.prada.com

Quote of the Week: Anna Wintour b*tching on Carine Roitfeld

"I think it's totally important for all of us in the American fashion industry to support the young designers, and I think that's why New York's become such a vibrant fashion center, because people go there not only to see the Donna Karans of the world but a whole new generation. I'm just so sorry that there isn't something like that in Paris that's similar. I think that they should look for the younger generation here [in Paris] as well. Not only New York but London really supports their young talent; Franca Sozzani at Italian Vogue supports the young Italian designers, and I think when France is so known for its fashion industry — for them not to be reaching out to help younger people today is really a shame. [Mlle Agnes fashion no one and former Weil model (nothing else worth saying): "And there's space in your pages for them."] There's space in everybody's pages."

Featured in the documentary entitled Habillees by Loic Prigent.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Madonna is amazingly beautiful in the new spring/summer 2010 Dolce + Gabbana campaign

  In this week's Italian Vanity Fair, is the worldwide preview of D&G's new spring/summer 2010 campaign featuring Madonna. Shot by Steven Klein, one of Madge's favourite photographers, the pictures showcase an intimate and classic Italian style. Yes Madonna is trying hard to play the Italian "mama" and the result is amazing.

In the feature, Stefano Gabbana comments: "She loved the campaign, and is impressively knowledgeable about Italian cinema". Madonna took inspiration from one of her favourite Italian actresses Monica Vitti.

The intention of Dolce&Gabbana is to recapture a woman’s human side, showcasing through these images how a woman’s femininity and sensuality can be found through the simplicity of daily gestures along with a passion for life.

What I find very striking is that Madonna is beautiful. This campaign is stronger than the Louis Vuitton or Versace campaigns, in a different way obviously. It's true that she 's beautiful ! What do you think?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Exclusive interview with Invader

A couple of months ago, my dream came true: I had the chance to meet Invader, the artist. He kindly agreed to answer my questions. He's currently part of a show by Lazarides gallery entitled Grifters. Thank you so much Invader for answering my questions.

How did it all started?
I suppose it all began the day I started the "space invaders" project, in other words the world invasion by creatures that are out of a video game and that became real. This is a central project for my artistic practice.

Can you tell us more about the show at Lazarides earlier this year please?
What were you showing and why?
The show was centred on my new work "Rubiks' Cubism" (i.e made from Rubik's Cubes) and more particularly a new series called "Low Fidelity", which incorporates the visual world of great album covers. What is amazing with these pieces is that when we take a close look at them, we see most often a squared and abstract image made of Rubik's cubes, but when we stand back and watch it from the screen of a mobile phone then it suddenly appears extremely sharp.

How many artworks are exhibited in the show?
About 20.

Why did you pick up these artists for the rubicks cubes album covers?
They were albums that have been in my life forever, except two who had been chosen by the galerist.

Do you like David Bowie?
I think everyone likes DB. This man is a living icon. He perfectly mastered his career and image. He is a great artist.

Who do you take your inspiration from?
No one.

Is it political reasons which led you to express yourself in the streets?
Partly yes because it is not an insignificant to illegally work in the street compared with a typical pathway. At the same time this underground political will, and the conceptual or aesthetic aspects of the project are equally important.

What are the cities you need to invade? What is your favourite city to place space invaders in and why?
I would like to invade a South American city because I've never done it there. Geostrategically, it is important that I establish sentinel.
Can you tell us about an interesting anecdote that happened to you when you were placing space invaders? joker!

If you were not an artist, what would you be doing?
No idea! Maybe I would be working at the NASA so as to invade space!

Do you consider yourself as a street-artist?
Labels are necessary and people know me mainly for my space invaders project which is indeed comparable to street art. That said I think this is too simplistic because I do not just work on this project. 

To finish with what would you wish to this blog? Anything you want to add, tell us?
This: many thanks and see you later.

More info on: http://www.space-invaders.com/

Stuart Haygarth is amazing and he's having a show at Haunch of Venison in London

In his first exhibition at Haunch of Venison London, British artist and designer Stuart Haygarth examines his ongoing relationship with abandoned objects and his fascination with taxonomy through a series of new furniture works, lamps and chandeliers. Alongside artists such as the Campana Brothers (that I adore) Stuart challenges notions of new and old, precious and beautiful.

The show is amazing, I love it. Go and see it, it will be running until 31 January 2010.

More info on: www.haunchofvenison.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oh Marilyn it must have been so cool to smoke with you...

The silent colour film was recently bought by collector Keya Morgan for $275,000 from the cameraman, who has asked to remain anonymous.
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