Friday, March 25, 2011

To all my readers: I want to know more about you


To all my readers and supporters first I want to say a big thank you for your comments, your views, your suggestions! As a present, please take this beautiful picture of Frida.

Now I want to know more about you. So please get in touch with me and send me a picture of you with a piece of paper that says "I love Art is Alive" and explain me why ! I will publish it !

I look forward to hearing from you all: nicolas.smirnoff@gmail.com

Future Bowie kid


I really like this picture. Doesn't it remind you of something? Yes sure the cover of Aladdin Sane but also my own portrait by David Buisan...

Ai Weiwei's first outdoor public



Ai Weiwei's first outdoor public sculpture in London to go on display at Somerset House.

Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads will be on display at Somerset House courtyard from 12 May – 26 June 2011. www.somersethouse.org.uk/aiweiwei

Let England Shake / PJ Harvey amazing promotional picture

 I am a huge fan, she's a true artist, she's got charisma, and she's dark...

"Whose Hair?" by Christina Christoforou

This fun book, published by Laurence King, contains over 200 original, hand-drawn illustrations of the hairstyles of the rich and famous, from politicians to film-stars, rock stars such as my beloved David Bowie, or Anna Wintour - both portrayed on the image above. It leaves the reader guessing who's behind the hairs. This book is an ironic take on the global celebrity phenomenon.

Louis Vuitton F/W 11-12 Details


James Dean is my hero (James Dean / James Franco)




And I actually just realized but James Franco reminds me a lot of Jimmy Dean, he's on the cover of Vogue Hommes. Don't you think?

R.I.P Elizabeth Taylor

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Quote of the week: Hedi Slimane on the fashion industry


"It seems quite refreshing to be on this side of fashion, to have the distance and freedom. The fashion system has been busy keeping up with broadband and blogging/social networking. It is not always for the best, but it did give fashion a global audience. The unfortunate outcome might be the obsession and collusion between the celebrity culture and high fashion. It is just a big global mess of random endorsement. Nothing looks worse than a dress or a suit on a red carpet. It is an ongoing tragedy of cheap fashion on cheap celebrities, followed by ubercheap comments. I only like designers’ clothes on models. Good models have an inner understanding of the clothes and design." Hedi Slimane in Style File.

The Devil graces the cover of the Wall Street Journal magazine


Gilbert and George: the Urethra Postcard Pictures exhibition at Ivory Art+Book Space in Madrid


Ivorypress Art + Books will be hosting an exhibition of Gilbert & George from April the 14th until May the 21st, the work Urethra Postcard Pictures. In 2009, nearly four decades after their first exhibition of postcard art, and twenty years since their last group of pictures to be made in the medium of postcards, Gilbert&George returned to the form to make the epic and dazzling group of 564 new pieces that comprise The Urethra Postcards Pictures. This is the single largest group of art works made by Gilbert & George, and in turn comprises seven individual groups of new postcard pictures. The Urethra Postcards Pictures, reveal Gilbert & George at their most intent and artistically all seeing.

Art Dubai 2011 has been a huge success


"Spring 2011 marks a shift in the cultural life of the Gulf,” said Fair Director Antonia Carver, who is in her inaugural year leading Art Dubai. “Never before has there been such a level of international interest in the arts scenes of the MENASA or such a level of regional support for artists and their projects. Galleries at Art Dubai 2011 reported strong sales and the fair offered an unprecedented level of innovative artists’ projects and educational events, which we feel are part of what makes this fair unique."



This year's collateral conferences programme - the Global Art_5 - focused on the theme of Fascination: When Art Met Fashion, unravelling the relationship that has developed between fashion and art over the last few decades, including how fashion houses have become some of the most notable patrons for contemporary art, exactly what my blog is about in a nutshell...

In 2011, Art Dubai coincided with the opening of the 10th Sharjah Biennial, titled Plot for a Biennial. Curated by Suzanne Cotter, Curator, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, and Rasha Salti, Creative Director, ArteEast, with Associate Curator Haig Aivazian.

We can't get enough of Tom Ford: on the cover of Another Man


Monday, March 21, 2011

Vivienne Westwood - Do It Yourself documentary by ARTE


Arte Editions expands its range of documentaries about fashion, with a sweet portrait of Lady Vivienne Westwood, filmed between 2009 and 2010 - in London and Paris by filmakers Jean-Marie Sztalryd and Letmina Sztalryd. The 58-minute documentary explores the close relationship with her husband Andreas Kronthaler, as well as her activist philosophy. In fact one of the best moments of the film is said to her introduction to her manifesto "Active Resistance to Propaganda". According to Westwood culture and art are the best antidote to propaganda.  I AGREE.

If you happen to have a copy, would you be able to send me one please?
Thanks.

Louis Vuitton's honey inspired installation


Passing in front of the LV shop of Barcelona, I noticed the beautiful window display. "As Sweet as Honey", Louis Vuitton shop windows feature bags and shoes dripping with honey and it looks as if inspired by Dali.

These installations are also surrounded by bees, which highlights the global need for sustainable development, of which nectar and pollen gathering insects play an important role.
The campaign has been in the works since 2009 when three beehives were installed on the roof of the Louis Vuitton headquarters in Paris.

Throughout 2010 more than 200,000 bees gathered 75kg of nectar, from which the golden honey was produced...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

David Lynch's artistic hairs


Björk to unveil new project the Manchester Festival


The beautiful and amazing Björk will premiere her new project at the next Manchester Festival where she will stay in residency for a three-weeks. "Biophilia" is said to be her most ambitious project to date, reflecting today's issues related to technology, sound sytems and the internet. I am so looking forward to it. The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, is also a performance I am excited about... No doubt Björk will be there too, she's Antony's close friend and he's collaborated on this project.



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stefano Pilatti is very Steve McQueen in this shot




*Stefano Pilati | Source: Fashion Squad

Vision 21 sale at Bonham's


Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe and Courtney Love's photographs will be put up for sale in a new auction, held at Bonham's in London, on Thursday, with prices starting as little as £400.

More info onhttp://www.bonhams.com

L'Officiel Hommes: Tilda Swinton graces the cover - January issue


Egon Schiele's exhibition at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna


Egon Schiele had a huge impact on me. His paintings featuring decaying people and dark faces have always fascinated me... 

The exhibition held at the beautiful Belvedere Museum in Vienna is the first to focus on his Self-Portraits and Portraits. It can be visited until 13th June this year. Don't miss it!

Why do all Directors / Designers resign?


Further to the recent Galliano's drama, more changes are impacting some of the fashion houses' Management Directions: Milan Vukmirovic, Artistic Director at Trussardi since 2007 resigned this week for obscure reasons while Clare Waight Keller, Director of Pringle of Scotland since 2005, has announced her departure from the Scottish label. 


Who is next on the list? And why are they leaving? Too much pressure, no real creative power? I wonder... What do you think?



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White Cube and Artinfo.com are already following me, what about you?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Self-taught photographer Matthias Heiderich

I love Matthias Heiderich's work. Have a look, it's impressive.


More info on: http://www.matthias-heiderich.de/photos/

Beautiful Rick Genest - Vogue Japan

Victoria and Albert Museum features an exhibition about Yohji Yamamoto


This exhibition explores the work of idiosyncratic and ground-breaking designer Yohji Yamamoto. Fabric, he said, 'is everything'. This deep interest in textiles is at the heart of his approach to design.
Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early eighties for challenging traditional notions of fashion by designing garments that seemed oversized, unfinished, played with ideas of gender or fabrics not normally used in fashionable attire such as felt or neoprene. Other works revealed Yamamoto's unusual pattern cutting, knowledge of fashion history and sense of humour. His work is characterised by a frequent and skilful use of black, a colour which he describes as 'modest and arrogant at the same time'.
This retrospective, experienced through a series of site-specific installations throughout the V&A and beyond, includes Yamamoto's menswear for the first time. The main exhibition space houses over 60 creations and a multi-media timeline which reveals Yamamoto's wider creative output. 
More info on: http://www.vam.ac.uk

Tate Modern's Gabriel Orozco



The Tate Modern Museum in London presents Gabriel Orozco a creative, playful and inventive artist. Gabriel Orozco creates art in the streets, his apartment or wherever he is inspired. Born in Mexico but working across the globe, Orozco is renowned for his endless experimentation with found objects, which he subtly alters.
His sculptures, often made of everyday things that have interested him, reveal new ways of looking at something familiar. A skull with a geometric pattern carefully drawn onto it, a classic Citroën DS car which the artist sliced into thirds, removing the central part to exaggerate its streamlined design, and a scroll filled with numbers cut out of a phone book are just some of his unique sculptures.
Orozco’s photos are also on display, capturing the beauty of fleeting moments: water collecting in a punctured football, tins of cat food arranged on top of watermelons in a supermarket, or condensed breath disappearing from the surface of a piano show Orozco’s eye for simple but surprising and powerful images.
His art also shows his fascination with game-playing, for example a billiard table with no pockets and a pendulum-like hanging ball, or Knights Running Endlessly, an extended chess board filled with an army of horses, both of which are well-known games to which he has added an element of futility. This kind of unexpected twist makes Orozco’s work interesting to both contemporary art lovers and also anyone who wants an unusual and captivating art experience.


Until 25 April.
More info on: www.tate.org.uk

27 works, 18 artists at the Fundació Suñol in Barcelona


As you know, I am based in Barcelona and recently has opened at the Fundació Suñol an interesting show. It is an exhibition of 27 pieces from the Josep Suñol Collection to help expand visitors’ knowledge of 20th-century art. It comprises works by 18 artists who played a key role in the field of visual arts in recent years, marked by a shift away from previous conventions of representation.

The Andy Warhol's portrait of Mao is certainly the highlight but interesting paintings include Antonio Saura's Sera painting from 1960 or the very sexual Nino Longobardi's Sense titol's canvas where hidden sexual acts are nicely covered by an innocent table with fruits and vases... very funny! I recommend this show.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2011


I love this look!

Aphex Twin: Window Licker (Original, Short Version)

POPSET: the Colours' Attack Contest



Are you ready to colour your life?


(London - March 2011) C-Myk [noun - See-myke] is no longer just a technical printing term but a little paper creature devised by Japanese graphic artist Shin Tanaka to launch an extension of the vibrant Pop’Set premium recycled paper range from Arjowiggins Creative Papers. In collaboration with D&AD, the paper manufacturer is challenging all paper users to create their own C-Myk as an expression of their originality and imagination. The Colours’ Attack competition engages designers of the paper toys in friendly competition with peers worldwide and supports UNESCO’s Promoting Art Through Education programme.

"Colours’ Attack Contest", is an imaginative and quirky competition that will challenge your good mood and your creativity. 



To participate it's easy: create your very own CMyk. If your C-Myk is selected, it will be flying off to London to take part in the international Design exhibition organised by D&AD New Blood, a creative festival for emerging talent held in June.

During this event, your C-Myk could be displayed alongside other C-Myk created by Shin Tanaka, the Japanese graphic designer who comes from the urban street graffiti culture and the brain behind this concept. Celebrities will also attend this very special show... 

"C-Myk is a very special entity. Born from the sunlights he came on Earth to make our lives more coloured and more pop." said Shin Tanaka.

Join it!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chanel Fall 2011


GIRLS WHO ARE BOYS
WHO LIKE BOYS TO BE GIRLS
WHO DO BOYS LIKE THEY'RE GIRLS
WHO DO GIRLS LIKE THEY'RE BOYS
ALWAYS SHOULD BE SOMEONE YOU REALLY LOVE... at Chanel Fall 2011...

The Oscar goes to... the fuming decor! I am a fan!

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