Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The new Lanvin ad is grotesque

Am I the only one thinking that the new Lanvin ad featuring some shit dance music is grotesque? Everybody seems to be praising it. I personnally think it's ridiculous and I would be scared to see my image endangered by such association if I were a Lanvin marketing manager... I like the brand though but I think it goes too far... And sorry if I am not being "fun".

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An exhibition dedicated to Marc Jacobs to take place in Milan

Louis Vuitton plans to unveil a new exhibition paying tribute to Marc Jacobs durning Milan Fashion Week.  The curator will be the Stylist and Editor Katie Grand and will feature Marc Jacobs’ work since he started with LV in 1997 (you know when he was still grunge and cool).
The exhibition will run from September 22nd until October 9th. Is this a way to say goodbye and let him take over the artistic direction of Dior, as the rumours pretend...?

Van Gogh's Crabs - the National Gallery, London

Two Crabs
1889, Vincent van Gogh

"This is thought to have been painted soon after Van Gogh's release from hospital in Arles in January 1889. On 7 January he wrote to his brother Theo: 'I am going to set to work again tomorrow. I shall start by doing one or two still lifes to get used to painting again'. He was probably also inspired by a woodcut by Hokusai, 'Crabs', which was reproduced in the May 1888 issue of 'Le Japon Artistique', sent to Vincent by Theo in September of that year. In a related painting in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the crab is shown lying on its back. Here it is probably the same crab shown both on its back and upright. The artist has used varied brushstrokes to convey texture. Parallel strokes sculpt the creature's form on an exuberant sea-like surface."

One of my favourite paintings of all time...

The "Cinema Effect" exhibition at Caixa Forum in Barcelona

Opening with the famous "Sleep" film by Andy Warhol, the exhibition The Cinema Effect taking place at the Caixa Forum in Barcelona showcases film and video works by a range of influential and emerging international artists who explore the ever-increasing impact of the cinema on our perceptions of what's real and what's illusion.

Douglas Gordon

Using an array of small-screen videos, digital pieces, large-scale projections and immersive installations the artists use the language and technics of films to create works that question our reality.

Among the very interesting pieces, I really liked Douglas Gordon's Off Screen piece which consisted in a video projection onto red curtain. In this work, an actual curtain made of screen-like material is overlaid by a red projected curtain, creating a three dimensional trompe l'oeil effect. People who pass through become performers which echo the Andy Warhol's concept of the 15 minutes of fame (the "Sleep" film sits just next to this installation). 

The 2006's impressive Anthony McCall's installation "You and I, Horizontal II" was as fascinating as always, ( I remember the solo show at the Serpentine in London which already impressed me). It creates a real mystical, immersive experience...

Anthony McCall

Other highlights included Christoph Girardet's "Release" video which consisted in a collage of four takes from the 1933 cult classic King Kong which imitates the dynamics of pursuit, constraint and physical release, scary and hilarious at the same time...

Christophe Girardet

The show closes on 4th September so if you have a chance to see it, if you're in Barcelona, I recommend it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I love Marco Brambilla's work

Invader lost his virginity with South America

My friend, the street artist Invader that I had the chance to meet and interview in 2009 (click here to read the interview) when I was working for the Lazarides Gallery in London, has now conquered South America, the only continent he hadn't invaded yet. 

The artist travelled to São Paulo and placed around 50 pieces in the streets of the Brazilian city. "Many of my pieces are placed alongside "pixos", very special Brazilian  graffitis that we can only find in São Paulo." he said.

‘Indonesian Eye: Fantasies and Realities at the Saatchi Gallery

Rudi Mantofani, The Earth and The World, 2006 

Indonesian Eye, is Europe’s first major exhibition of Indonesian contemporary art and it will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 1 September.

This exhibition gives the opportunity to view works by major Indonesian artists and provides a  platform for the country’s contemporary art scene to reach an international audience. It comprises a selection of paintings, sculptures and installations by 18 Indonesian artists including [Nindityo Adipurnomo, Samsul Arifin, Ay Tjoe Christine] and pays tribute to Indonesia’s ancient myths and legends, while also reflecting the influence of modern Indonesia. Several satirical works employ traditional materials to highlight the country’s rapidly changing society. Some of the works also refer to the  influence of Indonesia’s Dutch colonial past. 

Rudi Mantofani, The Earth and The World, 2006

I look forward to seeing it!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Brazilian art scene will be really active in September

The "Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo SESC_Videobrasil, organised by SESC - Servicio Social de Comercio and the Associação Cultural Videobrasil", has invited Olafur Eliasson as a special guest for its 17th edition which will start on 30 September. The curator is Solange Farkas. "Your body of work"is the title of this body of work which comprises 10 installations in Sao Paulo. It looks like an amazing work and I'd love to see it.

More news from the Brazilian art scene includes the start of the 8th edition of the Mercosul Biennial of Brazil on 10th September. The curator of the event is José Ignacio Roca. It will take place until November 15, and will gather between 107 artists from 34 countries, which makes it the most international edition held so far. Under the title "Testing Geopoética" the artists will discuss the topics such as colonization, border, customs, transnational alliances, geopolitical construction, location, scientific travelers, nation and politics.

Check it out:

Debbie Harry is my hero

Monday, August 8, 2011

No words for James Turrell's Ganzfeld piece, Arsenale, Venice Biennale

Maya exhibition at Quai Branly in Paris

More than 160 exceptional objects which belong to the National Heritage of Guatemala – painted ceramics, steles, cut semiprecious stones, funerary objects, architectural remains, ornaments, etc. – are featured in an exhibition at Le Quai Branly in Paris on the rise and fall of the Mayan civilization. 

I am not sure I'll have the opportunity to see it but I'd like to...  If you've seen it, let me know how it is...

Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture and Design (Japan)

This is the work of Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French architect based in Japan. She designed this building for the Sugamo Shinkin Bank, in Shimura. 

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Teatro alla Scala: "Since 1778" ad campaign

Advertising Agency: Tita, Milano, Italy
 I love this campaign...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cindy Sherman for MAC

Cindy Sherman is no stranger to the fashion world. In the past, Balenciaga used her one too for a special campaign. This time it's the pioneering cosmetics' company MAC who features an ad collaboration with the succesful contemporary artist.

Peter Blake for Fred Perry

This is so exciting...

Elise Morin and Clémence Eliard: Wastelandscape

Designed by French artist Elise Morin and Architect Clémence Eliard, the installation called 'Wastelandscape' overtakes the 'halle d'aubervilliers'of Paris's centquatre.

Featuring over 65,000 old CDs, sorted and hand-sewn together into a 500-square meter surface, the result resembles an amazing wave. the piece is on show until September 10th.
"Made of petroleum, this reflecting slick of CDs forms a still sea of metallic dunes; the artwork's monumental scale reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object."

Is that a response to Anish Kapoor's Leviathan at Le Grand Palais? I wonder...

PRADA by Steven Meisel AW11

I've largerly featured this dress and this collection in the past but I wanted to share this video with you anyway which is really COOL ! Enjoy !

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hotel: Murano Resort Paris

The Murano Urban Resort Hotel is situated in the trendy Marais district, close to the chic Rue Charlot and Rue Vieille du Temple. The neighbouring architecture reflects all the charm and hidden treasures of historic Paris, such as the Picasso Museum, the Centre George Pompidou, the Bastille Tower, the Opera Bastille and the Chatelet Les Halles. 

The 4-star construction is housed in a 19th century building, which is the fusion of classicism and modernism, adorned with stainless steel and frosted windows, Venetian glass, shiny inox, white marble and deep-red velvets. The property comprises 52 rooms, including nine suites, two of which have their own little outdoor heated swimming pools. Amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, satellite with DVD, safe, minibars and bathrooms with scales, bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. The avant-garde restaurant features pleasant music and changing-colour lighting. Also you can savour Italian flavours on the Martini terrace. 

In addition, you are offered an indoor swimming pool, bar with more than 150 different drinks and fitness centre. The Murano Urban Resort provides stylish and relaxed atmosphere and comfortable stay.

One of the most beautiful hotels in the world for sure...

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Monday, August 1, 2011

LEGO made every architect's dream come true

Rankin for Swatch

Fashion photographer, producer and documentray film maker Rankin has also found the time to design a collection Swatch watches. 8 New Gent model watches are part of this great collection !

Beyonce wearing Maxime Simoëns

Beyonce wearing Maxime Simoëns
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