Saturday, April 28, 2012

Art Institute of Chicago acquires "Harlem U.S.A." photo series by Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loews 125th Street Movie Theatre, 1976 (printed by 1979). Promised gift of Bruce and Vicki Adams. 

The Art Institute of Chicago has recently added the complete set of Harlem, U.S.A.--an iconic series of 25 images by acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey (American, born 1953)--to its permanent collection. This major acquisition of photographs, almost all in vintage prints, has been made possible by contributions from more than two dozen patrons, including members of the Photography Committee and the Leadership Advisory Committee (LAC). To celebrate the occasion, the Art Institute will present Harlem, U.S.A. in the Modern Wing's Bucksbaum Gallery (G189) from May 2 through September 9, 2012 . This is the first time since its premiere more than 30 years ago that the artist's debut series will be seen in its entirety. An additional five photographs from that time--related to the series but never before printed or exhibited--have been donated by Bey to the museum and will also be on display. 

Antony and the Johnsons - Christina's Farm

Friday, April 27, 2012

Prada's latest GIFs campaign is amazing !

Do you remember when I predicted that the Prada 2012 Spring collection would be a big splash? Well, I was right.

Prada, which is one of the most interesting brands from a creative point of view, imagined a series of animated GIFs to illustrate this collection, featuring the already-iconic shoes alongside other accessories such as sunglasses and bags. These visuals are amazing ! Here is an example above  (click on it if it doesn't work well).

Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jury at the Cannes Film Festival

Jean Paul Gaultier has been named one of the nine-member panel of this year's Cannes Film Festival. Gaultier,who has designed for the likes of Almodovar and Besson, will be part of the panel that selects the winner for the Palme d'Or. "We have a tradition of inviting people who we know are cinephiles but who are not necessarily in cinema," said Cannes director Thierry Fremaux.
Well done Jean-Paul ! I love you.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Madonna, 1983

She was her own stylist. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Eva Berendes at Galería Casado Santapau in Madrid, Spain.

Until 06 June 2012

Jeremy Deller unveils Sacrilege, at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts

 Copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images for ABC News.

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (20 April- 7 May 2012) opened with the unveiling of Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller's major new artwork Sacrilege. Situated on Glasgow Green, Sacrilege was revealed as a full-scale, inflatable replica of Stonehenge, one of the UK's most recognisable heritage sites.

The ambitious new sculptural installation in the form of a magnificent bouncy castle is characteristic of Deller's on-going exploration of contemporary culture and continues the Festival's commitment to presenting engaging works in the public realm. Sacrilege is Deller's first major public project in Scotland. With funding from Arts Council England Sacrilege will also travel to different locations in the UK this June, before being shown in London this summer as part of CREATE and the London 2012 festival.

Jeremy Deller said: "This is a sculpture best experienced with your shoes off, in some ways it is an homage not only to the Stonehenge itself but to the anarchic freak out culture of Hawkwind, Bruce Lacey and Ken Russell."

Showcasing work by more than 130 artists across nearly 50 of Glasgow's best permanent and temporary exhibition venues, the Festival continues its tradition of bringing together exhibitions by the best international and local artists. Directed for the second time by Katrina Brown, of The Common Guild, the 18-day programme features a series of newly-commissioned works, several of which involve other disciplines, including dance, film, music, performance and theatre.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy 182nd birthday Edweard Muybridge

Raf Simons takes creative control at Dior

The wait is finally over ! The Belgian designer Raf Simons, 44, has been appointed new artistic director at Dior. He succeeds to John Galliano who was fired over a year, announced the French fashion house in a statement sent to the press today.

His first Christian Dior couture collection will be presented in Paris next July.
Good luck Raf ! 

Vincent Fournier photographs Brasilia

Vincent Fournier is one of my favourite photographers (remember his moon-inspired pictures taken in the desert, if not check this link :

Brasilia is a fantastic monography by Editions be-pôles, which features Fournier's latest series of photographs depicting the Brazilian capital.  I love it !

Friday, April 6, 2012

Urs Fischer honoured at Palazzo Grassi

                                                                         Photograph of Urs Fischer by Craig McDean

The highlight of last year’s Venice Biennale was for sure Urs Fischer’s wax sculptures which were slowly melting by the hour.  The huge functioning wax candle in the full-scale form of Giovanni Bologna’s 16th-century sculpture “L'enlèvement des Sabines" was both beautiful and striking.

François Pinault’s Palazzo Grassi cleverly took inspiration from this success and the result is the show (due to open on 15 April - until 15 July) dedicated to the Swiss artist. It is the first European solo show of this scope for Fischer. It comprises around thirty of the works dating from the 1990s to the present day, some from international collections, others being commissions for this show.

Is Damien Hirst’s retrospective at Tate Modern another joke by the artist?

Damien Hirst (and not Damian Hirst like I often see) is both loved and despised.  Loved by some because he supposedly “revolutionized” art history with his shinny diamond skull, his rotting sharks immersed in formaldehyde, and by being one of the YBA’s main protagonists; hated by others because he is also famous for using an army of assistants to paint simple and meaningless dots on his behalf, and because he tricked the art market world by selling artworks freshly made from his workshop directly at auction without passing through the gallery circuit first.

Hirst orchestrated this dramatic sale with Sotheby’s on the day Lehman Brothers announced bankruptcy, how symbolic! Some whisper that 80% of these artworks failed to sell… I personally don’t have any figures to display but it is sure that the more artworks by an artist circulate, the lower the value gets.
The artist / businessman / clown is now honored by London’s Tate Modern with a blockbuster exhibition perfectly scheduled for the Olympics. This show, which is likely to attract a wide audience (no doubt it will, given the long queue at the private view this week), displays almost everything he’s produced in the last 20 years.

I wonder how he managed to convince the prestigious Tate Modern to organize such a "retrospective". Would it be a joke? Another joke at least is the gallery he plans to open in South London in 2014. What will it display? Damien Hirst works of course.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The First Kiev International Biennale to explore "Rebirth" and "Apocalyspe"


'The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art' is the scary title given to the inaugural Biennale of Kiev, Ukraine. 

The Biennale, under the curation of Daniel Elliot - curator of the 17th Biennial of Sydney - will display works by over 100 international and Ukrainian contemporary artists, including 40 site-specific new works. All of the pieces will be on display in the historic Mystetskyi Arsenal from 24 May until 31 July 2012.

Some of the artists revealed include some of my favourites: Bill Viola, Ai Weiwei, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Yayoi Kusama among many others... I look forward.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Quote of the week: Dries Van Noten

"Fashion shows are really my way of communication. I don't go on Twitter, I don't go to parties, I don't often do fashion talks like this. So for me, it's really what I want to communicate. It's the end of the story..."  Dries Van Noten, yesterday in Paris at Fashion Talk.

The Madoura Collection of Picasso Ceramics on sale at Christie's

Christie’s announced the sale of The Madoura Collection of Picasso Ceramics – the last ever opportunity for collectors to purchase these works by Picasso directly from where they were made, at the Madoura Pottery in Vallauris, France.

This unrivalled Collection is expected to reach around
 £2 million, and will be offered at Christie’s South Kensington saleroom over two days – at 4pm on 25 June and at 10am on 26 June 2012.  A broad selection of Picasso’s catalogue raisonné is on offer, dating from his earliest ceramics in 1947 through to his last in 1971, and estimates range from £100 up to £100,000.

India Phillips, Specialist, Impressionist and Modern Art, commented, “Never again will works of this quality and with such impeccable provenance be offered fresh to the market – direct from the Madoura Pottery where Picasso first fell in love with the medium and spent many of the happiest and most prolific years of his life.”

Alain Ramié commented, “Ceramics were a great passion of Picasso’s and they have been a source of a lifetime’s passion for me and my parents: now that the pottery is closed it is time for me to sell these works, and give Picasso lovers around the world the opportunity to share in the great joy that they have brought me.” 

Unseen, the new international photography fair

Martin Asbaeck - Ebbe Stub Wittrup, Eight Cards, Card#4, 2011

There are not so many good photography fairs around, and I look forward to this one which I am sure will be amazing. "Unseen" (great name!) will take place in Amsterdam’s culturepark from September 20 – 23, this year.

A joint venture of Foam (Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam), Platform A (office for cultural business development) and Vandejong (branding agency), the fair will feature 
over 50 international galleries including G/P Gallery (Tokyo), Paradise Row (London), Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris), Martin Asbeak Gallery (Copenhagen) etc.

It brings together galleries that focus on young photographic talent and emerging artists, alongside famous figures, providing a source of inspiration for international collectors and photography lovers worldwide.

Co-directors Marloes Krijnen, Pjotr de Jong and Roderick van der Lee commented: “We are very happy with the quality and breadth of galleries already committed to the fair and by the cultural and artistic diversity that they represent as a group.”

Unseen, "the photo fair with a festival flair" is definitely one to attend!
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