Sunday, December 30, 2012

Leica M9-P Edition Hermès

Meat Series by Yuko Sekine


Munch might get a new museum in Oslo

AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT.By: Pierre-Henry Deshayes 

"It's time to have something more modern that would enable us to better welcome the public and exhibit Munch's work from other perspectives, in broader contexts, both his and ours," museum director Stein Olav Henrichsen said in December 2012. 

Wendell Castle at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Wendell Castle [American, b.1932], Angel Heart, 2010. Bleached Mahogany, 29 1/2 x 37 1/4 x 67 1/2 inches. Unique.

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft honours the American craftsman Wendell Castle with an exhibition entitled, Wendell Castle: Forms within Forms - The 21st Century.

The Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton celebrates Turkey

Halil Altindere, No Man’s Land, 2012. Photographie et caisson lumineux - Photography light box, 105 x 175 cm. Courtesy ©Halil ALTINDERE et PİLOT Galeri, Istanbul.

Turkey is definitely a trending country these days, proven again by Journeys. Wanderings in contemporary Turkey, a vibrant exhibition presented at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris.

It continues the cycle of shows, initiated in 2006, exploring the contemporary art scene. After Indonesia in 2011, this exhibition showcases works by Turkish artists such as Halil Altindere, Murat Akagündüz and Ali Taptik.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Joseph Beuys by Steidl Klaus Staeck and Gerhard Steidl published by Steidl.

Fashioning Fashion at Les Arts Décoratifs Museum in Paris

This exhibition on view at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris until 14 April 2013, features costumes and fabrics from the collections of Martin Kamer and Wolfgang Ruf, both antique dealers and collectors. 

The show chronologically and thematically covers two centuries of European fashion, from 1700 to 1915. Beautiful outfits, mainly from France, England and Italy and further accessories, reflect on the evolution of tastes, shapes and techniques of the period.

Don't miss it if you are in Paris.

Versace Spring Summer 2013

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from Art is Alive

No this isn't an installation by Joana Vasconcelos, this is the Louboutin's Christmas tree ! Merry Christmas from Art is Alive !

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Björk by David LaChapelle

Quote of the week: Karl Lagerfeld

"I love hats, in a way, but when I was a child, I'd wear Tyrolean hats, and my mother - I was something like eight - said to me: 'You shouldn't wear hats. You look like an old dyke.' Do you say such things to children? She was quite funny, no?" Source: M magazine, September 2012 

The opening of the Louvre-Lens museum

Copyright: Iwan Baan

Picture: Michel Spingler/AP

The opening of the Louvre-Lens museum took place on 12 December. The local authorities, that aim to turn it into a key for the regeneration of the grim region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, expect 500,000 visitors a year.

The Japanese agency SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa), recipient of the 2004 Pritzker Prize, was commissioned for the architecture of the project. The architects have opted for a vast, glass and metal structure. Its apparent simplicity actually features geometric shapes and sophisticated lines, materials and details. 

A must-see!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Nativity design featured in today's Guardian

Colour Nativity by Sebastian Bergne. Photograph: Sebastian Bergne

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bill Viola about his work for Nine Inch Nails Part 2

Everything's coming full circle now that I've just discovered that NIN collaborated with Bill Viola, two of my favourite artists ever. This is insane. I am in a trance right now...

Bill Viola about his work for Nine Inch Nails Part 1

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saskia de Brauw for the Saint Laurent menswear Spring/Summer 2013 campaign

Bjӧrk at her best - Mutual Core video

Exclusive interview with emerging artist Aaron Moran

Breakwater, copyright Aaron Moran.

Meet Aaron Moran, the young and dynamic visual artist from Canada ! He recently collaborated with the Spanish-Giant retail company, Zara ! 

Tell us a bit about yourself as an introduction
I am 26 years old and grew up In Langley BC, which is about an hour from Vancouver. I studied at Emily Carr University of Art and design, and received my BFA in 2007. As of right now, I am completing a one year artist residency in Harrison hot Springs, BC.

How did it all start for you and are you now with a gallery?
Definitely, The Cheaper Show. It’s a huge one night event in Vancouver that brings together emerging artists and does a really good job of getting work into the public eye. From this, I met like-minded people who also exhibited in the show and began showing with them and so on. It has really snowballed from there. I am not currently represented by any gallery, but do show quite actively in Vancouver and elsewhere.

What was the Zara collaboration about and how did they approach you?
Zara approached me after seeing my work online via blogs, website etc. When they first spoke with me, I didn’t realize the scale of the company. As the details and discussion emerged, I soon realized that this was going to be a massive opportunity.

Working with them was absolutely amazing – the project consisted of producing work for their windows while allowing me to retaining complete control over my aesthetic. They placed great emphasis on using their reputation and reach as platform for the work, not a marketing strategy. It was important to them that the work remained pure and unadulterated. They were essentially facilitators, using their expertise to help me produce the work and get it an audience overseas. I am still floored by the amount of care and attention that was given from such a large company. The core group I worked with were some of the nicest people I have ever met and I will never forget them or the experience itself.

Artifact, copyright Aaron Moran

Is Zara converting into a gallery too?
Not that I know of – the project was really an opportunity to showcase and work with people whose work they find interesting and inspiring.

How do you make the sculptures and are you planning on using other material in the future, exploring other material?
 The process consists of exploring and acquiring wood from neighborhoods, cutting it down into fragments, and reassembling them with attention given to composition, colour, and dynamism. My work is always produced intuitively without plans or sketches. As of right now, wood is my main focus, as I have the tools and know how to work with it.

What is the meaning behind your art, if there's one?
The work started as a reaction to the urban / suburban development that I grew up with and still continue to see. I use reclaimed materials from these developments to try and produce visual placeholders, or records of what is left behind as waste before condos or strip malls take their place. The pieces mirror toppled architecture and upturned land, and use hard geometric lines to reflect the manner in which land is zoned and sectioned off for use by municipalities.

What is your next project?
I am wrapping up a new series for a group show that will be taking place in the US. Right now, it still on the down low while details are being confirmed, but will be amazing when it comes to fruition.

Which other artists, designers are you close to and who would you dream to collaborate with?
Since the Cheaper Show, I have found a core group of people who keep me inspired and who I have worked with on several occasions. People such as Sarah Gee, Jessica Bell, Russell Leng, Sylvana D’Angelo, and Taryn Hubbard. There are of course plenty more but this is the go-to group.

To finish with, what do you think about the blog?
Fantastic variety, thoughtful commentary, and a noticeable passion for aesthetics spanning all mediums.

Don’t let it Die!

Thanks Aaron !
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