Monday, September 29, 2014

Denise de La Rue revisits Guernica

A Cry for Peace (film still) © Succession Picasso, 2014. © Denise De La Rue, 2014.

Denise de La Rue debuts a new film titled A Cry for Peace at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The three-minute film will be presented by UN Alliance of Civilisations during General Assembly on 26 September, 2014. 

A Cry for Peace renews the message so poignantly conveyed by Pablo Picasso's antiwar masterpiece, Guernica, which Alejandro Escalona recently described as "a cultural icon that speaks to mankind not only against war but also of hope and peace."  This is the first time Succession Picasso and the State of Spain have authorised the use of Guernica in a contemporary art piece.

Set to an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the film portrays a matador, performing the bullfighting dance against the backdrop of Picasso's great mural.

Tauromaquia, the rituals of which closely parallel those of war, has had an unwavering presence across generations. Depicted in the film as an artistically reproduced battle with no opponent, it is contemporary, immediate and at one remove from the act of harm. Juxtaposed against an unflinching depiction of suffering, these two very different representations of battle create a dynamic meditation on the persistence of violence and the continuing devastation of war. Echoing the ideals set forth in the United Nations charter which aim "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war," this film strives to combat indifference to human suffering and function as a protest for peace.

BLAZON collection of scarves

BLAZON celebratres the public launch of its debut collection with a pop-up at Shoreditch’s Boxpark from the 29 September–6 October, featuring giant, abstract, geometric scarves on extendable arms, oversize poster prints an interactive photobooth.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pace Beijing presents Square, an exhibition of new works by Liu Jianhua

The works reveal both beauty and purity.

Charlotte Gainsbourg on the cover of Louis Vuitton's first edition of The Book

Quote of the week: Patti Smith

“When I started playing I couldn’t sing very well and I couldn’t play an instrument. I didn’t know shit, but I did know rock ‘n’ roll and I felt it was my right to get up and express my feelings through it.” - Patti Smith

Monday, September 22, 2014

'When We Were on Fire' by James Bay - Live at the Burberry Prorsum S/S15...

James Bay is amazing. This is from Burberry's show last week!

Mariam Suhail “Accidental Excavations” at Grey Noise, Dubai

Suhail’s work stems from the incidental, undocumented minutia of conversations, media, culture, and the everyday. She employs language from these sources to dissect and re-present what may exist in the spaces between exchanges, ideas, historical events and daily occurrences, resulting in works in sculpture, video, digital images, text and drawing.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Quote of the week: Marianne Faithfull on Serge Gainsbourg

"No, I’m one of the few women he didn’t offer it to thankfully. God! No, we were really, really good friends but he never wanted to fuck me, which is very good I think. He offered it to everyone else, fucked them and then decided they weren’t quite right. And then he found Jane." Marianne Faithfull on Serge Gainsbourg.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tino Sehgal in Athens

Tino Sehgal will be presenting a new piece in and around the Roman Agora in Athens from 25 September to 28 October 2014. The exhibition, produced by Asad Raza, marks the first time a major work of Sehgal’s will be presented outdoors and this is very exciting! 

This exhibition arises from the initiative to mount Sehgal’s works in the ancient sites of Athens and NEON’s ongoing  commitment to activating public spaces and enhancing public life throughout the city of Athens. It will take place in the Roman Agora and in an adjacent indoor location and will operate every day for the Agora’s full opening hours and, indoors, into the night. The installations to be shown are constructed of choreography, song, and peripatetic philosophical conversation.

“When I visited the ancient sites of Athens, where commercial, cultural, social and philosophical exchange took place, where knowledge passed through and was transferred between bodies, I had the distinct feeling that the embodied and dialogical elements in Sehgal’s work would have a special resonance here,” says writer and producer Raza. 

Stella Jeans / Milan Fashion Week 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

The National Portrait Gallery unveils newly commissioned portrait of Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller, 2014 ©National Portrait Gallery, London 

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled today its latest commissioned portrait – a photograph of Dame Vivienne Westwood in her garden by artist and photographer Juergen Teller. 

Karl Lagerfeld on the cover Polymaths & Multitaskers by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

This new publication by Editor Imran Amed will be available on September 22 to coincide with the launch of the BoF 500 2014, recognising the people shaping the global fashion industry.

Pennachio Argentato presented at the Wilkinson Gallery, London


                 Set in the Same Universe, 2012, Acrylic resin, transfer print, (200 ×95 × 45 cm)

Kate Moss in Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby

Kate Moss in Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby for AnOther Magazine A/W14 Photography by Willy Vanderperre, Styling by Olivier Rizzo

Sunday, September 14, 2014

When in Mykonos, stay at Cavo Tagoo

If you're looking for a hotel / villa in Mykonos, look no further! Cavo Tagoo, located in the Greek island of Mykonos, is THE BEST HOTEL! Not only the best hotel in Mykonos, but perhaps the best in the world.

I was invited to spend several nights in this heaven and I surely wasn’t disappointed.

The outstanding, friendly service and carefully crafted luxury that you can enjoy in every room make for the perfect stay in Mykonos.

The hotel comprises 80 individually decorated and designed luxury rooms and suites, each in subtle blue, rose, or fuchsia nuances, with stunning views over the Aegean sea. Cavo Tagoo Spa offers relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments and massages, for another relaxing moment.

Each room is carefully decorated, and feature either a private jacuzzi or a private pool. I can’t seem to think of any other hotel in the world that offers private pool. All private sea view villas with pool of this Mykonos Town hotel in Greece come complete with a fabulous spacious terrace boasting cozy lounging areas.

The luxurious villas showcase contemporary, chic furnishings, excellent beauty products and unrivalled amenities ensuring the most amazing holiday in Mykonos.

Its aquarium pool lounge bar utilises wooden decks inspired by the Far East, where guests can sip cocktails and listen to changing mood music throughout the night which is what I did for a whole day while in Mykonos.

In a nutshell: the view, the individual pool/jacuzzi, the 38m saltwater infinity pool, accompanied by oversized day beds beside the pool, the Chanel books in each bedroom, the luxurious details, the delicious breakfast make your stay at Cavo Tagoo a fantastic experience. I highly recommend it.

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Li Gang

Li Gang
Beads No. 3, 2013
wooden spheres, shaped from the connecting points of a dead tree of Yunnan Province
504 pcs., ø 0.8 - ø 78 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Urs Meile Lucerne | Beijing

British stars stand up to cancer

Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Dockery, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Friel, Sheridan Smith and Steve Coogan have come together to support Stand Up To Cancer.

They’ve been part of an exclusive short film and set of photographs shot by renowned photographer and film director, Greg Williams.

The set of photographs accompanying the film also demonstrate the urgent message that we need to act now to accelerate new cancer treatments to UK patients and save more lives.

Greg Williams said: “It’s been an honour to be involved in the Stand Up To Cancer campaign. I lost my mum to cancer, something I feel strongly that no one should ever have to experience.  By making this film and collection of images, I’ve been able to help to bring Stand Up To Cancer’s vital work to the fore and help build momentum in the fight against cancer.”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pierre Huyghe Retrospective at Museum Ludwig, Cologne

A new Pierre Huyghe show just opened at Hauser & Wirth in London and it's excellent.

Rosângela Rennó presented at Galeria Vermelho

To coincide with ArtRio, Galeria Vermelho presents an exhibition of new works by Rosângela Rennó, along with the installation As coisas estão no mundo [The Things Are in the World] by Marilá Dardot.

Consisting of six digital prints on pure silk organza, the series “Insólidos” [Unsolid] (2014) by Rosângela Rennó was created on the basis of four images. In the series, Rennó lends continuity to her research into the uncommon aspect of family photographs (which in 2005 gave rise to the series “Frutos Estranhos”), emphasizing the notion of how the perception of the images is altered when they are displayed on different and unusual supports.

“Insólidos” reveals images of mysterious places or of curious actions printed on various layers of pure silk organza, giving rise to a three-dimensional effect through superposition. The artist creates an interplay between transparency and opaqueness, between the flat surface of the traditional/analog photographs and the “photographic body,” which nowadays, in the digital era, is bereft of volume.

Iconic Louis Vuitton logo has been reimagined by six creative geniuses

In honour of Louis Vuitton’s 160th anniversary, creative visionaries Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Marc Newson, and, Christian Louboutin reinterpreted the famed Vuitton Monogram with a series of innovative accessories: shopping caddy, punching bag, bag pack etc. Another marketing coup to rejuvenate the brand!

Ha Chong Hyun

Conjunction 09 - 01Oil on and pushed from back of hempen cloth, 194 x 260
2009 - currently featured in an exhibition at Blum and Poe in L.A. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Oleg Dou

Monkey, 2009, courtesy Galeria Laura Marsiaj, Rio de Janeiro

The World of Rick Owens presented at Selfridges in London

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A monumental Rick Owens sculpture by figurative sculptor and long-time collaborator  of the visionary designer/artist, Douglas Jennings, was recently unveiled at the luxury shop Selfridge's. 

I am a huge fan of Rick Owens' aesthetic, and this showroom is a full experience displaying furniture, clothes, books and an exclusive collection. Rick Owens will be signing his new book this Saturday afternoon. Don't miss it! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tom of Finland’s stamps

Posti, the Finnish postal service recently launched a Tom of Finland stamp and it's proven to be a successful move!

The stamps honour the artistic legacy of artist Touko Laaksonen (1920–1991). Titled “Lick Me! they were designed by graphic artist Timo Berry who said that the visuals were meant to “represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer”.

“Our aim is to keep printing stamps which are in line with our time,” Posti spokesman Markku Penttinen noted when announcing the success to the news agency.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Illusions at Casa Daros

Illusions is an exhibition presented in Rio de Janeiro at the Daros Latinamerica Collection that features Los Carpinteros, 16m, 2010, 2. a piece by Teresa Serrano. 

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