Monday, November 24, 2014

Salvador Dali's erotic cookbook

Originally published in 1973 and featuring Salvador Dali's paintings and etchings, Les Diners de Gala, is a cookbook featuring 12 chapters of exotic courses all rendered with a surrealist twist. The tenth chapter is even dedicated to aphrodisiacs. 

Tilda Swinton's latest performance with Olivier Saillard and latest Tim Walker's photographs

Tilda Swinton's latest collaboration with Olivier Saillard, director of Paris’s fashion museum Palais Galliera, for the annual performance programme Festival d’Automne, was based on a fashion dialogue with the audience. The character, played by Tilda, borrowed garments from the public and placed them on a table. Once stretched and manipulated, the character started reflecting on their design for several minutes. “It’s built on a shared complicity and a shared determination to be playful. Our idea this time was to have no structure at all…. We dared each other to be this sauvage. Who knows what will happen — it will be different every night.” Tilda said.

Tilda is the subject of a beautiful feature in W Magazine. Don't miss it. Titled the Surreal World and shot by Tim Walker, whom I had the pleasure to meet in 2009 in Arles for the photography festival and curated by Christian Lacroix, takes inspiration from the legendary patrons, de Menil and their fantastic collection which comprises Rothko among many other fabulous artists.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Domenico Dolce et Stefano Gabbana unveil their Christmas tree at Claridge's Hotel

Pace presents Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style

The Pace Gallery in New York presents Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style, featuring nearly 140 works by Pablo Picasso created in the last two decades of his life while living with his muse, and later, wife, Jacqueline Roque. With many works from the Picasso family and Jacqueline Roque’s estate on view to the public for the first time, plus loans from private collections and major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, this exhibition is the first to examine Picasso’s late transformation in style, as seen exclusively through the portraits of Jacqueline, his last and perhaps greatest love. Picasso & Jacqueline features painting, sculpture, works on paper, and ceramics, all depicting Jacqueline in a myriad of ways—from odalisque to bride—that would immortalize her arresting beauty.

The exhibition runs until 10 January 2015. Don't miss it!

Guy Bourdin - image maker - an exhibition presented at Somerset House

The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987 opens at Somerset House, in London next week.  

This major exhibition will chart Bourdin’s distinguished 40-year career from Man Ray’s protégé to photography revolutionary in his own right and explore his pursuit of perfection. The exhibited works will exemplify the craftsmanship behind his images, from production to publication, and their enduring quality as a consequence.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Günther Uecker / A Guggenheim Museum video

Günther Uecker 
b. 1930, Wendorf, Germany
New York Dancer I, 1965 (two views)
Nails, cloth, and metal with electric motor, 200 × 30 × 30 cm
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
© Günther Uecker
Photo: Erik and Petra Hesmerg © Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Monday, November 17, 2014

Works by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye

Moroso produces a chair for Marina Abramović

Italian furniture brand Moroso has produced a limited edition set of the furniture Libeskind designed for an installation by New York-based performance artist Marina Abramović.

TASCHEN publishes Rock Covers

Rock Covers, an amazing book published by TASCHEN and authors Robbie Busch (DJ and record collector), Jonathan Kirby (record collector and music writer) and Julius Wiedemmann (art editor and marketing professional), pays tribute to the legendary covers of rock albums, from David Bowie, the Beatles to Elvis and Pink Floyd. 

This anthology features more than 750 iconic album covers, from famous to rare record releases, with further details on what inspired the artists behind them and their music. Many of the photographers, graphic designers, art directors have all been featured in gallery exhibitions.  

Each cover in the book is accompanied by a fact sheet, with short descriptive profiles for 250 highlighted records. Five interviews with rock insiders add personal insights to the shaping of rock history, while 10 leading rock collectors share their top-10 record lists.

It's excellent if you're a fan of these bands. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eternal Kurt Cobain

Mircea Kantor at the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang

Romanian artist and Prix Marcel Duchamp winner Mircea Cantor (b. 1977) is the subject of an exhibition at the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang  this winter. This is the first solo presentation of his work in Canada. Cantor is best known for his ostensibly simple video narratives that slowly build to subtle but powerful climax leaving the audience with open conclusions.

Included in the exhibition will be one of Cantor's most popular video works, Wind Orchestra (2012) seen at the Pompidou Centre a few years ago. In this video, a young boy stands three knives on their handle end and blows them over, like a row of dominoes now more threatening than innocent. The violent implications of playing dominoes with knives appears lost on the boy, who does not seem to recognize the power of the knife as something more ominous than a toy. Another object's common purpose is similarly disrupted in Double Heads Matches (2003). Cantor convinced a match factory in Romania to halt regular production and double dip a series of matches by hand, rendering the typical function of a match more dangerous, but potentially also more cost effective. In both instances, the original symbolic meaning of the object is changed, either by a simple act or change.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Local Natives - "Breakers" (Official Music Video)

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival

The BAFTA Qualifying ASFF: Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, this year’s festival will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York from 6 – 9 November 2014. Moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas, ASFF invites audiences to create their own unique viewing experience. 

The films span a diverse range of genres from comedy to music video, drama to documentary, and animation to artists’ film. New for 2014, ASFF showcases outstanding works from the fashion and advertising industries, working with London College of Fashion to establish a place for serious discussion about fashion film; its identity, responsibility to society and impact on visual culture. We also welcome Ridley Scott Associates and Jigsaw who will reveal the art of advertising and how filmmakers collaborate with brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Trager Delaney etc.
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