Monday, January 26, 2015

Rick Owens features full-frontal models on his catwalk, and so what? It's poetic

The fantastic American designer featured four of his models down the runway wearing clothes with peepholes that showed subtle full-frontal male nudity underneath. So what? ‘Nudity is the most simple and primal gesture’ said Rick and he's right!

Björk's new album Vulnicura explores her break up with Matthew Barney

"Every time you give up, you take away our future and my continuity—and my daughter’s, and her daughters, and her daughters," Björk 

Short films by Bjørn Melhus presented at Kunsthall, Rotterdam

For the first edition of ‘One Project', the Kunsthall Rotterdam and gallery West Den Haag are bringing leading international German-Norwegian video artist Bjørn Melhus to the Netherlands. In his remarkable short films and impressive video installations, he plays with concepts such as identity, the media, globalism and mass culture. He addresses social themes at their very core in a stimulating, sometimes absurd tone and with eccentric design. In the multichannel installation ‘The Theory of Freedom', the definition of freedom is paramount. Parallel presentations by Melhus can be seen at West Den Haag, Art Rotterdam and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). 

PJ Harvey at Somerset House

I'm really excited because this weekend, I'm going to see PJ Harvey's recording at Somerset House in London. 

Presented by the curatorial office ArtAngel, 'Recording in Progress' is an innovative performance project that explores the making of an album. Polly records her ninth album inside an architectural installation designed by Somerset House-based Something & Son. The structure, a recording studio in the form of an enclosed box, has one-way glazing, displaying Polly, her band, producers and engineers as a mutating, multi-dimensional sound sculpture. The team is there, working and gives you a glimpse of how a record is made. 

Visitors experience exactly what is happening at a particular moment in the studio, as Polly and musicians, together with her longstanding producers Flood and John Parish, go through the creative process of recording an album of songs. Promises to be fascinating!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Stephen G. Rhodes

Kyle Thompson

Joni Mitchell for Yves Saint Laurent

The Maeght Foundation in St Paul de Vence presents "This is not a museum"

"This is not a museum" is an exhibition that focuses on the interactions between performing arts and visuals arts.  "This is not a museum," is a sentenced borrowed from André Malraux, close friends of Aimé Maeght.

Included in the inauguration speech for the Maeght Foundation on July 28, 1964, this phrase embodies the vitality of creation. This exhibition, presented until March 2015, recalls the prestigious «Nuits de la Fondation Maeght», a series of events that featured writers such as Francis Ponge or Jean-Pierre Faye. It also pays tribute, to the artists that have given legendary performances at the foundation: musicians such as the free jazz prodigy Albert Ayler, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mstislav Rostropovich as well as dancers like Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Sarah Pardo and Jean Barraqué. Poets and philosophers such as René Char, André Frénaud, Jacques Prévert and Jacques Derrida have also succeeded here with their presence or their writings, some of which are featured in the exhibition. Thanks to a partnership with the INA, this exhibition will recapture the spirit of those encounters through many film and sound recordings also by Clovis Prévost.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Nous sommes tous Charlies. Pour defendre sa liberté. #JeSuisCharlie
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