Sunday, June 22, 2008

Louis Vuitton v.s. Dan Flavin

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Louis Vuitton. 5th Avenue, New York, NY.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf: Guys and Dolls. By Elva Ramirez. Wall Street Journal. 06.18.08.
excerpted text:

"Maverick Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have cultivated a reputation for showing whimsical clothes in highly theatrical runway settings. So when London's Barbican Art Gallery approached the duo for a retrospective, the quirky designers wanted to do something playful. The result: A three-story playhouse showcasing dolls dressed in miniature Viktor & Rolf designs." (Elva Ramirez)

Art News

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$25 Billion and Counting. By Eileen Kinsella. Art News. May 2008. 
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"Auction sales are what one dealer calls the 'visible part of the iceberg'. But how big is the rest of it? According to dealers, auction house experts , and other advisers, the private art market is exponentially larger - fueled by increasing demand from Russia, Asia, the Middle East, and other emerging markets."(Eileen Kinsella)

'Christie's and Sotheby's, which dominate the global auction business, reported more than $12 billion in combined sales last year. Christie's said that about four-fifths, or slightly more than $5 billion, of its $6.3 billion total came from fine-art sales." (Eileen Kinsella)

'It's impossible to know how big the private art market is. I would estimate that it's two to three times the auction market" (Arne Glimcher, Chairman of Pace Wilderstein)

"Hardly anyone spends $50 million on artwork and stops buying" (Arne Glimcher)

"In our view, the art business and the number of people around the world who buy works of art will continue to grow exponentially." (Marc Porter, President of Chritie's Americas)

"The United States has retained its leading share of the market over the past ten years." (TEFAF Report)

"One of the most significant developments in terms of market share has been the rise of China, now ' the world's fourth largest global art market, with 5 percent of world sales by value'". (Eileen Kinsella)

'These works can freely circulate, and this is incredibly important. Many people who bought Old Masters have switched to buying contemporary art". (Jonathan Mennell, Founder and Director of Sotheby's Rome).  

"Top collectors from the United Arab Emirates, Beirut, Jordan, and other Gulf states know most of the galleries in Dubai. They tend to focus on Arab art or art from the Gulf region, Iran, Lebanon." (John Martin, Director of Art Dubai Fair)

"What the auctions do for us is really solidify prices. It's much easier when there is some public record." (David Zwirner, New York dealer)

"When demand for an artist is so intense that there are gallery waiting lists, a 'premature secondary market' can develop, particularly at auction, with prices skewed to the high end" (Neal Meltzer, art adviser)

Richard Prince / Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs

Richard Prince: Continuation. The Art Newspaper. 06.20.08.
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"The show, his first in a major public UK institution, is in collaboration with Louis Vuitton, and curated by Richard Prince with the Serpentine Gallery, and follows his recent “Spiritual America” show the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York."

Helmut Lang

Helmut Lang To Stage First Solo Exhibition. By Godfrey Deeny.Fashion Wire Daily. 06.12.08.
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Helmut Lang is to stage his solo art exhibition, the latest example of signs of life by the man once regarded as the most influential fashion designer on the planet. (Godfrey Deeny)

Entitled “Helmut Lang – Alles Gleich Schwer,” or All Has Equal Weight, the solo effort will be staged in Hanover as part of a major event named Hanover Goes Fashion, with some 10 exhibitions held in leading museums and institutes. Lang’s show will be staged in the German city’s Kestnergesellschaft and curated by Neville Wakefield and Frank-Thorsten Moll. (Godfrey Deeny)

“The continuity is that I’m expressing what’s important to me with the appropriate form, content and context through different mediums and other dimensions” (Helmut Lang)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Art of Football / Nike

Art of Football. Showstudio.06.02.08. 

Marc Jacobs / Andy Warhol

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Marc Jacobs. By Glenn O'Brien. Interview. June / July 2008. 
excerpted text:

"His collaborations with Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, and Richard Prince have shaken things up in both the fashion and art worlds. Not to mention advertising that looks like art and boutiques that feel like clubs. Andy Warhol used to talk about the best art being business art. And it would be hard to find someone who has done more to apply to an artist's thinking of running a creative big business than Marc Jacobs." (Glenn O'Brien)

"It's not my fault! I just have interests outside the superficial world of fashion" (Marc Jacobs)

"I started to thinking in romantic terms, and I always thought back to the time of Schiaparelli and Chanel and Cocteau, when all these creative people seemed to be doing things together. They where influenced by Pablo Picasso or Salvador Dali, and fashion and art had a chance, you know?" (Marc Jacobs)

"And what I wanted to do, in the same way as Serge [Gainsbourg] had done, was deface it. The way that Duchamp had done with L.H.O.O.Q., by putting this moustache on [the Mona Lisa] and making it something hipper, a little bit anarchic, and just cooler". 

"Takashi was so pleased with what we had done that he then had a show at Marianne Boesky Gallery where he showed his paintings, which were inspired by the work that we had done together. He had an actual art show of work that he had done after seeing the fashion show". 

"Whether you like it or not, there's a validity to it. For all the critics who made fun of the installation of a Vuitton shop within Takashi's MOCA exhibition...I saw it like Martin Kippenberger's subway grate, you know? It Challenged this sort of categorizing. Like, what is teh art here? Is it what's on the bag? Is it the action of buying the bag - that's the art? Is it watching the people buying the art? Because it's installed in an exhibition in a museum, it it some kind of conceptual performance piece? It operates on so many levels that it's hard to categorize." (Marc Jacobs)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Art Basel

Art sales: big spenders dispel gloom. By Colin Gleadell. 06.10.08.
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"The issue this year was whether the dealers would shrug off the effects of the impending recession as successfully as the auction rooms appear to have done, and the early signs were that, in spite of the weakness of the dollar, the Art Basel magic was still at work."

"The Gagosian Gallery made 10 sales on day one, including a painting by Richard Prince for $2 million. Victoria Miro sold six paintings and sculptures by the eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama for between $250,000 and $500,000 each, as well as Crash, Boom, Bang, a six-figure sculpture satirising the state of the art market by Elmgreen and Dragsett, in which several boxes containing lookalike works by Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst had been precariously stacked."

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Florence Muller

Built to last. Interview with Florence Muller by Leah Sandals. 06.04.08.
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"A YSL was one of the first to open this connection in the '60s. But I think it was through the '90s that the idea that art and fashion really became connected. Artists like Vanessa Beecroft had a fascination for this world of luxury together with a critical point of view on it. And on the other side, people involved in these luxury brands were very interested by art and started to support exhibition events. So in recent years this connection has been perceived as completely evident. But this wasn't always so. It was once revolutionary to argue this connection. I can say that I've lived this revolution because when I started to work on the idea of the Museum of Fashion in the Louvre during the '80s, it was very difficult to say that fashion is also a form of art. But now everybody understands it." (Florence Muller)

"A Very often these people don't know how fashion functions; critics might say, "Oh they are just stealing this [idea] from a painter." But if you don't know haute couture, you don't know how complicated it is to translate a bird from Braque into a sculpture around the neck of the model that also holds the drapery of a dress. There is huge work on finding a way of doing something that is not a painting anymore, which starts to be more sculpture, in fact a sculpture alive on the body of the model."(Florence Muller)

"It is also helpful to understand that a designer can be free in front of the white page like an artist in front of a painting. Both have a feeling of freeness in terms of creation. I think Yves said that he was naturally very involved in artistic field because he was a drawer and a painter before he was a designer." (Florence Muller)

Bond no9 / Andy Warhol

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Bond no9. Bleecker Street, New York. 

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Louise Bourgeois

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Bourgeois from A to Z (Rizzoli). By Ann Landi. Art News. May 2008.
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"It is high time someone produced a definitive biography of Louise Bourgeois, who is approaching her centenary, still making first-rate work, and without question one of the most influential artists of the last few decades." 

Murakami / Louis Vuitton

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Icone - Monogramouflage, Louis Vuitton by Takashi Murakami. L'Officiel. June 2008. 

Terry Richardson / Tom Ford - Part 4

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Tom Ford Menswear. 

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf: so good they did it twice. By Sarah Mower. The Daily Telegraph. 05.31.08.
excerpted text:

"Quite how to do justice to the strange phenomenon that is Viktor & Rolf is a problem that has teased fashion editors for years. Me, anyway. They are fashion's odd men out, a Dutch pair who dress like twins, speak in a serious monotone, always in agreement, never interrupting one another. It's an effect that, like Gilbert & George, makes them deliberately and disconcertingly hard to tell apart, as well as near-impossible to fathom."

Terry Richardson

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Belverde Vodka. Terry Richardson. 

Andy Warhol

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Warhol Memorabilia Philia. By Gelnn O'Brien. Interview. June / July 2008. 
excerpted text:

"Motorcycle jacket painted by Stefano Castronovo"

"Jean-Michel Basquiat painted Andy's scars on this turtleneck, probably inspired by the famous Richard Avedon photograph that revealed them".