Devendra Banhart playing in Moscow on October 20, at the opening of Garage Center For Contemporary Art’s opening of the pavilion in Gorky Park near Pionersky pond, a new venue for exhibitions, lectures, workshops and more. The pavilion is designed by internationally acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban. photograph by Maxim Ksuta
Jeremy Kost’s celebrity paintings–silkscreened on large-scale canvases from Polaroid images–are paired here with Polaroid facsimiles by Andy Warhol from the 70s and 80s. Both artists share an inquisitive lust to understand fame in all its dramatic guises and extravagant poses. Occasionally they share a subject–Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton, Keith Richards–though Kost approaches these iconic individuals from a very different perspective. In some cases they are obscured or abstracted; occasionally disembodied, as with Madonna’s head, which appears to float on a sea of silver, or Grace Jones, who dissolves into a beautiful haze of flowers and tapestries. By translating his original photographs into these slick yet gritty canvases, Kost has given his unique vision a new sense of monumentality. In these works, which came from his Polaroid photographs, celebrity is both celebrated and complicated. We see the mobs of paparazzi themselves, clamoring for a shot, and the polarized finish of the paintings themselves is simultaneously glamorous and anti-glamor–just as Beyonce here appears both as a superstar and a sort of monster, caught in the camera’s flash. Like his forbearer Warhol, Kost is a participant in the world he depicts and also somewhat of a voyeur, diligently capturing all the madness and the romance of celebrity, all the while translating a sense of intimacy and access. Jeremy Kost: Always The Center of Attention will be on view until November 18 at Galerie Nuke, 11 Rue Saint Anastase, 75003 Paris, France
Anja Rubik models for the first collection of Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane. photograph by Hedi Slimane
A circular artwork featuring butterfly wings by artist Damien Hirst at Gagosian Gallery at FIAC 2012 (International Contemporary Art Fair) at the Grand Palais in Paris on view until October 21, 2012. photograph by Francois Mori
Douglas Gordon’s piece Self Portrait of you + me, (oversized Jackie) at FIAC 2012 (International Contemporary Art Fair) which be on view until October 21, 2012, at the Grand Palaise in Paris. photograph by Francois Mori
When approaching the creation of the Zakary le Stéle Spring/Summer 2013 Lookbook, photographer Tsasha Olivier looked to his chosen themes such as claustrophobia and mental disintegration to create a world locked inside a rural Portuguese villa. The photos swallow the viewer into a compound-like setting where the model, Lien Vieira, is unravelling, revealing her inner turmoil, an effect heightened by the hypnotic abstract prints of the collection. The theme is harshly juxtaposed with the designer’s floaty, windswept vision. Soft, fluid, diaphanous silks billow in the breeze peacefully and freely, with wild tilapia fish leather accents and structured camel wool cut sharply to the body in a modern sweep. View rest of the photos after the jump. [CLICK HERE]
Oliver Maxwell Kupper of Pas Un Autre, Brad Elterman and Max Gibson of Wine and Bow Ties at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. photograph by Summer Bowie.