[FETISH] Doorknob Girl Next Door
GUY BOURDIN, An Introduction
Sadist, genius, artist, monster – call him what you will – Guy Bourdin’s titillating images changed fashion photography forever. A new book by Phaidon makes a small, but generous introduction to the work of Guy Bourdin with an introductory essay by Alison Gingeras that provides a fresh perspective on Bourdin’s life and work, including his considerable influence on the world of commercial and fine art photography.
On view at the Bangkok Art & Culture Center in Thailand. Photograph by Dreux Moreland
Andy Warhol’s Headlines
The first exhibition to fully examine the works that Andy Warhol created on the theme of news headlines will premiere at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from September 25, 2011, to January 2, 2012. Warhol: Headlines will define and present some 80 works—paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, film, video, and television—based largely on the tabloid news, revealing the artist’s career-long obsession with the sensational side of contemporary media. Source materials for the art will be presented for comparison, demonstrating the ways in which Warhol cropped, altered, obscured, and reoriented the original texts and images, underscoring his role as both editor and author. After Washington, the exhibition will be on view at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt from February 11 to May 13, 2012.
AOI KOTSUHIROI: Exotic Regrets Chapter IV
“Her hair filled her mouth sometimes, it was the time when nothing should say. She had her two horns in each hand, to hear the heart of the animals. And when the sound of the bones told her something, she came to restrain her tears….” Aoi Kotsuhiroi
Aoi Kotsuhiroi releases the fourth chapter of her brilliant sartorial epic entitled Exotic Regrets. A beautiful, rare breed indeed – part designer, part poet, part mystic – Kotsuhiroi’s new chapter is full of “objects of the cold” that are perfect for fall. Kotsuhiroi is currently part of a group exhibition held at the Some/Things Secret Space in Paris. The exhibition – & He Went to the Sea in his Carriage & Horses – is inspired by the life and work of Raimondo Di Sangro – Prince of San Sevro, alchemist, scientist, magician, and heretic. The exhibition will be on view until the end of Paris fashion week.
JENNY SAVILLE: Continuum
(Flesh) is all things. Ugly, beautiful, repulsive, compelling, anxious, neurotic, dead, alive. – Jenny Saville
Fascinated by the endless aesthetic and formal possibilities that the materiality of the human body offers, Saville remits a highly sensuous and tactile impression of surface and mass in her monumental oil paintings. In the compelling Stare paintings she renders the contours and features of the face and the nuances of skin texture and color in strokes both bold and meticulous. Enlarging the facial features of her human subjects to a vast scale and rendering them in layer upon layer of paint, she imbues in them with a sense of mass and weight that is almost sculptural and at times wholly abstract. Intense pinks, reds, and blues erupt through pale skin tones, disclosing the internal workings of the painting like the flesh and blood of a living organism. Jenny Saville, who was born in Cambridge, England, will be having her first solo U.S. museum exhibition at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida later this year. And this september 15 the Gagosian Gallery in New York presents an exhibition, entitled Continuum, of recent paintings and drawings by Jenny Saville.
Joy-Art: Ladislav Sutnar
The Czech-American designer Ladislav Sutnar (1897—1976) created many internationally-acclaimed design icons. At the age of 65, he delved into painting. Now on view at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague, U.S. Venus is the first independent exhibition of Sutnar’s art in forty years and presents his paintings of female nudes never shown before. Sutnar called these works Venus and exhibited them under the label Joy-Art. In this art manifesto, he formulated his concept of art for the 21st century – as vigorous, humanistic and joyful. His geometric figures rendered in contrasting colors reflect American painting of the time, namely Pop Art. U.S. Venus is on view until October 8.
[UPCOMING] David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers
David Hockney’s Fresh Flowers: Drawings on iPhones and iPads will be on view at the Royal Ontario Museum this October. “The Institute for Contemporary Culture presents the North American debut of this cutting-edge exhibition, which reveals David Hockney’s extraordinary use of this novel new artistic medium and its impact on shaping visual culture today. Hockney is one of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, and Fresh Flowers is his first major show in Canada in over two decades. The exhibition features approximately 200 iPhone and iPad drawings displayed on 20 iPod Touches and 20 iPads.” On view October 8 until January 1, 2012.
[MILAN] Boschi Di Stefano Private Collection