The Face in the Lens: Anonymous Photographs
USA, Circa 1920
Anonymous photography has a magic all its own. The intriguing images assembled here by collector and curator Robert Flynn Johnson are all mysterious, but their appeal is various. By turns poignant, humorous, erotic, and disturbing, their subject is the human condition. READ MORE….
Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity
A new exhibition at the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, dedicated to the early work of Picasso, Miró and Dalí, which played a decisive role in the beginning of modern art in Spain, is opening next week. The exhibition concentrates on Picasso’s pre-cubist period 1900 – 1905, whilst Juan Miró’s works of 1915–1920 are presented along with Salvador Dali’s from 1920–1925, both artists painting in the period before the discovery of surrealism. Each artist will be represented by 25 – 30 masterpieces selected to show aspects of the three artists in their earliest periods, works that are rarely shown in mainstream catalogues and exhibitions. For instance, Picasso’s early work was often colored by his strong political convictions. Picasso, Miró, Dalí. Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity is showing from March 12 to July 17, 2011. www.palazzostrozzi.com
SHIN MURAYAMA / I Don’t Like Mondays
Shin Murayama ‘Shoe Face’
Online concept boutique I Don’t Like Mondays’ Gallery is “an evolving project focused on offering true rarities of fashion.” In collaboration with artists and designers, IDLM’s gallery offers “one-of-a-kind and limited edition garment art” that is exclusively available. READ MORE
Wim Delvoye’s Sexrays
Wim Delvoye, born 1965, is a Belgian neo-conceptual artist known for his inventive and often shocking projects. Much of his work is focused on the body. He repeatedly links the attractive with the repulsive, creating work that holds within it inherent contradictions- one does not know whether to stare, be seduced, or to look away. Wim Delvoye has an eclectic oeuvre, exposing his interest in a range of themes, from bodily function, to the Catholic Church, and numerous subjects in between. He lives and works in Belgium, but recently moved to China after a court of law judged his pig tattoo art projects illegal. Delvoye is additionally well known for his “gothic” style work. In 2001, Delvoye, with the help of a radiologist, had several of his friends paint themselves with small amounts of barium, and perform explicit sexual acts in medical X-ray clinics. Wim Delvoye then used the X-ray scans to fill gothic window frames instead of classic stained glass. READ MORE….
Adanowsky ‘You Are The One’ (feat. Devendra Banhart)
Adarsha just sent over this mind-blowing video for Adanowsky’s song You Are The One directed by the Skinny Director team. The video was shot while Adanowsky recorded his album in Los Angeles at the old house of Ke$ha and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. In order to give authenticity to the Love-In, the cast and crew were put into a sexual trance thanks to a white magic breathing exercise the directors learned from Electricity Aquarian, a surviving member of Los Angeles spiritual cult The Source Family. Over forty people then channeled their erotic energy to help give birth to Adanowsky’s new alter-ego, El Amador: “The Lover.”
The 5 o’ Clock Chair by Moooi
“Inspired by the classic English china with pink rose, the chair reflects a love for almost forgotten values and feeling from a noble past. Beech wood and skai leather created a strong product with a soft surface, combining tradition with innovation.” Designed by Nika Zupanc for Moooi. From the 12th to the 17th of April Moooi is proud to present The Unexpected Welcome, a panoramic overview on its new products at the showroom in Milan for the 50th Edition of Il Salone del Mobile. In via Tortona 37 the new creations of Marcel Wanders, Stefano Giovannoni, Studio Job, Rooms, Sjoerd Vroonland, Bertjan Pot and Moooi Works will be revealed in combination with products extensions by Marcel Wanders and Nika Zupanc. For Moooi’s 10th anniversary the facade of the showroom will be concealed & transformed into a camera obscura enclosing an unexpected surprise: the Moooi Panorama. A panoramic overview of Moooi’s rich & artistic photography portfolio over the last 10 years, in combination with 2D models of new products, sketches and product cut-outs. Inside the panorama hide the new products, giving you the opportunity to move closer to the designs and zoom into their surprising details. Unexpected & mysterious fragrances will be diffused in the showroom to complete the flavor of the presentation and strengthen the impact of the visual experience. www.moooi.com
Fur: Hermés Fall 2011
Christophe Lemaire presented his first collection for Hermés 2011 ready-to-wear fall collection at Paris fashion week.
Tucked away in a literal sliver of a store front on Divisadero Street, in San Francisco, is a mysteriously intriguing new accessories shop called Hunted. Apparently they’d been open for only a few days when I paid a visit. I walked inside where a single shelf on the right side of the boutique was draped with hypnotizing antique jewelry, pocket books, hand bags, and other collected ephemera. Hunted is a brilliantly simple one stop outpost of elegant jewelry absolutely well worth a visit. 843 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 www.huntedsf.com
Carving, Cutting, Breaking
“The things I make are a complex description of simultaneous unmaking and making, deconstructing an object or a body before putting it back together again – this could be interpreted as a violent process, but is often a very delicate and fragile one, a process of transplantation rather than dislocation. The works are an attempt to change the relationship of the object to the body, making visible the invisible, opening up something normally closed, softening a usually hard surface.” – Jessica Harrison