The colourful world of HASSAN HAJJAJ : My Rock Stars – on going exhibit at LACMA, Los Angeles

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This three-channel video installation by Hassan Hajjaj includes nine separately filmed performances by an international array of musicians. The sitters/performers wear clothes that Hajjaj has designed himself, and pose in spaces covered by patterns he has selected. Clad in traditional fabrics, as well as luxury brand clothes and shoes, the musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, high and low culture, reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.

Hajjaj, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, moved to London in 1975, and now divides his time between London and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer, he also employs video. His work depicts a globalized society that pushes and blurs the boundaries of cultural identity—whether African, Arab, or Western.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Brooklyn Museum

October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014

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This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development—from the streets of Paris to the cinema—since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.

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the instagramers gallery in miami, florida

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Instagramers Gallery is a free, online virtual space where users can share and exchange their personal images with people from all over the world, without having to create a profile, add friends or follow anyone. the brainchild of phil gonzález and graphic designer jorge martínez comprises a network of instagram fans from more than 300 local communities in 60 different countries, who promote their artistic work through the platform. those who submit their instagram captures to the site have the chance to simultaneously participate in a $1000 ‘photo-day prize’; the finalists and winners of the daily contests will compete for a grand prize of $100,000 for the best photo, as chosen by a panel of judges comprised of well-known personalities from the world of art. the instagramers gallery has recently opened a physical location in the artist neighborhood of wynwood, miami — alongside the virtual online space — showcasing the most outstanding and valued photos uploaded to the digital platform. the materialized locale serves as a meeting place open to everyone — lovers of photography, amateurs, and instagram users — and provides them with opportunities to attend discussions, forums, events, presentations and expositions. via designboom

Inflatable snow house by kolkoz, Miami Beach

On the occasion of art basel miami beach, swiss luxury watch manufacturer audemars piguet — the global associate partner of art basel — and paris-based galerie perrotin presented ‘curiosity’: a life-sized inflatable log cabin. contradicting south beach’s sunlit waterfront vistas, the winter chalet created by french artist duo kolkoz floats at the core of a buoyant stage, playing host to the haute horology brand’s events throughout the exposition week. a yellow, faux-wood texture wraps the pavillion’s façade, crowned by a puffy white coat; at its interior, warm tones saturate the volume, encompassing dwellers within in a vast, cozy enclosure. via designboom

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the french artist duo kolkoz standing outside ‘curiosity’

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When exes can inspire you to create….12 shoes for 12 lovers by S. Errazuriz

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12 shoes for 12 lovers‘ by chilean-born, new york-based designer SEBASTIAN ERRAZURIZ reflects on the recollection of the artist’s personal and sexual relationships with former lovers, each of whom became the influence for a series of shoe sculptures. each day, Errazuriz released one image of a new heeled design, completed by an accompanying photo of the footwear’s muse and a small, often explicit story about the duo’s escapades together. all nicknamed according to their distinctive idiosyncrasies, peculiarities, and character traits, the women and their narrative are materialized through each wearable. varying aesthetics define each lover’s design; ‘ice queen’ sophie — shoe number 5 — sees long, frosty glaciers hanging from its sole, while ‘jetsetter jessica’ — shoe number 8 — is a hot glossy red with an airplane fitted as a heel. ’12 shoes for 12 shoes’ will exhibit at the pop-up shop of brazilian shoe brand Melissa from december 6th, 2013 to january 6th, 2014 for art basel miami beach 2013. via designboom

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GI Jane BARBARA

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Giant Vuitton Suitcase invades Red Square, Moscow

Giant Vuitton Suicase invades Red Square, Moscow

A giant Louis Vuitton suitcase is on display in the historic Moscow landmark the Red Square, just steps away from Vladimir Lenin’s tomb.
The display, which stands several stories high — it is 100 feet long and 30 feet high — is part of a temporary Louis Vuitton travel exhibition that will run from early December to mid-January.

Hello, my name is Paul Smith

Hello, my name is Paul Smith

Paul Smith at the Design Museum. London till March 9th

Sir Paul Smith started his career in fashion at the age of 16, with a menial job in a clothing warehouse in Nottingham. At the age of 68, he has ammased a clothing empire that spans the world, with over 200 shops in Japan alone. Defined by an instantly recognisable brand of English eccentricity (think peeps of Union Jack lining, pinstripe tailoring with outlandish pocket draws, brogues with a flash of colour at the laces), the Paul Smith label is one of the country’s best loved sartorial success stories. Sir Paul remains the driving force behind the 14 annual collections, as well as the prolific output of collaborations and side projects the brand undertakes. Interestingly, he is also a klepto- or clutter-maniac – with one of the most curio-stuffed offices in London. Every one of his stores is different – designed to suit their surroundings rather than sing from a uniform branding song sheet. ‘I like things that don’t go together’ explained the designer in the exhibition preview, ‘by combining odd fabrics and things on my office walls, I might get an idea for a clothing combination like tweed and silk’. This exhibition will recreate his office in its entirety, providing a key to his eclectic tastes and sources of inspiration. It will also detail his rags to riches career path – rebuilding his miniscule first store in the museum, showing archive collections, and of course, a vast number of the antiques and objects that frame Sir Paul’s network of neverending ideas. via Timeout

ouch ! Winde Rienstra’s Shoes Make Use of Unconventional Materials

The shoes in Winde Rienstra’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection were made of unconventional materials that challenge the forms of traditional footwear. 

The unusual collection features shoes made from plexiglass, bamboo, LEGO, cardboard and wood made to look like scales. On their own, there is nothing particularly exciting about any of these materials, but Rienstra crafts them into beautiful and wearable sculptures and completely disguises their original forms from recognition.
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César gets his first US showing in half a century

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The legacy of the revered French artist César Baldaccini has taken centre stage in New York with the opening of a seminal survey of his sculptural works. Spread over three floors in the Upper East Side townhouse that is the Luxembourg & Dayan gallery, the exhibition brings together pieces from the artist’s estate, major museums and private collections in an intimate setting. via wallpaper

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London Design Museum Celebrates Paul Smith

London Design Museum Celebrates Paul Smith

The London Design Museum celebrates four decades of design by one of Britain’s best known talents, Sir Paul Smith, a man knighted in the 2001 Birthday Honours List for services to the fashion industry. The show will include classics from his 40 years of collections and reveal something of the personality of the designer known for “Englishness combined with an unexpected twist” (GQ Magazine). But, says the Telegraph, rather than a straightforward run-through of his greatest fashion hits, the show will “explore a year in the different stages of design, production and marketing” behind the designer’s catwalk collections. Not only that, the individual design of his shops – now in sixty-six countries across the world – will also be highlighted, all of which goes to show how far Sir Paul Smith has come since setting up his first shop in Nottingham in 1970.
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Amazing Exhibit : Crystal formation at MOT, Tokyo by Yoshioka

 

The latest solo exhibition at the MOT / Museum for Contemporary Art in TokyoJapan, includes sculptures and larger installations which expose the otherwise unseen, delicate morphogenetic processes found in natural processes such as crystal formation, and the way prisms and spaces interact with light.

For Yoshioka, the self-generating, self-organising processes found in natural phenomena can be used as they are, not merely as an aesthetic facade that can be copied superficially. His intention is not to recreate nature, but to expose the innate beauty and creative ‘‘energy’’ in it, by making natural processes part of the art itself. As a result, he literally grows his paintings and sculptures as one would grow plants in a greenhouse through the use of a special liquid which allows natural crystals to grow freely (a transparent pool filled with this liquid, containing a growing colony of crystals is also part of the exhibition that offers visitors a direct encounter with his creative process).

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ONLY IN ENGLAND, Photography exhibit London till March 2014

Wonderful Photography Exhibit now in London at Science Museum. A must-see.

Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr, who has now made a new selection including over 50 previously unseen works from the National Media Museum’s Ray-Jones archive. Shown alongside The Non-Conformists, Parr’s rarely seen work from the 1970s, this selection forms a major new exhibition which demonstrates the close relationships between the work of these two important photographers.

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Pop-Art Meets 19th-century Fine Art, usa

American visual artist Brian Donnelly, also known as KAWS, is a master of combining street- and pop-art influences with conceptual and thought-provoking artistic gestures. He is currently in the spotlight once again at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), where his latest solo exhibition titled KAWS @ PAFA is on display. The exhibition itself includes his iconic vinyl sculptures (with references to Bugs Bunny, Michelin’s Bibendum and everything in between), as well as a large collection of canvases that have been created especially referencing American cartoon characters. Visitors to the exhibition are giving a taste of what’s in store inside as they approach the building where a monumental statue titled ”BORN TO BEND’‘ looks down on the entrance from the plinth on the museum’s gothic façade

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Desert Rose : Damian Hirst exhibition in Doha, Qatar

 In celebration of Britain’s best-selling contemporary artist, Damien Hirst, a retrospective of his life’s work will be on display from October 10 till January 22, 2014, at ALRIWAQ DOHA exhibition spaceRelics will present the largest collection of Hirst’s work ever assembled. Spanning over twenty-five years of Hirst’s artistic career, the exhibition includes both iconic and previously unseen works. The artist, who has explored the complex relationship between art, love, life and death, explained “I’ve got an obsession with death, but I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid”. via KNSTRCT

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Art Wars at Saatchi Gallery London

thumbs_art-wars-artists-transform-stormtrooper-helmets-at-saatchi-gallery-designboom-27A fleet of stormtrooper helmets that have been reinterpreted by some of the renowned contemporary artists and designers has been exhibited at saatchi gallery. the ‘art wars‘ project is created by ben moore, art below founder, in collaboration with andrew sinsworth, the original creator of the stormtrooper helmet from the star wars film series. using the original molds used for the first star wars movie 1976, some of the most renowned contemporary artists were asked to make their mark on the iconic symbol in their own style. damien hirst, david bailey, yinka shonibare MBE, andmr. brainwash, among 14 others, painted, burned, and crocheted the objects to best reflect their artistic approach. the proceeds from the art wars exhibition and auction will go to the ‘missing tom’ fund, which was started up specifically to raise money to support the search for thomas moore, brother of art wars founder via designboom

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Pibamarmi Pavilion, Verona

The PIBAMARMI pavilion at the 2013 edition of MARMOMACC in Verona was designed by the Spanish architect Alberto CAMPO BAEZA, winner of the Fair’s International Award Architecture in Stone 2013 for the office building of the Castilla León Junta in front of the Cathedral in Zamora.

The pavilion for PIBAMARMI represents the materialization of the power of Gravity over Light. It consists of an enormous hazelnut travertine stone measuring 4x4x1 m suspended in the air at only 1,90 m height in the center …

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Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid, London

On saturday, september 28th, the serpentine sackler gallery designed by zaha hadid will open to the public. the renovation project has seen the transformation of the magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store positioned a short 7-minute walk from the serpentine gallery, on the north side of the serpentine bridge.

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GLASS HOUSE Pushing the showroom to another level by Molteni & C. Dada, Milan

A stage, an architectural framework, a space to be experienced. Glass House is a building with wide windows overlooking the company’s leafy grounds, where furnishings and kitchens are the lead players: bookcases, tables, sofas, chairs, beds, chests.

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Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks 3D pop installation, NYC

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks 3D pop installation, NYC

a life-size, 3-dimensional recreation of edward hopper’s ‘nighthawks’ has been installed in the NYC landmark flatiron building’s prow. the pop-up, cut-out style model is created by the whitney museum of american art in new york in celebration of their current exhibit, hopper drawing — a show devoted to the painter’s process which includes some 200 previously unexhibited drawings on paper. the four protagonists from the iconic 1940s diner scene were scaled up to mimic human proportions and their arrangement around the wooden bar perfectly replicates hopper’s original. the distinct architectural elements of the flatiron building — in particular its reflection of the triangular site — was an initial influence for the locale pictured in ‘nighthawks’.