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.
October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014
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.
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
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
the french artist duo kolkoz standing outside ‘curiosity’
‘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
Cry Baby ALEXANDRA
Gold Digger ALISON
GI Jane BARBARA
Ice Queen SOPHIE
Autoportrait au Rolleiflex (posé sur un mur) 1er scooter de marque Italienne « Rumi », étiquette de presse sur le garde-boue, Ile Saint-Louis. Paris, 1959
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.
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
The shoes in Winde Rienstra’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection were made of unconventional materials that challenge the forms of traditional footwear.
Isabella Blow. A fashion legend, an icon and a name printed in bold in the pages of recent fashion history.
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
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.
The latest solo exhibition at the MOT / Museum for Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, 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).
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.
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
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 space. Relics 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
A 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
Photojournalist George Osodi offers an alternate glimpse into modern day monarchy through his portraits of Nigeria’s tribal kings, in a new exhibition opening today at London’s Bermondsey Project until November 3 2013.
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 …
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.
Each of the spinning windmills in the Wind Portal by Najla El Zein was folded by hand and attached to upright plastic tubes with custom-made 3D-printed clips.
London Design Festival 2013: designers Scholten & Baijings set up a still life depicting a dinner party in progress at the V&A museum for the London Design Festival
Bemis Art Community’s Spring Art Show at the Bemis Building, where you’ll find some really cool live/work spaces for artists in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood
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’.
Dalston House by Leandro Erlich London
It might look like these people are scaling the walls of a London townhouse but they’re actually lying on the ground, reflected in a huge mirror as part of an installation by Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich.