Renowned contemporary artist Jeff Koons was recently asked to paint his friend Dakis Joannou’s yacht. Named Guilty, the 35-meter vessel was designed for the Cypriot art collector by Ivana Porfiry and now features a striking exterior to match it’s trendy interior space. Continue reading to view additional images.
Unknown artist. Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court House, ca.1975.
In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitledFaçades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings. Bill Cunningham: Façades will be on display at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library from March 14, 2014 - June 15, 2014. See NYHistory.com for additional information.
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Written by Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Impossible Collection of Fashion is an authoritative examination of the 100 most iconic dresses of the 20th Century. From futuristic creations by André Courrèges to Christian Dior’s New Look and Hussein Chalayan’s infamous table skirt, every style has been selected because it inspired a new direction in design. Beautifully packaged in a linen-bound case, it is the ultimate compendium for followers of fashion history. Available to Order Now from Net-a-Porter.com.
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New York based artist Christopher Lee Sauvé is known for his pop art inspired creations, including his famous Save Anna and I DIE. BANANAS t-shirts. Last week Sauvé unveiled his new MAD MAUS collection with a fete at the Hôtel Particulier on Grand Street, pieces of which are included in the range of throw pillows he is launching on GILT.com today. For those of you still holiday shopping these would make great last minute stocking stuffers or trinkets to bring along to a New Year’s Eve party!
Iconic surfer Rob Machado has traveled the world for more than half his life. And during that time, he’s crossed paths with countless individuals who share a love for surfing and a passion for the arts. In his new series called Through The Lens, we meet these individuals and follow Rob as he re-connects with the people who’ve inspired him along the way.
This episode features Jay Nelson, a San Francisco-based artist who specializes in a unique type of automobile customization. This past winter, Jay drove down to Rob’s house in Cardiff, CA, where the two worked together to build out the inside of Rob’s van and create the ultimate surf mobile.
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Encased in an envelope folder bound by a bright red ribbon, Visionaire’s collection of 150 memos from celebrated Vogue editor Diana Vreeland records a legendary career in style. Dating from 1966 to 1972, the correspondence gives a unique insight into the workings of both the illustrious tastemaker and the magazine she helped define. Ranging in tone from humorous missives to glimpses of her visionary thinking, this collector’s edition is a treasure-forever piece. Available to Order from Net-a-Porter.com Now.
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“Avedon: Women,” is an exhibition that spans six decades of Richard Avedon’s photography. This is the first solo exhibition of Avedon’s work in the Los Angeles area since 1976.
From the beginning of his career as a fashion photographer in the 1940s, Avedon was renowned for his distinctive and transformative imagery of women. His inventiveness, humor, and versatile talent flourished throughout sixty years of capturing both well-known and anonymous female subjects, ranging from celebrities and models to his friends and family. His images were imbued with an unconventional beauty and formidable intelligence.
More than 100 silver gelatin photographs form the core of the exhibition. Ranging from oversized exhibition prints dating from the artist’s 1978 showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to more intimately scaled photographs that he printed and editioned throughout his lifetime, the exhibition emphasizes the striking visual connections that lie beyond chronology or subject matter. It opens with a portrait of Cheryl Crane, the daughter of actress Lana Turner, who Avedon photographed in 1963 after she was exonerated for the killing of her mother’s abusive boyfriend. A 1959 portrait of Brigitte Bardot, printed on a monumental scale, presents her as serious and mysterious. In counterpoint is the large-scale print of artist June Leaf (1975), equally beautiful in her earthy understatedness. A salon-style hanging juxtaposes images such as the elegant Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes (1955) and socialite Elsa Maxwell, lying in bed with her pet skunk (1957).
Approximately 300 contact prints, drawn from the Foundation’s extensive archive of sittings, reveal the tremendous range of subjects that Avedon photographed: musician Ella Fitzgerald; Avedon’s adored sister, Louise; and the young actress Elizabeth Taylor, among many. An additional room is devoted to his unprinted color work, with dozens of transparencies displayed in wall-mounted light boxes. Subjects range from 1958–59 advertisements featuring Carmen Dell’Orefice to supermodels Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington.
The accompanying exhibition catalogue features an essay by Joan Juliet Buck that describes the experience of modeling for Avedon via interviews with his subjects, including Anjelica Huston, Lauren Hutton, Veruschka, and Andrea D’Amato, one of the many women from Avedon’s In the American West series. Art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau discusses how Avedon’s depictions of the feminine extended beyond traditional notions of beauty to convey the deeper significance of his female subjects. View additional information about the exhibition on Gagosian.com.
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From the 15th November 2013 to 9th March 2014, London’s Design Museum invites you into the world of fashion designer Paul Smith, a world of creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. Looking to the future as well as celebrating his career to date, the exhibition will reference Paul Smith’s influences and fashion designs, charting the rise of one of the world’s leading fashion brands.
Drawing on Paul’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today the “Hello, my name is Paul Smith” exhibition will explore how the designer’s unique creative intuition together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success and offer a unique insight into the magnificent mind of Paul Smith. Read more about the Exhibition on PaulSmith.co.uk.
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Whistler first arrived in London in 1859 and his early paintings of this period mark one of his most successful and profound assaults on the art establishment of his day. This major exhibition devoted to the American born artist will include an array of paintings of Chelsea and the Thames River, along with prints and rarely seen drawings, watercolours and pastels. The exhibition will culminate in the display some of Whistler’s stunning and iconic Nocturnes including Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge (1872-1877). Continue reading to hear Dulwich Picture Gallery’s curator discuss the exhibition.
A triumphant show combines the two best collections of John Singer Sargent’s dazzling watercolors. ”Prepare for bedazzlement.”—The New York Times.
“To live with Sargent’s water-colours is to live with sunshine captured and held,” according to the painter’s first biographer. Presenting more than 90 of Sargent’s dazzling works, this exhibition, co-organized with the Brooklyn Museum, combines for the first time the two most significant collections of watercolor paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), images created by a consummate artist with daring compositional strategies and a complex technique. “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” also celebrates a century of Sargent watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“John Singer Sargent Watercolors” offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to view the magnificent works Sargent produced between 1902 and 1911, when he was at the height of his artistic powers and internationally recognized as the greatest American painter of his age. His bold and experimental approach to the medium caused a sensation in Britain and great excitement in America. The Brooklyn and Boston holdings (never before explored in a focused exhibition), were purchased by the two museums straight from Sargent’s only two American watercolor exhibitions, held at Knoedler Gallery in New York. (Brooklyn acquired its collection in 1909, and the MFA in 1912.) These daringly conceived compositions (along with a select group of oils), made in Spain and Portugal, Greece, Switzerland and the Alps, regions of Italy, Syria and Palestine, demonstrate the unity of Sargent’s artistic vision after the turn of the 20th century, when he sought to liberate himself from the burden of portrait commissions and to devote himself instead to painting scenes of landscape, labor, and leisure.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue exploring Sargent’s engagement with watercolor painting and examining the technical mastery that led to such brilliant work. Read More About the Exhibition on the Museum’s website, MFA.org.
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