Friday, July 31, 2009

Nonoo Lyons

It's hardly the best time to launch a new fashion label, but at twenty three, designer Misha Nonoo doesn’t really know any better. And it's a good thing too, otherwise her new line of jackets, Nonoo Lyons, which she co-designs with best friend Deborah Lyons, might have never come to be. And what a shame that would have been since nothing currently feels more right—or more worthy of investment—than a great topper. “A jacket makes a woman look structured, but also feminine and tiny. I've always built my wardrobe around them,” says Nonoo, a leggy brunette who was raised in Bahrain and London and studied in Paris before moving to New York for an apprenticeship with an evening wear manufacturer. A call between friends turned into a discussion about what Nonoo and Lyons saw as a gap in the market.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Herb & Dorothy

This past year has seen some incredible documentaries, each looking at vital moments in the Art world. Last summer I had the pleasure of watching the life of the modern day Arachne in "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine" whose most famous spider sculptures, Maman, can be seen in international cities such as the Tate in London and the Tuileries in Paris. In the early spring I was fortunate to get a seat at a private showing of "The Rape of Europa", which gave proof of how Nazi Germany stole thousands of old masters from various private collectors and museums in Europe. Today some of the works are still missing, maybe never to be found. The one I was most eager to see showed the talent and grand personality of the great fashion master in "Valentino The Last Emperor". The film itself was a vivid masterpiece, displaying the elaborate crafted dresses and designs of the Couture house. Thinking my year of fabulous art films was through, a final documentary snuck up on me. This one stood out from the others. While it may have lacked the raw emotions of "Bourgeois", the mystery of "Europa", and the flowery extravagance of "Valentino", it held a different connection with the audience. It was like watching your old Jewish New York grandparents, who instead of "kvetching" and playing bingo they have a hobby of collecting unusual masterpieces.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Painter of Masks"

Reflecting on his lifelong obsessions... himself, the sea and death, MOMA brings to life many key pieces of James Ensor's work in this current exhibition now open through September 21. This exhibit showcases 120 works that span Ensor's long career of experimental art, pushing forward influence on many generations of artists to come. Examples of Ensor's paintings, prints and drawings are installed in this revealing network, touching on the very essence of the man known as the "painter of masks". Ensor was a major figure in the Belgian Avante Garde from 1880 to the mid 1890's. During this time, he brought to life what some consider to be his most "creative" work. This show pulls heavily from this particular time period in Ensor's career. If you miss this thrilling new show in New York, the next stop is Musee d'Orsay in Paris October 2009 through February 2010.

Pictured Above, James Ensor, Portrait of Artist Surrounded by Masks, 1889.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yousuf Karsh: "Portraits of Artists"

The RISD Museum presents this exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Yousuf Karshone one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the 20th Century. Karshone photographed more the 15,000 individuals and included among them are the likes of Albert Einsten and Sir Winston Churchill. This exhibition focuses specifically on Kasrshone's photographs of well-known artists and designers. 25 portraits are featured in the exhibit including Picasso, Calder and Frank Lloyd Wright. A very special side note, the photographs in Portraits of Artists have been promised as gifts to The RISD Museum by Estrellita Karsh, the artist's wife. The last day to view this exhibit is this Friday, July 31st!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

George Segal and the city

The Nelson-Atkins Museum presents George Segal: Street Scenes. It will only be open through this coming weekend, so if you are in the Kansas City area, don't miss this exciting exhibition. This is the first exhibit for George Segal that focuses on one theme, the city. More than a dozen large sculptures are included in this exhibition. Through these works, Segal chronicled the ever-evolving city from the quiet presence of The Diner (1964-66) to more contemporary references such as punk art graffiti in Dumpster (2000). Pictured above, Walk, Don't

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

I.D. Magazine 2009 Annual Design Review

I.D Magazine's Annual Design Review 2009 winners are now on view at Material ConneXion's New York City headquarters through 21 August, 2009. The jury consisted of I.D.'s staff as well as leading innovators in the fields of product, graphic, environment, and furniture design.
Consisting of about 50 pieces displayed on a few small stands and an enclosed glass shelving display, the exhibit is small and surprisingly uninformative. Books, shoes, a first aid kit and more are easily viewed and identifiable by name placards, but that's it. Why were these products designed? Why did they win? How well do they fulfill their purpose? I'd like to know.
Pictured above: Nike's Lunaracer, Hyperdunk, and Zoom Victory Spike
Material Connexion; I.D. Magazine

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Collecting History

Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions is inspired by the extensive growth of the Los Angeles MOCA's holdings, through gifts and purchases over the past decade. While some of the works on view have been featured in MOCA exhibitions, many others are being shown for the first time. This show features significant works by historical, mid-career, and emerging artists including Edaurdo Abaroa, John Altoon, Lisa Lapinski, Gary Simmons, Rachel Harrison, William Wegman, Ai Weiwei, Suzanne Lacy, Hans Haacke, Jutta Koether and Tony Conrad among many others. Collecting History is running through October 19, 2009 at the MOCA Grand location in Downtown Los Angeles. You can't miss the Walt Disney Music Hall across the street!
Another treat at this MOCA location (there are 3 total) is there stellar book shop. I once witnessed Todd Oldham perusing the shelves silently getting inspiration.
Above, Jutta Koether, Antibody V (Semi-Popular Painting), 1993 Oil on Canvas

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

KiptonART Foundation & Carnegie Hall Notables presents Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir at Norwood Club


After a six-month breathing spell, KiptonART returned to social grace last evening with an intimate concert soiree at Norwood Club, alongside the Carnegie Hall Notables. Kipton Cronkite discovered Thorsteinsdottir through the Notables, a petite, albeit esteemed patrons circle for the 20-to-30 set. After two triumphant salon events in December and January for Oscar-winning violinist Joshua Bell and opera diva Joyce DiDonato, Cronkite, try to form, produced yet another beguiling evening of classical music with a fresh and modern edge. Only this time, the milieu felt more informal than usual--the sprawling apartment filled with high-wattage names like Glenn Close and George Soros was traded for a clubby, Mayfair-esque living room open solely to close friends and limited press. Everyone trudged in after the workday, seeking asylum from the summer rain, then proceeded to beach out on the sofa, imbibe champagne, and commune with the music.

Since Norwood opened its doors two years ago, the 1847 mansion has attracted a talented patronage of screen actors, fashion folk, and shaggy-haired artistes. "The intimate townhouse setting was the perfect backdrop for this event," said Cronkite. "When you're trying to engage young taste makers in something as highbrow as cello music, a VIP club--which, actually, feels more like the home of a very cool, Anglophile friend--is just the right come-on." In fact, supply and demand were particularly inelastic last night--several would-be guests were wait listed. Upon arrival, Cronkite's habitués were whisked up to the fourth-floor screening room and plied with cocktails and affable company before the focus turned to Thorsteinsdottir. Tatiana Boncompagni, society headliner and blithe author of this season's ultimate beach read Hedge Fund Wives, trotted in with husband Max Hoover followed by Justin Rockefeller and his lovely wife Indré. Justin, a self-professed cello fan, held court in the front row of the theater.

After exchanging bons mots, Cronkite introduced Thorsteinsdottir who proceeded to play two epic, if not mesmerizing suites over the course of an hour--one by Benjamin Britten and the other by Gaspar Cassado. Praised by the New York Times as "a charismatic cellist," the Icelandic wunderkind invoked astonishing dynamics and inflections, alternating between mournful, elegiac vibrato and a series of piquant harmonies. For an instrument that, by mainstream standards, is somewhat anachronistic, Thorsteinsdottir's repertoire and execution felt positively contemporary--at times, even pushing the avant-garde. Witnessing her counterpoint, an asymmetrical melding of harsh pummels and the most ginger bowing, one could very well call her concerti the aural equivalent of a Brice Marden painting--elemental, yet infinite.

Following the performance, the 60 and some odd guests reconvened in the bar lounge for a private cocktail reception and photo-ops. At said point, I caught up with perennial stunner Dalia Oberlander. One of the few genuinely well-dressed women of the new social guard, Oberlander arrived sun-kissed, radiant in silken dove grey, and sporting a Balmain statement necklace that resembled slabs of multi-colored marzipan. The glossy-haired brunette, who is planning her own art start-up, rubbed elbows with suave English beau, investor and entrepreneur William Heath, who, after Thorsteinsdottir's inspired recital, buried his classical music prejudices for good. "I'm usually not a fan of cellists, but she was just ridiculous," he conceded.

Incidentally, the evening also marked the advent of the KiptonART Foundation--the non-profit sector of KiptonART Cronkite launched in March. Created in March of 2009, the KiptonART Foundation facilitates the appreciation and endowment of the visual arts and music through the support of emerging talent and educational programs for children. The Foundation's main operation is to promote artist-in-residency programs for struggling artists by providing stipends for them to create and sustain their work. In effect, the Foundation's resources are gleaned from the general public, directly and indirectly, and other fund-raising enterprises. "For many artists, it's a virtual dead zone out there right now," says Cronkite. "Before we decided to branch out into the charity arena, we always endeavored to help the artist, first and foremost. However, at a time when artists are not only struggling with general exposure, but also unable to buy supplies, pay for production fees, and carry overhead in an expensive city, we're starting to welcome the support of the public, private donors, and influential philanthropists."

Noteworthy guests: Justin and Indre Rockefeller, Tatiana Boncompagni and Max Hoover, Lara Meiland-Shaw, Dalia Oberlander, Elizabeth Meigher, William Heath, Julia Erdman, Jeremy Geffen

Up ahead: KiptonART's next music event is slated for September 8--a special collaboration with Elle Magazine and Longchamp Paris, featuring 22 year-old, Grammy-nominated jazz virtuoso Eldar.

Pictured Above
Top: Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir
Middle: Max Hoover and Tatiana Boncompagni
Bottom: Dalia Oberlander and William Heath
Photos Courtesy of Manhattan Society

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sweet Dreams

This Sunday, July 26, Blue Marble Ice Cream presents Brooklyn Dreams Big, an evening of ice cream and music supporting Sweet Dreams, Rwanda's first-ever local ice cream shop.
The creators of Sweet Dreams are Rwandan Odile Gakire Katese and the owners of Blue Marble Ice Cream, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen. Their goal is to bring fun, joy, leisure and laughter into the everyday lives of Rwandans through the sweet treat of ice cream! Though life can be bitter, Sweet Dreams will help "reconcile people with life by providing privileged moments when life reminds them that it is also sweet".
The event includes an ice cream social, silent auction and special performance by the women of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda's first-ever women's drumming group, who will be playing a selection of music for guests. These women will also learn skills in ice cream production and shop operation while earning a sustainable income running Sweet Dreams.
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Shazia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection

Shahzia Sikander Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection presents a selection of paintings and decorative arts from the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's collection, curated by artist Shahzia Sikander.
A Pakistani-born artist known for her expertise of the Indo-Persian technique of miniature painting, she combines this Eastern practice with Western views about art and expression to create work that "should stand on its own, irrespective of geography". Interested in the "entanglement of histories of India and Pakistan" and their religious differences--Hinduism and Islam, respectively--also influences the content of Sikander's work.
On view through September 7 at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, it is a small but beautiful exhibition including miniature paintings, Japanese Katagami stencils, 19th Century anatomical diagrams, and intricate commemorative ribbons. Sikander states, "it is often the missed detail that can launch or renew a tired or trained relationship", and all the detail to be found in this exhibition will certainly keep you refreshed. Not only is there a harmony in color throughout the pieces, but a wonderfully articulated combination of rigorous technique and free-hand gesture.
Pictured above: Album folio, Grand Vizier Shah-Quli Khan, Iran, 1696 (courtesy of Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution); Commemorative ribbon bookmark with portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, ca. 1920 (photo: Matt Flynn)
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; Shahzia Sikander

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design

Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design, will be open for free admission at the V&A in London through October 18, 2009. Yet another good reason to enjoy the V&A this summer.

Sectioned off into three part, this exhibition explores the narrative quality of objects, connecting the past and the present. In the Forest Glade evokes the innocence of fairy tales, The Enchanted Castle, is driven by the rise in the 18th Century of the novel and prints and lastly, Heaven and Hell features design that questions our anxiety about morality. Furniture, ceramics and lighting are used by a new generation of international designers, to push the boundaries between design and what is considered art. Pictured, The Fig Leaf wardrobe by Tora Boontje for Meta, 2008

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

KiptonART Featured Artist: Joyce Lee Cocktail Series

Pictured Above, Still Life with Straws, Still Life with Matches, Still Life with Chips.

KiptonART Featured Artist: Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee, Still Life With Cottonballs

Featured artist Joyce Lee was born in 1980 and studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. From there, Lee has worked commercially for publications such as Surface, Nylon, Wallpaper and Domino and was selected to participate in the 19th Annual Fashion and Art Festival in Hyères, a photography exhibition and competition in the South of France. She was recently commissioned by Hermès to shoot a still-life story for their World of Hermès magazine. Lee currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Who/what is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?
Irving Penn's still life images have always had a huge impact on my work. He was very influential in showing that still life is anything but boring. The attention to the smallest detail and the simplicity of his compositions are always what I strive for in my work.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?
The first thing that comes to mind is how it all miraculously came together.

Why did you choose this medium?
I love photography because it is a very honest medium. With digital technology, this isn't always the case anymore. My objective with being a photographer is to always make a truthful image, through light, color and composition.

What is one of your favorite past exhibitions?
I really enjoyed the Pictures Generation exhibit (on display currently at the Met). It features the work of Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and John Baldessari all of whom I studied and admired immensely when I first became interested in photography and art history.

Do you collect anything?
I collect all things vintage mainly from the 1950's and 60's: magazines, furniture, cameras, costume jewelry - many of which you will see pop up in my images. I recently found these Bakelite toothbrushes in mint condition at a flea market in Paris, which I absolutely love.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Fashioning Felt

The 11,000 year-old technique of felting is given a modern interpretation at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibition "Fashioning Felt" through September 7, 2009. The exhibit, which showcases felt-woks by more than 25 creatives in the fields of fashion, architecture and product design, explores the origin and unique benefits of felt, as well as past and present interpretations of the medium.
Believed to be the first man-made fabric, felt is composed of wool fibers that have irreversibly locked together on a microscopic level after intense exposure to humidity, friction, and pressure (the word derives from an Indo-European definition of "strike, beat, pound"). Felting can be performed by hand or machine, and results in fabrics that range from stiff, heavy and thick to supple, light and thin.
Making felt is also environmentally sustainable, as practically all raw material is used in the final product and recycled wool can be reincorporated into new felt. It's versatile applications stem from a laundry list of desirable qualities. It is naturally water repellent, windproff, fire retardant, provides excellent insulation, shock and sound absorption, and can be cut without fraying! Pictured above: Palace Yurt Installation (photo: Matt Flynn)

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

KiptonART's Featured Gallery, Heist

The front of Heist Gallery on an exhibition opening night

KiptonART is taking the opportunity to showcase some of our favorite emerging talents in the gallery world. Take a moment and engage yourself with Talia Eisenberg, owner and director of Heist Gallery, 27 Essex St. New York, New York. Eisenberg answers some of our pressing questions we ask every gallery owner.

Why did you decide to open a gallery?
I always knew I would have a gallery some day. My European grandmother opened her own in Nebraska back in the early 60’s. Growing up she exposed my little brother and I to the world of art. It was always an important part of our travels to go to a museum and the cultural events of whatever city we were in. I would help her sell art in her gallery at a young age. It just seems natural to have a gallery especially since she passed away a few months ago and it is a true testament to her life’s work. I am proud to honor this wonderful person in this way.

What was the inspiration for the name?

The name Heist gallery was an idea I had over a year ago before I even had the space to start a gallery. I was on a flight back from Hong Kong and this women I was sitting next to turned out to be an accomplished painter. She showed me small canvases that she had in her tote bag. I wanted to buy them from her but she already promised them to her children. I told her that when she fell asleep I was going to steal the works of art.
Again, my inspiration for my gallery--my grandmother and I came up with that idea one time at a Gustav Klimt show in Vienna. We said that the work was so beautiful yet unattainable as it was in a private collection, we decided we might have to actually steal it. The gallery’s name comes from that feeling one should get in their soul that moves them and makes them feel alive while inspiring them. That’s where Heist comes from.

What have you found to be the most difficult aspect of running a gallery in New York City?

The most difficult part of running a gallery in NYC is FILTERING through all the fantastic art that comes across my desk each day and deciding which I want to promote and display. There is so much talent here! Thank god the gallery world revolves around wine, it helps take the edge off a bit. Read more of Talia Eisenberg's answers to our questions here

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Andrew Wyeth: Rememberance

Andrew Wyeth, Braids

To commemorate the death of Andrew Wyeth earlier this year, the Seattle Art Museum pulled together a very focused tribute to the artist. The exhibit features seven paintings that focus on Wyeth's life in Chadds Ford, Pa., where he was raised, spent most of his adult years, and where he died. Of the 7 paintings total, 5 are of "Helga", a German woman who worked as a care-giver next door. Wyeth painted Helga hundreds of times in the 1970s and 1980s, while at the same time keeping it hidden from his wife. Overall, the people and places that Wyeth brought to life, conjured his own remembrances. Enjoy this tribute to an exceptional painter that shared so much with us over his 91 years. This exhibition will be open through October 18th, 2009.

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Stages 2009

Concurrent with the 2009 Tour de France, seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG foundation, Nike and Gallerie Emmanuel Perrotin present Stages, a global art exhibition showcasing work inspired by Armstrong--not only as an incredible athlete but as a survivor of testicular cancer.
The exhibit, which starts 16 July at Gallerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris will feature donated work from more than 20 world-renowned artists, including Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Cai GuoQuiang and Shepard Fairey (creator of Barrack Obama's HOPE posters) to name a few. Traveling to New York in October and Los Angeles in November, the exhibit strives to raise awareness on the issue of cancer as a worldwide malady.
With all profits going to the Lance Armstrong Foundation's efforts to defeat cancer through research, outreach and legislation all while combining art and philanthropy, what a fantastic combination to support!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

'Mountains of Butter, Lakes of Wine' surveys the changing funding conditions for contemporary art

So what is the deal? I am sure a lot of artists are asking themselves this question in regards to the complex world of art funding, more specifically contemporary art. The conditions for funding contemporary art have changed rapidly and there are plenty of misconceptions about these issues. 'Mountains of Butter, lakes of wine' will bring to light where the lines are drawn for public and private funding in the world of contemporary art. The focal point will be on the European landscape, but this doesn't make it any less interesting for New Yorkers.
Some of the invited speakers include: Jan Debbaut, Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and of the Tate Collections in London,Tirdad Zolghadg, an editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine and Christine Thome, organizer and founder of the non-profit organization Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for the Plastic Arts. Questions and concerns to be covered: What do funders want to promote today? What do they want to prevent? And what do artists think about this? Can art ever be free? Is there a correlation between funding and the way in which art is produced and presented?
If you happen to be in Stockholm this coming November, this is not to be missed.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

'Heaven and Earth' presented by the Tate Modern

Richard Long, Berlin Circle 1996

Richard Long's influential work expresses a man's relationship with his surroundings, more specifically his intimate bond with landscapes. Long's vision is built from the walks he has taken since the 1960's. Open through September 8th, 2009, the Tate Modern London will be featuring Long's first survey in London for over 18 years.
Featuring over 80 works, 'Heaven and Earth' includes sculptures, large-scale mud wall works, and new photographic and text works documenting walks around the world, plus a big selection of the artists' books, postcards and other printed material. This special exhibition adds to the arsenal of reasons why to visit London this summer.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Getty Gets into Focus

The images in this exhibition are inspired by literature, art history, religion and mainstream media. Represented are living pictures inspired by the popular Victorian parlor games where people dressed in costumes, posing to resemble famous works of art. Self portraits of artists impersonating others are featured. Darkroom trickery is used to manipulate prints.

Photography has been used to produced fiction since it's introduction in 1839. Staging has been an artistic approach, depending greatly on the genre and historical moment. This exhibition draws exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum collection. Truth not be told as we witness the productions of directors and actors and they create stories through photography. One of the best things about The Getty is that the exhibition is free. Pack a picnic and enjoy this take on the history of storytelling. In Focus: Making a Scene is open through October 18th, 2009.
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Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Future of Print

On July 8, 2009 the Art Directors Club and Colophon co-hosted The Future of Print, a presentation and discussion on independent magazines at the ADC's global headquarters in New York City. The featured speakers included Capricious founder and publisher Sophie Morner; Me Magazine founder Cluadia Wu; Jason Crombie, Wooooo! editor and founder; and Print editor-in-chief Emily Gordon. Author, editor and curator Andrew Losowsky moderated the event.
Many issues regarding the future of magazines were discussed. In response to what makes magazines special, the panelists agreed that permanence and tangibility were major factors--ensuring magazines' future means ensuring the reader's need for physical connection (ironically you're reading this on the internet!) Each person felt strongly that their magazine was a personal extension of themselves; that every issue fills a void in the index of independent magazines available. Fostering a relationship with the reader is also important, yet three out of the four panelists seemed to have no idea who reads their magazine--a response that might seem "cool" to say but is in conflict with their goals of expansion and longevity.
The person I found most interesting was the moderator, Andrew Losowsky. Although not discussing his own work in publishing, he seems the most passionate about preserving the independent magazine and maintaining and fostering new viewpoints in print during a time when everything is going digital.
Capricious magazine; Me Magazine; Woooooo! magazine; Print magazine; Andrew Losowsky; Colophon; Art Directors Club
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Friday, July 10, 2009

'Live Forever' and the new White Chapel Expansion

Elizabeth Peyton, Craig 1997

70 Pieces of Elizabeth Peyton's work will be on display at the White Chapel Gallery in London until September 20th. 'Live Forever' features portraits of Matthew Barney, Jake Chapman, Jarvis Cocker, Goergia O'Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Napoleon Bonaparte and Eugene Delacroix, to name a few. Peyton pays tribute to those that have inspired her, her contemporaries and historical figures.
One reason to love exhibitions in London are that they seem to be primarily 'free'. Enjoy Peyton in London this summer and check out the White Chapel Gallery Expansion. It is encouraging to see the arts continual growth.
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Luther Hughes brings Cannonball/Coltrane to LACMA

July 17 join forces with the Cannonball/Coltrane Project as they pay tribute to the the two jazz giants, John Coltrane and Cannonball. The Cannonball/Coltrane Project is going on their seventh successful year and this summer they are making an appearance at the LACMA in Los Angeles. The group has released a number of critically acclaimed albums. The project began with Luther Hughes hearing the only record created as a collaborated effort of Coltrane and Cannonball in Chicago IL. Enjoy this summer of jazz July 17th at 6pm.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Atlantis 1 escapes to XVI Rohkunstbau

This year, Rohkunstbau is celebrating it's 15th anniversary and to mark this occasion, Arvid Boellert, co-founder of Rohkunstbau, has chosen "Atlantis I: Hidden Histories-New Identities" as the theme. The 2009 and 2010 exhibitions focus on the ideas of civil society and nationhood developed around the legendary Atlantis island.
One of the featured artist above, Robert Barta plays with meaning. He strips down everyday objects and re-contextualizes them within their expected setting. Barta's work hints at Marcel Duchamp's ready-mades.
Other artists that will be featured in this exhibition: Martin Assig, Dennis Feddersen, Gregor Hildebrandt, Sabine Hornig, Lisa Junghan, Sejla Kameric, Katarzyna Kozyra, Deimantas Narkevicius and Thomas Scheibitz.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Find Kehinde Wiley in Brazil this Summer

Kehinde Wiley not only has blurred the lines of portraiture, he has brought to us as of current, some of the more beautiful art books to add to ones collection. Barney's has even announced they are carrying his books. Beyond the coffee table, Wiley currently has an exhibition showing in Rio de Janeiro through August 22, 2009 at the Museu de Arte Moderna. The World Stage:Brazil is Wiley's latest offering of is ambitious World Stage series. During his residency in Rio, Afro-Brazilian men became the impetus for his paintings. The Brazilian essence radiates from his new body of work. It's unfortunate I can't escape to Rio this summer, if it happens to be on your agenda, don't miss this exhilarating new contribution of Kehinde Wiley. I will be back here in New York, enjoying the pages of Black Light. Above, Black Light: Photographs by Kehinde Wiley. Published by Powerhouse Books.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Minimum Structure: Photographs by Naho Kubota

Minimum Structure #17

Minimum Structure #15

Minimum Structure #02

Minimum Structure #12

I have been enjoying so many of Kubota's images, I couldn't help but post a few more on this rainy morning.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

KiptonART's Featured Artist: Naho Kubota

Naho Kubota
is KiptonART's current featured artist. Hear from the Kubota as she answers our favorite five questions, and gives us insight on one of her projects, "Minimum Structure".

"The project "Minimum Structure" started three years ago as a photo collection of strangely appealing machinery parts and landscapes. My interest lies not in the functionality of these structures, but rather in the structures themselves. With a little exploration, we ca always find a hint of nonsensical abstraction hiding in our everyday life. Excluding the subjects from their original purpose creates an image that is imaginatively isolated from reality."

Who/What is your biggest influence or inspiration right now?

I recently went to Mass MOCA and saw the Sol LeWitt exhibition. Of course I love her work, but the space there was incredible and matches with her work perfectly!! I got really big inspiration from the show.

What is the first thing that comes to mind after an opening?
My next show.

Why did you choose this medium?
I used to paint and draw a lot. Photography came up when I was looking for a new type of material to draw on... something extremely shiny... and then I found a glossy photo paper! This is when I started taking pictures instead of drawing on paper.

What is one of your favorite past exhibitions?
My first exhibition "Minimum structure". This was a show with my dear friend Simon Chantasirivisal, he is a painter and photographer as well. It was my first official show and a very successful show.

Do you collect anything?
I collect my friends' art work and stuff I traded with people in the past. I have a lot of artist friends, and they sometimes draw me random things like on a napkin in a restaurant. It's really exciting to look at them all at once... makes me think how much I love their work as much as I do my own.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

i4d LTD, one of Greece's hottest galleries

i4d LTD.
Owner-Alexandra Koumba
Specialty-Interior Designer,20th c Design collector, overall designer

Why did you decide to open a gallery?

I was drawing and sculpting mini things since very young and I grew to be an art appreciator from my father and an antiques hunter from my grandmother. When I opened my interior design office six years ago, I started sourcing 20th century furniture for clients and myself and I reached a point where I had no more room to store the furniture! When I found this space I decided to transform it to host the collection.

What was the inspiration for the name?

i4d means eye for design: while i was on a plane trying out different names and doodling, the ingredients were set intuitively; first I found an icon representing the eye that is a theme of greek protection from evil spirits and then I incorporated the 'Ds' in mirror layout as in the D&D building and last to embrace it all, I added the third eye of intuition guarding the two logical 'Ds'.

What have you found to be the most difficult aspect of running one of the most successful galleries in Greece?

The fact of being the innovator! It is very early for the Greek market to perceive 20th c furniture as worth collecting besides its functional value, especially in this distressed economic year, and yet the interest is picking up. We offer the integrated consulting of sourcing design pieces, advising on purchasing them from other sources like auctions, etc and also combining these design pieces with the clients' existing contemporary furniture in an 'eclectic mix' -that overall approach counts to them.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

A One-Note Show: Featured Article in KiptonART Magazine

First Milan, then Paris--the Men’s Spring 2010 shows have come to a close.
Menswear is starting to loosen up this season--baggy trousers, harem and drop-crotched pants and drapery knits are all important trends for Spring 2010. Stripes were a popular choice this season and somber grays and blacks were accented with splashes of bright red and orange, red-violet or azure and icy blues.
There were over 60 menswear shows for Spring 2010, and below are my top four picks. These designers displayed innovative points-of-view and stood out among this strangely homogenized season.
Pictured above, Menswear Spring 2010 Raf Simons
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Jeff Scher's Animated Life: 'The Parade'

Jeff Scher, an artist and friend of KiptonART, was recently featured in the New York times for his short film, 'The Parade'. Scher is "a painter who makes experimental films and an experimental filmmaker who paints". He has been included in many group shows around New York and currently teaches graduate courses at the School of Visual Arts and at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film & Television's Animation program. Below is a exert from the New York Times, sharing Scher's own words as he lays down the groundwork beautifully for narrating his recent work.

"The street etiquette of avoiding eye contact lets us go about our business without the distraction of interaction. Most people wear the New York “street face.” It’s a kind of neutral expression with a touch of “don’t mess with me.” It has a do-not-disturb aura. But the truth is that everyone is looking at everyone else all the time. It’s done on the sly, looking away when caught, often with instinctive pretense (as in, I wasn’t looking at you, but at that very interesting doorknob just behind you).
Above, From Jeff Scher's film, 'Lost and Found'

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