On View: Yayoi Kusama’s Give Me Love at David Zwirner Gallery

May 21, 2015 3:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Yayoi Kusama’s current exhibition Give Me Love at the David Zwirner Gallery is a visual trip: pumpkin sculptures are covered in polka dots; large paintings titled My Eternal Soul depict hallucinogenic-like fractals; an all-white living room called the obliteration room is pasted over with colorful circles. The current exhibition is Kusama’s second with Zwirner and is on view through June 13th, 2015 at 519 & 525 W 19th St, New York, NY.

The Various Visions of Stephen Posen

May 20, 2015 3:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In Stephen Posen’s first monograph Ellipsis: Dual Vision, meaning is created through the pairing of photographs. The collection as a whole abandons narrative in favor of disparate and ostensibly unrelated images. Posen’s juxtapositions reflect a well-trained eye (he is also a painter with an affinity for abstraction and realism). With an emphasis on form, color, light, and texture, Posen asks the viewer to make connections between a urinal and a crocodile tank; a swan and a pool table; a graveyard and a merry-go round. Significance emerges out of this dual vision, or rather, the pairings allow for enough ambiguity that meaning is potentially infinite.

Goldrush at the Fondazione Prada

May 19, 2015 6:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In a drab neighborhood in southern Milan, far behind the Porta Romana train station, peeks something gold. It's the centerpiece of Fondazione Prada Milano, an experimental art enclave that opened May 9th, 2015, with the help of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas who has collaborated with Prada for 15 years, designing some of her flagship stores as well as sets for runway shows. Prada and Koolhaas transformed a 100-year old distillery into a 19,000 square foot space that houses their art collection established in 1993. Eva Munz explores the new museum.

Gentle Sometimes: An Interview with Sons of an Illustrious Father

May 18, 2015 3:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In the roughly six years of their existence, the New York-based band Sons of an Illustrious Father have developed a definite affinity for repurposement—of musical elements and artistic communities, certainly—so why should that not extend to tangible objects? In fact, they largely conceive of boundaries as a waste of time altogether: it is readily apparent no one in the band appreciates being told what to do on either a personal or an artistic level. Larson and Miller are both openly queer (nor does Aubin identify as straight); all three were active and vocal participants in Occupy Wall Street, and the band is a noted presence in and around a very specifically DIY subset of the music scene in New York City. But what’s really special about the grunge-folk three-piece is their sheer earnestness—their genuine enthusiasm for unfettered exploration. Keely Weiss sits down with the band to discusss.

Dior’s Secret Garden IV

May 18, 2015 12:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Document Journal previews the next chapter in Dior's Secret Garden campaign. Directed by Steven Klein, the newest film stars Rihanna running through the corridors and gardens of the Château de Versailles wearing the Esprit Dior collection which was shown in Tokyo at the end of last year. Here's the full-length film which debuted May 18th.

Getting to Know noir by kei ninomiya

May 13, 2015 9:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Tucked away behind an autobody shop facade and amongst galleries in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, you'll find the entrance to the world of Comme des Garçons, where last week designer Kei Ninomiya hosted a presentation of his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. The mohawked designer is the latest of Rei Kawakubo's protegés to launch his own line, noir by kei ninomiya, which after only four seasons was presented for the first time in Paris last Fall.

Peter Schlesinger’s visual diary

May 9, 2015 5:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Artist Peter Schlesinger's photographs document an extraordinary life that intersected with some of the brightest names in the worlds of art, fashion, and society. Here, Schlesinger revisits his time in London in the 70s with longtime friend Manolo Blahnik.

Joseph Szabo on Photography

May 8, 2015 9:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The work of Joseph Szabo, the American photographer known for capturing American teenage culture of the 70s, has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography, and the Venice Bienale.