Phuong My Stages First Runway Show in New York With an Artistic Flair

POETRY IN MOTION: Attendees at Phuong My’s Tuesday morning runway show faced a serious climate change.
As many traipsed into Spring Studios with remnants of the snowy sidewalks on their shoes, they found their seats in a more fiery setting. Aside from the red lighting and toasty temperature in Gallery II, swirling circular fabrics flew up and descended thanks to several strategically placed circular fans. ”I like the poetic so I wanted to create an emotion,” the Vietnamese designer said. “This is the first time that we entered New York Fashion Week so the whole theme is called ‘Sayonara,’ which means good-bye to the Asian fashion show as we step into the U.S. market. So we wanted to bring something with us to create something emotional.”
With distribution in more than 20 countries, Phuong My aims to start selling in the U.S. The company’s namesake, who is also the creative director, has been in business for seven years. A team of people including executives from Eyesight and Kaleidoscope Consulting helped to execute the artistic element. “We wanted to create something emotional that would transform people from New York Fashion Week to another place,” My said.
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, she

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake Stages First Paris Artistic Presentation

ART ATTACK: Homme Plissé Issey Miyake staged its first artistic presentation in Paris, on Thursday night at the Centre Pompidou. Guests in attendance lined all four walls of a vast room there, which made up the “playground” that the designer had created along with concept and direction by Daniel Ezralow.
To wit, there was a line of rings and a dangling rope, plus a tightrope in place before the beginning of the performance, which featured gymnasts, dancers and models. It sprang to life after a bell was chimed solemnly and men sprinted across the space to begin dressing.
A group of them lined up sporting a selection of the streamlined pleated clothing that comes in a wide array of saturated colors, from the brand’s fall 2019 collection created by Miyake and his design studio, and demonstrated how pieces can be mixed and matched. Two guys sporting wider garb did an amazing balancing act on the tightrope.

Homme Plissé Issey Miyake’s balancing act. 
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Men walked, danced and ran around the room, filling it with a swirl of lush hues and an exuberant, joyful vibe. A high point was when some swung from the rings in ethereal, mesmerizing synchronized movement.
“Playgrounds are for everybody of all

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Antonio Marras Collaborates With Zanichelli on Artistic Project

ARTISTIC DICTIONARY: In keeping with its effort aimed at raising awareness on the importance of preserving and cultivating the proper use of a language, Zanichelli, the historic publisher of the Italian dictionary, has collaborated with Antonio Marras on a special project.
In particular, the Sardinian visionary designer and artist transformed 16 copies of the Zingarelli dictionary into 16 works of art, which were unveiled on Wednesday with a press conference at the Circolo Marras in Milan.
“When Zanichelli sent me about 30 copies of the dictionary I started looking at them. They were so clean and perfect that I was almost intimidated by them. I really couldn’t understand how to approach this work,” the designer said. “Then I realized that the starting point should have been a sense of pain, desperation, loss…so I kicked off the process.”

Antonio Marras project for Zanichelli 
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Taking inspiration from iconic women, including dance choreographer Pina Bausch, naturalist Eva Mameli Calvino and Nobel Prize-winner writer Grazia Deledda, Marras created 16 sculptures dedicated to them.
“Since art never comes from happiness, but from torment, who knows torment better than women?,” said art critic Francesca Alfano Miglietti, explaining Marras’ inspiration.
Marras manipulated the volumes with drawings, collages, cuts, as well as applications of a wide

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Mugler Unveils Artistic Hookup With ECAL University of Art and Design

ART ATTACK: “Mugler’s heritage reinterpreted through the eyes of eight students from the photography masters course at the ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland.” That was the brief for a collaborative project led by the house with photography professor and acclaimed photographer Philippe Jarrigeon and based around 20 archive creations.
Photographic and video works created during a workshop held in September, produced in collaboration with stylist Victoire Simonney and makeup artist Kathy Le Sant, will be released on Mugler and ECAL’s social media platforms and web sites starting May.
Acting as curator is Casey Cadwallader, Mugler’s new artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear, who is set to present his first collection for the house in New York on May 9, a capsule for the fall season.
“I want to set up a new culture around Mugler, one that opens a constant exchange with many different disciplines, and especially art,” said Cadwallader in a statement, adding that the hook-up is “the first of a series of collaborations between Mugler and artists.”
The American designer joined the French fashion house in December from Acne Studios where he was head designer of women’s pre-collections. He succeeded David Koma, who was with the house for four years.

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Critic’s Notebook: How the Myth of the Artistic Genius Excuses the Abuse of Women

To some, assessing an artist’s work in light of his biography is blasphemous. But it’s time to do away with the idea that they’re separate.
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Lanvin Taps Olivier Lapidus as Artistic Director

PARIS — Olivier Lapidus, a designer not well known outside certain Paris fashion circles, is being thrust into the international spotlight as the new artistic director of Lanvin.
His hire was effective Monday and he is expected to show his first Lanvin collection in September for the spring 2018 women’s ready-to-wear season, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
Lapidus takes over from Bouchra Jarrar, who left Lanvin after only 16 months, as reported on July 7. WWD had already identified Lapidus as a possible successor.
He arrives at the French house as it manages challenging times for wholesale-driven busineses, and multiple internal woes. The company, founded by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889, has been majority owned since 2001 by Taiwan-based media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang. It has seen sales erode for several years after peaking at more than 250 million euros in 2012, according to sources. Last year, the house posted its first loss in more than a decade.
According to sources, orders for women’s collections have been falling at a steep double-digit rate. The brand has also struggled to build a handbag business, a chief pillar for most European fashion firms.
The former head of the Ted Lapidus label, founded by his father, Lapidus

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Bouchra Jarrar, Artistic Director at Lanvin, Is Out After 16 Months

The departure at the French fashion house comes amid poor sales and internal turmoil.
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An Artistic Discovery Makes a Curator’s Heart Pound

A retired doctor visited a Paris auction house in March with a portfolio of drawings. It contained a work now attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and valued at about $ 15.8 million.
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Nigel Barker Named Artistic Director at Flag and Anthem

Nigel Barker is putting his weight behind a new men’s wear brand founded by former Macy’s and Lord & Taylor buyers Azod Mohit and Brad Gartman, who helped grow the men’s business for brands including American Rag and INC.
The photographer will invest in the brand and has been named artistic director. Barker, who also invests in the buzzy Meatpacking District gym The Dogpound, was connected to Mohit and Gartman through a friend who is a part of Barker’s workout group at The Dogpound.
“I’ve never endorsed or gotten behind a specific brand in this kind of capacity ever in my history,” Barker told WWD. “But when I walked into the showroom I immediately had a reaction and thought these are exactly the kind of clothes that guys want to wear.”
Mohit and Gartman, who will preview the spring line at Project in Las Vegas this week,  believed there was a gap in the market for men leaving college who have graduated from teen specialty stores but can’t afford aspirational brands and have no interest in traditional men’s wear brands.
“This customer wants a bit of an edge. He wants a fit that’s more tailored and athletic and he wants price points that are digestible

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Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique

Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique

Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique-these great designers came together only once to display their goods in what was probably the most opulent exhibition ever mounted. At the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, the three strove to position themselves ahead of their many competitors in the luxury market, each presenting his jewelry and home adornments as high art. Their success is explored in this splendidly illustrated catalogue, which elucidates the prewar pinnacle of European culture. The array of displayed objects was mesmerizing: Tiffany glass, Easter eggs to dazzle the Czars, realistic insects created in precious materials as sinister decorations. Many of these bore influences of the advanced art of the time, such as Art Nouveau, Viennese modernism, and symbolism, and of styles from around the world. Four essays discuss the works in the context of their times, illuminate the high societies served by the three masters, and trace the cultural trends behind their extraordinary creations. A treasure of accompanying photographs shows the individual exhibits, scenes from the World’s Fair, and the glitterati who wore the jewelry.

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EXPO/CHICAGO 2014, an Artistic and Commercial Success


EXPO/CHICAGO Mylar Cone designed by Studio Gang. Photo by EXPO/CHICAGO.

EXPO/ CHICAGO swung open its doors and the Contemporary and MODERN ART Collectors pushed in.

The 35,000 attendees showed their approval by looking, learning, pondering and purchasing in such a way that the THIRD International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern ART was ensured a commercial success rating and guaranteed the privilege of blanketing the city once again in 2015 with its trove of FORUMS, Think Tanks, Performance ARTS, Concerts and plethora of Free Programs for the Public and Civic Cultural Events initiated by EXPO/CHICAGO. The Gala Show at the MCA, David Bowie Is…….. was only one of the exclusive events produced around the Art Fair generating a great fervor of excitement.

Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder and patron/founder herself of the CRYSTAL BRIDGES Museum of American Art moved through the quickly crowding but amiable aisles at the VIP VERNISSAGE Opening along with collector groups from ART museums across the country, as well as highly informed collectors Helen and Sam Zell who had welcomed some out of town collectors for a private viewing of their sophisticated collection the previous night.

George Lucas at EXPO/CHICAGO. Photo by Cheri Eisenberg.

Financier Michael Sacks, ARTS Patron Neil Bluhm, Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky, Former Museum of Contemporary Art Chairman and long-time collector of American modern masters Allen Turner, and Star Wars creator George Lucas, who is building the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along the city’s lakefront, all were first nighters. The basketball star Shaq O’Neal guest curated a segment at the fair, “SHAQ Loves People,” a non-profit exhibition, and was stopped in the opening night aisles to be photographed by collectors sharing a passion for sports. Friends TV star David Schwimmer, Art philanthropists King and Caryn Harris and others who are familiar faces at the International Art Shows joined the opening night rush, prompting the Dealers to nod approvingly and utter, “Yes, the right Collectors are here.”

Alvaro Alcazar of his eponymous gallery in Madrid uttered, “As soon as I saw who was coming into my gallery space at Thursday’s opening, I knew I was at the right fair.” Other gallerists were delighted to meet, dialogue and sell to new collectors. A director at Marlborough was delighted that he was meeting new collectors at their first year showing in Chicago.

Of the other 140 Dealers meticulously placed around the vast Navy Pier environs, LISSON Gallery of London, Milan and soon to be New York was a new addition to EXPO as was MARLBOROUGH who not only showed an elegant Santiago Calatrava,”2014 untitled Marble Sculpture” (which sold) but was showing a sculpture by muti-media Artist Paula Crown of Chicago and Aspen and with whom they are mounting a show in New York this winter.

Commerce is what the modern ART FAIR must have in order to be a World Class Cultural Institution as well as a selling fair, reaching out to involve all aspects of the ART and ART EDUCATION and CULTURAL SYSTEM. “For our third edition of the fair,” says Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO/ CHICAGO, “I am very proud we have hit our mark in attracting important galleries and now new collectors as well. EXPO/CHICAGO both gave and got Broad Civic Support.”

Paula Crown takes questions. Photo by Sugar Rautbord.

A new star on the scene, artist Paula Crown gave a well-attended talk in front of a smaller replica of an idea wall in her downtown studio at the Fair designed in collaboration with MacArthur Fellow and “Genius” Grant winner Jeanne Gang whose Studio Gang helped design the EXPO space as well as the ceiling-suspended cones that both divide and define the spatial areas for the fair. The idea or inspiration wall titled STUDIO-WALL gave Crown’s collectors and lecture attendees a look into her inspiration and thought process in creating her Art, as much as the MRI portraits of her Brain that hang in her original gallery workspace.

The Richard Gray Gallery of Chicago and New York in the prominent Booth 310 displayed a gathering of AGORA Figures by Magdalena Abrakanowicz, consistent with the gallery’s ability to bring Public Sculpture into the collectible category. He also showed a steel sculpture, “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” by Rashid Johnson for $ 135,000. Gray is always at favorite amongst its loyal fair devotees.

Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos by Rashid Johnson. Photo courtesy of the Richard Gray Gallery.

The dinners, lectures, FORUMS and outside exhibitions at the ART INSTITUTE, the MCA, The ARTS CLUB, Millennium Park, even the boat cruises after the Navy Pier events did not distract either the Collectors or the Academics or Curators and Museum Directors or Art Students but rather served to bring them all together as if under one of the giant cones designed for the EXPO by Jeanne Gang.

The organizers of EXPO CHICAGO are elated they have made another step forward into the ranks of the World Class ART FAIR.
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Carrie Mae Weems Explores Inequalities Embedded In Artistic Institutions

Most of us who have ever wandered the halls of an art museum have felt the uncanny power of experiencing a multitude of voices, visions, times and places, all speaking simultaneously through the works mounted on white walls. However, an unfortunate majority of these voices are dead, white and male. To this day, mainstream institutions exhibit a shocking majority of works from the DWEM (dead white European males) set, leaving a sweeping range of experiences and stories left unshared.

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British Museum (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

In “Museum Series,” photographer and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems casts a quizzical eye on the seemingly impervious Museum. The series depicts a variety of art institutions local and abroad, spanning everything from the Louvre and the Tate Modern to the Project Row Houses in Houston. In each photo Weems stands before said majestic edifices, her back facing the camera, donning a long, black dress. Like a sort of anti-Marina Abramovic, who has become somewhat of a museum celebrity — and also rocks long gowns — Weems renders herself at once regal, prophetic and anonymous.

Weems, who hovers in the frame at once small and strong, casts herself as an outsider in relation to the mammoth museum worlds, distant from the artist whose works hang within them. Each photograph features Weems in a different position, angle and size, perhaps in connection to her impression of each museum space. Rather than outrightly state or scream certain injustices in protest, Weems’ humbly invites viewers to reach their own conclusions using a persuasive whisper. However, Weems does not diminish the importance of a museum’s choices. Aside from affecting individuals’ lives as some artists are accepted to the holy halls while others aren’t, museums’ decisions also dictate who is and is not inscribed in history.

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Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Weems’ overall oeuvre explores the experiences of African-American women through photography, text and video. Weems invites viewers to contemplate instances of inequality, whether they be minor incidents in the home or a prejudiced construction of art history. In this series in particular, the artist asks viewers to meditate on museums not as pre-existing temples but man-made creations, in which some are included and others are not. The images are so subtly constructed, you’ll think you came up with the conclusion yourself.

“Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series” is on view from January 30 until June 29, 2014 at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Weems’s mid-career retrospective is simultaneously on view at the Guggenheim Museum from January 24 to May 14, 2014

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Guggenheim Bilbao (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


Pergamon Museum (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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Project Row Houses (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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The Tate Modern (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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The Louvre (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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Zwinger Palace (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

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The 10 Most Unorthodox Artistic Depictions Of Jesus

If there’s one thing the art world loves, it’s causing trouble and playing with traditions — the more serious, the better. Thus it’s not a huge surprise that Jesus has been an artistic tradition par excellence, by artists both reverent and not so much. This Christmas, we’re celebrating with the latter.

May we humbly present our Christmas gift to you, our 10 favorite unorthodox depictions of JC himself. The following collection of unorthodox depictions of Jesus range from silly to racy to offensive to straight up weird. See the religious icon as a drunk, a babe, the POTUS, the King of Pop and so much more. Behold the naughtiest depictions of Jesus in art:

Which bad Jesus is your favorite? Let us know in the comments but be warned: some of these Jesus depictions are NSFW.

1. The Divine Accident


“Ecce Homo” by Elias Garcia Martinez, touched up by Cecilia Gimenez

2. The Jock


“Boxing Jesus” by Nancy Fouts from Crucifixion Exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery

3. The Inked Up One


“Crucifixion” by Natalia Fabia From Crucifixion at Corey Helford Gallery

4. The Sexually Active One


“The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals” by Enrique Chagoya

5. The Potty-Mouthed One


“Piss Christ” by Andres Serrano courtesy Edward Tyler Nahem gallery

5. The POTUS One


“The Truth” by Michael D’Antuono

6. The Truly Terrifying One


Jake and Dinos Chapman, “The Milk of Human Weakness III,” photo by Stephen White, courtesy White Cube

7. The Banned One

“A Fire in My Belly, A Work in Progress (1986-87)” by David Wojnarowicz

8. The Last One At The Party


“Crucifixion” by Glenn Barr from Crucifixion at Corey Helford Gallery

9. The Babe


“Stigmata” by Ray Caesar from Crufixion at Corey Helford Gallery

10. The King

“American Jesus” by David LaChapelle at Paul Kasmin Gallery

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