Galeria Lume and Shopping Cidade Jardim present Rockstars, an exhibition with 20 photographs by
British artists Terry O’Neill that paint a picture of rock n´roll from the 60s to the present day. The
works show historic portraits of celebrities from the music world, from the Beatles to Bono Vox early
in his career.
What you see in the images of Rockstars are true giants of rock: Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney, who
fill stadiums in shows around the world; The Who, who after going back and forth, toured until the
end of last year, after almost five decades since its formation; David Bowie, the chameleon of rock that
made a huge splash with the release of his first album in ten years; The Police and Led Zeppelin,
although no longer existing, still huge references to several generations of rock enthusiasts; and Elvis
Presley, hailed as king of the genre.
As important to rock history as the celebrities featured in these works is the photographer. “It is no
exaggeration to say that it was Terry who created the image rock n´roll in the minds of many of the
teenagers of the 60s in the world,” says curator Paul Kassab Jr. “Who doesn´t remember the album
cover ‘A Single Man’ with Elton John wearing his overcoat and hat, or the photo of David Bowie with
his dog in ‘Diamond Dogs’, 1974?”, he adds.
Terry O’Neill was a crucial component for imagery in the 60s in England and on a global scale,
alongside names such as David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. “It was not just who we
were shooting, but the way we shot them. I was using 35 mm, which had a whole new approach.
Before that, the photographs were made in the studio, using lighting and special lenses that used to
take a long time to build”, says Terry.
Rockstars is an exhibition of photographs that emphasize the rebellious behavior intrinsic to rock
n´roll, made with analogue technology, the vast majority of them in black and white, the only
exception being one of the quartet The Who.
“The works reflect over 40 years of photography, a deep commitment and a friendship with rockstars
that persists to this day,” says the curator.
ANNUAL LOS ANGELES MODERNISM SHOW CELEBRATEDOPENING NIGHT WITH PARTY TO BENEFIT P.S. ARTSLast night, The Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale opened with a bang hosting a celebrity-studded preview party tobenefit P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through arts education. Guests weresipped on tasty cocktails by Ultimat Vodka, noshed on lite bites and shopped their special VIP sneak peak of the fiftynational and international exhibitors presenting decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th century.The Host Committee for the preview party included P.S. ARTS supporters Maria and Bill Bell, Rachel Bilson, Julie Bowen, Kimberly and Albert Brooks, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott and Elizabeth Stewart, among many other well-known film industry professionals and philanthropists. P.S. ARTS provides arts education for thousands of Los Angeles public school students in lower-income neighborhoods. Preview party sponsors include Chloe, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, Ultimat Vodka and Patron.All images can be downloaded here:(Photo credit given to: Michael Kovac and Todd Oren, Getty Images)Celebrities in attendance: Courteney Cox, Julie Bowen, Lisa Kudrow, Autumn Reeser, George Kotsiopoulos, Shawn Pyfrom, Matt Walsh, Martin Lawrence Bullard, Josh Altman & Heather Bilue and Megyn Price.Items from the evening
- FRIENDS reunited, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow were connected at the hip as they caught up on life laughing and smiling throughout the evening.
- Enjoying the night with her sister the fit mommy of three, Julie Bowen, looked stunning in a black sequined knee length dress. Julie sipped Ultimat Vodka cocktails as she admired and shopped the show.
ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER & ARTIST KELSEY BENNETT UNVEILS EAST AND WEST COAST EXHIBITIONS THIS SPRING.
THE ‘HONEYMOON PHASE’, A RETROSPECTIVE OF BENNETT’S WORK IN CELEBRATION OF HER LOS ANGELES DEBUTCOLLABORATES WITH CONCEPTUAL ARTIST AND FELLOW NEW YORKER B.THOM STEVENSON FOR ‘BOREGASM’ EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK CITYDowntown arts darling Kelsey Bennett will be showcasing her work for the first time in Los Angeles this spring, just one week following her fine arts debut in New York City. The first will beBOREGASM; an exhibition and collaboration with conceptual artists B.Thom Stevenson. The pair first worked together as art directors for the colorful and tripped-out video for the New York band Skaters and their single “Schemers”. From that point on, Stevenson and Bennett both knew they shared a powerful chemistry and artistic vision to compliment one another.Immediately following BOREGASM, Kelsey will be venturing west for her Los Angeles debut with the HONEYMOON PHASE presented by the prestigious DRKRM Gallery. The exhibit will showcase a retrospective of Bennett’s work from the past four shows, as well as never before seen pieces from BOREGASM, and her exciting new project entitled HAGS. The exhibition will feature a spectrum of images from the downright surreal to breathtaking and intimate images of subjects, friends, and iconic artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and the James Brown impersonator Black Velvet among others.BOREGASM
Opening Friday, May 3rd
Fig19 Gallery, New York CityHONEYMOON PHASE
Opening Saturday, May 11th
DKRM Gallery, Los AngelesSince 2010 artist and photographer Kelsey Bennett has had four solo exhibits in NYC and has received vast critical praise from the arts and culture world. Vanity Fair notably lauded her surreal approach, while BULLETT Magazine hailed her as one of the most exciting new visual artists around. After her last exhibition Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist at The Morrison Gallery (2012), The Wall Street Journal raved in a feature on Bennett that her impressive portfolio “far exceeds her years.”Bennett’s official west coast debut, HONEYMOON PHASE presented by the prestigious DRKRM Gallery will showcase a retrospective of Bennett’s work over the past four years as well as never before seen pieces.The exhibition will run the spectrum from downright surreal images to breathtakingly intimate portraits of fellow artists and iconic musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, and the James Brown impersonator Black Velvet among others.On May 11th Bennett will host an exclusive opening night for friends, family and press. From May 12 to June 1st, her work will be open to the public revealing why 28-year-old Bennett has received so much positive attention and critical acclaim.DRKRM is an exhibition space dedicated to the display of popular cultural images, fine art photography, documentary and photo-journalism, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes. DRKRM is located in the historic Chung King Road of contemporary art galleries in Downtown L.A.’s Chinatown.HONEYMOON PHASE
Opening Saturday, May 11thDKRM Gallery, Los AngelesBOREGASM
Photographer Kelsey Bennett and conceptual artist B.Thom Stevenson will proudly reveal a collaborative body of work entitled BOREGASM at New York City’s Fig19 Gallery. The pair first worked together as art directors for the colorful and psychedelic video for New York based band, Skaters’ single “Schemers”. From that point on, Stevenson and Bennett both knew they shared a powerful chemistry and artistic vision.Together the two have created a thrilling new collection of work that explores and celebrates the age and art of distraction. “Boredom is the gateway to a daydream that can lead the brain into a welcomed escape from reality, a BOREGASM,” explains Bennett, who is a strong champion of the adventurous mind and a wandering imagination.This previously unseen body of work expresses what their minds would collectively look like in such a state. B.Thom and Kelsey have created mind-bending collages with bright colors and wild visuals using 35 mm photos (taken by Bennett) and layered with mixed media (by Stevenson) mounted on aluminum. BOREGASM is a celebration of restless minds and serves as a refreshing reminder that a mere blank stare can produce something that is by far, anything but blank.Kelsey Bennett’s recent solo exhibitions include Hypnogogia The Christopher Henry Gallery, NYC (2010), Scope Art Fair in, Florida (2010), Gawker Artists, On The Lam, NYC (2011), The Christopher Henry Gallery, Black Velvet: The Godfather of Soul, NYC (2011), The Lu Magnus Gallery, NY (2011), Fountain Art Fair, NY (2011, 2012) and Morrison Hotel Gallery, Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, NY (2012)B. Thom Stevenson’s recent solo exhibitions include “CD Rom Com” at Envoy Gallery, New York, NY (2011), War Wagon” a site specific installation at Bushwick Open Studio, Brooklyn, NY (2012), Cream Studios, New York (2012); and Bookmarc, New York (2012). His bookNo Time for Prayers (2012) was published through Bookmarc, a division of Marc Jacobs Intl. He has also created work for bands Skaters, Unsolved Mysteries, and Of the Opera.BOREGASM will be open to the public from Friday, May 3 until May 16 at the edgy downtown Fig.19 Gallery in the Lower East Side of New York City.
Los Angeles based artist, Lillian Shalom finds her passion through the art of creation. She received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design where she studied painting. Shortly after, she came up with the idea to begin her own jewelry line, where she could create some of her favorite pieces. “My goal is to create pieces of jewelry that speak to the individual and have them develop their own personal connection.”
Now let’s bring our attention to Tebazile Jewelry . This line is known for their uniqueness and lack of symmetry in every piece. The fact that not one piece has symmetry is what makes their pieces so unique. “A jewelry collection that defines a vision of color and texture, for individuals who desire a certain level of quality, sophistication, and individuality.”
And lastly, we have Mishka Piaf, a jewelry line designed by Michael David. This talented designer has designed for celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Nikki Minaj, and more, who can all be found wearing Mishka Piaf jewelry.
Everyone loves a good piece of arm, neck, and ear candy, right?
With the starring role in David Bowie’s newest music video, Tilda Swinton takes it a step further in the creative industries. Today at the MOMA in New York, Tilda Swinton presented herself sleeping in a box with only pillows, a bed and a water jug. It was a surprise event, as the workers at MOMA were unaware of her appearance until she arrived this morning.
The museum issued a statement saying “Tilda Swinton will be doing unannounced, random performance art pieces sleeping in a glass box in the museum,” the source added: “Today is the first performance. Each performance lasts the whole day the museum is open.’
Supermodel Kate Moss has come out with her very own… sushi box? Yes, you read that correctly. Kate has designed this box specifically for the chain, Sushi Shop which holds stores in Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, New York, and Italy. The trendy sequined box that includes her signature will be able to hold 40 pieces of sushi at a time, and will be available starting May 13 of this year. How much will the box cost for customers? Fifty eight dollars (No, you are not seeing things, you have also read that correctly.) Fifty eight dollars for a box? Sounds a little bizarre, but I guess that’s what you get when you eat expensive sushi in an expensive city. Or let’s just hope that the box costs that much WITH the sushi actually inside.
See the pretty little box for yourself:
Photographer Eugenio Recuenco recreates the amazing artistry of Picasso through his photography. Developing them in an abstract way, the photos are quite astounding and intriguing!
As I stumbled upon a blog post by Photojojo on Tumblr I came across this; who knew that Picasso can be recreated by fashion in the 21st century, but I guess everything is possible nowadays, right? As the Spanish photographer recreated something quite amazing, he is also exceptional in his film and collaboration with opera, describing himself as a “pain in the ass who always insists on doing what he wants.”
Photo Courtesy: NYTimes
Two weeks ago we covered the respectable article Suzy Menkes wrote for T Magazine titled “The Circus of Fashion”. Akin to any controversial statement, Menkes pushed forward conversation, contemplation, and reevaluation. She raddled the very foundation of the blogging world, and put into question its integrity and legitimacy within the fashion industry. Now that the initial shock has passed, bloggers have chimed in with such eloquently written posts, that frankly they should be included into an anthology of fashion essays. But these discussions are just part of larger longstanding issues. The arts—music, visual art, fashion, dance, and writing—have always struggled defining its true audience and acknowledging its accessibility. Is art really created for everyone? Are there rules that shape art? Should there be?
The questions could go on forever, and probably have, ever since humankind acknowledged their craft as artistic artifacts. Thinking back some twelve years ago when Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton attempted to move Thomas Eakins’ “The Gross Clinic” to her Arkansas museum collection, national outrage ensued. Art collectors cringed in fear that Walton was taking their art far from its culturally abundant cosmopolitan home to the middle of nowhere-America. With billions of dollars and a vision, Walton could not be stopped.
Photo Courtesy: HardWoodFloorsMag
And should she have been? Are Arkansas citizens not worthy of awing over a John Singer Sargent painting? Are street style models dressed in eccentric outfits any less fashionable than Anna Wintour and Emmanuelle Alt? Are fashion bloggers just “famous for being famous”? To bundle all these questions into one, is true art (whatever that is) meant for a small elite few or appropriate for us all?
If the responses made by Leandra Medine of Man Repeller, Susie Bubble of Style Bubble, and Ella Catliff of La Petite Anglaise did not help regain merit to the blogging community, I don’t know what else will. They were poised, organized, and thoughtful. All three women shed light on the ever-growing perception that bloggers lack genuine talent and unveiled the authentic motives behind accepting free gifts from designers (which Medine interestingly linked to today’s reality star cultural phenomenon). They proved that despite lacking a formal journalistic title, bloggers have equally matched skills and knowledge.
The heart of Menkes’ article takes issue with the slew of “peacockers” outside the Fashion Week tents. She claims that they are composed of poseurs dressed in ridiculous clothing, hungry for camera attention. Their shenanigans cause a circus outside and detract attention from the real goods: the runway fashions. There is some truth to this observation, and it has called for some serious self-reflexive action within the blogosphere.
Photo Courtesy: TheChriselleFactor
When I attended NYFW I was photographed in French Glamour, interviewed by Elle, and stopped by many photographers… which was shocking because on the grand scale of Fashion-Somebodies, I rank in the negatives, as I just jumped into the scene as a fashion writer. Was I dressed extra stylish? Yes. But I was attending a show so sorry Suzy Menekes, but I am respectably not that sorry.
Personal style should be celebrated and shared. Especially living in this highly advanced era, lines are continuing to be blurred with every new Apple model being released. As long as you have the passion and desire, you can be an Arkansan blogger, and there will still be a place for you in the art world.
Designer turned cutting edge photographer, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest photo exhibition titled, “Fire Etchings” opened today, February 19 at the Galerie Gmurzynska in Saint Moritz, Switzerland.
Viewers will be expecting images that include rapper Theophilus London, models Freja Beha Erichsen and Aymeline Valade projected on an etched surface of giant glass panels with acid and fire.
More so, these futuristic portraits elevate the way art collectors will be viewing an ancient art form only Lagerfeld has been wise enough to use. The co-owner of the Galerie Gmurzynska, Mathius Rastofer, has 3 locations in Switzerland. Rastofer has represented the creative Lagerfeld for over 20 years.
In respect to the images, Rastofer said, “He’s always been very interested in how you can push the boundaries of technical possibility…”
The exhibition will feature a series of Lagerfeld’s 1996 portraits that involved a color-tinting technique on black-and-white images done through a forgotten technique involving honey and rubber. The same technique was used to make stained-glass windows in churches.
So far, Karl has been increasing his audience among art collectors through his devotion to aesthetics.
“He will never talk to you about the past. It’s always the next project he’s interested in.”
Would you call it art? Or just a really weird structure of Avant- Garde?
Tamara Kostianovsky, an artist based in Minnesota, has used fabrics to create a replica effect of raw meat and the texture of flesh. Her work, I must say is quite amazing. Her message is to confront the public with “the real and grotesque nature of violence”, in relation to the world’s brutality, poverty, consumption and need of a human body/flesh.
To see more of her artwork go to her website here!