Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category
Were you watching the live feed video on Vogue.com last night of the annual Met Ball red carpet? We were following the trending #MetBall on twitter and trying to catch as much as we could from our iPhone live streaming video of the celeb packed gala – which celebrates the opening of The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute spring exhibition, “Impossible Conversations” which explores the connections between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada (check out a preview of the exhibition today on Habitually Chic).
In honor of last night’s celebration of fashion, we wanted to share one of our latest favorite resources for interiors related images: Fashion + Decor, developed by our friend, Gretchen Aubuchon. Fashion + Decor is a new database of style pairings – where your wardrobe meets your room. Here’s a quick snap of a few of their style pairs – including a Tilton Fenwick designed room (we were honored to be included!)
So many great style pairings – check them all here!
In April, we were lucky enough to participate in a Chelsea gallery tour hosted by Doris Athineos, Senior Art and Antiques Editor of Traditional Home magazine. One of our stops was to the Pavel Zoubok Gallery on 23rd Street – one of the few (he may have even said ONLY?!) galleries in New York to focus solely on collage, assemblage and mixed media installation. We were especially taken with artist Mark Wagner, who uses actual US dollar bills to create collage. The artist views this medium as a way to address ”cultural, social, political and symbolic roles that money plays in our society.”
Each piece we viewed had a huge impact – the thought of collaging with actual currency seemed like quite a shock at first thought, but as the gallery pointed out, any other artistic medium would have simply been purchased with those dollar bills.
And, of course the peacock motif Wagner collage…
We were intrigued to see this very related installation at the Guggenheim Museum over the weekend: 100,000 one dollar bills attached to the walls of a gallery hall. After winning $100,000 from the Hugo Boss Prize last November, German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann decided he would make a statement by tacking it all, in $1 increments to the walls of the Guggenheim.
In an interview with the NYTimes, Feldmann says: “I’m 70 years old, and I began making art in the ’50s. At that time there was no money in the art world. Money and art didn’t exist. So for me $100,000 is very special. It’s incredible really. And I would like to show the quantity of it.” It’s a powerful installation and one, along with Mark Wagner’s work, which makes quite a statement on the value of a dollar.
After posting yesterday on the Ginkgo style chairs of Lalanne, we couldn’t resist posting a part deux on this incredible design duo. Above, a stunning photo of Parisians enjoying a beverage while lounging in a “flock” of the famous Lalanne sheep, published in Life Magazine 1967. (We perhaps love this photo just as much as the sheep?)
Patrons of Lalanne include Yves Saint Laurent and partner, Pierre Berge, Coco Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Reed Krakoff, Peter Marino, Jacques Grange…certainly a venerable crowd. For a great overview on this this husband-wife team, The Selvedge Yard blog does a tremendous write up, read more here! Or, check out Marc Jacob’s Paris apartment via CasaSugar, complete with Lalanne. Or, the Paul Kasmin Gallery outdoor exhibit “Les Lalanne on Park Avenue” here! New Yorkers will certainly remember those sheep which grazed Park Avenue’s grassy promenade in 2009.
On our list for exhibition must-sees this Spring: “Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay” at Cooper Hewitt. Delaunay (French, born in Russia, 1885 – 1979) is best known for her work in strong colors and geometric shapes, influenced by post-impressionists like van Gogh, Matisse, Gauguin, Henri Rousseau. In 1911, Delaunay created a quilt for her son, Charles, that would become the inspiration and catalyst to her future artistic process:
“About 1911 I had the idea of making for my son, who had just been born, a blanket composed of bits of fabric like those I had seen in the houses of Russian peasants. When it was finished, the arrangement of the pieces of material seemed to me to evoke cubist conceptions and we then tried to apply the same process to other objects and paintings.” – Sonia Delaunay
The Cooper Hewitt exhibition focuses on Delaunay’s fashion designs from her own Atelier Simultané in Paris during the 1920s, as well as textiles designed for the Metz & Co. department store in Amsterdam in the 1930s. We can’t wait to see more (and wish these textiles were still in production)!