Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton
"First of all, distinctively situate his/her position in art history. Second, articulate what the beauty of his/her art is. Next, sexuality. Then, death."
The MMK is currently hosting the largest Takashi Murakami retrospective to date. Perhaps best known to western audience's for his album covers commissioned by rapper Kanye West, the artist is one of Japans most prolific contemporary artists, producing work heavily influenced by Otaku cultures. The accesibility of his work, deemed to be in the same pop vein as Warhol, has even encouraged the sponsorship of Louis Vuitton, who commissioned artwork for handbags released as recently as June of this year. This came shortly after he auctioned off his controversial sculpture My Lonesome Cowboy at Sotheby's for over 15 million American dollars.
An interview with the man revealing his art philosophy can be found here
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Designer Tom Ford on Jeff Koons
Getting a rare chance to re-fit the baroque halls of France's Palace of Versailles, Jeff Koons has chosen the palace for a 17 work retrospective exhibition. Ruffling the feathers of French monarchist pheasants, who are outraged at the 'kitsch' stylings of Koons invading there beloved palace, he hopes that the setting will bring to light the more philosophical aspects of his work.
Jeff Koons - Versailles
Video link. N.B. Extremely boring. Although relevant interview with the man himself in regards to the current exhbition
Thursday, October 9, 2008
(David Perry, despite his speech impediment, hammers home the value of video games. Suss his statistics and leave your commerce degree to get into some game design)
Paris fashion week showed us that Karl can still regulate at the age of 70. Gareth Pugh makes it interesting (again).
Annie Leibovitz is documenting Obama's campaign trail, reportedly for another Men's Vogue feature article. Evidence HERE
In reference to my post about the Four Seasons water menu, and it's status as a luxury good, Jean Paul Gaultier is now on board with Evian. See for yourself HERE
CERN shut down its accelerator for repairs, but gave this song new relevance as it commenced trafficing data through the LHC Computing Grid. "When the LHC turns on, data will be transferred from CERN to 11 large computing centres around the world at rates of up to 10 gigabits per second". Beats your bigpond.
Ex gay pornographer and now homo-erotic visionary Jeff Burton and high profile designer Kris Van Assche collaborate again on 12 homo-erotic advertising layouts, running in 12 select magazines around the world in a unique campaign to promote Van Assche's new 08/09 range.
"Jeff Burton pulls (poetry) from the world of pornography : a place where it is hard to find"
Find it all at KrisVanAssche.com
Jay Walker's library. Housing articles from a legit Sputnik satellite to the original prop for The Addam's Family's 'Thing', it has to be seen to be believed.