OBJECTS OF DESIRE
Dior, The Weal of Fortune
Evening Clutch DIOR with top-handle with white lambskin embroidered with the Tarot card “The Weal of Fortune”.
DIOR, The Art of Color
The three designers who have succeeded each other as head of House makeup share their creative process and interpretation of color through a selection of photographs and artworks published in the Rizzoli book Dior: The Art of Color.
From the first pages, the iconic looks and shades enter into a dialogue with works of art. A pink snapshot from the series Make-Up Art by Serge Lutens from 1972 is inspired by the pointillism of the Georges Seurat painting Model in Profile; the face with white marks created by Tyen in Vogue in 2009 is reflected in a statue by Don Brown; red lips drawn by Peter Philips in 2003 make reference to The Banquet by René Magritte.
The artistic and chromatic expression of these three creators is revealed over the course of twelve chapters that focus the spotlight on white, silver, nude, pink, red, violet, blue, green, yellow, gold, gray and black. This selection of hues constitutes the House’s makeup palette, perpetuating the art of color initiated by Christian Dior. Each is explored in turn through their singular history, their significance, and through exclusive interviews with Serge Lutens, Tyen and Peter Philips. “Color allows for an exceptional kind of communication. It’s possible to express oneself in a way words simply cannot. For me, it’s the incarnation of emotions,” the last one states. Today, as Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, Peter Philips makes color his signature. As a result, he has produced a unique portfolio for the tome, photographed by Richard Burbridge, in which each pigment comes alive on the models’ faces and bodies.
Dior, The Art of Color- by Jerry Stafford (texts) and Marc Ascoli (Artistic Direction),
Rizzoli Editions, €100
Launches the Loewe Craft Prize
LOEWE Craft Prize is an annual international prize recognising an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods. The award seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the Loewe Foundation aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.
26 finalists were announced on February and the winner prize will be announced on April 10.
The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work selected by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE Craft Prize 2017”, on view in Madrid and subsequently travelling to other cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Adi Toch, UK
Sangwoo Kim, Republic ok Korea
Fátima Tocornal, Spain
Zhilong Zheng, China
Bae Sejin, Republic of Korea
Artesanías Panikua (Antonio, Gabriela and Verónica Cornelio; Bertha Esperanza Villagómez), Mexico
Yoshiaki Kojiro, Japan
Celia Pym, United Kingdom
Brendan Lee Satish Tang, Canada
David Huycke, Belgium
Robert Baines, Australia
Patrícia Domingues, Portugal
Guillermo Álvarez-Charvel, Mexico
Kim Buck, Denmark
Kristina Rothe, Germany
Helena Schepens, Belgium
The power of the surrealism
Luca Mainini is an Italian artist who makes surreal collages and animated GIFs.
Their assemblies are the result of the combination of images taken from fashion magazines and transformed into coloured hybrid figures that bring us back to a Pop universe.
The unique style of Luca is recognized by the chaotic and electrifying sequences of compositions made with cut bodies, legs, lips, lipsticks, high shoes, hair, clothing, among others.
Luca started to do collages and only later surrendered to the animated format.
The artist is fascinated by the composition of images making daily between 2 to 20 collages. Luca has been collaborating with prestigious names such as Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Anna Dello Russo and Thom Browne.
The artist has developed a unique aesthetics and we appreciate it
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY ARAKI
Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, until 26th march
With the emblematic title of “Araki Amore” the Galleria Carla Sozzani presents an exhibition of Nobuyoshi Araki in Milan until 26th march with a selection of works curated by Filippo Maggia, mostly unpublished and produced in the last two years.
In this exhibition the classic themes of the artist photographic research – nudes, portraits, floral arrangements, the orderly yet chaotic metropolitan city – are all read today and processed In with the recovery of negatives from the past decades.
There are three new compositions of more than 100 polaroid, in color and in black & white, that have been selected and put together by Araki as unique works, and a video documentary that presents, for the first time in Italy, Nobuyoshi Araki to work with the dancer Kaori in a naked portrait session.
The female figure appears here to be as a less visible, almost evoked: in the dancing figures of the Kaori dancers and in the use of dolls and other puppets that have always populated the dreams of the Tokyo photographer, as if they were souvenirs or memories, simple notes left on the sentimental diary of a life that has been spent to celebrate the beauty and the time transience of things that are destined to fade.
The artist never tired of exploring the mystery of the female universe, today as even more than fifteen years ago, when in Tokyo he said to Filippo Maggia: “I’ll tell you something that might even seem extreme and absurd: I do not know anything about the nature of women. Through the lens I try to extract the nature of things and, in the case of women, of what they are like, in their daily lives or in their sexuality. But they are all different from each other, and that’s why I keep on taking pictures.”
Araki belongs to a generation of artists who emerged in the 1960s whilst Japan was experiencing radical economic growth and urbanisation as a result of post-war recovery. The societal transformations and cultural shifts influenced him. He likewise often reflects Japanese heritage, with the women wearing traditional dress and the contemporary fears. Likewise, many of his images feature mythical monsters, taken from the Kaiju (science fiction movies like Godzilla) where monsters attack Japanese cities.
On view at Galleria Carla Sozzani, Corso Como 10 20154 Milan, Italy until 26th march 2017
EXHIBITION ROBERT DOISNEAU
The Vogue years
Espace Richaud presents an exhibition of work from Robert Doisneau’s time as a photographer for Vogue Paris, from 1949 to 1952.
At the request of Edmonde Charles-Roux, who became Editor in chief of Vogue Paris few years latter, Doisneau gained access into an exclusive world: glamorous balls, private society parties, backstage at fashion shows, and other events. Doisneau’s photographs captured the spirit of the era, precious moments forever immortalized. The exhibition supports the release of documentary Robert Doisneau, le révolte du merveilleux (Robert Doisneau, the wonderful rebel) written and directed by his grand-daughter Clémentine Deroudille, and accompain the new book of the same name, published by Flammarion.
78 Boulevard de la Reine, 78000 Versailles
Until 28th may 2017
Robert Doisneau. Les Années Vogue, from March 8 to May 28, 2017, Espace Richaud, 78 Boulevard de la Reine 78000 Versailles.
La rotonde de l’Opera de Paris, 1950
Copyright Atelier Robert Doisneau
Robert Doisneau, Brigitte Bardot for Vogue, 1950
Copyright Atelier Robert Doisneau
FASHION SHOWS fw 2017
Carmen by Chloé Sevigny, is the 13th commission from Miu Miu Woman’s Tales, the short-film series by women who critically celebrate femininity in the 21st century.
Carmen has a loose, voyeuristic, improvisational mood that reflects Sevigny’s interest, “in making a short-film about process, being a woman, celebrity and ego. It’s about the love of the craft, the love of the art, the repetition of it.”
The script developed by Carmen Lynch first writing her own stand-up material and then Sevigny building intuitively around that.
Karl Lagerfeld has conceived a campaign in four parts, based around four muses for the launch of his new bag dedicated to the founder of the House. Four trailers are to be released on social networks, preceding the imminent arrival of four short films featuring Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne, Caroline de Maigret and Pharrell Williams.
Filmed at a frenetic pace by Australian director Daniel Askill, Kristen Stewart goes to meet the spirit of Gabrielle. For Cara Delevingne, Japanese director Shishi Yamazaki has imagined a film using rotoscoping, like an urban pop cartoon in which the young woman plays the leading role. In front of Olivier Assayas’s camera, Caroline de Maigret embodies the Parisienne par excellence in a black and white ambiance of a Haussmannian apartment. As for Pharrell Williams, we see him through the eyes of director Antoine Carlier, having fun in an empty concert hall. In each of the films the magical and mysterious aura of Gabrielle Chanel is present.
Discover the four film trailers and then watch the films from April 3rd 2017.