Monday, 07 October 2013

Sneak Peek: Michael Sailstorfer, enfant-terrible

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Today, a sneak peak at an upcoming November exhibition that can elicit a literal, "this has never happened before".

Michael Sailstorfer will be making his debut solo exhibition in Dubai exclusively at Carbon 12 Dubai.


Carbon 12 Dubai - Michael Sailstorfer - Zeit ist keine Autobahn Friedrichshafen - Tyre, iron, electric motor - 95 x 65 x 80cm - unique - 2010 - photo courtesy of Paul Silberberg

Time is not a motorway, 2010, A tire which spins itself into the wall, self destructing, "going nowhere fast"


Michael Sailstorfer could be considered either the enfant-terrible or the new voice of a long-line of German contemporary art. His wabi-sabi aesthetic often deals with space, motion and how we function in the world. He is resourceful: he utilizes the day-to-day, decrepit, oft-overlooked functional objects as his materials. He is also naughty: he decontextualizes these materials, reassigning them physical qualities that simultaneously incite wonderment and fear while keeping the palette of decay in the shiny new-ness of his incarnations. Sailstorfer uses his mind through his hands (a tendency since his childhood), deconstructing, tinkering, reassembling with a youthful curiosity, “what happens if…” The results are playful, pure in form… but functionally useless. Yet their wabi-sabi nature does not take away from the works, rather, it reinforces the poetry within the purity (albeit mischievousness) of his latest exhibition, Try to reach the goal without touching the walls (November 18 - January 7).

A preview of the press release:

This is the kind of ride you take Saturday afternoon, weary from the night before, where everything seems to be going wrong. The video you’re recording is upside down (Welttour, 2003), the steering wheel isn’t turning the way it should (Lenkrad, 2012)… this journey seems like one giant endless maze-like track (Maze, 2012-13). The absurdity is laughable. But at least your partner-in-crime is entertaining you with song (Welttour).


Sailstorfer may play games, egging us on, but this is serious play; he takes that extra step: his art smacks you in the face… gently. His manipulation of juxtaposition plays with you as much as he plays with his materials. The charm of the simplicity of his works oscillates between the beauty of the forms and palette, and the realization that the materials display physical qualities they should not possess, simultaneously absurd and threatening. However, perhaps the best way to epitomize the “Sailstorfer-ness” of Sailstorfer, is to consider his Pulheim Grant.

Upon receiving a 10, 000€ grant, he exchanged it for the equivalent in gold coins and bars and buried them in a field in Pulheim, Germany in August 2009. Whether encouraging “relational art”, stirring up cultural interest, or just instigating a frenzy… Sailstorfer then invited the public to go and “dig for gold.”

But then, just when you think you’ve figured it out, an artist masterfully playing with the perceptions of physics, the boundaries of materials, emotional polarity by inciting a dichotomy of fear and delight… Sailstorfer reminds you, that story, behind his works? Just a story. And you bought it.  

Oh, Michael Sailstorfer, you naughty boy, you.


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Shooting Star, 2002, In an effort to impress a girlfriend by capturing her a shooting star, he transformed his Mercedes into a catapault for streetlights


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Maze 50, 2012-13, A reference to bad-boy behaviour of creating donuts in a parking lot


Berlin-based German artist (b. 1979) active since 2001. Sailstorfer is represented by multiple international galleries and exhibits in the Americas and heavily across Europe, with works in private and public collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Sammlung Goetz (Munich), and S.M.A.K. (Gent).

Til next time,

Katrina, the Dubai-side 


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Wednesday, 02 October 2013


Iris Van Herpens costumes for Benjamin Millepied’s New York City Ballet Fall Gala.


More about the costumes and the collaberation here.


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Wednesday, 18 September 2013


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Last Thursday I was invited by my good friend Berlin based archaeologist Tobi Etessami to attend the opening of a new Picasso exhibition PABLO PICASSO FRAUEN - STIERE - ALT MEISTER at KULTURFORUM. Below find some images and highlights from the exhibition and more.

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If you are in Berlin stop by to see the Picasso exhibition as well as the KULTURFORUM permanent collection.

Thank you to the lovely Eva Rave as well.

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Picasso interpertation of Cranach

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Picasso and I

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13 September 2013 – 12 January 2014


Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

In other Picasso news, one of his grandchildren Diana Widmaier Picasso, has undertaken the massive task of cataloging Picasso's sculptural work. Here is an interview with Diana from WSJ.

More Picasso...



Also a great Picasso family tree infographic with portraits of his muses.


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Friday, 23 August 2013





Presenting our new film recommendation series... "SEEK AND LEARN", at @PRESENTFUTURE_ on TWITTER presents KUROSAWA AKIRA's KAGEMUSHA. Watch the trailer and the film.






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Monday, 19 August 2013


Visual Futurist Syd Mead and film innovator Douglous Trumbull

Also here is a PDF of Phillip K. Dick , Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


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Thursday, 08 August 2013


My dear friend, LA stylist Laura Duncan who works with Dita and styles Perry Farrell, spent the weekend at Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago. I asked Laura to give us a report and here are some words and picutures from her weekend.

"How do you bring 300,000 people together to one park to dance, sing and rejoice to their hearts content?  Leave it to Master mind Perry Farrell to work his magic to gather some of the best musical acts in the world to play over the course of 3 days and 8 stages in center of Chicago's Grant park. Lollapalooza 2013 was not to be missed!

Our little crew of fashion mischief makers made the pilgrimage in high style from Los Angeles to Chicago as guests of Perry and Etty Farrell to attend this mind blowing festivity.  Miss Dita Von Teese (needs no explanation), Jody O'Keefe (jewelry Designer), Danielle Motor (from the band Swagger) Jessicka Adams (singer of Scarling), Tosh Sherman (fashion Designer), and Eric Szmanda (CSI star).

The mission at hand, to have the most magical experience of our lives!  We danced, laughed and got all together down right silly. Bands like New Order, NIN, Queens of the Stone Age, and of course The Cure rocked our little hearts into a pleasure frenzy.

Yacht day! We went on a beautiful champagne fuled river tour of chicago's amazing skyline!

Dita Von Teese enticing us with her stunning ensemble. Donning her new Argentinean gambler hat, Dress by Maria Lucia Hohan and Vivienne Westwood heels.

Perry looking  chic with his Sandast bag

This is the card I got for the platform...My number! 7 of diamonds, I knew it was going to be a magical night.

Socked in the clown!


Robert Smith and Dita

The Cure being the highlight of our adventure sending us all home back to our beloved Lala land with beautiful dreamy smiles and life long memories."

Danielle Motor poem



Thank you Laura. You can follow Laura on instagram:  lauraduncanart. 



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Friday, 02 August 2013


My good friend Fred Guerrero from Maximiliano, Little Bear and The Oinkster, and his brother Max have a new gallery/project space which opens tonight 7-10PM in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood, Highland Park. It's called SLOW CULTURE GALLERY and here is what Fred has this to say about his latest project: 

"We've invested so much into helping this community grow with our restaurants, that when the space became available, it seemed like a no brainer for us to acquire it.  Within the gallery's short history of 3 years, it had already established a reputation as being a vital piece of the Highland Park community.  The only reason we even took it over, is because of all the support from our friends here."

The gallery will open with a show by photographer Rick Rodney. Some images of the the show can be seen below.







"Slow Culture comes from the idea that the world and often our immediate surroundings are moving  too  fast, and enjoying culture and art require one to slow down, pause, and absorb. We  are  rebuilding the bones of what was once THIS Gallery, into a multi-­‐purpose creative space. There will be a main art gallery with a carefully-­‐constructed floor plan to allow for flexible programming options (exhibitons, lectures, workshops, meetings, pop-­‐ups, etc). In addition to a project and gallery room, SLOW CULTURE will also consist of a retail and work space."

Slow Culture Gallery

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Asia Argento & the opening party for the Ermanno Scervino boutique in Rome during Alta Roma. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio


Tiptoe Through the Tulips, Italiano-style: Asia Argento brought her ukulele to the Ermanno Scervino cocktail and belted out an impromptu ditty from her new--and first--album, "Total Entropy."

Dear Shaded Viewers,

During Alta Roma in Rome, I attended the opening cocktail for Ermanno Scervino's new fashion boutique on the via del Babuino (across the street from Tiffany's). The exciting news is that Ermanno Scervino's new "protaganist", the brand's campaign model, is none other than Asia Argento.

I adore Asia Argento and, as many of you know, I am a huge fan of her father's films. In 2005, I interviewed Dario Argento at his office in Rome, at the invitation of the Turino Film Commission and Turino Tourism. (It wasn't easy to convince them at first, as they didn't want to promote Rome. So, they flew me to Turin after my interview where I promoted the city's tourism with gusto by making a beeline to their rather excellent gay sauna.)

Asia burst onto the world stage, or at least how I remember it, in Dario Argento's controversial film "The Stendhal Syndrome" (1996) in which the then 20-year-old Asia portrayed a rape victim who takes on her attacker's dark persona. (She did start acting at age 9 and appeared in her father's film "Trauma" in 1993. But I don't think I became aware of her until I saw "Stendhal Syndrome.") She's had a colorful career since then, fraught with drama and gossip to be sure, including her delightful star turn as Madame du Barry in "Marie Antoinette." (And I'll always treasure the scene in her film "Scarlet Diva" when she plunges into a mosh pit while pregnant.) Asia is currently married to film director Michele Civetta.

Last month, Italian Vogue reported on Asia's new career as the muse for Ermanno Scervino. “As she has cinema in her blood, no-one knows the world of cinema like Asia does. I love her evolution: every small thing of her expresses a charm that is in a continuous evolution. When I imagined a face for the new woman by  Ermanno Scervino, I immediately thought about her” the designer said.

“Together with Asia," Scervino contintues, "we wanted to tell a new style, that looks towards the past but is immediately projected towards the future. Never be nostalgic."

The video for the campaign, featuring Asia describing her childhood, is pretty great and can be seen here on the Italian Vogue site.



 Before Asia arrived at the party in a burst of glorious punk-rock impudence, as if she had been shot from a cannon, the soiree was a rather soigné affair. Men in expensive suits and women dressed as if they had raided Halson's closet floated in circles around the crowded room through champagne bubbles and a DJ set of fabulously louche '70s disco. Such a refreshing change from the typical New York fashion party, where douchey faux-hemian "DJs" try and fail to spin their way out of a wet reclaimed hemp paper bag...and everyone is dressed like they're competing in a Chloe Sevigny costume challenge.


 Darling, I ONLY wear endangered species! (Just kidding! These pieces are made from beaver--or is it pony hair?--printed to look like leopard. I need that coat for my next skiing jaunt in Gstaad.)


 I think I found a new chair for my apartment! Nunzia snapped this photo of me chilling out in the shop's lingerie salon.


I was mad for the chandelier. I wonder if I can snag a smaller version for my Mao Room?


 Double trouble with Nunzia Garoffolo.


Possessed by Andy.


 Fashion designer Paola Balzano, Nunzia and turban designer Genevieve Xhaet.


 Nunzia and Alta Roma organizer Conseulo Aranyi, who was feeling the effects of the hectic zaniness of organzing a major fashion event.


 And here's Asia in the brand's campaign. The photos were shot by Francesco Carrozzini in an old delabré Milanese theatre, chosen for its film-noir ambiance.


 Asia arrives at the party with her entourage...


 ...and about 100 members of Rome's paparazzi. A real La Dolce Vita moment. The photogs are snapping Asia's reflection in the mirror behind the DJ booth.


 Asia warming up on her ukulele before she gave an impromptu performance to promote her album.

I quite like this song and video ("Sexodrome") from "Total Entropy":



 Not sure who in the crowd changed her demeanor. Cue Sonic Youth's "She's in a Bad Mood."


 Love this shot.



Nunzia in a Fellini-esque postmodern mood right before she made her escape from the party.


Thanks for reading.

Ciao, baci, prego,

Glenn Belverio


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Friday, 12 July 2013


MUNCH REPRESENTS+ is an eclectic display of work by the eight artists officially represented by the gallery, along with two guests.

From lurking dreamscapes and uncanny flower fields to detailed black and white cosmographic explorations. From the dense Canadian forest to the decaying wood structures of places once inhabited or perhaps just imagined. It is a repeating practice of kicks and poetry assisted by lashing self-motivational punches.

The gallery is very proud to present a collection of artwork which derives from sheer passion, essence, ambition and distinction

Matt Bahen (CA): Bahen addresses the themes of loss and how to carry on. The duality of mankind’s nature is examined through thickly painted images of ruined interiors and damaged landscapes. It's a study of light – as a metaphor for hope – where meaning can be found in the space between comfort and disquiet.


Jacob Dahlstrup (DK): An exploration of space, mapping a fraction of the 4% visible matter in the universe through heavy layers of graphite dust. The drawings emerge from darkness into light, and the internal structure of the paper, is rearranged and exposed by the impact of sanding tools, erasers and tattoo needles.


Hong Seon Jang (KR): Jang's installations are made from found, and usually common objects. A re-creation or manipulation of materials into a likeness of natural forms to embody new contexts of physical existence, mimicking the fundamental force of survival and growth.


Scooter LaForge (US): Pop Art partnered with abstract expressionism and Dutch classicism. Seductive as the visual landscape may be, rendered in bold eye-candy colors and rife with sensuous forms of provocative allure, LaForge veers far too close to the grotesque to impersonate our normative notions of beauty.


Frodo Mikkelsen (DK): Western mythology and casual juxtapositions are joined in a graphic expression of dynamic color ranges and gradients on fire. It's a thematic study of man versus nature, and past lives versus new beginnings rendered in acrylic paintings and precious metal sculptures.


 Erik Savage (US): A continuation of the Waste Form series, where habit and addiction serve as a culprit to interactions. The brush strokes are loose and the oil paint generously applied to the immaculate white canvas, which in return becomes the beholder of our narrative debris through a collective waste form structure.


Asbjørn Skou (DK): Skou's work is concerned with investigating the peripheral and hidden structures of actual spaces and discourse, and communicating these in attempts to navigate and negotiate their identity. He uses a wide range of media to create artwork which serves as a form of spatial research and communication.


Marshall Weber (US): The artwork explores concepts of audience, cultural memory, linguistics, and social justice. Weber's studio practice (informed by a life-long body of public performance art) is focused on melding unusual visceral materials with intimate, mediatative and gestural hands on constructions.


+Yeni Mao (US): Mao is especially interested in oppositions such as authenticity vs. history, physicality vs. fantasy, and archive vs. memory. The work uses a diverse artistic lexicon to explore the cyclical regeneration of history, often with specific historical or mythological references.


Mie Olise (DK): A constructor, painter and filmmaker – Olise works with narratives relating to the architecture of space, abandoned places and desolate structures. She travels to places in different states of disrepair to research, collect stories and later subjectively develop particular layers of the found truths.

Munch Gallery

245 Broome Street (at Ludlow St.)

New York, NY 10002


F/M to Delan./Essex St. or D to Grand St.

Painting by Scooter LaForge NYC 13

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Club To Catwalk At The V&A: Lessons in Posteuring, Posing and Maintaining Glamour Relevance...

The Entrance to the Show.

I was invited to the press opening of Club To Catwalk this week.  If you fancy an hour of digestible street culture history, then I can recommend this exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

This is not a dense, intense, cerebral gallery show packed with anything more avant-garde than a well-curated edit of the most relevant designer pieces from yesteryear.  For an easy to learn lesson in British club culture: the exchange of ideas between music, art, clubbing and fashion, as well evidence of the St Martins meets Blitz roots of many of our greatest designers, this ticks all the boxes.

Smart Clothes: I love how Chrissie Walsh was inspired by The Ballets Russes and Kandinsky.


Genius Galliano.

A jacket Leigh Bowery wore, customised with hundreds of golden hairgrips, for The Blitz Denim show.

Love English Eccentrics texile designs.  Swoon.


Stand And Deliver!

Troubadours and Peacocks.


Goths and Victoriana.

Pam Hogg Catsuit With Friends.

Boy London and the Ray Petri Zone.


Film Noir For Club Kids.

Betty Jackson.

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Tamara Cincik.

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