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Friday, 12 July 2013

MUNCH REPRESENTS+

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

212.228.1600

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...

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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.

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

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Genius Galliano.

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

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Love English Eccentrics texile designs.  Swoon.

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Stand And Deliver!

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Troubadours and Peacocks.

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Goths and Victoriana.

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Pam Hogg Catsuit With Friends.

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Boy London and the Ray Petri Zone.

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Film Noir For Club Kids.

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Betty Jackson.

To book or for more information, please click here: - http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-from-club-to-catwalk-london-fashion-in-the-80s/about-the-exhibition/

Tamara Cincik.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2013

NATASHA GORNIK GIVES GOOD KINK

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Please go check out Natasha Gornik at the first exhibition of her photography in Paris. Natasha is a Brooklyn based artist who describes herself as a professional Experiencer. For the past decade, she has been photographing the kink culture and capturing the dynamism of the individual through portraiture. Her photography is a visual journal of sexuality, her travels and the individuals that she meets along the way. Still life plays an important role in her work especially in contextualizing the more visceral images. Her goal is not to document but  capture the essence and experience of the scene through the camera. She also participates, making her images part of a personal narrative. Natasha's blog is a diaristic mix of my words and photography which are about food, fuck and a couple things in between. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and her photography exists as limited edition fine art prints.

http://www.natashagornik.com/blog/

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Sunday, 02 June 2013

POPARCHIVES BY DUSTIN PITTMAN - EARLY LOU REED BY DUSTIN PITTMAN

FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNALS OF PHOTOGRAPHER     DUSTIN PITTMAN

LOU REED SURVIVED A LIVER TRANSPLANT THIS MONTH.  I AM SO GLAD THAT HE IS FEELING BETTER AND THINKING ABOUT PLAYING "LIVE" AGAIN. LOU AND I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE 1970, BACK IN THE MAX'S KANSAS CITY DAYS. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM.

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LOU REED 1974   PHOTOGRAPHED BY DUSTIN PITTMAN

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Saturday, 01 June 2013

AGI & SAM FOR TOPMAN LAUNCH PARTY AT APARTMENT 58 TEXT BY YASUYUKI ASANO PHOTO BY DAISUKE HASHIHARA

Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,

 

 

Last evening I attended the launch party of Topman and Agi & Sam collaboration at Apartment 58 in London.

 

Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton, the british duo behind Agi and Sam, met while working at Alexander McQueen and started their menswear label a few years ago. Their collection is know for the vibrant prints on sharp-tailored pieces with a great sense of humour, which makes modern charming men. They have already showed 3 collections at MAN, and their first solo show is scheduled on SS14 London Collections: Men on next month.

 

Inspired by last year's Olympic Games in London, this collection for Topman is titled 'The Owls', whch is a fictional football team by Agi and Sam, and has more sporty feels with iconic prints.

 

Here are snaps from the playful party.

Sam Cotton and Agi Mdumulla

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The 20 piece capsule collection is launching on 4th June.

 

 

Later,

 

 

 

YASU

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Friday, 10 May 2013

Happy Birthday, Patrick McDonald! Text by Glenn Belverio

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Patrick in the lobby of the Soho Grand Hotel in New York, May 7, 2013

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I stopped by the Soho Grand Hotel on Tuesday night to wish my friend Patrick McDonald, New York's #1 dandy, a happy birthday. Patrick celebrated amidst Susanne Bartsch's marvelous new soiree, which takes place in an intimate 2nd floor lounge in the hotel every Tuesday night. It was a magical evening that mixed Old Home Week legends (Johnny Dynell, who DJed, Anita Sarko, Dustin Pittman, Raven Oh, David Barton, Carole Pope, Paul Alexander, Michael Musto, Stephen Knoll, Flotilla DeBarge) with nubile young satyrs who were shaking their fine fannies to the best DJ set this side of the Mississippi.

Joey Arias, one of the evening's hosts, got up and sang a few songs (with live piano accompaniement) and legendary model Pat Cleveland joined him for an encore. I was exhausted (I'm a working girl, and morning person, now) and forgot my camera, but I had a fabulous time and will definitely be back again next Tuesday. Perhaps Dustin will post some of his photos here from that night?

Bijoux,

Glenn Belverio

 

 

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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Liberatum Cultural Honour for John Hurt - by Silvia Bombardini

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Dear Shaded Viewers and Diane,

 

For his precious contribution to the world of cinema, last night in London Mr. John Hurt was awarded the prestigious Liberatum prize 2013. With 185 roles and counting, Mr. Hurt has been in almost every remarkable crew you could think of, seamlessly moving from Alien to The Elephant Man, Nineteen-Eighty Four and Midnight Express to Shooting Dogs and most recently, Melancholia and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. One of his personal favorites apparently was in Richard Kwietniowski's 1997 Love and Death on Long Island, which was screened next door while we were invited to celebrate with dinner at the W hotel in Leicester Square. Despite its lavish interiors and suitably delicious food, a lovely laid back, festive atmosphere was there to be felt, and some amazing creative guests came along to the toast. Amanda Eliasch was there, and Pam Hogg (she send her love, Diane), and at my table alone were two famous artists and a delightful sword swallower that recalls her time at ASVOFF 4 most fondly. To my left sat Deborah Curtis, director of the child charity The House of Fairy Tales, and everyone was impossibly sweet. The award itself was created by Russian sculptress Svetlana K-Lie, a knotty statuette reading a script, of a certain delicate Giacomettian elegance.

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Pam Hogg and Jewels Good

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Jewels is based mid-air between London and Berlin, and she will perform in London later tonight. You can find more about her on her website here.

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Later,

Silvia

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Cannes Festival 2013 / Save the date

  

EDEN ROCK  SAVE THE DATE  15&16 MAY 2013 

CONFIDENTIAL/ BY INVITATION ONLY 

LUXURY LIMITED EDITION 

CYNTHIA SARKIS  cynthia@luxurylimitedition.com 

Later, 

Marco de Rivera

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

From Everyday to Everyman, from Stardust to Space Oddity: The David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. By Tamara Cincik.

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The Press Opening of the David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A.  The first international retropective of David Bowie's career.

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I think a lot of us hold David Bowie dear to our hearts: like a precious friend who has seen us through so many versions of ourselves. We've grown up with him looking back at us across album sleeves and TV performances.  Depending on our age, perhaps we were there right from the start: watching his personas shift from cute quiffed boy next door to asexual alien, from rakish matinee idol, to troubadour.  There is something somehow both avant-garde, yet comforting; if David can do it, so can we.  If he can push himself to change, be creative, let go of success, of characters, identities, in search of new challenges, then so can we.  We don't have to accept anything less from ourselves, we don't have to settle for second best.  We can reinvent ourselves.

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When I was starting to style, I was confronted by the fact that the work I was doing, was less than I wanted it to be, than how I dressed myself.  I'd been perfectly confident working as a fashion assistant to some amazing fashion editors, but once it was my name on the page, I felt nervous of being brave, or stepping out of line, of creating stories which were as rich as my imagination.  All of which was obviously frustrating.  One afternoon, I I bought a secondhand copy of 'Hunkydory' from Record and Tape Exchange on Camden High Street, where I lived and played it incessently on my record player.  The album would catch and I would have to nudge it over the jump, and the sound was both stereo and scratchy in that way that only records can be.  One song became my repeat play mantra, 'Quicksand' and it was these lyrics which pushed me to be braver, to reveal more of myself in my work, to dare to rise to my potential:

I'm not a prophet
or a stone age man
Just a mortal
with the potential of a superman
I'm living on
I'm tethered to the logic
of Homo Sapien
Can't take my eyes
from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith
If I don't explain what you ought to know
You can tell me all about it
On, the next Bardo
I'm sinking in the quicksand
of my thought
And I ain't got the power anymore

I loved the way this ballad spoke of magic and dreams, of self belief and stripping away the bullshit.  That someone from Bromley could work hard, plug away and never give up on his creativity, spurred me on to try to be as good as that song.  I wrote a list to inspire myself with my aspirations and top of the page was: 'To be as good a stylist as Quicksand is a song.'  Whether I have achieved that is open to debate, but what I do know is, I tried.  I tried really hard.  I let go of the fear.  Can you say the same?

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I was looking forward to the press opening for weeks, would it live up to my hopes, I had a feeling it would, as The V&A consistently holds well curated exhibitions and to take on the popular culture god that is David Bowie, well you have to be brave and you have to have done your research. 

I got a great sense of his collaborations, such as how at an early stage in his career learning dance and mime with Lindsay Kemp informed his performance personas, from Ziggy through to Ashes to Ashes, via a fascinating video of a long haired Bowie visiting Warhol at the Factory and nervously miming opening up his chest to pump his heart to camera. 

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Similarly the clothes, the collaborations with fashion and set designers to create radical stage personas; these are not simple set builds or indeed costume changes.  If I learnt anything, it was how fully engaged he is with all levels of image control, from the mock-ups of album artwork he drew in coloured pen, to cardboard stage sets. 

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By the end of the exhibition, I actually felt very moved.  I really appreciated that this is a man, who like me, perhaps like many of us, has felt like an outsider.  Perhaps this is his appeal?  The normal boy from the suburbs, quite a shy boy, it seems judging from the interviews at the exhibition, who was drawn to keep trying, plugging away at being a singer, reading avant-garde novels on his way into work at an advertising agency, and for a time, 10 years in fact, nothing much happened.  And then when he created his first alter-ego in Ziggy, he was able to act, to manifest a stage identity to launch a messianic Martian: part space Odysseus, part Clockwork Orange anti-hero, somehow it struck a chord, a chord of the alien outsider, the leader from the everyday world made supergod from outerspace.

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David Bowie is 23rd March - 11August 2013

www.vam.ac.uk

By Tamara Cincik.

PS If you read this David, the curators said please could you come to see the exhibition.  If you do, I hope you like it.  I did x.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

ASH NYC Pop-UP Shop

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For all my New Yorker's this is one is not to be missed!

ASH NYC, the New York-based interior design and real estate development firm, is launching a hand-selected assortment of their high-end vintage and antique finds from across the world.

When: Open to the public March 29th (hours will be M-F by appointment, Sat and Sun from 12-7pm)

Where: 450sq space 13 8th avenue, NY 

*Notable Vendors will include: Anna Karlin, Le Labo, Rizzoli, and works from renowned photographer Adrian Mesko.

For more information on the POP-UP or ASH NYC please visit: http://ashnyc.com

-Natalie Shirinian

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