Inez van Lamsweerde—The Gentlewoman, 2010 // Pigment Print on watercolor paper
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are two names you can’t escape in the fashion industry and you’ll never see one without the other. The iconic photography couple first met in the ‘80s when they were both studying at the Art Academy in Amsterdam. The pair was one of the first to effectively use digital manipulation to create horrific yet elegant imagery that has challenged the very definition of fashion photography. Their work blurs the line between fashion and art, incorporating fantastical and grotesque elements, effectively putting forth their own interpretation of what is beautiful. For over two decades they’ve been able to stay ahead of technological advancements in photography and have used it to their advantage, reinvigorating everything they put their hands on. Inez and Vinoodh have been commissioned by every fashion house and publication and their celebrity portraiture work includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Tilda Swindon, and Julianne Moore.
Now after over a 25-year career, Inez and Vinoodh bring their work to a self-titled exhibition at the internationally renowned Gagosian Gallery. The Paris exhibition closed earlier this year in March and this month you can see their photographs in Gagosian’s Los Angeles space. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held this Friday, July 12th from 6-8PM and the exhibition runs through August 23, 2013.
Shalom Harlow—V Magazine, 2007 // Pigment Print on watercolor paper
Javier Bardem—New York Magazine, 2005 // Pigment Print on watercolor paper
It's finally starting to feel like summer here in New York City and that means I can finally retire pants and winter coats for shorts and sundresses. To kick off the season, I've asked some of the most influential women writing in music for their essential summertime tracks. This selection comes from a broad cross-section of music publications representing a slew of genres, so you're bound to find something in these ten tracks that you connect with.
Art and music intersect in "The Buckingham Warrior," a short film produced for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles' video channel MOCAtv. Gary Baseman and South African zef rap duo Die Antwoord team up to tell the story of Gary's father Ben Baseman, a Holocaust survivor. The video was produced as an extension of Gary's retrospective art installation "The Door Is Always Open" celebrating the memory of his late parents is currently running at The Skirball Cultural Center.
Don’t call Gary Baseman’s“The Door Is Always Open” a retrospective because it’s more than that. Yesterday was the first day people could quite literally immerse themselves in Gary’s world. Inspired by his childhood home, “The Door Is Always Open” is a large-scale installation featuring a collection of Gary’s fine art, illustration, animation, performance and toy design.
Last night Gary kicked off the launch of “The Door Is Always Open” with an aptly named “house party”. The evening featured a cast of his characters, a DJ set by artist Shepard Fairey (who he did the Partisan print collaboration with), live music by Nightmare and the Cat, art making, piñata-breaking, and more.
“The Door Is Always Open” runs through August 18th so you’ve got plenty of time to check it out!
The Door Is Always Open, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches
“The Door Is Always Open” by Gary Baseman available via Rizzoli
Jeff Soto is a Los Angeles based artist whose illustrations are a cross between Pop Surrealism and Street Art. The depth of color and frightening yet fantastical subject matter makes his work truly captivating. Jeff's work is part rooted in myth and part rooted in reality, successfully creating a world where hopes, fears and dreams intersect. Recurring characters are futurist robots, skulls, machines with egg-shaped capsules, and mystical creatures in pastoral settings.
Jeff has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is one of the featured speakers at this year's PictoplasmaConference in Berlin. If you're unfamiliar, Pictoplasma is the world’s "Über-Festival of contemporary visual culture" and includes a good smattering of conference lectures and curated animation screenings.
April 11-13th, 2013
Denicke & Thaler GbR
Reinickendorfer Strasse 17
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