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At home with ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski
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At home with ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski

Men We are delighted to share our latest collaboration with incredibly talented ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski.   Exclusive images and a short film by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   Well... My name is Rhys Kosakowski, and I'm a professional dancer with the Sydney Dance Company and former Ballet Dancer with The Houston Ballet Company. I am a fiery, creative and forward thinking person always looking to push myself artistically and physically. I have been merging my dance career with the fashion industry for about 5 years now and love the way movement and fashion go hand in hand. Its a beautiful thing to see all Artistic Art forms come together to make even more diverse and interesting ART.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   ​I don't know too much about the entire Fashion Industry but I know that it has struggled through this time with getting materials from overseas, struggling to promote labels with out being able to shoot clothes on models and have new campaigns out and just the overall loss of money most brands are facing. Knowing how fast the world moves I'm pretty certain things will go back to normal in 6 months or so but you never know. People will always love fashion, because everyone desires to look good and fantasize's about luxury products.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I consider myself very lucky to be an artist because it means i can stay creative no matter where I am stuck in isolation... Lately to keep myself happy and motivated I've been doing repertoire memory and ballet class every morning with my Company and occasional yoga and stretching classes to maintain my body. Working out in the sun on my rooftop has been extra special because I've just moved into my new apartment and I have never had a rooftop before so very exciting. Also been doing things like potting plants, making macrame planters, drawing, cooking and self care.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   It is my first season with The Sydney Dance Company and we had about 19 tours planned this year, Nationally and Internationally. The Government has said Performances of all kinds will not take place for another 4 months. We are all hoping that we can get on stage soon after September.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Water and Avocados are definitely my number one beauty products, but lets talk about face products as well because i love self care especially when its to do with my skin. ​I cleanse my face with Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash and tone straight after with Ursa Major Face Tonic. Then to hydrate i use Savant Apothecary Face Lotion. These three products i have been using for two years and could not live with out.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   When i was a young kid i used to draw and sketch a lot, but haven't picked up a pencil and paper in about 10 years. My sister is an amazing artist and draws beautiful sketches of fairies and creatures covered in plants and flowers. I got inspired and started draw again during isolation and realized.... i still got it! I have fascination and love for plants so I've been enjoying sketching them on paper and taking the time to imagine what plants might look like in another world.   How old were you when you first started dancing ballet and what made you start?   ​My Mum put me into tap lessons when i was 4 and got obsessed with performing. So when i turned 9 I started Jazz and Ballet. My first professional job as a dancer was when i landed the role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical when i was 12 years old.     Describe to me your favourite thing about dancing. How does it make you feel when you dance?    Its a really out of this world, euphoric sort of feeling. No one can really describe it unless they experience it. The way my body feels when I'm dancing is like small vibrations or electricity connecting and moving and feeling at one with the music I'm dancing to. Its so beautiful and very addictive, clearly very addictive as i haven't been able to stop dancing for years. ​The feeling i just described and being able to portray music through my body would be my favorite thing about dancing.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   ​Would have to be Salvador Dali ' DREAM CAUSED BY THE FLIGHT OF A BEE AROUND A POMEGRANATE A SECOND BEFORE AWAKENING'   ​Its my favourite because of the way his mind wanders to other places, its definitely fictional to us but makes you think twice about what could be out there in other dimensions or other planets in the universe we have not yet discovered. This keeps me inspired because it reminds me there is always something new to discover and create.      You can follow Rhys on instagram: @rhyskosakowski We are delighted to share our latest collaboration with incredibly talented ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski.   Exclusive images and a short film by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   Well... My name is Rhys Kosakowski, and I'm a professional dancer with the Sydney Dance Company and former Ballet Dancer with The Houston Ballet Company. I am a fiery, creative and forward thinking person always looking to push myself artistically and physically. I have been merging my dance career with the fashion industry for about 5 years now and love the way movement and fashion go hand in hand. Its a beautiful thing to see all Artistic Art forms come together to make even more diverse and interesting ART.     How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   ​I don't know too much about the entire Fashion Industry but I know that it has struggled through this time with getting materials from overseas, struggling to promote labels with out being able to shoot clothes on models and have new campaigns out and just the overall loss of money most brands are facing. Knowing how fast the world moves I'm pretty certain things will go back to normal in 6 months or so but you never know. People will always love fashion, because everyone desires to look good and fantasize's about luxury products.    How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I consider myself very lucky to be an artist because it means i can stay creative no matter where I am stuck in isolation... Lately to keep myself happy and motivated I've been doing repertoire memory and ballet class every morning with my Company and occasional yoga and stretching classes to maintain my body. Working out in the sun on my rooftop has been extra special because I've just moved into my new apartment and I have never had a rooftop before so very exciting. Also been doing things like potting plants, making macrame planters, drawing, cooking and self care.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   It is my first season with The Sydney Dance Company and we had about 19 tours planned this year, Nationally and Internationally. The Government has said Performances of all kinds will not take place for another 4 months. We are all hoping that we can get on stage soon after September.    What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Water and Avocados are definitely my number one beauty products, but lets talk about face products as well because i love self care especially when its to do with my skin. ​I cleanse my face with Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash and tone straight after with Ursa Major Face Tonic. Then to hydrate i use Savant Apothecary Face Lotion. These three products i have been using for two years and could not live with out.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   When i was a young kid i used to draw and sketch a lot, but haven't picked up a pencil and paper in about 10 years. My sister is an amazing artist and draws beautiful sketches of fairies and creatures covered in plants and flowers. I got inspired and started draw again during isolation and realized.... i still got it! I have fascination and love for plants so I've been enjoying sketching them on paper and taking the time to imagine what plants might look like in another world.   How old were you when you first started dancing ballet and what made you start?   ​My Mum put me into tap lessons when i was 4 and got obsessed with performing. So when i turned 9 I started Jazz and Ballet. My first professional job as a dancer was when i landed the role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical when i was 12 years old.     Describe to me your favourite thing about dancing. How does it make you feel when you dance?    Its a really out of this world, euphoric sort of feeling. No one can really describe it unless they experience it. The way my body feels when I'm dancing is like small vibrations or electricity connecting and moving and feeling at one with the music I'm dancing to. Its so beautiful and very addictive, clearly very addictive as i haven't been able to stop dancing for years. ​The feeling i just described and being able to portray music through my body would be my favorite thing about dancing.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   ​Would have to be Salvador Dali ' DREAM CAUSED BY THE FLIGHT OF A BEE AROUND A POMEGRANATE A SECOND BEFORE AWAKENING'   ​Its my favourite because of the way his mind wanders to other places, its definitely fictional to us but makes you think twice about what could be out there in other dimensions or other planets in the universe we have not yet discovered. This keeps me inspired because it reminds me there is always something new to discover and create.      You can follow Rhys on instagram: @rhyskosakowski

	 Non-profit initiative Pictures for Purpose launches fundraising print sale of established and emerging artists based in the Netherlands
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Non-profit initiative Pictures for Purpose launches fundraising print sale of established and emerging artists based in the Netherlands

Exhibition The new non-profit initiative Pictures for Purpose has launched a fundraising print sale by photographers based in the Netherlands, responding to the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.For two weeks, works by various photographers based in the Netherlands are available for €125. Inspired by artist-led initiatives in the USA with Pictures for Elmhurst and Italy with 100 Fotografi per Bergamo the proceeds from each print sold will be shared between the Dutch Food Bank and the participating photographers. The fundraiser offers a varied and unique range of established names and emerging talent, all based in the Netherlands, including works by Viviane Sassen, Bertien van Manen, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Awoiska van de Molen, Kyle Weeks and Hajar Benjida.  The Covid-19 pandemic presents a series of difficult challenges for those operating at various levels within the cultural sector. At times like these, Pictures for Purpose aspires to offer crucial support to members of the creative community. Participating artists can therefore opt to receive up to 50% of the proceeds of each print sold to help recoup lost income. A minimum of 50% of the proceeds are then donated to the Voedselbank. The Association of Dutch Food Banks continues to fight poverty in the Netherlands, providing food to those most in need of support. Due to the severe socioeconomic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, food banks are experiencing growing demand and increasing shortages. In Amsterdam, the number of households reliant on food banks has risen significantly in recent weeks and is expected to increase further in the near future. Where €5 can provide one household with food for a week, the proceeds from each print sold could support at least 10 families.   What to expect of pictures for purpose: All artists are selected with care and chosen because of their unique view and skills in contemporary photography One image per artist has been selected All prints are available for a donation of €125.00 (including tax) All prints are 210 x 297 mm in size, with a variable printed area depending on the aspect ratio of the photograph in question. All artworks are unsigned and available in an open edition Participating artists can opt to receive either 25% or 50% of the proceeds from each print sold to help recoup lost income. A minimum of 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Dutch Food Bank.  Every artist can alternatively decide to donate all of the proceeds to the Dutch Food Bank. The fundraiser runs for two weeks from Monday May 11th until Monday May 25th. The Amsterdam-based Fotolab will provide professional printing, packaging and shipping services. A subsidised fee of €13.30 will be allocated from each print sold to production expenses.     The fundraiser runs for two weeks, from Monday May 11th until Monday May 25th through the online platform www.picturesforpurpose.org. The new non-profit initiative Pictures for Purpose has launched a fundraising print sale by photographers based in the Netherlands, responding to the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.For two weeks, works by various photographers based in the Netherlands are available for €125. Inspired by artist-led initiatives in the USA with Pictures for Elmhurst and Italy with 100 Fotografi per Bergamo the proceeds from each print sold will be shared between the Dutch Food Bank and the participating photographers. The fundraiser offers a varied and unique range of established names and emerging talent, all based in the Netherlands, including works by Viviane Sassen, Bertien van Manen, Scarlett Hooft Graafland, Awoiska van de Molen, Kyle Weeks and Hajar Benjida.  The Covid-19 pandemic presents a series of difficult challenges for those operating at various levels within the cultural sector. At times like these, Pictures for Purpose aspires to offer crucial support to members of the creative community. Participating artists can therefore opt to receive up to 50% of the proceeds of each print sold to help recoup lost income. A minimum of 50% of the proceeds are then donated to the Voedselbank. The Association of Dutch Food Banks continues to fight poverty in the Netherlands, providing food to those most in need of support. Due to the severe socioeconomic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, food banks are experiencing growing demand and increasing shortages. In Amsterdam, the number of households reliant on food banks has risen significantly in recent weeks and is expected to increase further in the near future. Where €5 can provide one household with food for a week, the proceeds from each print sold could support at least 10 families.   What to expect of pictures for purpose: All artists are selected with care and chosen because of their unique view and skills in contemporary photography One image per artist has been selected All prints are available for a donation of €125.00 (including tax) All prints are 210 x 297 mm in size, with a variable printed area depending on the aspect ratio of the photograph in question. All artworks are unsigned and available in an open edition Participating artists can opt to receive either 25% or 50% of the proceeds from each print sold to help recoup lost income. A minimum of 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Dutch Food Bank.  Every artist can alternatively decide to donate all of the proceeds to the Dutch Food Bank. The fundraiser runs for two weeks from Monday May 11th until Monday May 25th. The Amsterdam-based Fotolab will provide professional printing, packaging and shipping services. A subsidised fee of €13.30 will be allocated from each print sold to production expenses.     The fundraiser runs for two weeks, from Monday May 11th until Monday May 25th through the online platform www.picturesforpurpose.org.

The Desire Path by Helen Beard
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The Desire Path by Helen Beard

Art   Visually exciting – bright, dynamic and voyeuristic – the work of British artist Helen Beard wields colour, texture and abstraction as tools to take back ownership of sexual imagery from the predominantly male gaze. Beard’s work explores themes relating to gender, sexual psychology and eroticism, forever unapologetic in her depictions of female desire.   Reflex Amsterdam is pleased to announce the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. While Beard’s artistic practice encompasses different mediums, including collage, sculpture, ceramics and needlepoint, The Desire Path focuses on her painting and features work in a diversity of sizes, ranging from small studies to large-scale canvasses. The artist’s small acrylic on board works function as preliminary studies for her oil on canvas paintings, in which she instinctively chooses the colours for her compositions.   Situated between abstraction and representation, her figures are reduced to concisely defined fields of vibrant colour. Working from found images, Beard’s eye for cinematic compositions featuring close-ups and interesting angles reveal her past experience as a stylist and assistant art director in the film industry.   Perhaps the most striking aspect of Beard’s oil paintings are the brushstrokes left visible in the otherwise dense surfaces of paint. Transitioning to oil from acrylic paint in 2008, Beard started to experiment with the texture of her paintings, creating an entirely different feeling on the surface of the canvas. As Beard explains in an interview in 2018: "the brushstrokes are almost like the touch on skin, like fingerprints." Against the vigour and excitement of the artist's choice of subject matter and palette, these strokes return a touch of tenderness to the abstract scenes, creating a fascinating tension that celebrates humankind’s instinctual fascination with sex, as well as its life-affirming nature.   Helen Beard (1971) studied at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, graduating in 1992. The artist participated in Simulation Skin: Selected works from the Murderme Collection (2017) and True Colours (2018) at Newport Street Gallery in London. Her most recent exhibitions include the group show 21st Century Women (2018) curated by Jane Neal and Fru Tholstrup and the solo exhibition It’s Her Factory (2019) at Unit London. The artist’s work can be found in major collections worldwide. Beard lives and works in Brighton, UK.   The Desire Path is Beard’s first exhibition outside of the UK and marks the start of her representation at Reflex Amsterdam for the Benelux. On occasion of the exhibition, the gallery is publishing Beard’s first monograph including an essay by Matt Carey-Williams.    The exhibition is open from 14 May – 30 September 2020    www.reflexamsterdam.com   Visually exciting – bright, dynamic and voyeuristic – the work of British artist Helen Beard wields colour, texture and abstraction as tools to take back ownership of sexual imagery from the predominantly male gaze. Beard’s work explores themes relating to gender, sexual psychology and eroticism, forever unapologetic in her depictions of female desire.   Reflex Amsterdam is pleased to announce the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. While Beard’s artistic practice encompasses different mediums, including collage, sculpture, ceramics and needlepoint, The Desire Path focuses on her painting and features work in a diversity of sizes, ranging from small studies to large-scale canvasses. The artist’s small acrylic on board works function as preliminary studies for her oil on canvas paintings, in which she instinctively chooses the colours for her compositions.   Situated between abstraction and representation, her figures are reduced to concisely defined fields of vibrant colour. Working from found images, Beard’s eye for cinematic compositions featuring close-ups and interesting angles reveal her past experience as a stylist and assistant art director in the film industry.   Perhaps the most striking aspect of Beard’s oil paintings are the brushstrokes left visible in the otherwise dense surfaces of paint. Transitioning to oil from acrylic paint in 2008, Beard started to experiment with the texture of her paintings, creating an entirely different feeling on the surface of the canvas. As Beard explains in an interview in 2018: "the brushstrokes are almost like the touch on skin, like fingerprints." Against the vigour and excitement of the artist's choice of subject matter and palette, these strokes return a touch of tenderness to the abstract scenes, creating a fascinating tension that celebrates humankind’s instinctual fascination with sex, as well as its life-affirming nature.   Helen Beard (1971) studied at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Design, graduating in 1992. The artist participated in Simulation Skin: Selected works from the Murderme Collection (2017) and True Colours (2018) at Newport Street Gallery in London. Her most recent exhibitions include the group show 21st Century Women (2018) curated by Jane Neal and Fru Tholstrup and the solo exhibition It’s Her Factory (2019) at Unit London. The artist’s work can be found in major collections worldwide. Beard lives and works in Brighton, UK.   The Desire Path is Beard’s first exhibition outside of the UK and marks the start of her representation at Reflex Amsterdam for the Benelux. On occasion of the exhibition, the gallery is publishing Beard’s first monograph including an essay by Matt Carey-Williams.    The exhibition is open from 14 May – 30 September 2020    www.reflexamsterdam.com

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Breguet and historic famous women
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Breguet and historic famous women

Jewelry A symbol of elegance and technical precision, Breguet timepieces have been winning over powerful and famous admirers since the end of the eighteenth century.   Probably the first keen fan of Breguet, Queen Marie-Antoinette wore some of thewatchmaker’s most beautiful watches, such as the self-winding models, right from the beginning of her reign, and showcased their excellence to the courts of Europe. Breguet, it is said, created the famous no. 160 watch for her, the so-called “Marie-Antoinette”; it remained the most complicated watch in the history of watchmaking for a long time. In 2008, Breguet completed an identical reproduction of the once lost original design, which was found again in 2007. In another tribute to its distinguished ambassador, in 2008 as well, Breguet restored the Petit Trianon in Versailles that was so loved by the ruler – a patronage of exceptional scale. Reigns may come and go, but the infatuation with Breguet timepieces endures. They were acquired by several women from Napoléon Bonaparte’s entourage. His first wife, the Empress Joséphine, bought the no. 611 tact watch, which she later gave, inlaid with the letter “H” in diamonds, to her daughter Hortense, the Queen of Holland. His second wife, Marie- Louise of Austria, bought herself a little medallion watch. Upright and loyal, the sovereign exercised a particularly enlightened reign over Parma, with a strong interest in the status of women. Breguet timepieces also caught the attention of the Emperor’s sisters, including ElisaBonaparte, Grand Duchess of Tuscany. Armed with a keen intelligence and a passion for the best of the best, his youngest sister, Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, commissioned a watch from Abraham-Louis Breguet that was highly original because it came on a bracelet. It was the first watch designed from the outset to be worn on the wrist.   In 1817, Breguet delivered a quarter-repeating watch, the no. 3023, to the Duchess of Wellington. The model is exhibited at the Louvre Museum and its elegant simplicity reflects the characteristic neoclassical style of the watchmaker. In the years from 1820 to 1830, several sovereigns bought Breguet timepieces, take for example Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress of Russia, or Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain. In 1831, the latter purchased a travel clock, characteristic of Breguet’s neo-classical creations. Victoria, Queen of England and Empress of India, whose reign lasted more than 60 years, features amongsome of the watchmaker’s most illustrious clients. In the twentieth century, Breguet’s designs were still in demand among countless famouswomen. One of them was Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand, founder of rescue centers for the wounded in the First World War and a figure of prominence throughout Paris, who bought a silver neo-Gothic-style clock.   Today, a number of timepieces acquired by these rulers and famous personalities arepreserved in some of the world’s most acclaimed museums, including the Louvre Museum, the British Museum, several Swiss museums, and, of course, the Breguet Museum in Paris. A symbol of elegance and technical precision, Breguet timepieces have been winning over powerful and famous admirers since the end of the eighteenth century.   Probably the first keen fan of Breguet, Queen Marie-Antoinette wore some of thewatchmaker’s most beautiful watches, such as the self-winding models, right from the beginning of her reign, and showcased their excellence to the courts of Europe. Breguet, it is said, created the famous no. 160 watch for her, the so-called “Marie-Antoinette”; it remained the most complicated watch in the history of watchmaking for a long time. In 2008, Breguet completed an identical reproduction of the once lost original design, which was found again in 2007. In another tribute to its distinguished ambassador, in 2008 as well, Breguet restored the Petit Trianon in Versailles that was so loved by the ruler – a patronage of exceptional scale. Reigns may come and go, but the infatuation with Breguet timepieces endures. They were acquired by several women from Napoléon Bonaparte’s entourage. His first wife, the Empress Joséphine, bought the no. 611 tact watch, which she later gave, inlaid with the letter “H” in diamonds, to her daughter Hortense, the Queen of Holland. His second wife, Marie- Louise of Austria, bought herself a little medallion watch. Upright and loyal, the sovereign exercised a particularly enlightened reign over Parma, with a strong interest in the status of women. Breguet timepieces also caught the attention of the Emperor’s sisters, including ElisaBonaparte, Grand Duchess of Tuscany. Armed with a keen intelligence and a passion for the best of the best, his youngest sister, Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, commissioned a watch from Abraham-Louis Breguet that was highly original because it came on a bracelet. It was the first watch designed from the outset to be worn on the wrist.   In 1817, Breguet delivered a quarter-repeating watch, the no. 3023, to the Duchess of Wellington. The model is exhibited at the Louvre Museum and its elegant simplicity reflects the characteristic neoclassical style of the watchmaker. In the years from 1820 to 1830, several sovereigns bought Breguet timepieces, take for example Alexandra Feodorovna, Empress of Russia, or Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain. In 1831, the latter purchased a travel clock, characteristic of Breguet’s neo-classical creations. Victoria, Queen of England and Empress of India, whose reign lasted more than 60 years, features amongsome of the watchmaker’s most illustrious clients. In the twentieth century, Breguet’s designs were still in demand among countless famouswomen. One of them was Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand, founder of rescue centers for the wounded in the First World War and a figure of prominence throughout Paris, who bought a silver neo-Gothic-style clock.   Today, a number of timepieces acquired by these rulers and famous personalities arepreserved in some of the world’s most acclaimed museums, including the Louvre Museum, the British Museum, several Swiss museums, and, of course, the Breguet Museum in Paris.

Luckylefthand adorns Louis Vuitton headquarters with “Nine Colours, Nine Eyes and Nine Hearts“
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Luckylefthand adorns Louis Vuitton headquarters with “Nine Colours, Nine Eyes and Nine Hearts“

Art In the 1920s, Gaston-Louis Vuitton wrote, “Let’s make the street a happy place. ” A century later, Louis Vuitton asked artist Luckylefthand to decorate the façade of its Paris headquarters located by the Pont Neuf bridge. The fresco covers 280m2 and is made up of 14 colourful, sleek and playful paintings. With this painting, Louis Vuitton and Luckylefthand want to bring positivity and positive vibes to the Pont Neuf neighbourhood during the current lockdown. Luckylefthand was given carte blanche and used a minimalist, condensed style inspired by 1960s and 70s aesthetics to transport passers-by far away on a trip to the landscapes of Hossegor, his adopted town. With colourful transitions and primitive shapes, the wall painting was created using only acrylic paints and features a number of hands, one of the artist’s cherished symbols. The hands are physically set about a metre and a half apart yet are linked in spirit as a representation of our current mindset.   “I wanted to create this wall painting to o er Parisians a colourful stroll past the 14 windows, evoking a summer holiday while still representing the temporary period we are going through. The hands placed a metre and a half apart is a nod to what we’re currently experiencing. I hope this wall painting’s bright, saturated colours and rainbows made of big, curved lines will bring the positive energy we all need right now,” the artist said about his work.   Steven Burke is a French artist born in 1982. He works in the south-west French town of Hossegor, a place that has inspired him for years. After a 15-year career in the eld of graphic design, he practises his art in search of simplicity of shapes and purity of colours to convey a positive and enthusiastic message. The symbol of the hand is often represented in compositions to suggest humankind in its most universal form. Over time, this symbol has become an invitation to the meditative state, certainly pushed by the beauty of surrounding nature. For further informations : www.luckylefthand.com In the 1920s, Gaston-Louis Vuitton wrote, “Let’s make the street a happy place. ” A century later, Louis Vuitton asked artist Luckylefthand to decorate the façade of its Paris headquarters located by the Pont Neuf bridge. The fresco covers 280m2 and is made up of 14 colourful, sleek and playful paintings. With this painting, Louis Vuitton and Luckylefthand want to bring positivity and positive vibes to the Pont Neuf neighbourhood during the current lockdown. Luckylefthand was given carte blanche and used a minimalist, condensed style inspired by 1960s and 70s aesthetics to transport passers-by far away on a trip to the landscapes of Hossegor, his adopted town. With colourful transitions and primitive shapes, the wall painting was created using only acrylic paints and features a number of hands, one of the artist’s cherished symbols. The hands are physically set about a metre and a half apart yet are linked in spirit as a representation of our current mindset.   “I wanted to create this wall painting to o er Parisians a colourful stroll past the 14 windows, evoking a summer holiday while still representing the temporary period we are going through. The hands placed a metre and a half apart is a nod to what we’re currently experiencing. I hope this wall painting’s bright, saturated colours and rainbows made of big, curved lines will bring the positive energy we all need right now,” the artist said about his work.   Steven Burke is a French artist born in 1982. He works in the south-west French town of Hossegor, a place that has inspired him for years. After a 15-year career in the eld of graphic design, he practises his art in search of simplicity of shapes and purity of colours to convey a positive and enthusiastic message. The symbol of the hand is often represented in compositions to suggest humankind in its most universal form. Over time, this symbol has become an invitation to the meditative state, certainly pushed by the beauty of surrounding nature. For further informations : www.luckylefthand.com

At Home with Maggie Maurer
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At Home with Maggie Maurer

Fashion During these crazy times and being at home quarantined we had a delight speaking and creating an exlcusive story with top model Maggie Maurer.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   Joy is my middle name.  I am from a small town in Northern New York state called Potsdam. I was born and raised there with my 2 brothers and 4 sisters . We were all home schooled. I never went to college , I started modeling when I was 25 , after a friend sent some photos of me to an agency without telling me.  I am a Model and I believe my job in to bring to life the idea from the minds of all the different creatives I have had the pleasure to work with.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   Let's wait and see , shall we ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I feel like I have just moved into my flat in London , even though I have lived here for 5 years. The slow pace has been very welcome on my end. I am with my boyfriend ( Scott Archibald ) and we have been working on some really amazing stuff. Thankfully for me he is a photographer and I have not had to succumb to  a "Zoom " or " Facetime " shoot. The voyeuristic nature of it I find disturbing.     What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I  did plan to split my time half here (London ) and half in the states. Proved to myself yet again not to make plans.    What is your daily beauty routine like?    Same as it ever was! Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for toner, rose water, aloe vera, coconut oil with 2 drops and lavender essential oil. In that order.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   I am in the middle of my first batch of Matza ball soup. It's my favorite soup. And the mere thought of it could bring a tear of joy to my eye.   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   Do you mean what I wear ? When I shoot at home skin is always better, so I guess naked.  Any other time I'm always in a hoodie.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   I hate to cook the same thing twice.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes?   Local meaning London? I guess the pub with my mates. Travel wise I really miss LA .   What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   Nothing really inspired me but when the opportunity came along I saw it was something that could change my life. The Years I spent working at CÉLINE will always be the thing that shaped me and gave me the understanding of the industry as a whole. You have to know what you do to be good at what you do.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I do yoga to my Friend Mona Matsuoka's DJ sets ( find on soundcloud )  April 8  Spring mix is a fav.  Where is the cool playlist on spotify , Anderson Paak  Malibu , Childish Gambino " Awaken , My love! " Nirvana Unplugged and Etta James Radio. Most of the time though I listen to whatever my boyfriend is playing.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   This is going to be super cringy but I never get up or go to sleep without a cuddle from Scott , human contact is so important. Second thing is a cuppa tea and cigarette out on the front steps, in the sun or rain.   PHOTO CREDITS: model: Maggie Maurer @d’management  Story Title: P(L)ANTS. Photographer: Scott Archibald @archiegram Location: Home -  Communal Back Garden, London. Wearing: Peter Do Pants @thepeterdo During these crazy times and being at home quarantined we had a delight speaking and creating an exlcusive story with top model Maggie Maurer.   Who are you (the long answer, no cheating by just giving your name!) and what is your profession (as in, how do you define it, rather than just the job title it has)?   Joy is my middle name.  I am from a small town in Northern New York state called Potsdam. I was born and raised there with my 2 brothers and 4 sisters . We were all home schooled. I never went to college , I started modeling when I was 25 , after a friend sent some photos of me to an agency without telling me.  I am a Model and I believe my job in to bring to life the idea from the minds of all the different creatives I have had the pleasure to work with.   How do you think Covid-19 will effect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   Let's wait and see , shall we ?   How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I feel like I have just moved into my flat in London , even though I have lived here for 5 years. The slow pace has been very welcome on my end. I am with my boyfriend ( Scott Archibald ) and we have been working on some really amazing stuff. Thankfully for me he is a photographer and I have not had to succumb to  a "Zoom " or " Facetime " shoot. The voyeuristic nature of it I find disturbing.     What is in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   I  did plan to split my time half here (London ) and half in the states. Proved to myself yet again not to make plans.    What is your daily beauty routine like?    Same as it ever was! Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for toner, rose water, aloe vera, coconut oil with 2 drops and lavender essential oil. In that order.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined?   I am in the middle of my first batch of Matza ball soup. It's my favorite soup. And the mere thought of it could bring a tear of joy to my eye.   What's your work-from-home style like during these times?   Do you mean what I wear ? When I shoot at home skin is always better, so I guess naked.  Any other time I'm always in a hoodie.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume (a secret skill, a hobby, a previous job or fun fact about you).   I hate to cook the same thing twice.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes?   Local meaning London? I guess the pub with my mates. Travel wise I really miss LA .   What inspired you to start working in the fashion industry? And what are you most proud achieving of thus far?   Nothing really inspired me but when the opportunity came along I saw it was something that could change my life. The Years I spent working at CÉLINE will always be the thing that shaped me and gave me the understanding of the industry as a whole. You have to know what you do to be good at what you do.    What is your favourite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I do yoga to my Friend Mona Matsuoka's DJ sets ( find on soundcloud )  April 8  Spring mix is a fav.  Where is the cool playlist on spotify , Anderson Paak  Malibu , Childish Gambino " Awaken , My love! " Nirvana Unplugged and Etta James Radio. Most of the time though I listen to whatever my boyfriend is playing.    What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   This is going to be super cringy but I never get up or go to sleep without a cuddle from Scott , human contact is so important. Second thing is a cuppa tea and cigarette out on the front steps, in the sun or rain.   PHOTO CREDITS: model: Maggie Maurer @d’management  Story Title: P(L)ANTS. Photographer: Scott Archibald @archiegram Location: Home -  Communal Back Garden, London. Wearing: Peter Do Pants @thepeterdo

Alton Mason by Elizaveta Porodina
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Alton Mason by Elizaveta Porodina

Fashion Alton Mason at IMG lensed by Elizaveta Porodina in editorial in our second edition.   styled by Lisa Jarvis casting by Timotej Letonja hair by Olivier Schawalder at Bryant Artists Make-Up by Cecile Paravina at Bryant Artists light director: Josef Beyer styling assistant: Stefania Mosca set designer: Nicola Scarlino set design assistant: Louise Pisselet Retouched by Sheriff Post-Production Dpt. #SecondIssue #NuméroHommeNetherlands #Nude#NuméroHomme Alton Mason at IMG lensed by Elizaveta Porodina in editorial in our second edition.   styled by Lisa Jarvis casting by Timotej Letonja hair by Olivier Schawalder at Bryant Artists Make-Up by Cecile Paravina at Bryant Artists light director: Josef Beyer styling assistant: Stefania Mosca set designer: Nicola Scarlino set design assistant: Louise Pisselet Retouched by Sheriff Post-Production Dpt. #SecondIssue #NuméroHommeNetherlands #Nude#NuméroHomme

The magic of the "Christian Dior: Designer of dreams" exhibition
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The magic of the "Christian Dior: Designer of dreams" exhibition

Exhibition In these trying times, when it is more essential than ever to be able to lose yourself in escapism and wonder, Dior is pleased to invite you to (re)live, from the comfort of home, the unique enchantment of the ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition, held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, from July 5, 2017 to January 7, 2018. As you set out on this unique exploration, let yourself be captivated by the visionary virtuosity of Monsieur Dior and the Creative Directors who have succeeded him – from Yves Saint Laurent to Maria Grazia Chiuri – and perpetuated his passion and sense of daring. Over seventy years of creation is revealed through iconic haute couture dresses, precious archival photographs, sketches by Christian Dior, objects, accessories, original paintings by great masters, a cabinet of curiosities conceived as a sweeping display of color, and much more. Imbued with dreams and desires, a wealth of works and emblems enchant this extraordinary celebration of beauty and elegance in all their forms.   Discover this experience on our YouTube channel and on Instagram.  In these trying times, when it is more essential than ever to be able to lose yourself in escapism and wonder, Dior is pleased to invite you to (re)live, from the comfort of home, the unique enchantment of the ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition, held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, from July 5, 2017 to January 7, 2018. As you set out on this unique exploration, let yourself be captivated by the visionary virtuosity of Monsieur Dior and the Creative Directors who have succeeded him – from Yves Saint Laurent to Maria Grazia Chiuri – and perpetuated his passion and sense of daring. Over seventy years of creation is revealed through iconic haute couture dresses, precious archival photographs, sketches by Christian Dior, objects, accessories, original paintings by great masters, a cabinet of curiosities conceived as a sweeping display of color, and much more. Imbued with dreams and desires, a wealth of works and emblems enchant this extraordinary celebration of beauty and elegance in all their forms.   Discover this experience on our YouTube channel and on Instagram. 

Galerie Ron Mandos to represent Koen van den Broek
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Galerie Ron Mandos to represent Koen van den Broek

Art Now more than ever, it is important to remember that communal engagement with art is crucial in these challenging times. To the best of our ability, we are going to continue doing what we do best, which is to provide our community with beautiful works of art. For that reason, we are delighted to share with you that as of today Galerie Ron Mandos will be representing the acclaimed Belgian artist Koen van den Broek.   On Wednesday 15 April 2020 we will be welcoming you all to the opening of  The Beginning, Van den Broek’s inaugural solo-exhibition with Galerie Ron Mandos which will, due to our current reality, take place online in our recently launched GRM Online Viewing Room.   ABOUT KOEN VAN DEN BROEK Born in 1973 in Bree, Belgium Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium The work of the Belgian painter Koen van den Broek (1973, Bree BE) draws heavily on the imagery found in America’s urban landscapes. The artist photographs a slice of reality, which he then transforms into a painting. The process of painting renders the image more abstract: details are accentuated, superfluous elements ignored, light and shadow heightened. Perspectival lines and planes of colour break free from photographed reality to create a new pictorial tension. The abstracted image is particularly radical in two series: Flock, and Bird. This strategy infuses his oeuvre with echoes of the American wasteland, as much as it references the work of painters like Henri Matisse, Clyfford Still and Franz Kline. Works by Koen van den Broek are represented in major public collections, including the LACMA, Los Angeles; SMAK, Ghent; M HKA, Antwerp; Busan Museum of Art, Busan; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennial (2015 & 2017); White Cube, London; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp and Brussels; Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul; Kunsthalle, Mannheim; Royal Academy, London; MAS, Antwerp, and Kunsthal, Rotterdam; His work can also be found in numerous public spaces in Belgium, such as the Hofkamer, Antwerp; ‘t Zilte, MAS, Antwerp; AZ Hospital, Sint-Maarten, and the Provinciehuis, Hasselt. Now more than ever, it is important to remember that communal engagement with art is crucial in these challenging times. To the best of our ability, we are going to continue doing what we do best, which is to provide our community with beautiful works of art. For that reason, we are delighted to share with you that as of today Galerie Ron Mandos will be representing the acclaimed Belgian artist Koen van den Broek.   On Wednesday 15 April 2020 we will be welcoming you all to the opening of  The Beginning, Van den Broek’s inaugural solo-exhibition with Galerie Ron Mandos which will, due to our current reality, take place online in our recently launched GRM Online Viewing Room.   ABOUT KOEN VAN DEN BROEK Born in 1973 in Bree, Belgium Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium The work of the Belgian painter Koen van den Broek (1973, Bree BE) draws heavily on the imagery found in America’s urban landscapes. The artist photographs a slice of reality, which he then transforms into a painting. The process of painting renders the image more abstract: details are accentuated, superfluous elements ignored, light and shadow heightened. Perspectival lines and planes of colour break free from photographed reality to create a new pictorial tension. The abstracted image is particularly radical in two series: Flock, and Bird. This strategy infuses his oeuvre with echoes of the American wasteland, as much as it references the work of painters like Henri Matisse, Clyfford Still and Franz Kline. Works by Koen van den Broek are represented in major public collections, including the LACMA, Los Angeles; SMAK, Ghent; M HKA, Antwerp; Busan Museum of Art, Busan; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennial (2015 & 2017); White Cube, London; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp and Brussels; Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul; Kunsthalle, Mannheim; Royal Academy, London; MAS, Antwerp, and Kunsthal, Rotterdam; His work can also be found in numerous public spaces in Belgium, such as the Hofkamer, Antwerp; ‘t Zilte, MAS, Antwerp; AZ Hospital, Sint-Maarten, and the Provinciehuis, Hasselt.

Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events
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Fondation Louis Vuitton presents Digital Events

Exhibition As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0   As per the French government’s directive, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is closed, and all its events and activities cancelled until further notice. During these exceptional circumstances the Fondation continues to share content with its public and community allowing them to relive or discover certain exhibitions, concerts, masterclasses and events that it has offered since its 2014 opening. Each week the Fondation sets 3 digital events: - Wednesday at 6 p.m. a visit of an exhibition with commentary by the curators - Friday at 8:30 p.m. a concert held at the Auditorium - Sunday at 5:30 p.m. a concert by the graduates of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle led by Gautier Capuçon  Program #FLVfromhome for the week of March 23:     Wednesday March 25 – 6 p.m. "In Tune with the World", exhibition presented from 11 April 2018 to 27 August 2018 (2018, 18 min., French version with English subtitles) Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different collection displays. Some followed the four main categories that inform the making of the Collection (Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound), and others were dedicated to contemporary art from specific regions of the world such as dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017).   Throughout the galleries, "In Tune with the World" (11th April - 27th August 2018) unveiled a new selection of artists from the collection, using several different media, bringing together modern and contemporary works.   Head curator: Suzanne Pagé Curators: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler The exhibition film "In Tune with the World" is available Wednesday at 6 p.m.:https://youtu.be/x48D3ZVes_0     Friday March 27 – 8:30 p.m. Concert by Lang Lang (recorded on the 28 October 2014, 62 min.)   After starting his career with a dazzling debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001, the prodigy has earned his place among the world's greatest talents, with an aura that now extends far beyond the confines of the classical repertoire. Lang Lang has become the piano phenomenon of the 21st-century.  His worldwide concerts have been met with great acclaim, especially his versions of Liszt, who ranks as one of his favourite composers.   Program: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaïkovski The concert by Lang Lang is available Friday at 8:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/7j36IbYG2NE     Sunday March 29– 5:30 p.m. “Violoncelles, vibrez !” - documentary on the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (2014, 54 min., French version) The documentary looks at the work of Gautier Capuçon with his 6 graduates from the promotion 1 of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle. The 6 students of season 1 were selected by audition by Gautier Capuçon who then accompanied them from December 2014 to June 2015. A musical immersion in the heart of Frank Gehry’s building.  The documentary “Violoncelles, vibrez !” is available Sunday at 5:30 p.m.: https://youtu.be/9oSaP_ueN_0  

Max Mara releases the Whitney bag
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Max Mara releases the Whitney bag

Accessories To reinvent oneself. To continually renew the message. This is the goal of every artist and every museum. A case in point is the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, founded in 1930 by the sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. A museum that emerged in 2015 as one of the cultural epicenters of downtown New York when it moved into the futuristic Renzo Piano designed building that faces the High Line at 99 Gansevoort Street and is now celebrating its 5th anniversary.   It just happens to be the anniversary shared by another notable icon, the Whitney Bag, created by Max Mara in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to celebrate the opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Crafted in soft, quality leather, the hallmark of the “Whitney Bag” – as indeed the architectural structure of the building – is its elegant surface, featuring distinctive ribbing that gradually becomes fine lines, directly recalling the steel tie- beamed exterior of the new Whitney Museum. These graphic lines are created using traditional leather craft with innovative industrial techniques. Brass plates are used to mold the strips of leather that are then topstitched together to construct the pattern on the bag. In describing the Whitney Bag, all metal detailing is based on the observation of the structural metal components of the architectural project by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The façade of the building is used as inspiration for the buckles, while the inside pocket and the unmistakable snap hook act as a signature feature of the bag.   “The Whitney bag has been designed to be timeless, and after five years it still represents a modern, elegant and simple way to design, where details and craftsmanship really matter.” Elisabetta Trezzani, partner RPBW.   To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the cult bag has been revived in a special edition version dedicated to the American painter Florine Stettheimer who boasts an important presence at the Whitney. A feminist and activist ante-litteram (1871-1944), Stettheimer’s work “Sun”, created in 1931, inspired the bag’s five new color variants and the design of the floral printed lining. Indeed an anniversary issue, or better yet five, to collect like works of art.   Florine Stettheimer (1871 – 1944) was a pioneer of modern art. A native New Yorker, Stettheimer embraced New York City’s emergent modern art community where she established herself as a painter, poet and theatrical designer. An early feminist, Stettheimer is credited with painting the first female nude self-portrait. She received widespread acclaim for her costume and set designs, notably for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, “Four Saints in Three Acts”. Stettheimer’s avant-garde painting style often focused on societal quirks with her family and friends as the subjects. Her work has been showcased in more than 40 international exhibitions.   The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875– 1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.   To reinvent oneself. To continually renew the message. This is the goal of every artist and every museum. A case in point is the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, founded in 1930 by the sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. A museum that emerged in 2015 as one of the cultural epicenters of downtown New York when it moved into the futuristic Renzo Piano designed building that faces the High Line at 99 Gansevoort Street and is now celebrating its 5th anniversary.   It just happens to be the anniversary shared by another notable icon, the Whitney Bag, created by Max Mara in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to celebrate the opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Crafted in soft, quality leather, the hallmark of the “Whitney Bag” – as indeed the architectural structure of the building – is its elegant surface, featuring distinctive ribbing that gradually becomes fine lines, directly recalling the steel tie- beamed exterior of the new Whitney Museum. These graphic lines are created using traditional leather craft with innovative industrial techniques. Brass plates are used to mold the strips of leather that are then topstitched together to construct the pattern on the bag. In describing the Whitney Bag, all metal detailing is based on the observation of the structural metal components of the architectural project by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The façade of the building is used as inspiration for the buckles, while the inside pocket and the unmistakable snap hook act as a signature feature of the bag.   “The Whitney bag has been designed to be timeless, and after five years it still represents a modern, elegant and simple way to design, where details and craftsmanship really matter.” Elisabetta Trezzani, partner RPBW.   To celebrate its 5th anniversary, the cult bag has been revived in a special edition version dedicated to the American painter Florine Stettheimer who boasts an important presence at the Whitney. A feminist and activist ante-litteram (1871-1944), Stettheimer’s work “Sun”, created in 1931, inspired the bag’s five new color variants and the design of the floral printed lining. Indeed an anniversary issue, or better yet five, to collect like works of art.   Florine Stettheimer (1871 – 1944) was a pioneer of modern art. A native New Yorker, Stettheimer embraced New York City’s emergent modern art community where she established herself as a painter, poet and theatrical designer. An early feminist, Stettheimer is credited with painting the first female nude self-portrait. She received widespread acclaim for her costume and set designs, notably for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, “Four Saints in Three Acts”. Stettheimer’s avant-garde painting style often focused on societal quirks with her family and friends as the subjects. Her work has been showcased in more than 40 international exhibitions.   The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875– 1942), houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.  

DIOR for Fall & Winter 2020-2021
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DIOR for Fall & Winter 2020-2021

Fashion Week “It doesn’t matter where we start from1...” Carla Lonzi, Autoritratto, 1969. Autobiography, self-portrait, story. Associating places, images, words. Freely, with fresh eyes. For this fall-winter 2020- 2021 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri maps out an atlas of emotions through the prism of her teenage diary. Two photos of her mother transport her back to this time in her life, a laboratory brimming with possibilities of what the future may hold. Images reappear, including photos of actresses who served as inspiration for clients of her mother’s couture atelier, as well as for the Creative Director herself, who used fashion as a way of asserting herself, of rebelling, and communicating to others how she wanted to be perceived. Next came other photos from the past that she revisits with her vision today: Germana Marucelli’s studio in Milan, designed by artist Paolo Scheggi; that of Mila Schön by Ugo Mulas and, lastly, portraits of Carla Accardi. This arborescent diagram inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri’s very own The Little Dictionary of Fashion2, with jeans, as well as the checks that Monsieur Dior was so fond of. “I love checks. They can be fancy and simple; elegant and easy; young and always right3.” Checks resurface on an ensemble designed by Marc Bohan: it’s this outfit, with the motif placed on the bias, that inspired the structure of the collection’s skirts. There’s also the pea coat and pleated skirts. Little collars with ties. Black and white. All this is at the heart of a perfectly balanced collection. A polka dot scarf found in the Dior archives serves as the starting point for a series of dresses in various lengths that explore the print’s infinite possibilities. As Christian Dior writes in his The Little Dictionary of Fashion: “I would say the same about dots as about checks. They are lovely, elegant, easy and always in fashion.3” Not to mention fringes, which provide mobile ornamentation on long skirts. Knitwear spans all the wardrobe essentials: sweaters, jackets, skirts, and pants. The show venue was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective, which has exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The museum is also home to the archives of Carla Lonzi, a charismatic figure who was an art critic before committing to the feminist cause. “Io Dico Io – I Say I4”, the title of an upcoming exhibition dedicated to Italian women artists, supported by Dior, becomes the starting point for a series of manifesto-like phrases. Evoking these words in English – “I Say I” – right at the show’s entrance brings to life a story of powerful self-assertion. They are the symbol of a joyful singularity, as well as a creative and collective way of approaching the multiple aspects of feminine subjectivity — and the infinite project that femininity represents.   “It doesn’t matter where we start from1...” Carla Lonzi, Autoritratto, 1969. Autobiography, self-portrait, story. Associating places, images, words. Freely, with fresh eyes. For this fall-winter 2020- 2021 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri maps out an atlas of emotions through the prism of her teenage diary. Two photos of her mother transport her back to this time in her life, a laboratory brimming with possibilities of what the future may hold. Images reappear, including photos of actresses who served as inspiration for clients of her mother’s couture atelier, as well as for the Creative Director herself, who used fashion as a way of asserting herself, of rebelling, and communicating to others how she wanted to be perceived. Next came other photos from the past that she revisits with her vision today: Germana Marucelli’s studio in Milan, designed by artist Paolo Scheggi; that of Mila Schön by Ugo Mulas and, lastly, portraits of Carla Accardi. This arborescent diagram inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri’s very own The Little Dictionary of Fashion2, with jeans, as well as the checks that Monsieur Dior was so fond of. “I love checks. They can be fancy and simple; elegant and easy; young and always right3.” Checks resurface on an ensemble designed by Marc Bohan: it’s this outfit, with the motif placed on the bias, that inspired the structure of the collection’s skirts. There’s also the pea coat and pleated skirts. Little collars with ties. Black and white. All this is at the heart of a perfectly balanced collection. A polka dot scarf found in the Dior archives serves as the starting point for a series of dresses in various lengths that explore the print’s infinite possibilities. As Christian Dior writes in his The Little Dictionary of Fashion: “I would say the same about dots as about checks. They are lovely, elegant, easy and always in fashion.3” Not to mention fringes, which provide mobile ornamentation on long skirts. Knitwear spans all the wardrobe essentials: sweaters, jackets, skirts, and pants. The show venue was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective, which has exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. The museum is also home to the archives of Carla Lonzi, a charismatic figure who was an art critic before committing to the feminist cause. “Io Dico Io – I Say I4”, the title of an upcoming exhibition dedicated to Italian women artists, supported by Dior, becomes the starting point for a series of manifesto-like phrases. Evoking these words in English – “I Say I” – right at the show’s entrance brings to life a story of powerful self-assertion. They are the symbol of a joyful singularity, as well as a creative and collective way of approaching the multiple aspects of feminine subjectivity — and the infinite project that femininity represents.  

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