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The State Of Texas Vs. Prada Marfa


Prada Marfa

Even if you’ve never seen Prada Marfa—and unless you’ve made a pilgrimage to rural Texas’ unlikely outpost of conceptual art, you probably haven’t—you’ve no doubt heard of it. The eerie adobe installation in the middle of the Texas desert was created by the artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset in 2005. Though it is made to resemble a store, it is arguably more of a sculpture, given that it’s not open for business (or open at all—the doors are permanently locked). And it is not an official Prada location, though Elmgreen and Dragset did receive the company’s permission to use the logo, and the house donated Prada bags and shoes for the windows, albeit bottomless bags and only right shoes to prevent looting.

Most critics see Prada as a comment of sorts on consumer culture. Is it also an advertisement for a luxury brand? That’s what the Texas Department of Transportation is now arguing. And for that reason, the installation is in jeopardy of being removed.

“According to law, Prada Marfa is considered outdoor advertising, and a state license and permit are required. Prada Marfa does not have either of those,” said Texas Department of Transportation representative Veronica Beyer. “Obviously we appreciate artwork, and we enjoy seeing it across our beautiful state. But like all other outdoor signs, we have to make sure that they follow federal and state law,” she continued. “The real big issue here is that 10 percent of our federal transportation funding is tied to us following these laws. We are at risk of losing 10 percent of federal highway funding—which is huge for Texas.” When asked if the federal government had actually made any such threat, Beyer responded, “We need to check that out for you.” Continue Reading “The State Of Texas Vs. Prada Marfa” »

Art Sprouts in Montauk


Anya Kielar's Installation

A six-foot-tall, pentagonal sculpture made entirely of salt; a classic pickup truck dropped on concrete blocks; and a web of gauzy, tie-dyed tapestries printed with wires, bras, and a slew of household items that hang from the trees (above)—these are the three works made by artists Olympia Scarry, Virginia Overton, and Anya Kielar, respectively, for Pop Up 1: Montauk, a monthlong show opening this evening in an abandoned lot by the beach in Montauk. The exhibition is a part of Art Production Fund’s ongoing project to bring art to public spaces, and is curated by gallerist Fabiola Beracasa in association with the New Museum’s Gary Carrion-Murayari and Joyce Sitterly.

“Coming from a gallery background, I found that one of the more interesting aspects of gallery life was the fact that every time we put up a new show, it was basically public art,” explained Beracasa, who lives in the house next to the exhibition site. This new installation takes this community aspect to the next level, placing the works directly in a natural environment to be “shared by the community—and weathered on this kind of wild, forest-y plot of land.”

That the pieces are made entirely by female artists is an added—and unexpected—bonus. “We just came across the three [artists] that felt really right for the space,” said Beracasa. “The irony is that it turned out to be three women—which was not our intention at all—but it’s a really amazing thing, because that never happens.”

Pop Up 1: Montauk will be on view at 333 Old Montauk Highway, Thursdays through Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m. until September 8.

Photo: Anya Kielar’s Lines#2, 2013, Courtesy Art Production Fund



If today’s sunny New York weather is any indication, summer’s just around the corner. And Tommy Hilfiger is well-prepared for the warm days ahead. On May 15, the designer will launch a his and hers Surf Shack capsule, which consists of punchy beach-ready wares in shades of fuchsia, cherry, citrus, lime, and aqua. Highlights include easy denim shirts, brightly hued wedges, a cheeky little sky-blue romper, a series of swimsuits, and a clutch shaped like a surfboard. Speaking of surfboards, Hilfiger teamed with the Art Production Fund and commissioned artists Lola Schnabel, Richard Phillips (above), Raymond Pettibon, Scott Campbell, and Gary Simmons to design limited-edition boards, all of which will hit stores alongside the capsule. Perhaps considering those who are more inclined to soak up rays than ride waves, Hilfiger also collaborated with CocoCozy on some graphic pillows. Where else would style-conscious beachgoers rest their bronzed heads?



Yoko Ono’s bringing her Imagine Peace anti-violence initiative to London just in time for the Olympic Games. For the 12-week-long London 2012 Festival (starting June 21), Ono translated her Imagine Peace message into 24 different languages, and it will appear on the London Live Sites screens, along with screens at Victoria Park, Hyde Park, and Art on the Underground/Canary Wharf, paired with John Lennon’s 1971 iconic “Imagine.” As part of the project, Art Production Fund (the presenter of Ono’s art installation project) will be selling Imagine Peace items under the artist-designed Works on Whatever (WOW) line at Selfridges. Here, has a first look at the limited-edition Imagine Peace towel ($95; there’s also a water bottle, $28) going on sale at the department store June 21 and online at

Photo: James Ewing / Courtesy of Art Production Fund

Artists And Labels: The Continuing Story


If Marc builds it, they will come. The contemporary artist/fashion label complex, that is, which Jacobs sent to new heights with his accessory collaborations with Louis Vuitton. Yes, artists and designers had collaborated before—including Dalí and Schiaparelli way back when—but the runaway success of Louis Vuitton’s Murakami bags (and the follow-up Richard Prince “joke” bags) has given contemporary artists a new form to play with and, just as importantly, a new revenue stream. The latest is the conceptual art star Jenny Holzer, who’s teaming up with Keds to create kicks this summer. (Artist’s canvas, taken literally.) The high-top and low-top styles are emblazoned with PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT, a phrase from Holzer’s text series Survival. They’ll be available online and at select Bloomingdale’s locations in July. The footwear brand is giving back to the art world, too: Keds is sponsoring the Whitney’s summer season.
$70 to $75, available at select Bloomingdale’s locations and beginning July 8.

PLUS: Click below for a few of our favorite recent art/fashion collabs. Continue Reading “Artists And Labels: The Continuing Story” »