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August 20 2014

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3 posts tagged "Barbara Kruger"

A Cook And A Collector Mixes Her Passions

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With fashion month nearing a close, London is gearing up for its next big event: the Frieze Art Fair. Valeria Napoleone (pictured, left, wearing an Osman dress), one of London’s most important collectors, got the crowd warmed up for it last night with a dinner at her art-filled Kensington Palace flat, where she and guests like Tom Dixon, Julie Verhoeven, Osman Yousefzada (pictured, right), gallerists Amanda Wilkinson and Kate MacGarry, and Frieze’s Belinda Bowring celebrated the launch of her new Koenig-published book Valeria Napoleone’s Catalogue of Exquisite Recipes.

Napoleone’s culinary prowess is nothing new; unlikely as it may seem for an aristo like herself, she’s long done much of her own cooking. (“My tiramisu is quite famous,” she once bragged to the FT.) Her twin passions are food and art. (Fashion is a close third, and she’s been active in areas that combine it with art, serving on the judging panel of the MaxMara Art Prize for Women.) And food and art come together in the new book, which includes works by artists including Goshka Macuga, Pamela Fraser, and Monika Baer—women all. The unifying theme of her collection is its feminist slant: She collects only works by women artists.

“I didn’t start off thinking, ‘Oh, I am only going to collect art from women,’ ” she explained over herbed veal and polenta (her own recipes). “No, it all started for me in the late nineties when I went to New York and women like Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger were doing these amazing things. I was fascinated and noticed they were very underrepresented in galleries and in the press, so that was the moment it all happened. I have not looked back since.”

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They Wish They All Could Be California Artists

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New York tends to think of itself as the art capital of the U.S. That it may be—but it’s getting a little competition from Los Angeles, which, not too long ago, poached one of NYC’s most respected gallerists, Jeffrey Deitch, to direct its Museum of Contemporary Art. And for his new show at MOCA, The Artist’s Museum, he’s drawing on L.A.’s own resources—namely, the work of area artists, both established and emerging. Longtime art supporters Lubov and Max Azria hosted a fête for the new show (set to run through January) last night at their L.A. home. “I think for a long time MOCA has been pushed to the side. But if you look at the Whitney Biennial, so many of those artists are from California,” Lubov explained. “California always has something different to say than New York, so to see so many of the newer and established artists together—and in my own home—is incredible.”

The crowd included fashionable Angelenas, including transplanted New Yorkers like Eva Amurri and Jessica Joffe, as well as artists Barbara Kruger, Kenny Scharf, and Bill Viola. “Los Angeles is a creative capital, and so this is where a lot of the ambitious and creative people want to be,” Deitch said of the art/fashion overlap (both at the party and at the show, which is sponsored by BCBG). “What’s so exciting is that the creative people in these different fields are now connecting with one another.”

Photo: Courtesy of BCBG

L.A. Eyeworks: 30 Years Young

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“A face is like a work of art. It deserves a great frame.” That’s the trademark tag that West Coast optical brand l.a. Eyeworks has used for the past 30 years under the many famous faces in its iconic campaigns. They started with Go-Go Belinda Carlisle in 1979 and through the years have featured Andy Warhol, Sharon Stone, John Waters, Amy Sedaris, Divine, and RuPaul—a diverse and talented cast of characters who have all had some deeper connection to the brand. “Many of the stars in the campaign are the result of an organic relationship,” insists Gai Gherardi, who co-founded the label with Barbara McReynolds. But their 30th birthday isn’t all nostalgia and glancing backward. Their special birthday box set of limited-edition cleaning cloths, out in September, involves a new creative crew: artists Gary Panter, Catherine Opie, and Barbara Kruger.

Photo: Courtesy of l.a. Eyeworks