April 20 2014

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11 posts tagged "Chiara Clemente"

First Look: A MAGAZINE Curated By Giambattista Valli


Some people dream of opening their own boutique. Some people dream about editing their own magazine. Giambattista Valli gets to do both: Valli (left) is the guest editor of issue No. 10 of A MAGAZINE, which will launch in tandem with the opening of his first store, in Paris this November. Following designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Riccardo Tisci, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler onto the Belgian pub’s masthead, Valli has conceived his issue of A MAGAZINE as an extended essay on the topic “What is beauty?” Work by Chiara Clemente, Nan Goldin, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Avedon, and the late Corinne Day will help him answer that question. The print magazine launches in late November, but impatient Valli fans can get a look at the online edition on October 10. To tide them over in the meantime, Valli prepared a special “scrapbook” collage of inspiration images, seen here (below) for the first time.

Photos: Kate Barry (Valli portrait); Courtesy of A MAGAZINE

Give Pamela Love A Hug When You See Her Tonight


Pamela Love did not have a good day yesterday. The jewelry designer was loading out materials for her installation at Milk & MAC, which opened today, and wound up knocking out a water main and flooding her basement in two feet of water. Shortly after the plumber arrived, Love was informed by her boyfriend that her cat had fainted. “I mean, uccccch,” Love said this afternoon, getting the bad news out of the way. “I have to rush the cat to the vet, I’ve got musical equipment in my basement that’s just destroyed…Yesterday was pretty much the worst day of my life, ever. So this,” she added, “better be the best day, to make up for it.” Love will be getting plenty of hugs tonight—pals such as Olivier Zahm, Chiara Clemente, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld are expected to come by for cocktails in the goth-hippie encampment Love has set up on Milk’s second floor. The jewelry displayed therein shows Love elaborating on a variety of signature pieces from seasons past—she’s made her claw bracelet into earrings that look like hoops gripping the lobe, for example, and modularized her heishi bead bracelets (lock two together to make a choker, six to make a belt, etc.). Love is also debuting a collaboration with the brand Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons at the show and has recruited two of her buddies to design poster art befitting its music festival vibe. “Seriously, thank God for my friends,” Love commented. “I really just want to have a good time with everyone tonight. I mean, one night. I have to take my cat to the neurologist tomorrow.”

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Recessionista: Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve


What: Limited-edition T-shirts by Marika Thunder Nuss, $40

Why: At Wednesday night’s opening party for Partners & Spade—Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti’s stream-of-consciousness store that doubles as their design firm headquarters—we browsed for something thrifty amid the random, tightly curated collections of other people’s stuff. Assorted mini staplers, Lehman Brothers paraphernalia, and used artists’ palettes were all for sale. While some of the prices were gallery caliber ($350 for the palettes), we did find something that was cash-and-carry: budding 10-year-old artist Marika Thunder Nuss’ playful T-shirts. When she’s not living the life of a brooding downtown visionary with a current show at Half Gallery (no, seriously), Nuss goes back to her full-time job as Rita Ackermann’s daughter. Based on the party crush—we spotted Cynthia Rowley, Waris, and Chiara Clemente among the browsers—you might want to make your way to Partners & Spade ASAP. Each T-shirt style is a limited edition.

Where: Partners & Spade, 40 Great Jones St., NYC, (646) 861-2827.

Chiara Clemente Has Now Lived Six Lives


Chiara Clemente will happily volunteer that she’s spent much of her life in the shadow of her father, painter Francesco Clemente. But now the daughter is making her own light: This week, Chiara debuts her first feature film, Our City Dreams, at Manhattan’s Film Forum. A documentary exploring the experiences of five renowned female artists—Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, and Nancy Spero—Our City Dreams is both a window on five eclectic lives and a group portrait of one kind of life, that of the New York artist. Closely observed, beautifully shot and scored, and often moving, Our City Dreams easily earns the acclaim it received on the festival circuit last year. But the feedback she most appreciates comes from her own artist pals. “People have told me that the film makes them feel good about what they do and inspires them to get back to it,” Clemente says. “I couldn’t ask for any better response.” Our City Dreams is at Film Forum through February 17; dates in other cities are soon to be announced. (Click here to see the trailer.) And later this year, the doc will air on the Sundance Channel. In the meantime, Clemente talks to about overcoming her allergy to New York, why it doesn’t have to be your birthday for the party to be a surprise, and how being a documentary filmmaker is like having split-personality disorder.

I’m going to ask why you chose to focus solely on female artists, but first, I’m wondering what made you decide to center Our City Dreams on artists in New York?

There’s sort of a long answer to that. I grew up in New York, and I think, when you grow up here, you either feel like you can never leave the city, or the second you can, you get out. I was one of those. When I was 18, I took off for L.A., and I really thought I’d never come back. It was like, see ya, bye. And after L.A. I went to Rome and was working there. Maybe three years into living in Rome I began to realize I had more New Yorker in me than I’d ever admitted to myself. So I came back. All told, I was gone about eight years. That may not seem like such a long time, but I left a child and I returned as an adult. I need to rediscover New York. And the easiest way to that, it seemed to me, was through a camera lens. What I mean is—I knew I wanted to create a portrait of New York before I knew anything else about this film. Because I’d been working with artists and filming artists in Italy, telling the city’s story through an artist’s eyes felt like the right thing.

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dvf unleashes her inner wonder woman


“I always loved Wonder Woman—way before I knew her name was Diane,” said Diane von Furstenberg at the in-store launch of her new Wonder Woman-inspired Holiday collection and original DC Comics book. The RTW included dresses with stars splashed across the front and wrap dresses with kaleidoscope prints, while the more literal Wonder Woman T-shirts and leather totes (made in conjunction with Warner Bros.) will have their proceeds go to Vital Voices—a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women worldwide. “My daughter doesn’t know Wonder Woman like I do,” said Rachel Roy, while flipping through the comic charting the fictional adventures of Diva, Viva, and Fifa alongside essays by Lynda Carter and Gloria Steinem. “She’s eight and she really likes Shrek, High School Musical, and Miley Cyrus. I don’t know if she has what I had in terms of a superhero. I guess she has Mom.” Chiara Clemente, on the other hand, sees Wonder Woman rebirthed time and time again. “I just spent two years of my life following five extraordinary artists in my new film. I think they all show Wonder Woman sides. You can just see their strength,” she says, before pointing out the obvious superheroine in the room. “Of course, Diane is the present-day Wonder Woman!”

Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images