17 posts tagged "Frieze Art Fair"
Art fairs like Frieze are glamorous occasions for wealthy collectors and casual browsers of fine art, but for the gallery directors and sales teams working the show floor, it can be a grueling experience—exhausting days filled with endless banter and always being “on” despite having a skull-splitting hangover from last night’s parties. For those poor souls, Alexandra Chemla, the 27-year-old founder of ArtBinder, has dreamed up this Art Fair Survival Kit, debuting here today exclusively on Style.com. The limited-edition kit, done in collaboration with the artist Deborah Kass, premieres for Frieze Art Fair 2014 at Fivestory. All proceeds from the sale of the kits will go to Free Arts NYC, which promotes arts education to underserved children and families. Among the goodies you’ll find inside: blister Band-Aids, Listerine breath strips, an iPhone charger, Kiehl’s lip balm and eye cream, Purell, Advil, and—for those who can find time for sleep—a Kass-designed “Enough Already” eye mask.
For Visionaire No. 56 SOLAR (originally published in 2009), the NYC-based art and fashion pub developed a special UV-sensitive ink that changed black-and-white images to color when exposed to direct sunlight. Visionaire is reviving the SOLAR ink for a special collection of T-shirts in collaboration with Gap, which will be available at this year’s Frieze Art Fair, where Gap is operating an outdoor retail space designed by the architects Leong Leong.
“Since we knew the collection was coming out in May, our immediate inspiration was summer, color, and sun,” says Cecilia Dean, Visionaire cofounder.
The T-shirts feature artwork by Alex Katz, Yoko Ono, Richard Phillips, Ugo Rondinone, Peter Lindbergh, François Berthoud, and Roe Ethridge, some of which were published in Visionaire. When exposed to direct sunlight, the black-and-white prints on the tees turn to color—seen here in GIFs.
As with any sensible collaboration, this collection benefits both sides. “This is a great partnership,” says Rebekka Bay, Gap’s creative director. “[The collection] intersects fashion and art and allows a broader audience the opportunity to experience both brands.”
The T-shirts will be available in key global Gap flagship stores, select Visionaire retailers, Gap Boxpark in London, Gap White Space in Tokyo, and Gap White Space in New York, which will be dedicated to the Visionaire partnership from May 9-18.
E-commerce site Yoox.com has partnered with countless big-name designers and style icons, ranging from Waris Ahluwalia to Iris Apfel. As of today, the brand is adding art into the fold, launching with over 50 artists as well as some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums. “It’s an idea I’ve had for some time now,” Yoox Group founder and CEO Federico Marchetti tells Style.com. “It was only natural our next step would be to focus on art. Additionally, the art world has evolved and buyers are keen to access art online—it’s on their radar now.” As Marchetti describes it, Yoox is offering a one-stop shop for the art-inclined, where you can check the latest art world news, browse through contemporary works, learn about the artists, and buy the pieces.
For the launch, Yoox has exclusive works by two of the art world’s most venerable talents, Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst. Perry, for his part, did a boxed set of table maps (entitled The Vanity of Small Differences). The Hirst contributions are two small-scale versions of his renowned Anatomy of an Angel sculpture. As for who’s up next, Marchetti remains tight-lipped. “We can’t unveil just yet what’s coming next, but rest assured, this is just the beginning of an exciting new adventure into the world of contemporary art,” he says. They also plan on expanding their support of emerging artists in the near future. In the meantime, art aficionados can get in on the action at the Frieze Art Fair in London via Yoox (a supporter of this year’s Frieze Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park). He explains: “Visitors to art at Yoox.com will have the chance to visit the exhibition from anywhere in the world. Thanks to a specially created interactive video tour of the garden, they can stroll though the manicured lawns, stop and walk around each sculpture, and enjoy behind-the-scenes info on the works, all from home, without having to brave the English weather!” And who doesn’t like the sound of that? Style.com has a first look at the work from Perry and Hirst, here. Visit Yoox.com now to get a full look at the new-launched art sector.
Grey Area founders Kyle DeWoody and Manish Vora launched their gallery with the mission of blending art and design with functionality. Their latest exhibition, Body Art: A Jewelry Show, now on display at their Soho showroom, is a perfect extension of their unordinary approach. “Body Art is the culmination of a year of sourcing artist-designed or artfully designed pieces for Grey Area,” DeWoody tells Style.com of the jewelry exhibit, showcasing an eclectic mix of pieces from over 30 artist-slash-designers, including Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen (the duo is a growing force to be reckoned with in the accessories market), Italian designer Monica Castiglioni, and Elyse Graham of Elephant Heart. “So many artists seemed to be exploring jewelry as a medium for expressing their creativity, translating their work into a wearable and more accessible form, and as such it has been a successful area for us,” she adds.
Just as on their e-commerce site, which they launched last summer, all of the items on display are for sale, ranging from Anndra Neen’s handcrafted mixed-metals pieces to visual artist Michele Oka Doner’s cast sterling silver Cul-de-Sac clutch to Shelter Serra’s homage to the ultimate status watch, the Fake Roley (coming in at just $40, while the Cul-de-Sac reaches $18,000). Some of the works are new pieces by artists they have been working with for a while, like Dallas-based designer and sculptor Deborah Mullen, and others are just making their Grey Area debut with this show. “Highlights are hard to say as I’m obsessed with it all, but I’m very excited about our newest additions by Chris Platt. He makes extremely interesting pieces out of steel, creating value in the shapes and forms he creates, not the materials he uses,” says DeWoody. Up next for the art insider: She’s headed to London to install a shop, called Bad for Me, within her mom Beth Rudin DeWoody’s show Bad for You, opening October 9 at Shizaru Gallery to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair.
Body Art: A Jewelry Show runs through October 19 at Grey Area, 547 Broadway, NYC, (212) 941-6400. To shop the items in Body Art, visit ShopGreyArea.com.
Since his retirement from the world of fashion, Helmut Lang has devoted himself full-time to art—often art that devotes itself to literally tearing up his fashion. For his latest show, the archive seems a bit safer from the scissors; the more than 20 new pieces in Helmut Lang: Sculptures, opening May 5 in New York, are mostly created from rubber, foam, plaster, sheepskin, and tar. Co-curated by Mark Fletcher—recently honored at the Art Production Fund’s annual gala—and Neville Wakefield, the show features both wall-hung works and freestanding monochrome sculptures, which Lang describes as his most figurative work yet. Judge for yourself, left. And if you’re inclined to make a weekend of it, the first New York installment of London’s Frieze Art Fair arrives that same weekend, erecting what its founders claim is the largest temporary structure ever built on Randall’s Island, complete with a pop-up art world hangout (that’d be a Sant Ambroeus café) and parties thrown by Mulberry and Net-a-Porter.
Helmut Lang: Sculptures runs May 5 through June 15 at 24 Washington Square North, NYC. Frieze Art Fair runs May 4 through 7 on Randall’s Island, NYC; for more information, visit friezeartfair.com.