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July 29 2014

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8 posts tagged "Larry Gagosian"

Bono, Ive, and Newson Paint the Town (Red)

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Bono“Welcome to the fine art of separating people from their money,” joked Bono at the Saturday-night opening of Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s auction for Project (RED)—the seven-year-old charity dedicated to fighting HIV and AIDS in Africa. “The amount of money we raise tonight is important—it pays for lifesaving pills—but tonight is also about [generating] heat and excitement,” the rock-star-cum-philanthropist told Style.com. “We really could see the beginning of the end of AIDS in the next couple years, but only if we keep concentration.”

Held at Sotheby’s, the [Project] (RED) auction drew the likes of Harrison Ford, Helena Christensen, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Misha Nonoo, and a few regulars such as Larry Gagosian and Peter Brant. Indeed, the bidders brought the heat, raising over $26 million—in a matter of hours—for the fund. Predictions had forecast closer to $2 million.

“People don’t know who they are!” exclaimed Bono of Ive—the man behind the iPod, iPhone and Mac Pro Air—and famed industrial designer Newson. “These are people who changed the world, and these are two of the most important artists and designers in the world—they really like to do difficult things. This is their drug of choice.”

An Ive-and-Newson-customized Steinway went for $1.92 million—but not before Chris Martin took the stage to pound out “Beautiful Day,” with Bono on vocals (“Just to see if it works,” quipped Martin). Christy Turlington modeled a pink ruffled Azzedine Alaïa—”Just so we’re clear, we’re bidding on the dress,” joked the auctioneer. And a few items—a razor-thin, polished-steel desk ($1.7 million), a pair of solid rose-gold Apple EarPods ($380,000)—were designed specifically by Ive and Newson for the event.

A raucous party, with performances by Nile Rodgers (“Le Freak,” anyone?), Angélique Kidjo, and Bono and the Edge followed the auction. “By the time I wanted to bid, the prices were already too high!” shared André Saraiva from his post near the very well-stocked bar. Tough luck for Mr. André, but at least he was priced out for a very good cause.

Photo: Getty Images

How Much Is That Sculpture in the Window?

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Bottega Window

Long a champion of fusing art and fashion, Bottega Veneta unveiled a new—and bold-faced—cross-industry display at its Fifth Avenue flagship today: a window installation featuring a trio of the house’s Fall ’13 looks alongside two select works by the late artist John Chamberlain.

On loan from Gagosian Gallery (a first-of-its-kind endeavor for the famed dealer Larry Gagosian), Chamberlain’s EMPIREMICROPHONE and COLONELGARGLE—a set of crushed, chrome-plated sculptures—flank three of designer Tomas Maier’s richly hued Fall ’13 frocks. Both Chamberlain and Maier drew upon assemblage—the mid-century style in which artists retaliated against abstract minimalism by focusing more on materiality and physicality (for example, Chamberlain is most often recognized for his works containing parts of junked automobiles)—when creating their displayed works.

Maier, though, also specifically referenced an offshoot of this moment, dubbed Arte Povera, in which a dozen or so Italian artists worked with preindustrial and decidedly more sustainable components such as rocks, paper, and rope. The effect—especially on these dresses, which feature regenerated and punched-through silk-wool blends in eye-popping autumnal palettes—gives the term mash-up a whole new meaning.

The windows will be on display at Bottega Veneta’s 699 Fifth Avenue store through September 17.

Photo: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta

Louis Vuitton Partners With Italian Film School, Second Round Of Versace For H&M Sold Out On the First Day, And More…

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Louis Vuitton has formed a three-year partnership with Italy’s oldest film school, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Italian National Film School), in an effort to “perpetuate handcrafted artistry.” For the first year of the relationship, there will be a costume workshop focusing on the design of the late seventeenth century. [WWD]

If you thought you were going to get your hands on the latest Versace for H&M collection, think again. Following the insane buzz surrounding Donatella’s first round of designs for the brand, the second collection debuted online and in Europe today and guess what? It’s reportedly already sold out. [Huff Po]

Art titan Larry Gagosian is being sued for over $14 million for allegedly selling off two pieces of art that he “had no right to sell.” According to the complaint, Gagosian bought a Roy Lichtenstein work from the artist’s “Girl in Mirror”series without the owner’s consent from her son, and now the original owner is contesting the purchase and Gagosian’s sale of the art. [Page Six]

To mark the 190th anniversary of the invention of the chronograph, Montblanc joined forces with director Wim Wenders on a film contest. Contenders have until tomorrow to upload their one-second video or share a “compilation of the clips” on www.montblanconesecond.com. [WWD]

Photo: Huff Po

Victoria Beckham Branches Out, Facchinetti’s Back In Fashion, Adventures In Uncool Clubbing, And More…

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Ladies looking to add more Posh to their wardrobe will be happy to know that Victoria Beckham is launching a diffusion line, Victoria by Victoria. The singer-turned-designer’s newest dress collection, launching Spring 2012 at a starting price point of $550, is softer and less structured than she’s done in the past. [WWD]

Rumors that she’d join Tom Ford have followed Alessandra Facchinetti since she left Valentino in 2008, but today brings news of a different venture. The Italian designer is teaming up with Pietro Negra, the co-founder of Pinko, for a new line called Uniqueness. [WWD]

Legendary art dealer Larry Gagosian’s massive collection of priceless artwork nearly went up in flames the other night when a fire started in his kitchen. Miraculously, the 50 firefighters that put out the fire in Gagosian’s mansion in the Hamptons managed to save all of the artwork from water or fire damage—and one very large flat-screen television. [Page Six]

And is “cool” over? The Times charts the rise of club culture in non-club spaces, like Madame Wong’s and China Chalet (both, by day, middling Chinese restaurants). Why now? “I’m so tired of places that are cool,” The Journal‘s Michael Nevin told the paper. Is it once again hip to be square? [NYT]

Photo: Nick Harvey/Getty Images

Cynthia Rowley Knockoffs, On Sale Cheap—By Cynthia Rowley

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“The product of a runway show is really a photograph,” Cynthia Rowley remarked last night at the launch of her new capsule collection for gallerist Larry Gagosian’s Gagosian Shop. “Yes, it’s great to experience the show in person, but what you’re left with is an image, with a front and a back. And within hours, those images are public. I thought, why should people wait six months to buy this? I’ll make it available now.” So she took a page from Duchamp and Warhol and appropriated herself. Using photographs of the fronts and backs of her highly textured Fall 2010 designs, presented only hours earlier, Rowley created her own reproductions—literally printed, cut out, sewn together again, and ready to purchase. Even bags were re-created as printed totes. “I am really eager to see what else we can re-create as a print,” says Rowley. “Jewelry? Underwear? Shoes, even? Why not in the future?”

In the spirit of immediacy, Rowley’s Fall 2010 doppelgänger “installation” collection is already available in limited quantities at Gagosian Shop. A “copy” of a runway dress will run you about $320, less than Rowley’s usual price point. Rowley also encourages DIY types to buy the uncut fabric bolts, which cost $280, and simply cut out and sew together the designs yourself, making the entire designer-to-client exchange excitingly interactive. So long to the proverbial middleman (or woman, in this case). You can even pick up a Rowley tag to sew right in.

Gagosian Shop is at 980 Madison Ave., NYC, (212) 744-2313.

Photo: Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan