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10 posts tagged "MoCA"

Takashi Murakami’s California Dreams


Takashi Murakami has had a big week in L.A. On Tuesday, the artist premiered Jellyfish Eyes—his first live-action-meets-CGI feature film—at MOCA. And last night, he bowed an exhibition of new paintings and sculpture at Blum & Poe. Built on the ideas he presented for Ego, his 2012 exhibit in Qatar, the show—titled Arhat—includes scaled paintings, wall-mounted sculptures, and steel sculptures that combine his signature slick pop with newer self-referential themes. “Before, I saw how consumers know Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, and I worked in the same place,” Murakami said of his previous collections. But it was the 2011 tsunami that deeply affected his work—and ultimately elicited a shift. “I totally stepped back from the mainstream and really was focusing personally and on identity.”

Guests such as Co’s Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern, Benedikt Taschen, and Eva and Michael Chow toasted the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery—and his first major presentation in the U.S. in over four years. Peter Pilotto, in town for the British Fashion Council’s London Show Rooms, expressed a particularly keen appreciation for the artist’s creations. “It’s all about craft; we always look super closely at the techniques and how he does it,” he said, marveling at the intense, intricate artistry in each piece. And as a fellow lover of graphic prints, one might say he and Murakami are kindred spirits. “When you see those paintings, you really have to get into them. There is so much information—I really analyze it.”

Arhat runs from April 13 through May 25 at Blum & Poe, 2727 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034, 310-836-2062.

Photos: Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images

“Core” Strength


Björk’s music videos tend to skate closer to art films than to the usual MTV fare, so no surprise that her latest—”Mutual Core,” from her album Biophilia—is premiering at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art. The Icelandic avant-popster worked with the L.A.-based director Andrew Thomas Huang, whose short film Solipsist won special mention at Cannes. For “Mutual Core,” the duo set the earth in motion—literally. Shot over two days in Iceland, the video depicts the singer as a sorceress commanding rocks to come up out of the ground and collide with each other.

“I thought of it as a parallel between how much pressure and energy it takes for two tectonic plates to push together and form a mutual core,” Huang said of the concept. “It takes that same amount of effort to bring two people together.” And the core’s center, the sorceress herself, with garb to match. “We needed a textural look for this rocky universe that she was in,” Huang said. He ultimately decided on a dress from London designer Michael van der Ham. “He works in a lot of collage and it’s just my palette,” Huang explained. Not to be outdone, Björk added her own finishing touch: an out-of-this-world blue wig.

“Mutual Core” screens for free all day today at L.A. MOCA, 250 South Grand Ave., L.A., and online tomorrow at MOCAtv.

Postcard From L.A.: A Weekend Of Openings With Laure Heriard Dubreuil And Aaron Young


The Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil and fiancé Aaron Young were in L.A. for the weekend for the opening of two shows featuring Young’s art: No Fucking Way, his solo show at The Company Gallery, and Rebel, the James Franco-curated homage to Rebel Without a Cause at MOCA. (For more on Rebel, check out our coverage of the opening party and our Q&A with Franco.) Laure sent back a few shots from her trip, which included plenty of art, plenty of parties, and (naturally) a little L.A. vintage shopping. Throughout, Dubreuil wears a dress by The Webster for Target. She’s encouraging readers to email photos of themselves wearing the collection to

Aaron and I arrived in L.A. on Friday morning for Aaron’s openings: a solo one at The Company on Friday night and a group one at MOCA on Saturday. We stayed at the Chateau Marmont, which is a key place this particular weekend, as it is basically the set for Saturday’s Rebel show at MOCA. It didn’t hurt that they had the latest Porsche convertible to rent for the weekend, either.

Aaron’s solo show at The Company Gallery is called No Fucking Way and it’s about what he calls “tragic girls that have all been acting in their lives one way or another” (he jokes that it’s site-specific to L.A.). All the paintings are in the colors of the American flag and the canvases are the shape of folded flags. He painted women like Heidi Montag after all of her plastic surgeries posing in an American flag bikini, and Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan posing wrapped up in the flag before the pipe beating incident. After Aaron’s opening, we all went to the opening of Paul and Damon McCarthy’s Rebel Dabble Babble, a continuation of their pieces from James Franco’s Rebel show at MOCA. After that, it was downtown to UMAMIcatessen for a truffle burger before calling it a night.

Saturday morning we went to the MOCA space for Aaron’s press conference and interviews (he was wearing his The Webster at Target T-shirt for good luck!). We met up with James Franco, who curated the show. He told me he wanted to collaborate with artists he looks up to, who have dealt with film in their careers: Paul McCarthy and Aaron; there was Harmony Korine, Ed Ruscha, Terry Richardson, and Douglas Gordon. Continue Reading “Postcard From L.A.: A Weekend Of Openings With Laure Heriard Dubreuil And Aaron Young” »

Dior Pearl Pinball, McQueen Portrait Finds A Home, Andy Hilfiger’s Rock Shop, And More…


This is our type of game: Dior pinball with pearls. In Arcade Couture: Mise en Dior, a video debuting on Nowness today, the game has been reimagined with a focus on the brand’s signature Mise en Dior necklace, “to show, in a light and fun way, the richness and savoir faire of Dior,” says Dior jewelry designer Camille Miceli. [Nowness]

For the first time in the U.K., a portrait of Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow is on display at the National Portrait Gallery, thanks to financial help from McQueen and Daphne Guinness. The photo by David LaChapelle, Burning Down the House, originally appeared in a 1996 issue of Vanity Fair. [Vogue U.K.]

Andy Hilfiger is rocking and rolling a new pop-up shop into the former CBGB’s Gallery on Bowery Street today. The three-month shop, called RIFF, has everything from clothes inspired by Steven Tyler to Guns N’ Roses memorabilia. [WWD]

The latest addition to this year’s annual MOCA gala, featuring An Artist’s Life Manifesto by Marina Abramovic, is a performance by Debbie Harry. Blondie follows in the footsteps of musicians like Kanye West and Lady Gaga, who both performed at past MOCA bashes. [Hint]

Exclusive: Liz Taylor Collection Debuts In L.A.


“We really didn’t have to second-guess where to start the American tour, it had to be Los Angeles,” Brett Sherlock of Christie’s tells, referring to the tightly edited collection of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, couture, and select movie memorabilia that makes its U.S. debut at L.A.’s MOCA on Thursday. After basking in its rightful Hollywood glory, the Christie’s exhibition will continue a two-month-long world tour ending at Christie’s New York with a two-week-long auction.

Dubbed as the greatest jewelry collection that the auction house has ever had the honor of presenting, the public display provides a very exacting window into the private life of the Hollywood icon. Set against the somewhat stark contemporary space, the lots are displayed in their simplest form, viewable from all angles though Plexiglas: Two of Taylor’s Academy Awards are on display, as are her framed Warhol print, Dior full-length evening gowns, her namesake 33-carat diamond ring (estimated to rake in $3.5 million when it goes on the chopping block in December), an inscribed flat diamond, and countless others.

“This is the highest-profile auction we do,” Sherlock said. “We’ve given over our entire Rockefeller Center headquarters for this 2,000-item event.” Excitement over the tour and auction is already causing sellout crowds and forcing organizers to extend hours to meet the demand. No surprise there—Liz always knew how to draw a crowd.

Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s