9 posts tagged "Whitney Museum"
Perennial art world heavyweight? Sure. But this summer in particular, New York City finds itself basking in the throes of Koonsmania. Yesterday a cadre of bold-faced names turned out for Larry Gagosian’s summer luncheon feting the artist’s colossal Split-Rocker sculpture, which will preside over Rockefeller Center till September. On Friday, a massive Koons retrospective bows at the Whitney, the last-ever exhibit in the Breuer-designed Madison Avenue space before the institution decamps to downtown. And July 17 sees the opening of H&M’s Fifth Avenue megastore, a 57,000-square-foot museum-inspired space. The retailer, which has lent its sponsorship to the Whitney’s survey, plans to wrap its new digs in a giant Koons balloon dog graphic—to say nothing of that certain-to-sell-out purse.
At this week’s Whitney preview, Koons waxed nostalgic about the significance of the old space: “I think the Whitney has always been a museum that’s been inviting to artists. It’s let artists know that it’s really here as a platform for them to experience art, get a better understanding of the possibilities of art.” As to his first thoughts on having the last word? “When the museum asked me to have an exhibition, and they said they wanted me to close the first building, I thought, Close the Breuer? Shouldn’t I maybe be opening the new museum? But the more I thought about it, it was just really perfect to be able to have that last exhibition here in this space because it’s such a fantastic architectural museum for art. This is just an ideal moment. I feel such a sense of comfort in having the exhibition here. It’s perfect.”
Below, Koons shares with us his holy trinity of memories from the Breuer-designed fortress on Madison Avenue.
1. “The Whitney Biennials! I remember staying in the museum for twenty-four hours one time, sleeping in the museum, installing an equilibrium tank for one of the Biennials that I was involved with.”
2. “In 1974, when I came here as a young student—I would’ve been, I guess, 18 years of age—and I followed Jim Nutt. It had a very large impact on me, and I ended up changing art schools—I moved from Maryland Institute College of Art to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago so that I’d be able to study with Jim. He was our sabbatical lead, but I think I had him as a teacher only once. But I was able to work very closely with some of the people around Jim, so seeing that exhibition here was very, very moving to me.”
3. “I met H.C. Westermann [when] he had a retrospective here at the Whitney. I met him out front. He came and he had on a cowboy suit and cowboy boots. He was very, very generous.”
The Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collaboration hits stores today, just two days before the artist’s retrospective opens at the Whitney Museum in New York City. In honor of Kusama’s striking polka-dot design printed on pajama sets, trenchcoats, and accessories, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite items from J.Crew, Comme des Garçons, Current/Elliott, and more to hit the spot right now.
1. Madewell T-shirt, $45, available at www.madewell.com
2. J.Crew pants, $120, available at www.net-a-porter.com
3. Swatch watch, $50, available at www.lordandtaylor.com
4. Superga sneakers, $80, available at www.jcrew.com
5. Current/Elliott shorts, $168, available at www.farfetch.com
6. Comme des Garçons wallet, $155, available at www.netaporter.com
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It had all the fixings of a standard fashion show—front-row fixtures like Michael Stipe and Jen Brill, makeup by James Kaliardos for MAC, hair by Bumble and Bumble, and in-demand models from agencies like IMG and Ford, but K8 Hardy‘s Untitled Runway Show at the Whitney Museum on Sunday was anything but typical. The multimedia performance artist, known best for her cult zine FashionFashion, put together a collection of over 30 looks as part of her exhibition for the 2012 Biennial. For Hardy, the presentation was a way of creating a dialogue about commercialism and the way fashion affects society’s views on women rather than a vehicle for showing off her design chops.
The crowd of art enthusiasts waited patiently for about half an hour before the first model stepped out onto the wood and steel runway set, installed for the occasion by fellow Biennial artist Oscar Tuazon. Walking to amped-up reggaeton beats mixed up with Neutrogena radio ads and high-pitched nail art tutorials that had some audience members covering their ears, each model affected her own signature strut based on Hardy’s instructions. “I used to love the shows where models would dance down the runway,” Hardy told Style.com after the show. Some shuffled slowly with a moribund limp, others did ballet-like pliés and leaps, and one girl even staged a convincing runway stumble and tumble. Each catwalker wore teased-to-the-max wigs and face paint that resembled another spoof on the now-famous Tanning Mom.
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What makes Chinese artist Zhang Huan a fashion darling? It’s not immediately obvious. Zhang, who has traipsed around the Whitney Museum while encased in raw meat, created enormous Buddhas from cowhide, and painted large-scale canvases using incense ash—all in the name of art—has also previously been commissioned by the likes of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, Christian Dior, and Diane von Furstenberg. His latest exhibition, which inaugurated Shanghai’s newly reopened Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) on Friday, may offer an oblique clue.
Called Q Confucius, the artist’s largest solo exhibition in China takes the ancient philosopher as its subject and blows him up as a 16-foot-high, mechanically breathing replica; in incense ash paintings; and as an animatronic statue in a three-story-high cage populated by nine live monkeys. So is there a fashion twist to it? Perhaps the answer is in irony. “As Mao said, ‘Art comes from daily life,’ ” Zhang says with a wink. “And fashion is really about daily life.”
Zhang Huan: Q Confucius is open through January 29, 2012, at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China.