Loewe and Sotheby’s for Loewe Weaves project

Spanish luxury house Loewe has teamed with Sotheby’s auction house to showcase its commitment to craft through the Loewe Weaves project. The objects presented include artisan-embellished Galician chestnut roasters, bags and accessories for a unique collection that resonates with artisanal craftsmanship.

“Craft is one of my main interests: one that I’ve made central to Loewe’s identity,” says Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of the Spanish luxury house. Each project at Loewe is a way to explore a different aspect of craft. LOEWE Weaves explores the art of weaving, which can be employed as decoration or to build a structure. The main protagonist in the collection is a traditional handmade clay Chestnut roaster pot from Galicia. The holes punched – originally to allow the chestnuts to roast – have been re-appropriated by artists who experiment with different weaving techniques.

From May 1-12, Sotheby’s is exhibiting a selection of handmade pots created by master potter Antonio Pereira and reinterpreted by three artists: Arko (Japan), Min Chen (China) and Laia Arqueros (Spain). The works will enjoy an exceptional showcase in conjunction with Sotheby’s auctions of 20th and 21st century art. Loewe Weaves pieces will be sold at a fixed price on Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace from May 1. Loewe becomes the first major luxury fashion house to consign with the platform.

Each handmade pot becomes a canvas for international artists to explore a range of experimental weaving techniques, resulting in a collection that twists the functionality of these objects and gives the discarded materials new life.

Loewe also invited Spanish artisans Idoia Cuesta and Belen Martinez, as well as artisans from Loewe’s own ateliers, to experiment with over 80 chestnut roasters, giving free rein to their imaginations. Faithful to the myriad expressions of the art of weaving the artisans twisted and turned the function of the objects. The holes in the traditional roasters are braided or passed through with ribbons, leather strings, wool threads, straw or feathers, taking on new life. Some artists chose to glaze or paint the surface, while others left the clay untouched.

Each piece recounts a singular story, rewiring the initial function by playfully welcoming abstraction. Many of the materials that embellish the Loewe Weaves roasters are surplus from past Loewe collections. Reuse of excess materials to give them a new and vibrant life perfectly embodies the ethos of the Maison as summed up by Jonathan Anderson: “Authentic craft, for me, is sustainable.”

Loewe Weaves includes a collection of revisited iconic bags and accessories. Available from May 27 at loewe.com and selected stores, the Balloon bag is animated with a garland of flowers crafted from leather offcuts, while the Elephant bag is featured in woven raffia. “Across this whole project, I hope that what comes through is the liveliness and expansiveness of contemporary craft, as well as its playfulness. I am proud we have created singular objects that rewire function through decoration, and the other way round,” concludes Jonathan Anderson.

The main protagonist of Loewe Weaves is the chestnut roaster from Galicia: a series of handmade clay pots crafted by master potter Antonio Pereira (above).

In collaboration with Sotheby’s, selected chestnut roasters will be on display at the auction house’s New York galleries from 1– 12 May, and seven pieces will be available to purchase on the Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace.

The chestnut roasters are available in selected Loewe stores worldwide from 27 May. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijng; Alberto Giacometti

The Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing presents an exhibition dedicated to selected works by Alberto Giacometti from the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Collection.

Born in Switzerland in 1901, Alberto Giacometti moved to Paris in 1922 where he stayed until his death in 1966. Despite the almost instant recognition of his work, Giacometti quickly turned away from the surreal objects that brought him recognition in the 1920s, to focus on the model. As the bodies he sculpted became thinner, and with a sense of lingering failure over his inability to reproduce his models as he perceived them, he achieved extreme simplification of the forms, reducing them to the essential lines of their precarious existence.

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This exclusive display gathers eight key masterpieces of Giacometti’s oeuvre, that belong to the Collection: Tête sur tige [Head on a rod] (1947), Trois hommes qui marchent [Three men walking] (1948), Homme qui chavire [Man who capsizes] (1950), Femme de Venise III [Woman of Venice III] (1956), Grande Femme II [Tall Woman II] (1960) and Têtes d’homme [Heads of a man] (Lotar I), (Lotar II) and (Lotar III) (1964-65). These selected works pay tribute to the virtuosity of this iconic Swiss artist. Photo credits: Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage.

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing
China World Shopping Mall South Zone W. Bldg.
1 Jianguomenwai Ave. 
Beijing, China
Open from April 4th – September 26th, 2021

Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

MSCHF Releases World’s Most Expensive Axe Body Spray

MSCHF, a company that runs on ‘structured chaos’ is going viral and selling out products in minutes, from Jesus shoes to toaster-shaped bath bombs. Their latest offering takes two iconic scents from different ends of the spectrum for one unique fragrance. No. 5 Axe blends Chanel No.5 with Axe body spray.

Picture Chanel No. 5 in your mind’s eye and you may see a certain golden color, perhaps conjured alongside generic images of Marion Cotillard or Brad Pitt. But think of Axe and you feel that acrid burn in the deepest recesses of your sinuses; you remember vividly the sun slanting through a high window to cast striped shadows through the half-open metal door of a school locker. You can taste it floating on the air–that brutal tactless scent–struggling valiantly to mask its wearer’s particular pubescent musk and failing, ever failing, creating a nasal cocktail of unrivaled pungency.

Ordinarily, pouring an Axe perfume inside an iconic Chanel No.5 flacon would be a cruel prank but Brooklyn Based creative label MSCHF converts pranks into pennies by doing just that. There is a skinny line between creativity and travesty which is effortlessly unseen by MSCHF, and we have a new perfume that marries the two ends of the social spectrum- Axe and Chanel No.5 perfumes.

The Chanel x Axe ‘collaboration’ is the latest gag from MSCHF, the same label that annihilated $122,500 worth of genuine Hermès Birkin bags to create Birkenstock sandals. They’ve taken the commonplace Axe Body Spray and poured it into the iconic Chanel No.5 flacons, revealing a bright green, coolant-colored, liquid perfume, and were kind enough to slap on a new label. MSCHF stated, ‘Iconic’ is in no way synonymous with ‘good,’ and in the fragrance world, Axe deserves the label as much as Chanel. At the end of the day, where icons are concerned, there is no good or bad; It is merely visible and invisible.

We’re guessing it’s the latter recollection of high school that many will most likely associate this with. Priced at a staggering $400 USD, the lime-green iconic bottle of liquid gold sold out in just 20 minutes, which marks MSCHF’s 41st successful drop.

Come into the beautiful world of MSCHF.

Amour de Paris by Frank E. Hollywood

Dutch artist Frank E. Hollywood always knows how to suprise. Based in Amsterdam His works explore the tensions between the past, present and future. Not interested in simply reimagining the past, Frank draws on a collective visual memory of the past, to present us with something truly new and exceptional. Not limited to one specific medium or technique, his body of works range from oil paintings to marble sculptures.

Frank E. Hollywood’s art shows a tension between the future and the past. He does not create a romanticised picture of the past. On the contrary, he draws from the collective visual history to create a truly modern image. Frank’s work shows his future ideas about art. Nostalgic images are recycled, creating something modern and unique.

Stone carving is still considered very traditional by many viewers. They see and recognise the craft and the material before they are able to see the object itself. Frank E. Hollywood’s sculptures are undoubtedly recognisable figurative. By using iconic objects as inspiration, which are carved into stone to tell new stories, he aims to blur the lines between past, present and future.

‘Amour de Paris’ is available in two versions, in Italian white Carrara Marble and black Nero Marquina Marble, each version comes in an edition of 25 unique pieces. Measurements: 31 x 20 x 10 cm.

Frank is originally from Amsterdam and has permanent representation from art galleries in Amsterdam and Barcelona. Frank has exhibited throughout Europe in major leading galleries and has shown in many prestigious art fairs.

Frank E. Hollywood is represented by: Samuel Owen Gallery (USA), Villa Del Arte (Amsterdam), Reload Gallery (UK), The Boutique Gallery (Belgium), and Gallery Wolfsen (Denmark). Come into the amazing world of Frank E. Hollywood.

Spanish fashion house meets Japanese artist Tomoko Kawao

Tomoko Kawao is a modern pioneer in the art of calligraphy, known for original works such as the Hitomoji series where she incorporates herself into the bold lettering. To mark Japan’s Kakizome tradition of writing new year’s resolutions in calligraphy, Tomoko has applied her iconic brushwork to the Loewe Anagram.

The final piece, which extends to over five meters, features a simple idiom ‘Un-Gai-So-Ten’ (Cloud / Outside / Blue / Sky) meaning: “A day will come when we see a clear sky again”. The piece will be exhibited at the Matsuya Ginza New Year pop-up from 6 January.

自身が文字の一部となるHitomojiシリーズをはじめ、書の可能性を追求し続ける書家、川尾朋子。本映像では、新しい年の幕開けにロエベの象徴であるアナグラムを力強く筆で描きます。アナグラムとともに未来への希望を込めた「雲外蒼天」の4文字が描かれた5メートルにおよぶ作品は、1月6日(水)から開催される松屋銀座のポップアップイベントにて展示されます。

Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

His ‘Marble’ Airness

Born in 1980, in Utrecht, Dutch artist Frank E. Hollywood always knows how to suprise. Based in Amsterdam His works explore the tensions between the past, present and future. Not interested in simply reimagining the past, Frank draws on a collective visual memory of the past, to present us with something truly new and exceptional. Not limited to one specific medium or technique, his body of works range from oil paintings to marble sculptures.

Frank E. Hollywood’s art shows a tension between the future and the past. He does not create a romanticised picture of the past. On the contrary, he draws from the collective visual history to create a truly modern image. Frank’s work shows his future ideas about art. Nostalgic images are recycled, creating something modern and unique.

Stone carving is still considered very traditional by many viewers. They see and recognise the craft and the material before they are able to see the object itself. Frank E. Hollywood’s sculptures are undoubtedly recognisable figurative. By using iconic objects as inspiration, which are carved into stone to tell new stories, he aims to blur the lines between past, present and future.

‘His Airness’ is available in two versions, in Italian white Carrara Marble and black Nero Marquina Marble, each version comes in an edition of 25 unique pieces. Measurements: 27 x 11 x 16 cm.

Frank is originally from Amsterdam and has permanent representation from art galleries in Amsterdam and Barcelona. Frank has exhibited throughout Europe in major leading galleries and has shown in many prestigious art fairs.

Frank E. Hollywood is represented by: Samuel Owen Gallery (USA), Villa Del Arte (Amsterdam), Reload Gallery (UK), The Boutique Gallery (Belgium), and Gallery Wolfsen (Denmark). Come into the amazing world of Frank E. Hollywood.

Michael Alago, Who the F**k Is That Guy?

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Record label executive, photographer, and author, Michael Alago takes readers through this amazing journey that is his life.

‘Who the Fuck is That Guy’? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago tells the astonishing story of a gay Puerto Rican kid growing up in a Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood, who got on the subway one day and began a musical odyssey that helped shape the musical landscape across N.Y.C. and around the world.

Alago grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in a large, spirited, and devoted Puerto Rican family. Through his early passion for music, art, theater, and photography, he soon found himself rubbing elbows with many downtown NYC scene makers, from Stiv Bators to Jean Michel Basquiat, Cherry Vanilla and Wayne County to Deborah Harry and Robert Mapplethorpe. As an underage teenager going to Max’s Kansas City, CBGB, and various art galleries, Alago also began running The Dead Boys fan club.

A few years later, he became the assistant music director for legendary nightclubs the Ritz and the Red Parrot. At age twenty-four, he began a storied career as an A&R executive at Elektra Records that started with signing Metallica in the summer of 1984, changing the entire landscape of rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal. Alago continued to work in A&R for both Palm Pictures and Geffen Records. He was thrilled to executive-produce albums by Cyndi Lauper, Public Image Ltd, White Zombie, and Nina Simone.

“Recording with the incomparable Nina was my finest hour”, says Michael, who worked with Simone on her final album, the critically acclaimed ‘A Single Woman’. 2010 saw Alago team up with Cyndi Lauper on her Grammy-nominated album ‘Memphis Blues’, for which he acted as A&R executive.

In the late 1980s, he was diagnosed with HIV, which manifested into full-blown AIDS ten years later. He survived to continue his music career, but in 2005, he left music to pursue his other love: photography. Alago went on to publish three bestselling books: Rough Gods, Brutal Truth, and Beautiful Imperfections with German-based publisher Bruno Gmünder. He has since overcome his longtime addiction to drugs and alcohol.

In his clean and sober life, he has reconnected with his family, continues to be a working photographer as well as record producer, and only through the grace of his 12-Step program is he able to live this big, beautiful life.

In 2017, a documentary directed by Drew Stone and produced by Michael Alex on Alago’s wildly successful career in music was released in theaters and on Netflix, entitled ‘Who the F**k Is That Guy?’ The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago.

 

 

 

 

Beauty of Age

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Renowned German photoartist Laura Zalenga shows us the beauty of age. Beauty of age tries to reminds us that beauty has no expiry date. It only becomes more interesting with time. Also an important part of this beauty is actually invisible.

During my year as a Adobe Creative Resident I explore the beauty of age. Caused by wondering why our beauty ideal still tends to circle around young, smooth skin instead of faces that already tell some life.

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There is so much unseen wisdom and advice on what is important in life, but we rarely ask to hear it. The project seeks to inspire people to show interest in age, to learn about its beauty, to meet elderly people and have conversations and friendships with them.

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To me there is something so magical about these two women who are both living on this planet for more than 70 years.

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Come into the beautiful world of Laura Zelenga and the Beauty of Age project.