IN DOGS WE TRUST BOOK (that’s what we call a GREAT PROJECT)

In Dogs We Trust, a 124 page hardback book, reveals the special relationship between dogs and their owners on both sides of the Atlantic. Photographers and friends from childhood Ollie Grove and Will Robson-Scott spent years searching across the social spectrum to shoot intriguing characters and their beloved hounds in locations as diverse as Hackney, Hampstead, Venice Beach, Brooklyn and Queens. Published and designed by Victory Edition , NYC.


Photographer and filmmaker Will Robson-Scott achieved notoriety with ‘Crack and Shine’, a series of books and films documenting the global underworld of illegal graffiti writers. In 2014 he won 2nd place in the Best European Short Film and Young Director Award categories at Cannes Lion. He splits his time between London and New York.


Portrait and fashion photographer Ollie Grove shoots international campaigns for the likes of Bulmers; album covers for platinum selling artists such as Rudimental, and regularly produces work for high profile brands and music artists. He has a slight obsession with dogs.

  
Author : Francesca Querci

SPROVIERI PRESENTS GIORGIO ANDREOTTA CALO’

 

‘La scultura lingua morta III’, the first solo show at the gallery by Italian artist Giorgio Andreotta Calò.

‘La scultura lingua morta III’ gravitates around sculpture, a discipline that the artist has been following for years, alongside site-specific and performative works. Sculpture is therefore the result of an entropic process of transformation that starts with a human, natural gesture, which extends in space and time and crystallises into an object; an object which represents through its form and material the last stage of the modification of matter.

In this way, the form of the Hourglass (Clessidra) provides a synthesis into an absolute form based on the corrosion of wood when left in water, subject to the constant vertical movement of the tide. The wood is copied and is then cast in bronze, a transformation into an incorruptible material which is almost capable of suspending time and revealing it to be static, unmoving. In the hourglass, two speculative and overlapping elements bring to mind the reflection of water that coincides with the artist’s act of ‘reflecting’, or thinking, therefore moving from the formal dimension of the sculpture to the conceptual.

Hourglasses are instruments that measure time. In a similar way, the core sampling that has recently been carried out in the Venice lagoon (like a series of voyages across the geological stratification of its world) has become the formalisation of a temporal scan that the artist uses horizontally in space, eluding the verticality of geographical time in order to bring it to a linear and expanded dimension. The core sampling also has a practical aim, which is to find clay that can be used for ceramics. This over-consolidated and extremely compact clay, caranto (that draws its name from the Latin for stone – ‘caris’) is the hard ground on which the foundations of Venice rest – literally the backbone and the semantic column of the city.

The core-samples are held in plastic or iron tubes in a way that brings seashells to mind – the seashells are both cases and molds. The molds used in the casting process act as the negative to obtain the positive, which is the wax model of the bronze sculpture.

Also acting as negatives are the sheets of photographic paper directly imprinted by the light. Once developed and fixed the paper fails to capture the light in a clear well-defined image, to such an extent that it evokes a dreamlike dimension of sleep and reflects the evanescence of nature - like bushes brushed by the wind.

One sculpture in bronze, once again made from logs eroded by water, takes on a vaguely biomorphic form, akin to that of Medusa. It brings us back to the myth through its similarity to a severed head, a portrait that out of the blue becomes anthropomorphic.

exhibition 5 mar – 25 apr
tue – sat 10 am – 6 pm
preview 4 mar 6 – 8 pm

23 heddon street
london w1b 4bq
t +44 (0)20 7734 2066
info@sprovieri.com

  
Author : Francesca Querci

Doris Dörrie: CHE CARAMBA ES LA VIDA

Mariachi is an essential part of Mexican culture. It’s more than just music; it’s a lifestyle that views the world from a macho perspective. The business is tough and women are seldom appreciated in this strictly male domain. Nevertheless, a handful of female musicians choose to be Mariachi. The first women mariachi band that formed in 1958 and is still performing, and a band of young female musicians who struggle with family issues and their vocation.

In 2012 German director  Doris Dörrie spent eight weeks with her crew in Mexico City, documenting the music and daily lives of the women who play mariachi.  The documentary Che Caramba Es La Vida focuses on Maria Del Carmen’s life, a young ranchera singer who sings in Plaza Garibaldi, where she and her family have lived all her life.  When these women sing about death, love and poverty, the difficulties of everyday life in Mexico City appear slightly more bearable.

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Author : Federica Mascagni

INSIDE MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER IN VILLA TORLONIA: DISCOVERING ROME

When some hidden treasure of Rome opens on a special occasion, I’m always in the front line to book the tour and get to know better my hometown. This time, beside the bunkers -which alone would have been a very interesting visit-, it was also my occasion to visit Villa Torlonia for the very first time.  Villa Torlonia was designed by the neo-Classic architect Giuseppe Valadier for the banker Giovanni Torlonia at the beginning of the 19th century, but its most popular owner has been the dictator Benito Mussolini, who lived in the main mansion (Casino Nobile) from the 1920s onwards.

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Author : Redazione

TOM BLACHFORD #PALMSPRINGS

Tom Blachford, 470 West Vinsta Chino, Palm Springs, 2014

Modernism Week presents a one-day only exhibition opening by Photographer Tom Blachford, at the iconic Menrad Residence.
TOM BLACHFORD
Tom Blachford, 470 West Vinsta Chino, Palm Springs, 2014
Friday / February 20 th / 2015
12:00pm – 7:00pm
Midnight Modern
On Friday, February 20th the latest installment series by photographer Tom Blachford “Midnight Modern” will be unveiled in Palm Springs for a one-day only exhibition opening.
The new works are an extension of Blachford’s previous collection, capturing classic Palm Springs mid-century architecture bathed in the surreal light of a full moon.

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Author : Francesca Querci

BLK GUERRILLA CAMPAIGN

“BLK DNM represents a person of depth and texture, culture and awareness..And this is what I want to portray and inspire the world with.. Since starting the jeans poster series, we’ve worked with strong, independent women.. Instead of showing a face to identify them, we show only the woman’s name.. It’s more about who she is and what she believes in.. It’s what she stands for.. Her own personality and strengths. Each poster is a strong woman, her own woman, with her own identity and direction.. I show them each going their own path.. I want to empower women to really be who they are.. “

 - Johan Lindeberg

Photographed by Johan Lindeberg, BLK DNM Founder and Creative Director, the campaign features Catherine McNeil in a brand new denim style, Jeans 16, a low-rise, skinny bootcut. The poster was posted with a small preview in the streets of Paris during January Couture Week. The main project launched in the streets of downtown NYC, where BLK DNM has posted previous campaigns exclusively, on February 9, 2015 and will remain up for three weeks.

 

ABOUT THE BLK DNM WILD POSTER SERIES

Beginning in 2011, the wild poster campaign remains BLK DNM’s only form of traditional advertising. It continues to embody the idea of strong, independent women going in their own direction. The previous guerrilla denim campaigns — all photographed by Johan — feature Anja Rubik, Gisele Bündchen, Caroline de Maigret, Jamie Bochert, Arizona Muse, Karen Elson, Kenza Fourati, Frankie Rayder, Erin O’Connor, Tanga Moreau and Stella Schnabel.

  
Author : Redazione

INDIPENDENT FABRICATION

After 12 years of business, the pioneering mountain bike manufacturer Fat City Cycles was insolvent and the brand was sold off in 1994. The company closed its Somerville, Massachusetts doors leaving behind an empty factory and a handful of workers. But what kind of story would this be if that’s where it ended? A group of former Fat City employees still had the itch to design and build custom bikes, so they dusted off their work boots, brought out the drawing board, and started their own company. An independent company. A company that would make bikes the way they knew they should be made.

http://www.ifbikes.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

#GARBATELLA IS A POETIC NEIGHBORHOOD : DISCOVERING ROME

Garbatella is a poetic neighborhood.
Garbatella is a maze of courtyards, each one with its own gardens, squares, stairs, balconies and fountains.

Garbatella is the decadent charm of its small houses built with a refinement and a preciousness that other Roman suburbs don’t have, according to a tradition of eclectic, noble architecture -whose references range from Borromini to Futurist movement and Art Deco.

Garbatella is sociality, people gathering at the local bar while children play soccer in the middle of the square, students hanging out for a drink and old men arguing about the football match at the corner of the street. That’s really a neighbourhood with an exceptional sense of community!

Garbatella is a striking detail: it can be a stair, a chimney, a relief, a fountain, an old street lamp or a raw wall.

Garbatella is a Roman dish: all around the neighbourhood you can taste some authentic traditional cuisine entering one of its many trattorie (the more shabby, the better!).

Garbatella is a bag full of biological vegetables from the farmers’ market.

Garbatella is a concert at La Strada and a beer sipped on the steps just outside the entrance.

Garbatella is street art, don’t forget to look up!

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Author : Redazione

MARCO WILMS: ART WAR

German director Marco Wilms believes that art is a weapon, a way to fight for justice and to move people’s consciousness.

As an East German, he was deeply impressed by the images of the 2011 Egyptian uprising.  “They reminded me my “own revolution” and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. So I went to Cairo to film the young revolutionary artists, who were like me 20 years ago”, Wilms said.

In Art War the director follows with his camera some Egyptian artists through 2 and a half years of post-revolutionary anarchy, from the 2011 Arab Spring to the downfall of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

The documentary shows how these young artists use their creativity to salvage their revolution from going under. Through graffiti, music and films, they inspire the youth culture around the world and across the streets of a conquered Egypt and they testify the way art can make people think and express the right to fight for freedom.

www.facebook.com/ARTWARmovie

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Author : Federica Mascagni

NUA BIKES

NuaBikes are a small bicycle builder located in Barcelona. They make high quality bikes in very small batches, allowing them to pay careful attention to detail and quality control, and – above all – allowing them to deal directly with their customers.

Nua (the Catalan word for nude) = without the usual coverings, furnishings, etc; bare.

The name reveals a lot about their philosophy and their bikes. They try to be genuine in everything they do, looking for the essence of things, and acting accordingly.

http://nuabikes.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

HAPPY #FRIDAY GUYS AND GALS

  
Author : Redazione

LE BORD DES MONDES @ PALAIS DE TOKYO

Are there works that are not works of art? Questioning as Duchamp did the essence of creation and its territories, the Palais de Tokyo explores interstitial worlds, at the borders of art, creation and invention. The exhibition Le bord des mondes is an invitation to travel to the farthest reaches of creation by revealing the prodigious investigations and inventions of a number of visionaries, beyond the traditional realm of art. Situated at the edges of art and invention, the exhibition shatters the borders between worlds, between identified artistic territories and parallel worlds outside of the art system, by exploring the fertile precipice that can bring them together.

Around thirty creators – most of whom come from outside the field of art – develop visions and ideas that through their sheer beauty could certainly belong to it. Neither outsider nor naïve artists, no more than they are “eccentric,” these free spirits explore unknown forms and refresh our gaze, beyond cannons and disciplines. These are like so many stories that, through their originality and inventiveness, renew our attention to the mysterious zones of creation, expressed in its most audacious form. Here, experience, reinvention and the overcoming of divisions prevail.

ph: Beurre en stick, Kawakami Kenji. Courtesy Jean-Christophe Lecoq

LE BORD DES MONDES
curated by Rebecca Lamarche Vadel
18/02/2015 – 17/05/2015
palaisdetokyo.com
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Author : Serena Becagli

BOLOGNA IS ALWAYS BOLOGNA. AROUND ARTEFIERA

During Artefiera, Bologna is always worth a visit. But for those who were looking for young talents, the research might have been more difficult in this edition. Most  galleries have preferred to mix young artists with some contemporary old certainties, probably to be sure to pay the stand rental.

But Bologna is always alive, despite the crisis. The audience is still present and deserves the best. A fair is not only an occasion to sell works but it’s also an important moment to spread culture and to give a public of collectors and buyers the possibility to grow. During the last few years the young independent fair Set Up is born.  Compared to the main Artefiera, Set Up is betting on young talents. With some little changes, it could become a right incentive for Artefiera itself, contributing to produce innovation and experimentation.

Bologna is crowded with people during Artefiera. People arrives here to meet each other and talk about art. The city opens to them and to its citizens the best of its treasures. This year, among the collateral projects, the “Manifesto Anatomico” by the Bolognese artist Sissi stands out. The project spreads throughout four historical locations: Archiginnasio, Museo Archeologico, Collezioni Comunali and Museo di Palazzo Poggi. The former enfant prodige of the contemporary Italian art has reached a full maturity through emotionally fulfilled and coherent artworks.

Galleries we reccomend to visit in Bologna: Gallleria Più with the group show curated by Andrea Bruciati “Altrimenti che essere”; Adiacenze Gallery with a solo show by Elsa Salonen; P420 Gallery with a solo show by Alessandra Spranzi.

What we we would like to buy at Artefiera and Set Up:
“How to kill a Superhero” by Laurina Paperina at Studio Raffaelli, a photo by Mustafa Sabbagh at Traffic Gallery, the poetic photo “Dove nasce il vento” by Giovanni Ozzola at Galleria Continua, the diptic “My love for you, my love for myself” by Micheal Scoggins at Lowenstein stand, “Scoprendo la sudditanza” by Eva Frapiccini at Alberto Peola, and a piece by Ericailcane among the alternative stands at Set Up fair.

  
Author : Serena Becagli

CARTE BLANCHE: WOMEN’S FILM PRESERVATION FUND-WOMEN WRITING THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA @ MOMA, NY

Desperately Seeking Susan. 1985. USA. Directed by Susan Seidelman. Courtesy Orion Pictures Corp./Photofest

Established in 1995 by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) and The Museum of Modern Art, the Women’s Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) is the only program in the world exclusively dedicated to the preservation of the cultural legacy of women in the film industry.

Since 1995 the WFPF has provided support for more than 100 American short and feature films. The fund’s core mission is to identify and preserve works in which the role of women was fundamental to the production; to present the preserved films in a public forum; to encourage scholarship about women in film history; and to partner with organizations demonstrating similar goals.

In celebration of WFPF’s 20th anniversary, MoMA has invited the WFPF programming committee to select films that reflect the essential role of women in the continuing development of cinema as an art form.

View related screenings here.

MOMA, New York, Febuary 2-13,  2015

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

DOUG AITKEN: STATION TO STATION

Francois Truffaut once said movies are better than life as they run straight through the night without any stop, break or hesitation. In Station to Station American multimedia artist Doug Aitken has filmed the journey of a “real” train which, in the artist’s vision, is meant as world apart, a burning arrow that travels nights and days throughout North America housing a constantly changing community of artists, musicians, and curators, who collaborated in the creation of recordings, artworks, films and  happenings. Aitken aims to explore a less materialistic and more nomadic direction of art creation, exhibition and participation.

Station to Station is comprised of 61 individual one-minute films featuring profiles shot before, during, and after the trip, and capturing indelible moments of the high-speed journey such as Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert.

www.stationstation.com

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

UNDER THE SPELL OF TILDA SWINTON @ PITTI UOMO

Away from noisy parties or fashion shows, within the Saloncino of La Pergola Theather in Florence, Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard planned Cloakroom, a performance where the clothing is the protagonist, without thinking about the brand. About one hundred minutes in silence, under the spell of the British actress as a cloakroom who asked her guests to leave one garnment to hold in custody. She hired a duet with each garnment, wispering words, smelling smells, as looking for inner tales and secrets about the person who worn them.
Cloakroom is an original mise en scène  written and played by Olivier Saillard – fashion critic and historian and director of the Musée de la Mode Galliera of Paris – together with Tilda Swinton, style icon, muse and one of the best-known contemporary actresses, presented by Fondazione Pitti Immagine for Pitti Uomo 2105.
  
Author : Serena Becagli

TAPE WHITE STICKER

Fix Your Bike is a custumizable kit for your bikes, composed of 7 pieces decorated with the nostalgic “tape” diagram created by the design study Tagmi and printed on adhesive film.
Not a common sticker, but a long duration (3/5 years), waterproof, anti-UV, and anti abrasion adhesive.
Anyone can easy apply the diagram on a bike, you only nees the aid of a meter and a cutter. Thanks to the “easy to apply” glue there will be no bubbles during the application and it is possible to move the film, attacking it and detaching it until the final adhesion on the frame of the bicycle.
It is then possible to remove it easily, using an hair phon, bringing everything back to its original aspect and replace with another diagram.

http://en.lovli.it/adesivo-tape-white.html

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Author : Valentina Matelli

MIRANDA JULY: THE FIRST BAD MAN

Miranda July. We love everything she does, so we can’t wait to read The First Bad Man, her “so heartbreaking, so dirty, so tender, so funny—so Miranda July-“ debut novel.

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people’s babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women’s self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they’ve been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

When Cheryl’s bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee—the selfish, cruel blond bombshell—who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, provides her the love of a lifetime.

Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual obsession and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time.

The book comes with a collateral project you can read more about here: www.thefirstbadman.com

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE: JIM HODGES @ HAMMER L.A.

American artist Jim Hodges is known for his singular ability to infuse emotion and narrative into the objects of daily life, creating poignant studies based in temporality, life, and love. This is the first comprehensive survey to be organized in the United States on the work of the New York–based artist. Featuring some 75 pieces produced from 1987 through the present, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take brings together photography, drawing, works on paper, and objects rendered in mirror, lightbulbs, silk flowers, and glass alongside several major room-size installations. The exhibition is curated by Olga Viso, executive director, Walker Art Center and Jeffrey Grove, former senior curator of special projects & research, Dallas Museum of Art. The Hammer’s presentation is organized by Connie Butler, chief curator, and Aram Moshayedi, curator.

Since the late 1980s, Hodges’ poetic reconsiderations of the material world have inspired a wide-ranging body of work. From the delicate nature of early wall sculptures—including Diary of Flowers (1994), composed with hundreds of doodled paper napkins, and Changing Things (1997), made from disassembled silk flowers—to the large cut-paper photographs of flowering trees, gold-leafed newspaper pages, and light-filled mirror mosaics of the past decade, Hodges’ art typically begins as humble, even overlooked materials that are transformed through his touch. These acts of subtle transmutation, which merge the practices of drawing and sculpture, are evocative reminders of longing and loss and the formation of queer identity in the aftermath of the AIDS crisis.

Until January 18
JIM HODGES
GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

  
Author : Serena Becagli

PITTI UOMO 87 @FLORENCE – ITALIA

ARE U READY?

 

  
Author : Francesca Querci

SIX IMAGES THAT MAKE OUR 2014

Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. Sept. 5, 2014. (Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times)

 

More than ever, photography has become the predominant means for us to communicate. An absolutely astounding number of pictures are shared every single day — half a billion, and rising. And yet somehow, even amid this colossal torrent of imagery, the best pictures rise to the top. Photography, with the still image continuing to hold extraordinary power, bypassing borders and languages and cultures, to inform and educate us. Its success is its impact, altering our actions or thoughts merely because it exists. It’s our proof.

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

CHRISTMAS, AGAIN

Here we are. In a  blink, it’s Christmas again. Like every December, nearly 1 million Christmas trees are sold in New York, where hundreds of people set up shops along the sidewalks working 12-hour shifts and sleeping in cars and campers. Neighborhoods welcome back the vendors from year to year, often embracing them with warm hospitality. This is the unique setting of Christmas, again, the new movie by director/writer Charles Poekel.

Poekel – who had a three years experience of running a tree stand in Greenpoint, Brooklyn -, said he wanted to explore the unique relationship between the New York Christmas trees’ sellers and their neighborhoods “to  show what 29 nights on the sidewalk can do to the human spirit”.

His indie Christmas tale is the story of Noel, a young man who travels from upstate NY to sell trees in the city. But this time his heart is so broken he is practically in mourning. As Noel begins to spiral downwards, alienating all the people around him, it turns out this same community may be the only one capable of saving him from self-destruction.

Happy Holidays and Happy Christmas, again!

 

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

MERRY XMAS FROM ELITISMSTYLE TO YA ALL

image by SOFIA NETO a very talented illustrator

  
Author : Francesca Querci

CICLI SPIRITO

Bicycle Tailor. A unique one man bicycle workshop specializing in service/repairs, custom bike builds, hand built wheels, restorations & consultation.

Ben, the owner, is a Italophile with a great knowledge and passion for classic Italian culture, and especially cycling. He opened this space that it’s more of a dream hangout than a workshop. Whether you need a wheel trued or a frame built, or just want a coffee or a beer and a chat, you’ll be welcome.

Cicli Spirito is in Sydney.

http://www.spirito.com.au/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK BY BRETT MORGEN

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is the first fully  authorized documentary about the Nirvana’s frontman. Director Brett Morgen started working on the project 8 years ago and could gain access to Cobain’s entire personal and family archives. The movie itself gets its name from a musical collage Kurt created with a 4-track cassette recorder around 1988.

Morgen said that once he stepped into Cobain’s archive, he discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and thousands of pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.

The documentary, which is executive produced by Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean, includes  numerous Nirvana performances, together with previously unheard songs and never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in February.

 

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

S T O R I E S – A journey from photography to literature

STORIES. A journey from photography to literature by the photographer Paolo Gotti.

The photographic series is inspired by the compelling plots of some of the greatest stories of all time all over the world. Literature depicts the complexity of the world. But if the novels are a reflection of reality, it is equally true that the reality often takes inspiration in their plots.

With the photographic series STORIES the photographer Paolo Gotti conducts an investigation diametrically opposite to the one of the publisher in search of a book cover. Gotti started, in fact, by the photographs he took personally in his countless trips around the world, and then found the stories that could ideally be linked to the images. Each image is associated with a quote from books very different from each of them: great classics and contemporary novels, collections of short stories or historical narratives.

STORIES includes visual interpretations of Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe, Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë, Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy, Treasure Island (1883) Robert Louis Stevenson, Tales of the South Seas (1921) by William Somerset Maugham, On the Road (1957) Jack Keruac, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez, The name of the Rose (1980) by Umberto Eco, The Mexico Dust (1992) by Pino Cacucci, Ocean Sea (1993) by Alessandro Baricco, Shame (1999) by JM Coetzee, ending with The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy.

13 images for 12 novels by different authors that Paolo Gotti loved, that somehow have marked his personal history, as well as his travels and his pictures, taken throughout the last forty years all over the planet.

S T O R I E S by Paolo Gotti

December 16th, 2014 – February 19th, 2015

Teatro Duse’s Foyer, Bologna

 

  
Author : Redazione

CIAO #VIRNALISI

  
Author : Redazione

#KARABIEBER INTERVIEW

Suspended between the boundaries of realism and fantasy, Kara’s hand cut collages are an act of imagination and re-creation produced through the up-cycling of magazines.  Launched in 2013 at a London exhibition alongside works by Hirst, Emin and Quinn, Kara named her first collection “i don’t wanna be famous!” and has since produced over forty images, excluding commissions, which have sold, as limited edition prints, in the UK and overseas to private collectors, hotels and commercial spaces.

A.A – ABOUT ART

What does art mean for you? 

For me it is a way to invent, to imagine, to dream, discover and reveal my musings

How many piece ​s have you done in your entire life and when did you start?

If I was any good at maths, I could tell you! Let’s just say I’ll make many more than I’ve made

Do you think that Art must be explained or do you think that it’s a subjective thing?

Subjective all the way!

How do you choose the subject for your pieces?

I empty my head of all thoughts and plans and take the plunge! Each collage I start from the very beginning; searching through my pile of out of date magazines and selecting images which spark a reaction from me. With each acquired image a story evolves.

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Author : Francesca Querci

ILLUSTRATOR OF THE DAY #Ganesh Prasad Acharya #RESPECT ANIMALS&WILDLIFE

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Author : Redazione

THE COMPETITION

Let the magic begin: Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina e Mick Fanning

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

MAMI SUNADA: THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

The documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness by director Mami Sunada gives us a rare glimpse behind the scenes of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios: the legendary  Studio Ghibli.

Mami Sunada granted near-unfettered access to the animation house being able to capture many of the details of the studio’s production process.

Over the course of one year, she followed the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli -the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata- as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

The result is a delightful journey and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.

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Author : Federica Mascagni

BIANCO + VALENTE @PALAZZO STROZZI FLORENCE

The Palazzo Strozzi Contemporaneo project is now hosting Tu sei qui (You Are Here), a site-specific environmental installation designed by artistic duo Bianco-Valente.
Bianco-Valente use their work to explore such universal human themes as the relationship between body and mind, or between collective history and personal perception. In this installation, produced specifically for the Palazzo Strozzi Courtyard, the Neapolitan artists reflect on the concept of experience, on the dynamic of choice and on the pressures and influences that determine it.

A large reflecting wall erected in the centre of the Courtyard bears the legend “you are here” on both sides, a direct and simple statement echoing the words frequently found on city maps or building plans. The wall is complemented by a diagram on the ground, shaped by lights projected from above, evoking an abstract and symbolic visualisation of personal experience, of the choices and events that people and shape our existence.

Bianco-Valente have always interpreted personal and collective history as a network, a connecting fabric that redefines the environment around us and that is defined by that environment in its turn. Through the Palazzo Strozzi Courtyard experience, Tu sei qui (You Are Here) offers a metaphorical depiction of life between limitations and choices, individual pathways and happenstance.

curated by ELENA MAGINI

 

  
Author : Redazione

LILI REYNAUD-DEWAR. LIVE THROUGH THAT?

Lili Reynaud-Dewar creates environments and situations in which she uses her own body, as well as those of others, to examine the dual experiences of vulnerability and empowerment associated with acts of exposing oneself to the world.
Recently her installations have staged domestic environments, such as a series of bedrooms produced over the past year featuring beds that have been transformed into sound sculptures through the insertion of speakers.
“Live Through That?!,” Reynaud-Dewar’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, presents a new installation in this series and includes, among other works, four site-specific videos. Shot on several of the Museum’s floors, the videos reveal the artist as she moves and dances alone through the building, camouflaging herself in the empty gallery spaces during the transition period between exhibitions. Playing with notions of intimacy and display, the french artist pays homage to four films by Bruce Nauman titled Art Make-Up (1967–68), in which the artist applies layers of makeup to his face and torso, first white, then pink, then green, and finally black—the same four colors Reynaud-Dewar covers her own body with as she performs throughout the Museum, using a different color on each floor.

Courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo Benoit Pailley

“Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Live Through That?!” 
curated by Helga Christoffersen.

Until 01/25/2015
New Museum
New York 
newmuseum.org

  
Author : Serena Becagli

JANUARY IN #JAPAN #TRAVELS #MAGIC

A magic video from Scott Gold

Places visited:
Tokyo
Kyoto
Yudanaka

  
Author : Redazione

IT’S RAINING.

#WEATHER #RAINING #THURSDAY

  
Author : Francesca Querci

SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

2014 CAMPAIGN #ELITETOSCANA

Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives.

Read more on PETA site: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/#ixzz3KqKM0Cmw
  
Author : Francesca Querci

THIS IS #KELLYSLATER – PRO FRANCE 2014 #IVANTROVALUSCI

Kelly Slater Pro France 2014

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

THE CAL – FORM AND DESIRE

Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, 2006

The exhibit The Cal – Pirelli Collection, Form and Desire is a great selection of over 200 photographs from the Pirelli Calendars, from its inception in the ‘60s to today. Scheduled from 21 November 2014 to 22 February 2015 at Palazzo Reale, in Milan, the exhibition, curated by Walter Guadagnini and Amedeo Turello and with the patronage of the Expo, was created thanks to the fundamental contribution of Pirelli, which made available its collection of thousands of photographs.
After quickly becoming a cult object, the Calendar has always interpreted social and cultural change and anticipated trends in new fashions through the attentive eye of the most famous contemporary artists. The exhibit is a must-see opportunity to admire 50 years of extraordinary and innovative images by the best photographers in the world– including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindberg, Bruce Weber, Peter Beard, Steve McCurry, Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel. Their images are a journey through the romantic discovery of nudity and the modesty of intimacy, the presence of evocative symbols and inspirations, seduction and the desire to provoke, nature and the artifice of imagination, elegance and timeless beauty.

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

THE CULT OF JT LEROY

 

“Fake ‘till you can”. Sid Vicious

In the late ‘90s JT LeRoy achieved a cult status through critically acclaimed and ethically charged books such as Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things which deal with issues inspired by his own personal life: teen prostitution, addiction, HIV. Leroy’s public appearances increased the myth around his persona, presenting him as a mysterious figure wearing wig and sunglasses, mixing with a fashionable crowd of writers, musicians and filmmakers. But just as his fame skyrocketed, journalists uncovered that he wasn’t who he claimed to be. What followed was a downfall  bewildering and tragic.

San Francisco based filmmaker Marjorie Sturm gained access to LeRoy’s inner circle before the deception was revealed. In the feature documentary The Cult of JT LeRoy she chronicles what really happened and explores our culture’s complicity with the author’s seductive cult of personality questioning about identity and celebrity, literature and culture, and the reality of the society we live in.

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Author : Federica Mascagni

MELVIN EDWARDS, LONDON

Melvin Edwards‘ career began in 1965 with a solo exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Over the next five years three more museum exhibitions followed, including his groundbreaking presentation at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the first ever by an African-American sculptor. Since 1970, Edwards’ work has been widely exhibited, establishing him as an iconic figure who inspired a younger generation of African-American artists.

In all its forms, Edwards’ work engages with the history of race and civil rights and social and political turmoil. Taking inspiration from Africa where he spends several months each year working in Senegal, Edwards’ sculptures address his personal history with beguiling openness and universalism and celebrate inclusion and diversity.

The exhibition features a dramatic large-scale sculptural installation made from barbed wire and conceived in the 1960s. Realised here for the first time, its many strands cascade from the ceiling and create a single plane anchored to the wall in a circular configuration. Sharing an affinity with other conceptual minimalist installations of the 1960s, Edwards’ choice of barbed wire as material imbues this sculpture with social and political meaning.

Edwards’ work contains a multitude of contradictions. Seemingly arbitrary forms are meticulous compositions; distinctly evocative, sensitive and forceful. By summoning a range of artistic, cultural and historical references, his art resonates even more today. In January 2015 the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas will host his next major retrospective.

25 November 2014 – 17 January 2015
Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street
LONDON
www.stephenfriedman.com


  
Author : Serena Becagli

IF YOU’RE NOT LIVIN ON THE EDGE, YOU’RE TAKIN UP TOO MUCH SPACE #MOUNTAINBOARD

David Marsili Photographer

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Author : David Marsili

HENRI CARTIER BRESSON // ROME IN ARA PACIS

Mexico 1934-1935

 

From 26 September 2014 to 25 January 2015, the Ara Pacis Museum of Rome will host a retrospective exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson, curated by Clément Chéroux. This large exposition is a production of the Pompidou Centre of Paris. It is promoted by Roma Capitale Assessorato alla Cultura, Creatività e Promozione Artistica – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, produced by Contrasto and Zètema Progetto Cultura, and proposed on the ten-year anniversary of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s death.

Compositional skill, extraordinary visual intuition, and the ability to seize upon the most fleeting but also most important moments, made Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004) one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, while travelling the world and witnessing history’s greatest moments, Cartier-Bresson was always able to unite poetry with the power of documentation. From Surrealism to the Cold War, from the Spanish Civil War to the Second World War and Decolonization, Cartier-Bresson was one of the greatest chronicles of our history; the “eye of the century”, as he is rightly called.

His work falls into three great periods. The first, from 1926 to 1935, when Cartier-Bresson socializes with the Surrealists, takes his first steps in photography and goes on his first voyages. The second, from 1936 to 1946, is defined by his involvement in politics, his work for the Communist press and his experience in filmmaking. The third, from 1947 to 1970, covers the period after the founding of Magnum Photos agency to his retirement from photo reporting.

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Author : Redazione

LEVI’S COMMUTER

Levi’s Commuter is a special line designed for and by cyclists.

The collection is made up of featuring denim trucker jackets, a simple T-shirt range, jeans, cargo pants, pleated shorts and a technical parka. This latest lookbook showcases the heritage brand’s stylish solutions for urban commuters.

http://www.levi.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

FREE SURFING

Free surfing whit Brett Simpson , Kolohe Andino and Gabriel Medina

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

STEVE MCCURRY’S RETROSPECTIVE

WHO: Steve McCurry, born in 1950, the legendary American photojournalist and one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography. McCurry creates stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element.

WHAT: His new exhibition, Oltre lo sguardo (a retrospective), displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. It presents striking portraits of people and culture around the world: from India to Afghanistan to Ethiopia, McCurry captures the very essence of humanity in unforgettable ways.

WHEN: Until April 6, 2015

WHERE: Villa Reale di Monza, Italy –> http://www.mostrastevemccurry.it/mostra.html

WHY: “For me a portrait is about connection. Somehow you connect with a person, visually or emotionally,” said McCurry ”I’ve often believed that a person’s life stories are kind of written on their face. It’s magical, it’s mystical the way you can connect to a person, it’s hard to describe. You know it when you see it.

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

#SHUT UP IT’S #MONDAY

  
Author : Redazione

#CHEESTROYER VINYL TOY

From a quick interview with Glenn Manders, an indie toy maker from Brisbane, Australia.

Tell us something about your project

The Cheestroyer is like a cheeseburger godzilla style character.. The “King of Burgers”! The character was designed by Bad Teeth and sculpted in clay by Double Haunt in Brisbane. I started drawing a mutated version of a little cheeseburger headed boy character that I have had for many years now, and soon after I contacted a local artist to help me turn this guy into a toy. Double Haunt produced a few resin versions of the toy but we wanted to get this guy made in soft vinyl, however the process of getting metal molds made by a professional toy company is super expensive.

..and how Cheestroyer has been produced.

We ran a Kickstarter to fund production in soft vinyl with UK based designer toy company Unbox Industries in late 2013. There were resin versions of the toy and copies of the Cheestroyer comic book available as backer rewards, in addition to pre-orders for the first batch of vinyl figures. Soft Vinyl is a fantastic material for toys.. it has a real sincere, genuine feel about it.. a lot of vintage toys were made with soft vinyl including the original Godzilla and Ultraman toys from Japan.  So far we have released vinyl in standard GID, Black Glitter, Light Pink, Crystal Clear, Blue GID and Flesh colourways with painted limited runs on top of those base colours by Bad Teeth, Double Haunt and also some guest artists from overseas.

Where we can buy your products?

Blanks and hand-painted versions of the toy are available at http://badteethcomics.bigcartel.com/ and https://www.doublehaunt.com/

  
Author : Redazione

#SALLY FITZGIBBONS #QUIKPro France 2014

Sally Fitzgibbons – France – 2014

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

NEW TRUTH BY FISCHERSPOONER

Fischerspooner releases its first art book, New Truth, a retrospective overview of the project from 1998-2003.

Founded by artists Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner in 1998, Fischerspooner began as a philosophical provocation that sought to explore the expressive potential located in the gap between popular entertainment and art. Soon swelling from a duo to an army of dancers, stylists, photographers, and musicians, the group has activated a variety of spaces such as traditional concert halls, nightclubs, construction sites, parades, art galleries, and museums. Fischerspooner ultimately proposes that artifice and surface can be recombined to create a new concept of authenticity—a new truth. This kaleidoscopic monograph provides unprecedented insight into the first five years of the Fischerspooner project. From a debut performance in a New York City Starbucks, to a blitz of the international art world, to more mainstream visibility via a major label recording contract, New Truth chronicles Fischerspooner’s quest to profoundly upend the boundaries of art, music, and performance. Invested in liminal spaces and the in-between, Fischerspooner also captures a unique millennial moment that seemed to prophesy a future where the avant-garde could be translated into a vernacular of pure joy.

Published by Damiani
Edited with introduction by Meredith Mowder. Text by Klaus Biesenbach, Gavin Brown, Jeffrey Deitch, Warren Fischer, Casey Spooner.

  
Author : Serena Becagli

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 14

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world. Now in its 50th year, the WPY competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
The overall winner is American photographer Michael Nichols with his image of five female lions at rest with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Until 30 August 2015 you can visit the WPY exhibition that showcases the award-winning images at London’s Natural History Museum .
Images are chosen by an international jury for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world. The winning images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience and vulnerability of life on Earth. Our precious and fragile heritage.

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

FALLING FOR #MYANMAR

Falling for Myanmar (Burma) from Chris Brosz

Whether soaring over 2,000 pagodas at sunrise in Bagan, boating through Inle Lake’s floating fishing villages, or simply interacting with the locals, you quickly realize Myanmar is a true gem.

  
Author : Redazione

HOUSE INDUSTRIES

 

Craftsmanship combines steel, denim, machined alloys, vectors, lines, splines, pigments, paints and pixels in this unprecedented new collection from House Industries.

House Industries worked with several manufacturing partners to develop custom House Industries bicycles and related accessories.

Tellason and Tanner Goods bring their own brand of distinctively American workaday utilitarianism to the project with selvage denim and a handcrafted leather seat bag. In a nod to Japan’s rich cycling history, Nagasaki Prefecture’s Hasamiyaki adds four centuries of ceramic history to the collection with Velo coffee cups and plates.

Released in conjunction with the new House Industries Velo Serif font collection, the House Velo bicycle and accessory concept parallels the new typeface family’s goal of utility and simplicity. With an extended wheelbase, ample tire clearance, rack and fender mounts and strong-but-supple, double-butted steel tubing, the House Industries bicycles are ready to attack a daily commute or an adventure of a lifetime and everything in between.

Loosely inspired by iconic European branding, the Velo Serif font family is a simple yet elegant creative workhorse optimized for a wide range of design applications. Originally conceived in 2003 in a partnership between House Industries and type designer Christian Schwartz, Velo is the result of more than decade of refinement.

Velo Serif includes sixteen fonts: Twelve display styles ranging from thin to black with complementary italics and four text styles designed for longer settings. Velo Serif Display features an increased x-height for more illustrative headlines while Velo Serif Text maintains a readable cadence in high word count environments.

The Velo Serif fonts were designed by House Industries, Christian Schwartz, Mitja Miklavcic and Ben Kiel.

http://www.houseind.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

JUST STAY RIGHT HERE #IVANTROVALUSCI

ALE PONZANELLI NOOSERIDING

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

ASTER-OID #VILLAERBA #CONCEPTUALGARDEN

Presented at Villa Erba on Lake Como at the 6th edition of the sophisticated and high-end garden exhibition Orticolario, which just took place from 3rd to 5th of October, the Aster-oid of the Florentine Ludovica Ginanneschi and Meri Iacchi has been awarded the Best Artistic Garden prize, ‘where Art and Nature create a perfect balance’.   Selected through an international call for applications for the Creative Gardens section, Aster-oid is first of all a wordplay paying homage to the aster flower, ‘star flower’, to which this edition of Orticolario has been dedicated.   Taking inspiration from land-art, the garden reproduces on the ground the crater originated by the impact of an imaginary asteroid with planet Earth, from the heart of which explodes a profusion of colourful asters.

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Author : Serena Becagli

SUGGESTED BY OLIVIA: GWENDOLYN BROOKS

A SUNSET OF THE CITY

Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love. My daughters and sons have put me away with marbles and dolls, Are gone from the house. My husband and lovers are pleasant or somewhat polite And night is night. It is a real chill out, The genuine thing.

I am not deceived, I do not think it is still summer Because sun stays and birds continue to sing. It is summer-gone that I see, it is summer-gone. The sweet flowers indrying and dying down, The grasses forgetting their blaze and consenting to brown.

It is a real chill out.

The fall crisp comes I am aware there is winter to heed. There is no warm house That is fitted with my need.

I am cold in this cold house this house Whose washed echoes are tremulous down lost halls.

I am a woman, and dusty, standing among new affairs. I am a woman who hurries through her prayers.  Tin intimations of a quiet core to be my Desert and my dear relief Come: there shall be such islanding from grief, And small communion with the master shore. Twang they. And I incline this ear to tin, Consult a dual dilemma.

Whether to dry In humming pallor or to leap and die. Somebody muffed it?? Somebody wanted to joke

  
Author : Olivia Lewit

NOUMEDA CARBONE, TIPTOEING AROUND HER WORLD

Nocturne

Paris born, Italian artist and freelance illustrator since 2006. She works with ink, pigment liner, felt-tip pen and sometimes she mixes hand drawing with digital instruments. Her illustrations are surreal, dreamlike,   darkly and full of incredible details. As a freelance illustrator, in recent years she has worked with some   creative directors and each one gave to her various and very interesting point of view about aesthetics, way to work, communication’s process.

“Nocturne” (picture above) as Noumeda says – represents a lady with sexual and provocative elements, an occasion to reflect about the darkness and lustful ways to obtain   the object of desire. She is exposing an opium flower to seduce the little bird. Her upper part of the body is  intricate, sophisticated, and represents an hiding place for the bird’s copulation. – Her pubic hair turns into   blades of grass. She’s trying to camouflage herself.

More on Noumeda: Her works has been published on ” 200 Best Illustrators worldwide Luerzer’s Archive Specials 09/10″, Big Book of Fashion Illustration, Communication Arts – 50° Anniversary Issue, Rolling Stone Magazine, Glamour magazine, Computer Arts, La Perla Magazine, Trenland, Kult magazine.  Awards: *3×3 PROFESSIONAL SHOW N°7 2010 merit Awards. *Design & Illustration AWARD at Art Takes London 2011.

Web : www.noumeda.com Contacts: info@noumeda.com

  
Author : Francesca Querci

#SURF DAYS #GOOD DAYS #IVANTROVALUSCI

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

CHROME INDUSTRIES

Almost two decades ago the first Chrome Bag was made with a Juki sewing machine, a few yards of Cordura®, military grade truck tarpaulin, and the commitment to make bombproof gear that works on and off the bike. From the beginning, the drive for simple, useful, and resourceful solutions led Chrome to make its original messenger bag with a salvaged seatbelt buckle. With innovations like the iconic quick release buckle, load stabilizing strap, dual wall construction and five bar webbing, the Chrome Messenger Bag became the bag of choice for working bike messengers around the world. Over the last 17 years Chrome has never wavered from its commitment to making useful and durable gear for professional messengers, fixed freestyle riders, and urban commuters: people who live and ride in the city. Chrome makes street tested bags, footwear, and apparel that adapt to the changing and unpredictable nature of the city. Chrome is not about fashion. Chrome is utility and mobility.

http://www.chromeindustries.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

HUANG YONG PING @MAXXI – ROMA

Huang Yong Ping at Kamel Mennour

Considered to be one of the most interesting contemporary artists, a protagonist of the Chinese artistic avant-garde with the Xiamen Dada movement he founded, Huang Yong Ping is in Italy for the first time with a major exhibition.  Installations of monumental dimensions, including a gigantic aluminium serpent, invade the museum spaces ideally representing an encounter between East and West and proposing a critical analysis of the contemporary geopolitical situation.  Starting out from the relationship between cultural and identity traditions, the artist also touches on another fundamental theme: the relationship between religion and divinatory arts. It is no coincidence that the title of the show references a passage from Exodus in the Bible: “Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent”.

MAXXI – ROME – ITALY 19 December 2014 – April 2015
Gallery 3 and the museum piazza
curated by Hou Hanru

www.fondazionemaxxi.it

  
Author : Francesca Querci

#DANCEBOX by #Mike Song and KRNFX

visit KRNFX on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KRNFX
follow KRNFX on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KRNFX

  
Author : Redazione

#CLIMB EVERY #MOUNTAIN!

Matteo Beni like Superman – Simone Fantini like..drop! – ARNO RIVER – FLORENCE

 “Eating wheat, like ice climbing, mountain boarding, and bungee jumping, is an extreme sport. It is the only common food that carries its own long-term mortality rate.” William Davis

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Author : David Marsili

#FREE YOURSELF FROM #MEMORY

  
Author : Francesca Querci

SOLE’ BICYCLES

 

Solé Bicycle Company was founded in 2009 by two friends who were fed up with the state of fixed gear bicycles. With a shared determination and vision, they set out to introduce high performance, stylish and affordable fixed gear bicycles to the planet.

Fast forward four years and they’re still doing what they love — putting their passion for design, simplicity and community into every bicycle they create and working day and night at Venice, Calif. headquarters to make you fall in love with your daily commute.

Whether cruising from the office to the beach, the coffee shop to campus, or just taking a lazy Saturday ride with friends, your bicycle is a vital accessory.  At Solé, they want to share the blissful experience of riding a high-performance bicycle that leaves you with enough cash left in your pocket for your next adventure.  On a Solé, you’re set.

http://www.solebicycles.com

 

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

VIOLENCE AND SERENITY

The first major solo museum presentation in Spain of british artist Marc Quinn at CAC Málaga includes a selection of new and recent works that continue Quinn’s investigation into some of the key concerns of our age. Violence and Serenity curated by Fernando Francés, focusing on such wide-ranging themes as notions of identity, mapping and our biological and cultural evolution, Quinn’s work incorporates a range of media including sculpture, painting, tapestry, photography and drawing.
For Fernando Francés, Director of the CAC Málaga: “The natural course of life and scientific advances intended to avoid destruction and death come face-to-face in Marc Quinn’s work and his oeuvre precisely reflects what reality prefers not to reveal. Military conflicts taking place around the world are notably present in his latest series (…) Beauty in death and violence, representations of bodies and living beings impossible to find in nature, displaying themselves to the human eye as they have never done before, portraits made from DNA: in sum, Marc Quinn’s work invites us to constantly challenge the principles and pillars of human knowledge. The viewer enters a laboratory in which science succumbs before art and death before eternal beauty”.

The exhibition is in collaboration with the British Council.
Marc Quinn
Violence and Serenity
12 September 2014 – 30 November 2014
CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
Spain
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Author : Serena Becagli

THE REPUTATION OF PINK BY LILY VAN DER STOKKER

The Dutch artist based in Amsterdam and New York Lily van der Stokker presents Huh, at the Koening and Clinton Gallery, NY.
Huh is discussion about beauty, femininity, and optimism to which the ugly, the cheap, and the vacant are tethered.Huh holds a mirror to art world clichés and power structures, and laughs about them. Affixed to the Gallery’s wall, a pink retail sign advertises: only yelling older women in here/nothing to sell. Just opposite, van der Stokker’s vast acrylic wall paintings engulf the main gallery space. Initially inspired by the artist’s own floral-patterned pajama pants, handwritten speech bubbles are adorned with curlicues, puffy clouds, and floral motifs. Sculptural objects expand the wall paintings’ reach into three dimensions, while custom-made furniture invokes interior décor, a nod to feminine beautification and domestic coziness.
“The reputation of pink is one of low intellect,” notes van der Stokker. “For me, Nothing and pink represent a comfort zone, a return to the womb, to the mother, to sleep, to the bed; a world without ambition or hierarchy; the ground. Here, pink is a world of pleasure, of goals unreached, a world without urgency or pressure.”

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, HUH
Until October 18, 2014
Koenig & Clinton
459 W19th St, NYC 1001

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Author : Serena Becagli

#LAWSONROBB THE ULTIMATE PRIVATE SPAS

Lavish hotels have long influenced residential interior design desires. LAWSON ROBB are renowned for creating the ultimate hotel affluence in their client’s homes, recently showcased on a Grade II listed Mayfair residence. Featuring elective 3-way mirroring between the pool and gym areas, the basement spa within this 15,000 sqft residence also includes massage, sauna and steam rooms, a walk-in jet shower located within the adjoining vaults and a secret stone stairway that leads up through a wine cellar to the library above.

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Author : Francesca Querci

KEEP IT REAL

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Author : Francesca Querci

NON STOP POETRY #THEZINES OF MARK GONZALES

Non Stop Poetry: The Zines of Mark Gonzales is a comprehensive presentation of the zines made by Gonzales from the early-’90s to the present day. Gonzales, thought by many to be the greatest skateboarder of all time, is revealed by this significant book to deserve equal recognition as an artist and poet. His extraordinary production of more than 145 zines (the exact number is unknown since Gonzales kept no records of his output), is a remarkable artistic achievement worthy of the careful analysis and documentation provided by this book. Gonzales zines are made spontaneously using an argot all his own and demonstrate a remarkable gift for verse and drawing. Misshapen, hastily scribbled and collaged into brilliantly drawn and colored ephemeral pamphlets, these handmade zines continue a notable tradition of artist-made publications from Ed Ruscha to Raymond Pettibon.

Every zine found after years of research by the editors which was created by Gonzales from 1992 until today, including those created in collaboration with Harmony Korine, Cameron Jamie, and others, is presented with all available publishing information and illustrated with cover and interior scans.  Upon critical contemplation of the aesthetic and philosophical contents of the zines, Gonzales’ creative genius becomes evident. From child-like drawings of playful characters scribbled over snapshots Gonzales took on his travels, to emotional poems about the mendacity of life with words scratched out creating complex and outré koans, Gonzales’’s zines have a simplicity that showcases his whimsical and poignant mind. But most of all, there’s a freedom in the ephemeral nature of these thin paper volumes: Gonzales isn’t manacled to rules of any sort, and the results that he pours onto the page reflect that unbridled joie de vivre.  Published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.

  
Author : Redazione

IF YOU AIN’T CRASHIN, YOU AIN’T TRYIN HARD ENOUGH #MOUNTAINBOARD

Simone Fantini making HALF PIPE @Lucca

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Author : David Marsili

BREADWINNER CYCLES

Breadwinner Cycles makes beautiful high-quality bicycles for people who love to ride every day. Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan, who have a combined 15 years of framebuilding experience, have come together as Breadwinner Cycles. Melding their two complementary styles results in bicycles with a winning combination of form and function, delivered in eight weeks or less. The Breadwinner lineup of six custom steel TIG-welded bicycles are equipped with the best U.S.-made parts available and built in Portland, Oregon.

http://breadwinnercycles.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

#BUSTINBOARDS – CHINA

We are back after Summer and ready to inspire you. Watch this video, let’s start with ACTION!

China. For 5 weeks the three man Spanish crew traveled across China skating and filming in some of the most majestic and eclectic spots on the planet. Bruno and Toti; Part traveling freak show, part skate apostles, their journey through the old and the new of China is captured here by the genius of Perropro. Enjoy!

Bustin Boards is a Brooklyn-based longboard skateboard company. www.bustinboards.com

  
Author : Redazione

AVA LUNA – ELECTRIC BALLON

Nice Beat – Nice Rock..

enjoy.

 

 

  
Author : Mark-eno

HAPPY #SUMMER #HOLIDAYS 2014

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Author : Francesca Querci

#BRADLEYTHEODORE INTERVIEW

Bradley Theodore – Wall Street Journal

A.A – ABOUT ART

What does art means for you?

- Art for me means everything. It’s like one big thing in the middle of a circle. The circle concern sex, food, friends. Art for me is the meaning of life and it’s in the middle of everything.

How many pieces you have done in your entire life and when did you start

 - I started doing little projects just for fun and making pieces for passion but i have always wanted to do something concerning art. Then i decided to paint everyday. In 2013 i have done 60 pieces that i consider good enough.

Do you think that Art must be explained or do you think that it’s a subjective thing?

-  Both of them, i mean. It’s good to understand what is thinking tha artist but everyone sees things in a different way and details look different to everyone.

How do you choose the subject for your pieces?

- Sometimes from the newspapaers or magazines or just figures that i like. Other times i just listen to interviews and when i like them i portrait the interviewed. Buti t also happens that i paint friends and people that inspire me.

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Author : Francesca Querci

FILMING THE REVOLUTION. THE ABOUNADDARA COLLECTIVE

Founded in 2010, the Abounaddara Collective is a group of filmmakers working to provide an alternative image of Syrian society through narratives that run counter to the typically portrayals of the conflict in Syria found in the mainstream media.

Charif Kiwan, the Collective’s spokesperson, said that that the group is committed to making a short film every week as a contribution to the revolution. “But we didn’t film our revolution in the way that you might see it on YouTube through unbearable chaotic images. Rather we sought to understand it through the stories of individuals who are on the other side of the news. For us it is a question of making an immediate cinema without succumbing to the tyranny of the news, of making a political cinema without succumbing to facile denunciation.”

The nickname Abounaddara literally means “man with glasses” and it was chosen because in Arab cities ordinary people are associated by their professions. But the name also refers to Dziga Vertov, a pioneer of documentary cinema, who called himself “the man with a camera”. Privileging short and intimate films, the members of the group -who are all anonymous and volunteers-, aim to make an “emergency cinema” which documents everyday lives of ordinary men and women who are neither heroes nor victims but “just”  human beings.

Image above: still from one of the Abounaddara collective’s short films. Photograph: Human Rights Watch/Abounaddara collective

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Author : Federica Mascagni

ALL EYES ON US

  
Author : Redazione

OTTO PIENE. MORE SKY

Few artists have dedicated themselves to experimental, genre-defying work as ardently as Otto Piene  (18 April 1928 – 17 July 2014), one of the great artistic figures of the 20th century. As a cofounder of the international ZERO movement, by the 1960s he was already playing a crucial role in the redefinition of classical forms of art including painting and sculpture. His smoke pictures and fire paintings as well as his light installations and light ballets evoke a Romantic longing for harmony with nature, incorporating the elements of motion, light, time, and space into the work itself. After staging various projects in public places throughout Germany and the United States, Piene moved to the States at the end of the 1960s, where a number of further decisive opportunities awaited his artistic experimentation. Since the beginning of the 1970s, the artist has collaborated with technical engineers at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS, MIT, Boston) to develop a number of interdisciplinary projects and events.

PH: Otto Piene, Berlin Superstar, 1984 | Otto Piene Archiv / ZERO foundation

Otto Piene. More Sky
July 17 – August 31, 2014
Neue Nationalgalerie
Kulturforum
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin
Opening hours
Tue – Sun, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday closed

www.ottopieneinberlin.de

  
Author : Serena Becagli

THE BIKE REPUBLIC

 

THE BIKE REPUBLIC is a three day Festival with expo, sport events, food, Live / DJ sets on three stages throughout the day until late at night, with the participation of guests from all over Italy and the most innovative musical realities in Turin.

On May the 31st, 1st and 2nd of June (Italian public holiday), in the spaces of Bunker in Turin, with the patronage of Bike Pride, the first edition of THE BIKE REPUBLIC took place.

http://www.thebikerepublic.it/

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

512 HOURS

If you are planning to visit London within 25 august you have to do the experience to meet Marina Abramović during her performance 512 hours at the Serpentine Gallery. Marina Abramović  is spending 512 hours interacting with the public, held in three completely empty rooms.
There is nothing in the Serpentine galleries except lockers, where visitors can put their bags. Phones, cameras and even watches are banned, as Abramović takes people by the hand and encourages them to spend time focusing on the bare white walls. Abramović’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of props that she may or may not use. The public will become the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art.

“My only chance with the British public is to be vulnerable,” she told  ”the audience is someone who completes the work.”

The exhibition is only for ages 12 and over.

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London
10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday.

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/
http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/marina-midnight-serpentine-diaries
http://512hours.tumblr.com/

Marina Abramović (photo © 2014 by Marco Anelli, courtesy Serpentine Gallery, London)

  
Author : Serena Becagli

#ILLUSTRATOR OF THE DAY Jackkrit Anantakul

 

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Author : Redazione