Bharty Kher at the Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong. The work of Bharty Kher spans over two decades and demonstrates his unwavering commitment to surrealism, to story telling and to the nature of things. Inspired by Oppenheim as well as Bourgeois, Bacon and Blake, Kher’s work moves through time using contradiction as a point of reference as well as a visual tool. His dreams, his mythical monsters and allegorical tales combine topical, political and traditional references. In this exhibition – “Many (too) many, more than before” – the English artist, who lives in Delhi, has used saris to erect statues on cement pedestals. Knotted, impregnated with resin, they emphasize the impression and the absence of the person. The world of femininity and sensuality are also palpable in his works covered bindis (the symbol of the third eye, which observes all aspects of life).
Until December 29. 50 Connaught Road Central – 17the Floor
Thierry Lasry at BMW in Paris. As part of his cabinet of curiosity, created for BMW, Thomas Erber has selected twenty designers, brands, and artists from the contemporary world. Each possess a globally recognised level of expertise within their respective domain which equals, in terms of rigor, quality and philosophy of approach, to that of the famous German car brand. And for glasses, he called upon Thierry Lasry who was inspired by the colours of the BMW logo to make the perfect pair of driving glasses: a translucent blue acetate front with a white pin and silver and black metal arms, all made handmade in France. Only twenty copies are being sold exclusively at the BMW concept store on Avenue George V in Paris.
A scarf for the Gucci Paris Masters. On the occasion of Gucci Paris Masters (30 November to 2 December in Paris), Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci, has created a twill silk scarf to celebrate the sponsorship of international jumping and to support Amade (Association mondiale des amis de l’enfance). The unique design of this scarf combines a rosette from the archives of Gucci with the iconic green-red-green stripe. The beauty of this unique creation is highlighted by the impeccable quality of the craftsmanship. The model was made entirely by hand with watercolours. Each piece was then printed manually using a screen-printing technique. The edges were also finished by hand using an Italian rolled hem ensuring an invisible finish on both sides. This scarf, available only as a limited edition, will be available during the Gucci Paris Masters in a pop up shop in the village and in Gucci boutiques in Paris for two months. A donation of 20,000 Euros will given in support of the Amade foundation.
et nature” at the CFOC.
The Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine is inaugurating a series of exhibitions to showcase the work of Carole Ivoy. Oeuvres by the French artist express a primitive force. Her paintings are so intimate that we feel them deep within our being. Earth, water, wood, vegetation and minerals emerge from the bowels of the earth and on canvas the earthy, rustic, and wild substances give the paintings a weight that is supported with abundance such as with these cascading flowers that jump out of their frame
From 26 November 2012
to 2 February 2013
Artaq, a panorama of the urban arts in Paris. For one week, Artaq will present 130 of the most representative artists (from 48 countries) of what defines urban art today and tomorrow. Born in the streets, practiced mostly by the self-taught, the urban arts arouse vocations with talents who want to push the boundaries, such as Banksy, Obey or Blu. Artists who face the challenge: make the transition from the city to the walls of houses and galleries without losing their soul and spontaneity. This Artaq session intends to provide an overview of developments in urban arts in their various disciplines (sculpture, digital art, drawing, wall painting…) and in all their forms.
From 20 to 27 November 2012
Espace Cardin – Paris
« Do Not Disturb », a series of showcases in W Hotels.
Upon deciding to support emerging talent in the music scene, the site for the retransmission of live music, the Boiler Room, in partnership with W Hotels, is launching “Do Not Disturb”, a series of never seen before showcases. This series of after-parties has begun at the W London with several performances. The second instalment of the series will be held at W Paris-Opéra on November 21st, before New York in December. “Do Not Disturb” is a series of live music broadcasted live from the E-WOW suites – the interpretation of the presidential suite at the W. Each live show is a moment of intense music, an eclectic mix of young talent and world-renowned artists, which thousands of fans around the world can watch via the websites of the initiative.
Collection of Design opened in Lyon. The duo Arnaud Trimaille and Bruno Dürr, vintage furniture enthusiasts and leading figures of les Puces du Canal in Villeurbanne, have opened the Collection of Design (pronounced COD) gallery in the heart of Lyon. As flawless captors of trends, they chose to gather a selection of complimentary vintage furniture (C&R Eames, Pierre Guariche, André Sornay, René-Jean Caillette, Stilnovo …) with historically significant pieces of contemporary furniture (Marco Zanuso, Superstudio, Joe Colombo …) together in one place. Fascinated by the history of design, the tandem of the COD gallery also has a knack for identifying young talent, supporting their career, more or less doubling up as an agency for artists. Looking forward in time: the works of Knar (a universe of graphics), Mathieu Miljavac (a taxidermist who creates works of art) and Dominique Pouchain (a contemporary ceramist) will be viewed as collectors’ items.
« Design en Africa » at the musée Dapper in Paris. « Sit, sleep and dream, » the tagline of this original exhibition at the musée Dapper in Paris, reveals a world dedicated primarily to objects that support the body. Their design is marked by creativity in direct contact with attitudes and movements, but also with the symbols of decoration. Forms and functions interact for the comfort and pleasure of other people. Among the designers being presented, the works of Iviart Izamba, a young Congolese designer, are on display. Izamba uses derision to denounce the quirks of African society, such as with his “Fauteuil Mobutu”. Made of metal, it desecrates leopard skin, which is traditionally used to make a hat worn by the Head of State. Upholstered on a recovered wheelbarrow, the traditional attribute of Bantu chiefs’ loses its symbolic power. An instructive and enjoyable exhbition.
Until 14 July 2013
« Field Conditions » in San Francisco.
Can there be
architecture without buildings? What if a wall or a floor disappears? What happens there when we move across a room? Immersive installations done with complex drawings, the works presented in this exhibition ask us about the construction, experience and representation of space. The projects of reputable contemporary artists and architects – Stan Allen, Tauba Auerbach, Sol Lewitt, Lebbeus Wood … – redefine the relationships between the visible and invisible, the finite and the infinite to go beyond the frame.
Until 6 janviers 2013
De Beers invites Rolf Sachs for Christmas
De Beers, the jeweller of light, has asked Rolf Sachs to design their Christmas windows. The installations will kick-off in the flagship store on Old Bond Street in London in mid-November. Just as diamonds are steeped in history and tradition, with an innate beauty, Rolf Sachs found his inspiration in a candle, and gave it eternal life. The installation creates the illusion of windows covered with a thick layer of ice, with occasional cracks that allow you to see the warm glow of a candle flickering, swelling in slow movements, as if it were breathing. The Rolf Sachs for De Beers installations can be seen in the various stores of the jeweller across the world during the holiday season.