The powerful works of Jean-Michel Basquiat presented at the Gagosian Gallery’s Chelsea location. Veering away from once erroneous descriptions of Basquiat’s work as ‘aggressive’ and ‘primal’ and on to a more neo-contemporary approach. The result - a display of delicate and passive paintings that lit up Basquiat’s final days. Make sure to go check it out!


We’re off to Milan! The annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile is a mecca for emerging design in the Italian city. From the 9th - 14th of April, this fair pretty much marks the beginning and the end of the Design Year. Designers, makers, artists, commentators, and anyone in need of an innovation shot flock to Italy’s industry capital to see and be seen.
Take a look at a couple of the shows we are most excited about.

(left to right)
1. 19 Greek Street and Marc by Marc Jacobs
2. Galleria ProjectB - Central Milan
3. Made in Ratio - Central Milan
4. MOST - Central Milan
5. Nichetto = Nendo - Central Milan
6. Secondome Edizioni - Central Milan
7. Triennale Design Museum - Central Milan
8. Moooi - Zona Tortona
9. Superstudio Piu - Zona Tortona


Look who’s just moved in to the Lehmann Maupin Gallery. “Liu Wei is one of the most original and inventive contemporary artists working in China today,” exclaimed Jennifer Joy, Communications Director for Lehmann Maupin gallery. While Liu Wei says himself of his work “My [art] work does not have any specific meaning.” Indeed, the superb quality and shock value of his work are a journey for both the eyes and mind, Bon Voyage.


Looks like Kenzo has taken a little surrealist inspiration from Salvador Dali himself in the brands latest F/W 2013 ad campaign. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have teamed up with creative group TOILETPAPER - Maurizio Cattelan, Micol Talso and Pierpaolo Ferrari and if this is what a Kenzo world looks like, we want to live in it. Now. 


Is this the future of sustainable architecture? Farmscrapers, a concept developed by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut to introduce natural ecosystems into cities, are made from piles of giant glass pebbles. Entitled ‘Asian Cairns’, this site in Shenzhen, China has been conceptualized as a response to the rapid urbanization going on in the country.
Callebaut says of the project, "The challenge is to create a fertile urbanisation with zero carbon emissions and with positive energy. This means producing more energy that it consumes, in order to conciliate the economical development with the protection of the planet."
They remind us of DNA strands, anyone else?


A week in pictures from Art Basel 2013 (continued)

1. Galerie Tschudi
2. Gagosian Gallery
3. Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery
4. 303 Gallery
5. Modern Art Gallery
6. El Anatsui’s work at London’s October Gallery
7. Galerie Maria Wettergren
8. Gallery Seomi
9. Gallery Libby Sellers
10. Sebastian + Barquet

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Magical things happen when ACNE takes on William Wegman and his dogs for their SS 13 campaign. Deftly pulling off the printed silk shirts, headscarves and linen blazers from the collection.. dare we say, better than most people could


Wooooow. A Wang’s first collection for Balenciaga is right on the money. Opting for a minimalist and monochrome theme and injecting his own cool downtown look into the brand, he gives us cracked, embroidered leather and marbled fur. Not to mention the clean cut silhouettes, origami pleated black dresses, utilitarian oxford blouses and simple trousers. Go Wang.  


While in Miami during Art Basel last year, we got to check out the Architecture for Dogs exhibition in the Design District. The project is the brainchild of Japanese designer Kenya Hara and features the designs of over 11 architects, who each contributed their own design for a specified breed. This may seem absurd to even the most beloved of pet owners but we still think its an amusing idea.


All hail the classiest art fair in New York - The Art Show. Now in its 25th year and organized by Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), the fair will run concurrently with the rest of Armory Arts Week from March 6 – 10. This year’s fair, located at the Park Avenue Armory looks to welcome 72 exhibitors and an unprecedented 40 solo artist booths.

Dorsey Waxter, newly appointed president explains, “ADAA has been instrumental in promoting the idea of fewer artists per booth. It is a show that is very manageable in numbers, which allows for intimacy and enables viewers to have a conversation and see something in–depth—whether it’s a whole period of work or particular moment in time or theme by an artist.”
Expect highlights from artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Milton Avery, Jannis Kounellis and Mary Corse.

Learn more HERE

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Karl Lagerfeld turns photographer for iconic furniture maker, Cassina. The fashion heavy-weight captured designs from the brands historic collection created by the most renowned 20th-century designers in the Italian house’s 85-year history including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Le Corbusier, Gio Ponti, and Rodolfo Dordon.
Of the project, Lagerfeld says he strived to make “the object stand out” and “mysterious and unusual whilst remaining a piece of furniture” transforming the pieces by exaggerating silhouettes, materials, and finishes to create abstract photographs that reinterpret Cassina’s classic designs.

The photographs are shown exclusively at Cassina’s Paris showroom now through March 10 at 236 boulevard Saint-Germain, running throughout the Fall 2013 ready-to-wear shows.

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Artist and designer Alex Chinneck, based in London, turned an ordinary and abandoned house into his latest art piece titled “From The Knees Of My Nose To The Belly Of My Toes.” Chinneck made the facade of the house look like it had been peeled off the building and had slid down the front yard into the garden. The upper part of the facade is opened up, exposing the ruined interiors.

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The SPRING/BREAK Art Show (see pics here), a “curated-driven” show featuring work from the five boroughs, is back. This year’s theme is “New Mysticism,” and will pair digital art practices and technology with older 20th century art.

The Old School in NoLita at 233 Mott Street, March 7th-10th

The Armory Party at the MoMA

This MoMA Armory Party, which benefits exhibition programming, will feature a performance by the one and only Solange along with other DJs and live musicians in celebration of the opening of The Armory Show. Supporting the arts and getting to dance to one of our favorite singers ever? Yeah, we’re there. 

Wednesday, March 6th,VIP Access: 8pm-12pm, General Admission: 9pm-12pm

Travis Boyer’s “Two Towel Margarita”

Brooklyn-based artist Travis Boyer will invite the audience to drink tequila off his chest for a “margarita performance” that engages in relational performance and feminist iconography. Sounds like our kind of art!

ISA, 348 Wythe Avenue (upstairs), Wednesday, March 6th, 9pm-2am

We Are STILL Here: Art IN the Bronx

Come see a group exhibition of Bronx-based artists curated by the Bronx River Art Center. At night, the event will feature live music, dancing and a spoken word performance. Andrew Freedman Home 1125 Grand Concourse, Thursday, March 7th, 11am-5pm 

Bushwick Armory Night at NURTUREart

NURTUREart Gallery will be open until 10 p.m. onMarch 9th in Bushwick. It will be the last night to see the Gallery’s exhibition “Never While You’re Sleeping…” by Siobhan McBride. Other galleries in the area will be staying up late as well and you can score drink specials at local bars with the secret password “Bushwick Galleries Late Night.” Ooh, secret!
56 Bogart Street, Saturday, March 9th, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Aperture at The Armory Show

The Aperture Foundation’s recently launched photography magazine Aperture will be showcasing the limited-edition photographs of Rinko Kawauchi, Richard Misrach, Dough Rickard and others.

Booth 287, Pier 94, Thursday, March 7th-10th, 12pm-7pm

Mana Contemporary Honors Marina Abramović

The holy grandma of performance art Marina Abramović will be honored for her body of work and her achievements in the arts. The invite-only event, which will be hosted by Charlie Rose, will also include a modern dance performance choreographed by Karole Armitage.
Milk Studios, 450 West 15th St, March 7th.

There are are also a host of alternative art shows happening in addition to or in conjunction with The Armory Show. If the high-profile atmosphere of the Armory crowd isn’t for you, check out some of the more independent shows below that are occurring around the same time:

The (Un)Fair Anti-Armory Show

Do you hate boring art booths and love free ice cream? Then you”ll love (UN)FAIR, a pop-up exhibition featuring a small group of artworks on display that shy away from the more traditional, commercialized art fair scene. The event is hosted by Ben and Jerry’s, so that means awesome free ice cream for all as well.
500 West 52nd Street, March 6th-10th.

Volta NY 2013
Volta, an invitational show of up and coming artists and their solo projects. Through this innovative solo format, featuring artists and galleries of any age, Volta’s take on contemporary at is far beyond the traditional art fair format.
82 Mercer Street, March 7th-10th

Occupy Art Free Art Exchange

Occupy Museums is having a free art for fair exchange event outside The Armory Show to celebrate a new kind of art market that breaks away from the capitalist commodification of art. Bring your art and your radical ideas.
Piers 92 & 94, March 10th-11th, 1-4pm

Personal Desire Propaganda
Curator Grayson Cox is putting on an art show as part of Brooklyn Armory that features $10 limited-edition posters designed by 27 different artists. Now everyone can walk away from The Armory Show with a piece of art!
Front Street Galleries, 111 Front Street Suite 208, March 7th-March 30th, 6pm-9pm.

The Tumblr Art Symposium

Art blog Hyperallergic and Tumblr are presenting the world’s first Tumblr symposium for art in Bushwick. In addition to exhibitions featuring prominent artists who use Tumblr primarily as their medium the event will also have drinks and dancing. We can’t wait to see our Tumblr dashboard favorites IRL.
319 Scholes Street, Brooklyn, March 9th, 6pm-1am.

Fountain Art Fair

Rooted in the Williamsburg art scene, the Fountain Art Fair celebrates smaller, independent galleries and aims to re-define the art fair experience from a more alternative and avant-garde position. This year Fountain’s eclectic exhibitors include ART Collective, Uprise Art, iArt4 and more.
68 Lexington Avenue, March 8th-10th, opening reception March 8th at 7pm

Scope International Art Fair

Crossing creative disciplines and geographic boundaries, Scope is leading the show in international, emerging contemporary art.
312 West 33rd Street, March 6th-10th