Neue Fashion • Issue 4 • Feature • BY Imogen Eveson SHARE
Marilyn Minter received her first retrospective, Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, at the Brooklyn Museum earlier this year. It surveyed a career that arcs, with unflinching momentum, from the late 1960s to the present day, and cast the American artist into the spotlight and under the favourable gaze of a new generation of feminists.
Peterson channels the uneasiness he feels about the world into startling artworks that are charged with malignant energy. Fear and uncertainty become dystopian scenes painted in a primordial palette of black and white or a livid, fluorescent red.
Neue Luxury • Issue 9 • Feature • BY John McDonald SHARE
“Sculpture is an exorcism,” Louise Bourgeois once told an interviewer. “When you are really depressed and have no other way out except suicide, sculpture will get you out of it.” It’s the voice of a lifelong extremist: Give me art or give me death.
Neue Luxury • Issue 9 • Feature • BY Imogen Eveson SHARE
KLIMT & FLÖGE
Between beauty and the abyss
Both artist and designer imbued their work with the same love of nature, eclectic influences (from classical art to folk traditions and ethnography), and self-expression: Klimt, in his highly decorated Art Nouveau canvasses that swirled with symbolism and sexual desires; Flöge in her free flowing and bold reform dresses that liberated fin-de-siècle Viennese women from tight-laced fashions.
The National Gallery of Victoria presents the Australian premiere of the ground-breaking video installation Factory of the Sun by German-born artist Hito Steyerl, who was named the number one artist on ArtReview’s 2017 Power 100 list.
Modern day trailblazers defining the future through design.
The NGV’s Designing Women exhibition will highlight the dynamic and critical force of female designers in shaping contemporary design culture with works including Oru Chair by UAE’s Aljoud Lootah, Yang Metamorphosis designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua for Artemide and Horse Lamp by Swedish design studio Front Design.
Anna Schwartz Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Mike Parr entitled KINDNESS IS SO GANGSTER from 5 October to 21 December 2018 as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018. This most recent development of Mike Parr's historic'Self Portrait Project’now investigates glass as a sculptural medium.
What does perfume say to you? If it’s a means to an end, a well packaged accessory or merely a mask to cover your true identity, then look away now. There is scent, and there is sense. A smell can be evocative but does it stop you in your tracks? Can it relay some intangible signal that will move you in the same way music makes you dance, or a painting inspires awe? Niche perfumery Folie À Plusieurs steadfastly believe so, adhering to a unique brief of using fragrance for the purpose of emotional, artistic and cultural expansion.
Auction house Christie's is set to auction a piece of artificially generated art for the first time. Christie's, the auction house that has sold paintings by Picasso and Monet at record prices, is poised to set another milestone with the first-ever auction of art created by artificial intelligence.
Gus Speth, an American environmental lawyer and advocate said “I used to think the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought with thirty years of good science we could address those problems, but I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy—and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
Neue Luxury • Issue 7 • Feature • BY John McDonald SHARE
Materials of reconstruction
Known for ‘painting without paint’, Burri would tear, stitch, burn and batter his creations into submission. In the words of the Italian critic, Emilio Vila, Burri’s works were “nourished by matter that conserves only a tragic reminiscence of painting, almost as if it were asphyxiated; a material that is devitalised, impoverished, rotted, consumed and already wasted away”.
Neue Luxury • Issue 8 • Feature • BY Paul Tierney SHARE
TOM OF FINLAND
Light and shade
There are generations of people for whom Tom represents an indelible part of their upbringing. Artists, photographers, performers—the unapologetically horny—have all fallen under his spell in some shape or form. Whether by default or design, Tom’s men, or what they represent, have united taste and sexuality in the most fluid way imaginable.
Featuring a dynamic selection of artworks by Barry X Ball, Damien Hirst, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Claudio Parmiggiani, this group exhibition reveals how each of these artists integrate themes and imagery from Classical art into a contemporary context. Through varied references to antique sculpture, these four masters address issues pertinent to today’s cultural and political discussions.
Neue Luxury • Issue 7 • Feature • BY Amelia Groom SHARE
The sculptural works of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye are strewn with winding helixes, spiralling ladders, windmills, wheels and coiled digestive tracts, whose movements lead us around, back to the beginnings. These elusive, twisting motifs evoke an ambivalence with regards to notions of progress—rather than advancing forwards, we encounter things in states of contorted escape and evasion, turning away and unweaving themselves.
Neue Luxury • Issue 6 • Feature • BY Sasha Grishin SHARE
The great German poet, Goethe, who was a passionate admirer of Greek art, wrote “nothing gripped my whole being so much as the Laocoön group … I was in ecstasies over it.”1 He penned this on viewing a plaster cast of the original in Mannheim in Germany.
Neue Luxury • Issue 6 • Feature • BY Angela Hesson SHARE
An achromatic colour, black absorbs light. It is perhaps this capacity for deadening that has carried with it myriad associations with melancholy, haunting and obliteration. That it should, conversely, be perceived as an instrument of possibility, variety, even optimism is a radical notion, one which sets the work of French painter Pierre Soulages apart from that of many other artists preoccupied with notions of darkness.
Neue Luxury • Issue 7 • Feature • BY Mariam Arcilla SHARE
PATRONS OF ART
Patrons have long played a pivotal role in the art world by influencing trends in art collecting and by championing the career longevity of iconic and emerging artists. Unbound by the bureaucracy of institution based collecting, patrons are empowered to acquire and commission art projects based upon passion, instinct, strategic investment and emotional connection.
Neue Fashion • Issue 1 • Feature • BY Anusha Kenny SHARE
Tatsuo Miyajima is a veteran of the international exhibition circuit whose work has twice been included in the Venice Biennale (1988 and 1999). The artist believes that every human life is unique and important. To this end and over the last three decades, Miyajima has become known for his large-scale, immersive installations, which use LED-lit numbers, counting from one through to nine, backwards and forwards at different speeds, while never hitting zero.
Neue Luxury • Issue 6 • Feature • BY Toby Fehily SHARE
His use of spray paint, with its associations of graffiti and vandalism, formed a rebellious and anarchic foil to the neat and straight lines preferred by government officials. And where the FBI’s redactions targeted information too sensitive to be released, Garifalakis took aim at the most public of all information: the faces of models and celebrities.
Neue Luxury • Issue 2 • Feature • BY Ray Edgar SHARE
An extraordinary commitment to art and innovation
Thirty metres below ground, carved out of chalk and limestone, is one of the biggest and most unusual private art galleries in Europe. Here, amid 18 kilometres of interconnected rib and barrel vault galleries, art is served at around 10 degrees—the same temperature as the 30 million bottles of champagne that surround it.
Neue Luxury • Issue 4 • Feature • BY Angela Hesson SHARE
Saint Auxelius’s head rests delicately upon an embroidered pillow, his face veiled in diaphanous muslin, one hand poised contemplatively against his cheek. His costume of elaborate gold filigree is decorated with precious jewels: rubies, sapphires, diamonds and pearls anoint his reclining form, from the pinnacle of his headdress to the tips of his slippered feet.
Watson sits cross-legged on a half-finished painting laid out on the floor. The unstoppable octogenarian speaks very little English but smiles, extends his firm hand and continues to dot the canvas. I watch the master colourist work for another hour. He completes a section of canvas almost as big as himself; he looks up occasionally, grinds his teeth and says something in a language I don’t understand. I smile knowing he is happy for me to sit, watch and discreetly take photographs.
Neue Luxury • Issue 4 • Feature • BY Angela Hesson SHARE
JOHAN VAN MULLEM
Mirrors to the other side
Van Mullem’s monumental portraits are fluid, transitory, evocative things. Rendered in generously applied oil-based ink on unprimed board, they retain a quality of wetness, an uncanny sense that their surfaces are in fact still shifting.
Neue Luxury • Issue 1 • Feature • BY Rechelle Friend SHARE
An interview with Robert Knoke
From fashion innovators such as Rick Owens and Bernard Wilhelm to iconic musicians such as Casey Spooner, The Kills and Patti Smith, Robert Knoke is surreptitiously challenging traditional notions of portraiture through his abstract and intuitive depictions.
Neue Luxury • Issue 3 • Feature • BY Angela Hesson SHARE
Barry X Ball and the art of the improvement
Employing a variety of rare and experimental materials, in combination with emerging digital and industrial technologies, Barry X Ball reinterprets traditional figurative sculpture to produce works that are at once historicized and unmistakably of their period.
Neue Luxury • Issue 6 • Feature • BY Mariam Arcilla SHARE
Limitless in their drive to forecast, translate and influence their spheres, a curator must also rigorously keep on top of an escalating orbit of new artists, concepts, spaces, exhibitions and biennials. From the star curators whose names are among the most uttered, to the rising vanguards carving shapes outside the dominant Western sphere, we uncover the luminaries who are nailing down a new and provocative landscape for contemporary art.
Neue Luxury • Issue 5 • Feature • BY Sasha Grishin SHARE
In the same year as Michael Zavros was born, 1974, the great Italian writer and philosopher, Umberto Eco, was exploring the realm of ‘hyperreality’ in America. This exploration was published the following year in a landmark essay, Travels in Hyperreality.
Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific)
In a world premiere, renowned Samoan-born contemporary artist, Greg Semu, will unveil a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria featuring a series of powerful photographic works, The Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (People of the Pacific). Working with a cast of twenty-two indigenous actors from the Cook Islands, Semu restages two iconic European history paintings.
Neue Luxury • Issue 5 • Feature • BY Toby Fehily SHARE
MAKING SCIENCE VISIBLE
In conversation with Mali Moir
Mali Moir pulls out a chair and sits amid the dissonant quiet of the Melbourne Observatory’s Whirling Room at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Built in 1905 to house a machine that tested air flow equipment, and named for the deafening sound it once made, the room is entirely silent now, save for the occasional chirp of a bird outside.
Neue Luxury • Issue 3 • Feature • BY Angela Hesson SHARE
Heartlands and Headwaters
The story of the pelican operates as an evocative microcosm of John Wolseley’s career: in the winter of 2014, the artist was camped in a swampy area just south of Mataranka the Northern Territory, Australia nearing the conclusion of six weeks spent creatively immersed in the wilderness.
Neue Luxury • Issue 5 • Feature • BY Amelia Groom SHARE
RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE
Epiphany and escape
Time makes a mockery of objects. It gnaws away at them, strips them bare, loses them. Objects are cracked, faded, dissolved, forgotten, deformed, renamed, undone—all in time. When artists set out to make objects that visualise time itself, they risk turning time into space and thereby losing its temporal essence, its movements and contingencies.
Neue Luxury • Issue 3 • Feature • BY Paul Tierney SHARE
Turn on, tune in, drop art
It’s a fine winter’s day in central Amsterdam, a city so preternaturally handsome it should come with its own mirror and grooming kit. Tall merchants houses standing proud in the sunshine, bathed in a flattering light, huddle together on the banks of its famous canals and all seems well in this picture-perfect world.
Neue Luxury • Issue 1 • Feature • BY Jane Devery SHARE
The (re)order of things: the art of Andrew Hazewinkel
Borrowing from museological, archival and archaeological practices and fields as diverse as geology, anthropology and surrealism, Andrew Hazewinkel's largely photographic and object-based works are striking for their strange arrangements of repurposed materials that unearth unexpected associations.
Neue Luxury • Issue 2 • Feature • BY Angela Hesson SHARE
An installation by Rosslynd Piggott
A murmur is by definition an elusive thing, existing in the periphery. Like a shadow or an imprint, the more one attempts to grasp it, the more ephemeral it becomes, its force residing in the realm of suggestion or evocation rather than that of the literal or figurative.
Neue Luxury • Issue 3 • Feature • BY Kathryn Simon SHARE
The wild world of art
Kenny Schachter has marked the art world with his own refreshing discourse and vision as an art dealer, curator and writer. Influenced by the view that art should not pander to an exclusive form of dialogue or be held hostage by the select few.
Neue Luxury • Issue 4 • Feature • BY Benjamin Law SHARE
Curator, director and polyglot
Say you were hiring the new Director Asia at Art Basel, the organisation that produces the biggest yearly arts event, in the world’s most populous continent. Who would you headhunt? On paper, the person who got the job seems to tick every possible box.
Neue Luxury • Issue 4 • Feature • BY Roj Amedi SHARE
Azuma Makoto is a renegade in the art of floral sculptures. In his haute couture Tokyo-based floral shop, JARDINS des FLEURS, Azuma creates abstract forms and grand floral structures. His work has attracted coveted brands and individuals devoted to his artisanal skills.