An internationally recognised art star, British contemporary artist Tracey Emin, will be honoured at the annual MTV RE:DEFINE art auction and gala in Dallas next month. Pick a word to describe Emin’s work, or perhaps, pick an acronym, CBE, RA, and YBA—letters that tell a compelling story.
An artful collection of fashion ignites a vibrant narrative at Dallas Contemporary, as Mary Katrantzou opened her first museum exhibition this past weekend, Mary, Queen of Prints.
Curated in a schematic kaleidoscope of colours and prints, the maze of yellow, red, blue, green and pink silhouettes is mesmerizing—tantalizing the eyes one mannequin at a time. With 180-items in the exhibition, the sheer magnitude of the eye-popping body of work with trompe l’oeil prints, heavily embellished sequined and embroidered gowns with butterflies, koi carp, and pencils is breathtaking.
TRAVEL: Viva Arte Viva, the theme for Venice Biennale 2017, and the reason for my first trip to Venice. The lagoon city, a maze of waterways and narrow cobbled paths is enchanting, to say the least—but this visit was extra special, coinciding with an art tour curated by Dallas Contemporary.
The water taxi docked at Palazzo Venart just after midnight, and beneath the moonlight, the Grand Canal and garden entrance to the hotel looked hauntingly spectacular. The once Venetian palace, Palazzo Bacchini della Palme, recently renovated into a five-star hotel would be home for the next five nights. I arrived in Venice ready for a Monday morning kick-off, along with an art posse from Dallas for pre-opening activities of the Biennale.
In a sun-filled warehouse, in the Cannaregio neighbourhood of Venice resides the latest exhibition by Ukrainian photographer Boris Mikhailov titled Parliament. During the pre-opening week of the 57th Venice Biennale, I took a trip to Italy to immerse myself with art, to meet Mikhailov and attend the opening reception for the Ukrainian Pavilion.
The beginning of a New Year always feels so invigorating, new goals, new challenges and new adventures. For me, I’m super excited about two projects that I care about, both involving art and philanthropy—the Dallas Contemporary and MTV RE:DEFINE.
My friend Joyce Goss executive director of the Goss-Michael Foundation and her brother-in-law co-founder Kenny Goss (co-founded with the late George Michael), last year asked if I would chair my favourite gala MTV RE:DEFINE! More to come on this topic, but needless to say, I emphatically agreed and since then I’ve been working with Joyce and the MTV RE:DEFINE team towards developing a fantastic event on Friday, March 24, at the Dallas Contemporary, so save the date.
Manus x Machina Back in early 2014, I visited the Museum of Arts & Design in Manhattan to view the exhibition “Out of Hand: Materialising the Postdigital,” which was an exhibition focused on computer-assisted design—3D-printing, a manufacturing method now used by fashion designers, artists and architects. The exhibition, curated by Ron Labaco included works by artist Anish Kapoor, the late architect Zaha Hadid and milliner Stephen Jones to name a few. After that, I visited the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion.’
What intrigues me, then and now, is the connection of digital manufacturing in fashion and how it’s progressed from haute couture. In one day I viewed two separate exhibitions, the first clearly a modern-day marvel of technology, and the haute couture era of designer Charles James. The dichotomy is poetic.