During the Golden Era of Glamour in the 1950s, Coco Chanel returned to Paris after her post-war excursion, Hubert de Givenchy opened his own fashion house—dressing Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina in 1954, and the ‘New Look’ created by Christian Dior—nipped-waist, with a full skirt and mid-calf length was the silhouette de rigueur.
Four courses, four galleries and plenty to chew on—how could I turn down that invitation? Last Friday I attended the unique Moveable Feast with other Board Members from the Dallas Contemporary—a special invitation to view new exhibitions at these fine galleries—a day prior to their opening.
The brain child of Conduit Gallery owner Nancy Whitenack—rallied up local gallerists Cris Worley, Missy Finger and Holly Johnson, to share an intimate gathering with exhibition artists.
First Course: Conduit Gallery + FT33. Nancy Whitenack served up the first course with FT33, a new restaurant due to open in the Design District this fall, needless to say, the hors d’oeuvre was delicious. Two new exhibitions are open for only a month, and both artist Susan and Mimi shared insight into their inspiration. Both complementary and juxtaposed—one conjured from thoughts of dreams, the other taken from the elements of everyday life in Japan.
Worthy of some whimsy, view Susan Kae Grant: Theatrical Realms of the Whimsical & Tragic, and snap back to reality with Mimi Kato: One Ordinary Day of an Ordinary Town. Open September 8 — October 6, 2012. Conduit Gallery: 1626 Hi Line Dr. #C, visit: Conduit Gallery.
Circa 1994—I remember that time well when I lived in London and revered The Face magazine. Grunge was in full throttle, with images of dirty realism that filtered editorial fashion stories, and a skinny Kate Moss rocked the heroin chic look that typified the standard, arbitrary dress code.
The Face, 1994, For Your Pleasure: Well Basically Basuco is Coke Mixed with Kerosine…
In complete contrast, fashion photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin catapulted into notoriety, as a digitally savvy duo with the glossy fashion story, titled, “For Your Pleasure.” Featured in the British fashion and pop culture magazine The Face, in early ‘94, the story featured a highly stylized, explosion of explicit glamour and expression of pure hedonism—uniquely composed of stock photos and hyper-real backdrops.
Chat: When my fellow Brit and artistically acquainted friend James Cope told me, he was visiting the Dallas Art Fair, and why, I had to seize the moment and catch some inside scoop from the most stylish art curator on the New York art scene—Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld. Life is full of odd coincidences; I just featured his mother Carine Restoin Roitfeld this week. It’s raining Roitfelds!
Nicolas Pol, Self-Invited Venredies, 2012.
James is a good bloke, and solid contemporary art connoisseur, he left Dallas last year to take a cultured bite out of the big apple, and, needless to say, his artful circles connected him with Mr Roitfeld—so I asked for a short Q&A about his impending appearance in Dallas for the Dallas Art Fair.
Artists: Everyone is seeing spots lately, with the recent collaboration between Cynthia Rowley and Olaf Breuning, and Louis Vuitton announcing its collaboration with dotty Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
True to form Marc Jacobs never fails to tantalise us with his unique fusion of contemporary artists at the House of Louis Vuitton—Stephen Sprouse, Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami, how could we forget! From graffiti, camouflage, and cherry blossom, to spots—the polka dot collection will include ready-to-wear, leather goods, accessories, shoes, watches and jewelry.
Exhibition: This past chilly Saturday evening in Dallas, if you were not staring at glitter panda paintings, then you missed the opening celebration at the Dallas Contemporary featuring New York artist Rob Pruitt.
Rob Pruitt Exhibition at Dallas Contemporary
Executive Director Peter Dorenshenko brings forth yet another amazing artful feat—made specifically for the Dallas Contemporary, this is Pruitt’s first major institutional exhibition in the United States, and his largest. With so many pandas under one roof I wanted to eat bamboo!