Art

A Controversial Nineties Artist Comes of Age

Chris Ofili, Ovid-Desire, 2011-12 see more
Art

Watch: Following the World's Most Elusive Artist, Banksy

Last year, Banksy, the influential and mysterious English artist, held a monthlong residency (of sorts) in New York City that at some times appeared more like a treasure hunt or a wild-goose chase. Social media and clues on his website allowed the artist to turn all of New York into his roving, constantly evolving exhibition, complete with graffiti, performance, and sculpture. Anything and everything could become the next ephemeral work. see more
Fashion

How a Camera Malfunction Became Fractured, a New Photo Book

Photographer Jeremy Kost has become known for his moody, sexually-charged photos that document chiseled models and habitués of the downtown New York club scene, images which were compiled into the books We Were All Innocent Once and It's Always Darkest Before Dawn. His latest outing, Fractured, builds upon a career that has focused on the male form, but, thanks to a happy accident, suffuses it with a meditative, dreamlike energy. see more
Art

How Not to Ruin Your Art with a Crappy Frame

Clear acrylic, A.K.A. Plexiglas, has been a framer's tool since at least the eighties. But it's come a long way since then, when magnets awkwardly held together two blocks of plastic. Thanks to recent technological innovations, Plexiglas is far more elegant, and museums and fashion insiders prefer it over glass to showcase artwork. "It's the optimal way to frame, especially for photography and prints," says Maria Brito, an art adviser who's consulted for Gwyneth Paltrow and Sean Combs and designed the offices of the online gallery Artspace. Beyond aesthetics—it's a ghost frame, there but not really there—the appeal of see more
Art

Meet David Kordansky, the Gallerist Who's Shaping the Los Angeles Art Scene

Sam Gilliam, From a Model to a Rainbow, 2011 Of all the gallerists who've helped turn Los Angeles into a white-hot art scene, none have proved as consistently prescient as David Kordansky. So it's only natural that the 37-year-old will cut the ribbon on his new 20,000-square-foot, Kulapat Yantrasast–designed Culver City space (below) with a show by an artist he helped put on the map: New York City–based Rashid Johnson, whose photographs, sculptures, and films challenge depictions of African-American icons—while fetching six-figure prices. Kordansky launched his first eponymous gallery in Chinatown in 2003, exhibiting fellow CalArts grads (like Israeli-American conceptual see more
Shopping

Petit h Creates Masterpieces From Hermès' Cutting-Room Floor

As a little girl hanging around her family's workshop, Pascale Mussard—a sixth-generation Hermès—couldn't help but notice all the scraps of silk, strips of croc, and slightly bent silver spoons littering the floors. Now, as artistic director of Petit h, a line she launched in 2010, Mussard works with a team of 10 craftsmen to repurpose such castoffs, transforming them into leather clocks, life-size animal sculptures, and unique coin trays (like the one pictured above). Some 4,000 pieces hit the West Coast for the first time June 13 through 29 at a pop-up shop at Hermès' South Coast Plaza store in see more
Fashion

4 Questions for Photographer William Wegman on Using His Famous Dogs as Fashion Models for Acne and Trussardi

Pictured, from left: Wegman's Weimaraner for Acne, a greyhound photographed for the Trussardi spring/summer 2014 campaign. see more
Art

Jeff Koons Tells us the Stories Behind 4 of His Most Famous Works

Since the late 1970s, Koons has all but erased the line between art and spectacle with his kitschy porcelain figurines, sexually explicit portraits, and giant mirrored balloon animals. Now, at 59, as he readies the biggest show of his career—"Jeff Koons: A Retrospective," opening June 27 at New York City's Whitney Museum—the art world's captain of industry reflects on four of his most iconic pieces. see more
Movies + TV

Director Wim Wenders Just Won Big at Cannes for His Globe-Trotting Documentary—But it All Started with a Childhood Love of Americana

You know German director Wim Wenders for the moving Wings of Desire (1987), as well as for his gripping documentaries Buena Vista Social Club (1999) and Pina (2011). One title you might be less familiar with is The Salt of the Earth, his most recent cinematic accomplishment, which won the Special Prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival. see more
Art

The Splurge: Gitman Vintage's Chris Olberding's Buys Artwork for His New Showroom

For The Splurge, we ask tastemakers to tell us about their most recent—and most extravagant—purchases. In this edition, Gitman Vintage's founder and designer Chris Olberding does a little art shopping. see more
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