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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
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  Enduring quality is what comes to mind when one thinks of Hermès. Beauty, perfection, and endurance long associated with the tradition of great art are also descriptors of the products that bear the name of the Hermès brand. It comes as a great surprise then that all press pieces that preceded the launch of […]

Harumi Nakashima's Struggling Form. Courtesy of MAD.

When the American Craft Museum changed its name to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in 2002, it was much criticized mainly because it was not clear what the board of trustees had envisioned as its future. The uneasiness of not knowing what curatorial direction the institution would take added to the frustration of […]

Armani dress clad in Swarovski crystals, Courtesy of Swarovski

The latest exhibit, Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of the Museum at FIT, Part One (Fashion & Textile History Gallery, November 29, 2011 through May 8, 2012; http://fitnyc.edu/11600.asp) is in itself a contradiction. The show offers a stunning sequence of the most prominent names in 20th and 21st century fashion and their timeless creations.  […]

Jim Dine as Gepetto, Pinocchio Series

Spending a week in Göttingen as Gerhard Steidl’s guest was already a delightful treat. Being assigned by my host to Jim Dine’s “Pinocchio” suite was the icing on the cake. Not that the rest of the guesthouse is not welcoming or aesthetically intriguing. Who would pass the opportunity to stay in a room that showcases […]