COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Hiroshi Sugimoto. Color gradations. Courtesy of the artist.

The first collaboration between the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and La Maison Hermès took place in 2003 in Tokyo. There, at the luxury brand’s space, Sugimoto’s exhibit L’Histoire de l’Histoire allowed him to present his work alongside about sixty ancient and medieval Japanese objects and to effectively interject himself into Japan’s history. That type of strong […]

Audemars Piguet watch, back

It takes time to build a luxury brand. It also takes expertise, patience, imagination and great attention to detail. It is no wonder then that Royal Oak, a luxury line of a sports watch launched 40 years ago by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, reaches ever-higher status among collectors as time goes by. The concept, design, […]

Late Summer, 2008-2011, Chromogenic Print, Courtesy of Fred Torres

For the first time on view in the US, “Earth Laughs in Flowers” at Fred Torres (who from now on represents David LaChapelle in New York) is an exhibit that distills LaChapelle’s relationship to high art and kitsch. A series of 10 large-scale still-life photographs, LaChapelle’s work borrows from the baroque vocabulary of still life […]

Horse tack with feline representation, tin and gold inlay

For the last six weeks I have been lecturing on luxury, its origins and evolution through history, including the business strategies that yield greater market share for luxury goods companies. The experience has reinforced my view of luxury as something timeless, universal, and gender-less.  Unexpectedly, I found proof of this view in the exhibition currently […]

Kiki Smith. Frogs. Courtesy of Pace Wildenstein.

                      It turns out New York’s best-kept secret is the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) on Columbus Circle. (See entry at: http://thomaiserdari.com/2012/01/beauty-in-all-things/) Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales on show from February 14 –through June 10, 2012 is a stunner. Sculptural pieces […]