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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Simen Johan. Untitled #176, Courtesy of Yossi Milo.

Simen Johan’s show of digitally manipulated photographs of animals currently on view at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City seems uncomfortably overpowering. Each picture is the result of Johan’s imagination as it juxtaposes images of animals against completely unfamiliar (to them) landscapes. It is all done in large scale and tightly constructed environments that exude […]

Courtesy of MARKET Stockholm 2013

The proliferation of Art Fairs indicate the public’s increased interest in art, one that justifies the hefty price of dealers’ participation in the various venues. October marks the beginning of an active year ahead with a few fairs worth visiting. Below is a selection of off-the-beaten-path fairs.   Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) Oct 24-27, […]

Archaic design for necklace (with dark red garnets in cabochon) and brooch (with malachite). Courtesy of Lalaounis.

For saturated tastes such as ours today, few are the luxury pieces that stand apart. As consumers we have become blasé precisely because the market is crowded with too many brands fighting for our attention. Print ads, promotional videos, short films, Facebook endorsements, and chatty tweets raise the volume of noise and confusion. To counter […]

Wim Delvoye. Dual Möbius Quad Corpus. Courtesy of Sperone Westwater.

Scholarship on contemporary art has become boring—self-important, deeply esoteric, with ideas built on circular arguments. That should not come as a surprise. Art criticism is hollow because there is no “Big Bang” in art either. Except occasionally, of course. As is the case with the work of Wim Delvoye, currently at Sperone Westwater and on […]

Chicago Art Expo 2013

The rooftop at the James Hotel New York became some sort of checkpoint for Chicagoans and New Yorkers last Friday. The former had just flown in for the Frieze Art Fair 2013 on Randall’s Island whereas the latter stopped by to check the competition. In the world of modern and contemporary art, two major artistic […]

Charles Fréger, "Wilder Mann" Certi, Czech Republic. Courtesy of the artist.

  Wilder Mann opened in New York on Thursday at the fourth floor gallery of La Maison Hermès on Madison Avenue. The show consists of a series of photographs that document folk costumes of traditions that have survived in several European countries (Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy to name just a few). It is […]

An illustration to the Ramayana Mewar, circa 1710. Courtesy of Bonhams.

As Asia Week New York just kicked off, fervor for the numerous works exhibited at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams is rising. Auctions are scheduled for the upcoming week. A collaboration among auction houses, independent dealers and major cultural institutions, such as Asia Society, Japan Society, Rubin Museum of Art etc., Asia Week aims at celebrating and […]

Axel Salto ceramic vase for Royal Copenhagen.

Today, for each luxury house, the public can recall both the name of its brand and that of its celebrity designer. Think of Raf Simmons for Dior Couture (fashion), Paloma Picasso for Tiffany’s (jewelry design), or Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermès (perfume). This was not the case at the beginning of the 20th century. A time […]

Sculpture. Courtesy of Antony Gormley.

Antony Gormley, a British artist whose work is currently on view at the new Sean Kelly Gallery on Tenth Avenue, creates through contradictions. He usually juxtaposes the monumental to the intimate, the complete to the fragmentary, the massive to the mobile. Gormley’ s production, which spans a career of about 40 years, is centered in […]