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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
R. Venturi & D. Scott Brown. Spots. 1993. Courtesy of V'SOSKE.

Cherry blossoms are long gone but the 28 flower buds, irregularly spread on a woolen “midnight navy” rug appeared for the first time today on La Guardia Place.  The rug, designed in a flat style derivative of Japanese art by American architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown (1993, 6’x8’, 100% wool), is one of […]

Schiaparelli and Prada at the Met, general view

or “An Impossible conversation with Thomas P. Campbell” Rather than give another descriptive review of the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit (currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) I will focus on the following quote by the museum’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, to identify the faults in his reasoning: “Given the role […]

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 […]

Norma Kamali dress. Courtesy of CFDA.

For collectors of haute couture the current exhibit at the Museum at FIT, “IMPACT: 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America,” is reassuring. This is because the pieces on display seem to have had a twofold impact on American culture: as items of popular fashion/culture, namely trends that inundated the market at […]

PetitH

  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.  […]

Crystalucinae Metha Agressiva

In today’s Haute Joaillerie, the role of the stone is predominant in the process of making jewelry, preeminence very much in tandem with the yielding of the goldsmith to the jeweler in early Modern Europe. What is significantly different today as compared to the art of jewelry making in the 15th and 16th centuries in […]

Salvador Dali's brooch. Courtesy of the Museum of Art & Design.

The pantheon of 20th century artists is currently housed at the second floor of the Museum of Art and Design, where guest curator Diane Venet organized an exhibit that features over 180 pieces of jewelry. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois are just a few […]