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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 […]

Exhibition view. Copyright Thomai Serdari.

Aristocracy comes with the privileges of leisure and luxury, and with gratifications as diverse as the colors of the rainbow. Nonetheless, the common belief that associates aristocracy with an inherent entitlement to freedom is mistaken. This is what one learns from “La mécanique des dessous, une histoire indiscrète de la silhouette,” the spectacular exhibit currently […]

View of "Alaïa" at the Palais Galliera, Paris.

The re-opening of the Musée de la Mode de Paris, also known as Palais Galliera, has created much anticipation for two reasons. The building itself, a Beaux Arts edifice completed in 1894, had been in need of major restoration. As for the mission of the organization, it too required a major revisiting to question what, […]

View of the Trompe l'Oeil exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

  Trompe l’oeil, an art technique that refers to the optical illusion of the third dimension through painterly two-dimensional works of realistic imagery, has its origins in the ancient frescoes and mosaics. Trompe l’oeil has remained a constant in the works of ancient, Renaissance, and modern artists and continues to fascinate today even if the […]

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 […]

An undated photo released by the New York Public Library, is an 1891 print entitled “The Letter,” by American Artist Mary Cassatt. Eighty-eight examples of Cassatt’s work as a printmaker will be on display at the New York Public Library starting Friday, March, 8, 2013, in an exhibit entitled “Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt.” (AP Photo/New York Public Library, Mary Cassatt)

  The art world is finally taking notice of the creative process as equally important as the artwork itself. Two major exhibits on the subject are taking place in New York City: Edward Hopper’s drawings at The Whitney Museum of American Art and Mary Cassatt’s prints at the New York Public Library. And while the former will […]

David Hockney. The Jugglers, June 24th, 2012. Courtesy of The Whitney Museum of American Art.

David Hockney (1937- ), the English painter, printmaker, photographer and stage designer, owes his notoriety to the resistance with which the public accepts new forms of art. A myopic reception of art and consequently its categorization in styles and media have persisted for more than three centuries. Hockney seems to defy them all. An audacious […]

Kaleidoscope. Designed by Sonia Delaunay, ca. 1923. Courtesy of Eberhard B. Talke Antiquariat.

The 53rd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair is an elaborate affair of over a hundred exhibitors crammed under the roof of the Park Avenue Armory. The fair that opened on Thursday is closing on Sunday April 14—there is still time to visit. And while everyone is lamenting the demise of print and book cultures, […]

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 […]