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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 […]

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 […]

View of the exhibit "Mind's Eye" at Hermès

What does Rome have to do with contemporary art and contemporary photography in particular? The “Matt Ducklo and Matthew Monteith: Mind’s Eye” exhibit at the Gallery at Hermès reveals the intricate and highly personal relationships that the viewer develops with the artwork. It also reveals the importance of classical education for both contemporary artists. Matt […]

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 […]

Film still: James Nares, Pendulum, 1976. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Just days after viewing Jesus Soto’s exhibit at the Grey Arts Gallery, I was invited by a former student of mine to join her and the social club “The Contemporaries” in a gallery talk by James Nares at the Paul Kasmin Gallery.  JAMES NARES: 1976: ‘Movies, Photographs and Related Works on Paper’ is a show […]

Sissi Farassat's sequined work, courtesy of the artist.

  The magnificent setting of the Grand Palais did not make my stroll through Paris Photo, an institution in its 15th year already, any easier.  There were just too many distractions in the about 135 exhibitor booths, too many first encounters, too many old familiars, and too many provoking juxtapositions. The leading photography fair had […]

Stephanie Seymour by Patrick Demarchelier, Courtesy of ICP

While it is to Harper’s Bazaar Editor-in-Chief Glenda Bailey’s credit that she did, in fact, come to New York City to take her post at the famed magazine the day after September 11, her work during the following decade is not anchored in that event. It is rather a continuation of a long tradition at […]

Courtesy of Georges Dambier Archives

“Who’s That Girl? Georges Dambier: Fashioning the Fifties” Bonni Benrubi Gallery, March 24- May 27, 2011 I could not help but think of Tommy Hilfiger when I visited the Bonni Benrubi Gallery on Manhattan’s East 57th Street yesterday. Facing a delightful selection of works by the French photo-reporter Georges Dambier assembled for the exhibition “Who’s That Girl? Georges […]