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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lara Knutson. Soft Glass, 2010. Courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass.

Historians organize our experiences in neatly defined historic movements. Romanticism, the intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century, found expression in artistic and literary works that deeply impacted the Western world until about 1850. Romantic works stemmed from heightened emotions and man’s aesthetic experience in the world. In turn, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Louis I. Kahn. Esherick House, 1959-1961. Courtesy of Wright Auctions.

The inventory of modern architecture, especially housing, reads like a prescription for physical therapy. It is often dry, cold, and uninspiring—even worse, it can be confusing and off-putting like a drill that your therapist trusts will make you feel better and fully functional. You totally understand the mechanics on a purely abstract level and yet […]