Alexis Rockman, Battle Royale, 2011. Oil on Wood, 8’ x 18′. Collection GianEnzo Sperone, New York. Courtesy of Prospect.2 New Orleans
Although Prospect.2 New Orleans is only a third the size of the first edition of the international contemporary biennial, it still packs a big visual punch. Prospect.1, which premiered in 2008, touted 80 important, international artists and an all-star advisory committee, while Prospect.2 offers 27 artists—split three ways between international, national, and local origins—and no listed committee; but it nevertheless provides a fascinating blend of contemporary art in a more manageable form. Cruising the Crescent City in a couple of days is all that’s needed to absorb the complexity of the art on view, which includes seminal works by Alexis Rockman, Sophie Calle, Nick Cave, Francesco Vezzoli, Jennifer Steinkamp, Ivan Navarro, Dawn DeDeaux, Ragnar Kjartansson, Keith Duncan, and An-My Lê.
Artspace at A Start Up Store, December 1-January 12, 2012
Five new New York-based startups, including Artspace, have joined forces under the direction of merchandising guru Rachel Schechtman at A Start Up Store at Tenth Avenue and 19th Street in New York’s Chelsea Arts District to present a unique holiday shopping experience. Artspace is united with Bauble Bar, which offers fashion jewelry; Birch Box, featuring beauty products; Joor, selling fashion accessories; and Quirky, presenting inventive gadgets, in the six-week experimental shop. Displaying prints and photographs by Nick Cave, Ross Bleckner, Deborah Kass, Francesco Clemente, David Levinthal, and other established and emerging artists, A Start Up Store provides the opportunity to purchase a framed work of art by a notable Artspace artist just in time for the holiday season.
Theophilus London performing for Bing on the rooftop of the Sanctuary Hotel in Miami Beach
Music, fashion, and art converged in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach. Scroll through photos from the Artspace/Rush brunch for the 15 x 15 Rush Portfolio at the Mondrian South Beach, Mara Hoffman’s artist-inspired swimwear presentation at the Mondrian at sunset, Theophilus London performing at a Bing party on the rooftop of the Sanctuary Hotel, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings entertaining a creative crowd at a Ricochet Lounge party in Midtown Miami, Robin Thicke singing at the Nick Cave and Beats by Dr. Dre Art Basel Party at FENDI Casa Luxury Living Showroom in the Miami Design District, and a bikini-clad dancer atop a food truck in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami.
Soundsuit #2 by Nick Cave
Nick Cave‘s hybrid creations are part Alexander McQueen, part Andy Warhol, and wholly brash and beautiful. He combines elements of sound, performance, color, and costume to create works that even the darkest soul would find hard to resist. Born in Missouri, Nick Cave showed an early talent for performance before moving to New York City to dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Cave’s genre-expanding work straddles both dance and visual art to explore the ways that African identity is subsumed into disparate cultural codes.
Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, published by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in 2010 and now out-of-print, surveys the artist’s Relics, assemblages of found objects that transform racial stereotypes; Soundsuits, fetishistic sculptural costumes that make sounds while moving when wearing them; Performances, staged and videotaped actions with dancers wearing the Soundsuits; and Tondos, circular two-dimensional pieces that simulate abstract paintings.
Soundsuit #6 by Nick Cave
A Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Inspired by the popularity and quirkiness of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, the editors of Artspace composed one to reveal another side of their favorite artists. Shortened versions can be found on several of the Artspace artist pages, and from time to time we’ll run the complete interviews on A+. Our nineteenth artist is Nick Cave, whose first love was Amsterdam.
Kim Hastreiter, Nick Cave, Ikram Goldman, Brian Robinson, and Mickey Boardman. All photographs by Patrick McMullan.
A star studded crowd turned out for Artspace, acclaimed artist Nick Cave, and legendary fashion stylist Ikram Goldman’s celebration of New York Fashion Week at The Rooftop Penthouse at Mondrian Soho last Friday night.
Fashion designer Steven Alan, Paper Magazine’s Kim Hastreiter and Mickey Boardman, gallerist Jack Shainman, Savannah College of Art and Design exhibition director Laurie Ann Farrell, National Academy Museum curator Marshall Price, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation director John Connelly, ARTINFO blogger Nazy Nazhand, and notable fashion writer Lynn Yaeger joined Artspace co-founders Catherine Levene and Christopher Vroom to relish the crystal clear views of the city and Nick Cave’s most recent limited edition prints, based on his highly coveted sculptural Soundsuits, that are available through Artspace.
Stack of Gear by Andrew Rae
A Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Inspired by the popularity and quirkiness of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, the editors of Artspace composed one to reveal another side of their favorite artists. Shortened versions can be found on several of the Artspace artist pages, and from time to time we’ll run the complete interviews on A+. Our seventeenth artist is Andrew Rae, whose idea of misery is “being told what to do.”
Artspace’s Pop-Up Gallery at the Mondrian Los Angeles got off to a great start at the official opening on April 28, when a smart crowd from the art, film and fashion worlds co-mingled with the fresh limited edition prints and photographs on view. Mondrian chef Philip Dubose prepared a tasty selection of appetizers to match the art that was hand-picked by Artspace’s Adam Fields. Sales were brisk, especially for photos of Nick Cave’s colorful “Soundsuits,” while Jeremy Kost’s blown-up Polaroids of drag queens on parade provoked both animated conversation and strong interest.
Mondrian, one of Los Angeles’ most renowned hotel destinations, has announced an exclusive new collaboration with Artspace.com, the premier online marketplace for contemporary art offering collectors and art enthusiasts the opportunity to discover, learn about, and collect art from world-renowned artists and emerging talent at affordable prices. Mondrian will bring Artspace to life offline as a specially curated pop-up gallery, open now through mid-June, in the hotel’s intimate, custom-designed retail space.