Francesco Vezzoli’s Decadent Perfume Faux-Mercial
Art / Perfumes

Francesco Vezzoli’s Decadent Perfume Faux-Mercial

I always love a good perfume commercial, like Chanel’s Egoiste ad from the early 1990’s and David Lynch’s work for Calvin Klein’s Obsession. Even better are the spoofs of the genre. Kristen Wiig stars in a SNL skit called “Red Flag” that pokes fun at the pretentious, pseudo-seriousness of perfume ads. In 2009, Francesco Vezzoli … Continue reading

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That Smells Radical: Fluxus Art Engages the Nose
Art / Perfumes / Politics

That Smells Radical: Fluxus Art Engages the Nose

In 1965, Takako Saito produced Spice Chess, consisting of a chess board whose pieces are filled with spices.  One can only recognize the position being played by inhaling its scent rather than relying on sight.  The set includes white pawns made of cinnamon, white rooks of nutmeg, the white knights are ginger, black bishops are Cumin, and the black king made of asafoetida.  The white … Continue reading

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The Art of Scent : 1889-2012 — Exhibition Review
Art / France / Perfumes / Reviews

The Art of Scent : 1889-2012 — Exhibition Review

In 1917, a French American artist named Marcel Duchamp submitted a work of art he called “Fountain” to be exhibited at the first New York salon to be held by the Society of Independent Artists.  “Fountain” consisted of a porcelain urinal that Duchamp signed and dated with “R Mutt 1917.”  Needless to say it caused great scandal, and reverberations … Continue reading

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