Making Up and Selling Out: Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Othoniel Collaborate with Kiehl’s and Dior
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Making Up and Selling Out: Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Othoniel Collaborate with Kiehl’s and Dior

In the NY Times today, Bee-Shyuan Chang reports on the collaboration between the artist Kenny Scharf and the cosmetics company, Kiehl’s.  Following Andy Warhol’s example of embracing mass culture and markets in his art, Scharf is one of many artists who are blurring the lines between the unique art object and the dissemination of mass produced … Continue reading

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Anti-Aesthetic: The Scents of Comme des Garçons
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Anti-Aesthetic: The Scents of Comme des Garçons

“Anti-aesthetic”…signals that the very notion of the aesthetic, its network of ideas, is in question here: the ideas that aesthetic experience exists apart, without “purpose,” all but beyond history, or that art can now effect a world at once (inter)subjective, concrete, and universal–a symbolic totality.  Like “postmodernism,” then, “anti-aesthetic” marks a cultural position on the … Continue reading

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From Faking It to Making It: Icelandic Visual Artist Andrea Maack’s Perfume Line
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From Faking It to Making It: Icelandic Visual Artist Andrea Maack’s Perfume Line

A visual artist turned niche perfumer?  The Icelandic Review magazine features a story on Andrea Maack, a visual artist who began in the perfume world by creating four perfumes for an arts festival in Reykjavík in 2008.  Maack, who went to the Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked in fashion in London before turning exclusively … Continue reading

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Nose in a Book: “In the Library” by CB I Hate Perfume and “Paper Passion” by Geza Schoen
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Nose in a Book: “In the Library” by CB I Hate Perfume and “Paper Passion” by Geza Schoen

My collecting habits are becoming a big problem.  Like most New Yorkers, I live in a tiny apartment.  I don’t have enough wall space to hang the art I have, bottles of perfume overflow from my dresser to my bathroom, and my books cram shelves and sit in stacks on tables and on the floor.  … Continue reading

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Belle Haleine: Marcel Duchamp’s Readymade Perfume Bottle
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Belle Haleine: Marcel Duchamp’s Readymade Perfume Bottle

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. – Marcel Duchamp Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was an artist known for his … Continue reading

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The Liberated Woman: Feminism and Perfume Advertising
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The Liberated Woman: Feminism and Perfume Advertising

The late 1960’s and early 1970’s was an era of social and political conflict.  As demonstrations against the Vietnam War were happening at every college campus and sit-ins were staged on buses to protest segregation, women were agitating for equal rights with men.  At the forefront of the women’s liberation movement was Gloria Steinem, who … Continue reading

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