The Art of Scent : 1889-2012 — Exhibition Review
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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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The Dark Wonder of Kiki Smith
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The Dark Wonder of Kiki Smith

Every successful work of art produces a sense of wonderment.  It allows you to see the things from a different perspective, opens your eyes to new experiences, and challenges old notions.  Through manipulation of materials, forms, and ideas, a galvanizing work of art can alter consciousness by engaging your sensory perception, to elicit emotions, memory, … Continue reading

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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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A Whiff of Revolution: New York artist Lisa Kirk bottles the smell of war
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A Whiff of Revolution: New York artist Lisa Kirk bottles the smell of war

The combination of art with politics is a subject that has always interested me. A few weeks ago, I traveled to Kassel, Germany to see the once-every-five year exhibition called dOCUMENTA 13. The artist and curator Arnold Bode created Documenta in 1955 as a means of addressing the recent trauma experienced in Europe, and looked … Continue reading

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Keiko Mecheri’s Bespoke Collection
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Keiko Mecheri’s Bespoke Collection

I had the good fortune of meeting last night the legendary Keiko Mecheri, at MiN New York.  Although she now calls California home, Mecheri’s Japanese ancestry comes through clearly in her self-effacing and friendly demeanor.  Mecheri studied graphic design at UCLA, and from that training she learned that a work of art is never created … Continue reading

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