Art I’m Loving: James Turrell

So I know everyone and their brother has been raving about the James Turrell retrospective, an exhibition that debuted at LACMA earlier this summer and is now at the Guggenheim, where it is currently on view until the end of September. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on a private tour of the exhibition last week, and I can attest honestly that it lived up to all the hype.

The retrospective marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York since 1980. This is not to say Turrell stopped creating new work over the past 33 years, he has simply been devoting all of his time to working on Roden Crater, a 5,400-foot-high extinct volcano near the Grand Canyon that he has been transforming into a visionary work of land art. The massive sculpture in works is inspired by the pyramids, Machu Picchu, and other ancient sites that toy with signature Turrell themes such as time and space.

So it’s no wonder that The New York Times and Time Magazine articles I cited above delve into how Turrell “knocked the art world off its feet” and “conquered the heavens.” His work is literally impossible to explain; instead, it is meant to be experienced and interpreted via visual interaction with his installations. Our tour guide explained how what one person sees while viewing an installation may be completely different than what someone else does because Turrell’s “materials” are not really “materials” at all in the literal sense of the word, but rather light, color, space, and perception itself. His pieces are almost always site specific.

We started our tour in the rotunda, where we viewed Aten Reign, a major new project that “recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light.” The complete transformation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed  architecture uses the natural void within the museum to create the most captivating play on light and space with gradating color I could stare at for hours. Though the rotunda is the highlight of the show, additional works from Turrell’s career are on view in the museum’s annexes. If you are in New York prior to September 25th, I cannot encourage you enough to head to the Upper East Side for this incredible show.

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My (sneakily-taken) Instagram of the rotunda

© 2013 Scott Rudd

A view from afar in the rotunda, showing how the color transforms the entire rotunda; © 2013 Scott Rudd

The first light installation created by Turrell

The first light installation created by Turrell, on view in an annex



Dior + The Andy Warhol Foundation

In one of the most unique collaborations I have seen lately with The Andy Warhol Foundation (the ever-licensing organization also recently partnered with Perrier and Bugaboo), Dior has utilized some of Warhol’s early hand drawn work from the 1950s in his Fall/Winter 2013 collection. “For me Warhol made so much sense,” Dior creative director Raf Simons said of the collaboration on Dior’s website“I was interested in the delicacy and sensitivity in the early work he did, I was drawn to that graphic style naturally in this collection. It was that notion of hand work and personal signature that fitted throughout.”  Particularly, Simons worked Warhol’s “Stamped Shoe with Butterflies 1961,” “High Heel,” and “Shoe 1955” onto several handbags and silk dresses.

The collection as a whole is truly a nod to the label’s founder. Christian Dior himself was an avid art enthusiast, a close friend of many artists, and a gallerist prior to his move into fashion. The collection centered around a theme of surrealism, with the art of Dali and Giacometti serving as much of his inspiration. The notions of Surrealism and Pop through Warhol’s drawings were brought together in what was referred to in the show dossier as a “scrapbook.” To top it all off, the dreamscape of the show’s set brought to mind Magritte with a cloud-covered path winding around large mirrored spheres.


A number of dresses incorporating Warhol drawings from the Dior Autumn/Winter 2013 collection


A satin clutch with a Warhol shoe drawing


A tote with a similar motif

Roland Mouret, M.A.C. + Antonio Lopez

Roland Mouret‘s London outpost in Mayfair is set to host an Antonio Lopez in-store exhibition to celebrate the late fashion illustrator’s 70th birthday. Opening mid-September and remaining on view for five weeks, the exhibition will feature previously unseen works created for publications including Interview and The New York Times, alongside more recognizable pieces from the 60s-80s. London gallery East of Mayfair will present the exhibition online for those unable to see the works in person. Works in the upcoming exhibition will be available for purchase, and you can browse them online beginning on September 14th here.

Lopez’s work was brought back into the spotlight last year with the publication of the book Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco, a career retrospective published by Rizzoli with a forward by Andre Leon Talley and an epilogue by Anna Sui.  Suzanne Geiss concurrently hosted an exhibition, Antonio’s World, in her soho gallery which surveyed three decades of the illustrator’s creative output, including drawings, photographs, and ephemera. Lopez is most known for his seminal works throughout the 70s and 80s that adorned the pages of Vogue, WWD, Interview and The New York Times. Lopez was notorious for his drawings that commented on and took inspiration from contemporary culture. He worked with Karl Lagerfeld in the 70’s and helped to launch the careers of now-established models including Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, and Marisa Berenson, collectively known as “Antonio’s Girls.”  The artist sadly passed away in 1987 from AIDS, but it is clear his legacy lives on in the worlds of both art and fashion.

Also launching in September, M.A.C. Cosmetics recently announced a one month, limited-edition collection inspired by Lopez. In keeping with the disco era theme, the makeup collection, which includes eye shadows, lip palettes and cosmetic bags, will feature bold vibrant colors such as electric blue and fuchsia. Atonio’s Girls were appropriately tapped to star in the print ad campaign, their outfits matching the collection colors and inspired by the glamorous look of the 70s. The collection launches online on September 5th and in stores September 12th.

Antonio Lopez, "Untitled (Norma Kamali Campaign)", 1986

Antonio Lopez, “Untitled (Norma Kamali Campaign)”, 1986 (image via The Suzanne Geiss Company)

Gowns for Anna Piagi (photo credit DR)

Gowns for Anna Piagi (photo credit DR)

Makeup palettes from M.A.C.'s upcoming collection

Makeup palettes from M.A.C.’s upcoming collection

A shot from the upcoming print ad announcing the Lopez collection

A shot from the upcoming print ad announcing the Lopez collection

Collaboration Anticipation: Lisa Perry + Robert Indiana

Late last week, WWD snagged the exclusive announcement about Lisa Perry’s upcoming artist capsule collection with Robert Indiana, the pop artist most known for his LOVE and number motifs. Perry, as you may know from past posts (such as this and this), launches a limited edition artist collection each Spring. This year, however, the designer opted for a Fall launch to coincide with Indiana’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, entitled “Robert Indiana: Beyond Love,” opening September 26th.

For her fourth annual artist collection, Perry not only saw Indiana as a perfect fit for her notoriously pop-inspired design aesthetic, but she also admired the artist’s ability to “create something that becomes iconic and recognizable for the ages.” The limited edition line of apparel and accessories will not only feature the signature “Love” imagery, but will also incorporate other Indiana motifs including “Decade Autoportrait” and “Numbers.” Proceeds from sales will benefit The Whitney. The collection hits stores in early September, so mark your calendars, ladies.


A first look at a dress from the limited edition Robert Indiana collection. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!!

image via WWD; photo by Courtesy Photo