As our in-house designer is pretty occupied this season, we decided to make something different for our specials this year. The idea is based on the concept of Objets Trouvé, objects that we find on local flea-markets or thrift stores. But contrary to Marcel Duchamp and other conceptual artists, we do not declare them as art, but rather see them as nice objects for use, decoration, etc. These objects may range from housewares to furniture to some kitsch.
The first found item is not something rare or valuable. It is the first and most famous single from the Italian synthpop trio My Mine, consisting of Stefano Micheli, Carlo Malatesta and Danilo Rosati. The 7" was released in Italo Disco's strongest year 1983 and was a major hit all over Europe. Next to the catchy music, the nice cover art represents the decade and genre perfectly.
What is privacy? Where does it start? In times of social media and instant blogging such questions are immanent and make Nan Goldins work seem not as extreme as it was at the beginning of the 70's and 80's. At that time, this was something never done before and shocked people.
The photographer was born in 1953 in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Boston. She initially got in touch with a camera through a friend in 1968. Nan had her first solo show already in 1973, which was about living with drag queens with whom she lived since age 18. She got introduced to them by her friend David Armstrong, also a photographer, who is as Nan Goldin, Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe, and other artists, part of the Boston School.
After graduating from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, now Tufts University, in 1978 she moved to New York. She settled in the post-punk, new wave scene as well as the gay subculture of late 70's and early 80's, documenting her and their lives. She calls that circle of friends her tribe, which she described as bonded not by blood, but by a similar morality, the need to live fully and for the moment.
Between 1979 and 1986 she created her most famous work, initially a slideshow then turned into a book, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. The name is from Berthold Brecht's Threepenny Opera. In this series of photos, as the name predicts, she captured the relationships of herself and her tribe and all that comes along including violence, drug use, ...
Her photographic style is raw, unfiltered, honest and non-judgemental. In general, her work is described as a journal made public. Nan Goldin does not chase a certain picture, but rather captures her experiences, which then become pictures.
Recurring themes in her work are love, gender, domesticity, and sexuality. The New York Times nicely summarized it that she forged a genre, with photography as influential as any in the last twenty years.
Remakes or reinterpretations of classic films are a sensitive subject, because the original films are loaded with sentimental value and the new version will always be compared to it. So it is not an easy task for Italian director Luca Guadagnino to interpret Jacques Deray's La Piscine (Swimming Pool) from 1969.
The original film casted Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet and a very young Jane Birkin. That cast alone was reason enough to lend the film cult status. Luca Guadagnino, who is known to broader audiences for his 2010 film I Am Love, set the story in a modern, slightly different context, but with the same tensions.
The name A Bigger Splash is derived from David Hockney's famous painting from 1967, who took a lot of inspiration from Californian pools. For the main actress, the rock star Marianne Lane, Guadagnino works again with long-time collaborator Tilda Swinton. The other principal actors are the Belgian Matthias Schoenaerts, the fulminant Ralph Fiennes and 50 Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson.
Next to the incredible quartet the island Pantelleria, situated between Sicily and Tunisia, plays a key role in the movie, providing the beautiful background for the film. In the end, it comes down to personal taste, which one prefers, but we leave that up to you.
When in 2014 Brandt Brauer Frick released their DJ-Kicks Mix a track, at least for us, stood out. The song was called Rollercoaster by an artist with the interesting name Dollkraut. Apparently we were late to the party, as Pascal Pinkert, so his common name, started to release music already back in 2009.
His first releases on Sound Architecture and Doppelschal were in a sense rather typical house records, but they already showed his knack for different, warmer sounds. With his slow, but steady pace of releases on labels like The Gym, Permanent Vacation or Charlois his signature production style got more "visible". Concerning his releases and attentions from the labels he says: I can’t do obvious stuff, it doesn’t interest me and that’s also maybe why it took so long getting some attention for what I do.
Dollkrauts sound can be mainly described as organic. He reaches this sound by using of a lot of analog gear, as he loves to produce on machines that are not made anymore. He draws a lot of inspiration from cinema, especially from the 70s. But not just the soundtracks, but also the visual aspects like posters or opening titles, which can be seen in his videos on youtube and facebook.
Next to production, he becomes a more and more in-demand dj, where he showcases his eclectic influences, ranging from krautrock to movie scores. As a DJ he is not afraid to take risks and for example plays Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmas Time at peak time.
Since 2015 he toured as Dollkraut with a live brand live band. In early 2016 another project of Pascal surfaced, called de Ambassade, where collaborates again with Bernard Crochet. Under this moniker they explore a more synthie/wave oriented sound with Dutch lyrics.
In every field of art there is a need for a trailblazer, one who initially questions certain rules and tries to find new ways. Such a pioneer for the American abstract expressionism was the originally Dutch painter Willem de Kooning.
De Kooning was born in 1904 in Rotterdam, quit school in 1916 and started to work as an apprentice in a firm of commercial artists. Next to that he took evening courses at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten en Technische Wetenschappen, now called the Willem de Kooning Academie.
In 1926 he moved to the United States, initially hoping for the American Dream to come true and started to job as a carpenter, house-painter and commercial artist. After his move to New York in 1927 he began to paint in his free-time and befriended some modernist artists living in Manhattan, like Stuart Davis, Johan Graham and Ashile Gorky.
The later had the hugest influence on de Kooning, as he put it himself: When, about fifteen years ago, I walked into Arshile’s studio for the first time, the atmosphere was so beautiful that I got a little dizzy and when I came to, I was bright enough to take the hint immediately. If the bookkeepers think it necessary to make sure of where things and people came from, well then, I came from 36 Union Square [address of the studio of Gorky that time].. .I am glad that it is about impossible to get away from his powerful influence. (ART news, Vol. 47, no 9, January 1949)
After working for the Federal Art Project in 1934 and 1935, he decided to be a full time artist in 1937. A year later he met his future wife Elaine Fried, also a painter, whom he married in 1943 and stayed together until her death, despite alcoholism and affairs on both sides. For a long time he was seen as an artist's artist. He had not his first solo show until the the age of 44 at the Egan Gallery in New York, which first underlined his position as a major artist.
Despite the fact, that he was seen as a key artist in the New York School, he never associated himself with Abstract Expressionism. Contrary to some of his contemporaries, he did not develop a signature style and then sticked to it, but rather experimented and tried to push the boundaries over his six decades spanning career. This for him meant to also try out sculpture and not abandoning figure completely, as his most famous series Woman shows.
Today his works are among the most sought after and new sale records are reached every year. For example, his painting Interchange (1955) was sold this year for $300 million, making it the highest price ever paid for a painting.
It is definitely a tradition for us, but also something we highly enjoy and therefore continue to do every year. We are speaking about our slightly different Christmas calendar. Each day until the 24th of December, we present you something from the fields of art, design, architecture, film, etc and give you a break, at least for a few minutes, from this stressful season.
Hope you enjoy this year’s selection! We wish you all a peaceful advent!
At our 5th anniversary we think it is time for diversification and so we cordially invite you to the opening of our women’s section. From the 9th of September we carry a selection of women’s brands with the likes of Norse Projects, Libertine-Libertine, S.N.S. Herning, Armoire Officielle and Opening Ceremony.
So stop by and join us for a drink!
After-Party at 10pm Freysitz with Alex Karios & DJ 3st