Tree (2014) stands 24 meters-tall (79 feet) and is made of green plastic canvas in a form that resembles, depending on who you ask, a Christmas tree, a Brancusi sculpture, or a butt plug-type sex toy.
While it’s creator, Los Angeles based artists Paul McCarthy was surveying the completed work, an unknown assailant accosted him, allegedly screaming that his sculpture did not belong on the Place Vendôme before hitting him in the face at least three times. He was apparently additionally upset by the fact that McCarthy is not French.
Today everyone’s under pressure to create the new. The new for some people is completely new all the time, which I don’t always agree with. I believe in evolution, and I think that adidas is a company that works through evolution, but the pressure from the outside is always for new, new, new. Think about women’s handbags. There are only a few iconic handbags. Nowadays they are not even iconic anymore after four years. They are iconic for that time, and then they somehow drop dead. I wonder if there is something wrong with the way certain products are approached. But then again if you’re not in the window of a browser anymore after a week, you are forgotten, so you need to stay relevant all the time. There’s a pressure to put out new products, all the time. It’s part of the reality that we deal with.
adidas Creative Director DIRK SCHÖNBERGER in conversation with 032c - More here.
A lot of the products and shops that have come out of the capitalist embrace of authenticity and vintage are silly and fake, but the thing is, if you’re really going to ape a cultural movement, you have to go all in.
Part of the cultural change that spawned Madewell is that being older and more honest and taking the time and making a better product is, well, better. There is much to be scornful of in this world of Mason-jar salads and twirly mustaches, but a major, and admirable, tenet of this specific modern twist on consumer culture is the idea that it is better to do things the right way. It is better to make fewer things than more things, because you can concentrate on those fewer things. This is why Americans of a certain age and class are more impressed by a pizza place that serves nothing but margherita pizza than by Domino’s, which sells a million combinations of cheese and sauce and bread and meat and will deliver to your door in 30 minutes or less.
Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of the postwar era. In this Whitney Stories video, Koons reflects upon the significance of having his first retrospective at the Whitney at age 59, and discusses the manifesto that drives his work. (via whitneymuseum)
davidlook: The above caption leaves out the fact that he’s probably the richest artist working today. A must read is the July, 2014 article in Vanity Fair that traces his trajectory through the contemporary art word, but still sheds little light on his marriage to a Hungarian-born naturalized-Italian porn star named Cicciolina — you can see much of the work from this era of his creative output in this video every time you see some boobs flash up on the screen. His equilibrium tanks and vaccuum cleaners were a big inspiration in my early art school days, but he kind of lost me with the larger than life-sized porcelain sculptures of him and Cicciolina entwined in a 69. He went almost went bankrupt during that time, so it’s nice to see him back on top. Would love to see this show.
revelrysociety: On September 7th of last year The Society for the Preservation of Historic Revelry embarked on one of its most ambitious expeditions: The Arthur Erickson Dinner Series. With a mandate to gather, party, and collect content at every Arthur Erickson site in the province of British Columbia, small teams have been assembling themselves outside Erickson sites as part of the Revelry Society’s 5th Official Expedition.
It is with great excitement that this journey continues, over a year since it started at the law courts in Vancouver’s downtown core, with a 4th dining event at the Museum of Anthropology on the UBC campus in West Vancouver.