The show that tricks our imagination… every time. Art Basel

 

Van de Weghe Fine Art

Our never ending affair with Art. And here we meet again… for a dose of inspiration, excitment, questions and guesses. This year, 290 leading international galleries presented their work ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary. Featuring 24 projects this year, the sector presented ambitiously curated exhibitions by both historical and contemporary artists, with 11 galleries completely new to the show.

With fascinating highlights from the sector that included: a two-person show by US artists Allyson Strafellaand Helen Mirra at Galleria Raffaella Cortese. And Croy Nielsen’s presentation of work by Austrian artist Elke Silvia Krystufek, who during the 1990s became known for her often provocative performances, videos, photographs and paintings, many of which address the identity of the female artist in a patriarchal society.

Exceptional artworks by Wallace Bermanand and historical archival documents from the late 1940s to the 1970s was an unmissable element of the show. And an impressive solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Carl Cheng at Philip Martin Gallery was one of the highlights of the week.

Antony Gormley

UNLIMITED

Some latest news has been released during the show, that Giovanni Carmine will curate Unlimited for the first time in 2020, taking over from Gianni Jetzer, who has curated the Art Basel Unlimited sector in Basel for eight years, since 2012. Curator and art critic, Giovanni Carmine has been Director of the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland since 2007, where he has curated exhibitions by artists including Ryan Gander, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sylvia Sleigh, Hassan Khan, Amalia Pica, and more. Carmine has previously curated a number of international projects, including the Swiss Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 with a presentation by Valentin Carron.

Giovanni Carmine commented: ‘Unlimited is one of the most unique platforms in the artworld. I’m very pleased and grateful to have the possibility to work with some of the mostinteresting and innovative artists of our time on this project. It’s a great curatorialchallenge where I can put all of my knowledge and passion for art into.’

As part of the show and the reason to celebrate – Lu Yang was announced as the next BMW Art Journey winner at the BMW Cocktail Reception during Art Basel in Basel. His BMW Art Journey ‘Human Machine Reverse Motion Capture Project’ is concerned with how the human body can be trained to overcome its physical limitations. Her research explored the deployment of the human body in historical and present-day cultures, looking at traditional and contemporary dances practiced in Indonesia, India, and Japan.

Steeped in the latest digital technologies, Lu Yang employed sophisticated motion capture devices to record the dancers’ gestures, including facial, finger and eye capture techniques that can collect and analyze the subtlest body movements, and will mimic these using robotic technologies.

In Legong, a traditional Balinese dance, for example, movement is controlled to such a degree that dancers are able to manipulate their finger joints individually. The facial and eye movements of India’s Kathakali dancers resemble the workings of sensors and motors in advanced humanoid robots. A similar robotic precision is expressed in Japanese pop dances. Thus, Lu Yang’s BMW Art Journey links traditional and modern cultural forms to radically transformative contemporary technologies. In a larger sense, it will look into how we negotiate our evolving relationship with machines that may ultimately surpass our human limitations.

Your Royal adventure at remarkable 800-year-old Ashford Castle

Imagine waking up at the breathtaking 800-year-old castle that was once the home of the Guinness Family and was voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ in 2016 after reopening its doors following a major refurbishment. The service at Ashford Castle is hard to beat. The staff are incredibly friendly, offering a very warm Irish hospitality.  Many of the staff have been working here for years, some of them decades, which is testament to how special Ashford Castle is.

It underwent a two year renovation and reopened to guests in April 2015. The $75 million restoration of this 13th century iconic building helped reaffirm its legendary status as one of Europe’s most prestigious hotels.

The castle’s 83 rooms and suites (and hideaway cottage) represent real elegance, showcasing stunning original features with modern luxuries.

Thanks to 350 acres of land, there is plenty to keep you busy at Ashford Castle. It’s been a playground for successive generations of the de Burgo, Bingham, Browne and Guinness families for hundreds of years and remains a fun getaway to this day. 

It’s home to Ireland’s first School of Falconry, which provides an amazing opportunity to learn more about these fascinating birds while exploring the grounds. Keep yourself active with some cycling, horse riding, clay shooting, zip lining, fishing or kayaking, or play a round of golf or a tennis match instead. Maybe you’d prefer to skip right to the relaxation part?

An absolute must is a night at the movies; Ashford has its own 32-seater cinema that plays classic films, including ‘The Quiet Man’ starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, which was filmed here in 1951! 

There are formal and informal options at Ashford Castle. For a formal occasion dine in the George V Dining Room where a dinner jacket is required. Named in honour of the royal who visited in 1905, the Castle’s signature restaurant still bears his name to this day. A resident pianist or harpist will play soft music in the background t really set the ambiance for your exquisite meal. 

The Dungeon downstairs, meanwhile, offers a unique setting with a bistro-inspired menu, while the latest addition to the family – Stanley’s (named after the current owner, Stanley Tollman) – is an informal American-style diner. 

Mrs Tea’s Boutique and Bakery (named after Stanley’s wife, Beatrice Tollman – co-owners of the Red Carnation Hotel Group) sells homemade fudge, delicious sandwiches and Mrs T’s legendary ‘Bread in a Bottle’. 

In the evening retire to the Billiards Room for a night cap or to The Prince of Wales Bar where you can sample one of the 60 Irish whiskies there. A flight from London is just an hour. The castle also has its own helicopter landing pad if you’d prefer that option instead. 

www.ashfordcastle.com

Article by James Massoud

All the Focus is on the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

And it is a wrap! Berkeley Bespoke does Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, 20th May 2019 

For 12 days, the 72nd edition of the Festival de Cannes has celebrated artists and films from different perspectives, making cinema a celebration of discovery and reunions shared all around the World. And Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to walk the red carpet, having eye contacts with the planet’s most desirable stars and hearing this wonderful speech:

“Every remittance of a Palme is unique and wonderful. And I could count every moment of every year. When a Palme d’Or is awarded to a great master, as was the case for Malick, Haneke or Polanski, it is amazing because one has the feeling that the Cannes awards keep step with history. I hope that it will always be this grail that makes filmmakers dizzy with desire. May it continue to give its blessing to talent by rewarding great artists, or discovering who the promising filmmakers of tomorrow will be.”

Thierry Frémaux

 

One of our favorite looks, was presented by the Danish-Thai model and actress Rita Sririta Jensen, during premiere of ‘Les Miserables’. Rita was wearing a magical Michael Cinco C

outure gown, that truly become one of the most talked about pieces.

Her look was styled with Avakian’s ravishing pink sapphire and diamond necklace and matching earrings from the High Jewellery Collection.

 

Andrew Bezhenar at the amfAR

Supporting philanthropy and with the great sympathy, Andrew Bezhenar, Co-Founder of Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to attend the 26th annual amfAR Gala in Cannes, that raised more than $15 million the Foundation for AIDS Research, and its pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc was presented by Chopard, JOLLYONE, and Young Merry Real International Group.

The evening opened with a surprise performance by Austrian operatic tenor Andreas Schager, whose powerful rendition of “Nessun Dorma” set the stage for a spectacular line-up of musical guests. Global superstar Mariah Carey had the audience singing along to her chart- topping hits and legendary singer Tom Jones performed iconic songs such as “Soul of a Man” and “It’s Not Unusual.”  

Event Host Chris Tucker welcomed guests and introduced longtime amfAR supporter and amfAR Ambassador Milla Jovovich, who emphasized that funds raised during the evening directly impact amfAR’s lifesaving research efforts, which are “bringing us closer and closer to a cure.” She then thanked the event’s sponsors for their generosity and welcomed amfAR Chairman of the Board William H. Roedy to the stage.

A stunning feature of the evening was the We Can Be Heroes Collection fashion show curated by longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld. The collection featured one-of-a-kind looks from the World’s most celebrated fashion houses. Participating designers included Balmain, Bosideng, Celine, Chanel, Dior, DSQUARED2, Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, Gucci, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Off-White, Prada, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Versace, and more. Some of the world’s top models participated in the runway presentation, including Cindy Bruna, Winnie Harlow, Elsa Hosk, Martha Hunt, Kendall Jenner, Stella Maxwell, Sara Sampaio, Josephine Skriver, and more. An unforgettable night… for sure… 

Royal Malewane – A thrill for All our Senses

Imagine waking up in the middle of an exotic paradise, surrounded by the majestic animals. Berkeley Bespoke was welcomed to Royal Malewane – a luxury safari lodge in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park that exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age while offering every modern comfort. A truly magical experience meeting the Big Five, indulging in sensual treatments at their tranquil Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa and being surprised by the chefs at the nightly feasts under the African stars.

The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the World’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It is located in the Mpumulanga Province and is about a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg. Approximately the same size as Israel or Wales, it covers some 19,485 square kilometres offering a rich diversity of ecosystems that support over 145 mammal species including the Big 5 and over 500 bird species. The untamed environment stirs deep emotions. We have experienced meaningful and life-changing encounters with wildlife – being 2 metres away from 15 sleeping Lions! Adrenalin pumping adventure!

Wake up before sunrise and experience the ‘Lowveld’ – one of the most spectacular and dramatic regions in South Africa. The ‘Panorama Route’ includes incredible geographic sites such as God’s Window, The Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon and Mac Mac Falls. Pilgrim’s Rest offers a fascinating window into the past and captures the spirit of a bygone era and its people in their quest to discover gold. The ‘Big 5’ phrase was coined by hunters back in the day. It referred to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot and the degree of danger involved. The term is still used today but without the hunting connotations.

On most private safaris in Southern Africa, we have been guided on specialised Land Rovers by a ranger who drives the vehicle and by a tracker who sits on an especially precarious seat at the front of the bonnet. The tracker’s job is to find elusive wildlife and to notice and interpret nature’s subtle clues through acutely honed senses.

There is no bond stronger than the indelible and intuitive connection between a ranger and a tracker. Wild adventures, unique encounters and proud achievements punctuate their derring-do filled days. Followed by a cuisine that is complemented by a natural canvas to savour as much as the delicate flavours with the dining area overlooking the Malewane River where a variety of curious creatures great and small venture to slake their thirst. The Bush Tent at Royal Malewane provides a feast in the heart of the African wilderness. A truly remarkable and romantic experience with glowing lanterns casting a gentle light among the brightly burning braziers.

Introducing the Farmstead at Royal Malewane

A Brand New – Farmstead is a beautiful new lodge at Royal Malewane just a 12-minute drive south of the existing lodge. The land is elevated offering dramatic views over the canopies of the Greater Kruger National Park while the lodge itself surrounds a watering hole popular with the abundant wildlife. The Farmstead at Royal Malewane consists of the main lodge area, three Luxury Farm Suites, and The Farmhouse. The Luxury Farm Suites and The Farmhouse are either sides of a central lodge area where guests will be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the elegant and comfortable spaces. After dinner guests can relax around the fire pit on the vast deck and reflect on the day’s adventures. There is a double spa treatment room offering a variety of indulgent treatments as well as a gym.

Following last year’s refurbishment of the existing lodge at Royal Malewane, The Farmstead offers something unique in terms of luxury safari accommodation in stark contrast to the ultra-modern style in vogue. In the main lodge area, a vintage North African banking kiosk is repurposed as a serving hatch for the delicious cuisine of Executive Chef Brandon Souris.

The collection of contemporary African Art enhances The Royal Portfolio’s already extensive private collection with notable pieces by Kudzanai Chiurai and James Jana among other works from the AVA Gallery and Smith Studio. In keeping with the community involvement of The Farmstead, there are a number of pieces from Lalela.

There are three Luxury Farm Suites. Each has a spacious bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower as well as an outdoor shower. There are large front and back verandahs as well as a beautiful deck and a private pool overlooking the bush where inquisitive wildlife might pay a little visit.

The Farmhouse is a three and a half bedroom private villa which is ideal for families or a group of friends. Similar to Africa House and the Royal Suites, The Farmhouse has its own private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler. Guests will have their own private safari vehicle with a dedicated Ranger and Tracker ensuring the ultimate in luxury. There are three main bedrooms as well as a smaller children’s room. There is a magnificent deck with a large swimming pool flowing out into the bush. The total area of The Farmhouse is 636 square metres (6845 square feet) including the vast verandahs and deck. Children of all ages are welcome in The Farmhouse.

The Farmstead is offered as four individual units but will be ideal for the exclusive use of up to 14 guests. Rates are all inclusive.

In keeping with The Royal Portfolio’s Purpose and Values, The Farmstead is part of a broader project to uplift local communities.

Support for the community and conservation of the environment are inextricably linked. The local community needs to realise the financial gains of tourism in order to see the value in protecting wildlife and the environment. The Farmstead land is leased from the local community. Not only will The Royal Portfolio employ and develop members of the community, but at the end of that long lease both the land and the asset will revert to the community with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio in perpetuity.

Extravaganzas of ART MIAMI 2018

Our favourite and the most dazzling see-and-be-seen extravaganzas of Miami Art Week

Miami, 10th December 2018 

James Austin Murray

Mike Dargas

Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair, Art Miami, officially kicked off its 29th edition alongside sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami. Renowned as one of the nation’s leading international contemporary and modern art fairs, collectors lined the block, eager to get the first look at work that included an unprecedented display of Antoni Clavé’s pieces from Landau Contemporary at Galerie Dominion (Montreal.)

Their show-stopping collection of Henry Moore’s work, including Mother and Child: Block Seat, proved to be a significant attraction. The high quality of the presentation ensured that extremely sought-after offerings at the fairs also included works by George Condo, Wifredo Lam, Jackson Pollock, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, Ed Ruscha, Keith Haring, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, and more, with many things held on reserve. 

Martin C. Herbst

Henry Moore

Notable collectors and professionals including Beth Rudin DeWoody, Franklin Sirmans, Director, PAMM, Alice Louise Walton, Dennis and Debra Scholl, and Kim Heirston were among the 15,000 people who admired work from more than 800 established, emerging, and cutting-edge artists, represented by 160 international galleries from nearly 30 countries at Art Miami, and nearly 450 mid-career, emergent and cutting-edge artists from 96 galleries in 21 countries at CONTEXT Art Miami.

Mr Brainwash

 

At London-based gallery ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN, guests gathered around pieces by Andy Warhol, Lynn Chadwick and Jonas Wood, and the gallery reported sales of each of these artists, as well as David Hockney’s Colored Flowers Made of Paper and Ink from 1971, which sold during the fairs first hour for an undisclosed amount.

Arcature Fine Art saw interest in To Be Titled by KAWS, as well as people eager to admire Fernando Botero’s Flamenco Tablao from 1984 and Basquiat’s Spain from 1985. As they moved through, a large Damien Hirst caught visitor’s attention. On display with Galería Freites, they were also drawn to a series of sculptures from Manolo Valdés’ titled Maninas. 

Michael Moebius

Maddox Gallery has returned to Art Miami for the second year running, with talented British artists David Yarrow, The Connor Brothers and Michael Moebius in attendance. Visitors enjoyed works by a variety of World-renowned artists including Richard Hambleton, RETNA and Bradley Theodore among many others.

Maddox Gallery has rapidly expanded to include three Mayfair spaces, a gallery on Westbourne Grove, a European outpost in the luxury Alpine ski resort of Gstaad, and for the first time a physical space in the US market. In October 2018, we celebrated the opening of Maddox Gallery Los Angeles, our sixth location globally and the first in North America.

Bradley Theodore: ART & INCREDIBLE VIBES – Studio visit during Miami Art Basel

Bradley Theodore, one of the most recognized emergent artists and personalities. Well-known for his famous ‘Anne and Karl’ wall painting, Theodore has shaken the contemporary art World with his striking use of color, his passion for fashion and his personality

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Berkeley Bespoke had an incredible experience to visit a studio by an acclaimed artist Bradley Theodore, who continues to break boundaries as an artist by adding virtual reality creations to his repertoire.

Drawing his focus to history’s regal anarchists, his series alludes to a number of significant, culturally historic moments which Theodore has reinterpreted in his own, signature style. The works – all of which have symbolic importance – achieve the illusion of reworking history through a number of vivid scenes drawing attention to tribalism and the chaos and corruption of modern civilisation.

Bradley Theodore creates works that are inspired by the artist’s travels and the music world. He has created album cover art for Def Jam, Universal Records and Sony, and features music icons like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Prince in his work.

Classical figures from history and contemporary icons provide inspiration for Theodore, such as Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel and Her Majesty The Queen.

Bradley Theodore, guest and Andrew Bezhenar

Theodore boasts a colourful personality which he seeks to share with the world through his artistic creations. He is renowned for making his art accessible to everyone and not confining his work exclusively to galleries having most recently collaborated with Puma to bring his soulful, introspective style to the brand’s Suede’s 50th anniversary.

Bradley Theodore and Andrew Bezhenar

The Himalaya Birkin: The “Most Important Handbag in the World” – SOLD (GBP 236,750)

Christie’s London Handbags & Accessories Auction Totals £2,936,500

London, 12th December 2018 

On 12 December 2018 Christie’s Winter Season Luxury sales in London concluded with the Handbags & Accessories auction, which totalled £2,936,500 / $ 3,670,625 / €3,236,023, and achieved sell-through rates of 93% by lot and 89% by value. The leading lot of the sale was a 2010 Hermès, Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware (estimate: £100,000–150,000), which sold for £236,750 / $295,938 / €260,899 and established a European record for a handbag sold at auction.

An additional sale highlight was an extremely rare aluminium Explorer Trunk by Louis Vuitton, which realised £162,500 / $203,125 / €179,075. Dating to 1892, this extraordinary trunk was created at a time when the production of aluminium was so complex it was more expensive than gold, and as a result only a very small quantity of aluminium trunks were crafted. These trunks were coveted by explorers and high society alike due to their durability, weight and rarity.

GRIS PERLE ALLIGATOR & TAUPE SWIFT LEATHER QUELLE IDOLE
HERMÈS (GBP 68,750)

Rachel Koffsky, Christie’s Head of Sale, Handbags & Accessories London: “We are delighted with theresults of today’s auction, including two record breaking lots; an Exceptional Diamond Himalaya Birkin in the 35 size and an Aluminium Louis Vuitton Explorer trunk. The overall sell-through rate, 93% by lot, demonstrates the appetite of collectors for these sought-after iterations. We are happy to conclude a year ofsuccessful sales in the Handbags & Accessories department at Christie’s with these phenomenal results.”

Further exceptional prices were achieved throughout the auction, including the 2017 Hermès Quelle Idole (estimate: £35,000-40,000), which sold for £68,750 / $85,938 / €75,763. Also known as the Kelly Doll, this Custom Quelle Idole in an exotic is an extremely rare iteration, crafted of matte alligator and accented with swift leather. Released in 2000 in celebration of the millennium, and designed in collaboration with then-Chairman Jean Louis Dumas, the Quelle Idole immediately took the handbag world by storm. Discontinued for a generation, the Quelle Idole has become one of the most sought-after limited edition pieces.

HERMÈS MATTE HIMALAYA NILOTICUS CROCODILE DIAMOND BIRKIN 35 WITH 18K WHITE GOLD & DIAMOND (GBP 236,750)

Highlights from this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach

Several works went for more than $1 million at the 17th edition of Miami Art Week’s main fair. A 1963 Lee Krasner painting sold for $3.6 million at Kasmin, while a new painting by George Condo went for $1.1 million at Skarstedt

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Mel Bochner

The 17th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has been marked by countless highlights. They include Abraham Cruzvillegas and Bárbara Foulkes’s incredible performative installation in the Grand Ballroom; exceptional works by feminist pioneers such as Ellen Cantor, Judy Chicago, or Faith Wilding; stimulating discussions in the frame of our Conversations program, curated by Mari Spirito; eye-opening Latin American positions by artists Feliciano Centurión or Artur Lescher, among others; and exciting contributions by a young generation of creative minds that include Marguerite Humeau, Eric N. Mack, Tschabalala Self, and Issy Wood.

Fergus McCaffrey

 Idris Khan

And Art Basel’s director for the Americas, Noah Horowitz, said on Tuesday that in a market affected by collectors’ passions and moods—which can be swayed by a season of auctions as much as by the macro-economy—the fair expects strong performance during its five-day run.
“There’s recently been some volatility in the markets; everyone is cognizant of that,” he said. “In the end, the fall auctions in New York were very solid, and that at least impacts psychology—people have sort of exhaled and are showing up onsite here full of enthusiasm.”
But uncertainty in aspects of their financial lives may lead collectors to seek out safer bets in Miami this week, retreating to more easily traded mediums like painting, for example, or to take more time when considering acquisitions. Both tendencies were observed by dealers during Art Basel in Miami Beach’s opening day.

Peter Freeman

Doug Aitken

Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel, commented: ‘This year marks an exciting new chapter for our Miami Beach show. The now completely renovated and state of the art Miami Beach Convention Center enables us to deliver a fair of the highest caliber and sophistication, opening up unprecedented possibilities – as we have been able toillustrate with the staging of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ multidisciplinary installation that wepresented in partnership with The Kitchen.

The quality of work and presentations by our exhibitors have also never been higher and attendance by private collectors and institutions continues to be strong across all regions.’

Greene Naftali

Art Basel’s renowned talks series, which was attended by nearly 2,000 visitors, brought together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from across the world. Programmed for the fourth and last year by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul, the program featured 18 talks, offering perspectives on producing, collecting and exhibiting art and serving as a platform for dialogues and discussions on current topics from feminism in the artworld to blockchain technology.

This year’s Premiere Artist Talk was devoted to the Puerto Rican artist duo Allora & Calzadilla. Conversations was free and open to the public. Videos of all Conversations are available at artbasel.com/miamibeach/conversations shortly after the show. Next year’s Conversations program in Miami Beach will be programmed by writer, gallerist and art fair founder Edward Winkleman.

HUBLOT HOSTS ART TALK WITH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED STREET ARTIST SHEPARD FAIREY

Hosted in a private mansion on the exclusive Palm Island off South Beach, the interactive art talk and private dinner brought to life Hublot’s prominent art partnerships celebrating with VIPs, media, influencers, and friends of the brand

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to attend Hublot Loves Art series during Art Basel Miami, together with the street artists and Hublot brand ambassador, Shepard Fairey and friend of the brand Tristan Eaton, alongside famed American photojournalist Martha Cooper and curator and street art authority Evan Pricco.

Hosted in a private mansion on the exclusive Palm Island off South Beach, the interactive art talk and private dinner brought to life Hublot’s prominent art partnerships celebrating with VIPs, media, influencers, and friends of the brand. Notable attendees included CEO of Best Buddies Anthony Shriver, Ferrari Squadra Corse driver Martin Fuentes, and artist CRIME BY DESIGN. Guests enjoyed a host of surprise double-billing of entertainment including a DJ set by Shepard Fairey himself!

Hublot welcomed Shepard Fairey, American contemporary street artist and graphic designer, as an official brand ambassador earlier this year and launched the Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey timepiece in celebration of the creative partnership. The model is part of the Big Bang Meca-10 family, a newer innovation on Hublot’s signature style with the brand’s in-house manual movement, a gear-driven mechanical aesthetic, and a 10-day power reserve. Accentuating this mechanical architecture, an opening at 3 o’clock sees Shepard Fairey’s “STAR GEAR” logo.

Tristan Eaton, Ricardo Guadalupe and Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey noted, “Hublot is approaching watch design and collaborations from unexpected angles, and tonight’s Art Talk here in Miami with my friends Tristan Eaton and Martha Cooper will invite everyone into a unique conversation inspired by our craft. I always thought I’d admire art and be a spectator in the culture but to be in the eye of the hurricane and fusing my art with Hublot is really special.

Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO, commented, “Hublot and Shepard share a unique vision, and their disruptive approach to their art is consistently first, different, and unique – a philosophy that explains the core of our brand. Hublot is excited to join forces with icons in the world of art as we bring our shared passion to life in the form of a panel discussion to close our week of exciting events.

Andrew Bezhenar

Hublot’s continued passion for the arts and dedication to its “Art of Fusion” philosophy allows for these partnerships and ambassadorships to be brought to life in Miami’s talented art and design community. The panel, moderated by Hublot of North America President Jean-François Sberro, offered a unique insight to understanding the relationship between art and horology, creating a dialogue among Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Martha Cooper, and Evan Pricco.

THE FLOW OF AESTHETICS at Design Miami 2018

Mindblowing Designs, 33 galleries and 12 Curio presentations from 12 countries from around the World

Miami, 8th December 2018 

This year’s exceptional and diverse gallery program at Design Miami/ features thirty-four exhibitions accompanied by eleven Curio presentations representing venues from twelve countries around the world. Never-before-seen contemporary works will shine among the program offerings, re- discoveries of historic material long considered lost, and several trends uniting the design on view this year. Among the trends on view will be the use of industrial materials and processes; a sense of playfulness and whimsy; a focus on craft; modular designs; immersive installations; and Latin American design.

“This year’s gallery presentations showcase the best in collectible design from rare mid-century pieces to contemporary works using experimental materials and processes. As the fair grows in reach and in depth, it is a delight to offer collectors and institutions alike, this range and quality of material. Design Miami/ has become the premier platform for collectible design thanks to the leading market experts engaging in the development of each edition. These extraordinary researchers, curators and authorities in the field are at the core of Design Miami/. We hope visitors discover and experience each presentation with enthusiasm, for our fourteenth year in Miami Beach,” says Jennifer Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Design Miami/.

Contemporary Debuts and Commissions/

An innovator of materials, Marcin Rusak debuts his Perma Collection at Sarah Myerscough Gallery. A series of furniture made from discarded flowers sourced from florists that are bound in resin that is cut lengthwise, the work reveals colorful cross sections of the petals, stems, and buds when on display. Kasmin brings never-before-exhibited furniture by Mattia Bonetti that merges the more ornate aspects of seventeenth-century European architecture and sculpture with the surrealist visions of early twentieth-century painting while employing cutting-edge methods such as 3-D printing and robotics.

A sculptural stool and bench made of solid sandstone by Najla El Zein can be seen as two silhouettes wrapped in an embrace––the work was recently acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art where it was shown for the first time before coming to Design Miami/ with Friedman Benda. A new addition to Katie Stout’s infamous “girls” furniture, Triple Girl Floor Lamp, is on view at R & Company, along with a five-thousand-pound marble tub by the Haas Brothers.

Stanislaw Trzebinski

Southern Guild launches a number of new works in bronze commissioned for the fair, including a biomorphic table by Kenyan-born sculptor Stanislaw Trzebinski; a pair of zoomorphic seats by rising star Atang Tshikare; Xandre Kriel’s reductive Vos Altar table, featuring folding steel legs and a softly textured bronze slab; and a near-abstract, monolithic console by Dylan Lewis, known for his bronze sculptures depicting African wildlife.

Trevor Potter

Reinventing Industrial Materials and Processes/

Sang Hoon Kim’s foam furniture series at Cristina Grajales Gallery is informed by his family’s three- generation foam factory. Kim pushes the material’s boundaries, layering foam and experimenting with ratios of chemical solutions––the result is vividly colored sofas, chaises, chairs, and tables. At Functional Art Gallery, Théophile Blandet’s works exemplify his belief that plastic will be banned entirely in the near future––he uses primitive tools to break, chop, burn, and melt a variety of industrial plastics to create furniture that seems to exist in another era.

Michael Young’s MY Collection debuts at Gallery ALL––this furniture set, including a chair, side table, desk, coffee table, console, and lounge chair, is composed of hollow stainless-steel extrusions capped at each end with white enamel, creating a surface pattern and overall decorative appearance that is integral to their structure. At The Future Perfect, illustrative aluminum works from Chris Wolston employ body and jungle motifs inspired by his studio surroundings in Medellín, Colombia. In addition, feather weight handles by Trevor Potter.

Jasmin Anoschkin

Playful and Whimsical Design/

Salon 94 features Gaetano Pesce’s 54 Arm Lamp, one of his most iconic works, which allows the user to shape each arm according to his or her desire, demonstrating the designer’s humor and imagination. At Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Nacho Carbonell’s handcrafted, organically shaped, semitransparent cocoons are illuminated from the inside, encapsulating the designer’s imaginative impulse––the floor lamp is particularly striking due to its immense size, encompassing several lights attached to steel “branches” that expand to a height of more than two meters.

A play on the traditional rocking horse, Daniel Jackson’s life-sized Rocking Unicorn at Moderne Gallery was commissioned for fashion designer Wayne Rogers by his wife as a Christmas gift in 1974. Long thought to be lost and only recently rediscovered by the gallery, it is considered one of Jackson’s most important works. Hostler Burrows presents new hybrid animal ceramic works by Jasmin Anoschkin conjured from the designer’s own fantasy world and personal experiences created from stoneware with a 24k gold glaze.

 

Unexpected and Modular Designs/

A piece by Gianni Pettena at Erastudio Apartment-Gallery is made up of a series of sedan chairs that come together to create a bed only when assembled according to a simple scheme that could, in theory, be continued ad infinitum.

On view at Magen H Gallery is one of Pierre Chapo’s rare free-form designs, the T22 table from 1972. An architectural work and artistic treasure, it features two modular parts and can be a coffee table, a dining table when fitted with tall legs, or a desk. SIDE Gallery is showing one of Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner’s most important designs, the Reversible chair from 1955. Manufactured by Forma Moveis in Brazil, the wide and curved seat can be moved to the right or to the left.

At Pierre Marie Giraud, Sterling Ruby’s HEARTS reform and repurpose tabletop vessels into splayed organs and bisected torsos. Hung on the wall—the first time Ruby has presented ceramics in this manner—the HEARTS become both sacred and profane emblems embodying the sentimental, symbolic, and spiritual.

 

Verhoeven Twins

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