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Fabulously Ordinary

Lyle Reimer, Lyle XOX: Head of Design. New York: Rizzoli, 2019. Let’s push the conversation about art jewelry by looking at a makeup artist from the drag and fashion world who photographs himself while wearing trash on his head, shall we? Lyle Reimer’s fantastic assemblages, captured with formal portrait photography, are collected in Rizzoli’s stunning …

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Are the Hand and the Machine Really Equal? Just Ask the Experts.

Upper level gallery case study: Wedding Ensemble, Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, autumn/winter 2014–2015 haute couture, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, 2016, photo: Courtesy of CHANEL Patrimoine Collection © The Metropolitan Museum of Art Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, the most recent fashion extravaganza of an …

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Carolina Apolonia: Of Things Unknown but Longed for Still

Outdoor view, Carolina Apolonia’s studio, Middelburg, Netherlands, photo: Galerie Beyond Carolina Apolonia is a jeweler based in Middelburg, Netherlands, whose work has been shown in a number of exhibitions in Europe as well as Asia. She trained at the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp, Belgium, and was the owner of gallery io for contemporary …

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Set in Motion

Maiko Takeda, Atmospheric Reentry, 2013, headwear, plastic film, acrylic, silver, dimensions variable, photo: Bryan Huynh Looking at the work of artists from a wide range of practices—artists like Yuka Oyama, Rachel Timmins, Lucy McRae, or Nick Cave—there seems to be a surge of interest for deploying ornamentation, or body art, over the whole body of …

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The Ephemeral Art of Petals, Paints and Bods

Travis Chantar, (left) Julian Woodhouse, 2015; (right) Ledom, 2015, both from Tribe by Chantar Cut flowers are an iconic representation of ephemerality, the cycle of beauty and the process of death. Flowers and Tribes, two photographic series by New-York-based Travis Chantar, depict young, nude sitters adorned with ephemeral petal arrangements and body-paintings. I was interested …

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Blank Versus Anonymous Faun: Contemporary Jewelry and Male Eroticism

Alexander Blank, Bunny, 2006, gold, stag horn, 95 x 60 x 12 mm, photo: Stefan Heuser, modeled by Stefan Heuser Alexander Blank’s jewelry frequently riffs on the notion of pop-cultural-icons-as-cameo-portraits: bashed yellow “smiley-face” brooches, “skull” pendants seemingly made of the fossilized remains of Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil and, in this piece, a roughly …

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Boxed Nakedness: EXPORT Versus Bakker

VALIE EXPORT, Tapp und Tastkino (Touch Cinema), 1968–1971, performance, photo: mumok, Vienna The late 1960s were turbulent times. Liberation, emancipation, and democratization were the truths of the day. Social codes were exceeded, and people enjoyed the freedom of the sexual revolution. Taking off one’s clothes publicly, for instance at festivals like Woodstock, was a sign …

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Zorya (Daniel Pošta and Zdeněk Vacek): Virus

Zorya, Virus Crystallized Cluster Necklace worn by Jodie Hruby, 2014, linen flax rope, white crystals, magnetic stainless steel clasp, 500 mm in circumference, photo: Tomáš Brabec and Patrik Borecký As part of Stockholm Design Week 2016, and in conjunction with the Czech Centre in Stockholm, Platina has shown the work of design duo Daniel Pošta and Zdeněk …

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