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1968 WAS QUITE A YEAR

Geren Lockhart

The full title of this necessary book is 1968 : Radical Italian Furniture: Photographs by Maurizio Cattelan & Pieropaolo Ferrari. Tonight I attended a talk between alpha collector Dakis Joannou and creative director Dennis Freedman that was moderated by Felix Burrichter, editor of Pin-Up magazine. 1968 grew out of the common obsession that  Dakis & Dennis hold for this period in Italian Furniture. Dakis read aloud a list of the significant events recorded in 1968:  from moon expeditions to Stanford accepting women, and the last voyage of a steam train among many other seminal events from that paramount year he noted that the evolution of society as we know it today and it's ties to that one year are why the book holds the title it does. All three men were beyond charming and engaging and the book is one for the library for sure. Purchase here: 1968


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ARTIST TO KNOW ∞ JENNIFER NOCON

Geren Lockhart

Jennifer Nocon works with a multitude of materials to create her scale defying pieces. The pieces I had the pleasure of seeing att the Art Los Angeles Contemporary show in February were primarily felt. Gorgeous thick alive felt. We were awestruck by the response we had to her work. She works in Los Angeles which also made me proud to think about great art being made in the town I call home. She exhibits with the Tracy WIlliams Gallery. if you see word of her work being up go see it. 


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AN ORIGINAL TRACEY EMIN FOR 80 BUCKS

Geren Lockhart

Sedition is a new way of looking at digital art. Founded by alpha art world players it's for real and all of the works are originals from the artists released in limited editions through the Sedition service. I like the idea that this represents the group purchase of a work by a likeminded group of "collectors." It is a creative way to heighten your digital screen experience.  Imagine a dinner party and your flatscreen showcasing my favorite work the gorgeous, mystical, peaceful time lapse Elmgreen & Dragset capture of a day in the life of their Prada Marfa installation instead of a black box. Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Bill Viola, Aaron Koblin and Yoko Ono are just a few of the artists comprising the 200+ pieces on offer. Pricing from 8USD - 1600USD allows you a wide range to experiment before diving in too deep.


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ALMOST A WRAP ON THE WRAP

Geren Lockhart

The DVF wrap dress installation at the LACMA Museum in Los Angeles was extended so make sure to steal the time to go see it this week if you haven't. I don't personally wear the dress and never have, maybe I was the generation in the middle and I wasn't the right customer at either of the points when it was singing the loudest. I do have a deep appreciation for the world that Diane Von Furstenberg has created. She is not only one of our nations great entrepreneurial success stories, she is one that has consistently tethered the world of her product to the world of fine art. GO DIANE, we need more art in our products here in the US. The show is a quick study and the bright pink hallway entrance was the most enchanting part, you feel like you're in her world the glamorous 70's in New York City. LACMA extended the show to May 1, 2014 and if by chance you can't make it the time lapse below walks you thru the entire exhibit in a couple of moments. A great marriage of art and commerce deserves to be celebrated. 


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TECH BILLIONS ARE CALLING

Geren Lockhart

Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder

The blue chip gallery PACE has opened up shop in what used to be the Tesla HQ in Menlo Park. Looks like the billions and billions in new tech dollars are enough to get the galleries thinking about being in the burbs. Having grown up in the south bay area it's amazing that this is happening on the street that it is. Times are changing. The first show up is Alexander Calder / The Art of Invention. Sounds like a match made in heaven to us. 


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YOKO ONO IS 70 SOMETHING YEARS YOUNG

Geren Lockhart

Yoko Ono has an expansive retrospective on view at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art just outside Copenhagen in Denmark. I was unaware that Yoko Ono's artistic career has spanned so many decades and has been such a constant in her life. It's smart art, it's conceptual art. The wishing tree in the courtyard between buildings was a buzz with people thinking. It was a great sight to see. On my way out of the exhibit, I overheard a couple of other Americans who were also viewing the exhibit. They judged it to be "self involved look at me art". I have to disagree. Yoko Ono has been under a microscope for longer than I have been alive and the idea that she challenged the world and engaged in new ways of thinking while supporting and partnering with young artists over the years is admirable to me. She didn't have to put herself out there, she didn't need to, her livelihood didn't depend on it, and she knew she was a open to criticism from day one. She's a great example of waking up every day and living it as though it might be the last. She learned that lesson the hard way a long time ago!  I really enjoyed the exhibit and wish I had been able to spend more time taking it all in. Go YOKO. Leave your mark. 

 


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