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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Mies Van Der Rohe designed and built the pavilion in Barcelona, Spain for the world's fair in 1929. The structure is still in place and open to the public. You feel the genius of Mies Van Der Rohe as you meander through the building, and realize that the masterpiece could have been built at any moment between 1929 and now. It is comprised of massive beautiful slabs of stone and marble combined with simple metal, glass and water components. It was serene and harsh at the same time. The clean lines of the pavilion were a welcome respite to the extravagance of Gaudi which dominates the city. If you find yourself in Barcelona it is well worth the trip to live in this amazing building for a few moments. Click for info: Mies Van Der Rohe foundation
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.
I couldn't be happier that Tara Donovan's exhibit which is currently on show at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark was extended past it's planned close date in May. I got the chance to visit last week and experience Tara's genius in person. The beauty in her work lies in the everyday. She has an ability to see possibility and grand scale in objects we see everyday like buttons, pins, straws and cups. She works magic and a bit of trickery on the eyes by so fully committing to what these objects can be versus what we expect them to be.
The current show will be heading to the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany. Tara Donovan is represented by the Pace Gallery. I can't wait for the next time I get to be in the presence of her work.