Miami, get ready for a very racy Madonna exhibition. The music megastar is re-releasing her 1992 coffee-table book Sex, which raised many an eyebrow with its titillating images of sexual escapades and larks. Thirty years later an exhibition marking the relaunch of the spicy book by Saint Laurent Rive Droite is taking place in a temporary beachside venue off Collins Avenue (until 4 December). Madge fans can savour a series of large-format prints from Sex, curated by the Material Girl herself and Anthony Vaccarello, the creative director of Saint Laurent. Snaps capture the songstress dressed in bondage gear, touching herself seductively, biting men’s bodies and more. Our sources also tell us that the Vogue star is in town and will likely make an appearance at the seaside Sex show. Take note, though: organisers say you must be over 18 to visit. (The Art Newspaper stumbled across the risqué Madonna display pre-opening and was denied entry—we’ll get our kicks elsewhere, thanks.)
Kelis serves Milkshake and more
US singer Kelis kicked off Miami Art Week with a performance at White Cube’s annual party at Soho Beach House. Celebrities including singer and actor Joe Jonas were among the crowd waiting in anticipation for her beloved early-aughts songs. Wearing a shimmery pink two-piece, gold hoop earrings and chains, the singer enraptured the room with her famous anthem: “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and damn right, it’s better than yours.” It’s not the first time that Kelis has treated the art world to a dose of sugary nostalgia; earlier this year, she performed at the Southampton Arts Center’s buzzy summer fundraiser, where whipped-cream shots were appropriately served to party-goers during her set.
Cubana de Aviación
Local billionaire Jorge Pérez pulled out all the stops at the launch party for the show of his recent acquisitions of Cuban art at El Espacio 23 in Allapattah. Guests were treated to top-notch canapés and Cuban beats. A talking point at the bash turned out to be a winged vintage car, Hybrid of a Chrysler (2016) by Esterio Segura, on show outside Pérez’s swanky museum. The artist describes the car assemblage as “a provocation to fly, an invitation [for Cubans] to the magic of moving beyond the limit of the waters of the island, to realise their own dreams in a symbol of success”. One party-goer quipped though that it looked like an “automobile adapted by American Airlines”.
Gymnast presents new angle on art
Briana Fitzpatrick is a very flexible artist—literally: the multi-talented gymnast and martial arts expert puts brush to canvas while in mid-air, creating works in contorted poses. “I was watching an online tutorial of how to paint portraits and the instructor said [that] if you struggle with seeing proportions correctly, then flip the painting upside down, and I thought to myself, ‘huh, why don’t I just flip myself upside down instead?’” she explains. Fitzpatrick will be doing demonstrations at the Spectrum Miami fair (1-4 December). Gives a whole new meaning to the art world term of “flipping”…
Violinist puts on abs-olutely thrilling show
The crème de la crème of Miami’s art world descended on the Wynwood district on Monday for the Museum of Graffiti’s bash, which included DJ sets, artist demonstrations and exhibitions. The real star attraction was the ripped performer Kostia, who describes himself as a “violin rebel” on his Instagram page. The musician wowed party crowds with his bare-chested dancing and frenzied fiddling. “It was an amazing night! The art spirit is in the air and that is why I was so inspired and gave the audience all of me,” he tells The Art Newspaper. You certainly did, Kostia.
Some things are best left to the professionals. Like, for instance, finding the perfect gift for those extra discerning people in your life. That’s why we decided to tap great designers, from typographers to architects, to give us their go-to gifts. From a high-design match striker (yes, it’s a thing) to a subscription for art book lovers, this list has got you covered.
A MORE ATTRACTIVE WAY TO LIGHT MATCHES
“I have two criteria to fulfill when I give a gift: First, it shouldn’t take up too much space, because we live in New York City and space comes at a premium, and second, it should be something that someone wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves. My favorite gift combination right now is this cast iron match striker ($30), designed by Josh Owen, paired with a scented candle from DS & Durga. The match striker has a material honesty and a weight to it from the cast iron that makes a timeless piece. DS & Durga designs some of the most cutting edge scents (and graphics). At $65 a candle, it is luxurious enough to feel like a splurge and is a perfect pairing with some matches. My favorite everyday scent is Concrete After Lightning ($65). They also have some holiday-specific limited edition scents like Lightable Latkes (burning in the office right now) and Portable Xmas Tree.” — Miriam Peterson, principal architect at Peterson Rich Office
“I love this custom, limited-edition carbon steel fish pan ($575) designed by Chef Eric Ripert. Handcrafted in France, the pan is beautiful and functional, and only gets better with use and the memories of every meal it has made. Proceeds support City Harvest, an organization close to Ripert’s and our studio’s hearts.” — David Rockwell, founder of architecture firm Rockwell Group
THE BEST TOYS (FOR GROWNUPS)
“If you want to combine your love for Top Gun: Maverick and DIY building into one gift, consider the Test Flight F-18 Hornet kit ($110) made of foam. You can paint the plane and add details to make a radio-controlled flying art project. Meanwhile, the DJI Avata ($1,388) is a great way to get amazing cinematic shots in the air. Because it’s a first-person perspective drone, it unlocks more creative, emotionally engaging shots when filming video content. And a training app allows first time drone pilots to safely learn how to fly before taking to the skies.” — Dantley Davis, Global Vice President of Digital Product Design at Nike
A GUIDE TO CREATIVITY
“Joey Cofone, the designer and founder of the brand Baron Fig believes that creativity isn’t magic. And now he’s written a new book about why—and how. In The Laws of Creativity($28), Cofone demystifies the creative process by uncovering the thinking and science behind it. In doing so, he empowers his readers with practical, actionable steps toward creative excellence. The book includes 39 “laws.” Each includes surprising stories of iconic creators across history—including Albert Einstein, Serena Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., Bruce Lee, and many more—and illustrates how they used their creativity to reach incredible heights. All and all, The Laws of Creativity is a revealing and practical exploration of creativity: what it is, how it works, and how you can capture and leverage it in everyday life.” — Debbie Millman, graphic designer and host of Design Matters
A BETTER WINE BOTTLE
“Sometimes, at the end of a busy day at work, it’s nice to have a glass of wine. But you don’t want to open an entire bottle, because you’ll be stuck drinking it for days—or worse, it’ll languish at the back of your fridge. Maie ($28), female-founded startup, creates single servings of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé, packaged in elegant glass bottles that can be repurposed as bud vases when you’re done. The brand creates a beautiful experience for those of us who enjoy that one, perfectly-proportioned drink.” — Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer
THE BEST SUBSCRIPTION FOR ART BOOK LOVERS
“I’m a big fan of Primary Information. They’re a nonprofit that publishes artist books, including reissues of out-of-print historical works and cutting edge contemporary artists. Their annual subscription is a great deal; you get shipments throughout the year of amazing titles for $100.” — Jeremy Mickel, founder of type foundry MCKL
A STUNNING BOOK FOR YOUR COFFEE TABLE
“I’m loving this book as a gift. Design ephemera! QSL? (Do You Confirm Receipt of My Transmission?) Published by Standards Manual. 2022 A collection of over 150 “QSL cards,” QSL? chronicles a moment in time before the Internet age, when global communication was thriving via amateur, or “ham,” radio operators. Discovered by designer Roger Bova, the distinctly designed cards follow the international correspondence of one ham, station W2RP, who turned out to be the longest-standing licensed operator in The United States.” — Matt Owens, partner at Athletics
A THROW CUSHION FOR FANS OF ABSTRACT ART
“This throw cushion’s ($750) shimmering pattern, ‘Reinhardt Metallic,’ must reference the famous abstract artist Ad Reinhardt, and I think he would approve. It’s from the Alpha Workshops, a nonprofit organization that provides decorative arts education and employment to adults with visual or invisible disabilities, which helped us with our custom light fixtures at Zaytinya in New York.” — David Rockwell
A BOOK FULL OF WIT
“How to shoplift books is a tiny, seemingly banal flip book that lists 80 creative, witty and ingenious ways one can steal a book. I am no proponent of stealing, but I do value finding ways to make things happen—in coding, in design, in education, in life! For me, this book is a gentle and lighthearted reminder that everything is possible, and in fact, that there may be hundreds of ways to make something possible; it just depends on how bold or creative you are.” — Talia Cotton, designer at Pentagram