Purple Diary

[November 30 2015] : News

Hannah Barry Gallery launches “Merry Art” co-edited with Donatien Grau tonight from 6:30pm at Hatchards, London

Hannah Barry Gallery launches “Merry Art” co-edited with Donatien Grau tonight from 6:30pm at Hatchards, London

The London art gallery Hannah Barry releases “Merry Art — The Most Intense Experience With Art”, a book that gathers personalities from art, literature and fashion, as well as from business and politics telling their most intense experience with art in 200 words. Rita Ackermann, Richard Armstrong, Olivier Zahm and Donatien Grau, who co-edited the book, are amongst the contributors. 

Merry Art is a manifesto for remembrance, in the present, towards the future. It is our hope that reading it will count as one of the reader’s most intense and inspiring experiences.”, says Hannah Barry.

The book can be purchased at the launch today from 6.30 to 8.30 at Hatchards 187 Piccadilly, London.


purple fashion magazine
— F/W 2015 issue 24

Miquel Barceló

studio visit in Paris

photography by OLIVIER ZAHM
all artworks copyright Miquel Barceló


Miquel Barceló, born in Mallorca, is one of the world’s foremost painters. His work feels as free and inspirational today as it was in the ’80s, when he became one of the leading figures of the postmodern return to painting.

Miquel Barceló escaped fame, money, and success; he escaped New York and Paris. He lived for years in Mali, spent as much time as possible in prehistoric caves like Chauvet, and never stopped his journey — although he keeps a massive studio in the center of Paris.

His work challenges all recent art categories and definitions. It’s a constant search for what could be a primordial gesture, what could be shared with blind people, or the lost link between the human and the animal.


OLIVIER ZAHM — It seems that your relation to time is specific to you — an ancestral, almost archaic element mixed with the latest thing.
MIQUEL BARCELÓ – Way back when, Goya used to say: “Tiempo tambien pinta” — “Time, too, is a painter.” He said it because, as an old man, he viewed the paintings of his youth in another way. But it’s also true that time changes paintings as it deteriorates them. Pigments change. Pompeii red, for example, is due to an iron oxide whose temperature was raised suddenly by thousands of degrees, as in a ceramic. It’s baked painting. And, miraculously, it’s much more beautiful like that than it was before. Tiempo tambien pinta means, “Time affects painting.”

OLIVIER ZAHM — Time is an altogether different matter in painting than in photography.
MIQUEL BARCELÓ — The difference is easiest to see in portraits. When I was in St. Petersburg, I saw thousands of portraits. Painted people are never dead. The maidens and women painted by Goya are still very alluring. Painting brings things to life, whereas photography, as I’m not the first to discover, underscores their mortality. When you see photographs, you say to yourself that they’re all dead, but when you go to a portrait gallery at the Louvre, you never think they’re dead. Those are people in those pictures. I think painting was invented to bring out faces; it’s a sleight of hand that brings flesh suddenly into existence. The Egyptians,...

Read more

[November 30 2015] : TV Takeover

Alex Bag TV Takeover

Alex Bag TV Takeover

We are happy to invite artist Alex Bag to curate a selection of her favorite videos for a Purple TV Takeover. The takeover coincides with our special women’s fashion story from the latest Purple Fashion (available to view online here) and her upcoming solo exhibition at ICA Miami opening tomorrow.

Bag rose to prominence in the 1990’s with her provocative video art, normally taking on the roles herself. Her satirical commentary on identity, character, personality, and livelihood predicted today’s obsession with video and photo identity created through blogs and social media. She played dress-up in her short, funny, and thought-provoking videos, acting out roles, throwing her ego and her voice in all different directions. She wasn’t just an artist playing... Read More

Purple Instagram

[November 30 2015] : Love

The Japanese legendary photographer Hajime Sawatari with the designer of MA déshabillé Akiko Murata, Tokyo

The Japanese legendary photographer Hajime Sawatari with the designer of MA déshabillé Akiko Murata, Tokyo.

Photo Chikashi Suzuki