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[October 9 2015] : Art

2nd Edition “Pavillon De L’Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home” curated by Felix Burrichter at the Swiss Institute, New York
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2nd Edition “Pavillon De L’Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home” curated by Felix Burrichter at the Swiss Institute, New York

Curated by Felix Burrichter, the editor and creative director of design magazine PIN–UP, the exhibition “Pavillon De L’Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home” channels the visionary irreverence of Le Corbusier for a 21st century take on domesticity.

When Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier participated in the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, his contribution – the original Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau – caused an uproar among the fair’s organizers. In a commercial trade show intended to facilitate the promotion of the Art Déco style, his aesthetic was dismissed as antithetical. In retrospect, however, Le Corbusier’s Pavillon de L’Esprit Nouveau acted as a manifesto that introduced revolutionary design concepts, such as building standardization, mass-production as it applies... Read More

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John Richardson

JOHN RICHARDSON is a British art historian, writer, and most importantly, Picasso’s intimate biographer. Since the ’70s, Richardson has lived a flamboyant life in a gigantic loft in New York City, which he tends to like a European treasure chest. In June, 2009, he curated “Mosqueteros,” an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery of Picasso’s last works, offering the possibility to reconsider these previously ill-received works from the end of the master’s life. Richardson, a long-time contributor to Vanity Fair, is the living memory of modern art. Yet he still thrives on making friends with younger generations. Daphne Guinness, one of John’s best friends, gave me the chance to meet him, one I couldn’t pass up.

photographs by OLIVIER ZAHM

PURPLE — You really have some amazing things here in your apartment.

JOHN RICHARDSON — They’re just things I’ve accumulated in my life, that I’ve ended up with, that have stuck to me. My fetishes. I’m like a witch doctor with all his junk around him — and a witch doctor doesn’t sell his fetishes. A lot of it isn’t really all that precious — in fact, some of it is rubbish. I just like having a nest. I’m like a demented bird bringing back bits and making my little nest — or, rather, my big nest. It’s my territory and I feel safe here. You know, I’m 85 years old. I’m just very, very old. I may need to get wheeled around. I want a nice place to die in. [Laughs]

PURPLE – You arrived in New York in 1959, right?

JOHN RICHARDSON – Yes. I fell in love with the city. It was heaven. I was brought up in London and I’m a real Londoner. My family has lived in London since the 18th Century. But I got bored in London, so I moved to Provence and I lived there for ten or 12 years. Then I went to New York. I still had a flat in London, in the Albany apartments. I thought I would be able to live in London and rent a place in New York and go back and forth. Then Christie’s auction house asked me to head their New York operation and suddenly I had a real job. I didn’t know much about America, but they wanted me because I had lived with Douglas Cooper...

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[October 9 2015] : Travel

A visit to Sandhornøy during SALT, the world’s first Arctic arts festival, Norway
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A visit to Sandhornøy during SALT, the world’s first Arctic arts festival, Norway

One of the wonderful things about Salt is its solitude. It’s hard to get there. It took around 12 hours, 3 planes, and one fairly hairy boat ride across one of the roughest stretches of water around. As soon as you step off the boat the immediate calm that covers the island makes it worth it. I sat in a tiny café eating a bowl of homemade bacalao (salted and dried cod). Inside a band set up to perform that evening whilst the worlds largest sauna “Agora”, (which functions as an amphi-theatre and a sauna with a capacity of up to 120 people) glowed in the distance.
From the sauna my view is over... Read More

Text and photo Benjamin McMahon

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