Kai Kuhne and John Mollett kick off the Hasbeens & Willbees first inaugural "Amuse-bouche auction" tomorrow in New York. Hasbeens & Willbees is an auction platform that marches to the beat of a different drum. "The intersection of creative collaborations and commerce is our dogma. The binary lines of art, design, architecture, and fashion are refreshingly blurred in our vision," said co-founder Kai Kuhne. Named The Kenyan Auction, it will sell a trove of 500 objects belonging to their late friend, the interior designer Kenyan Lewis. "With clients from Ralph Laurento the GAP, he was a treasure hunter who left behind an impressive estate of props, oddities, and furniture," Kunhe says. "This auction experience is inspired by the country auction and interpreted with a filter of surrealism."
The auction will feature tableaux vivants in which a cast of New York models, dressed in Telfar, will interact with the objects and bring them to the auctioneer.
The private Hasbeens & Willbees "Kenyan Auction" will take place on Wednesday June 17th at 6:30pm at Supermarket, 393 Broadway, New York. The public can preview the items in person on June 16 and bid on items online here.
Artist Rirkrit Tiravanija'sKickstarter to build a studio residency to the land foundation in the northern part of Thailand is now open. The Land Foundation founded by Tiravanija and fellow Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert is a self-sustaining environment emerging from the artistic community that is freely accessible to all. The studio residency will be the first permanent structure of the foundation that consists of a garden and rice field cultivated by locals and will establish a space for artist residencies, workshops and seminars. The first prototype of the studio designed by Frankfurt-based architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller will be shown at Art Basel. The installation titled "Do We Dream Under The Same Sky" will include an experimental public workshop to reflect the communal idea of the residency. Support the Kickstarter here.
This year's Red Bull Space Paris artist resident Jarvis Cockerpresents hisexhibition "20 Golden Greats" inspired by the myth of Gold records. The former lead singer of Pulp has designed vinyl records that feature fictional songs credited to his favorite labels such as RCA and Disques Vogue. “At certain points in my career I received gold and platinum records but I always felt a little bit embarrassed, I was never quite at ease with the idea and always gave them to my mother because I certainly didn’t want them in my house. This was the challenge I faced with this exhibition: how to make the gold record something desirable, something with class and sophistication, because as far as I’m concerned, gold records, and especially those you see lined up on the walls of recording studios, are always rather ugly.” The vinyl designs are accompanied with an footage from an 80s English music TV show that shows the ecstatic audience rather than the musicians during a gig, which Cocker sees as the real measure of success. The soundtrack for "20 Golden Greats" with featured collaborations with English harpist Serafina Steer and Pilooski will be available on limited edition vinyl exclusively at the gallery during the exhibition. 20 Golden Greats runs from June 17 to August 28 atRed Bull Space Paris, 12 rue du Mail, 75002 Paris.Photo Marta Galli
Growing up the son of academics, Zahm, 52, never intended to work in fashion. "I was always going to art shows with my parents. They didn’t care about fashion or brands. They were more hippies and would wear old vintage clothes." Both were university professors, his mother teaching natural history, his father, philosophy. Until Zahm was 10 years old, the family lived on the campus of the Cité Universitaire in Paris, which became the backdrop to the May 1968 student riots. Zahm attended the Sorbonne, studying philosophy like his father, along with semiology and language. "Roland Barthes wrote a lot about fashion and that was always intriguing to me. I started as an art critic, I didn’t start with fashion and this is why when I look at fashion now I always look at it with an artistic angle."
Zahm began writing about the art scene as a stringer for publications such as Art Forum, Art Flash and Art Presse, while still at university. It was at this time that he met Elein Fleiss and launched Purple Prose. "At the time in France you had no interesting magazines for my generation. After a whole decade of 1980s fashion and art, I realized everything was changing and this change was totally fresh and exciting. But there was no media for that so it was right to do a small fanzine to express it. In ’91, ’92, the shows of Martin Margiela were extremely exciting and I did my best to sneak in or be invited. When Damien Hirst did his first show in Paris at Emmanuel Perrotin gallery, the big pharmacy, it was clear that he was a good artist and we wanted to write about it. And Alexander McQueen; it was clear that it was a new voice in the fashion world. So then you understand that this is the fashion of your time, these are the artists of your generation." Zahm had found his calling: to act as the mouthpiece for his own generation, reflecting back to his peers the work of artists and fashion designers he felt were setting the tone of the times.