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HENZEL STUDIO @ TEMPORARY MUSEUM FOR NEW DESIGN, MILAN
Debut of HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS and DIAMOND DUST / NORDIC RAW
Edited display featuring
Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2012 - Helmut Lang, Untitled, 2012 - Calle Henzel, Norrhult Diamond Dust Night Sky, 2013 - Calle Henzel, 745 Frozen Cut, 2013.
Project by Henzel Studio and cultureEDIT
HENZEL STUDIO @ TEMPORARY MUSEUM FOR NEW DESIGN, MILAN
Debut of HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS and DIAMOND DUST / NORDIC RAW
Edited display featuring
Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2012 - Helmut Lang, Untitled, 2012 - Calle Henzel, Norrhult Diamond Dust Night Sky, 2013 - Calle Henzel, 745 Frozen Cut, 2013.
Project by Henzel Studio and cultureEDIT
HENZEL STUDIO @ TEMPORARY MUSEUM FOR NEW DESIGN, MILAN
Debut of HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS and DIAMOND DUST / NORDIC RAW
Edited display featuring
Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2012 - Helmut Lang, Untitled, 2012 - Calle Henzel, Norrhult Diamond Dust Night Sky, 2013 - Calle Henzel, 745 Frozen Cut, 2013.
Project by Henzel Studio and cultureEDIT
HENZEL STUDIO @ TEMPORARY MUSEUM FOR NEW DESIGN, MILAN
Debut of HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS and DIAMOND DUST / NORDIC RAW
Edited display featuring
Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2012 - Helmut Lang, Untitled, 2012 - Calle Henzel, Norrhult Diamond Dust Night Sky, 2013 - Calle Henzel, 745 Frozen Cut, 2013.
Project by Henzel Studio and cultureEDIT
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HENZEL STUDIO

Henzel Sudio is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer established in 1999. Henzel Studio’s ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and creative director. Over the past fifteen years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world.
While remaining at the forefront of design, Henzel Studio’s foundation and raison d’être lies in the artisanal production of local communities in Nepal that dates back thousands of years. Through a twelve-step handmade process, Henzel Studio’s rugs are unique works of art. Each piece is hand-knotted with 150 knots per square inch, and takes up to seven months to produce. The organic and artistic process of Calle Henzel has been the driving force in the development of Henzel Studio’s designs. He has over the years in an uncompromised fashion challenged the traditional conventions of subject matter, shape, finishings and special treatments as a result of painstaking research that includes vintage treatments, intricate surface compositions and even natural erosion – methodologies that further blur the distinction between art and design.
Ethical and environmentally friendly production practices are fundamental to Henzel Studio’s quality standards and integral to the company’s future development. The Himalayan wool is one of the purest natural fibers in the world, and by nature a biodegradable resource. The material is exclusively dyed with ecological pigments from Switzerland. Henzel Studio is a proud member and supporter of Goodweave, an independent organization that certifies humanitarian standards of rug producers and provides educational outreach and resources.
cultureEDIT serves as Commercial Agent for Henzel Studio in Europe, Asia and Australia.
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CRUSHfanzine Issue #9, I AM DESI SANTIAGO
SELECT PRESS
A Shaded View on Fashion, 03.26.14
The Eternal Optimist, 03.28.14
Gayletter, 03.28.14
The Imagist, 03.27.14
Paper Magazine, 03.27.14
Style.com, 03.27.14
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CRUSHfanzine: ISSUE #9 “I Am Desi Santiago”-CRUSHfanzine announces the release of their new issue: “I Am Desi Santiago”.This spring CRUSHfanzine has articulated one of their “obsessions” through the visionary work of artist Desi Santiago. Titled “I Am Desi Santiago”, this issue documents the work, thought processes and inspirations of one of New York’s most dynamic and multi-facteted artists. Readers will get a glimpse of Santiago’s secret world of creativity, manifestations, magic, lucky numbers and artistic compulsions. “I Am Desi Santiago” embraces a modern sensibility of darkness, light and magic.Desi Santiago has been interviewed, photographed, illustrated, dissected and re-appropriated in diverse features by creatives across disciplines. Not only does each contributor blend into the magical world of Santiago through their unique perspective, they were also hand-selected by the artist because they fill a special place in his past, present and future. Each contributor gravitated towards a specific discipline of Santiago’s work, resulting in an issue that crosses sculpture, music and installation.“I Am Desi Santiago” is narrated through a series of individually titled chapters: Secret Doers, Interviews, Past Life Regression, Look-a-Likes, Palm Readings, Objects, Archives and a portfolio featuring shoots that each pay homage to songs by Grace Jones.CRUSHfanzine is a limited edition, quarterly art publication based in New York and Paris. Each issue focuses on a specific obsession, which is examined from all creative angles. Contributors are chosen because of their unique sensibility and personal affiliation to the topic . Select retailers include Bookmarc, Colette (Paris), MOCA (Los Angeles), Opening Ceremony, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Gagosian Shop (New York) and Tate Modern (London).A New York City-based Puerto Rican visual and performance artist, Desi Santiago’s artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by subcultural scenes, with a strong foundation in NYC nightlife, and cross-over into fashion and art worlds. Santiago’s work draws from, addresses, and utilizes the respective vocabularies and iconography of these worlds to create ceremonial experiences and relational performances, which deal with identity, exchange, and the duality of mourning/celebration. His practice is that of ‘the host’, wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance, experience, and identities to pass through resulting in a visual vocabulary of object, installation, and performance.Santiago’s large-scale installations often involve performative and theatrical platforms, richly layered with philosophical, historical and social references.Santiago received a MFA from Bard College. The artist’s work has exhibited at 303 Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museé des Arts Decoratifs (Paris) and Art Basel Miami.Public Relations by cultureEDIT
CRUSHfanzine: ISSUE #9 “I Am Desi Santiago”-CRUSHfanzine announces the release of their new issue: “I Am Desi Santiago”.This spring CRUSHfanzine has articulated one of their “obsessions” through the visionary work of artist Desi Santiago. Titled “I Am Desi Santiago”, this issue documents the work, thought processes and inspirations of one of New York’s most dynamic and multi-facteted artists. Readers will get a glimpse of Santiago’s secret world of creativity, manifestations, magic, lucky numbers and artistic compulsions. “I Am Desi Santiago” embraces a modern sensibility of darkness, light and magic.Desi Santiago has been interviewed, photographed, illustrated, dissected and re-appropriated in diverse features by creatives across disciplines. Not only does each contributor blend into the magical world of Santiago through their unique perspective, they were also hand-selected by the artist because they fill a special place in his past, present and future. Each contributor gravitated towards a specific discipline of Santiago’s work, resulting in an issue that crosses sculpture, music and installation.“I Am Desi Santiago” is narrated through a series of individually titled chapters: Secret Doers, Interviews, Past Life Regression, Look-a-Likes, Palm Readings, Objects, Archives and a portfolio featuring shoots that each pay homage to songs by Grace Jones.CRUSHfanzine is a limited edition, quarterly art publication based in New York and Paris. Each issue focuses on a specific obsession, which is examined from all creative angles. Contributors are chosen because of their unique sensibility and personal affiliation to the topic . Select retailers include Bookmarc, Colette (Paris), MOCA (Los Angeles), Opening Ceremony, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Gagosian Shop (New York) and Tate Modern (London).A New York City-based Puerto Rican visual and performance artist, Desi Santiago’s artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by subcultural scenes, with a strong foundation in NYC nightlife, and cross-over into fashion and art worlds. Santiago’s work draws from, addresses, and utilizes the respective vocabularies and iconography of these worlds to create ceremonial experiences and relational performances, which deal with identity, exchange, and the duality of mourning/celebration. His practice is that of ‘the host’, wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance, experience, and identities to pass through resulting in a visual vocabulary of object, installation, and performance.Santiago’s large-scale installations often involve performative and theatrical platforms, richly layered with philosophical, historical and social references.Santiago received a MFA from Bard College. The artist’s work has exhibited at 303 Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museé des Arts Decoratifs (Paris) and Art Basel Miami.Public Relations by cultureEDIT
CRUSHfanzine: ISSUE #9 “I Am Desi Santiago”-CRUSHfanzine announces the release of their new issue: “I Am Desi Santiago”.This spring CRUSHfanzine has articulated one of their “obsessions” through the visionary work of artist Desi Santiago. Titled “I Am Desi Santiago”, this issue documents the work, thought processes and inspirations of one of New York’s most dynamic and multi-facteted artists. Readers will get a glimpse of Santiago’s secret world of creativity, manifestations, magic, lucky numbers and artistic compulsions. “I Am Desi Santiago” embraces a modern sensibility of darkness, light and magic.Desi Santiago has been interviewed, photographed, illustrated, dissected and re-appropriated in diverse features by creatives across disciplines. Not only does each contributor blend into the magical world of Santiago through their unique perspective, they were also hand-selected by the artist because they fill a special place in his past, present and future. Each contributor gravitated towards a specific discipline of Santiago’s work, resulting in an issue that crosses sculpture, music and installation.“I Am Desi Santiago” is narrated through a series of individually titled chapters: Secret Doers, Interviews, Past Life Regression, Look-a-Likes, Palm Readings, Objects, Archives and a portfolio featuring shoots that each pay homage to songs by Grace Jones.CRUSHfanzine is a limited edition, quarterly art publication based in New York and Paris. Each issue focuses on a specific obsession, which is examined from all creative angles. Contributors are chosen because of their unique sensibility and personal affiliation to the topic . Select retailers include Bookmarc, Colette (Paris), MOCA (Los Angeles), Opening Ceremony, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Gagosian Shop (New York) and Tate Modern (London).A New York City-based Puerto Rican visual and performance artist, Desi Santiago’s artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by subcultural scenes, with a strong foundation in NYC nightlife, and cross-over into fashion and art worlds. Santiago’s work draws from, addresses, and utilizes the respective vocabularies and iconography of these worlds to create ceremonial experiences and relational performances, which deal with identity, exchange, and the duality of mourning/celebration. His practice is that of ‘the host’, wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance, experience, and identities to pass through resulting in a visual vocabulary of object, installation, and performance.Santiago’s large-scale installations often involve performative and theatrical platforms, richly layered with philosophical, historical and social references.Santiago received a MFA from Bard College. The artist’s work has exhibited at 303 Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museé des Arts Decoratifs (Paris) and Art Basel Miami.Public Relations by cultureEDIT
CRUSHfanzine: ISSUE #9 “I Am Desi Santiago”-CRUSHfanzine announces the release of their new issue: “I Am Desi Santiago”.This spring CRUSHfanzine has articulated one of their “obsessions” through the visionary work of artist Desi Santiago. Titled “I Am Desi Santiago”, this issue documents the work, thought processes and inspirations of one of New York’s most dynamic and multi-facteted artists. Readers will get a glimpse of Santiago’s secret world of creativity, manifestations, magic, lucky numbers and artistic compulsions. “I Am Desi Santiago” embraces a modern sensibility of darkness, light and magic.Desi Santiago has been interviewed, photographed, illustrated, dissected and re-appropriated in diverse features by creatives across disciplines. Not only does each contributor blend into the magical world of Santiago through their unique perspective, they were also hand-selected by the artist because they fill a special place in his past, present and future. Each contributor gravitated towards a specific discipline of Santiago’s work, resulting in an issue that crosses sculpture, music and installation.“I Am Desi Santiago” is narrated through a series of individually titled chapters: Secret Doers, Interviews, Past Life Regression, Look-a-Likes, Palm Readings, Objects, Archives and a portfolio featuring shoots that each pay homage to songs by Grace Jones.CRUSHfanzine is a limited edition, quarterly art publication based in New York and Paris. Each issue focuses on a specific obsession, which is examined from all creative angles. Contributors are chosen because of their unique sensibility and personal affiliation to the topic . Select retailers include Bookmarc, Colette (Paris), MOCA (Los Angeles), Opening Ceremony, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Gagosian Shop (New York) and Tate Modern (London).A New York City-based Puerto Rican visual and performance artist, Desi Santiago’s artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by subcultural scenes, with a strong foundation in NYC nightlife, and cross-over into fashion and art worlds. Santiago’s work draws from, addresses, and utilizes the respective vocabularies and iconography of these worlds to create ceremonial experiences and relational performances, which deal with identity, exchange, and the duality of mourning/celebration. His practice is that of ‘the host’, wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance, experience, and identities to pass through resulting in a visual vocabulary of object, installation, and performance.Santiago’s large-scale installations often involve performative and theatrical platforms, richly layered with philosophical, historical and social references.Santiago received a MFA from Bard College. The artist’s work has exhibited at 303 Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museé des Arts Decoratifs (Paris) and Art Basel Miami.Public Relations by cultureEDIT
CRUSHfanzine: ISSUE #9 “I Am Desi Santiago”-CRUSHfanzine announces the release of their new issue: “I Am Desi Santiago”.This spring CRUSHfanzine has articulated one of their “obsessions” through the visionary work of artist Desi Santiago. Titled “I Am Desi Santiago”, this issue documents the work, thought processes and inspirations of one of New York’s most dynamic and multi-facteted artists. Readers will get a glimpse of Santiago’s secret world of creativity, manifestations, magic, lucky numbers and artistic compulsions. “I Am Desi Santiago” embraces a modern sensibility of darkness, light and magic.Desi Santiago has been interviewed, photographed, illustrated, dissected and re-appropriated in diverse features by creatives across disciplines. Not only does each contributor blend into the magical world of Santiago through their unique perspective, they were also hand-selected by the artist because they fill a special place in his past, present and future. Each contributor gravitated towards a specific discipline of Santiago’s work, resulting in an issue that crosses sculpture, music and installation.“I Am Desi Santiago” is narrated through a series of individually titled chapters: Secret Doers, Interviews, Past Life Regression, Look-a-Likes, Palm Readings, Objects, Archives and a portfolio featuring shoots that each pay homage to songs by Grace Jones.CRUSHfanzine is a limited edition, quarterly art publication based in New York and Paris. Each issue focuses on a specific obsession, which is examined from all creative angles. Contributors are chosen because of their unique sensibility and personal affiliation to the topic . Select retailers include Bookmarc, Colette (Paris), MOCA (Los Angeles), Opening Ceremony, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York), Gagosian Shop (New York) and Tate Modern (London).A New York City-based Puerto Rican visual and performance artist, Desi Santiago’s artistic practice spans from 1990 to the present and is heavily influenced by subcultural scenes, with a strong foundation in NYC nightlife, and cross-over into fashion and art worlds. Santiago’s work draws from, addresses, and utilizes the respective vocabularies and iconography of these worlds to create ceremonial experiences and relational performances, which deal with identity, exchange, and the duality of mourning/celebration. His practice is that of ‘the host’, wherein the body is the channel and receptor for circumstance, experience, and identities to pass through resulting in a visual vocabulary of object, installation, and performance.Santiago’s large-scale installations often involve performative and theatrical platforms, richly layered with philosophical, historical and social references.Santiago received a MFA from Bard College. The artist’s work has exhibited at 303 Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, Deitch Projects, MoMA PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museé des Arts Decoratifs (Paris) and Art Basel Miami.Public Relations by cultureEDIT
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HENZEL STUDIO at TEMPORARY MUSEUM FOR NEW DESIGNDiamond Dust / Nordic RawHenzel Studio Collaborations: Helmut Lang and Anselm ReylePress Preview: April 7, 3 - 8 pmDates: April 8 - 13Superstudio Più - Via Tortona 27, MilanHenzel Studio is pleased to announce a site-specific display at the Temporary Museum for New Design, the most progressive fair and exhibition initiative presenting contemporary design selected by an artistic board headed by Giulio Cappellini.The display, part of the program’s Iconic Design / Selected Objects, will showcase two rugs from Henzel Studio’s signature Diamond Dust / Nordic Raw collection, and also serve as a worldwide exclusive debut of the highly anticipated Henzel Studio Collaborations, an exclusive and ongoing initiative of art rugs designed in collaboration with leading contemporary artists.Diamond Dust / Nordic Raw is based on a seven year long scientific experiment exposing rugs to the harsh environmental elements of Northern Sweden. One series consists of unique and freeform rugs with attributes informed by erosion, snow and its thawing process, and seasonal germination. A second series is drawn from the meteorological phenomenon of “Diamond Dust”, a ground level cloud composed of tiny ice crystals.Henzel Studio Collaborations Volume #1 is an unprecedented collection of art rugs featuring designs by leading contemporary artists assume vivid astro focus, Scott Campbell, Leo Gabin, Robert Knoke, Helmut Lang, Linder, Marilyn Minter, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Jurgen Teller and Mickalene Thomas. The artists are all groundbreaking and leading forces within their respective fields and media, ranging from sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, installations, reliefs and video art. Their mark has not only been honored and highlighted at leading galleries and institutions worldwide, but also widely documented and manifested as a mirror of cultural movements. Curated by Joakim Andreasson.The display at Temporary Museum for New Design will feature a select edit of two designs from Henzel Studio Collaborations Volume #1, ones by artists Helmut Lang and Anselm Reyle. Lang’s piece is based on a sculpture, which has been translated into a free-form shape with a highly intricate, multi-level and contrasting sculptural surface. Reyle based his design on a piece from his signature foil series, utilizing free-form techniques and variable material compositions to mirror the original work’s attributes.All exhibited rugs are hand-made using centuries’ old artisan practices in Nepal. Only the highest quality of Himalayan wool and silk, are used to produce Henzel Studio’s rugs, which by nature are environmentally sustainable. Henzel Studio is a proud member and supporter of Goodweave, and independent organization that certifies humanitarian standards of rug producers and provides educational outreach and resources.Henzel Sudio is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer established in 1999. Henzel Studio’s ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and Creative Director. Over the past fifteen years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world. While remaining at the forefront of design, Henzel Studio’s foundation and raison d’être lies in the artisanal production of local communities in Nepal, that dates back several centuries. Through a twelve-step hand-made process, Henzel Studio’s knotted rugs are unique works of art. Each piece is hand-knotted with 150 knots per square inch, and takes up to seven months to produce. The organic and artistic process of Calle Henzel has been the driving force in the development of Henzel Studio’s designs. He has over the years in an uncompromised fashion challenged the traditional conventions of subject matter, shape, finishing and special treatments as a result of painstaking research that includes vintage treatments, intricate surface compositions and even natural erosion, methodologies that further blur the distinction between art and design.Curatorial / Commercial Representation / Public Relations by cultureEDIT
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ABSTRACT COMPOSITIONS - THE HELMUT LANG ARCHIVES
Feature in Self Service #40, Spring Summer 2014
With text by Sarah Mower
Creative coordination by cultureEDIT
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HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS
Volume #1
Exclusive collection of art rugs
Project by Henzel Studio and cultureEDIT
assume vivid astro focus / Scott Campbell / Leo Gabin / Robert Knoke / Helmut Lang / Linder / Marilyn Minter / Anselm Reyle / Jack Pierson / Richard Prince / Juergen Teller / Mickalene Thomas
Curated by Joakim Andreasson
SELECT PRESS:
032c, 04.07.14
Another Magazine, 04.08.14
Architectural Digest France, 02.21.14
Art Info, 04.02.14
Art Info Germany, 04.07.14
Australian Design Review, 02.14.14
Baku, Spring 2014
Bon, 12.06.14
Cover, Dec 2013
Cover, Apr 2014
Cover, 04.03.14
Cover, 04.14.14
Cultured, Spring 2014
David Report, 04.05.14
Elle Decor, 12.06.13
Elle Decor, May 2014
Fantastic Man, 04.04.14
Frame, Spring 2014
Goodweave, 02.07.14
Hero, 04.10.14
Hint, 04.08.14
Life + Times, 04.10.14
Marie Claire Maison Italy, May 2014
Modern, Spring 2014
Monopol, April 2014
Phaidon, 04.07.14
Vogue, April 2014
Vogue Living Australia, Spring 2014
Vogue Living Australia, 04.10.14
Vogue Netherlands, 04.08.14
Wallpaper, 03.25.14
Wallpaper, 04.07.14
Wertical, 04.12.14
WWD, 12.07.13
ZOO, Spring 2013
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THE WHITNEY HOUSTON BIENNIAL: _I’M EVERY WOMAN_
Brooklyn, New York (March 9th 2014) 20 Jay Street suite 207 Dumbo, Brooklyn. One night only. 
Group Exhibition featuring Silvia Prada
The 2014_ Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman_ is a feast for the eyes and a celebration of female voices. The biennial comes as a response to the continuing minimal representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To bring some balance to the art institutions in New York this season, curator and artist Christine Finley will host more than fifty female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The artists studio will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Mickalene Thomas, Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory. The show’s title not only playfully addresses the traditional (and concurrent) exhibit held at the Whitney Museum, but also honors a strong and brilliant lady, two years since her untimely passing, who once sang these words from Chaka Khan:
Whatever you wantWhatever you needAnything you want doneI do it naturallyBecause I’m every womanIt’s all in me.
List of artists: Mickalene Thomas, Swoon, Guerrilla Girls, Linda Montano, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Michelle Rogers, Silvia Prada, Howdoyousayyaminafrican?, Sara Magenheimer, Micol Hebron, Sienna Shields, Kathryn Garcia, Marissa Bluestone, Lia Halloran, Jean Robison, Pooneh Maghazehe, Maghen Brown, Orrie King, Andrea Tese, Tamara Weber, Kristin Jai Klosterman, Angel Favorite, Megan Hays, Gaby Collins Fernandez, Liz Ainslie, Dominika Ksel, Kate Vance, Kiran Chandra, Beatrice Anderson , Annie Ewaskio, Desiree Leary, Molly Larkey, Rachel Schragis, Eddy Segal, C. Finley, Haley Hughes, Ana Rodriguez, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Wright, Mitch McEwen, Maureen St. Vincent, Rachael Warner, Sophie Grant, Natalee Cayton, Seung Huh, Christa Bell, Dachi Cole & Candice Williams, Regine Schumann, Tracy Molis, Shanna Waddell, Katie Rubright , Maya Jeffereis, Miatta Kawinzi, Heather Powell, Caitlin Cherry, April Friges, Patricia Domínguez, Seung-Min Lee , Margie Schnibbe, Jennifer Myers, Ashley Garrett
Creative Representation by cultureEDIT
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RICHARD HAWKINS - BOB MIZER & TOM OF FINLAND
Artist Richard Hawkins tours Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. “Tom of Finland” (1920-1991), at MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Hawkins, who guest co-curated the exhibition with MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, examines selections from the first-ever presentation of catalogue boards of Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild studios, which to him are enthusiastic celebrations of everyday youth and beauty, as well as Tom of Finland’s pencil drawings and pen-and-ink illustrations of radical sexuality. As an artist who has produced collage work, Hawkins pays particular attention to Finland’s collage binders, which appear to investigate icons of popular culture for their innate “hotness.” In light of the sexual freedoms still denied in Russia, the “titillating, thrilling and sex-positive” work created by Mizer and Tom of Finland decades ago remains as relevant today.Paper Tricks: Richard Hawkins on Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland
Richard HawkinsRichard Hawkins (b. 1961, Mexia Texas) is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. He is represented by Corvi-Mora, London; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin and Koln; Greene-Naftali, New York and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles. His first book of fiction, “Fragile Flowers”, was released by Les Presses du Reel in Fall 2013. In October 2013, he premiered his first solo French museum presentation, “glimmer”, at Le Consortium Dijon and in 2012 he was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy, Berlin. Upcoming, Hawkins’s butoh-inspired collages will be the focus of a solo exhibition at Tate Liverpool, “Hijikata Twist”, curated by Darren Pih. His research into the Los Angeles painter Tony Greene will be shown at the 2014 Whitney Biennial in an exhibition co-curated with Catherine Opie.About MOCAtvMOCAtv, which launched October 1, 2012, is an online contemporary art video channel, and a digital extension of the education and exhibition program of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). MOCAtv is the first and only dedicated art channel to be part of YouTube’s original channel initiative announced October 2011, and one of fourteen new, original channels that make up YouTube Education, a collection of more than 700,000 videos on a wide range of educational topics from math to science, history to geography. MOCA is the first contemporary art museum to associate with a major media company in an online video-programming venture of this scale, and the channel features curated, original and acquired videos to inform, educate and engage the global, online audience about contemporary art and its intersection with film, video, music, performance, dance, music, comedy, and more. MOCAtv currently has over 6 million video views and 160,000 subscribers.
Debut: Thursday July 22, 2013, 10 am PST.
Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson and Guest Co-Curator Richard Hawkins. MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Holywood, CA 90069. November 2 - January 26, 2014.
Photo: Collage by Tom of Finland. Courtesy of MOCAtv
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