Today's Daily Dirty Diary

COLIN O’BRIEN ILLUMINATES KIDS ON THE STREETS

Photographer Colin O’Brien has made a career of photographing children playing on the streets of London. When he was only eight years old, he began photographing his friends in the markets of Hatton Garden and the bombsites of Clerkenwell which served as a playground. Capturing the vibrancy of street culture in 1948, O’Brien evokes a time where children used their imagination to invent alternate realities. There is a raw candor and sense of freedom in their explorations that has unfortunately disappeared over time. (more…)

11 STREET ARTISTS BOMBING CITIES AROUND THE WORLD

Amidst all the controversy and criticism surrounding Banksy’s month long residence in New York City, one thing is certain — street artists are arguably as relevant today as they have ever been. Popularized by the art boom of the early 1980′s, New York based artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat introduced the concept to the mainstream art world, although graffiti had already been a prominent part of the New York City landscape for many years. The movement revolutionized the way we experienced and interpreted art.

Dirty decided to feature a list of street artists from all over the world, who exemplify the creative audacity of the medium today:

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PERFORMA 13 TAKES OVER NEW YORK CITY

 

Already underway, Performa 13 makes its biennial appearance, casting an unprecedented celebration of performance art throughout New York City until November 24th. Over one hundred performances will take place in over 40 venues and fifty arts institutions. Spectators will be able to experience an illustrious crop of artists — some ingénues, some firmly established art world figures — in a plethora of creative disciplines.

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DIESEL’S IMAGE MAKEOVER CONTINUES ON THE IPHONE

 

“How can I show this off in a new way?”— That seems to encapsulate Nicola Formichetti’s vision as he aims to reignite Diesel, the Italian denim brand that has become all too “Euro” as of late. Formichetti, the former artistic director of MUGLER, has orchestrated an inventive, multi-sensory campaign to kick off the official overhaul. In collaboration with photographer, Nick Knight, the duo present a “Tribute” line that will be followed by a full runway collection in Spring 2014. (more…)

MOCA PRESENTS BOB MIZER AND TOM OF FINLAND EXHIBITION

 

Bob Mizer Physique Pictorial Volume 16 Number 4, February 1968.Publication.Printed with permission of Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc .

 

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles will house the first American museum exhibition entitled Bob Mizer and Tom of Finland. The landmark is a long over due homage to two of the most avant-garde and prolific artists of the 20th century. Curated by Bennett Simpson and guest curator Richard Hawkins, the exhibition will include Bob Mizer films, “catalogue boards”, and studio sessions as well as a repertoire of Tom of Finland’s subversive, titillating drawings. Also included will be a comprehensive collection of Mizer’s Physique Pictorial, a ground breaking publication that first featured Tom of Finland’s work in 1957. (more…)

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: FROM THE SIDEWALK TO THE CATWALK

 

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first international exhibition that chronicles the genius of one of the most acclaimed designers to date. Amusingly referred to as the “l’enfant terrible” of French fashion, Gaultier’s career had spanned over four decades, producing some of the most brilliant displays of creative mastery. He is known for being a provocateur, fearlessly pushing sexual boundaries and flippantly refuting accepted gender roles.

His ready to wear collections are directly influenced by the street while his haute couture designs are an intoxicating interpretation of fantasy. He made the kilt a desirable must-have for the daring fashionisto. His collaborations with Madonna, most notably the infamous cone bra designed for her Blonde Ambition Tour, exemplified his insistence of pushing the lines of conventional decorum. While other designers have sold their artistry in favor of mass commercial success, Gaultier has always maintained his sense of artistic integrity. (more…)

PADDLES ON!: PHILLIPS’S FIRST DIGITAL ART AUCTION

Joe Hamilton, “Hyper Geography”, 2011. Video.

In our rapidly advancing technological age, renown auction house, Phillips recently set a precedent by partnering with Tumblr for its first auction of digital art which sold YouTube videos and video game screenshots online. The exhibition, entitled Paddles ON!, highlighted artists who epitomized the expanding relevance of digital art. This merger signified a legitimate attempt to create an awareness for digital artists as well as emphasized their relevance in the sometimes, traditionalist art world. 80% of proceeds went to the artists and 20% went to Rhizome, a NYC based non-profits organization that supports digital art.

The exhibition’s curator, Lindsay Howard, wanted to  include pieces which would stand the test of time. Howard stressed, “I looked for artists who are pioneers in developing the visual language for digital art, as well as those who are creating monetization and preservation models that are reflective of their creative process. As technology takes a more central role in our lives, the artists who possess not only aesthetic skills but also technical intuitiveness and mastery will become increasingly desirable.” (more…)

LEBANON BANS CANNES WINNING FILM OVER GAY THEMES

Alain Guiraudie was recently awarded best director at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section for L’Inconnu du Lac (Stranger by the Lake). The film centers heavily on “cruising”, the gay ritual which involves men meeting in spontaneous, often public locations, in search of sexual relations. The lead character, Franck, ventures to a lake each summer and engages in unapologetic, hedonistic pleasure with men from a close by town. Guiraudie does not shy away from the sexual subject matter; he explores the physical seduction of these trysts, leaving little to the imagination.

Critics have praised the film for being risqué while some countries have found it simply offensive. Posters of the film have already been pulled in two French suburbs after complaints of indecency. In the Middle East, the Lebanese government has banned the film. Initially intended to screen at the Beirut Film Festival, the Interior Ministry’s censorship board has ruled that the film is no longer eligible. (more…)

FRENCH FILMMAKER MICHEL GONDRY DISCUSSES HIS NEW FILM

In an interview with the Gothamist, Academy Award winning french filmmaker, Michel Gondry opens up about his upcoming film as well as discusses some his most notable works. Known for his inventive vision and and penchant for unexpected collaborations, Gondry has been credited with being a master of reinventing the mis-en-scène. He has directed films, commercials, and music videos — balancing commercial and indie ventures while retaining a unique point of view.

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JANET CARDIFF TAKES OVER THE CLOISTERS

Janet Cardiff, a Canadian multi-media artist presents the sound installation “The Forty Part Motet” at the Fuentidueña Chapel housed inside of the Cloisters Museum.  When entering the saintly space, visitors are surrounded by an oval configuration of forty speakers. Separated into eight groups of musical registers — soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass — one for each unique voice vocalizing “Spem in Alum” by composer Thomas Tallis. Translated as “In No Other Is My Hope”, visitors are invited to experience either the piece as a whole or the individual translation of sounds from each singer in this polyphonic vocal composition. The installation marks the first time that a contemporary art piece has been exhibited at the Cloisters. (more…)

VOLKSWAGEN PHASES OUT THE “HIPPIE BUS”

The blue VW Last Kombi Edition will be one of 600 vans produced before the line is discontinued by the end of the year.

It’s official: German automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen,  will stop production of its iconic “hippie bus” on Dec 31 st. Federal safety requirements such as airbags simply cannot be met in the technologically outdated vans. Brazil is the only country that has manufactured the line since 1975.

Technically termed the “Volkswagen Type 2”, or “Transporter”, Volkswagen has produced more than 10 million automobiles since its introduction in Germany in 1950, making it the longest produced automative in history. (more…)

RICK OWENS DELIVERS AN UNFORGETTABLE SPRING 2014 RTW SHOW

Rick Owens showed his  2014 Spring/Sumer 2014 ready-to-wear collection in Paris featuring a cast of all black, angry plus size step dancers.  To say that Owens shocked an often blasé fashion crowd is an understatement: His camp had been working with four step teams from African-American sororities  for several months — Zetas, Momentum, Soul Steppers, and Washington Divas. The result was a brilliant, transgressive multi-sensory display that upped the ante amongst his competitors. (more…)

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