visvim Womens Spring/Summer 2011 Collection
Hiroki Nakamura in known for, among other things, a savant-like knowledge and understanding of fabrics and textiles. In the Spring/Summer women’s line from visvim, Hiroki gets a perfect opportunity to indulge his love of fabrics. Statement pieces include the collection of capes, in Navajo-inspired prints, and a striking version of the FTB with studded edges. The collection is rounded out by a number of casual canvas shoes, perfect for Spring. Hiroki is hosting a launch event on March 16th, at On Pedder in Hong Kong.
After Art Basel, Armory Week is the most significant contemporary art event on the blue chip art world’s calendar. The show, which runs until March 6, features a number of street art darlings, including Ryan McGiness and Jose Parla; the focus, however, is pretty squarely on Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS. Donnelly is currently riding a wave of success: relatively highbrow art like his Aldrich shows and his collaboration with Robert Lazzarini, and lowbrow art like the BAPE x Dissected Companion, which is currently the hottest item in urban vinyl not to mention the well-received Spring/Summer 2011 collection from the KAWS-inspired Original Fake label, and the release of the KAWS book by Rizzoli. At the Armory 2011 show, KAWS (represented by Honor Fraser the gallerista who has been a longtime supporter) created an installation largely themed by a series of round canvases featuring snippets of both abstract and Sponge Bob-inspired painted forms. The painting follows the theme of more recent KAWS work, with one notable development being the juxtaposition of the more colorful cartoon-like characters against a black background. In addition to the work on canvas, the KAWS space featured the 11 foot Accomplice character first seen at his 2010 show at the Aldrich Museum.
This week, the French street artist known as JR was awarded the 2011 TED Prize. While street art is not unheard of at TED, it is quite remarkable that the organization – arguably the most vibrant and comprehensive intellectual project in existence – has bestowed the honor on an street artist. The body of work JR has most recently created is a series of large scale illegal exhibitions, created on location in some of the globe’s most marginalized locations. His pieces have appeared in the poorest South African townships, and in the roughest Rio favelas. In conjunction with winning the 2011 TED Prize, JR announced a global participatory project in which partipants can upload their own photography, and receive a poster which they can paste up in public in their own city. You can join JR’s mission at INSIDE OUT PROJECT.