We recently unveiled our newest collaborative art project: "The Project Cognac" at acclaimed modern and contemporary art event Art|Basel in Miami. It showcases re-interpretations of our iconic Cognac Visetos collection ranging from the whimsical, to the abstract to the conceptual, fusing the worlds of art and fashion. To present the project, we collaborated with @60" (reference to the perfect height to hang art), a website offering the best and most highly curated collection of art from innovative artists. Kipton Cronkite and Christian Simonds created the site this year to promote the work of talented emerging artists through curated sales and an online gallery. The announcement of our collaboration with @60" happened during the world renowned art show Art|Basel in Miami.
Art|Basel is one of the most important art events worldwide, and like Frieze in London or the FIAC in Paris, it attracts arts afficionados and stylistas from around the world. Nowadays, the fashion pack has to include those three main arts events in their fashionable circuit! Fashion is a form of art, so it is only natural that the two worlds would collide.
Of course, not everyone could make it to Miami on this occasion, so please accept my invitation in your virtual mailbox and let me introduce you to our artists and their work...
Hunt Slonem - (Oil Based Water Paint) Since 1977 Hunt Slonem has had more than 350 exhibitions at prestigious galleries and museums internationally. In 2010 there are shows in the Coral Springs Museum, Coral Springs, Fl; Museo de Arte El Salvador, San Salvador, Columbia; Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA; Paul & Lulu Hilliard Museum, Lafayette, LA; McMullen Museum, Boston, MA; National Museum of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; and more. Globally, more than 100 museums include his work in their collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He has been commissioned to paint large- scale murals for the Bryant Park Grill, New York City and the former World Trade Center, NYC.
Don Mitchell: (Acrylic Paint on Aluminum & Wood) Known for designing kinetic sculptures, infamous sculptor and colorist Don Mitchell’s masterpieces can be found in Germany, England, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, and the United States. Following a career in engineering and manufacturing, Don started his art career in the mid 1980’s. By 1990 he was creating sculpture full time, and by 1992 he had switched from wood to aluminum in most of his sculptures. By 1999 Don was spending most of his time doing large public sculptures, and has completed 42 to date. Don’s focus has always been on providing unique visual images.
Brad Howe: Camelopardalis “The Giraffe” (Steel, Aluminum, Polyurethane, Coated Canvas, Leather) “My sculptures are designed with a focus on vitality.” Their structures are composed with actual or implied kinetic properties aimed at exposing energized moments between connection and disconnection, as well as between strain and serenity. Renowned versatile sculptor Brad Howe is known for geometric abstraction. His masterpieces include the kinetic sculpture of flags at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and “The Sound of Water” sculpture. His exhibits are featured in 32 countries worldwide and are represented in many prominent venues including: Arario Industries, Cheon-Shi, South Korea, Samsung Corporation, Seoul, South Korea, Gershwin Hotel, New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, Miami, and Boca Raton, FL.
Eric Demarchelier: (Acrylic Paint) Raised in Saint Andresse and formerly the photographer for many French and German magazines, Demarchelier is the former official photographer for Princess Diana. He has assisted his brother Patrick, a prestigious fashion photographer, for renowned fashion publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone. In 2005, he collaborated with Givenchy on the “Fashion Meets Art” Exhibition in NYC. He is the owner of the NYC Upper East Side restaurant “Demarchelier “, where he displays his paintings and draws a fashion/artist connoisseur crowd.
Miriam Cabessa: (Acrylic Paint) Cabessa is a unique painter in that she paints without a brush. She uses her hands and fingers to create abstract, symmetrical form through choreographed movement over the canvas. Her compositions are records of repeating gestures. She is known for her Monochromatic paintings, most recently in form of large abstract works made with gold. Cabessa was born in Morocco and grew up in Israel. She had a solo show in the Tel Aviv Museum in 1995 and represented Israel in the 1997 Venice Biennale. In addition, she has exhibited in galleries all over the world. Cabessa lives and works in New York City. Cabessa received her BFA from the Kalisher College of Art in Tel Aviv, Israel and her MA from the Hamidrasha School of Art, Ramat Hasharon, Israel.
Julie Combal: (Charcoal Filter Sealed in Acrylic Paint) The Brooklyn-based Combal was a 2010 KiptonART Rising winner for her oil on canvas abstractions that deal with the relationship between civilization and the natural world, a theme she’s currently further exploring via an examination of water pollution in New York and Mexico. With an approach to her craft that’s humorously self-aware, despite the sometimes-weighty subject matter, Combal’s work has seen gallery shows in Paris, Berlin, and Tokyo. Combal received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts.
Nora Mulheren: (Hand Painted Gouache & Micaceous Iron Oxide) Nora Mulheren’s work has shared gallery space with Marilyn Minter’s, been exhibited at the historic Great House at Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills, and now she’s currently creating a painted handbag for Germany luxury house MCM. Like Warhol before her, this confluence of art and commerce is part of a body of work where repetition and reproduction function to comment and play upon our mass media dominated environment (and its skewed notions of ideal beauty). Says Mulheren of her rising profile, “I never imagined I would come this far in my career, and it’s only the beginning.” Mulheren received her MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Stephan Fowlkes: (Enamel & Velvet) Reviewed by the Village Voice and the Daily News, traveling to China as a representative of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Young Leaders Forum, and auctioning his first piece at Sotheby’s to musician Dave Matthews, Fowlkes already has plenty to be proud of. And there’s certainly a lot more to come: When not working with reclaimed wood from his Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood he’s curating a local artist collective and editing an online arts magazine. Fowlkes was a 2012 KiptonART Rising Winner, graduated from Bennington College in 1993 and later studied at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Eddie Granger: (Oil Based Water Color & Crayons) Eddie Granger’s work is about observing nature. For Granger the number 3 holds high significance as it represents the three elements of nature: earth, wind and fire. He uses the number 3 as the basis for construction of his works. Many of the lines that pulsate through them are made of three colors. Those lines not comprised of three colors are duplicated two more times throughout the piece, making them three of a kind. Granger’s background in architecture is evident is his compositions. Their controlled fluidity is an intentional effort to create something at once structured and formless. Granger also draws inspiration from fauvism, imbuing his works with the bold colors of the movement. He received his Bachelor's in Architecture from the University of Louisiana.
Diana Delgado: (Acrylic Paint) Intensely layered, visually dense, and driven by color, Delgado’s gestural abstractions of architecture, animals, figurative elements always incorporate a certain playful irreverence. But she stops short of full-bore irony, instead favoring a rough simplicity for the increasingly abstract paintings, found everywhere from SCOPE NY to a private, Park City, Utah residence designed by Philip Gorrivan and One Kings Lane co-founder Alison Pincus. Delgado was a 2011 KiptonART Rising Winner and received her BFA from Syracuse University.
Rotem Reshef: (Acrylic Paint) Israeli artist Rotem Reshef employs large-scale canvases to explore a world that is constantly in flux, whether through the physical act of drying paint (and the variable aesthetic outcomes this action brings), the psychic act of creation (and the new techniques she discovers through it), or via the viewer’s own emotional voyage. Working in pure abstraction, which sometimes veers into semi-figuration and landscape indications, Reshef brings a hint of the cosmic and the molecular to her pieces, while always remaining firmly intuitive?never overly intellectual. The unique approach has been awarded with exhibitions and prizes in New York, Israel, and Italy. Reshef received her BFA from the Hamidrasha School of Art, Ramat Hasharon, Israel and an MA in Museology from the Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Matthew Satz: (Acrylic Paint) When you’re receiving commissions from both New York’s Sloan-Kettering hospital and Monaco’s Prince Albert, you know you’re doing something right. And Satz certainly is, whether he’s challenging the concept of the museum as art institution (as he did during a 2004 Parrish Art Museum exhibit) or exploring the boundaries of painting’s history in his daily work, the young painter is always process focused and aesthetically refined. Satz was a 2010 KiptonART Rising Winner and received his BFA from Brandeis University.
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind carrying that briefcase as embellished by Stephen Fowlkes!
Now onto the party... It was held on the 6th of December at the Bazaar by Jose Andres, a trendy yet tasteful restaurant on the well known Collins Avenue, in the SLS hotel. We greeted our guests with hors d'oeuvres and canapes prepared by the Bazaar chef. The party was packed full of the art world's finest, but also some stylish editors, journalists and VIPs.
The event was a great success and the press went mad for our inspiring new collaborations...
Traduction - Un grand projet artistique issu de la collaboration entre MCM et @60" a ete presente a Art|Basel a Miami au debut du mois.
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