Joe Corré, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's progeny, plans to burn his $7 million collection of original punk artifacts, in protest of the mainstreaming of the anarchic social movement, epitomized by the Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing. Meanwhile, the British Library has delved into its own archive of the period — for the purpose of showing it to the public.
Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, the exhibition explores punk’s early days in the capital and reveals how its influence spread across music, fashion, print, and graphic design. Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings, and record sleeves from the British Library’s collections — alongside rare material from the archives held at Liverpool John Moores University — it celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.
Opened today, the exhibit includes DJ John Peel's personal copy of the Undertones' Teenage Kicks; original designs from Westwood and McLaren's SEX shop, including the famous tits T-shirt; the leather jacket of Rat Scabies from The Damned; and a wall of a hundred 7-inch singles, many of them DIY releases.
Punk 1976 - 78, free admission, May, 13 - October 2, 2016, British Library, London
In the desert south of Las Vegas, Nevada, rises Seven Magic Mountains, colossal stone formations by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The monumental work of Land Art — located near Jean Dry Lake, where Jean Tinquely and Michael Heizer created large-scale works — strikes a primal chord like some technicolor Stonehenge.
On April 21, Charlotte Brontë celebrated her 200th birthday. Of course the toothless dwarf who created Jane Eyre isn't alive, but nearly two centuries after her death, her fans pore over her tiny shoes and size-zero dresses — recently displayed at Manolo Blahnik's favorite London museum, Soane's House.
It wasn't considered ladylike to write fiction in the 19th century, so the Brontë sisters pretended to be men, submitting their manuscripts as Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
The skinny sisters were ahead of their time in other ways, each manifesting signs of an eating disorder long before they died of consumption. Emily was the innovator, starving for days in order to levitate and be closer to God, or his evil twin, on the ceiling of her bedroom.
Even before Karl Lagerfeld not-so-subtly sported a glam-rock sequin jacket by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent to take his bow at Chanel's cruise show in Havana, Cuba, speculation had been rampant. Those rumors, now infinitely more believable, had Slimane designing a men's line for Chanel — the brand's first — before easing into the top spot upon Lagerfeld's retirement. All with the Kaiser's blessing, naturally.
Like Alexey Kondakov and the Outings Project, though in a less populist vein, the Canvas Project takes the subjects out of famous paintings and puts them in a modern context. Klimt's The Kiss is restaged among actual tile work, nude Renaissance women are draped against London taxis, and a kneeling figure retrieves an item from a lower shelf in a grocery store...
The buff firemen of Australia’s annual Firefighters Calendar are already posing shirtless for their 2017 edition. But instead of their usual hoses and axes, they're posing with puppies and kittens, because everyone knows that's way hotter. More importantly, proceeds will benefit RSPCA, which provides care and shelter for abandoned animals.
It all started in 1937, when a young Japanese artist by the name of Itchiku Kubota, strolling through the Tokyo National Museum, glimpsed a fragment of a 16th-century kimono. He was taken with the elaborate mass of textile techniques — painting, drawing, embroidery, dyeing — known as tsujigahana, a lost art in Japan for centuries.