Basso & Brooke, fall '12

Hint Tip: Basso & Brooke

Fashion would look a whole lot different today if it weren't for digital printmaking, the technological advance and haute miracle making possible the print-heavy collections of many a label, from Givenchy and Prada to Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons. And few designers are as skilled at the graphic art as the UK duo of Basso & Brooke—one of whom is English (Christopher Brooke), the other Brazilian (Bruno Basso), and together making printed harmony.

Now you can learn from the masters. The 2004 Fashion Fringe winners will, following last year's success, hold an intensive workshop in a central London location, taking a maximum 25 students through the entire, hair-pulling process of the digital craft. Everything from tedious technical aspects to developing a signature style to perfecting trompe l'oeil will be covered. Ultimately you'll learn that anything with a surface can be printed. They won't teach you that in a Scientology class.

July 28, 1-7 pm, £460-580, email for more info 

Jul 07, 2012 11:43:00
Hermès Leather Forever

Hint Tip: Hermès

Since its humble beginnings as a saddle-maker in 1837, Hermès has been synonymous with leather. Celebrating its 175th year, the august French house pays homage to the proud, patrician material in the exhibit Leather Forever, on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Spanning twelve rooms, the show takes the visitor on a tactile journey through the fated pairing, showcasing notable pieces from Hermès' past and present. These include pieces commissioned by the Duke of Windsor for Wallis Simpson, as well as some of the label's later icons, for example the Kelly, named after Princess Grace, and the Birkin, inspired by Jane Birkin. Craftspeople from the Hermès workshops in Paris will also be on hand to demonstrate the art of leather-working.

Leather Forever, May 9 - 27, Royal Academy of Arts. A small collection of Great Britain-inspired Hermès bags will be auctioned off online by Christie’s from May 16 - 31.

May 15, 2012 09:54:00
Chelsea Girls

Hint Tip: Chelsea Girls

These days the term Chelsea Girls calls to mind ass-swishing Muscle Marys mincing up and down Eighth Avenue, but back in the day—1966, to be exact—it was Andy Warhol's greatest film, and has been ever since. Well, we should qualify that by saying it got mostly terrible reviews at the time, but in the decades since it's achieved a well-earned patina as a kind of historical glimpse into the heyday of the Factory and Chelsea Hotel. Plus it was shot both in color and black-and-white, intended to be shown split-screen, which is pretty cool.

In a rare public appearance, the poet and Warhol Superstar René Ricard will present an even rarer screening of the film at the Anthology Film Center. The only cast member who lived in the hotel at the time, he does so on behalf of the Tenants Association of the Chelsea Hotel. He'll also discuss the making of the film and its sordid cast of characters—Nico, Ondine, Brigid Berlin, et al—as well as reflect on Warhol's lasting impact on art and culture. Given that the film alone clocks in at over three hours, the evening requires your complete commitment.

Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 pm, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (@ 2nd Street), NYC, $25

Apr 25, 2012 21:31:00
Helmut Lang

Hint Tip: Helmut Lang

Since quitting the fashion game, Helmut Lang has shed his designer lifestyle and shredded his archive, even using those clothes as, well, new material. Now a resident of the farther reaches of Long Island, Lang is making a rare return to Manhattan for a solo show of new sculpture that proves that even though he’s no longer in fashion, he hasn’t lost his touch.

Organized by art-world bigwigs Mark Fletcher, Sadie Coles and Neville Wakefield, the exhibition Helmut Lang: Sculptures will feature more than 20 new pieces: monochrome totems reconstructed from uneven layers of pre-used materials, from rubber and foam to sheepskin and tar. Like earlier work made from destroying his archives, the pieces show signs of their former industrial uses.

The exhibit will be held May 5 - June 15 in a Greenwich Village townhouse at 24 Washington Square North, not far from Lang’s onetime atelier.

Apr 24, 2012 17:38:00
James Franco

Hint Tip: James Franco

James Franco has proven he can get around. And while his multi-faceted career may sometimes leave us with mixed feelings, after all the art-making, the butt-modeling, the soap-starring, and the idea-selling—oh yeah, and the acting—sometimes you just can’t help but feel jealous of the guy’s stamina.

Now, if only to make the rest of us feel that much more useless, he’s going on a two-day, bicoastal book tour to promote The Dangerous Book Four Boys. The new tome from Rizzoli documents Franco’s first art show, and includes texts from art heavyweights Alanna Heiss and Klaus Biesenbach, along with Franco himself.

The tour kicks off tonight at New York’s legendary Strand bookstore, where Franco will trade wits with Ice Storm author Rick Moody and video artist Laurel Nakadate (7-8:30 pm). Then he’ll jet off to L.A. for a Saturday afternoon chat at MoCA with RISD professor Francisco Ricardo (3-5 pm), the advisor for one of Franco’s too-many-to-count PhDs. We're exhausted already.

Apr 13, 2012 16:25:00

Hint Tip: Kraftwerk Music Festival

If you're one of the lucky few with a super-fast Internet connection who nabbed a ticket to Kraftwerk's eight-night retrospective concert at MoMA, the least you can do is bring your unlucky friends to the accompanying Kraftwerk Music Festival this weekend at PS1. MoMA's satellite museum has invited electronic music pioneer Juan Atkins and Kraftwerk-collaborating DJ Francois K to create a soundscape installation in the Performance Dome of the courtyard. The enclosed, sound-enhancing space will offer Kraftwerk freaks a safe place to robo-dance to their hearts' content, taking the occasional break to peruse a selection of books and audio/visual memorabilia for purchase.

Kraftwerk Music Festival
April 14 & 15, 3–6:00 pm
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY
$15 per day

Apr 09, 2012 07:20:00
Taylor Mead

Hint Tip: Taylor Mead at Anthology Film Archives

If you're a denizen of the East Village and find yourself walking home late at night on occasion, chances are you've spotted a slow-moving apparition in the cemetery on Second Street, feeding stray cats and looking very ghostly. That apparition is, in fact, not a ghost, but Taylor Mead, the poet, actor, performance artist, and one of the last of Andy Warhol's great Superstars. He's quirky, friendly, funny, fey, lovable, and every bit an icon of underground cinema, appearing in no fewer than six Warhol films, including the irreverent Tarzan and Jane Regained...Sort Of and the downright cheeky Taylor Mead's Ass.

Nearly a nonagenarian, Mead doesn't get out as much as he used to, but you can catch him tomorrow night at Anthology Film Archives, where he'll introduce the New York premiere of a recent restoration of Passion in a Seaside Slum. Directed by Robert Wade Chatterton, the 1961 farce follows "the faggot," played by Mead, as he traipses after an overtly macho guy who just wants to go fishing in the canals of L.A. and laughs at the sexual advances. Those 32 minutes of buffoonery will be followed by two other low-budget shorts from the era, Lemon Hearts and To L.A.…With Lust, both directed by Vernon Zimmerman.

To watch these gems in their original form on the big screen is a rare treat. It's only a matter of time before James Franco reprises the inimitable Taylor Mead.

Taylor Mead: On Film, In Person
Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue @ Second Street

Apr 04, 2012 19:56:00
The Sleepwalkers Box

Hint Tip: Sleepwalkers at MoMA PS1

In 2007, artist Doug Aitken presented his Sleepwalkers installation at MoMA. Eight videos—showcasing art-appreciating actors from Tilda Swinton to Donald Sutherland—were projected on the outside walls of the museum, while Cat Power rocked the inside.

Now comes the box set. The short films have been re-imagined as a multimedia publication from Princeton Architectural Press. In the spirit of multimedia editions of the past, most notably Andy Warhol's Index, The Sleepwalkers Box is a special volume designed to encourage audiences to create their own multi-sensory experiences as they explore a kaleidoscopic universe of printed images, motion pictures, and audio recordings.

For its launch, DFA Records' Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Jonathan Galkin will create an all-immersive live percussion and electronic score alongside projected installation visuals in the Performance Dome of MoMA PS1 from 5-7 pm, Sunday, April 1—no joke! 

Mar 29, 2012 12:57:00
Helmut Newton

Hint Tip: Helmut Newton

As film gives way to the digital revolution, the photographs of Helmut Newton only grow more compelling—slick and steamy, stunning in simplicity, equally influenced by art and erotica. Now Paris, the city where he lived in the 1960s and worked for clients including Vogue Paris, is welcoming the late artist home with his largest tribute yet.

The large-scale retrospective features more than 200 prints and will take place at the city’s equally outsized Grand Palais. Though the photographer made a career out of elevating beautiful women to glamazon goddesses, the show reminds viewers that the legendary lensman was more than a fashion snapper with photographs from all aspects of Newton’s long and provocative career. The exhibition, which runs from March 24 to June 17, will display Newton’s work thematically, which sections devoted to fashion, nudes, portraits, sex and humor.

For today’s digital cowboys and snapshot shutterbugs, the exhibition will be a masterclass in the basics of lighting, shadow and composition. Proving that true talent is timeless, no Photoshop needed.

Mar 27, 2012 05:48:00

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