Michelangelo Foundation to Present Cultural Exhibition in Venice

LONDON — The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, a Switzerland-based organization co-founded by Johann Rupert and committed to promoting artisanal practices, is planning a major cultural exhibition that will run from September 14-30 in Venice during Biennale of Architecture. An announcement is expected today.
Titled “Homo Faber,” the show will be held at Venice’s Fondazione Giorgio Cini, an international cultural center on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. It is meant to serve as a celebration of European craftsmanship and the value of the human touch.
“Homo Faber is an expression that was first coined during the Renaissance and it captures and celebrates the infinite creativity of human beings,” said Rupert, chairman of Compagnie Financière Richemont, parent of brands including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and IWC. “The exhibit will provide a panoramic view of European fine craftsmanship, but it will nevertheless have a singular undercurrent: What human beings can do better than machines.”
Spanning 43,200 square feet, the exhibition will stretch beyond the various gallery spaces at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, to the libraries, cloisters, swimming pool and other areas that aren’t usually open to the public.
Designers, curators and architects including Michele de Lucchi, Stefano Boeri, India Mahdavi, Judith Clark, Jean

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The Met Counts on Vatican for Costume Institute’s Spring Exhibition Pieces

LIKE A PRAYER: Some scholars and pundits contest that religion is the root of most of the conflict in the world, but that hasn’t deterred the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute from taking on “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” as its spring exhibition.
The juxtaposition of fashion and masterworks of religious art will be designed to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. The Met has arranged to showcase a group of papal robes and accessories from the Vatican, highlighting the enduring influence of liturgical vestments on designers. A battery of designers — Thierry Mugler, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano for the House of Dior, Claire McCardell, Madeleine Vionnet, Isabel Toledo, Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino, Elsa Schiaparelli, Raf Simons for his own label and the House of Dior — will have their work on view.
The multilayered exhibition will be held at The Met Fifth Avenue in both the medieval galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The show will also be housed in the city’s northern regions at The Met Cloisters, creating a trio of distinct gallery locations. When the show opens, Met ticket holders will wander amid 50 ecclesiastical

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Better Days Unveils Inaugural Art Exhibition With Works From Maripol, Olaf Breuning and Others

DESIGN IN MIND: Despite sounding like a sign of these unsettling times, the restaurant formerly known as Happy Ending quietly reopened as Better Days earlier this month.
But the name change is meant to be an homage to New York City’s music incubators from the Seventies and Eighties. In its original incarnation, Better Days was a place for the disenfranchised to retreat and an escape for artists who danced away their troubles. Owner Oliver Stumm said he wants Better Days to be a neighborhood destination and haven for creatives, so featuring local artists was a natural step in fostering this type of environment.
With that in mind, an exhibition has been culled by Better Days owner Oliver Stumm, as well Rita Cruz, Luke Brown, Eddie Brannan and Skylar Pittman (whose day job is with Bruce Weber’s Studio Little Bear Inc.) The artists they selected are likely to be found at the dinery and downstairs club on any given day. Work from established ones like Jack Pierson, Maripol and Olaf Breuning are in the mix. On view through December, the exhibition will be featured in Better Days’ upstairs space. The downstairs lounge is slated to open Oct. 6.
Fittingly, in November Damiani will publish

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Louis Vuitton Presents New Time Capsule Exhibition in Berlin

TRUNK SHOW: Consider it a mini pochette of “Volez, Vogues, Voyagez.” On Thursday night, Louis Vuitton opened Time Capsule Berlin, a condensed version of the more sweeping exhibition of the Maison’s historic roots and iconic products which debuted in Paris in 2015 before traveling to Tokyo and Seoul and, in a few weeks, New York.
Vuitton’s Berlin showcase is housed at the French Palais on Unter den Linden, which was built for the international sleeping car company Wagons-Lits in 1906, and later served as the French Embassy in the German Democratic Republic.  Open to the public free of charge through October 8, Time Capsule is both artisanal and high tech, commencing with a live display of a Vuitton craftsperson at work on mini trunk bags before visitors embark on a still-life and multi-media time-line journey through the house’s history.
Vuitton has been active in Germany for four decades, and currently operates nine stores there. In a special nod to its German links, Time Capsule Berlin includes a weekender and business case of Damier carbon canvas designed to fit the spaces of the BMW i8, as well as a boxing trunk (including punching bag) in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld as part of the

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Le Bon Marché Throws Pasta Party for Italy-Themed Fall Exhibition

FAMILY AFFAIR: Le Bon Marché celebrated the launch of “La Famiglia,” its Italian-themed fall exhibition, with a Pasta Party on Wednesday that drew a lively throng of actors, designers, Italian exhibitors and luxury executives.
Le Sorelle Marinetti, a trio of drag queens dressed in retro outfits, performed under a suspended installation by artist Edoardo Tresoldi on the beauty floor of the department store, which had been transformed into a food station, complete with a cart offering gourmet ice cream from Il Gelato Del Marchese.

Le Sorelle Marinetti 
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Joining the fun were French actress Ludivine Sagnier, director Nicole Garcia, designers Rabih Kayrouz and Ingie Chalhoub, Colette’s Sarah Andelman, Chloé chief executive officer Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye and Paco Rabanne ceo Bastien Daguzan.
Parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton was represented by Louis Vuitton ceo Michael Burke, group managing director Antonio Belloni and chief financial officer Jean-Jacques Guiony, among others.
Ian Rogers, LVMH’s chief digital officer, took advantage of the event to cram in some shopping. “I’ll take one in every color,” he said, picking up three ceramic trays shaped like egg cartons and heading off to the cash register.

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Meanwhile, the ebullient Patrizio Miceli, head of creative agency Al Dente and its sister

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Prince Exhibition to Open in London

THE WORLD OF PRINCE: The belongings of pop star Prince will be the subject of a new exhibition, opening in London’s O2 arena in October.
From world-famous items such as the orange Cloud guitar from his Super Bowl halftime performance or the purple jacket and ruffled shirt from the “Purple Rain” tour to never-before-seen artifacts taken from Paisley Park, his estate outside Minneapolis, the exhibition will offer an intimate look into the legendary performer’s life.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, highlighted the Cloud guitar as one of the standout pieces in the collection. She told the British newspaper Evening Standard that “[even though] people always associate the color purple with Prince, his favorite color was actually orange.”
Nelson chose the British capital as the location for the first exhibition centered on her brother since it was the city that accepted the musician the most. He performed at the O2 arena for 21 consecutive nights in 2007. The exhibition, titled “My Name Is Prince” will run next to the same arena for 21 days.
Nelson added that by staging the exhibition, she is aiming to fulfill her brother’s wish of opening up his world to the public: “It was always his wish to make all

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Nars Teams With Refinery 29 on London Art Exhibition

POWER LAUNCH: Nars is taking a new, more modern approach to marketing its latest lip product, Powermatte Lip Pigment.
The cosmetics brand has teamed with the digital publishing platform Refinery 29 to host an art exhibition in London called “PowerMouth,” spotlighting the works of five female artists. The participating artists, which include Daantje Bons, Natalia Stuyk, Romily Alice, Shae DeTar and Vanessa Kisuule have explored ideas such as self-expression and power through a range of mediums, from photography to live installations and portraiture.
Some of the photography features close-ups of female lips, which fittingly highlight the new Nars lip range, while live installations range from poetry projections to “an interactive activity wall,” where guests are encouraged to leave their own message by kissing, drawing or writing on translucent colored sheets from the Powermatte palette.

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“The exhibition includes a mirror box that showcases Natalia Stuyk’s work. As part of this installation, the audience will come across a wall where people can leave powerful messages and words of inspiration over two days — the responses left will then become their own piece of art, and a central focus to the exhibition,” said Kirsty Hathaway, Refinery 29’s executive branded content director in

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The Met’s Costume Institute Said Eyeing Fashion and Religion for Next Year’s Exhibition

KEEPING THE FAITH: In these politically charged times, it appears that the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute isn’t afraid to take on its own controversial topics.
Fashion and religion will be the theme of next year’s major exhibition, according to multiple sources, including a few who said they have been privy to preliminary discussions. A Met spokeswoman declined to comment Friday.
With the May opening still many months away, the planning is still in the very early stages. Sources describe the project as serious and ambitious, and it is understood the idea was hatched long before the current “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: The Art of the In-Between” show, slated to close Sept. 4. A host of European designers have referenced religion in their collections, including the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano and Riccardo Tisci. The likeness of the Madonna has been appropriated by Dolce & Gabbana, and the iconography of Jesus has been featured in Jeremy Scott’s collection. Prabal Gurung once brought Buddhist monks to his runway.
In recent years, the Costume Institute exhibitions have been major blockbusters for The Met. Last year’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” attracted 752,995 visitors, making it the museum’s seventh

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Guo Pei to Be Focus of SCAD Exhibition and Upcoming Rizzoli Book

EXHIBIT SET: The Savannah College of Art & Design has confirmed the dates for what will be Guo Pei’s first solo museum exhibition.
The show will bow Sept. 7 at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, and will feature 30 of the designer’s intricate gowns, footwear and accessories, including the imperial yellow gown worn by Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015. Although the musician and designer have not collaborated since that most-photographed choice, the blizzard of publicity their pairing established two years ago introduced Pei’s work to millions.
SCAD is counting on a New York-based creative collective HOWL that includes three photographers who are alumni — Jim Lind, Patrick O’Brien and Elliot Ross — to capture Pei’s designs in a monograph. The fourth member Forest Woodward is the only non-SCAD graduate. While individually the lensmen have worked with Patagonia, Carhartt and National Geographic, among other well-known brands, this is the four-year-old group’s first major fashion undertaking. Due out in December by Rizzoli, the book will also be a first for the designer. Along with photos of archival pieces, there will be a total of 44 images including some shot on old plantations such

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British Designers Turn Out for Launch of ‘The World of Anna Sui’ Exhibition

SPOTLIGHT ON SUI: Designer love was flowing on Thursday night at the opening party for Anna Sui’s retrospective at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum on Thursday night. Among the guests were Sui’s creative peers, including Stephen Jones, John Rocha, Pam Hogg, Twiggy and Rifat Özbek.
“She’s been collecting my clothes for years. Then I gradually got to know her — which has been wonderful,” said Zandra Rhodes, who founded the museum in 2003. Rhodes, who first met Sui 15 years ago, said her favorite bits of the show were the prints she did for Sui “when she did her Tahiti collection.”
Rhodes has recently been working on prints for Valentino’s men’s wear and resort collections.
Jones said he met Sui in 1982 through Marc Jacobs and the jeweler Karen Erickson. He said his favorite Sui moment was the designer’s spring 1994 show at New York Fashion Week. “Linda [Evangelista], Naomi [Campbell] and Christy [Turlington], coming down the runway in little baby-doll dresses — genius,” Jones said.
Known for her exuberant looks made from rich fabrics, prints and colors, and for tapping into subcultures, “The World of Anna Sui” features 125 ensembles complete with accessories, shoes and hats and highlights the designer’s collaborations, collections, interior work

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Pintô Manhattan Manila Exhibition to Showcase Work From Filipino Artists

JOSIE ALL-IN FOR ART: For 24 hours later this month, Urban Zen will showcase 30 contemporary artists from the Philippines.
The Pintô Manhattan Manila exhibition will benefit the Asian Cultural Council and the Pintô Art Museum. As a 22-year ACC board member, Josie Natori initiated the ACC Philippines 17 years ago, and she will cochair the May 22 downtown event with Susan and David Rockefeller.
The exhibition is being curated by Federico de Vera in conjunction with Pintô’s founder Dr. Joven Cuanang, art historian Patrick Flores and Dr. Luca Parolari. Pintô International’s mission is to present Philippine contemporary art beyond Asia in the same vein as the Pintô Art Museum, both via its online gallery and upcoming exhibitions in Milan, Paris and Tokyo. For the New York installment, Cuanang has drawn from the artists he has been supporting and cultivating for more than 20 years. The artists represented by Pintô cover the wide range of aesthetics unique to the Philippines. Their styles include Surrealism, Expressionism, Minimalism, Social Realism and Conceptual Art.
“The whole intent is to expose and hopefully to sell and attract people to contemporary Philippine art. The art world in the Philippines has really been exploding in the last 10 years.

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Anna Sui Gears Up for London Exhibition, Secures Fall Launch for Teen Home Decor With PBteen

OPERATION ANNA: The upcoming opening of “The World of Anna Sui” at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London is only one of the many projects Anna Sui has going on this year.
While not the exhibition’s official catalogue, Abrams will publish “The World of Anna Sui” book on May 30. Sui will also roll out a home decor collection geared for teenagers with PBteen, a Williams-Sonoma brand, in September.
In the meantime, the crunch is on before the May 26 opening of what will be the American designer’s first retrospective in the U.K. More than 100 mannequins will be suited up in items from her archives, which are in the process of being shipped to the London museum that was started by Zandra Rhodes. Staffers at Sui’s West 39th Street offices are busy packing up the “ephemeron, accessories and tons of stuff” that will be featured in the show, which will runs through Oct. 1, said Sui’s longtime righthand-man Thomas Miller. “All the mannequins are fully accessorized from head-to-toe. Anna just piles on the accessories so it’s a lot,” Miller said.
While Sui is good friends with Rhodes, the roots of the exhibition stemmed from her meeting the museum’s director. A few

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Christian Dior’s Childhood Revisited in Exhibition

HOMING INSTINCTS: “What can I say? My life and my style owe almost everything to its location and its architecture,” said Christian Dior of his childhood home, Les Rhumbs, in Granville, Normandy, which now houses the Christian Dior Museum.
Unfolding across three floors, a new exhibition at the site, “Christian Dior and Granville: the Source of a Legend,” seeks to recapture the atmosphere of the era when Dior lived there as a boy, drawing on archival documents, and the location’s influence on his designs.
Dior’s parents bought the grand villa, with its winter garden located in a park, in 1905. The event marks both the 20th anniversary of the museum and the 70th anniversary of the house of Dior.

A fresco in the Villa des Rhumbs inspired by Asian culture. 
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The rooms on the site’s ground floor are themed around specific aspects that helped shape the designer’s personality, such as the Japanese exoticism of the entrance hall, the rococo décor of the grand drawing room, and the colors and scents of the garden, which are said to have fired his artistic flair and dreamer side.
The bedrooms on the site’s first floor evoke each member of Dior’s family, meanwhile, mixing portraits, photographs and personal objects with

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Phoenix Art Museum Unveils ‘Yeohlee|Serra’ Exhibition, Combining Fashion and Art

UNDER THE DESERT SUN: The Yeohlee Teng designs that are now on view in the Phoenix Art Museum’s “Yeohlee|Serra” exhibition were a long time coming.
Curator Dennita Sewell first saw Yeohlee’s pieces, when she was a collections manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. “She saw them there and I guess they stayed with her for a very long time.” Teng said. “That was in 1995 and the pieces were from spring of 1992.”
Sewell said, “I was there when they were donated and I just always remembered how striking they were. You can imagine in that environment where there are so many great things, and they made such an impression on me — the graphic nature [of the pieces], the originality. I believe she came in and talked about the zero waste [principle] and how they had been sewed from seven meters.”
The compact exhibition juxtaposes Teng’s ivory and black designs opposite Richard Serra’s oil-stick paintings. The artist is known to heat black paint stick sometimes to a fluid state to create elemental forms. But Teng noted, “Both bodies of work happened independently of each other. They just happened in the same time frame but in different disciplines.”
Another curator, Susan Sidlauskas,

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Alessandro Michele’s A Magazine Exhibition to Tour China, Taiwan

GRAND TOUR: Those who missed flipping through one of the 10,000 copies of Alessandro Michele’s whimsically curated edition of A Magazine last November, will get a second chance. The magazine is traveling to Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan in the form of an exhibition.
Premiering from March 22-26, the show’s Hong Kong edition combines the work of the Gucci creative director and that of the photographer and it-girl Petra Collins, who is hailed as one of the strongest rising female forces in the industry. Collins will be in town for its debut, which coincides with Art Basel.
The 280-page magazine featured Michele’s cast of famous friends, including Florence Welch, Madonna, Annie Leibovitz and Hari Nef offering their take on the theme, Blind for Love. There were nude photos of the actress Chloë Sevigny, a polaroid of Dakota Johnson as a heartbroken teenager, and Nef body-painted to resemble a cherub.

Canadian artist and photographer, Petra Collins. 

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The exhibition is not a replica of the magazine. Instead, it is a re-creation of the guest–edited issue “into a multi-media exhibition,” according to Gucci. Curated by A Magazine editor-in-chief Dan Thawley, it is divided into three parts: Michele’s fashion world, Collins’ photography, and a three-minute film.
Collins is

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Chanel Backs Permanent Exhibition Space at Palais Galliera

GOING FULL-TIME: Chanel is backing the creation of a space for permanent exhibitions at the Palais Galliera – a first for the Paris City Hall-backed fashion museum.
The brand will be the exclusive sponsor of the new space, set to open in 2019, contributing to finance renovation works estimated at a total of 5.7 million euros, or $ 6 million at current exchange.
The project is part of Paris City Hall’s drive to enhance the City of Light’s reputation as the “capital of fashion,” and will showcase the city’s fashion heritage.
“Thanks to this prestigious backing, our capital will soon be home to France’s first permanent fashion museum,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
“This initiative represents a lasting commitment to creation and to the strength of Paris, which are at the heart of Chanel’s business,” stated Chanel fashion president Bruno Pavlovsky.
While the Galliera owns an extensive collection of more than 200,000 articles from fashion history, it has never put them on permanent display.
The new exhibition halls, to be created in the museum’s basement, will be open to the public all year round and showcase the history of fashion from the 18th century to the present. The 7,200 square-foot-space will carry the name “Gabrielle Chanel Rooms” in recognition

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Kensington Palace Unveils Princess Diana Style Exhibition

LONDON — It’s been nearly 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, and Kensington Palace — the royal’s former home – is marking the anniversary with a show of her style — and how it evolved over the years.
“Diana: Her Fashion Story,” which opens to the public on Friday, showcases looks she wore during daytime public engagements as well as for evening occasions. It will be open for two years.
“Diana has become a fashion icon in the same way as Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn — timeless, elegant, and still so relevant,” said curator Eleri Lynn, during a walk-through on Wednesday.
“She championed British fashion designers and put many of them on the international stage. Everything she wore had a huge impact and was copied by the high street. She helped popularize the romantic look in the early Eighties, the fabulously glamorous ‘Dynasty’ look in the late Eighties, and the sleek silhouettes of the Nineties. Each of these looks reappears on the catwalk from time to time, and are inseparable from Diana. Perhaps her greatest influence, though, will be championing understated British tailoring in the Nineties,” she said.
Lynn described the show as the story of “a young woman who had to

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David Yurman Hosts First Men’s Collection Exhibition in Milan

One could hardly miss David Yurman’s first men’s presentation in Milan — a stunning crystal structure placed in front of the Baroque San Paolo Converso deconsecrated church promised more to come inside the location.

Artist Anthony James’ installation outside David Yurman’s presentation in Milan. 
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Fourteen crystal cases in different shapes formed a circle inside the frescoed building and displayed chief design director Evan Yurman’s gold skull rings, amulet necklaces and cuffs.
Yurman tapped British artist Anthony James, known for his works called “kalos thanotos,” which in Greek means “beautiful death,” to create the unique installation, held during Men’s Fashion Week. “The structures are reminiscent of a diamond,” said James, who developed them over six months. “When you look into them, there’s a sense of infinity.” Two-way mirrors contributed to the effect. In steel and titanium, the cases were lit up from within.

Artist Anthony James’ installations at David Yurman’s presentation in Milan. 
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James said he and Yurman had been talking about working together for the last two years, but that it took them that long to devise an idea — and for James to perfect the techniques used in the installation. The structures played off the octahedral shapes of raw diamonds, he explained,

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Pitti Immagine Exhibition Honors Kiton Founder Ciro Paone

FLORENCE, Italy — The fashion crowd flocked to the Palazzo Gerini here on Tuesday night for the opening of an intimate and playful exhibition organized by Pitti Immagine in honor of the life and career of Kiton founder Ciro Paone.
Curator Angelo Flaccavento said he set out to create a portrait of the values that Paone stands for. “Ciro is the patron saint of Neapolitan tailoring in the sense that he gathered all of the tailors in the Naples area and created this whole myth; it was an art in danger of disappearing completely,” he said during a preview of the exhibit, titled “Two or Three Things I Know About Ciro.”
“Neapolitan tailoring is a very specific kind of tailoring; when it comes to the different schools of thought, there is Savile Row, which is all about redesigning the body through tailoring because it’s very structured, whereas for Neapolitan tailoring the suits are as soft as a shirt and featherweight. They mold to your body.”
Paone, a fifth generation member of a family of Italian fabric merchants who co-founded Kiton in 1956, is also the recipient of this year’s Pitti Immagine Career Award. The Italian entrepreneur has been ill for some time, with his

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Passing Around the Doctor’s Pet (Bimbo Aphrodisiac MFM Menage Exhibition Erotica)

Passing Around the Doctor’s Pet (Bimbo Aphrodisiac MFM Menage Exhibition Erotica)


Hopelessly struck by Dr. James Vellano’s good looks, celebrity renown, and of course his erotic pleasure therapy techniques, Kelly Mundson has surrendered herself to the famous researcher’s experimental project to create the perfect sex kitten: voluptuous, horny, and eager to please. A month ago she was just a shy intern drifting without direction, but through intense and extensive pleasure therapy – along with the physical modifications that have given her the body to make any man go wild – she has proven a flawless test subject for the doctor’s highly charged experiments in creating his ideal bimbo. In the wake of his success, Dr. Vellano’s lab is moving to a private facility and he’s sent Kelly to stay with his friend across town. But after weeks living in a world of eager obedience and simple pleasures, she’s become dependent on the man that transformed her – and on the pleasure treatment regimen that satisfied her overcharged sex drive. Deprived of them both, the sheltered, pleasure-loving test subject soon finds herself helplessly horny and helplessly lost in the big city, trying to pretend she doesn’t have a body specifically designed to make all the men around her wild with desire. She wants to be a good girl and find Dr. Vellano’s friend, but soon she’ll be unable to resist even the most casual advances, and it’s only a matter of time before someone comes along to take advantage of the situation. Reader Advisory: This story is for mature audiences only and features intensely erotic situations, bimbofication, the use of potent aphrodisiacs, multiple partners and rough group sex, public exhibition, a dominant older man and the increasingly submissive, fertile young subject of his experiments. All characters are 18 or older. ExcerptMy skimpy clothes were clinging to me as I stepped in out of the rain. I was shivering, just a little bit, and it felt good to close the door behind me and feel the warm air of the bar wash over my chilled body, even if the mingling sme

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Lessons in Submission: A Group Exercise (Gay, Discipline, Submission, Exhibition)

Lessons in Submission: A Group Exercise (Gay, Discipline, Submission, Exhibition)


Adam’s partner Damien has always been a gentle and forgiving dominant, often indulging Adam’s whims and preferring to let him play his part rather than resort to harsh discipline or exploit his naturally trusting ways. But Adam’s obedience has begun to slip, and Damien is forced to accept that a change is needed. To begin anew, he invites a fellow dominant and his submissive to dinner, thinking that their much stricter relationship might provide the eye opener he is loathe to inflict directly on his supposedly fragile submissive. Adam is excited at the prospect, but soon realizes that the evening will be far more intense than he is prepared for. As the night escalates, he will find herself torn between his natural reservations and the need to prove himself an equal of the visiting submissive in the eyes of their men. In shockingly little time, the drive to prove his devotion and obedience will have him doing things he never thought he could do … and still falling short. Excerpt:I looked up. Unintentionally, my eyes flicked first to the man standing on the threshold. His face was dark and intelligent, and his cheeks were angular in a very becoming way. He wore an immaculate suit and a coat was folded over an arm. Quickly I looked away, knowing I had permission only to seek out my counterpart.I followed the direction the man’s hand indicated and took in another man of slighter build, perhaps a year younger than me. His hair was soft brown and short and a studded leather collar adorned his throat. His clothes were simple black cotton. Both the pants and t-shirt were tight enough to reveal the lean muscularity of his form but not so tight that they seemed like obvious fetish-wear. Only the tightness at his crotch seemed to toe the line of propriety, where the fabric stretched over an unmistakable bulge that he made no attempt to obscure.I gave him a small smile, thinking that it was my role to welcome him into the penthouse. He only returned my look with very large eyes

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Sanyo Shokai Holds Exhibition for 100-Year Trenchcoat

NEW YORK — Sanyo Shokai, the Japanese apparel company founded in 1943 by Nobuyuki Yoshihara, is putting the spotlight on its 100-year coat with an exhibition at 434 Greenwich Street here that runs until Dec. 13.
Titled “Let Your Story Begin,” the exhibition focuses on the journey of a man, which is contrasted with the life span of Sanyo Shokai’s 100-year coat. Life artifacts — a camera, subway map, wallet, passport, etc. — hang from the ceiling and are surrounded by multiple styles of the 100-year trenchcoat at different phases.
“So often now people buy many things and then throw them away,” said Jun Kwon, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Sanyo Shokai in the U.S. “We want people to pass this down to their children and grandchildren.”
The coat line is broken up into two collections: plaid, which features a Sanyo plaid lining under the collar, and plain. Within these collections there are two styles of coats — double and single breasted — that come in three different lengths. The 100-year coat was introduced in Japan three years ago and to the U.S. market shortly after.
According to Kwon, the coat, which is made in Japan, is constructed through 481 processes

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Italian Exhibition Group Plans Tourism Fair for Chengdu

Italy is stepping up its game in the increasingly competitive sport of luring cash-rich Chinese tourists away from other destinations. The newly formed trade show operator Italian Exhibition Group- an organization that counts Matteo Marzotto as part of its management team- said Monday it is launching a new business-to-business trade show called Travel Trade Market in Chengdu.
The new show, which will run Oct. 24 to 26 next year is the fruit of a joint venture between Italian Exhibition Group and Chengdu-based trade show operator Vision Fair China. CTA China Tourism Academy, a Chinese government entity that promotes tourism, is also a partner in the initiative. Rimini Fiera and Fiera di Vicenza, two regional trade fair operators, merged to form Italian Exhibition Group in October.
The new fair expects to host some 600 exhibitors, including tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, tour bus companies and hotel groups. A section of the fair will be dedicated to start-up tourism companies in China. Marzotto, vice president of Italian Exhibition Group, made the announcement about the event on Monday in Beijing at the Italian Embassy.
Italian Exhibition Group noted that the number of Chinese tourists traveling abroad rose 4.1 percent in the first six months of the

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Busty for the Billionaire (BBW Bimbo Billionaire MFM Menage Exhibition Erotica)

Busty for the Billionaire (BBW Bimbo Billionaire MFM Menage Exhibition Erotica)


Reader Advisory: This story is for mature audiences only and features intensely erotic situations, a billionaire alpha male and his young BBW secretary, multiple partners, group sex, exhibitionist themes, the use of potent aphrodisiacs, submissiveness and dominance. All characters are 18 or older. Sasha’s four years in college were supposed to prepare her for bigger and better things, but working for a man like Elliot Cheever takes all the sting out of being a secretary. He may already be one of the city’s most powerful men at the young age of 34, but he’s so approachable and friendly with his newest employee that she can’t help but sometimes think about more than a work relationship. Trying to look good for her boss, she’s bought herself a beauty supplement that promises more than just good skin. But when the supplement turns out to have some “additional properties,” new hormones give Sasha the curves she’s always wanted and kick her fantasy of seduction into sudden overdrive. Before she’s had time to think, she’s flaunting her new attitude and assets through the office in ways that Mr. Cheever and the other partners accustomed to the firm’s stuffy work environment can’t help but notice. and act on. It’s not long before the fertile but inexperienced young woman is getting all the attention she can handle, and more. Excerpt:I shifted over to stand in front of the reflective metallic panel that held the floor number keypad and bent down to make sure I looked alright. It must have been the slightly distorted shape of the panel, but the changes I had observed earlier in the morning seemed, if anything, to have increased. Also, my nipples were poking out very obviously through the thin cloth of my blouse. Good lord, had I looked like that this whole time? My body clenched in delicious embarrassment as I realized after the fact just why my appearance had made such an impression on my new friend John. I had never been dressed so inappropriately in public in my life, let al

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Pratt Gearing up for ‘Coded Couture’ Exhibition

PRATT’S NEW CODE: For many New York-based designers, the February edition of fashion week is pressing, but the Pratt Manhattan Gallery has already set its “Coded_Couture” exhibition. Relying on coding for customized garments and accessories, the show will spotlight 10 designers and feature video projections, objects, drawings, photographs and apps meant to give visitors insight into what the future of fashion may hold. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of C2 Curatorsquared, the exhibition will open Feb. 11 and run through April 30. A dress by Dutch designer Melissa Coleman that uses a speech recognition system to analyze voice stress as an indicator of untruthfulness will be featured. The dress lights up and administers shocks based on the wearer’s responses, in order to “train” the wearer to be more truthful. There will also be a skirt that displays live Twitter feeds or changes color based on real-time audience input, by British design team CuteCircuit’s Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz. Visitors will be encouraged to interact with the piece using a specially created hashtag. The gallery is at 144 West 14th Street.
During the September runway shows, Zac Posen was among the first New York designers to play up

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David Collins Studio Looks Back, and Ahead With Exhibition

PART OF THE FURNITURE: David Collins Studio marked 30 years in the interiors business with a flash exhibition at Phillips in London that looked backward — and forward in time. The 24-hour show, “Past Present Future,” addressed those themes, with highlights including a martini cart swiped from The Connaught Hotel’s bar — whose decor is a contemporary riff on Edwardian splendor — and endless images of the restaurants, hotels and private homes that glow with that distinctive Collins halo.
Interiors are filled with rich color palettes, textured surfaces, offbeat details — such as the little gold Champagne buzzers at Bob Bob Ricard in Soho — and, most importantly, flattering lighting able to make even sleep-deprived individuals glow.
The exhibition featured images, sketches, Post-it notes from Collins, swatches and even an example of the delicate molding — with a feathery wing pattern — that Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s creative director, created with the studio for the store interiors. There were images of the Graff estate in South Africa — where the terrace follows the curve of the mountainside — and examples of the painted silk and hand-stitched panels of Hyde Park at The London hotel in Manhattan. The interiors of Collins own apartment

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Karl Lagerfeld to Get Photo Exhibition in Paris

KARL IN THE FRAME: Karl Lagerfeld trains his camera on wherever his varied interests take him: fashion, architecture, Paris at night and all manner of personalities.
All that and more will be reflected in “Karl Lagerfeld: A Visual Journey,” an exhibition of his photography slated to open Oct. 16 and run until March 20 at the Pinacothèque de Paris, a private museum just behind the Madeleine Church.
The showcase is being chosen by publisher Gerhard Steidl and Eric Pfrunder, image director at Chanel and one of the designer’s chief image collaborators, who in 1987 encouraged Lagerfeld to try his hand shooting the photos for a Chanel press kit. That would open up a new career path for the German designer, who would go on to shoot campaigns for Chanel, Fendi, Dior Homme and others, along with editorial shoots, and a slew of artistic projects for exhibitions or books.
“People always want to know about my style of photography. I can’t answer that,” according to Lagerfeld. “That’s up to viewers to decide. I don’t have a style, but several, or none. You should never stay still, neither in life, nor in fashion, nor in photography.”
Similarly, Lagerfeld experiments with all kinds of photographic and printing

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Minnie Mouse Style Exhibition Lands in London

MOUSE IN THE HOUSE: Challenging the notion that the fashion world takes itself too seriously is the “Minnie: Style Icon” exhibition at Blacks Members Club. Walt Disney’s Minnie Mouse was a fashionista from the outset after all: SHE made her debut alongside Mickey in a 1928 animation based on the Twenties flapper as portrayed by actress Colleen Moore, and her signature polka dot skirt was inspired by Coco Chanel’s Easy Jersey collection.
The show, a partnership between Disney and the British Fashion Council, explores the character of the world’s most stylish mouse and her influence on fashion and pop culture via archive imagery, sketches, celebrity portraits and fashion spreads. It also showcases exclusive photography by model Georgia May Jagger.
Highlights include Herb Ritts’ 1987 shot of Madonna sporting a pair of mouse ears in her Tokyo hotel room; a similarly accessorized Chanel Iman on the back of an elephant for Vogue Germany; and pictures from earlier this year of British fashion designer Ashley William’s Minnie Style collection for Dazed magazine starring Georgia May Jagger – not to mention Jagger’s own snaps of Minnie in a domestic setting. “I’m really excited to be including my own photographic work, interpreting Minnie’s style and making

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Luciano Benetton Brings “Imago Mundi” Art Exhibition Back to Venice

Two years after launching at the Querini Stampalia Foundation, an expanded version of Luciano Benetton’s “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” traveling exhibition is making a return to Venice. The new version will be open from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
The exhibition will include 6,930 works — all measuring 3.9 inches by 4.7 inches — by both emerging and established artists from around the world.
Part of the Luciano Benetton Collection, “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” aims to break social and cultural boundaries and divisions by highlighting the universality of artistic language.
“Ideas, meanings and inspirations are not monopolized products, but fluid and evolving expressions born of interaction and communication between East and West, North and South, and through the convergence of cultural experience,” Benetton said. “We look to the new frontiers of art—personalities, countries, emerging languages and different cultures—to foster openness towards the world and the coexistence of expressive diversity.”
By the end of the year, the constantly evolving art project, which is supported by the Benetton Studies and Research Foundation, will have involved more than 20,000 artists from 100 countries via art exhibitions, catalogues, events, as well as the imagomundiart.com online platform.

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Luciano Benetton Brings “Imago Mundi” Art Exhibition Back to Venice

Two years after launching at the Querini Stampalia Foundation, an expanded version of Luciano Benetton’s “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” traveling exhibition is making a return to Venice. The new version will be open from Sept. 1 to Nov. 1 at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.
The exhibition will include 6,930 works — all measuring 3.9 inches by 4.7 inches — by both emerging and established artists from around the world.
Part of the Luciano Benetton Collection, “Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art” aims to break social and cultural boundaries and divisions by highlighting the universality of artistic language.
“Ideas, meanings and inspirations are not monopolized products, but fluid and evolving expressions born of interaction and communication between East and West, North and South, and through the convergence of cultural experience,” Benetton said. “We look to the new frontiers of art—personalities, countries, emerging languages and different cultures—to foster openness towards the world and the coexistence of expressive diversity.”
By the end of the year, the constantly evolving art project, which is supported by the Benetton Studies and Research Foundation, will have involved more than 20,000 artists from 100 countries via art exhibitions, catalogues, events, as well as the imagomundiart.com online platform.

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London Gallery to Mount Elizabeth Taylor Exhibition

GETTY’S GLAM GIRL: Getty Images Gallery will mount a retrospective on Elizabeth Taylor and her fight to stamp out HIV and AIDS. Staged in connection with the Elizabeth Taylor Trust and The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, “Grit and Glamour” is to commemorate Taylor’s 30-year involvement in raising awareness about the illness. “Grit and Glamour” will feature 50 photographs ranging from studio portraits and contact sheets to backstage images, behind-the-scenes imagery and unpublished photos of Taylor’s career and philanthropic work.
“The aim of the exhibition was to celebrate Ms. Taylor’s courageous work in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS when it was hardly spoken about, and the title reflects this,” said Getty Images Gallery curator Susanna Harrison. “We wanted the images to reflect her incredible spirit and determination, whilst at the same time showcasing her legendary beauty and rise to become one of Hollywood’s best-loved actresses. Images range from her days as a teenage star and attending her first gala events right up to establishing her AIDS foundation. They show her as a wife, mother and actress with both candid shots and classic portraits,” she told WWD.
The show is to run from Oct. 9 to Nov. 7 at Getty Images Gallery in London. It will then

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The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe Since the 1960s

The Cinema Makers: Public Life and the Exhibition of Difference in South-Eastern and Central Europe Since the 1960s


The Cinema Makers” investigates how cinema spectators in southeastern and central European cities became cinema makers through such practices as squatting in existing cinema spaces, organizing cinema “events,” writing about film, and making films themselves. Drawing on a corpus of interviews with cinema activists in Germany, Austria, and the former Yugoslavia, Anna Schober compares the activities and artistic productions they staged in cities such as Vienna, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica, Zagreb, and Sarajevo. The resulting study illuminates the differences and similarities in the development of political culture-and cinema’s role in that development-in European countries with pluralist-democratic, one-party socialist, and post-socialist traditions.

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Hermès Opens Wanderland Exhibition

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Hermès is taking a trip — to nowhere in particular — with an exhibition that opens today dedicated to flânerie, or the act of wandering the city streets and drinking in the details of everyday life. Wanderland will run until May 2 at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and move to Paris in September, Turin, Italy, in December and China next year.
Hermès has dedicated 2015 to the theme of flânerie and transformed an upper floor of the gallery into a series of whimsical and surreal settings across 11 rooms. One features vintage walking sticks — including one for the dandy, with a built-in bit of chalk for cleaning the collar and a brush for dusting down the suit — while another is filled with graffiti created by the artist known as Cept, and another with floor panels that “talk” when a visitor walks on them. A café dedicated to lost objects features little tables inset with pocket watches or tiny paint boxes that, on closer inspection, feature film screens the size of postage stamps. A pillbox and glass bottle on one table glow with psychedelic colors while the image of a lady dances at

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Amy Arbus Sets Milan Exhibition

The American photographer did a photo shoot featuring Marina Rinaldi’s fall collection.

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Art Exhibition Champions Blemishes, Pimples, Scars And Other Glorious Flaws

For much of the world, a zit is something to be eradicated, a pimple covered up. Wrinkles, scars, bumps and blemishes of any kind are best hidden and hopefully obliterated, bringing the host of said flaws one step closer to physical perfection.

That being said, when have artists ever wanted to be like everybody else?

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Rebecca Morgan Self Portrait Wearing My Favorite Scarf and Sweater/My Face The Fattest It’s Ever Been, 2013 Oil and graphite on panel 14 x 12 inches

An exhibition at Invisible Exports, titled “Fetching Blemish,” glorifies all your hairy moles, your chipped teeth, your discolored flesh and your ingrown toenail, too. The show features artists working in portraiture and figurative work that revel in our human defects, the various bloody, fuzzy, off-center things that make us who we are.

The group show explores physical deformities as manifestations of inner turmoil, ugliness as a crucial element of identification and self-horror as an opportunity for liberation and even transcendence.

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Cindy Sherman Untitled #362 from the Hollywood/Hampton Types series 2000 color coupler print mounted on foamcore 27 x 18 inches 68.6 x 45.7 cm Edition 3/6 signed, numbered and dated ‘Cindy Sherman 2000 3/6’ (on the reverse)

The ecstatically grotesque exhibition features work from emerging names like Genieve Figgis and Rebecca Morgan alongside beloved artists Cindy Sherman and Nicole Eisenman. It’s also a female-heavy roster, which we don’t mind one bit.

Rebecca Morgan’s self portraits funnel the artist’s visage through a Robert Crumb-style funhouse mirror, ballooning her flaws into hypnotic aberrations, turning the figurative portraits into a caricature’s freakish cousin. Queen of glamorous self-contortion, Cindy Sherman dons the disguise of a gnarled Hollywood vamp, skewing her appearance just beyond recognition. And Celeste Dupuy-Spencer’s oil paintings, straddling figuration and abstraction, muddle brushstrokes and human flesh, rendering murky visions of swamp girls and pizza delivery men that feel like half-remembered visions of a dream you’re desperately trying to forget.

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Celeste Dupuy-Spencer Phoenicia Pizza Teen Oil on canvas 24 x 18 inches

The artists on view vary in generation, medium and style — though all consider themselves outsiders in some sense of the word. Their work often reacts to the dominant contemporary culture, which claims to accept and cherish difference, and hold the importance of self-acceptance and self-love above all else.

Yet, as Invisible Exports explains, “To many, those shibboleths are a foreign language, a small consolation and perhaps even an affronting falsehood — offering a narrative of full-inclusion that is so basically at odds with the lived intimate experience of otherness, no matter the cultural conditions, it can only be, for all its political virtue, an inert impersonal mantra and expressive nonstarter (and therefore its own kind of otherness). Ugliness is a much murkier, more enriching stew.”

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Amy Sedaris Archival pigment print 2 x 2 inches Edition of 10

“Fetching Blemish” runs until February 15 at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS in New York. The other artists on view include Wolfgang Black, Nicole Eisenman, Genieve Figgis, Dan McCarthy, Aurie Ramirez and Amy Sedaris. Get a heavy helping of pretty ugly in the artworks below.


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In Santa Barbara: A Masterfully Presented Delacroix Exhibition

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is currently presenting Delacroix and the Matter of Finish featuring 27 paintings and 18 works on paper: it is the first exhibition of works by Eugène Delacroix in the U.S. in over a decade. At its heart is a previously unknown version of the artist’s dramatic rendering of The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, a canvas from a Santa Barbara private collection which has recently been authenticated by the museum’s Assistant Director and Chief Curator, Eik Kahng.

The show is accompanied by a catalogue that features essays by Dr. Kahng; Marc Gotlieb, Director of the Graduate Program and Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of Art, Williams College; and Michèle Hannoosh, Professor of French, University of Michigan.

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Eugène Delacroix, The Last Words of Marcus Aurelius, n.d.

Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 31 3/4 in.

Collection: The van Asch van Wyck Trust.

In her role as a curator, Eik Kahng has been deeply involved in the design and installation of the exhibition. Since it is extremely difficult to do a Delacroix show in the United States — his monumental works are in Europe and rarely travel — Kahng sought ways to maximize the impact of the intimate selection of works on view and give them a rich context. “We wanted to maximize the potential for visitors to interpret the show on their own terms,” Kahng explains. In the final installation design a variety of elements — including texts, images, wall colors, music and digital technology — all make significant contributions.

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Installation View: A Brief History of the Life of Delacroix

Near the entrance to the exhibition visitors are greeted by a chronological history of the artist’s life which is interspersed with key images of his art. It provides a sense of historical and personal context and also provides an introduction to the evolution of the artist’s subjects and ideas over time.

As the show’s title suggests the issue of finish is extremely important in experiencing Delacroix’s oil paintings. Delacroix and the Matter of Finish is the first exhibition to invite side-by-side comparison between Delacroix’s paintings and the so-called “sketch-copies” by his closest students, Pierre Andrieu (1849-1935) and Louis de Planet (1814-1876). Delacroix’s oils tend to be executed with a certain roughness and his use of impasto caused him to be derided as a “pastry cook” painter during his lifetime.

The artist, who felt that his execution allowed viewers to complete his images and ideas in their own imaginations, has a distinctive hand that Eik Kahng wanted to be apparent and available in a variety of scales and contexts. To give visitors a sense of the monumentality and dynamism of Delacroix’s large works, the museum has installed digitally printed scale facsimiles adjacent to his actual works.

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Scale facsimiles: Delacroix’s Massacre at Chios (left)

Delacroix’s The Sultan of Morocco and his Entourage (right)

As a counterpoint, a group of tethered iPads available in the exhibition area are equipped with a specially developed “Delacroix” app which allows close inspection of the master’s surfaces which range from relatively tight to explosively abstract. The app also facilitates comparisons to paintings in the exhibition — including those of Delacroix’s students — and related works of art in other museums throughout the world.

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An exhibition visitor tries out SBMA’s Delacroix iPad app

The exhibition marks the first time rugs have been included in an SBMA exhibition. “They offer a sense of intimacy,” Eik Kahng explains, “and they help with acoustical issues presented by the high ceilings of our gallery.” As visitors peruse the show they hear Romantic music played at low levels via SONOS wireless speakers.

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Installation view: Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish has been presented with a sense of generosity and invention: it provides visitors with every tool they need to experience Delacroix’s works in their imaginative intensity. The exhibition’s thoughtful installation appeals both the the mind and the senses and lets every visitor feel welcomed, informed and engaged.

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Installation view: Delacroix and the Matter of Finish

Delacroix and the Matter of Finish
October 27, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Museum Hours: Tues-Sun 11AM-5PM, Thursdays 5-8PM
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