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The Upcoming Art That’s Worth Your While


It hasn’t exactly been “leisurely stroll weather” lately, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be anytime soon...

But that shouldn’t stop you from making the most of the time you’ve still got to spend indoors. So, we’ve rounded up some of the finest exhibitions and gallery shows opening in the next few months across the globe for your non-alfresco leisurely strolling pleasure.

Here’s how to make the most of your remaining indoor months.»

Investing in Kate Moss

  • Kempt Staff


In these uncertain times, you shouldn’t be making any shaky investments.

Gold. Bitcoins. Pleated trousers. All too risky.

Luckily, our pals over at UrbanDaddy just tipped us off to the latest Christie’s auction dedicated solely to the very bankable Kate Moss—for the most part, it’s photographs, but there’s at least one woven tapestry of her face in the mix. And in our professional opinion, there’s no stronger financial move right now than Kate Moss.

So we’ve assessed the best investments in the bunch, after the jump.»

The Five Gallery Shows to Put on Your Calendar

  • Kempt Staff


The well-documented punksploitation that happened on the Met Gala’s red carpet the other night got us thinking about our love for the impromptu gallery visit.

And with it, a new season of artistic exhibitions opening across the globe in the next few weeks. So we thought we’d survey the art scene to bring you the five gallery shows worth visiting the next time you’re feeling particularly artsy in London... or Houston...

Herewith, your seasonal dose of culture.»

The Five Gallery Shows to Visit on a Rainy Day

  • Najib Benouar


We’re headed into the lamb end of March, which means most of the Northern Hemisphere is beginning to feel the early stages of spring fever.

But that doesn’t mean the weather is going to cooperate with your every urge to get outdoors just yet—and our favorite way to weather the unexpectedly overcast weekend day: visit an art gallery.

Sure, it’s not exactly an idyllic picnic in the park, but you’re still getting all the benefits of a leisurely weekend stroll—salvaging any date plans that might have been rained on—and adding to your ever-expanding worldliness while you’re at it. So, to that end, we surveyed the spring exhibitions opening in a city near you (also: Hong Kong) and found the five you’ll want to know about the next time you need some last-minute shelter from the elements.

Bookmark this list for a rainy day (or any day artiness strikes).»

Basquiat Style

  • Najib Benouar


The recent opening of the Basquiat retrospective at NYC’s Gagosian Gallery reminded us of one of our favorite peculiarities about the artist: his penchant for painting while wearing shockingly expensive Italian suiting. And for that matter, while generally regarded as a subversive vanguard, the man knew his way around a pocket square and bow tie pretty well. So we dug a little deeper, and found a good deal of trad items hiding in his wardrobe—even a herringbone blazer.

Which is why we’d like to take a moment to look back at some of the finer moments in his artful dishevelment.»

The Reverse La-Z-Boy

The ominous-looking creature you’re staring at in mild disbelief is the “Love Me Tender” chair by French-Portuguese artist and architect Didier Faustino, and yes, it really is a chair.

Don’t be fooled by the dagger-sharp points on the legs or those steel bars that seem poised to split you open in very uncomfortable ways should you decide to sit on it. Design collective Superette, which will be selling Faustino’s creation, explains it thusly: “In one go Faustino summarizes his putting of bodies under tension with architecture and design through this chair that is so dangerous that it requires tenderness and gentleness to be handled.”

And how.»

Soup for You

A couple weeks ago, we came down pretty hard on the oversaturation of Warhol schwag, namely this giant Campbell’s range hood. Our views on this matter have not changed.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s iconic painting, Campbell’s Soup is distributing its tomato variety in a series of designer, Warhol-inspired cans. We’re told that you can pick up the entire set at Target for the remarkably fair price of $0.75 a can.

In other news, Campbell’s Soup is still in business.

Your Andy Warhol Range Hood Is Making You Look Silly

...for that matter, so is your Andy Warhol watch and your Andy Warhol T-shirt, tote bag, sneakers and snowboard.

You whittled the neighbor’s kid an Andy Warhol big wheel for no particular reason, so it’s safe to say his parents will be keeping a closer eye on you, and you’ve been patiently waiting for just the right woman to come along who will appreciate that Andy Warhol dress you’ve been storing in mothballs for years, along with the hip, snappy alternative, if such a thing exists in the world of old-timey soup can apparel. The problem, of course, is that dates have been ending prematurely of late, ever since you dropped the hammer on the duvet-slash-bedside lamp combo.

This is all to say: take a pass on the Andy Warhol range hood. We’re begging you. Because the Campbell’s Soup schwag is in grave danger of doing to Mr. Warhol what Evita and the Che Guevara shirt did for badass Cubans everywhere.

It’s time to build your own factory.

Red, White and Black Tie

  • Najib Benouar

We’re already gearing up for America’s birthday party tomorrow—for the past few days, we’ve been stoking the grill and tractor-beaming on anything with stars and stripes.

So naturally, we were more than pleased to stumble upon this masterpiece celebrating both America and menswear bearing a tuxedo, stars and stripes. It’s one of the standouts from the menswear-inspired paintings of Canadian artiste Sam Shuter, and it’s still a work in progress (hence, we’ve only got the black-and-white preview). But tomorrow, after some finishing touches, she’s unveiling the work of art in full red-white-and-black-tie splendor—so you’ll want to tune in.

This is going to be one handsome Independence Day.

Don’t Call It a Comeback

  • Najib Benouar

Gentlemen, today we come bearing good news: Lindsay Lohan has returned to form. Interview caught up with filmmaker Richard Phillips to get an exclusive peek at his Art Basel 2012 entry: a short film harking back to the surf aesthetic of yore (Endless Summer et al) and starring one Ms. Lohan, looking as vibrant and even-keeled as ever. It’s artsy stuff, sure, but we’ll make an exception for this—especially if it means we’ll be getting more Lohan on this end of the press spectrum. It’s no Parent Trap, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Watch a snippet of surf, sand and those piercing emerald eyes after the jump.»

Andy Warhol, Douglas Fairbanks and a French Roulette Table

Christie’s is gearing up for another blowout photography auction, and as always, it makes for great browsing. We’ve pulled together some of the best shots after the jump, including Salvador Dalí, Douglas Fairbanks and a couple tasteful nudes. Fair warning: it may be mildly NSFW if your boss isn’t an art lover.

See the best of the Christie’s photo auction»

The Guy Who Took the Stroll Through New York in ’68

Over the last 24 hours, the blogosphere has taken a delightful stroll from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, circa 1968, thanks to an excerpt from Hollis Frampton’s 10-minute short film Surface Tension posted on the New York Times blog yesterday.

As the post points out, time-lapse movies like this were decidedly avant-garde in 1968 (inexplicable German narration, for example)—but thanks to the pause button, we can now experience the film from a historical angle as well, which, given the speed of the recording, was clearly not Hollis Frampton’s intention. Which got us thinking...

Who was Hollis Frampton and what was his intention?»

Milk for Sale

New York’s Milk Studios is mostly known for hosting Fashion Week shows and high-profile photo shoots, but they just jumped into the e-commerce game, offering prints, books and collectibles from their deep roster of photographers. It’s great news for anyone looking to snag some reflected glory—or interested in picking up a bigger version of this infamous naked snowboarding shot.

Also, if you wanted to see a picture of Jack White and Spike Jonze hanging out with the Beastie Boys, it could be arranged.

The Best of the Christie’s Photo Auction

Untitled, 1975 by Ralph Gibson

We love a good belly photo.

It comes from an omnibus photo auction coming to Christies’ this Monday, and in the name of spreading the art around, we’ve pulled out some of the best of the bunch. That means Keith Richards, Mark Rothko and Horst P. Horst, along with some of best suits of the 1930s.

See the best of Monday’s photo auction»