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New luxury cars in 2017: Lexus to unveil LS 500 F Sport at New York Auto Show

Set to have a more powerful engine and aggressive-looking exterior, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport will be unveiled later this month at an auto show in New York. Image courtesy of Lexus

Set to have a more powerful engine and aggressive-looking exterior, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport will be unveiled later this month at an auto show in New York. Image courtesy of Lexus

Toyota’s premium brand, Lexus, has announced the world premiere of its new LS 500 F Sport at the next international motor show in New York, which is set to open its doors to the public on April 14, 2017.

Hot on the heels of the presentation of the Lexus LS 500 in Detroit and the LS 500h in Geneva earlier this year, Lexus will unveil its LS 500 F Sport at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, which runs from April 14 to 21.

Like the other versions of the LS 500, the LS 500 F Sport will benefit from the long version of the brand’s GA-L (Global Architecture for Luxury vehicles) platform, which boasts a record-breaking level of torsional rigidity: a feature that offers drivers improved dynamic ability, as well as a smoother and quieter ride.

The F Sport version will, as you might expect, be equipped with a more powerful engine, and a slightly more aggressive-looking body. To date, Lexus has only released one image of the new vehicle, centred on its tail-lights and tail pipe.

The 2017 New York International Auto Show runs from April 14 to 21 at the Javits Convention Centre.

Luxury apartments for sale: Rock icon David Bowie’s former New York home listed for $6.5 million

David Bowie performs at Tweeter Centre outside Chicago in Tinley Park, IL, USA on August 8, 2002. Photo by Adam Bielawski. (CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL) via Wikimedia Commons

David Bowie performs at Tweeter Centre outside Chicago in Tinley Park, Illinois, USA on August 8, 2002. Photo by Adam Bielawski. (CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL), via Wikimedia Commons

Rock legend David Bowie‘s former apartment in New York, complete with views of Central Park and his piano, is up for sale for $6.5 million.

Bowie and his model wife Iman lived in the apartment from 1992 to 2002 when they moved to the more bohemian Soho neighbourhood, where the rocker died last year after a secret battle with cancer.

Real estate agency Corcoran listed the ninth-floor condominium at 160 Central Park South, which includes three bedrooms and a Yamaha piano played by Bowie.

The area on the bottom edges of Central Park is one of the most exclusive in New York and is a short walk from institutions including Carnegie Hall and the Museum of Modern Art.

Bowie whose storied career included taking the persona of a rock alien and challenging definitions of sexuality had a comparatively conventional life in New York with Iman and their daughter, born in 2000.

In his final years in Soho Bowie frequented a nearby bookstore and walked to a studio to record his final album “Blackstar“, which came out two days before his death at age 69.

Artists from Northern Ireland: Claire Morgan holds first solo exhibitions America and France

Claire Morgan, Gone With the Wind, 2008, wild flower seeds, kittiwake gull (taxidermy), nylon, lead, acrylic; 220 x 200 x 1100 centimetres in height, width and depth

Claire Morgan, Gone With the Wind, 2008, wild flower seeds, kittiwake gull (taxidermy), nylon, lead, acrylic; 220 x 200 x 1100 centimetres in height, width and depth

Visually arresting, Claire Morgan’s installation and paper works achieve their resonance by tapping into a sense of the uncanny. Bringing into question our perceived notions of organic life and movement, the animals in Morgan’s works are lifeless shells preserved through her skill as a professional taxidermist. Different species of animals suspended in motion move through spaces constrained by geometric pattern and regularity.

Morgan’s hanging installations are assemblages of organic and non-organic material brought into a meticulous and calculating order that serves to emphasise themes surrounding the human relationship to our environment, and the ceaseless ebb and flow of death and the regeneration of life. “Exploring the physicality of animals, death, and illusions of permanence in the work is my way of trying to come to terms with these things myself,” she says.

The artist was trained in sculpture at Northumbria University in England, and born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1980. Having exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in France in 2009, Morgan went on to present to great acclaim, a solo exhibition titled ‘Life.Blood.’ at Galerie Karsten Greve, also in Paris. Since then, Morgan’s has participated in international shows across Europe, the United States and Australia.

There is a stillness to Morgan’s works that acts as a poetic juxtaposition to the active postures that many of her animal subjects possess. The environments they are situated within are immersive, densely overwhelming, and composed of delicate and painstakingly mounted materials that range from individual seeds to scraps of polyethylene and cellophane. Morgan acknowledges then, the fragility of these rigidly imposed spaces. Nevertheless, her subjects remain trapped wild animals caged in a perpetual quietude.

Claire Morgan, 'The Beauty and the Beast', 2012, watercolour, pencil on paper, 40.6 x 30.5 centimetres in height and width

Claire Morgan, ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, 2012, watercolour, pencil on paper, 40.6 x 30.5 centimetres in height and width

Morgan is also known for her “blood drawings”, works on paper that depict the conceptual process leading towards a completed sculpture or installation. Passionately gestural, the works on paper capture pathways of motion and energy that run through the final works, often alongside detailed renderings of the built environments that will eventually come to confine them.

Seen in relation to the completed sculptures, the paper works draw attention to the intentional construction of a mechanical order of straight lines and grids that is intercut by the order of nature. The organic lines of nature represented through flowing lines and animal forms gently but surely disrupt the linear composition of their surroundings. As we enter a period of global uncertainty, Morgan’s works inspire deep introspection within the increasingly relevant conversation of the human impact on environmental degradation and change.

Claire Morgan, 'My God-shaped Hole', 2016, residues of taxidermy process, salt, graphite, and mixed media, on paper on canvas, 100 x 100 centimetres in height and width

Claire Morgan, ‘My God-shaped Hole’, 2016, residues of taxidermy process, salt, graphite, and mixed media, on paper on canvas, 100 x 100 centimetres in height and width

Her first solo show in the United States, ‘Stop Me Feeling’ runs at Frist Centre for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, from February 10 to May 7, 2017. Fondation Francès in Senlis, France, will display a solo show, ‘Resurgence My God-Shaped Hole’ from March to December 2017. In Autumn 2017, Paris-based Galerie Karsten Greve, will also present a solo exhibition of new works.

This article is written by Teo Hui Min and was originally published in Art Republik 14.

Art exhibitions in New York City: Hugo Boss Prize winner, artist Anicka Yi will be featured at the Guggenheim Museum

Seoul-born New York City-based artist Anicka Yi, winner of the 2016 edition of the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize, uses a laboratory approach in her works that encompasses scientific research and transformative processes. Deploying data collection and sensory perception, Yi highlights the ephemerality of organisms and bacteria. Using her medium as a means to evoke a unique embrace of science, technology and life itself, she questions the idea of monumental art: “Where do all these objects go, in the huge vaults of history?”

The artist has a longstanding interest in scent and its link to memory; Yi sometimes uses smell in her installations to evoke specific references: “I think we could learn a lot more from taping our other senses and cultivating our other senses,” she has stated. Yi has dabbled with a myriad of eccentric mediums, one of them includes tempura fried flowers. This sees her developing a close working relationship with MIT scientists to effectively carry out her olfactive projects.

Her work is among the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Yi was selected as the — somewhat unexpected — winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in October, from a shortlist of six finalists that included Tania Bruguera, Mark Leckey, Ralph Lemon, Laura Owens and Wael Shawky.

The jury explained its decision in a statement: “We admire the unique embrace of discomfort in her experiments with technology, science, and the plant and animal worlds, all of which push at the limits of perceptual experience in the ‘visual’ arts.”

Yi is the 11th artist to receive the biennial prize, which was established in 1996 to highlight achievements within contemporary art. The prize expanded into another branch, the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, in 2013, focusing on upcoming Asian talents.

See a video presention of her work here: https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/the-hugo-boss-prize-2016

Shigeru Ban's Cast Iron House in TriBeCa, New York

New York real estate: A guide to luxury properties in the city – from market trends to apartments for sale

Manhattan is home to one of the world’s most dynamic and expensive real estate markets. The building boom that followed the last recession has already altered the city’s iconic skyline with a series of tall towers reaching unprecedented heights and price points. But while the soaring glass towers grab headlines, the city offers more than trophy apartments, particularly in rapidly evolving downtown neighbourhoods where developers are building to a smaller scale. From sleek towers in midtown to masonry lofts in TriBeCa, today’s Manhattan offers a myriad options for luxury living.

So far, 2015 has been a record year for New York real estate. “Prices are at record levels, we are doing a lot of deals,” says Fredrik Eklund, a Manhattan broker who specialises in the sale of luxury apartments. “My team reached over US$100 million in sales in the month of July. We’ve reached this number before, but never in July.”

According to market data from Douglas Elliman, median sales prices in the second quarter were at the highest level since the nancial crises began and the average sales price set a new record at US$1.87 million, an increase of 11.4 percent from last year. Low interest rates and a robust local economy are sited as contributing factors, as is a booming tech sector and low inventory. “Key market drivers this quarter continued to be a strong local economy led by employment gains, the highest average Wall Street bonus per person since 2007,” the report states. While the strong US dollar continues to take the edge off of international demand, this has been partially offset by rising domestic demand, a function of a strengthening economy and robust performance in the nancial markets.

Residences at 53W53 Street feature imposing architectural elements courtesy of Jean Nouvel (Photo credit: Hayes Davidson)

Residences at 53W53 Street feature imposing architectural elements courtesy of Jean Nouvel (Photo credit: Hayes Davidson)

Prices are rising in the outer boroughs too. Data released by Douglas Elliman reveal that Brooklyn sale prices also reached an all-time high in their average at US$788,529, while prices in Upper Manhattan, including Harlem, Inwood and Hamilton Heights also showed a price increase of 11.9 percent from last year. “With homebuyers being priced out of not only Manhattan but many Brooklyn neighbourhoods as well, these northern neighbourhoods are now more attractive than ever,” says Alan Lightfeldt, a market researcher with StreetEasy.

As prices rise around New York, prime Manhattan neighbourhoods around Central Park and Park Avenue appear stronger than ever. A number of multi-million dollar sales have made news headlines this year, including the sale of a penthouse apartment for US$100.5 million at Extell’s One57, the highest ever recorded in the city. Developers have also announced plans for several more towers, including 220 Central Park South and 520 Park Avenue, both with prices reaching upwards of US$100 million. The proliferation of uber-luxury buildings has some observers concerned over a glut of supply at the top end of the market. As Fredrik Eklund points out, sales above US$5 million comprise only a fraction of the market. “There are only one or two people that are crazy enough or smart enough to spend US$100 million on a penthouse,” he says.

Market Trends

• A strong local economy led by employment gains, the highest average Wall Street bonus per person since 2007, a booming tech sector, tight credit conditions, low inventory and low mortgage rates were key market drivers in the second quarter of 2015.
• All Manhattan housing price indicators moved higher than prior year levels. Median sales price rose 7.7 percent to US$980,000, tied with the fourth quarter of 2014 and the highest level reached since the market peak in the second quarter of 2008.
• Average sales price increased 11.4 percent from the prior year quarter, reaching a new Manhattan record of US$1,872,367.

Further downtown in TriBeCa where high profile towers like 5 Beekman and the Woolworth Residences have recently come onto the market, a number of smaller, boutique projects have taken a more preservationist approach. The Shigeru Ban-designed Cast Iron House comprises 13 units in a historic 19th century cast iron building on Franklin Street, while at the Sterling Mason, located on a charming cobblestone street in the North Historic District, Taconic Investment Partners have transformed 1905 loft warehouse by adding a contemporary twin with a total of 33 units starting at US$3.9 million.

Further uptown, the construction of tall towers continues, including 220 Central Park South, 520 Park Avenue and 53W53 Street, a Jean Nouvel-designed building being constructed above the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The residential tower, which was initially proposed in 2006 but stalled during the recession, will rise to 1,050 feet, tapering as it rises, with 139 residences including one- to five-bedroom apartments and duplex penthouses with private elevators.

Jean Nouvel designed the building using an exposed structural system he calls a diagrid. The lines zigzag across the building creating angular shafts through the apartment windows, which feature views of Central Park and the Empire State Building on the upper floors. The residence interiors, which feature large living spaces and thoughtful touches like custom blinds that follow the curvature of the glass come courtesy of Thierry Despont who is known for creating bespoke interiors for America’s wealthiest homeowners. There are kitchens from Moltini, appliances from Miele and bathrooms with under oor heating.

Penthouse A at the Sterling Mason features a wrap- around terrace

Penthouse A at the Sterling Mason features a wrap-around terrace

“If you like the architecture, if you like Jean Nouvel, this is a really unique building of international quality,” says David Penick, managing director at Hines who is developing the building with Singapore’s Pontiac Land Group. Residents of the building also receive a benefactor level membership at MoMA. “This gives them access to private events, they can bring guests. It’s a really nice amenity,” he says.

Prices range from US$3 million to over US$70 million for the penthouse units, which Penick believes is reasonable value in the current market. In addition to the cache of the neighbourhood and ‘starchitect’ design, Penick underlines Thierry Despont’s “nicely proportioned living areas” as a draw for potential buyers.

Well-designed living spaces might not grab headlines, but they are on top of the list for today’s discerning buyers. “I’ve been doing this for 13 years and what’s really hot lately is away from all of the gimmicks,” says Fredrik Eklund. “Developers are competing with bowling alleys and built-in TVs. I don’t have anyone asking for that any more. What everyone wants is really good floor plans, great dimensions and functional apartments.”

50 Clinton Street

Developed by DHA Capital, this boutique condominium on the Lower East Side features 37 residences with interiors by Paris Forino. Includes one-, two- and three-bedroom units and four penthouses with a private rooftop. Building amenities include landscaped rooftop, gym, and 24-hr doorman.
Price: Approximately US$1 to 3.5 million

Sterling Mason

Located at 71 Laight Street in the TriBeCa North Historic District, this project offers 33 residences including two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom units ranging up to 3,700sf and three single and double-floor penthouses with wrap- around terraces. Full roster of amenities include concierge, library lounge, gym, private parking, children’s playroom and an interior courtyard.
Price: Apartments from US$3.9 million; penthouses from US$20 million

53W53 Street

This upcoming tower designed by Jean Nouvel will be located above MoMA and features 137 luxury residences ranging
from one- to five-bedroom units, including full floor apartments and penthouses with private lifts. Amenities include a wellness centre with a pool, sauna, steam rooms and squash court, wine storage and a MoMA benefactor membership.
Price: US$3 to over 70 million

This article was first published in Palace.

Arthur Streeton, 'Circular Quay,' 1892 at 'Australia's Impressionists' © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Art Exhibitions in 2017: 4 museums Revisiting Major Art Movements in New York and London

Taking a break from the contemporary world, sometimes it is necessary to trace the roots of the modern artworks we know and love, going back to its historical references. With that in mind, refresh your knowledge of some of history’s major art movements in 2017 with these four exhibitions.

“A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde” – December 3, 2016, to March 12, 2017, at MoMA, New York, USA

MoMA is retracing the rise of the Russian avant-garde movement, from the First World War to the end of the first five-year plan of the USSR (the inter-war period). Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, it presents the movement’s first experimental projects (paintings, drawings, sculptures, etchings, books, films, etc.)

“Surrealism in Egypt: Art and Liberty 1938-1948” – November 17, 2017, to March 11, 2018, at Tate Liverpool, UK

This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the Art and Liberty Group (Art et Liberté -jama’at al-fann wa al-hurriyyah). This collective of politically engaged artists and writers with surrealist leanings lived and worked in Cairo in the late 1930s until the late 1940s. “Surrealism in Egypt: Art and Liberty 1938-1948” shows how the movement, usually associated with European artists, transcended borders, notably thanks to travel and correspondence with artists such as André Breton and Lee Miller.

“Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites” – October 4, 2017, to April 2, 2018, at The National Gallery, London, UK
'The Arnolfini Portrait', 1434, Jan van Eyck at 'Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites' © National Gallery, London

‘The Arnolfini Portrait’, 1434, Jan van Eyck at ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’
© National Gallery, London

The National Gallery is focusing on the painting “Arnolfini Portrait” by Van Eyck, exploring how the work became a beacon by which Pre-Raphaelites forged a new style of painting. The exhibition brings together “Arnolfini Portrait” and other paintings for the first time, highlighting the piece’s influence on the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896) and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

“Australia’s Impressionists” – December 7, 2016, to March 26, 2017, at The National Gallery, London, UK

“Australia’s Impressionists” is the UK’s first exhibition dedicated to the work of Australian impressionists. It presents the movement as a unique artistic current, certainly linked to its French and British counterparts, yet also entirely distinct.

5 Unique Private Homes

Created by some of the most storied names in architecture – and rising stars as well – these five homes are in no danger of resembling any other structure, anywhere on earth. We commend the visionaries who commissioned these homes for their courage, and for opening their private residences up to the world. We can only hope for more such forward-thinking property owners!

1) Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, U.S.A (above)

Originally tasked to design a home with views of the Bear Run waterfalls, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright chose instead to integrate his vision with nature by placing the home on top of the rushing falls. This 5,330 sq. ft. masterpiece comprises three levels, each marked by cantilevers extended asymmetrically across the waters. With the sound of the falls quietly reverberating through the space, and corner windows opening out into the vast outdoors, the home epitomizes the harmonious beauty of Man and Nature.

2) Maison Bordeaux, Francehero-1

This innovative private residence was designed by Rem Koolhaas of OMA to accommodate a paraplegic client and his family. Eschewing a simple and straightforward design, Koolhaas proposed a complex yet functional home comprising three houses stacked together, each with its own distinctive space. Traversing the various floors is an ingenious 3×3.5 meter elevator platform serving as an office without walls, allowing its user to become a part of the living space or kitchen without moving from the desk.

3) Tower House, New York, U.S.Agluck_tower-house_warchol_02

Sustainability and environmental awareness are two issues at the forefront of this steel and glass vacation home in upstate New York. Resembling a miniature skyscraper, bisected with a cantilevered volume on the fourth floor, this Gluck+ creation minimizes its forest impact by stacking bedrooms and bathrooms and lifting its living space above ground, creating a footprint of only 430.5 sq. ft. The tower structure facilitates natural cooling and heating and provides uninterrupted views of the nearby Catskill Park.

4) Fish House, Sentosa, Singaporefish-house-hero-image-1

Located in the exclusive residential enclave of Sentosa Cove, this 5,800 sq. ft. bungalow by acclaimed Singapore-based design firm Guz and Architects brings island living to a new paradisiacal standard. The home features open spaces seemingly stretching out to sea, and a 25,000-liter saltwater swimming pool weaving through the interior and exterior of the home. It’s pièce de résistance lies in its unique subterranean media room with acrylic windows, offering an aquarium-like view of the pool.

5) Cave Cay, Exumas, Bahamascave-cay-overview

Surrounded by sapphire-blue waters and white-sand beaches, this private island located in the exotic Exumas, Bahamas, is a rare gem. Featuring a private deep-water harbor and marina with 35 dock slips, as well as a 2,800-foot private airstrip, the 222-acre island comes totally self-sufficient with water and power supplied by diesel generators. With plans for 38 buildings, the island is approved for commercial operations, but can also be converted to private use. Full of endless possibilities, the property is available through Christie’s.

This article was first published in Palace Magazine.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Interview: Artist JERKFACE

Walk on the right street in New York, and one will likely be greeted (or jumped, possibly) by the city’s idiosyncratic strain of street art and graffiti; works that run the gamut of emotions, from pure exuberant expressions of happiness and euphoria, to grim, deeper surrealist social commentary, from quick tags to elaborate Wildstyles — a populist art form that constantly responds to the life around you, whilst literally being around you. A city alive, constantly in flux.

One thing that remains constant though (with an unstoppably persistent output) is the work of one JERKFACE. An NYC native, the Queens-born 34-year-old, has been consistently putting out his own strange brand of surrealist, cubist, low-brow culture, nostalgia-inducing, happy cartoon subversions since his teens. Homer Simpson, Finn and Jake, Super Mario, Tom and Jerry, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, amongst more examples — when one sees them appearing in the same frame (in signature “geometric-goop style”), you know you’re in the presence of a JERKFACE piece. Much like the Saturday morning cartoons, the pieces are JERKFACE’s paeans to the joy and happiness the shows have given him, and now he’s making sure people feel the same way too.

Pointed, opinionated and intent on marching to his own beat, Art Republik sits down with JERKFACE to see what keeps the man behind the work driven and ticking.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Homer Bobbin (detailed view)

First things first, how did the name come about and when did you decide to become JERKFACE?

Around 2001 the artist Neck Face was getting up a lot around the Gramercy area of Manhattan. I gave my ex-girlfriend the nickname and in exchange she started calling me JERKFACE.

Do you consider what you’re making art, design, mash-ups, pop provocations, or…

I think my work can fall under quite a few names depending on who you ask and I’d rather leave it up others to define it. Because of the attention to composition, flow, and colour placement of each piece, I believe it cannot be so simply defined as design, mash-ups or pop provocations. There is much more at work.

What makes a good wall piece?

The biggest part of deciding who or what to paint for a wall has to do with the size and shape of the wall and whatever particular character I’m currently excited about.

How do you approach a work and decide on which characters to mash-up?

It’s become very popular lately. Being someone who got in before the rush, I have to continue to surprise people with the combinations. There always has to be a connection for me with the characters. That’s the basis. If I don’t have this connection, I won’t enjoy the creative process. Once I’ve decided on a subject, I rely a lot on intuition and revision to carry me through.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Duck Soup (detailed view)

Why cartoon characters?

Cartoon characters play into everyone’s childhood. They are an aspect of innocence and joy that jog the memory of a simpler time. Adulthood for most of us, can be very heavy at times. Remembering my own youth through these compositions invokes joy and nostalgia, and it has the same effect on the people who appreciate my work.

Do you feel your wall paintings are optimistic, or at least the ideology behind your work? Do you feel it’s important to be optimistic?

It’s pure and potent optimism. There is no negativity in my work. The way I see it, there’s enough negativity in life. I’d rather provide happiness and healing, then more negativity.

You have mentioned your frenetic work rate, a trait you seem to have been naturally imbued with since young (“a hyper ass kid”) to now, dedicating, by your count, spending “90% of your day doing something art related”. Given your manic output, do you find something therapeutic about your creative process?

Yes it can be very therapeutic. Being human, there are all kinds of factors that play into how therapeutic it can be. It can depend on my current mood, how much sleep I got, deadlines, so many things. Regardless, I still work.

How do you see yourself now, compared to when you first started out?

Not much different. I enjoy what I do just as much now as I ever have. I always want my work to express how much fun I’m having. I truly love to paint. I’ve made a point not to let any of the benefits of success distract me from this love.

Any influencers, inside and even outside of the art sphere?

There are many artists I look up to, present and past. To look up to another artist, I have to take into account, their body of work, reputation and integrity.

Seeing your walls, from (Keith) Haring-esque freestyle, spontaneous, pop-cubist, surreal, subverted and sometimes weird dreamscapes, is there — like Haring himself who’s activism and deep concerns about issues like life/death, sexuality, and war was prevalent in his work — a guiding principle to your process?

No. I have very strong opinions about most social and political aspects of life. However, as my main intention is to create a gateway to youth, I try to stay away from anything that will too directly depict any personal opinions I have about current issues. I always want my work to be open to interpretation.

JERKFACE ’s Cartoon Network

Bears don’t care (detailed view)

You’ve regularly spoken about your eschewing of the scene and starting one of your own instead and marching to your own beat. Do you feel like an outsider?

I’m an outsider by choice. In the art world, everyone is competing to fill a few slots. Just below the surface, jealousy and insecurity run rampant. Besides, you can’t stand a part, if you’re standing in it.

You are a born-and-bred NYC native (with a self-professed tenuous relationship to its bureaucratic administration) — do you think growing up in NYC influenced the way you approached your practice in general? What do you feel about the energy of the place then and now?

I think growing up in NYC influenced my approach to life in general. Growing up in NYC is very different than moving here. Your brain is wired from youth to be more skeptical, more aggressive, and cleverer, out of necessity. It was a darker city, it wasn’t hard to find a New Yorker on a New York street, but hipsters bring good food.

How do you feel about your work in a street, more open environment to varied and diverse audiences, as opposed to the confines of a gallery?

Being in the street, it’s unpredictable. Who will come along, what will happen. It’s an adventure. Interacting with the neighbourhood is my favourite part of any creative process.

What are your thoughts on live painting, in front of a live audience? Are there any parallels to a rap freestyle, with regards to spontaneity, and a kind of test of a street artist’s true mettle?

Live painting gets me off. I don’t know why. Creating and observing are two of humanity’s most mysterious and greatest traits. The combination is very satisfying.


You’re currently preparing for your October solo show “Saturday Morning” with Over The Influence gallery in Hong Kong (at time of print). What’s in the works for you, that we can expect in the near future? And, is that a reference to the universal broadcast hours when the most kick-ass cartoons come out on TV?

“Saturday Morning” is in reference to that time slot. I didn’t focus particularly on the cartoons you would see on a Saturday morning, but more the ideal of a time allotted for such an experience. As for future works… what’s better than the known? The unknown… See you in the future.


This article was first published in Art Republik

Zagat Names Le Bernardin Best Restaurant New York

French ski lodge La Bouitte in the French Alps © La Bouitte, Relais & Chateaux

Relais & Chateaux Welcomes 21 Newcomers

Relais & Chateaux touts itself as the standard-bearer for the hotel and restaurant industry, much like the Michelin label. Another 21 properties and restaurants will be able to hang the coveted fleur de lys symbol, designating membership to the group.

The shortlisted properties are all independent and must adhere to distinct criterias characterized as “the soul of the innkeeper,” “celebration of the senses”, and “the art of living”.

The newcomers to the Relais & Chateaux club hail from the US, Colombia, France, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, China, Japan and New Zealand.

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City at his restaurant in New York May 16, 2016. © TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin in New York City at his restaurant in New York May 16, 2016.


The latest New York addition, Chef Eric Ripert’s restaurant Le Bernardin, extended its acclaim beyond the three Michelin star it holds. The upscale restaurant regularly tops New York’s best eats lists for its seafood and is one of the hottest tables in town for both locals and tourists alike.

Bread Crusted Red Snapper Saffron “Fideos” Chorizo in Smoked Sweet Paprika Sauce at Le Bernardin © Shimon & Tammar

Bread Crusted Red Snapper Saffron “Fideos” Chorizo in Smoked Sweet Paprika Sauce at Le Bernardin
© Shimon & Tammar


Over in France, an alpine ski lodge located in the heart of the Trois Vallees, is the latest chalet to gain admittance into the group. Boasting three Michelin stars, the Hotel Restaurant La Bouitte in the French Alps is a luxury ski lodge designed to reflect its surroundings, with luxurious furnishings set off against rustic wood beams and flooring.

Father and son duo Rene and Maxime Meilleur have also made the country inn one of France’s premier dining destinations for dishes like “veal à la Savoyarde” with cheese polenta and creamy sauce.

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, New Zealand © Courtesy of Wharekauhau

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate, New Zealand
© Courtesy of Wharekauhau


In New Zealand, The Wharekauhau Lodge & Country Estate, a property set on a sheep farm, was given its membership card for offering guests an indulgent stay in a bucolic setting with forests, lakes and rivers.

And over in Japan, travelers looking to stay at an authentic ‘ryokan’ or traditional Japanese inn may want to consider Nishimuraya Honkan in Hyogo which also received Relais & Chateaux’s stamp of approval. With a heritage that stretches back 150 years and seven generations, the inn offers a peaceful retreat amongst bamboo forests and hot springs.

The ryokan also serves traditional kaiseki, a Japanese tasting menu made up of several small plates.

For more Relais & Chateaux properties visit https://www.relaischateaux.com.

Nobu Hotel Miami Beach

6 Luxury Hotels Opening 2016

With numerous hotels set to welcome guests as we venture into the tail end of 2016, we thought we would bring you up to date with a round up of six establishments everyone is anticipating, starting with the most obvious of course.

Trump International HotelTrump International Hotel, Washington DC

The Republican presidential candidate opened his latest hotel earlier this week in Washington DC. The Trump International Hotel sits on what was the Old Post Office Pavilion that is considered a historical landmark. The $200 million hotel is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, which is connected to the White House and the United States Capitol. While the hotel was originally slated to be completed in 2018, it seems that developers have been pushing the project ahead to be ready in time for the US election in November.

Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach

With actor Robert De Niro as his partner, chef Nobu Matsuhisa will open the doors to his third hotel later this week. Located at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort, the hotel was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group. Boasting 206 guest rooms and suites, the interior design was inspired by natural materials that bring to mind a Japanese beach house in the middle of Miami. Nobu Hospitality also operates Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Nobu Hotel City of Dreams in Manila, Philippines.

Four Seasons Hotel New York DowntownGuest room at the Four Seasons New York Downtown

This will be the second Four Seasons hotel in the Tribeca district and is dubbed the little sister to the flagship New York property in Midtown. The hotel will open in the Tribeca district, a short stroll from the new World Trade Center, Wall Street and the Soho neighborhood and serve as a dual residential and hotel property. The 185 rooms are designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Dinner will be served by Wolfgang Puck and his CUT steakhouse restaurant and bar.

L’Hotel Barrière Les Neiges Courchevel

The French hotel group is set to open a five-star ski chalet in the French Alps. Featuring 42 alpine-inspired rooms that are made of wood and stone, the accommodation promises luxury. Located in the heart of the Trois Vallées, the largest ski domain in the world, the hotel will also feature a cinema, spa and Fouquet’s brasserie, modeled after the iconic restaurant on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Fouquet’s is also part of the Barrière group.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at VoavahFour Seasons Private Island Maldives

Located on a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve in Baa Atoll, Maldives, this luxury hotel and resort is one for those who prefer an ultra-secluded and exclusive private island getaway. The reserve is home to one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and to a globally significant biodiversity. The property, which opens at the end of this year, spans five acres and can accommodate just 22 people in the seven-bedroom beach house. It also comes with a dive center, spa and 62-foot superyacht.

Hilton Bali Resort

Bali is set to get a new sprawling luxury resort destination under the Hilton brand. Perched on a 40-meter high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Hilton Bali Resort will feature 408 suites and villas, a secluded beach with designated surf area, spa and nail salon, seven restaurants including Japanese, Balinese and Italian cuisines, indoor tennis courts, and open-air amphitheater, gardens, conference centers and chapel for destination weddings.

Tom Ford Livestream From New York

New York Fashion Week kicks off today and with it comes a list of fashion shows that we would simply love to watch from the front row. While that isn’t possible, Tom Ford has kindly invited us to watch its Menswear and Womenswear collections as they walk down the runway in the Big Apple.

To catch the livestream and find out more about the runway show, visit L’Officiel Singapore and Men’s Folio.

3 Changes For New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week will kick off later this week and many are looking forward to what it has in store. The first major event of September, arguably fashion’s biggest month, will be ringing in the changes in more ways than one. We take a look at three major changes that will be seen at New York Fashion Week.

New Venue

This season, the catwalks will be situated in two unique locations: Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight at Clarkson Square. The new venues will allow guests to be immersed in true New York cultural experiences. Apart from the opportunity for guests to enjoy both fashion week and New York, the locations are set to help guests travel more efficiently through the city. “We’re looking forward to reintroducing the industry to a showcase of creative talent, style and innovation that made the New York runways famous,” says Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer at the event’s producer and marketer IMG.

Brands in Transition

With Peter Copping out of the picture, the fashion house Oscar de la Renta had been on the lookout for creative directors since July. While the search has ended and Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have been selected to lead the brand, their debut collection will not be seen until Autumn/Winter 2017. For this season, the collection presented will be the work of Oscar de la Renta’s in-house design team that worked under Copping.

Calvin Klein is another brand that is trying to find its footing after an upheaval. The brand recently welcomed designer Raf Simons into the family after the departures of Franciso Costa and Italo Zucchelli. However, much like Oscar de la Renta, the new creative director will not be showcasing his debut collection for the house till Fall 2017. For this season, the brand’s in-house team will be responsible for the collection, which will be presented by appointment only rather than on the catwalk.

See Now, Buy Now

From Michael Kors to Tom Ford, the new see-now-buy-now trend is sweeping the industry. Other designers who are backing the cause for instantly available fashion is Tommy Hilfiger. His new collaboration “Tommy X Gigi” with model and it-girl Gigi Hadid is set to make its debut September 9, which is certainly good news for fans. Also set to cause a stir, is Kanye West with his Adidas collaboration, Yeezy season 4. Rumoured to be taking place September 7, let’s just hope he does his Kanye Best (we had to).

New York Fashion Week will run from September 8 to 14.

NYC Landmark Returns to Life as The Beekman Hotel

The Temple Court complex has returned to life as The Beekman hotel and it is more luxurious than ever. One of the earliest skyscrapers in the Big Apple (it has nine stories which was pretty impressive back in the 1800s), the building has been returned to its former glory much as it was in 1881. Having been a regular office building for most of its existence, this revamp sees the landmark located between the East and Hudson Rivers become a new luxury hotel and dining destination. Beekman-hotel-new-york-3

Step through the doors and guests are greeted by a soaring nine-story Victorian atrium and pyramidal skylight; this atrium was Temple Court’s claim to fame when it opened and remains impressive today. Another ode to its Victorian-era past are cast iron railings, balustrades and dragon-shaped cast iron brackets. The 287 rooms within the hotel are decorated with vintage furnishings from around the world, sourced from antique dealers. Custom-designed oak beds will welcome guests along with a bathroom that is tiled in Carrara marble.Beekman-hotel-new-york-2

Apart from luxurious amenities for guests from out of town, the hotel also boasts a two dining options. The first is Fowler & Wells by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio that serves up modern American dishes such as lobster Thermidor and beef Wellington that pay tribute to cuisine of turn-of-the-century New York City. The second is a brasserie-style restaurant, Augustine, by Keith McNally. Featuring French classics, a special rotisserie and grillades section for meat, fish and poultry, it is set to be a treat for those choosing to dine here.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Chef Vongerichten Opening Vegetarian Restaurant

Jean-Gorges Vongerichten will be setting up a new restaurant in New York City come September. Aimed at being a vegetarian restaurant, named abcV, the chef will feature ingredients such as cabbage, mushrooms and beets as the highlights in dishes.

Rather than replacing meat with vegetables, such as with a vegetarian burger, the French chef is taking up the challenge to serve vegetable centric options for diners. The concept of a vegetable centric eatery is a first for New York. While the full menu has yet to be released, he did tease a few dishes such as sauerkraut, buckwheat crêpes, dosas and congee.

His latest venture is in response to the increasing popularity of vegetarian and vegan restaurants that cater to hose who are health and environmentally conscious. The new restaurant is Vongerichten’s third collaboration with furniture and design store ABC Carpet & Home. It is a follow up to ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina.

Vongerichten is now following in the footsteps of other chefs such as Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and René Redzepi. Michelin-star chef Passard first removed red meat from the menu of L’Arpège following the mad cow disease 10 years ago while Ducasse replaced the red meat with cereals and vegetables in 2014. This spring, Denmark’s most famous chef René Redzepi announced plans to turn his next restaurant into a part-time vegetarian eatery.

Lotte New York Palace

Top 10 ‘Pokétels’ New York City: Catch ‘Em All

Listen up Pokémon Go fans: One hotel-booking site has found one major city with a host of Pokéstops and Pokégyms that any fan of the game would be happy to hear about. Hotels.com now provides users with a list of what they call the best “Pokétels” in the US with several found in New York City.

Alright, we grant you that it is slightly unusual for us to cover a game such as Pokémon Go. Needless to say, the global phenomenon is so powerful that it has swept up major names in luxury such as The Peninsula, the Four Seasons and the St. Regis. Yes, Pokémon Go has indeed come to the rarefied world of high end living, ready or not.

With nine out of 10 New York hotels making the list, it is clear that the city is a hotspot for those looking to get their fix for their addiction to the game. Cashing in on the craze, the site reveals that the top spot is occupied by none other than The Towers at Lotte New York Palace. With 11 Pokéstops and Pokégyms within 500 feet and another 231 within a 1.25-mile radius, the area is certainly a hotspot for those looking to expand their collection.

The geo-location-based game has taken off in various locations in recent weeks, which gets players off their couches and out exploring the world. Venturing out to see the city landmarks, monuments and public spaces, the game has even gotten players considering visiting new destinations. The majority of respondents agreed they’d take free Wifi over free breakfast if they had to choose, and expressed a booking preference for hotels that are Pokéstops.

While New York is the city to beat in the US, it is in fact Paris that holds the title of home to the most Pokétels, with six out of 10 spots taken by the French capital. We bring you the full Hotels.com list of top 10 US hotels within 500 feet of Pokéstops and Pokégyms:


Harry Winston New York Companion: Big Apple Chic

Mr. Harry Winston worked in a rather peculiar way. Contrary to common practice, the New York jeweler never based his designs on metal settings, but instead, the lavish gems which he had acquired in his lifetime. Among them were the 45.52-carat Hope diamond (Marie Antoinette was a keeper of the rare, blue stone); the 69.42-carat, pear-shaped Taylor-Burton diamond (Elizabeth Taylor wore the gift from her lover Richard Burton as a necklace); and the 71.72-carat, emerald-cut diamond on the engagement ring which Aristotle Onassis presented to former First Lady and fashion icon Jackie O.

Gems like these were all that mattered to Winston, who was known as the “king of diamonds” not only for his breathtaking private collection, but for his unrivaled expertise in choosing and cutting the most beautiful stones. Even after his death in 1978, his legacy lives on and remains a signature of the New York label.

For the brand’s latest act, the stones take center stage once again. Created as a tribute to New York City – the home of Winston and his first salon on Fifth Avenue – the New York Companion is the label’s first high jewelry evening clutch: 486 diamonds, 21 emeralds and eight rubies capture the city’s dynamic energy and map out, on a glossy, black-lacquered surface, a bird’s eye view of Broadway by night (the cheeky emerald and ruby accents recall the green and red flashes of traffic lights). And, as a nod to its superb watchmaking know-how, an onyx crown at the top of the clutch swivels open to reveal a quartz timepiece, which is decorated with a diamond-set bezel that sparkles like freshly fallen snow.

The interior of the New York Companion is just as visually compelling as its exterior: On one side, a large vanity mirror spliced into an impressive mother-of-pearl marquetry. On the other, rows of smaller mirrors inlaid with contrasting white and brown Tahitian mother-of-pearl.

This article first appeared in L’Officiel Singapore August Issue.

5 Fashion Exhibitions, 4 Style Capitals

The style capitals of the world are not just home to runway shows. Over the next few weeks, Paris, New York, Venice and London will be hosting several exhibitions that feature iconic designs by equally iconic designers. Just looking through the list makes us wish we could pack our bags and hop on the next flight to these destinations just to catch a glimpse of fashion history. Join us as we take a look at five exceptional fashion exhibitions.

Anatomy of a Collection at the Palais Galliera, ParisAnatomy of a Collection at the Palais Galliera

More than a hundred garments and accessories are set to be on display till October 23 at the City of Paris Fashion Museum. Told in an unconventional way, the garments take us on a journey through the history of fashion. Highlights include a pajama suit worn by the British actress and model Tilda Swinton, a dress that belonged to Empress Josephine, and Marie-Antoinette’s corset.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the V&A Museum, LondonHistory-Of-Underwear

Exploring garments that have long been hidden from the public eye, the exhibition starts with men’s and women’s underwear that date back to the 18th century. The 200 pieces and archive documents will be on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London till March 12, 2017 . The exhibition looks at the role that underwear played in history and how the notion of the ideal body has changed over the years.

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The seventh installment of the Culture Chanel international exhibition will be held at the Ca’Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice from September 17 until January 8, 2017. Having held a place in the heart of Gabrielle Chanel, the new instalment will see the city exhibit 350 works of authors who played a significant role in the designer’s creative life. The works of Homer, Plato, Virgil, Sophocles, Lucretia, Montaigne, Cervantes, Madame de Sévigné and Jean Cocteau will be displayed in the manner of a library.

Tenue correcte exigée, quand le vêtement fait scandale (Appropriate dress required: when clothing causes a scandal) at the Musée des Arts décoratifs, ParisBall Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie Kellen

From December 1 till April 23, 2017, the exhibition will showcase garments that have courted controversy and criticism in the past only to become everyday apparel. All the garments on display, including the shirt-dress, the female tuxedo and the miniskirt, were condemned at one time or another in history. In addition to the “scandalous” clothing, visitors will be able to peruse portraits, caricatures and advertisements.

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

From November 8, 2016 to February 5, 2017 the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will dissect the way in which its collecting strategy has changed from an encyclopaedic approach to creating a body of masterworks. Concentrating on the last 10 years of purchases, the exhibition will highlight around 60 of these masterworks.

Great Barrier Reef

Round the World Itineraries: Global Traveler

Those bitten by the travel bug will be happy to know that the gruelling task of finalising an itinerary for a holiday has been well and truly taken care of. Catering to various travel needs, Star Alliance has teamed up with its 28 member carriers for several themed holidays.

Lovers of cuisine high and Low have the option of visiting countries such as Lyon in France for the signature Lyonnaise sausages, Seoul for the delicious beef ribs and galbi or even New York to sample the wonderful melting pot of cuisines. To reconnect with Mother Nature, travelers will be able to venture to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Sugarloaf mountains of Rio de Janeiro and the Northern Lights of Norway.

If a romantic getaway is what you are looking for, then Star Alliance has a selection of destinations as well. From gondolas rides in Venice, to island getaways in the Maldives, Santorini and Phuket or a trip to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the romance themed itinerary is sure to send sparks flying. Customizing ones itinerary is fairly simple: select the closest airport as the starting point and then choose from the destinations included in the package.

Getting to your destination of choice is just as simple, as Star Alliance counts the likes of Air Canada, United, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and All Nippon Airways as some of its members. Rival alliance One World also offers round-the-world fares with member carriers such as British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Other companies that have ventured into the world of well planned holidays include the Four Seasons, with The Four Seasons Private Jet Journeys on board their new fleet of private jets. Starting from $106,000 the package includes culinary and cultural packages.


Jourdan Dunn Fronts Kate Spade Fall Campaign

Kate Spade New York enlists not one, not two, but eight personalities from different backgrounds to front its campaign this fall. Shot by Emma Summerton, the muses are photographed on a cabaret setting, each taking control of their own show with their talents.

The personalities in question – which include British model Jourdan Dunn, New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck and playwright John Guare – are dressed in the season’s romantic but eclectic collection of flowy dresses, sharp suits and seventies-inspired silhouettes, together with Kate Spade’s well-loved range of accessories.

Find out more about the collection and view campaign images and videos at L’Officiel.com now.